A Honky Tonk Hoedown in Music City

Thursday, 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


Big Night 2015: Throwback Edition

Friday, 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!


Go Sibos! A Sports Themed Extravaganza

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Earlier this fall we helped Sibos celebrate the end of their annual conference by transforming the BCEC into a sports fan’s dream!  The large hall was broken into four sports sections: Football, Basketball, Baseball and Hockey.  Each section featured entertainment, games, and centerpieces to help bring the theme to life.  For guests, the excitement began as soon as they stepped into the foyer.  While a 40-person Pep Rally Band from Northeastern University played catchy tunes, the Red Sox stilt walker interacted with attendees.  Both pieces of entertainment created great energy in the room, making guests excited for a night full of food and fun!

Ready, set, hike!  In the Football section, attendees were invited to experience life as an NFL kicker with a larger than life field goal complete with AstroTurf field.  Despite their suits and dress shoes, guests were quick to grab a football and test their skills.  Alternatively, guests looking for more of a tailgate experience could try their hand at bean bag toss with beverage in hand.

Across the room, the Basketball section was a slam dunk!  The highlight was a miniature basketball court where guests played lively games of Horse and Knock Out late into the night.  Pop-A-Shot was also popular as guests attempted to best one another’s scores throughout the evening.

In the Hockey section guests were introduced to flat track roller derby.  Boston’s own Derby Dames played a game on the full size rink while Derby Dames’ Ambassadors skated throughout the audience to explain the rules.  The high contact sport drew quite a crowd as the teams attempted to score points and edge out a victory before the final buzzer!

Last, but certainly not least, the final area featured America’s favorite pastime.  From batting practice to Wii Baseball, the Baseball section was full of ways to keep guests entertained.  Speed pitch was a huge hit as guests competed to see who could throw a fastball and clock the highest speed!

Northeastern University Red Sox Stiltwalker Entertainment

Sports Theme BCEC

Pop a Shot Sports Theme BCEC

BCEC Sports Themed Hockey

Throughout the room we used centerpieces to help bring each sport to life.  In the Football section, centerpieces featured miniature footballs and helmets, faux turf and even cheerleader pom poms!  Mini basketballs, toddler sized Converse All Stars (are these not the most adorable things you’ve ever seen?!) and tabletop basketball games helped to carry the theme throughout the Basketball area.  Surrounding the roller derby rink, tables were topped with pucks, hockey skates and Stanley Cup replicas.  Finally, Red Sox memorabilia, baseballs, bats and pennants decorated tables in the Baseball section.

Sports Theme BCEC

Sports Theme BCEC

BCEC Sports Theme

BCEC Sports Theme

BCEC Sports Theme

The cherry on top, especially for locals, was appearances by the hometown team mascots.  Pat the Patriot, Lucky, Blades the Bruin and Wally the Green Monster roamed throughout the entire hall providing the perfect photo op for guests.  From joining basketball games to pumping up the crowd on the rink during half time, these entertainment pros were not afraid to jump right into the action.  As a final piece of entertainment, the Celtics Dancers put on a fantastic “half time” performance and kicked off the dance party.  Guests were ready to let loose after a week full of networking and meetings and stayed out on the dance floor until the lights came on.  Those looking to relax could rest their feet in the Sports Lounge on a variety of sports themed soft seating arrangements. From pool to foosball and a “cool” ice bar, there was no shortage of things to do!

Blades the Bruin Lucky Celtics

BCEC Sports Theme

BCEC Sports Theme

BCEC Ice Bar


Famed Neighborhoods of Boston

Friday, November 21st, 2014

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Irish Bar South End

Sometimes our clients don’t have the luxury to actually wander the streets of Boston when they are attending a conference, so its our job to bring the entire Boston experience to them! Earlier this fall, we transformed the Institute of Contemporary Art and created distinct Boston neighborhoods in various parts of the museum. Decor, food and entertainment in each area brought the famed neighborhoods to life, while custom action stations provided guests with an interactive component.

As guests arrived at the ICA and entered the Foyer, it was as if they had been transported to a traditional Italian trattoria. The combination of floor to ceiling windows and festoon lights created an intimate outdoor cafe atmosphere. Tables topped with red check linens and red rose centerpieces were the perfect spot for guests to sit and imagine they were in the North End!  Guests could pick up delectable pasta dishes, unique cannoli creations, and glasses of wine from the wine barrel food stations. To top off the North End experience, a chef created gelato before guests’ eyes using cutting edge liquid nitrogen technology. A specially trained LN2 mixologist whipped up sweet treats on the spot using only the purest ingredients.  Guests loved the spectacle and the amazing flavors!

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston North End Italy

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston North End Cannoli Station

Next, guests headed upstairs to the ICA’s theatre for an Irish Bar experience accompanied by magnificent views of Boston Harbor and the downtown skyline.  Industrial metal stools provided contrast to the gleaming wooden high top tables and heavy wooden bar with matching molding. Guests were invited to taste whiskey samples from local distillery, Bully Boy, while they listened to an authentic Irish band.  A beautiful lighting treatment completely transformed the theatre-style seating into a stunning focal point for the room.

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston South End Irish Bar

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston South End Irish Bar Lighting Treatment

As guests headed back downstairs they were welcomed into the ICA’s Water Cafe for a quick stop in Chinatown!  Sleek white furniture and bright orchid arrangements fit perfectly within the already contemporary and stylish cafe.  Themed delicacies were served in Chinese takeout boxes with red chopsticks as a fun, yet functional garnish.  Boston’s modern day Chinatown features a wide variety of Asian eateries.  Japanese sake and an intricate sushi station brought this diversity to life!

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Chinatown Sake

Outside on the patio, guests experienced the New England Waterfront.  Located right on the water’s edge, the plaza offered striking views of Boston harbor. Though the weather proved uncooperative, the tent’s clear walls allowed guests to embrace the outdoors without getting wet.  Echoing the seaside theme, decor featured rusti-chic elements that included wooden picnic tables, burlap runners, rustic lanterns and herbs and grasses in natural containers.  Custom white bars with burlap panels complimented the tent’s furnishings.  At an interactive raw bar, guests were served local Island Creek oysters from a 6-foot Dory boat while they learned about the bivalves and the landscape of Duxbury Bay where they were harvested.  For the beer lover, a custom beer tap wall allowed guests to sample a variety of Harpoon Brewery brews and learn about the history behind each beer.

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Waterfront Tent

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Waterfront

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Waterfront Detour Unplugged Harpoon Brewery

If guests desired (although the weather kept many at bay) they were invited to wander outside and sit below the ICA’s Amphitheater.  Soft pillow areas were the perfect place for guests to take in the Boston waterfront.  A lighting treatment on the overhang and over-sized lanterns produced a soft glow turning the stark, wooden space into a welcoming oasis.

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Waterfront

ICA Neighborhoods of Boston Soft Seating Lanterns Waterfront

After a whirlwind trip around Boston’s famed neighborhoods guests were ready to board the motor coaches and head back to their hotels!


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