Carry the Torch (Without Leaving Boston)

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Carry the Torch

As London prepares for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, here in Boston, we’re a little bit more excited about the city’s 2012 Olympics (sorry, HRH)!  What games are you and your office playing this summer?  As far as we’re concerned, it is the year to embrace all that is friendly competition and spend your summer recreating your very own Olympic experience.

Imagine, your guests walk through the Olympic Arch flanked by two torches as they enter their very own Olympic Stadium.  International flags are displayed throughout the room, and Olympic rings reiterate that guests are 2012 Olympic athletes.  Distinguished by bandanas or flags, your guests will be divided into teams and compete for gold!  Play an opposing team in a game of pop-a-shot basketball or in virtual cycling. Showcase the perfect golf swing on the green of the golf analyzer to see who can hit the ball the farthest.  Row the ergos or participate in a competitive game of table tennis. No Summer Olympics would be complete without archery; guests will have the opportunity to shoot nerf guns as they hit a bull’s eye!  An Olympic referee will be at each sporting event to explain the challenge and keep score of the matches.

At the end of it all, the obligatory medal ceremony!  Who’s going home with gold?!

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Butterfly Paradise: Newton Wellesley Hospital Gala

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Spring has arrived in New England!  The trees throughout Boston are lush, the grass is at it’s greenest and the flowers are bursting.  The energy and vibrancy of the season is what we tried to encompass when Newton-Wellesley Hospital approached us to design their 2012 gala with a delightful idea in mind – butterflies.

With the need to expand their silent auction and cocktail reception space, this year’s gala was held in the Westin Copley Place’s Essex and America Ballrooms and Foyers.  Riding the escalators up to the third floor, guests were met with a butterfly-infused entryway leading them into the silent auction space.  On either side of the draped corridor colorful butterflies glistened in the transparent columns, while monarch gobos fluttered on the walls.

Once inside, guests found themselves amidst a butterfly garden – simple silver lanterns rested on sophisticated shimmer linens, while silent auction categories were identified using over-sized balloons to hold vertical signage.  And in the center of it all – a fully functional three-tiered fountain surrounded by lush greens and budding plants!

Upon silent auction closing, guests hopped aboard the escalators just one floor up where they were were welcomed into a neon garden created from abstract spandex flowers, green carpet runners and enhanced lighting.

After venturing through this quirky entry way, guests found themselves in the totally transformed America Ballroom – a glimmering floral oasis complete with butterfly accents.  Over-sized flowers hung over the dance floor – a true garden coming to life.  Elements of spring continued onto the dinner tables draped in shimmering linens and seasonal centerpieces.  Guests enjoyed a three course menu, voraciously participated in a riveting live auction and were entertained with an interactive sing-a-long to commemorate Jack Connors.  Favorite local band Kahootz had guests on the dance floor ’til the end.

While some guests elected to dance others chose a more relaxing end to their evening.  Soft seating invited  conversation and a lounge singer crooned classic jazz songs in the transformed after-party “Butterfly Lounge.”

Thanks to all who made the night so spectacular!

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The Budget Savvy Fundraiser

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

It’s the perpetual challenge for a non-profit.  How to produce a wow-filled, heart-string-pulling, ever-memorable event that engages your constituents and keeps them (generously) coming back year after year.  What’s the catch?  Let’s achieve all those things on a miniature budget, giving maximum profits to the organization and their mission.  A few of our clients have totally mastered the art of the authentic, budget-savvy fundraiser.  And you’d have no idea, right?!

The end of April is always filled with fun events for great causes.  Two of our favorites take place back to back Friday and Saturday the last weekend of the month.

UrbanImprov’s Banned in Boston celebrated their 20th year with a mega birthday party at the Lansdowne Pub and adjacent House of Blues.  Birthday decor, paper hats, jelly beans, passed mini cupcakes from Sweet and an unforgettable balloon drop made for a true celebration.  Food stations featured many favorite Boston restaurants and a mapcap musical revue was performed by the city’s luminaries – the likes of Mayor Menino, Deval Patrick, Martha Coakley, Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith, Heather Unruh, Patrick Lyons, Ron Druker, Lisa Pierpont, and Elizabeth Warren.

One day later, The Asperger’s Association of New England had guests giggling all night long at their annual Laugh Out Loud Gala at the Boston Marriott Newton.  Starting with a robust silent auction and an exclusive Alex & Ani raffle, guests mingled and enjoyed passed hors d’eouvres, small plates and stationery items.  Upon the close of the auction and dinner, guests made their way upstairs where they found themselves seated at cabaret-style tables adorned with spring-infused tulip centerpieces donated by Winston Flowers and a pair of cake pops for dessert.  Local comedian Gary Gulman stole the show – Christmas carols will never be the same!

In both instances, we worked closely with these budget-savvy clients to give their guests bang without compromising buck.  It’s just another CE event success story!

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eMuze at the Wintergarden.

Friday, May 4th, 2012

With three weeks ’til show time, we were brought in by the eMuze team to provide event design and decor for Monday’s On the Verge at the Wintergarden in Back Bay.  An invite only fashion and music event, we wanted to create pizazz while giving the space a sophisticated lounge feel.  Setting the tone, a step and repeat met guests as they passed through security and walked the red carpet.  Once up the staircase, guests found themselves amidst eggplant, silver and black furniture & accents, where they enjoyed an open bar, the Karmaloop fashion show, a trick bike show by sponsor G-Form (wow!) and mingled to live music.  All participating models, designers, and musicians were finalists in state-wide competition vying for the title in front of celebrity judges.  Very cool!

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