New Jersey Meetings + Events

A Cheat Sheet to the State’s Classic Picnic Locations

Has it been too long since you've enjoyed a company picnic? There’s nothing quite like spending quality time with your team under the sun (and away from the ringing phones, artifi cial lights and to-do lists). With a variety of venues to select from, why not start planning your picnic today? Below are four parks and one special event planner who exclusively plans picnics, ready to help you trade your flats for flip-flops.

Frogbridge Picnics & Special Events, Millstone Township

FormSet's Modular Walls Transform Any Space from Dull to Amazing

A one-stop shop for all of your special events, FormSet is a modular wall design system created specifically for the special events industry. Started in 2014 by company president Jeff Guberman, FormSet has quickly become a household name in the industry, priding itself in offering a rental design system that gives clients the ability to easily design their own backdrops, screen surrounds, columns and archways with the free Design Your Own web-based app.

Venuelust Connects Planners with Unique Venues

Most businesses start with a particular need and for Jamie Whittaker, co-founder and president of Venuelust, it was all about finding a beach house for her sister-inlaw’s wedding. Whittaker worked for a special events company in California at the time. “My job was visiting venues and getting on their preferred vendor list,” she explains. When talking with her sister-inlaw, she couldn’t believe how difficult it was to find a unique venue. She launched Estate Weddings and Events in 2008 and rebranded it as Venuelust one year ago.

Venue Spotlight: Prallsville Mill

It might not offer all-you-can drink cocktails or chaises by an infinity pool, but Prallsville Mill might just be the all-inclusive setting you’re seeking for your next event. This historic mill complex, comprised of 10 acres with 10 buildings, enjoys one of the most picturesque settings in central New Jersey. Nestled along the tow path in Stockton, Prallsville Mill is integrated into the waterside park and has unmatched views of the Raritan Canal, Delaware River and Wickecheoke Creek.

SG Worldwide Delivers Wine and Spirits from India

SG Worldwide has only been in the United States for the past two years, but it’s taking the East Coast wine and spirits industry by storm. Based in Edison, SG Worldwide imports wine and spirits from India. In just two years SG Worldwide, with Bobby Garg as president and CEO, has distributed products to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and California, with plans to reach every state.

Squirrel and The Bee Caters to a Health-Minded Crowd

If you’re thinking dairy-, grain- or refined sugar-free means tasteless, you haven’t sampled Squirrel and the Bee’s delicious treats. “We make good food that just so happens to be good for you,” says Michelle Retik, owner. As its name suggests, this café uses nuts and honey, as well as local produce, but it’s what it doesn’t use that draws customers seeking healthy alternatives. Surprise your meeting attendees with a tray of baked goods that fit their Paleo, vegan, gluten-free or low-carb lifestyles.

Jetaport Makes Group Hotel Booking Easy

Booking individual hotel rooms can be easily made with a few clicks online, but booking rooms for a group can require more time and coordination. Jetaport is a free service that takes the hassle out of booking room blocks. Planners simply submit their trip details and preferred hotels on Jetaport’s website, and a Travel Advisor is assigned to each request to work with hotels to find the best available rates. “We help make it easier for planners," says CEO Jason Shames.

Primera Technology Creates the World’s Smallest all-in-one Portable Printer

For meeting and event planners on the go, a working printer can be hard to find. Primera Technology has just the solution: the world’s smallest all-in-one portable printer. Weighing 2.6 pounds, Primera Trio is roughly the size of a hardcover book, which makes it easy to fit into computer bags, backpacks and briefcases for those traveling for business or leisure. “I have a Trio on my desk and at home,” says Jennifer Loegering, marketing manager at Primera Technology.

Catch the Fun of a Brewery Tour and Tasting

Craft beer breweries, praised for their innovative flavors and essence of locality, are popping up all over the country. Flying Fish Brewing Co., located in Somerdale, opened in 1996 and beat the rush. Now, 20 years later, Flying Fish still offers a new flavor weekly. With 12 beers on tap at any given time, it’s no wonder it remains on everyone’s radar.

Signature Drink: Frozen Blueberry Lemonade

Avenue brings the ambiance of a Paris bistro and plants it squarely at the shore in Long Branch. From its 25-foot bar influenced by the hull of a ship to the large windows focusing attention on the beachfront setting, Avenue is laid-back luxury at its very best. The main dining room can host events for 15-200 people, and the event can be semiprivate (20-60 people), separated by illuminated partition walls from the main restaurant.

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