M&C Hot Ideas

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Sip This Hat Trick

by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 30,2017
This cocktail showcases bourbon's bitter side.
Budget

Spreading Blooms

These flowers fill space and save dollars.
Business Travel

Cute Clutch

Here's one way to keep small stuff corralled.

See It, Pack It

Never leave a cherished item behind with this handy trick.
Career

Web University

These free online classes can help you move up the ladder.

Smart Sounds

Let the power of music refocus your attention.
Charity

Lifting Spirits

This team-building activity delivers smiles to sick children.

Cultivating Team Spirit

Celebrating spring (2 of 5): This group activity beautifies neighborhoods.
Corporate Social Responsibility

Gift of Giving

This five-minute CSR program makes attendee participation convenient.

VIDEO: Take Paws

This creative meeting break will have attendees barking for more.
Decor

Deck the Walls With Boughs of Broccoli

Make your veggies part of the décor.

Welcome a Blooming Hero to Your Table

This centerpiece uses colorful flowers in a playful way.
Entertainment

Loud and Clear

This portable speaker jazzes up any event.

These Tables Have Real Legs

Colorful strolling servers will give your guests something to talk about.
Food and Beverage

Sip This Hat Trick

This cocktail showcases bourbon's bitter side.

Deck the Walls With Boughs of Broccoli

Make your veggies part of the décor.
Gifts

Get a Charge Out of It

This tech accessory delivers the juice.

Take Cold Joe Along for the Ride

This travel tumbler makes single servings of iced coffee.
Green Meetings

Put These on Your Fish List

Here's how to serve a sustainable species at your next event.

P.C. Picnics

Sustainable party supplies are a smart alternative for catering needs.
Guest Meetings

Family Affairs

Does your summertime conference meet with chronically low attendance? Next year, try this.
Incentives

And the Winner Is…

These one-of-a-kind experiences make singular rewards.

Tailored Incentive

This reward will "suit" your winners.
Negotiation

How Convenient: Half-Day Room Rates

Book a hotel room for just a morning or afternoon.

Easy Find

Book a boardroom at the last minute with this Expedia of event spaces.
Networking

Savvy Scanner

This time-saving app is great for trade shows and networking events.
Programming

Prep Your Brain

This activity will give your group focus.

Team-Building Tiles

This activity lets groups create a collaborative work of art.
Social Networking

Brighter Snaps

This app makes dim, blurry low-light photos a thing of the past.

Silent Disco

Keep the volume low but the energy high with this hot party trend.
Speakers

Star Sessions

This firm brings top-name celebrities to your events.

App Class

Help attendees break down the tech barrier with this savvy speaker.
Special Events

Don't Burst This "Bubble"

These clear shelters can host intimate receptions.

Must-Have App for Wine Lovers

This free tool lets you book wine-themed events around the world.  
Staffing

Hop to It

Is D-Day for your event nearing? Hire extra hands to help tackle your to-do list.
Team Building

Love Reins

This team-building activity has equine appeal.

Recipes for Team Building

This activity uses food to bring people together.
Technology

Keep Your Wallet on a Leash

This tracking device helps protect your billfold.

Take the Pain Out of Bus or Train

Get your group from point A to point B in a snap.
Theme

Pop-Up French Market

Transport your attendees with this chic continental theme.

When Cold Becomes Cool

This icy theme can perk up a midwinter meeting.
Third Parties

Temporary Tattoos

Attendees will enjoy wearing these funky washable ink "photos."
Trade Shows

Lighten Up

This booth décor idea is quite illuminating.

These Giveaways Are for Suckers

Delectable candy "pops" make great event swag.
Transportation

Hail a Tesla

Had your fill of gas-guzzling ground transportation? Try this service between three popular destinations.

Uber for Groups

Give attendees a ticket to ride with this special promotion.
Travel

These Socks Are Made for Walking

This fashionable footwear is good for feet and legs, too.

Child-Friendly State Guides

Bringing the family to your meeting? These books will spark kids' excitement.

Features

Confronting the Rise of Nationalism

In this special report, M&C examines the unique challenges faced by the meetings industry in the wake of the Trump administration’s attempts to ban visitors...

Best Bets in Gaming Destinations

Our annual survey finds the casino-hotel industry focused on stepping up its offerings with new and newly renovated accommodations, attractions, and meeting and...

Convention Centers on the Cutting Edge

Here are some forward-thinking convention facilities that are working to expand and enhance their infrastructure to meet the modern needs of groups and local...

How Young Planners Are Revitalizing the Meetings Industry

Here are 15 young professionals who are bringing fresh energy, boundless talent and unique perspectives to the world of meetings and events.

Research

30 Seconds to Smart: Will Planners Book Trump-Branded Properties? (Video)

We asked planners how the current political climate has affected their site-selection decisions.

30 Seconds to Smart: How the Political Climate Is Affecting Site-Selection (Video)

We asked planners if the current political climate will influence their future site-selection decisions.

30 Seconds to Smart: Trump's Travel Ban and Boycotted Conferences (Video)

We asked planners if they are worried about attendees boycotting their meetings.

30 Seconds to Smart: Has Trump's Travel Ban Affected Meetings? (Video)

We asked planners if their organizations have been affected by the president's executive order.