Discover Delaware: A Guide for Event Planners 

Welcome to the First State 

Nestled on the East Coast of the United States, Delaware beckons with its rich history, scenic landscapes, and vibrant culture. Beyond its small size lies a wealth of opportunities for extraordinary events. This guide is your gateway to unlocking the treasures of Delaware, offering insights into local expertise, diverse activities, luxurious accommodations, and unique venues that define the state as a premier destination for unforgettable gatherings. 

Local Expertise: Mastering Hospitality in the First State 

At Hosts Global, our approach is rooted in a profound understanding of Delaware’s unique blend of tradition and innovation. Known as the First State, Delaware offers a rich tapestry of charming towns, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant cultural scenes. Our team is deeply embedded in the local culture, allowing us to navigate Delaware’s diverse settings with finesse and expertise, ensuring that every event we plan is seamlessly executed and truly memorable. 

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Deep-Rooted Local Knowledge 

Our intimate knowledge of Delaware’s history, culture, and hidden gems enables us to create events that are not only meticulously planned but also infused with local flavor. From the cobblestone streets of historic New Castle to the vibrant boardwalks of Rehoboth Beach, we know how to craft experiences that showcase the best of Delaware, offering your guests an authentic and enriching experience. 

Longstanding Relationships with Vendors and Suppliers 

Our enduring relationships with Delaware’s top vendors and suppliers are the cornerstone of our success. These trusted partnerships ensure that every detail of your event is handled with precision and care. Whether it’s sourcing the freshest local ingredients for a gourmet dining experience, arranging stunning floral displays, or securing top-notch entertainment, our network guarantees quality and reliability. 

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Seamless Execution from Logistics to Creativity 

From intricate logistical details to creative conceptualization, we manage every element of your event with expert precision. Our comprehensive services encompass everything from transportation coordination and accommodation arrangements to audiovisual setup and event design. Whether you’re planning a corporate conference, an elegant wedding, or a private celebration, our team ensures that every detail is executed flawlessly. 

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Esteemed Partnerships with Delaware’s Top Hotels and Venues 

As esteemed partners with Delaware’s top hotels and venues, we bring a wealth of local expertise to the table. Our collaborations include: 

  • Hotel du Pont: Located in Wilmington, the historic Hotel du Pont combines timeless elegance with modern luxury. This iconic hotel offers grand ballrooms, intimate meeting rooms, and exquisite dining options, making it an ideal choice for a variety of events. 
  • The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel: Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Rehoboth Beach, this charming hotel offers stunning oceanfront views and a variety of event spaces. Its Victorian elegance and modern amenities make it a perfect setting for weddings, corporate retreats, and social gatherings. 
  • Chase Center on the Riverfront: Situated along the scenic Christina River in Wilmington, the Chase Center offers versatile event spaces, including expansive ballrooms and meeting rooms. Its prime location and state-of-the-art facilities make it a top choice for conferences, trade shows, and large-scale events. 

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Access to Historic Sites and Personalized Service 

Our local expertise extends to securing exclusive access to Delaware’s historic sites and landmarks, such as the Nemours Estate, the Hagley Museum and Library, and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. These prestigious venues provide unique settings that elevate any event, offering a blend of historical significance and modern amenities. Our team’s dedication to personalized service ensures that your event is not only flawlessly executed but also an unforgettable experience for all attendees. 

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More than Just a Small State: Exploring the Diversity of Delaware 

Delaware, often recognized as a corporate haven and a destination for tax-free shopping, offers a rich tapestry of experiences that go far beyond these attributes. This small but diverse state is brimming with culture, history, and natural beauty, inviting exploration and discovery at every turn. From its historic streets and vibrant arts scene to its scenic landscapes and outdoor adventures, Delaware has something to offer every traveler and event planner. 

Historic Charm of Dover 

  • Colonial-Era Buildings: Stroll through the historic streets of Dover, the state capital, where well-preserved colonial-era buildings provide a glimpse into Delaware’s rich past. Sites like the Old State House, built in 1791, and the Johnson Victrola Museum offer fascinating insights into the state’s history and heritage. 
  • Modern Attractions: Complementing its historical charm, Dover also boasts modern attractions such as the Air Mobility Command Museum. This unique museum, located at Dover Air Force Base, features an impressive collection of military aircraft and exhibits, offering an exciting and educational experience for visitors of all ages. 

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Vibrant Arts Scene in Wilmington 

  • Delaware Art Museum: Immerse yourself in Wilmington’s vibrant arts scene with a visit to the Delaware Art Museum. The museum houses an extensive collection of American art, including works by the renowned Brandywine School of illustrators, as well as British Pre-Raphaelite art. Its beautiful sculpture garden and engaging exhibitions make it a cultural gem. 
  • The Grand Opera House: Experience the performing arts at The Grand Opera House, a historic theater in downtown Wilmington. This elegant venue hosts a diverse array of performances, from classical music and opera to Broadway shows and contemporary dance, providing world-class entertainment in a stunning setting. 
  • Galleries and Cultural Institutions: Wilmington is home to numerous galleries and cultural institutions that celebrate the arts. The Delaware Contemporary, an art museum dedicated to contemporary works, and the Christina Cultural Arts Center, which promotes arts education and performance, are just a few examples of the city’s dynamic cultural offerings. 

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Natural Beauty and Outdoor Adventures 

  • Scenic Beaches: Delaware’s coastline is dotted with charming beach towns and pristine sandy shores. Rehoboth Beach, with its lively boardwalk and vibrant dining scene, offers a perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment. For a quieter escape, head to Bethany Beach or Fenwick Island, where serene beaches and quaint communities provide a peaceful retreat. 
  • Picturesque Parks: Discover Delaware’s natural beauty in its numerous state parks and nature reserves. Cape Henlopen State Park, located near Lewes, features scenic hiking trails, bird-watching opportunities, and beautiful beaches. The park’s historic Fort Miles adds a touch of history to the natural landscape, making it an ideal destination for both nature lovers and history enthusiasts.
  • Tranquil Waterways: Delaware’s rivers and bays offer tranquil settings for a variety of outdoor activities. Kayak through the peaceful waters of the Nanticoke River or explore the tidal creeks of the Delaware Bay. For a unique adventure, try paddleboarding or canoeing in the Inland Bays, where you can spot diverse wildlife and enjoy the serenity of the water. 
  • Outdoor Adventures: The state’s natural parks and preserves provide ample opportunities for hiking, biking, and wildlife observation. Visit Brandywine Creek State Park for its scenic trails and beautiful woodlands, or head to Trap Pond State Park to see one of the northernmost stands of bald cypress trees. These outdoor adventures showcase the diverse ecosystems and natural beauty of Delaware. 

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Cultural and Culinary Delights 

  • Culinary Adventures: Delaware’s culinary scene is as diverse as its landscapes. In Wilmington, savor the flavors of local cuisine at top-notch restaurants, from upscale dining establishments to charming bistros. Head to the beach towns for fresh seafood, where you can indulge in locally caught crabs, oysters, and clams. The state’s farm-to-table movement ensures that you can enjoy fresh, locally sourced ingredients in many dishes. 
  • Local Festivals and Events: Throughout the year, Delaware hosts a variety of festivals and events that celebrate its culture and community. The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, and the Wilmington Flower Market are just a few examples of the vibrant events that bring people together to enjoy music, food, and local traditions. 
  • Historic and Cultural Tours: Engage in guided tours that highlight Delaware’s rich history and cultural heritage. Visit the historic homes and gardens of the du Pont family, such as Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, and Nemours Estate. These tours offer a glimpse into the opulent lifestyles and contributions of one of America’s most influential families. 

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Unique Event Venues 

Delaware’s diverse offerings extend to its unique event venues, perfect for hosting memorable gatherings. From historic mansions and charming inns to modern conference centers and scenic outdoor spaces, the state provides a variety of settings to suit any occasion. 

  • Historic Sites: Host your event at a historic site like the Hagley Museum and Library, where the beautiful grounds and historic buildings offer a picturesque backdrop. The Buena Vista Conference Center, a historic mansion with elegant rooms and lush gardens, provides a sophisticated setting for weddings, corporate events, and social gatherings. 
  • Contemporary Spaces: For a modern twist, consider venues like the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, which offers versatile event spaces with stunning views of the Christina River. The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville is an open-air performing arts venue that can host concerts, festivals, and community events. 
  • Beachfront and Waterfront Locations: Take advantage of Delaware’s scenic coastline by hosting an event at a beachfront venue like the Indian River Life-Saving Station, where historic charm meets coastal beauty. The Lewes Canalfront Park offers a picturesque setting for outdoor events with views of the canal and access to charming downtown Lewes. 

Elevating Experiences 

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Exciting Activities: Delaware, with its rich history, diverse culture, and stunning landscapes, offers a plethora of exciting activities that can transform your event into an immersive and unforgettable experience. From exploring historic sites to indulging in culinary delights and engaging in unique team-building activities, Delaware provides endless opportunities to create memorable moments for your attendees. 

Historic Site Tours: A Walk-Through Time 

  • Old New Castle: Step back in time with a guided tour of Old New Castle, one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns in the United States. Wander through cobblestone streets lined with preserved colonial-era buildings, visit the Old Court House where Delaware declared its independence, and explore the Amstel House and Dutch House museums. These tours offer a fascinating glimpse into Delaware’s colonial past and the birth of the nation. 
  • First State Heritage Park: Located in Dover, the First State Heritage Park is an urban park that links historic and cultural sites through interpretive programs and guided tours. Explore the Green, a historic public square, and visit the John Bell House, the state’s oldest wooden structure. Learn about Delaware’s role in the American Revolution and its early statehood through engaging and educational tours. 
  • Nemours Estate: Discover the opulence of the Gilded Age with a tour of Nemours Estate in Wilmington. This stunning 300-acre estate, once owned by industrialist Alfred I. du Pont, features a magnificent mansion, formal gardens, and a chauffeur’s garage filled with vintage automobiles. The guided tours offer insights into the du Pont family’s legacy and contributions to Delaware’s history. 

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Culinary Experiences: Savoring Local Flavors 

  • Farm-to-Table Dining: Delaware’s rich agricultural heritage and vibrant local food scene provide the perfect setting for farm-to-table dining experiences. Arrange a private dinner at a local farm, where guests can enjoy dishes prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced directly from the fields. These experiences not only highlight Delaware’s culinary excellence but also support local farmers and producers. 
  • Seafood Feasts: Being a coastal state, Delaware is renowned for its seafood. Host a traditional Delaware crab feast or oyster roast, where attendees can savor the freshest catches from the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. For a more refined experience, organize a gourmet seafood dinner at one of the state’s top waterfront restaurants, featuring expertly prepared dishes and stunning views. 
  • Culinary Tours: Embark on a culinary tour through Delaware’s diverse dining scene. Explore the flavors of Wilmington’s Market Street, with its eclectic mix of restaurants and eateries. Visit the coastal towns of Rehoboth Beach and Lewes to sample fresh seafood, artisanal cheeses, and locally crafted beverages. These tours can be tailored to include tastings, chef demonstrations, and interactive cooking classes. 

Team-Building Activities: Highlighting Delaware’s Unique Heritage 

  • Escape Rooms: Challenge your team with an escape room experience that incorporates Delaware’s history and landmarks. Themes can include solving puzzles related to the American Revolution, navigating the state’s historic towns, or uncovering secrets from the du Pont family’s legacy. These activities promote teamwork, problem-solving, and communication. 
  • Outdoor Adventures: Take advantage of Delaware’s natural beauty with outdoor team-building activities. Plan a kayaking or paddleboarding excursion along the scenic waterways of the Delaware Bay or the Nanticoke River. Organize a hiking or biking adventure through the trails of Cape Henlopen State Park or Brandywine Creek State Park. These activities foster collaboration and a sense of adventure while enjoying the great outdoors. 
  • Historical Reenactments and Workshops: Engage attendees with hands-on historical reenactments or workshops. Activities can include reenacting scenes from Delaware’s colonial past, participating in traditional crafts such as blacksmithing or candle-making, or learning about the state’s maritime heritage through boat-building demonstrations. These immersive experiences provide a fun and educational way to connect with Delaware’s heritage. 

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Luxury Accommodations: Elevate Your Stay in Delaware 

Delaware, a state known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and picturesque landscapes, offers a variety of luxurious accommodations that seamlessly blend comfort with sophistication. Whether you’re looking for a chic urban retreat in downtown Wilmington or a serene waterfront resort along the Delaware coast, the state provides a range of high-end options to suit your needs. Elevate your stay in Delaware by experiencing these exquisite properties, where impeccable service and elegant amenities create an unforgettable experience. 

Boutique Hotels in Downtown Wilmington 

  • Hotel du Pont: A symbol of timeless elegance and luxury, the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington offers a blend of historic charm and modern sophistication. This iconic hotel, established in 1913, features opulently appointed guest rooms and suites, exceptional dining at The Green Room, and an array of upscale amenities. The hotel’s grand ballrooms and meeting spaces make it an ideal choice for corporate events, weddings, and social gatherings, providing a setting that exudes prestige and refinement. 
  • The Westin Wilmington: Located along the Christina River, The Westin Wilmington offers contemporary luxury with stunning river views. This modern hotel features spacious rooms and suites with upscale amenities, a rooftop pool, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Guests can enjoy gourmet dining at River Rock Kitchen, which offers a farm-to-table menu showcasing local ingredients. The Westin’s versatile event spaces are perfect for conferences, meetings, and social events, combining elegance with functionality. 

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Waterfront Resorts Along the Delaware Coast 

  • The Bellmoor Inn and Spa: Nestled in the heart of Rehoboth Beach, The Bellmoor Inn and Spa is a luxurious retreat that offers a tranquil escape just steps from the ocean. This elegant inn features beautifully appointed rooms and suites, lush gardens, and a full-service spa. Guests can relax by the outdoor pool, enjoy gourmet breakfast each morning, and take advantage of the inn’s proximity to Rehoboth’s vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The Bellmoor’s sophisticated ambiance and personalized service make it a perfect choice for a relaxing getaway or an intimate event. 
  • Boardwalk Plaza Hotel: Situated directly on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel combines Victorian charm with modern luxury. This beachfront hotel offers elegantly decorated rooms with ocean views, a heated indoor-outdoor pool, and fine dining at Victoria’s Restaurant, which features coastal cuisine and breathtaking views of the Atlantic. The hotel’s unique event spaces, including a rooftop garden and oceanfront patio, provide a picturesque setting for weddings, meetings, and special occasions. 

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Elegant Inns and Country Estates 

  • Inn at Montchanin Village: Located in the historic village of Montchanin, just a short drive from Wilmington, the Inn at Montchanin Village offers a unique blend of historic charm and contemporary luxury. This boutique hotel, composed of 11 carefully restored 19th-century buildings, features individually decorated rooms and suites, a full-service spa, and the acclaimed Krazy Kat’s Restaurant. The inn’s beautiful gardens and intimate meeting spaces create a serene and elegant setting for both leisure and business travelers. 
  • The Brick Hotel on the Circle: Situated in the historic town of Georgetown, The Brick Hotel on the Circle offers a charming blend of history and modern comfort. This boutique hotel, housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century building, features elegantly appointed rooms with antique furnishings and modern amenities. Guests can enjoy gourmet dining at the hotel’s restaurant, The Counting House, and explore the historic attractions and quaint shops of Georgetown. The Brick Hotel’s unique charm and personalized service make it an ideal choice for a relaxing getaway or a special event. 

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Upscale Coastal Resorts 

  • The Rehoboth Beach Hotel: Offering a sophisticated beachside retreat, The Rehoboth Beach Hotel provides luxurious accommodations with easy access to the beach and the town’s bustling boardwalk. The hotel’s stylish rooms and suites feature coastal-inspired decor and modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay. Guests can enjoy gourmet dining at the hotel’s restaurant, relax by the outdoor pool, or unwind with a cocktail at the rooftop bar, all while taking in stunning ocean views. 
  • Bethany Beach Ocean Suites: Located on the picturesque shores of Bethany Beach, this upscale resort offers a perfect blend of luxury and coastal charm. The spacious suites feature private balconies with ocean views, contemporary decor, and all the modern amenities needed for a comfortable stay. The resort’s amenities include an oceanfront pool, a full-service spa, and fine dining at 99 Sea Level, where guests can enjoy fresh seafood and local specialties. With its prime location and luxurious offerings, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites is an ideal choice for a relaxing beach vacation or a memorable event. 

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Unique Venues and Entertainment Options: Elevate Your Events in Delaware 

Delaware, with its rich history and vibrant culture, offers a plethora of unique event venues that provide the perfect backdrop for any occasion. From historic estates to modern event spaces, Delaware’s venues cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences. Infuse your events with captivating entertainment options, such as live music performances, interactive exhibits, or scenic river cruises, to showcase Delaware’s diverse attractions and create unforgettable experiences for your guests. 

Historic Estates and Gardens 

  • Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library: Nestled in the rolling hills of Wilmington, Winterthur is a former du Pont estate that offers a unique blend of history, art, and nature. This grand estate boasts exquisite gardens, a renowned museum, and beautifully restored historic buildings. Winterthur provides an elegant and versatile setting for weddings, corporate events, and social gatherings. Imagine hosting your event amidst the stunning floral displays of the Reflecting Pool Garden or in the majestic setting of the Winterthur Galleries, where priceless American antiques create an atmosphere of timeless elegance. 
  • Nemours Estate: Another gem in Wilmington, the Nemours Estate is an opulent Gilded Age mansion surrounded by 200 acres of formal French gardens. The estate’s grandeur and beauty make it an exceptional venue for high-end events. Host your gala in the grand Conservatory or enjoy an intimate reception in the stunning gardens, where fountains, sculptures, and manicured lawns provide a breathtaking backdrop. 

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Modern Event Spaces 

  • Chase Center on the Riverfront: Located along the scenic Christina River in Wilmington, the Chase Center offers versatile and contemporary event spaces perfect for conferences, trade shows, and large-scale social events. With its expansive ballrooms, state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities, and stunning river views, the Chase Center combines modern amenities with a picturesque setting, ensuring a seamless and memorable event experience. 
  • The Queen Wilmington: This beautifully restored theater in downtown Wilmington provides a unique and stylish venue for concerts, corporate events, and social gatherings. The Queen features a main stage, multiple levels of seating, and an intimate balcony area, offering flexible options for any event. Its historic charm and modern facilities make it a standout venue that adds a touch of glamour to any occasion. 

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Interactive and Scenic Entertainment Options 

  • Live Music Performances: Delaware’s vibrant music scene offers a wealth of opportunities to infuse your events with live entertainment. Whether you’re hosting a jazz night at The Queen Wilmington, a classical concert in the grand halls of Winterthur, or a lively band performance at an outdoor venue, live music can elevate the ambiance and create a memorable atmosphere for your guests. 
  • Interactive Exhibits: Add an educational and engaging element to your event with interactive exhibits. Venues like the Delaware Museum of Natural History and the Delaware Contemporary offer unique spaces where guests can explore fascinating exhibits and participate in hands-on activities. These interactive experiences provide an enriching backdrop that fosters curiosity and conversation. 
  • Scenic River Cruises: Take advantage of Delaware’s scenic waterways with a river cruise along the Christina River or the Delaware Bay. Charter a private yacht or riverboat for your event, offering guests stunning views of the coastline and a unique perspective of Delaware’s natural beauty. River cruises provide a relaxing and elegant setting for networking, socializing, or simply enjoying the picturesque landscape. 

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Historic Landmarks and Cultural Venues 

  • Fort Delaware State Park: Located on Pea Patch Island, Fort Delaware is a Civil War-era fortress that offers a unique and historic setting for events. Host a memorable gathering with guided tours, historical reenactments, and picturesque views of the Delaware River. This venue provides a one-of-a-kind experience that transports guests back in time. 
  • The Delaware Art Museum: Situated in Wilmington, the Delaware Art Museum features an extensive collection of American art, including works by the Brandywine School and the Pre-Raphaelites. The museum’s elegant galleries, sculpture garden, and stunning reception areas provide a sophisticated setting for art-inspired events. Guests can enjoy private viewings of the exhibits and engage in interactive art activities. 

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Outdoor Adventures and Culinary Experiences 

  • Hagley Museum and Library: Located on the banks of the Brandywine River, the Hagley Museum and Library offers a glimpse into America’s industrial history. The site includes the original du Pont gunpowder mills, workers’ communities, and the du Pont family’s ancestral home. Host your event in one of Hagley’s picturesque venues, such as the E.I. du Pont Garden or the Soda House, and offer guests unique activities like black powder demonstrations and scenic walking tours. 
  • Culinary Tours and Farm-to-Table Experiences: Delaware’s culinary scene is rich with local flavors and farm-to-table experiences. Organize a culinary tour that takes guests to the state’s best restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Host a farm-to-table dinner at a local farm, where guests can enjoy fresh, seasonal dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. These culinary experiences showcase Delaware’s vibrant food culture and provide a deliciously memorable addition to any event. 

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Giving Back To Our Communities 

Roberts Event Group supports multiple local charitable organizations, and they are experts in finding the best CSR opportunities for your group. 

Here are a few that Roberts can personally make the connections to: 

The Summer Science Program- Catering to the Youth 

Faithful Friends Inc.- All animals 

Food for Life Global- Supporting the Vegan Community 

Boy Scouts of America 

Delaware Art Museum 

Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County 

Special Olympics Delaware 

Ronald Mcdonald Delaware 

Food Bank of Delaware 

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Meet Roberts Events Group, A Hosts Global Member  

Since 1994, at Roberts Event Group, we’ve designed, managed and produced events. We are a multi-generation, award winning team who service meetings, special events, galas, festival production, entertainment, team building, CSR give-back events, transportation and staffing as an Event & Destination Management company. Our team is quickly able to understand the needs of our clients and find the perfect property to suit the very specific needs of their event, down to the last detail. 

We provide a comprehensive range of advisory services based on our clients’ specific needs using our extensive knowledge to help you reach your goals. We are customer focused and ensure that our clients are provided with a personalized service while treated with respect and professionalism.

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As you explore the possibilities of Delaware, consider this guide your compass to crafting events that harmonize with the state’s rich history, natural beauty, and vibrant culture. Discover, engage, and create moments that leave a lasting impression against the backdrop of Delaware’s dynamic landscape. 

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