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Posted in Blog, Event Planning, Special Events, on 19 March 2012, by , 0 Comments

Are you planning a big event and you want it to be extra special? Do you want your event to be posh and stylish but you have a tight budget? If you want to transform an ordinary event to a high-class exclusive party that will surely be talked about for months, try using gobos.

What is a Gobo?

Basically used to create a silhouette, gobos are either made up of metal or glass inserted into the focal center or the “gate” of a spotlight to create different light patterns and/or special effects. Gobos can project any design or pattern including abstract shapes, signs, and company logos, which make it perfect for promoting brands and products especially in product launches and conventions in Dallas.

Gobos were originally used in the theater, film, and television industries before reaching the events and entertainment industry. Even today, gobos (of a different sort) are being used in photography as flags and cookies, which are placed in the light’s path to alter the lighting.

There are basically three types of gobos used in the events held in various Dallas venues: the metal gobo, glass gobo, and full color and dichroic gobos. Metal gobos, which are traditionally used along with stage lights, are metal discs with patterned cut outs. A glass gobo, on the other hand, is made from glass with designs etched using aluminum or other coating. Unlike metal gobos, which use metal tags to create designs, the use of appropriate coating in glass gobos makes it easier for designers to create complex patterns, images, and logos.

Full color and dichroic gobos are also made from glass but project images and patterns with partial or full colors. Unfortunately, because of the wide variety of techniques and coatings used to project colored images, full color and dichroic gobos are expensive and fragile.

Why use gobos for your corporate event?

Gobos are most commonly used in corporate events and conventions in Dallas because of the massive branding and advertising opportunities it generates. Aside from transforming your event by giving it the appropriate atmosphere and aura, gobos provide a unique way to promote your brand that will surely not be missed by any of your guests. Gobos are highly flexible and work perfectly well with various event themes and specific types of entertainment.

The images projected through gobos could be directed in almost any space of your Dallas venue: on the dance floor, on the wall, at the stage, at the side of a building, a prepared backdrop and many other surfaces…so, let your imagination run wild.

Using gobos at corporate events and conventions can help attract attention to your brand that can generate massive leads and sales. The benefits of using gobos overwhelminglyoverweigh their costs.

Gobos are more than just a tool for decoration or to improve the setting of your venue. They most often used to promote a certain brand or product especially in corporate and business events. It doesn’t just transform the venue and set a mood or atmosphere for your event. Gobos promote messages and because they are so visual and impressive, they leave a lasting impression on your guests.

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Posted in General, on 24 June 2011, by , 0 Comments

Whether you’re in town for Dallas conventions, a corporate event or just for vacation–you need a place to stay. Luckily there are plenty of hotels centrally located in Downtown Dallas. Just as many Dallas venues hold corporate events, there are plenty of comfortable hotels for you to relax in.

Hotels Near Downtown Dallas
For those attending an event at the Dallas Convention center, there are plenty of luxury hotel options just a short distance away. Corporate venues in Dallas are often near the downtown area, where there are equally as many entertaining spaces–including the Trolley in Uptown, the Farmers Market in Downtown and plenty of bars.

Magnolia Hotel Dallas
Located on Commerce Street in the Main Street District of Downtown, the Magnolia Hotel is a 29-story upscale hotel that for many years was the tallest building in Texas (1923-1927), and the structure is now a Dallas Landmark. Built in 1922, the hotel was originally the headquarters for the Magnolia Petroleum Company. In 1977, developers from Colorado purchased the building and transformed it into the 330 room luxury hotel that it is today.

“I booked a room in this hotel for the sole purpose of convenience.  It is walking distance to the Dallas Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon start and the Dallas Convention Center where the Expo is held.” -yelp customer review

Aloft Dallas Downtown Hotel
For those interested in a more urban environment, the Aloft Hotel on Young Street near the Historic District Downtown provides an excellent setting. As a vision of the W hotel chain, Aloft “offers atmospheric public spaces where guests can mix and mingle” in non-traditional environments. This hotel would be ideal for a young professional. City Tavern and the Gilley’s Complex are also conveniently located nearby–for those interested in bars and live music in Dallas.

“Loved the historic district and the lovely walk on a busy Saturday or a night out Sunday. A walk around the town is a must! Lovely views and busy nightlife.(…)” -yelp customer review

Ritz-Carlton Dallas
Exhibiting a more classic, luxurious style, the Ritz-Carlton in Uptown is just 1.2 miles from the convention center, and features a beautiful restaurant downstairs. For those tired of corporate catering and looking for something more upscale, the restaurant at the hotel will surely suffice. As the city is mostly driving centered, there are plenty of Dallas valet services at hotels, and the Ritz-Carlton is no exception. This classic hotel has all the amenities for those who prefer to travel comfortably.

“I travel a lot for work and you will get a friendly front desk from time to time, but looking back….everyone went out of their way to make this stay memorable for us. (…)” -yelp customer review

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Posted in General, on 23 June 2011, by , 0 Comments

Texans have a lot of pride. So it’s no surprise that Texas also has a very defined style that is heavenly engrained in businesses, restaurants and even festivals. While the true cowboy lifestyle is slowly drifting away, the conventions and cliches that surround the archetype remain within Texans’ attitudes. Whether you’re at a Dallas convention, an Austin festival, or even driving through the larger than life state, there are small clues of Texan pride everywhere.

Everything’s Bigger in Texas
Not only are the cities, the state itself and the Texan personalities big, but most importantly, so are the events. The wide range of cultures and interests throughout the state allow for a large variety of special engagements, events, and festivals. From Scarborough Fair to SXSW and even Texas Motor Speedway, the wide range of large scale events in Texas provide an excellent place for people to visit. Particularly in the North Texas area, you can go from the giant maze at the Fort Worth Stockyards, to the Jack Daniel’s Saloon to eat heaping servings of Authentic Dallas Barbeque and then catch a concert with local Dallas music–ranging from country acts to post-rock to punk. If you are interested more in event planning aspect, there are plenty of venues in Dallas that would be more than sufficient. Even the giant Big Tex greets you at the biggest event of the year, the State Fair.

Meat & Barbeque Enthusiasm
With a state history rooted in beef, its no surprise that Texans are particularly enthusiastic about barbeque and burgers. Beef lovers will definitely be at home in Texas–one of the four cornerstones of American authentic barbeque styles.  Its pretty much guaranteed once you cross the border, there will either be a diner, dive, drive-in or barbeque restaurant–all filled will meaty menu items. Even California natives, In-N-Out, have now expanded farthest to Texas–to please the many meat loving inhabitants. If you’re interested in a more uniquely Texas experience, you shouldn’t pass up Twisted Root, which has a wide menu of various meats. While you’re at the Jack Daniel’s Saloon, you can even ride a mechanical bull–fully completing this circle of livestock enthusiasm.

A definite sign of truly being in Texas–beyond any tangible evidence–is the exuberant pride among Texans. Sure there are some obvious indicators, but with such a wide range of citizens, those clues manifest themselves very differently. One extremely popular trend among Texans is getting prideful tattoos. Its rare to go to a local concert in Denton or Austin and not see a Texas outline tattoo.

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Posted in General, on 16 June 2011, by , 0 Comments

If you happen to be in town attending a convention, Dallas provides the perfect cultural backdrop to corporate events. Not only does Dallas feature the famous Dallas Convention Center and a wide variety of other Dallas venues, but the city is also engrossed with an interesting range of activities– all conveniently located close to the Downtown area. Whether you’re trying to entertain your employees, or hoping for an afternoon of site seeing, Dallas has plenty to offer.

The Gilley’s Dallas Complex
Conveniently located less than a mile from the Dallas Convention Center, Gilley’s entertainment complex features seven unique spaces– hosting everything from corporate events to live music concerts. South Side Ballroom, South Side Music Hall, The Loft and Jack Daniel’s Saloon are all popular Dallas venues that feature a wide variety of entertainment–from indie music to country shows, even corporate or private parties and other large-scale events. If you’re hoping for a true Texas experience, you can eat barbeque, ride a mechanical bull and maybe even listen to local Dallas music–all within the Jack Daniel’s Saloon. The delicious menu also provides an excellent opportunity to break away from the corporate catering that is so often prevalent at conventions.

City Tavern
Located directly in the heart of the Downtown District on Main St., City Tavern serves food and drinks 7 days a week, with occasional live music. Dallas also has a rich abundance of local music, and City Tavern has consistently expressed interest in supporting the scene. Even if there isn’t a show that night, City Tavern is definitely worth visiting and has daily drink specials.

Victory Park
This massive development located in the Northwest Downtown area features several high profile businesses including the American Airlines Center, The W Victory Hotel, WFAA Channel 8 Studio, the House of Blues and more. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting during basketball or hockey season, you should definitely plan to see the Dallas Mavericks or the Dallas Stars–both of which are housed in the American Airlines Center.

Historic West End District
South of Victory Park, but still conveniently located Downtown, the Historic West End District definitely provides an interesting glimpse into Texas, and even American history. With an abundance of tall Oak trees and beautifully renovated historic buildings, even just walking around the West End District is entertaining. For those interested in American History, you can always visit the grassy knoll, the site of JFK’s assassination, and then walk over to the Sixth Floor Museum to learn more about the history and conspiracies associated with the high profile event.  You can even get some drinks at Hard Rock Cafe, Gater’s Croc n Roc, Dick’s Last Resort or West End Pub.

Reunion Tower
Often noted as the most recognizable landmark in Dallas, the Reunion Tower is part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex, and is definitely worth visiting. Featuring an observation deck, the tower facilitates one of the best views of the Downtown area. Also, you can even visit celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck’s, fine dining restaurant, Five Sixty.

The Dallas Farmers Market
If you appreciate more low-key past times, you should definitely visit the Dallas Farmers Market district, located in Southeast Downtown. Open 7 days a week, this market is consistently buzzing with locals and farmers–most of which travel up to 150 miles. There is a wide variety of foods, from raw bulk fruits and vegetables to speciality and prepared dishes.

Arts District
In addition to the wide variety of concerts and conventions, Dallas also has a very active and intriguing art scene. The Arts District is home to a number of venues, including AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and more.

So if you need a relaxing break from a corporate event, Dallas provides plenty of enriching opportunity.

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