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


A Spring Soiree

July 16th, 2014

In our opinion, the best kind of celebration is one that kicks off summer! Held at a stunning private residence, this soiree celebrated the end of spring and focused on everything floral.

In the home’s kitchen, Will Gilson of Puritan and Company prepared delicious hors d’oeuvres while guests interacted with the celebrity chef.  Bright, spring florals decorated tables and corners throughout the residence and patio, adding the perfect punch of color to the sleek space.  Guests could enjoy fresh cocktails like Aperol Spritz and Fresh Squeezed Margaritas while lounging on the patio’s soft seating brought in specifically for the celebration!

Once guests had their fill of tasty bites, they were invited outside to enjoy a three course dinner al fresco. The temperature controlled, clear top tent was set atop level oak flooring and accented with overhead twinkling string lights.  Decor within the tent was industrial chic.  Long zinc tables and black wooden cross back chairs at each place setting were complimented by angular glassware and a simple natural hemstitch napkin. Grey tweed runners lined the tables and were topped by stunning white orchids and flickering votives on glass pedestals.  Neutral air plants and micro orchids filled the cubic terrariums.  A top notch dinner of Wagyu beef and scallops tantalized guests’ palettes, before they retreated back into the home for colorful macaroons, coffee, and cordials.  We can’t imagine a more perfect way to say “goodbye” spring and “hello” summer!

Festoon Lighting Communal Tables

White Industrial Chic

White Terrariums

Votives Terrariums White Zinc Burlap

Industrial Chic


Happy Fourth of July from CE!

July 3rd, 2014

Whether you’re lounging by the beach, hanging by the grill or camping out bright and early on the Esplanade, we want to wish you and all of our friends and family a very happy Fourth of July! Here are some of our favorite events that incorporate the colors of our grand old flag.  Hopefully the Red, White and Blue inspires you to get into the patriotic spirit!

4th of July

Newton Wellesley Gala

Institute of Contemporary Art

If you are looking for ways to celebrate America’s birthday we suggest checking out Boston Harborfest! The weekend is full of fun and interesting activities and, let’s be honest, there’s no better place to celebrate our nation’s independence than Boston – the cradle of the American Revolution!


The 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala

June 5th, 2014

Youth Enrichment Services Revere Hotel

Earlier this Spring, we had the pleasure of working with Youth Enrichment Services (YES) on their 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala at the Revere Hotel. YES is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides Boston’s inner-city youth with year-round, out-of-school programs.  These invigorating activities help children to build leadership skills and self-confidence.

The VIP reception was held in the hip Emerald Lounge, while the Silver Supporters enjoyed the bar area of Space 57.  We engaged 501 Auctions and their mobile bidding and online auction platform turned the auction into quite an exciting part of the evening.  Although they were in different locations, both the VIP’s and Silver Supporters were able to bid on the same silent auction items at the same time!   501 Auctions makes it easy when building an auction catalog, collecting the bids and processing payments. Texts were also frequently sent out, notifying guests of items with little bidding action, how much time was left for them to bid, and alerting the highest bidder when they were outbid by other guests. While the bidding frenzy ensued, delicious hors d’oeuvres from the Revere were passed for guests to enjoy!

Revere Hotel YES Youth Enrichment Services Emerald Lounge

Revere Hotel YES Youth Enrichment Services Silver Supporters 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala

Space 57 YES Youth Enrichment Services 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala

After the cocktail reception, the VIP and Silver Supporters came together for a seated dinner in Space 57. Sam Adams donated beer which served as the centerpiece on the tables – who doesn’t love a sleek Lucite beer bucket as a centerpiece?! In addition to the beer buckets, tasty black diamond desserts were displayed in the center of the table on a spinning lazy susan for all to share!

YES Youth Enrichment Services Fourth Annual Black Diamond Gala Revere Hotel

YES Youth Enrichment Services Revere Hotel 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala

YES Youth Enrichment Services Revere Hotel Space 57

Tony V, the comedian, kept guests entertained all night and exceeded expectations with a lively fund-a-need auction.  The first donors at the top level were given custom slalom skis – what a kick!

The evening was a huge success, with YES raising over $300,000 for Boston youth, and we are already planning how to top it next year!