Go Sibos! A Sports Themed Extravaganza

December 15th, 2014

Earlier this fall we helped Sibos celebrate the end of their annual conference by transforming the BCEC into a sports fan’s dream!  The large hall was broken into four sports sections: Football, Basketball, Baseball and Hockey.  Each section featured entertainment, games, and centerpieces to help bring the theme to life.  For guests, the excitement began as soon as they stepped into the foyer.  While a 40-person Pep Rally Band from Northeastern University played catchy tunes, the Red Sox stilt walker interacted with attendees.  Both pieces of entertainment created great energy in the room, making guests excited for a night full of food and fun!

Ready, set, hike!  In the Football section, attendees were invited to experience life as an NFL kicker with a larger than life field goal complete with AstroTurf field.  Despite their suits and dress shoes, guests were quick to grab a football and test their skills.  Alternatively, guests looking for more of a tailgate experience could try their hand at bean bag toss with beverage in hand.

Across the room, the Basketball section was a slam dunk!  The highlight was a miniature basketball court where guests played lively games of Horse and Knock Out late into the night.  Pop-A-Shot was also popular as guests attempted to best one another’s scores throughout the evening.

In the Hockey section guests were introduced to flat track roller derby.  Boston’s own Derby Dames played a game on the full size rink while Derby Dames’ Ambassadors skated throughout the audience to explain the rules.  The high contact sport drew quite a crowd as the teams attempted to score points and edge out a victory before the final buzzer!

Last, but certainly not least, the final area featured America’s favorite pastime.  From batting practice to Wii Baseball, the Baseball section was full of ways to keep guests entertained.  Speed pitch was a huge hit as guests competed to see who could throw a fastball and clock the highest speed!

Northeastern University Red Sox Stiltwalker Entertainment

Sports Theme BCEC

Pop a Shot Sports Theme BCEC

BCEC Sports Themed Hockey

Throughout the room we used centerpieces to help bring each sport to life.  In the Football section, centerpieces featured miniature footballs and helmets, faux turf and even cheerleader pom poms!  Mini basketballs, toddler sized Converse All Stars (are these not the most adorable things you’ve ever seen?!) and tabletop basketball games helped to carry the theme throughout the Basketball area.  Surrounding the roller derby rink, tables were topped with pucks, hockey skates and Stanley Cup replicas.  Finally, Red Sox memorabilia, baseballs, bats and pennants decorated tables in the Baseball section.

Sports Theme BCEC

Sports Theme BCEC

BCEC Sports Theme

BCEC Sports Theme

BCEC Sports Theme

The cherry on top, especially for locals, was appearances by the hometown team mascots.  Pat the Patriot, Lucky, Blades the Bruin and Wally the Green Monster roamed throughout the entire hall providing the perfect photo op for guests.  From joining basketball games to pumping up the crowd on the rink during half time, these entertainment pros were not afraid to jump right into the action.  As a final piece of entertainment, the Celtics Dancers put on a fantastic “half time” performance and kicked off the dance party.  Guests were ready to let loose after a week full of networking and meetings and stayed out on the dance floor until the lights came on.  Those looking to relax could rest their feet in the Sports Lounge on a variety of sports themed soft seating arrangements. From pool to foosball and a “cool” ice bar, there was no shortage of things to do!

Blades the Bruin Lucky Celtics

BCEC Sports Theme

BCEC Sports Theme

BCEC Ice Bar

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Giving Thanks

November 25th, 2014

ASRM at Museum of Fine Arts MFA Gala

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!

JFK Library Pavilion

ASRM at Downtown Harvard Club

ASRM at Museum of Fine Arts MFA Gala

Succulents and Mason Jars Mandarin Oriental Tent

Tented Reception Burlap

Orchids Calla Lilies

ASRM at Harvard Club

Lanterns

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Famed Neighborhoods of Boston

November 21st, 2014

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Irish Bar South End

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!

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston North End Italy

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston North End Cannoli Station

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.

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston South End Irish Bar

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston South End Irish Bar Lighting Treatment

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!

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Chinatown Sake

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.

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Waterfront Tent

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Waterfront

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Waterfront Detour Unplugged Harpoon Brewery

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.

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Waterfront

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Soft Seating Lanterns Waterfront

After a whirlwind trip around Boston’s famed neighborhoods guests were ready to board the motor coaches and head back to their hotels!

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A Morning with Martha

October 30th, 2014

Martha Stewart Shiza Shahid BCEC

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!

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