What are we thankful for? Our amazing clients, incredible vendors and supportive families, of course! In honor of the upcoming holiday, we thought we’d provide you with some fall inspiration for your Thanksgiving table. When it comes to fall, there’s nothing we love more than a beautiful autumnal arrangement – except, maybe pie!
Sometimes our clients don’t have the luxury to actually wander the streets of Boston when they are attending a conference, so its our job to bring the entire Boston experience to them! Earlier this fall, we transformed the Institute of Contemporary Art and created distinct Boston neighborhoods in various parts of the museum. Decor, food and entertainment in each area brought the famed neighborhoods to life, while custom action stations provided guests with an interactive component.
As guests arrived at the ICA and entered the Foyer, it was as if they had been transported to a traditional Italian trattoria. The combination of floor to ceiling windows and festoon lights created an intimate outdoor cafe atmosphere. Tables topped with red check linens and red rose centerpieces were the perfect spot for guests to sit and imagine they were in the North End! Guests could pick up delectable pasta dishes, unique cannoli creations, and glasses of wine from the wine barrel food stations. To top off the North End experience, a chef created gelato before guests’ eyes using cutting edge liquid nitrogen technology. A specially trained LN2 mixologist whipped up sweet treats on the spot using only the purest ingredients. Guests loved the spectacle and the amazing flavors!
Next, guests headed upstairs to the ICA’s theatre for an Irish Bar experience accompanied by magnificent views of Boston Harbor and the downtown skyline. Industrial metal stools provided contrast to the gleaming wooden high top tables and heavy wooden bar with matching molding. Guests were invited to taste whiskey samples from local distillery, Bully Boy, while they listened to an authentic Irish band. A beautiful lighting treatment completely transformed the theatre-style seating into a stunning focal point for the room.
As guests headed back downstairs they were welcomed into the ICA’s Water Cafe for a quick stop in Chinatown! Sleek white furniture and bright orchid arrangements fit perfectly within the already contemporary and stylish cafe. Themed delicacies were served in Chinese takeout boxes with red chopsticks as a fun, yet functional garnish. Boston’s modern day Chinatown features a wide variety of Asian eateries. Japanese sake and an intricate sushi station brought this diversity to life!
Outside on the patio, guests experienced the New England Waterfront. Located right on the water’s edge, the plaza offered striking views of Boston harbor. Though the weather proved uncooperative, the tent’s clear walls allowed guests to embrace the outdoors without getting wet. Echoing the seaside theme, decor featured rusti-chic elements that included wooden picnic tables, burlap runners, rustic lanterns and herbs and grasses in natural containers. Custom white bars with burlap panels complimented the tent’s furnishings. At an interactive raw bar, guests were served local Island Creek oysters from a 6-foot Dory boat while they learned about the bivalves and the landscape of Duxbury Bay where they were harvested. For the beer lover, a custom beer tap wall allowed guests to sample a variety of Harpoon Brewery brews and learn about the history behind each beer.
If guests desired (although the weather kept many at bay) they were invited to wander outside and sit below the ICA’s Amphitheater. Soft pillow areas were the perfect place for guests to take in the Boston waterfront. A lighting treatment on the overhang and over-sized lanterns produced a soft glow turning the stark, wooden space into a welcoming oasis.
After a whirlwind trip around Boston’s famed neighborhoods guests were ready to board the motor coaches and head back to their hotels!
Last month, Jill had the opportunity to attend the final keynote address at Hubspot’s INBOUND Conference held at the Boston Convention and Exhibit Center. The week was dedicated to providing guests with the inspiration, education, and connections they need to transform their businesses. Jill, a self-proclaimed geek, is constantly trying to draw lines from experiences back to how she can help run CE better and smarter – or simply garner ideas for inventive events.
Shiza Shahid opened the session pitching Charity Water, a non-profit organization on a mission to bring clean drinking water to every person on the planet. Her main point was that where passion, purpose, and skill collide – magic can happen. After having a “drought of purpose” in her life, Shahid traveled to Africa where she learned about the work of Charity Water. Shahid shared moving stories of her travels and had the audience of over 2,000 attendees fully engaged. Using her personal and business connections, Shahid took Charity Water’s mission to heart and raised money to drill several wells that would help hundreds of people gain access to water for their lifetime. Her talk was truly inspiring! On a personal level, Jill found that Shahid put into words how she feels about Corinthian Events. Our office is fueled by passion for amazing events and serving our clients. Hospitality courses through our veins, giving us purpose to serve the guests at our events an amazing experience. We also have skills that are finely honed through years of collaborative experience with the finest vendors in the industry in Boston. Passion, purpose, and skill truly collide at Corinthian Events!
Next up to speak was the MacGyver of the homemaking world, Martha Stewart! The iconic magnate of home entertaining told the story of how the Martha Stewart brand grew organically over time. Success came from doing something she loved and hiring like-minded people with a similar desire to reach and learn something new every day. Again, this rang true! At Corinthian Events, we get to do things we love each and every day for great people. We are in event planning to produce wonderful experiences for people. Whether a business event, non-profit gala or fun incentive trip, what we do is both the frosting on the cake and the dowels that hold that cake up. The details that happen behind the scenes are what make us tick. Trust us, of course we love to see a finished product, but a polished, tight show that no one really notices (because there was only excellence to see) is what it is all about!
We spend all summer planning your summer outings, so it seems only fair that we get one day to forget about work and celebrate the season! Last month, Corinthian Events took to the streets and explored some of our favorite parts of Boston before enjoying a delicious dinner at Sweet Cheeks. From donuts and champagne on the way to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to a segway tour of Boston’s waterfront (with only one minor accident!), we basked in the 90 degree weather and learned bits of trivia (courtesy of our in house historian, Jill) about our beloved city. Of course, we took to Instagram to document our fantastic day and share our fun. Here’s our day on Instagram!
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