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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Bold Prints and Bright Florals

April 23rd, 2015

After a winter complete with record snow, we weren’t exactly thrilled when March came in like a lion. As seasoned Bostonians, we’re used to it – but the first signs of spring are always a welcome sight! Though it may have been cold, gloomy and windy outside, our recent event at the Sheraton signaled that warm weather was on its way.  For us, nothing screams spring like an abundance of eye-catching blooms!

Upon arrival, guests were greeted by modern, sophisticated decor and complimentary ambient lighting that filled the ballroom.  A statement bar acted as the main focal point and glowed brightly in the center of the room, surrounded by a variety of communal tables and rounds topped with bold hexagonal print linens.  Centerpieces featured a mixture of bright pink orchids and stark white calla lilies in sleek, geometric containers that kept with the modern aesthetic.  Echoing the printed linens, a hexagonal pattern wash was projected around the perimeter of the room.

Local jazz group Twilight performed throughout the reception and guests were treated to a blend of classic blue note jazz and stylized versions of pop, indie and latin infused music!  Those looking for a corner to network or relax could prop their feet up in one of the soft seating areas which featured sleek white couches and polished silver coffee tables.

Spring Florals and Bold Prints

Bright Florals and Bold Prints

Bright Florals and Bold Prints

Bold Prints and Bright Florals

Bold Prints and Bright Florals

Lucky for us, we didn’t have to daydream about beautiful blooms for too much longer, as spring really was right around the corner!  Dare we start dreaming of beaches and boats?  It’s never too early!

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Big Night 2015: Throwback Edition

March 20th, 2015

House of Blues

In early February, Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay’s celebrated their 16th Annual Big Night at the House of Blues Boston and it was all that and a bag o’ chips!  The sold out fundraiser featured a bold color palette, throwback entertainment and 90s inspired decor.

To carry the 90s concept from start to finish, we transformed the HOB foyer into a black light wonderland.  As guests arrived they were greeted by glowing balloons, floor decals and wall decorations.  Neon tape directed guests to the registration desk and coat check and even spelled out the #BigNight2015 hashtag!

House of Blues BBBS #BigNight2015 90s Throwback

In the concert hall, servers decked out in vintage track jackets straight from the 90s passed pop rock rimmed signature cocktails while entertainers wearing what we’ve decided to call “Fresh Prince Chic” got jiggy with it.  A custom, graffiti step and repeat was the perfect picture backdrop and made more than one appearance on Instagram that night!

BBBS House of Blues

Throwback #BigNight2015 BBBS House of Blues

Bright colors and 90s elements decorated every floor of the House of Blues.  From spray painted boom boxes and VHS tapes to custom graffiti banners, the throwback theme was not lost on guests.  A Saved By the Bell inspired vinyl wrapped the second floor balcony, creating a bright and fun visual in the space.  After an intimate acoustic performance for VIP guests by Goo Goo Dolls lead singer, John Rzeznik, banners were removed and general admission guests arrived.  With just under 1000 guests in attendance, by the time the program started the party was in full swing!

House of Blues Throwback Edition BBBS #BigNight2015 Dave Fox Photography

BBBS Graffiti Throwback

House of Blues BBBS #BigNight2015 Throwback

Big Night 16’s entertainment paired effortlessly with the 90s concept.  Shaggy and the Goo Goo Dolls both rocketed to the top of the charts in the 1990s and although their music couldn’t be more different (reggae and rock) the two performances were the perfect addition to the throwback theme.

Shaggy’s set brought the heat!  It might have been cold outside but as soon as his performance began it felt as if the entire party had been transported to Jamaica.  Playing hits like “Angel” and “Wasn’t Me”, guests were on their feet dancing from start to finish.  By the time Goo Goo Dolls took the stage the audience was all warmed up, singing along to fan favorites’ “Iris” and “Slide”.  The night ended with the dance floor full and DJ Kupah spinning 90s hits!

90s Throwback House of Blues

90s Throwback House of Blues

House of Blues Big Brother Big Sister 90s Throwback

We are happy to report Big Night raised over 1.8 million dollars to support Big Brother Big Sister’s programs.  To find out more about the organization and how you can get involved be sure to check out the Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay website!

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Corinthian Events Celebrates 15 Years!

March 13th, 2015

CE Turns 15 Partners

Founded in March of 2000, Corinthian Events has been planning memorable events in Boston and New England for 15 years.  Of course, in true CE fashion, we had to celebrate!

Last weekend friends, family and the CE team headed down to the Hotel Viking in Newport, RI for an epic bash hosted by Courtney, Jill and Mary.  Decked out in our finest duds, we danced, toasted and reminisced!

CE Turns 15

CE Turns 15

CE Turns 15

CE Turns 15

CE Turns 15

Following dinner, we ushered the whole party into another room for a champagne toast and a surprise! Courtney, Jill and Mary had no idea that the CE team had been working with friends, family, vendors and clients to put together a 15th anniversary video.  There were plenty of laughs (and tears!) as people from CE’s past and present expressed their congratulations.

CE Turns 15

After a touching tribute, it was back to the ballroom for more dancing and fun in the photo booth.  With such a fun team, it’s a wonder we get any work done!

CE Turns 15

CE Turns 15

CE Turns 15

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