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September Event Recap: Ask the Experts

October 18, 2016sesmadminNews0

sesma-1The Washington National Cathedral hosted SESMA’s Annual Ask the Experts event in their exquisite space on September 29. Members and guests had the opportunity to ask a panel of site directors about the unique challenges they face and to exchange behind the scenes advice for successful events.

The program began with a welcome from SESMA’s Vice President, Suzi Molak with Longview Gallery. SESMA’s Marketing Co-Chair, Lisa Frazier with United States Institute of Peace, then announced the winners of SESMA’s first Instagram Photo Caption Contest held in July.


The four panelists shared their experience with best practices and advice specific to their own venues. Dan Rose, from the Washington National Cathedral, was a wonderful host, along with Aneisha Persaud, Events and Hospitality Manager, discussing how events are put together in their large and varied spaces.  Bret Freedman of Dock 5 at Union Market covered the challenges of client communications.  Janet Daniels, from River Farm, gave insight to wedding clients and vendors working at her venue. Denise Borland of Ronald Reagan Building provided a professional look at the large events held at her site. The perspective of all panelists encouraged a lively, informational and entertaining discussion.

After the program, guests enjoyed a delicious reception provided by Rouge Catering before attending tours of the Cathedral.


A special thanks to each of our experts as well as our event sponsors:  Washington National Cathedral, ROUGE Catering, Nature of Design, Nomad Event Systems, ecoprint, EastCoast Entertainment and Ampa Events.

See more photos on our Facebook page.

Gensler Brand Design

September 15, 2016sesmadminNews0


At Gensler, we believe that each event should create extraordinary experiences that foster connectivity. The most exciting challenge in design is reaching the audience and having them internalize and accept the messages that you are communicating so that your brand can make a long lasting impact with your audience. Gensler’s brand design practice provides a multi-disciplinary team skilled at crafting temporary brand experiences within various types of events and strives to ensure that engaging, branded content is woven seamlessly throughout.

We know experience means different things to different people, and so we tailor our approach for different industries. Gensler’s strength also lies in the implementation process. We work closely with our clients and fabricators until the final component is installed to our client’s satisfaction. We take pride in not only creating outstanding designs, but also in making them a functional, cost-effective reality. We know a project is not complete until it is well received by its intended audience.

Our services include:
Creative Strategy
Event Design
Printing & graphics
Signage and Wayfinding Design
Website design & development
Digital Experience
Event Types:
Guerilla Campaigns
Trade Shows
Pop-up Retail
Educational Environments


Social Studies

August 18, 2016sesmadminNews0
On Washington, DC (August 15, 2016)
Technology is changing the way we socialize. A great example for businesses juggling messaging to multiple audiences is social media. From email, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, thesesocial media platforms curates and shares the best ideas, innovations and insights into how social media and technology are changing business, society and culture around the world.
At SESMA’s July “Taste of Summer” event at the Anderson House, SESMA relaunched its social media campaign on Instagram. The SESMA Caption Contest was a great success and received tremendous response with one of its top three photos receiving over 400 likes.
While Instagram has become the home for visual storytelling for everyone, Party Rental use YouTube videos to feature the journey of their products from warehouse to their next destination. Purple Onion, Design Cuisine and Occasions Caterers use blogs tomention, link toresources and provide value-added content to current and prospective customers.
Each platform-email, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, a blog, etc. enables you to communicate and interact with people in different ways. The more eyes on your photos to pages, the better chance you have of gaining new subscribers and engaging new customers.
To help increase your visibility and grow your business, leveragetrends and opportunities in social media. Highlight a particular tweet,follow SESMA on Instagram. Constant awareness is key to building long-term momentum.
SESMA will continue to feature a diverse and innovative mix of upcoming sessions, keynotes, and networking events for the entire industry to enjoy.
We can’t wait to see you at the Annual Ask the Experts program on September 29th at Washington National Cathedral. Remember to use social media. When all members of a team share the same vision of success, amazing things can happen.

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.

For more information about SESMA Membership click here.


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.

SESMA's mission is to develop cooperative marketing programs that bring member special event sites to the attention of meeting and event professionals throughout the DC-metro area who seek unique venues for their functions.
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