Explore Your Inner Creative

July 17th, 2015

New England Event Planning

We promised you a closer look at some of our June events and we are starting with one of Newport, RI’s premiere venues!  Located just over an hour South of Boston, Newport is one of our favorite seaside cities to visit (especially in the summer) and when a client decides to take their event or meeting to this New England resort town we are thrilled!

Over the course of the three day program, 400 guests were given the opportunity to explore Newport during multiple activities and off sites.  One particularly memorable evening took place at Belle Mer, a chic Newport event space that combines elegance with contemporary glamour.  Located on the edge of Narraganset Bay, Belle Mer offers sweeping views of Newport Harbor and the true Newport society experience.  Guests were welcomed to Belle Mer for a night full of cocktails, delicious bites and some unique entertainment.  A variety of low and high cocktail tables were spread across the property to promote casual dining and informal mingling.  Sticking with the ocean side theme and complimenting the sleek space, punchy patterned linens in blue and green topped guest tables.  Centerpieces featured white ceramic and glass containers filled with succulents and white florals.

Many guests spent time outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather, playing lawn games and exploring the seven acres of manicured lawns.  Collections of Adirondack chairs were scattered around the picturesque, ocean-view setting and were the perfect place for guests to catch the sunset!

Oceanside Nautical

Oceanside Nautical

Oceanside Nautical

Baggo Lawn Games Tented

Rhode Island Belle Mer View

The highlight of the evening was the variety of unique entertainment and performances that encouraged guests to explore their creative sides.  From caricaturists and ice sculptors to bucket drummers and magicians, we ensured guests were engaged from arrival to departure.  Throughout the evening two talented artists created larger than life nautical masterpieces.  A muralist began with blank canvases and by the time the event ended had painted a beautiful ocean scene.  At the same time world renowned artsit, Rob Surrette, created an equally impressive piece made entirely of push pins! As the sun set, guests were invited outside to view the night sky with the help of  a few telescopes. Guests were able to see Saturn and Jupiter while a local astronomer provided background on the two beautiful planets.  To cap the night off, dueling pianists picked up the tempo and played crowd favorites and sing-along classics.  The skilled pianists encouraged song requests, creating a truly interactive experience.  Entertainment was staggered over the course of the evening and strategically placed in different areas of the venue so there was no shortage of things to inspire guests creatively!

Belle Mer Newport

Belle Mer Newport

Belle Mer Newport

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Missed Us?

June 24th, 2015

It’s safe to say that the week of June 15th was the busiest one we’ve seen in awhile!  You may have noticed (or at least assumed from the multiple “out of office” emails) that a majority of the CE team spent last week on site.  Large programs in Boston, Cambridge and Newport had our team working around the clock to ensure a flawless execution and great guest experience.

We can’t take all the credit though… We’d like to give a big shout out to all of the amazing staff that assisted us throughout the week, many of whom are close friends and family members of CE! Our hard working Harvard day staff are featured in the picture above and they are only a portion of the small army who helped us to get through the week.

As we continue to get back into the swing of things, we’ll be sure to update you on all of our June happenings.  Keep an eye out for some event recaps in the coming weeks!

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Game On at Yahoo! Agency Fest

June 5th, 2015

One of our favorite venues to transform is Artist’s For Humanity’s Epicenter.  The LEED Platinum Certified building is completely dedicated to the voice, vision and virtuosity of urban teens and features a raw gallery space that is ready for anything!  Earlier this Spring, we converted the innovative space into a competitive adult playground for Yahoo!’s Agency Fest, a networking get-together that Yahoo! hosts for local ad agencies.  From linens and uplighting to custom pennants and baseballs, Yahoo!’s signature purple filled the room.  As a nod to the “Game On!” theme, centerpieces featured sports (and Yahoo!) themed elements including purple and white pom poms, miniature footballs and miniature football helmets.

Decor

Sports Themed Centerpiece

After grabbing a few bites to eat and a purple “Yahootini”, guests were broken into teams and the games began!  From lawn beer pong to giant jenga to cornhole, guests spent the evening competing head to head for a chance to win some pretty great prizes.  Throughout the event, DJ Mike Salvati spun motivating tracks to keep the atmosphere upbeat!  Guests had an amazing time and we think its safe to say, Yahoo! knows how to throw a party!

Yahootini Game Night

Game On!

Giant Jenga

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A Honky Tonk Hoedown in Music City

May 21st, 2015

Backyard Barbecue

If you’ve ever been to Nashville, Tennessee, you know it’s all about bright lights and big voices.  (If you haven’t, we suggest you plan a trip ASAP!)  Thus it made perfect sense that Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program’s biennial bash, known for great food and tunes, celebrate Music City with a honky tonk hoedown.

Arriving at a private property in Wayland, MA, guests were met with handcrafted cocktails, mouthwatering barbecue and fun lawn games.  The outdoor space was reminiscent of a backyard cookout with red check tablecloths, sunflowers and camp candles topping tables. Thanks to Blue Ribbon’s barbecue trailer, the smell of pit smoked pork shoulder filled the air.  Guests looking for a beverage could visit hive, a re-purposed 1983 Airstream trailer that acts as a mobile event space and specializes in offering unique drinks using high quality ingredients.  Adding to the ambiance, guitarist Fran Malva and classic rock band French Lick entertained attendees throughout the afternoon on an outdoor stage.

Blue Ribbon Barbecue

Hive Airstream

Red Check Nashville Centerpiece

Inside the massive 22,000 square foot tent, activities were abound.  17 local restaurants and their celebrity chef counterparts served up Nashville themed bites featuring items like pulled chicken waffle tacos and bourbon roasted peaches with thyme shortcake.  As you can imagine, it was all finger licking good!  A central bar surrounded by four lighted columns complete with crystal beaded curtains and hanging guitars, paid tribute to the flashiness of Nashville’s “Honky Tonk Highway”.  Of course, no Music City bar would be complete without live music!  A unique stage in the middle of the bar allowed musicians to perform for guests from an ideal vantage point.  Raised above guests’ heads, “The Stage” took up a small footprint but created a big impact.

Tent Decor

Raised Bar Stage

Modern country singer, Houston Bernard performs on the central bar stage!

Decor throughout the space perfectly complimented the southern theme.  Tables were topped with glitzy linens, cowboy boot floral arrangements and miniature musical instruments.  Over-sized, vintage country music posters and marquee signs hung overhead in the casino area where guests spent the evening playing craps, blackjack and roulette.

Nashville Centerpieces

Nashville Centerpieces

Nashville Centerpieces

If all that wasn’t enough, the evening culminated with an emotional program benefiting Lovelane followed by an incredible performance by .38 Special.  After more than three decades together, .38 Special brought their signature blast of Southern Rock to the “Grand Ole Opry” stage.  We couldn’t have asked for a more explosive finale to cap off this amazing night!

38 Special

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