The creativity and imagination that goes into planning a memorable meeting often takes a break when it comes time for coffee. It shouldn't, says G. Eugene Wigger, whose book Themes, Dreams & Schemes offers planners a wealth of menu and theme ideas for meal functions and meeting breaks.

"This is primarily an idea book," says Wigger. "It's for people to take back to their hotel or meeting site and challenge them to do something different."

For the holidays, Wigger's Holiday Musical Break features the strains of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite ballet--played by a piano player, string ensemble, or even a taped recording--and a menu that includes European pastries, butter and fruit tarts, gingerbread cookies, eggnog, and more.

And don't forget the decorations.

The 328-page hardcover book is available for $75 by calling publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc. at (800) 225-5945. Use the reference code 063-8-6410.