Oatmeal for Grown-Ups
Just add hot water and a spoon and these Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods cups become a healthy breakfast or snack that can be enjoyed anywhere. Choose from more than a dozen gourmet flavors, like Spicy Chocolate, which is made with spicy pumpkin seeds and chocolate chunks. Gluten-free options are available. Cost: $39 for 12 cups. (541) 526-5677; strawpropellergourmetfoods.com
For health-conscious or diabetic attendees, a line of sugarless, low-calorie wines from Uruguayan winery Vinos de la Cruz offer four options -- Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Malbec and a sparkling white. Cost: from $10.50 per bottle (minimum order of 24 bottles). sugarlesswines.com
Sweet potato gnocchi, served with roasted mushrooms, toasted walnuts, fried sage leaves and maple brown butter, is a mouth-watering option for pasta-loving vegetarian crowds. Ask your F&B contact to create a dish similar to this one from Main Event Caterers. (703) 820-2028; MainEventCaterers.com
Vogue Veggie Dish
This beet and chévre napoleon, by Scott Hoffner, corporate chef of Arlington, Va.-based Main Event Caterers, is a good choice for both vegetarian and gluten-free guests. Add a frisée salad and cucumber ribbons, topped with tarragon vinaigrette, for a crunchy side dish. (703) 820-2028; MainEventCaterers.com
Scott Hoffner, corporate chef of Arlington, Va.-based Main Event Caterers, uses nutritional yeast as the pine nut "ricotta" to give his veggie lasagna its signature cheesiness, as well as zucchini "noodles," pistachio pesto, baby tomatoes, balsamic syrup and sun-dried tomato sauce. (703) 820-2028; MainEventCaterers.com
Floral designers, including the pros at New York City-based Verde Flowers, say garden roses and Vanda orchids will be the on-trend flowers of the season, along with dramatic, trailing greenery -- like ivy and seeded eucalyptus. (212) 684-5204; verdeflowers.com
Faux moss and twig hanging cones (above, $5.99 each or six for $30; Save-On-Crafts.com) make gorgeous holders for flowers or a candle, while Jamali Garden's moss-covered urns (below, $45; jamaligarden.com) are verdant centerpieces.
Picture This 2013
GuppyPOD streams photos taken at a stationary photo booth and guests' smartphones into one Facebook gallery; the service also offers on-site printing and custom photo branding. Contact the company for pricing information. guppypod.com
Bottle and Phone Holder
Plum Gift Co.'s Beat Bottle has a pocket to store a smartphone, too. The 20-oz. bottle, available this month, comes in red, blue and green. Cost: $14.25; customization is available. (416) 916-8645; plumgiftco.com
Festoon a plain green area with balloon displays, like these created for the 2012 European Rails Conference, held in Krakow, Poland. To re-create the effect, tie balloons to golf tees and stake into the ground.
Beau-Coup.com's scented pinecone candles (about $12 per set of four, left; beau-coup.com) add a festive touch to events. Or, add a whimsical touch to eco-friendly gatherings with artichoke votives ($14 per set of six; thestationerysuite.com).
Chalkboard mugs, with a writable/erasable finish. serve triple duty as coffee holders, personalized place cards and take-home gifts. Cost: from $3.21. promotions.advanceweb.com