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!


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!


Our Day on Instagram – The CE Summer Outing

September 11th, 2014

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!

CE Tours Boston

CE does Boston

CE does Boston

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CE does Boston

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CE does Boston

CE does Boston

CE does Boston

CE does Boston

Be sure to follow us @corinthianevents to keep up with all of our fun!


Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid

August 14th, 2014

Revere Hotel Space 57

Each year members of the design, fashion and beauty world await Pantone’s Color the Year announcement with bated breath.  The proposed color inevitably influences product development and purchasing decisions across multiple industries and consequently requires careful consideration.  As you can imagine, the color of the year often gets event designers talking as well.   When we learned 2014’s Color of the Year was Radiant Orchid, we realized we’d been incorporating the bright hue into many events – so on trend, we know!   Here are some of our favorites that have featured the lovely shade – which Pantone describes as a captivating harmony of fuschia, purple and pink.

This past fall, we used radiant orchid tones to transform Space 57 at the Revere Hotel for a celebratory cocktail reception.  Purple soft seating, washes of fuchsia light and beautiful radiant orchid floral arrangements turned the blank space into an inviting affair with a lustrous glow!

Revere Hotel Space 57

Revere Hotel Space 57 Soft Seating

Revere Hotel Space 57 Floral Centerpieces

In January, PCMA held their Convening Leaders meeting in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center and we were excited to partner with Toronto Tourism’s to plan their Imaginarium.  The innovative and stimulating booth has been a staple at PCMA since 2007 and is often one of the most anticipated booths of the convention!  Bounded by white draping with a soft purple glow, the Imaginarum felt ethereal and modern.  Visitors were encouraged to let their imaginations run wild while decorating ceramic bowls or making lego jewlery.  As a unique touch, we created two private meeting spaces with walls made of spandex circles that guests were welcome to utilize throughout the conference.


Bowl Decorating

You may recall this beautiful image from a past blog post (One For The Books) about a fun-filled evening at the Boston Public Library that occurred last June.  Much of the decor featured radiant orchid touches, including the grand staircase which featured a temporary barricade made of scattered purple orchids.

Radiant Orchid

Last but certainly not least – the metamorphosis of the Benjamin Franklin Institute this past holiday season!  Rich purple hues turned the space from a classroom by day to a festive holiday party at night.  Be sure to  check out the previous blog post to see the impressive transformation, complete with a time lapse video (A Transformation You Have to See to Believe)!

Benjamin Franklin Institute