Hundreds of parents of graduating seniors are expected to attend

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6 pm - 9:30 pm
Royal Oak Farmers Market
316 E. 11 Mile Road • Royal Oak, Michigan

In May and June of 2017, thousands of young adults brimming with hopes and aspirations will cross stages in high school auditoriums, gymnasiums and football fields across southeastern Michigan eagerly accepting their diplomas. This ceremony is for many a prelude to another important summertime rite of passage – the graduation party. Friends, family and classmates will gather together to honor past accomplishments and embrace new ambitions. For parents, coping with mixed emotions, creating the perfect party presents many challenges and often leaves them wondering where to even get started. The Graduation & Prom Marketplace, an amazing one evening showcase event featuring all products and services critical to planning successful graduation parties and the best prom experiences, will simplify this daunting task for moms and dads and secure a wealth of new business for you.

On the evening of Thursday, March 30, hundreds of local high school juniors and seniors and their parents will gather for a truly exquisite showcase of all things essential to planning outstanding, memorable graduation parties and fun and elegant prom experiences called the Metro Detroit Graduation & Prom Marketplace at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. With attendance driven by a massive paid social media ad campaign targeting parents of high school age students from throughout the region, we are confident this event will be a massive success. The Metro Detroit Graduation & Prom Marketplace will feature 5 of the area’s best food trucks offering dinner and snack options to attendees, a bounty of local caterers providing complimentary samples to attendees, the Metro Detroit High School and Music and Vocal Showcase taking place onstage, an exhibit floor brimming with 40+ vendors, plentiful door prizes and more.

What Type of Businesses Will Profit from the Graduation & Prom Marketplace
We are seeking vendors in the following graduation party supplier categories:
• Party rentals – tables, chairs, tents, etc.
• Off-site catering
• Banquet facilities
• Decorations
• Linen rentals
• Cakes and confections
• Disc jockeys
• Live musicians
• Sound and lighting
• Custom invitations
• Custom banners and posters
• Food service equipment rentals
• Bartending services
• Maid services (for pre and post party cleanup)
• Favors
• Party supply retailers
• Photo booths
And more…

As well as vendors for other graduation and senior prom related needs:
• Senior portrait photographers
• Tuxedos
• Dresses and accessories
• Limousine services
• Florists
And more…

Event Format
Single vendor booths are 10’ wide by 8’ deep and include one standard 6’ rectangular banquet table with floor length linens and two chairs. Additional adjoining booth spaces are available at a 20% rate discount. Event management will determine the event floor plan and will not offer any pre-selection of booth locations.

An Impressive Bundle of Benefits
The Graduation & Prom Marketplace provides your business with:
• Direct access to parents prepared to book your services
• Substantial attendance from prospects intrigued by a one stop “shopping” environment
• Vendor category caps to ensure maximum return
• A robust marketing plan 
• Contact information for all attending parents (name, phone number and e-mail address) – supplied within 3 business days following each event

Exhibitor Fee
We have attempted to keep our exhibitor fee nominal enough to make this program accessible for businesses of all sizes looking to participate. Our standard vendor rate is $250.00; however, with early registration your cost is reduced to only $195.00. Early
registration is available through Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5 pm.

SPECIAL ADDITIONAL SAVINGS: Register online within two business days of initially receiving your invitation to participate and receive an additional 10% savings lowering your cost to $175.00.

Securing Your Exhibitor Space Online
The quickest and easiest way to secure your exhibitor space is by clicking on the link below and accessing our registration and payment portal. It takes only a few minutes and is highly secure. We accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover. Once you have completed the process, a receipt is automatically e-mailed to your supplied e-mail address. 

About the Host
The Graduation Marketplace is a production of The Quintessential Event Company, a Michigan based event management firm specializing in pioneering innovative business-to-business and business-to-consumer networking and trade show experiences. Established in 2008, The Quintessential Event Company has successfully launched an impressive lineup of ongoing programs including the Motor City Pizza Fest, the Rock the Veil Wedding Showcase, the Greater Detroit ShawarmaFest, Flavors of India and more.  Six years ago, we introduced the Graduation Marketplace as an on-site experience at a number of area high schools. This year, we are excited to make the event bigger and better by consolidating it to one day, hosting it at a convenient location and making it accessible to high school juniors and seniors and their parents from throughout the metro Detroit region.