Setting the Scene

August 23rd, 2016

A Presidential themed gala at the Fairmont Copley Plaza brings to mind when John F. Kennedy was president and the Kennedy’s were considered New England royalty.

Inspired by the 1960s and the classy dinners the Kennedy’s hosted while in office we chose deep navy linens with gold scrollwork. White hydrangeas and white roses filled rectangular gold vases along with gold votives, which elevated the décor, and bright white plates and napkins added simple elegance.

If you swoon over the 60’s you’ll adore the Mad Men inspired cocktail reception that preceded our gala.

Mid-century modern soft seating was selected, along with a fabulous shag rug, potted palms, perimeter uplighting, and one of a kind vintage details transported our guests.

Finding the right balance when designing an era into a modern space is all about the details! This coffee table is sleek and clean, while the golden peacocks are just perfectly glam.

Vintage inspired candy “cigarettes” featured in vintage ash trays really set the scene. These candy cigarettes were also displayed in martini glasses on high cocktail tables. Guests took part in some sweet puffing before heading into the gala.

Here is a real working vintage phone we used as a prop by the couches. I’m sure the kids these days wouldn’t know what to do with this relic!

Everyone had a blast getting into character. A roving Marilyn Monroe impersonator mingled with guests, staff wore ‘Kennedy for President’ buttons, and most of the attendees dressed the part as well!

PHOTO CREDIT: BRUNO DEBAS

Setting the scene takes details, planning and the right location! The venue, Fairmont Copley Boston is steeped in history and beaming with classic charm, it was the perfect venue for this 60’s cocktail affair and gala!

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Dog Days of Summer

August 18th, 2016

Our Corinthian Events office is a lively place.

We have a soft seating corner where we brainstorm ideas, 2 stylish conference rooms for more formal meetings and an open concept desk layout which allows for easy communication and sight lines among our team. On a typical day, our team is in flux, moving in and out of the office to lead site inspections, client meetings, or executing an event – hardly a place we could bring a pup!

Yet, when PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) sent an invite for a dog friendly networking event we knew we had to go! The event was after work so Micha and Sarah volunteered to bring their dogs into the office for the day then over to the event. As the day approached, schedules changed – requiring Micha to be out of the office all day which in turn left Sarah’s dog to enjoy all the attention!

The day was a blast, Raja met the team and spent the day casually stopping by each desk – offering his ball, hoping they would play.

PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID FOX

Best part of the day? Networking! We all had a blast meeting other event professionals… and their pups! There was a variety of ages and breeds of dogs from a 7 month old chocolate lab all the way up to a cranky old dog who hung out and watched the young dogs from a distance!

What a day! Raja’s feedback? “No more meetings!”

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Off the Beaten Path

August 16th, 2016

How do you plan an event for the group that has been cooped up all day? Get them some fresh air!

After a day filled with meetings, our clients wanted an activity that would be relaxing and a special way to end a busy day. We took them out of their chairs and whisked them to a place where work was a 4 letter word and the most challenging task was deciding what to drink next.

Our Corinthian Events team met our guests at their hotel to welcome them onto coaches for comfortable travel to the docks. We then guided the group onto a boat for a lovely trip over to Spectacle Island for an evening of games including corn hole and a fire pit to roast s’mores. Dinner was a New England Clambake and the evening’s activity included an impromptu sunset hike provided by a wonderful National Park Staff Member! This event was a perfect finish to our client’s day in meetings, yet there are so many more ways to get out of the office and enjoy our gorgeous city.

PHOTO CREDIT: JOHN KREIS

Love oysters? Bring them aboard! Here we brought a professional oyster shucker on a luxury yacht to enjoy these clams without getting our hands dirty – yum!

New England clambakes come in many shapes and sizes. This one was particularly special for two reasons: location & quantity. Everything was ‘baked’ right where you see it… over 150lbs of lobster!


For an active group, getting into a clipper and spending a day sailing is a lot of fun. Mary is the most experienced sailor among our Corinthian ‘Crew’ – she has raced extensively through the years!

Getting out of the office is not only a blast but its great way to improve productivity and team building. You obviously don’t need us to sell you on the benefits… but if you’d like to enjoy your outing and not think about logistics – we’d love to lend a hand!

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Bonding at Sea, Summer Outing 2016!

August 11th, 2016

Oh just a typical day at Corinthian Events… Just kidding!

We are so very lucky that each summer, the Partners; Courtney, Jill and Mary, treat us to a special day we lovingly refer to as our ‘Summer Outing.’ The details of the day are a secret to the entire team except for Tamara, our fab Senior Account Manager, who organizes the day based on direction from the Partners.

Prior to the outing (and we mean the night before!) the team was sent a packing list so we are prepared. We were told to pack sunscreen, a bathing suit, sunglasses and flip flops, along with a few other general items that didn’t give any clues away. Not knowing all the details as planners is very difficult! Case in point…

“I had no idea (what we were going to do) until I took a peek at (Tamara’s) schedule… LOL don’t tell her. I’m so bad at surprises.”- Claudia

Our adventure started on the water. Life jackets on, paddles in hand and we were off… exploring the Charles River. Rentals were pre-arranged so we didn’t miss a beat in getting going. After a few races (of course!), in true team-building fashion, we spent much of our time floating en mass in the sunshine. We paddled into the esplanade and had our very own lazy river in Boston!

Mary and Jamie’s favorite part of the day was the kayaking. Always working to turn a good time into a great time Jamie had a recommendation, “If we had a cooler of cocktails it would have been even better (haha).” Many of us agreed with this sentiment!

And off we go, onto our next stop, The Valiant, an elegant 97′ yacht! There it is in the background… we are so excited as we make our way. When Megan (center with baseball hat) was asked how she thought we’d spend the day she replied, “Figured it was something to do with water and boats.” Spot on Meg!

The view from the boat was incredible, crystal clear skies with our gorgeous Boston skyline as a backdrop. After a ‘tough’ morning of kayaking, some R&R is just what we needed! We headed all the way to the Boston Harbor Island for a stop at Lovell’s Island – the water was cold so a quick dip was refreshing. A delicious meal followed with Ahi Tuna and Watermelon Feta Salad. Once we had some time to relax, our competitive nature came out – a riveting game of catch phrase got Natalie right out of her seat!

Next up – scavenger hunt! Teams were assigned, clues were given and off we went! Our exploring took us from the Ai Weiwei Circle of Animals on the Rose Kennedy Greenway to Faneuil Hall. We even squeezed in a quick shopping trip at Quincy Market!

Our final stop of the day was Coppersmith’s roof deck in South Boston with great food and games. Joined by our friends, The McMurphy’s playing all our favorite hits, the atmosphere was set for a rockin’ time! Courtney’s favorite part of the whole day? Games!

Recognize the musician on the right? That’s Matt! When he’s not in the office, he plays in a rock band, Wonder City.

With everyone together why not take a moment to celebrate the birthdays? Cody, Jamie and Tamara all have summer birthdays so we took a moment to sing happy birthday!

The party continued into the evening. Reflecting on the night, many of us enjoyed getting to know each other better and meeting our plus ones! Elizabeth shared, “(I) loved seeing all of my colleagues in their natural environment, interactive and sharing together!”

Check out these love birds! Jill and Rich stole the show late in the evening as they danced the night away.

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