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July Event Recap: Tastes of Summer

July 21, 2016sesmadminNews0

On July 20th, over 70 SESMA members and guests celebrated the beautiful midsummer’s evening in the garden of The American Revolution Institute of The Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House. As guests arrived, they were welcomed with fresh summer cocktails and the melodic sounds of live music by Bruce Pike Productions. The evening featured Select Event Group‘s unique décor, building an ideal setting for members to reconnect and relax with peers from the busy summer. The true Tastes of Summer were beautifully featured throughout the garden by Purple Onion Catering, including a decadent S’mores Bar for guests to experience summer’s favorite dessert!

Throughout the evening, guests were seen taking photos and posing for SESMA’s first Instagram Contest! Guests followed @SESMADC and tagged us in their best #SESMASummer shots from the evening. The top two photos with the most likes and/or shares by 7pm TONIGHT (July 21) receive a prize! Log on now to like your favorite photos from the evening! Winners will be announced on Monday, July 25th!

As the evening’s event came to a close, guests were welcomed to tour Anderson House and marvel at one of the capital city’s most fashionable mansions.

Special thanks to our event sponsors:
The American Revolution Institute of The Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House, Purple Onion Catering, MJ Valet, Select Event Group and Bruce Pike Productions.

SESMA Sets the Social Scene for the WH Correspondents 2016

May 17, 2016sesmadminNews0

Washington, DC (May 13, 2016) 

Often called t043016_Design_Cuisine_Garden_Brunch_0020he “Oscars of D.C.,” members of the government, the media and a host of Hollywood celebrities took over Washington, D.C. in honor of the White House Correspondents Dinner. From the HBO/Google party at the Renwick Gallery to the MSNBC After-Party at the United States Institute of Peace, SESMA Suppliers had their hands full setting the scene for a star-studded weekend of parties, pre-dinner cocktails, after-parties and next-day brunches. The city was electric with each event uniquely and architecturally designed to help reinforce and promote media brands such as Vanity Fair, Google, Bloomberg and The Washington Post.

Rentals from Party Rental, LTD, Perfect Settings and DC Rental revealed new and exciting looks for the weekend. While Pop Art-inspired buffet stations from Design Foundry were the talk of the town at the Long View Gallery CNN’s Political Hangover brunch, the food was nothing short of exceptional. Susan Gage prepared watermelon radish and citrus salads for the first course for the Atlantic Media Welcome Dinner. Design Cuisine served a mix of savory and sweet brunch items at the annual Garden Brunch and Occasions Caterers featured roaming stations and buffets filled with comfort food favorites of mini chicken and waffles, mini hot dogs, sweet potato French fries and more at MSNBC and CNN’s events. There was a menu designed for every palette in mind.While there were no two events alike, SESMA Suppliers all worked within different dynamics and managed to conquer pretty hectic challenges. Managing crew teams and staff members up to 100 individuals per event site, scheduling calendars, coordinating tastings and revising Client design plans up to doors open is why Clients select SESMA suppliers. SESMA Suppliers delivers the best.
There was a real sense of community displayed during this weekend, and sharing the creative vision amongst the SESMA team, knowing everyone present was there to support and work towards the same goal is what makes us great.

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Become a Featured Member!

March 22, 2016sesmadminNews0

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SESMA is pleased to offer a new benefit for members! Each month, the eNews will include a Member Spotlight article.

This space is designed to provide members with an opportunity to share exciting news with the SESMA community. This could be the launch of a new event space, product, service, industry award or technology!

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis and should include a photo and up to 300 words describing your new feature. Please note that submissions will be edited for space and consistency.

To submit, send a .jpg or .png photo with your article to

SESMA Member Spotlight: Design Cuisine

March 22, 2016sesmadminNews0

prepped full logoWe are very pleased to be able to offer a service that is truly FOR those IN service. We hope that other event planners will consider using Prepped to feed their crew for pre-sets, late nights, and other staff feeding needs, as well as for their own entertaining at home purposes. For corporate clients, the presentation of the platters is right on par with what you may have become accustomed to with Design Cuisine. Bright colors, thoughtful plating, and most importantly fresh ingredients. All of our bread for sandwiches is baked in house, much of our produce is locally sourced, and our cuts of meat are premium grade. The same Chefs & ingredients that go into producing Design Cuisine full service catering events are used in Prepped drop off.

Order by phone 9-5 m-f or email anytime. Phone: 703.544.0660 – Email:

We deliver on weekends! Including Sunday.

March Event Recap: Design Trends 2016

March 22, 2016sesmadminNews0

The Loft at 600 F Street was the setting for the SESMA’s Annual Design Trends event held on March 1. Guests were welcomed with specialty cocktails and a preview of the program with sample tables from Party Rentals Ltd and industrial style metal and wood décor from Ampa Events. Chris Dunn’s classical guitar complemented the reception before guests enjoyed a lively panel discussion.

Ted Rubis from Ampa Events presented images from events emphasizing a range of materials and set pieces that are currently in demand. Rose Rabin from Party Rentals followed with a preview of new equipment as well as selections of the latest trends in linens, china, glassware and chairs. Bill Enright of Edge Floral Design spoke to the concerns of client budgets and non-floral alternatives for creative event décor. Event planner Mark Chaikowski went beyond materials to discuss evolving event trends and how social media such as Instagram and Pinterest are influencing client requests and the latest styles.

The evening was a delightful look into new ideas for the year and SESMA members left with a greater anticipation of what is ahead for the remainder of the year.

Special thanks to our event sponsors: The Loft at 600 F, Federal City Caterers, Party Rental Ltd., Ampa Events, Mark Chaikowski Designs, Edge Floral Event Design, Wedding Photojournalism by Rodney Bailey and Classical Guitar Ceremonies, Inc.

Check out our SESMA Facebook page for photos from the event!






SESMA Kick-Off Luncheon with David Adler A GREAT SUCCESS

February 18, 2016sesmadminNews0

On February 4th, SESMA kicked off the new year with a luncheon hosted by Top of the Hill (ROA). SESMA members and guests filled the room as attendees were treated to a delicious lunch provided by Ridgewells Catering.

CEO and Founder of BizBash, David Adler, presented “A Glimpse of What’s to Come in Meetings and Events in 2016” giving the audience ideas and creative options when thinking about how venues and planners can leverage technology to increase their brand awareness, enhance guest experience and event audience participation. Click here to see David’s presentation.

Special thank you to our event sponsors: Top of the Hill, Ridgewells Catering and WEPS. And to our event guest, Bizbash!

Check out our SESMA Facebook page for photos from the event!

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