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 full 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

CE does Boston

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


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