April 25, 2014: Seth Meyers to Host Emmys, Planners See Rise in Children’s Parties, Burberry Recreates ‘Mary Poppins’ at Fashion Show

By Beth Kormanik April 25, 2014, 8:08 AM EDT

1. SETH MEYERS TO HOST EMMYS: New Late Night host Seth Meyers will host this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, which will broadcast on NBC from Los Angeles August 25. USA Today: “The selection continues a recent tradition of naming hosts closely associated with the network that airs TV's top awards, which unlike other major awards shows rotates each year between NBC, Fox, CBS and ABC.”

2. PLANNERS SEE RISE IN CHILDREN’S PARTIES: More parents are throwing elaborate birthday parties for their children, with one popular theme based on the Disney movie Frozen. MNI: “Children's party specialists and costumed-entertainment company executives say consumers are more comfortable with financial outlays: parents are booking bigger parties this year with more activities and two costumed characters instead of one and they are planning farther in advance and attempting to negotiate prices less often.”

3. BURBERRY RECREATES ‘MARY POPPINS’ AT SHANGHAI FASHION SHOW: Burberry sent model Cara Delevingne soaring through the air in a high-fashion homage to Marry Poppins in Shanghai. Modelina: “Cara magically took to the air with her Burberry umbrella in hand, and flew out over the audience as confetti fell from above.” See the video:


ATLANTIC CITY:  The DO AC Fire on the Water Festival is a new two-day festival May 17-18 at at Historic Gardner’s Basin Waterfront Park. Planned by Market City Solutions, the Atlantic City Alliance, and the city, the event will include the Firefighter Combat Challenge World Tour and the seventh annual “Guns vs. Hoses” boxing tournament between firefighters and police.

BOSTON:  Whoopi Goldberg and Jay Leno are among the headliners of the AARP LifeAt50+ National Event and Expo, which comes to Boston May 8-10.

CHICAGO:  Is this the new trend in desserts? Chicago restaurant Waffles Cafe is serving a “wonut,” which is a doughnut-waffle hybrid. The treats are deep-fried, then dipped in toppings such as marshmallow or chocolate glaze. Jezebel:

LAS VEGAS:  Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino announced plans on Thursday to expand its convention center. The resort will add new exhibit space and underground parking and increase overall square footage. Plans include the addition of more than 350,000 square feet of exhibit space to the existing 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Clark County celebrated the return of Las Vegas Foodie Fest by officially declaring Thursday as “Las Vegas Foodie Fest Day” during a proclamation ceremony Wednesday in front of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.

New York-New York Hotel & Casino will host the 17th annual qualifying event for the 99th annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. The qualifying event is slated for April 26 on New York-New York’s new Strip-side plaza.

LOS ANGELES:  The Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale will host a preview opening-night party to raise money for arts education nonprofit P.S. Arts on April 25 at 3Labs.

The 32nd annual Otis Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show is May 3 at the Beverly Hilton.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The Miami River Art Fair is scheduled for December 4-7 at the Miami Convention Center.

NEW YORK:  Two high-end restaurant veterans are starting a new event, the Welcome Conference, on restaurant hospitality June 17 at the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium at Cooper Square. Eater:

Restauranteur Stephen Starr today will open El Vez, a Mexican eatery in Battery Park City.

The Sheraton New York Times Square hotel has named Brian Cernik its director of meeting and event management, charged with overseeing the hotel’s newly renovated 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

SAN FRANCISCO:  Got Light will handle lighting, sound, and video for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Modern ball on Wednesday.

TORONTO:  Providence Healthcare Foundation will host Cuisine & Cuvée on May 2 at Atlantis Pavilions. The event will offer wine samples, foods, and cheeses; some 800 guests are expected.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The 11th annual Georgetown French Market in the Book Hill neighborhood is today and Saturday, with more than 30 participating shops, galleries, and cafés.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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