Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

New Year’s resolutions are like events: they are fun to imagine but can be challenging to execute.

In the United States, about 45% of people make New Year’s resolutions. The three most popular resolutions (in order of popularity) are to lose weight, get organized, and spend less (while saving more). Out of those people who do create resolutions only about 46% remain diligent in their resolution by the time it’s half way through the new year. *

Out of those surveyed in our Corinthian Events office, about 66% of the team create resolutions and with a 75% success rate on at least 1 of their resolutions from a previous year. No surprise here really, as a team of event planners we are an organized bunch of go-getters!

“I always set myself goals for the year ahead,” shared Micha, Senior Account Manager at Corinthian Events. She went on to explain, “It gives me focus and direction. I make sure to devote time and energy towards meeting (or surpassing) my goals throughout the year!” This year Micha is still finalizing details for her goals but they will include growing professionally, redesigning one of the bathrooms in her home, and being better with meal prep to eat healthier.

Erin, Account Manager at Corinthian Events admits that she doesn’t ever create a formal resolution yet tries to enter each year as a more thankful and kind person. Kudos Erin! Jill, Partner at Corinthian Events shares a similar sentiment while she looks to the new year as a new beginning filled with new possibilities.

Shira, Program Assistant at Corinthian Events acknowledged that often her resolutions are not so concrete but that this past year she had created some big goals and she definitely succeeded at them. Shira explained, “my goals included graduating from college, getting a job, and enjoying Boston enough to want to stay and work here. Not only did I graduate, find a job and stay in Boston- but I’ve found a job I love coming to every day and I LOVE Boston!

For many of the team, small adjustments are the focus for each year; whether its losing a few pounds or spending more time with family – each small goal helps us stay on track to enjoy each new year a bit more than the last.

For Claudia, Account Manager at Corinthian Events, she always creates a resolution but jokes that she tends to forget all about it a week into the new year. Game plan for this year? “Trying to remember my resolutions!”

Happy New Year!

*Data sourced from History.com

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Family Reach

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Family Reach is a financial lifeline for families fighting cancer.

Throughout the holiday season, we host festive parties, enjoy our friends, family and loved ones and give back to our communities through donations and service.

Looking back on an incredible year, we take pride in the opportunities we have been given to work with non-profits such as Family Reach; making a difference in the live’s of people everyday.

To facilitate a recent Family Reach meeting, our team transformed a photography studio in Allston into the perfect meeting space to elevate the two-part meeting which included panel discussion and breakout sessions.

The panel discussion took place on a stage flanked by two television monitors. Their Family Reach logo was projected behind the speakers. Decor was kept simple – white walls, linens and lighting, complemented by a black stage and stage edging.

Breakout spaces utilized black and white decor as well. Silver gunmetal stools and silver easels with sleek white furniture and black linens ensured the decor was a backdrop while emulating a professional atmosphere.

Large retractable signs with quotes and the faces of some of the children supported by Family Reach reminded attendees of the importance of their purpose. This imagery of the children remained the design focal point – as do the children and families remain the focus of Family Reach.

Our team at Corinthian Events handled logistics and decor for the meeting, ensuring the Family Reach team could focus on creating content and bringing together influential people to give guidance and make connections in order for their mission to reach new heights!

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Cheers to a Great Year!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Teamwork: because none of us are as bad ass as all of us combined.

Each year, our amazing partners organize a holiday outing for our team to enjoy each other’s company and let loose! With so many new additions to the team, some of us were unsure what to expect.

Many of the details were left a mystery. We were given snippets of information in order to come prepared:

  • Wear warm clothing
  • Pack a change of clothes
  • Write a toast to share
  • Bring a gift

We started our day with curling – learned the basics; the thrower releases the stone and sweepers sweep the ice to encourage the stone to move faster. After a bit of instruction (and some practice) we moved onto a friendly competition… bring it on!

Our teams were preselected which gave us the opportunity to coordinate. Clearly the ‘Cat in the Hat’ team came prepared!

Jamie, Senior Account Manager at Corinthian Events and second from the right in the picture above shared, “My favorite part of the day was Curling, I didn’t know what to expect and learning the technique was a little nerve-wracking but once we all got the hang of it, it was quite fun! (minus our freezing toes)”

After a couple hours on the ice, we were all ready to get warm.

After a quick change, we warmed up with champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres.

A favorite bite? The seared tuna served on sesame crackers, topped with wasabi and caviar were divine!

When Courtney, Partner at Corinthian Events – seen on the far left, was asked to choose her favorite part of the day she answered that it was the 6 hours celebrating a great year with truly amazing peeps!

Indeed… The whole day was fabulous!

On to our meal…  Décor, designed by our Director, Tamara, for our plated lunch was woodland and warm; moss green tufted linens, golden pine cones, gold antler candle holders, and pine trimmings with elegant white flowers.

On each of our chairs was a surprise gift from the partners which included a Corinthian Events logo embroidered rain jacket, a warm plaid scarf, and a small leather business card pouch.

Once everyone got settled it was time for toasts which ran the gamut from heartfelt to funny. Some team members wrote traditional toasts while others sang their piece. This ‘2016 newbie crew’ made up of (from left to right), Andrew, Erin, Claudia, Dawn and Sarah rapped their toast to Kanye’s runaway.

“Let’s have a toast to the vendors, let’s have a toast to the partners…”

Andrew, Account Manager and integral part of the ‘2016 newbie crew’ felt that the toasts provided a ‘feel-good’ moment each time another person or group shared.

Natalie, Office & Outreach Coordinator, seen here taking pride in a shout-out. She later gushed that “the most meaningful part of the day to me was to hear everyone’s speeches.”

Shira, Program Assistant at Corinthian Events admitted that she was nervous before giving her toast (this was her first year), but as the rising star she is – she knocked it out of the park. She even reflected after that hearing from one another was one of her favorite moments during our outing.

Jenni and Megan (left picture), both Senior Account Managers at Corinthian Events sang their toast for a second year in a row and Elizabeth (right picture), a Director, gave a heartfelt toast. She singled out each teammate, sharing a connection or appreciation for them. Cheers!

The meaningful, heartfelt and clever toasts continued. Mary, Partner at Corinthian Events, wrote a seriously funny story. Written in the theme of our holiday card, had everyone laughing whole-heartedly at the connections she made as she fit each person into her ‘magical’ story.

The ‘yankee swap’ came next… which included a healthy dose of stealing some of the ‘hot’ gifts including an Eataly gift card and bread basket. The most original gift was Erin’s gift which Claudia picked, a name plate which reads, “What would Beyoncé do?”

Reflecting on a wonderful day, Tamara, Director at Corinthian events, said, “I love that we all feel the same about Corinthian Events… that everyone is family and we share the sentiment: work hard, play hard with passion and perfection!”

Cheers to a successful year and Happy Holidays to all our clients, vendors, venues and everyone who has made this a wonderful year to remember!

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2nd Annual Cookie Party

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Sometimes me think. “What is friend?” and then me say, “friend is someone to share last cookie with.” – Cookie Monster

Tamara O’Malley, director at Corinthian Events, graciously hosted our Corinthian Events 2nd Annual Cookie Party at her home in Foxboro, MA. Last year’s cookie party was such a hit, in anticipation of this year’s party, most of the team wanted to get involved!

Each of the 15 competing bakers – of course we need some competition! – brought one display cookie, a few cookies to cut and put on small plates for tasting, and a set of packaged cookies for each baker to go home with. Once all attendees were present, we tasted and voted on 3 categories – best taste, best presentation and most Christmas spirit!

And the winners were… (drumroll please!) .. for best taste – Claudia Hankowski (Account Manager)! She created a Nutella infused cookie with 3 different kinds of chocolate AND a Nutella filling.

The best presentation cookie winner was Sarah Waters, Social Media & Graphic Design Coordinator. Sarah designs print and digital collateral for our events so this was not unexpected – her cookie is the top right sparkly snowflake cookie with marbled white chocolate.

Most Christmas spirit? Elizabeth Trofatter, Director at Corinthian Events. Elizabeth won this category with her homemade thin mint cookie covered in white chocolate and sprinkled with bits of candy cane – yum!

Wishing you a sweet holiday season with good friends… cheers to another successful cookie party!

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