Architects

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Boston Skyline

December is a busy time of year here at CE – between planning parties, designing our now-famous holiday card, and dealing with our own personal schedules, we hardly have time to breath before the whole month has flown by!  One event that always makes it on the books (snow or shine!) is the annual holiday luncheon.  As an office, we spend the afternoon eating, imbibing and enjoying one another’s company.  Tradition also dictates that we each make a toast to the fabulous year we’ve had, and the new year to come.  This year there were many creative sentiments, but one was particularly poignant to us as event planners.  We hope you enjoy Kevin’s poem as much as we did!

Architects

We are architects.

Not of buildings or bridges, or tunnels or truss,
Not of ships or planes, nor cars or a bus.

We are the architects of company and corporate events,
And we build not the venue, unless they’re in tents.

No, what we design can’t be seen, heard, or handled,
And I don’t mean the vases, the high tops, or candles.

We deal in the social, the friendship, and trust,
A business’s goal; an industry must.

We are architects.

A trade show will bring the bright and the best
If the party’s a hit; the WORLD is our guest.

Planning a team-build on harborside boats,
Might keep the “hull” of a company afloat.

(HA! See what I did there. It’s a metaphor. Or a pun?
A Play-on words? I can’t remember which one.)

What I’m trying to say without sounding coy,
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

A corporate retreat keeps the business mind sharp,
All you need are some candles, a tent, and a tarp

So if ever your faith in events you find fleeting,
The iPod and Mini were results of such meetings.

We are architects.

With floor plans and reg-sites and clipboards for blueprints,
We leave colors for clients and invisible shoeprints.

The best in the business, a BizBash new branding,
Our ideas will inspire, and our staff is outstanding.

Merry Christmas we go separate holiday ways,
I hope I’ve done well in my first 90 days.
Thanks for everything!

Poetry by Kevin Kuchera

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A Transformation You Have to See to Believe

Friday, January 17th, 2014

BFIT Holiday Party

On the 12th of December my true love gave to me, a holiday party at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology!

Located at 41 Berkeley Street in the South End of Boston, the Ben Franklin Institute was established in 1908 and boasts charm and history.  A classroom by day, we transformed the Symphony Hall-Replica Auditorium into a festive holiday party for 200 people.  Our color palette of gold, emeralds and rich purple hues complimented the existing colors in the room.

Pattern washes on the floor and ceiling along with plenty of perimeter uplighting filled the whole space with color.  We brought in custom pieces including a 16ft central bar with two tall statement arrangements that featured magnolia leaf branches, evergreen branches and orchids. Tables were adorned with gorgeous purple and gold velvets, as well as rich green linens with patterned chair cushions that matched the custom bar.

Before (Photo courtesy of the Benjamin Franklin Institute)

After

After

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Holiday Party

In the beginning of the night, the company band took the spot light and surprised their coworkers with their musical talent. A gold shimmer backdrop made for a fun photo booth using Holiday themed props, while purple soft seating areas made for a perfect place to mingle and talk. After the band completed their set, our DJ who was located on the top balcony, entertained guests for the remainder of the night.

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Watch the Benjamin Franklin Institute transform in this 90 second time lapse video.  Pretty impressive, don’t you think?

And just like that the event was over – everything returned back to normal and was ready for Friday’s class!

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Night at the Museum

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

ASRM MFA

Monet, Rembrandt, Van Gogh – an event at the Museum of Fine Arts means being surrounded by the masters of the art world!  The American Society of Reproductive Medicine held their President’s Dinner at this esteemed institution and the memorable space proved to be the perfect location.

Upon arriving, guests entered the museum through the iconic Huntington Avenue entrance.  Projections of ASRM’s logo, statues and dramatic floral arrangements lined the grand staircase and if guests looked up they would catch sight of vivid and beautiful paintings by one of Boston’s most famed artists, John Singer Sargent.  Cocktail hour was held in the Koch Gallery, a breathtaking space designed to evoke a great hall in a European palace.  As guests enjoyed cocktails and classical music they had the opportunity to wander through the adjacent galleries, viewing one of the largest collections of Monets outside of Paris on the way.

For dinner, guests were invited down to the glass enclosed Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard.  Featuring a massive glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly, the space is an impressive one!  Elegant, rich linens in warm fall colors dressed a mixture of round and long tables adorned with fresh, autumnal arrangements.  Following dinner, Decades by Dezyne took the stage under the floating stairs and played popular music spanning the last 60 years while guests danced the night away!

ASRM MFA

ASRM MFA

Koch Gallery ASRM MFA

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Shapiro Courtyard ASRM MFA

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