You Had Me At Merlot

January 17th, 2017

Dreamy and romantic, our Corinthian Events team had the pleasure of designing this opulent reception at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston.

Candles glowed a top marble communal tables in a variety of reflective vessels including; nickel pedestal hurricanes, mercury glass textured votives, and nickel plated aluminum cylinders. The stunning tablescape was further elevated by mirror flower vases filled with luscious rouge florals.

The showstopping lighting was inspired by a night sky ablaze with stars was created by a blue textured pattern wash onto the light fixtures and the soffits above. The existing wooden walls were masked in white drape around the entire perimeter of the room as well – a perfect backdrop, allowing the décor to take center stage!

An assortment of linens with a variety in texture and color were employed from rich silks to buttery suedes including our personal favorites… ruby and silver woven patterned linens and amazing silver linens with small metallic leather circles sewn in rows.

Silver tufted velvet couches were used for soft seating which blended seamlessly into the overall design with help from the throw pillows, created in the same fabric as the linens. Round mirrored tables fit perfectly with the shape of the seating and reflected soft candlelight. On trend marble vases completed the look!

Oh the marble vases! We really can’t say enough about how beautiful they are! Our team fell madly in love with them – even more so, after they were filled with red calla lilies, roses, amaryllis and trailing flowers called amaranthus.

Marble details continued with a swoon worthy marble faced bar and custom marble tops for the communal tables.

A whimsical candy bar featured champagne lollipops, silver and red M&Ms, white and dark chocolate covered pretzels, cherry Sour Patch candies, silver wrapped chocolate kisses and more – all chosen to match the décor.

Glass and chrome vessels displayed the color themed sweets perfectly… a sweet ending to a gorgeous night!


Site Selection: The Details Matter

January 12th, 2017

Massachusetts was ranked the most innovative state in the US for 2016* so if your considering cities for your company’s next big event – put Boston on top!

At Corinthian Events, we are head over heels for our home base. Boston boasts copious potential venues from traditional and historic to modern and trendy throughout the city in various neighborhoods such as Back Bay, the North End, and Fenway to name a few. And of course, as an accredited Destination Management Company – we know a lot about our favorite city!

Due to the plethora of great options, choosing the right venue can become a ‘to do’ on your ever-growing list, and if you are not familiar with Beantown, your challenge becomes even more paramount as you navigate through the unknowns.

When we work with your team on site selection, our staff of seasoned professionals ensures no details are overlooked and there are no surprises.

DETAILS. We start by discussing your event with you to learn all pertinent details that have already been decided and what key factors will determine the spacing requirements.

  • What type of event are you planning?
    • Conference or Meeting, Dinner or Gala
    • Reception or Party
    • How many people do you expect?
    • When would be the ideal date or date pattern?
    • What is the format of your desired event?
      • Seated
      • Standing Reception
      • Progressive
      • Breakouts
      • Are there special services that will be relevant to your guests?
        • Accessibility (ADA) requirements
        • Sign language or translation services
        • What is important for your guests and the success of your meeting or event?
          • Location (proximity to airport or convention center, walking distance from scheduled off-sites, etc.)
          • WiFI and what bandwidth requirements might exist?
          • Food and Beverage
          • Ambiance (historical, trendy, practical, business)

With these details organized our team brainstorms – with 19 team members at Corinthian Events, we have a lot of brainpower to discuss all the locations which would best fit all parameters of the upcoming event.

LEG WORK. Once we have our list of potential venues we organize official RFPs (Request for Proposals) which are sent to our contacts at various locations. On a large event, there are many details to keep in mind when calculating prices and without knowing the right questions to ask, things can get overlooked.  It is important to pay attention to auxiliary fees in addition to basic venue fees, catering, and audio visual.  Don’t get tripped up on set-up fees, administrative fees, charges for auxiliary services such as coat check, internet, white boards, and conference calls.

ORGANIZE & REVIEW. With all details received we organize them into a clear, comparable format including pros and cons for each location, relevant images, and budgets that allow side by side comparison by your team. We review all these details with you to learn what is most relevant to the success of your event.

CONTRACT REVIEW & NEGOTIATION. Our years of experience reviewing contracts gives our team a competitive advantage to negotiate concessions for our clients and maintain a win-win for our venue partners. Often the contract you see has already undergone a revision – or two!

Whether you are planning a 1 day meeting or a conference over several days for 50 or for 5,000 people – your venue is vital to the success of your event. Your guests will interact more with the location than any other detail you choose so don’t go it alone – we are here to help!

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Rustic Decor, Stunning Results

January 10th, 2017

Rustic décor adorned this gorgeous landmark hotel, creating a visually stunning backdrop to a seamless evening.

Our team at Corinthian Events produced this evening which included event design and décor, entertainment procurement and management, onsite registration check-in and management, and all logistics to ensure guests were provided with an evening that not only stunned visually but was executed flawlessly.

The experience of our team helped guide many of our decisions and we even learned some new tricks!

Large golden antlers, golden pine cones, fresh pine cuttings and amber votives along the registration table as while our check-in team greeted guests warmly upon arrival. We used IPads to efficiently check guests in, which allowed our team to provide live data to our client throughout the evening.

We chose to vary the centerpieces to create visual interest while adhering to a rustic, yet elegant theme. Birch, pine and frost elements were utilized on many of the tablescapes while votives were covered with natural burlap. Our personal favorite? The bell jars on the right with tiny wireless ‘fairy’ lights were divine!

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed a classic Ragtime pianist as well as a DJ alternating tunes, keeping the energy elevated. Spirits were high and the variety added a fun energy to the party!

We were excited to prepare this s’mores bar for the evening but the details became vital… elements such as which type of skewer would give the most authentic stick feel while keeping it a classy soirée were key! The first sticks we bought were too big – like they were meant to roast marshmallows at a campfire not a ballroom, so that wouldn’t do. We ultimately landed on just the right skewer while the Taj provided all the fixings for this classic sweet ending!

The balance of rustic and elegant were just right, allowing guests a warm evening filled with beautiful décor, great entertainment and delicious treats!


Meet the Team: Elizabeth

January 5th, 2017

Talented. Detail Oriented. Successful.

You may know her as Elizabeth Iannessa… but this Director at Corinthian Events is now officially Elizabeth Trofatter, CMP. Her now husband, Tyler, is a professional lighting designer, and yes – they met on the job!

Creativity runs deep for Elizabeth. Jill, Partner at Corinthian Events shared, “Elizabeth is creative, vivacious and has a keen décor eye.  She is passionate about our brand and the quality events that have become known as the Corinthian Way.”

Elizabeth’s aesthetic is slightly quirky in the most wonderful of ways. You may not expect this but she has a deep fascination with the circus: the weirder the better! “I always dreamed of being a contortionist in Cirque de Soleil,” Elizabeth gushed, “(but) I think that ship has sailed!”

This love of circus bubbles up when given the opportunity. Most recently, she designed a “Midnight on the Boardwalk” themed holiday party which was a high-end interpretation of old-world carnival with Tim Burton-esque elements and vaudeville flair. Check out pictures and learn more about the event by clicking here.

Elizabeth is passionate about life. She first started with Corinthian Events in 2007, yet her love of adventure drew her to take a brief hiatus – and move to Italy! During this period, she took a professional culinary course in Rome, worked in hospitality, and traveled around Europe.

Upon returning to the United States, she rejoined the Corinthian Events team in 2011 and obtained her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) in 2013.  She was elevated to the position of Director in 2015.

At the office, she spends most her time working with clients, planning strategically with our internal team and our vendor partners, making floorplans, designing spaces, thinking creatively, ensuring quality control, managing production schedules and inspiring the team to elevate the brand to new heights.

Elizabeth admitted while she considers her focus on details a valued skill in the office she added, “I probably drive everyone crazy with my method but I really like things done a certain way as it has proven to serve our clients well over the years.”

Not to worry Elizabeth… Jamie, Senior Account Manager confirmed, “Elizabeth’s attention to detail is her strongest asset!”

Outside of the office, you can find Elizabeth practicing yoga, traveling, cooking, enjoying her first year of marriage with her husband, and spending time with family whenever possible.

Her family is very important to her and she is close with her mom, dad and brother.

We are lucky to have Elizabeth and all her creativity and energy on our team!

“Elizabeth and I always have fun working together!” Megan, Senior Account Manager beamed, “Whether we are working on the same event or not, we always use each other to bounce ideas back and forth and collaborate on design concepts and logistics.”

Maureen, Castle Venue Manager at Corinthian Events shared, “Elizabeth is extraordinarily talented and knowledgeable but one of the things I love most about her is her enthusiasm. She literally lights up on site as she is pulling all the elements together!”

Aside from her immense talents, a favorite contribution from Elizabeth is her laugh. Megan and Micha, both Senior Account Managers added, “Her laugh is infectious!” She can be on the other side of the office from you and if you hear her laughter you can’t help but join in!

Tamara, Director at Corinthian Events affirmed, “Corinthian Events is better with Elizabeth on our team because she drinks the ‘Corinthian Events Kool-Aid!’ She is 100% dedicated to Corinthian Events and our brand oozes through in every service she provides and event she produces!”