Heating things up with Latin Nights!

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The 2nd Annual Latin Nights to benefit Operation Walk Boston was held in the Dome Room at the Lenox Hotel this November.   It was cold outside, but as guests arrived they immediately felt themselves transported to a warmer climate!  A rustic Caribbean feel filled the air, and guests entered through the ballroom doors, flanked by potted palms and burlap coffee bean bags.  A corrugated bar, brightly colored steel drum cocktail tables and tropical flowers really made the room pop vibrantly.  Burlap table linens and hurricane centerpieces surrounded by onion glass and twig votives added to the rustic feel.  Island Creek Oysters was kind enough to donate a raw bar in their trademark boat display.  Shucking two at a time, these locals added a nice touch to the Latin-inspired menu created by the Lenox Hotel.  Latin band, Rumberos de Massachusetts, brought down the house with their lively tunes; guests were on the dancefloor all night!  Corinthian Events was thrilled to partner with this client for the 2nd annual event!

Rumberos de Massachusetts

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Rusti-chic!? An Urban Oasis in the Heart of Boston

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Early this fall, we invited guests outside for an evening under the stars.  Ok, if you consider the twinkling lights festooning our tent and the light of adjacent skyscrapers to be “stars,” but that’s as starry as it gets in the heart of Copley Square!

Luckily, it was a perfect mid-September evening and guests were able to enjoy the Sitting Grove at the Mandarin Oriental – a lush urban oasis nestled between the hotel, The Prudential Center and private residences. To hedge our bets against bad weather, we chose to erect a tent in the grove but made sure to bring the vibrant greenery of our surroundings inside with high eaves revealing the foliage, urns of leafy branches on the large wooden bar and grass underfoot.  Décor was rustic yet elegant, featuring country-style wooden farm and pub tables, rust colored burlap linen and assorted succulents nestled around mason jars glowing with candlelight.

Fun fact: Unlike flowers and many other plants, succulents thrive with little to no special care, so don’t throw them away. Everyone needs a little green in their life (even if your thumbs aren’t)!

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Inspiration at BizBash IdeaFest!

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Late last month Victoria and Tamara headed to New York City to attend BizBash IdeaFest New York.  More than 2,500 event planners gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Convention center to see what’s new and what’s next in the event industry.  This particular IdeaFest featured the first Event Innovation Forum where 20 thought leaders and creative minds were featured.  Both Victoria and Tamara were able to attend the sold out forum and came back with a number of new ideas that we can hopefully use within some of our events in the future.

Photos courtesy of BizBash

One presentation they were particularly excited about was given by Superfly Marketing Group about the integration of Radio Frequency Identification Technology into events.  Most recently used at Bonnaroo Music Festival, RFID Technology was loaded onto wrist bands and given to attendees instead of paper tickets.  Guests were able to scan their wrist bands to gain entrance into the event.  In addition, they were also given the opportunity to register their wrist bands and “check in” at 22 different locations throughout the festival.   Each “check in” could be linked with Facebook giving Bonnaroo and Ford, the event’s sponsor, a great deal of additional exposure with each automatic status update.  After the event, reports were generated to show the benefits of the RFID technology and total exposure.  Bonnaroo was able to reach over 200,000,000 people (more than double the number of attendees) thanks in large part to the exposure on Facebook.  Overall, the endeavor was great for the guest, great for the sponsor, and great for the event.

Photo courtesy of BizBash

Other notable speakers included Tammi Montier, Senior Vice President of Partnership Marketing at Revolution Marketing, who spoke on a panel about the importance of pleasing the brand you are representing by giving them the proper placement and recognition they expect from you.  Capricia Marshall, the Chief of Protocol of the United States shared insight on the events that go on at the White House and abroad.  Their mission is to advance the foreign policy of the Administration by creating and fostering an environment for successful diplomacy. She is on the front line that welcomes kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers to the United States and each first impression must be perfect.

Photo courtesy of BizBash

So now that we’re armed with tons of new and innovative ideas for our clients – back to planning!

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Steppin’ Out for The Dimock Center Celebrates 25 Years!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Saturday October 20th we had the pleasure of being involved in the planning of the annual Steppin Out for the Dimock Center event at the Westin Copley.  There was  a lot to celebrate as this year marked the Dimock Centers 150th Anniversary and the 25th Anniversary of the Steppin’ Out fundraising event!

The evening began with a VIP cocktail reception that included a silent auction and a set of musical performances in four night clubs.  Private performances given by North Shore Acappella, Elan Trotman, Manolo Mairena and Terri Lyne Carrington started the night off just right.  All guests were then welcomed into the ballroom where they sat for an inspiring Dimock program followed by a headline performance given by Gladys Knight.  In true Gladys form she had guests out of their seats and dancing to the music!

After Glady’s performance, the four night clubs reopened for all guests to enjoy.  Each room was decked out with glitzy décor and glowing centerpieces.  Every club featured a different variety of food that went with the theme of the music being performed.  The Soul Station, Taquiera Station and a Zydeco Station left guests satisfied and happy with the change in format from a sit down dinner to mingling food stations.

Late night guests enjoyed fantastic dance beats spun by DJ Jess and DJ Khartez and a performance given by the hip Shea Rose.  Guests were on their feet dancing until the very end of a very successful Steppin’ Out for the Dimock Center!

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