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

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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!

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The 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Youth Enrichment Services Revere Hotel

Earlier this Spring, we had the pleasure of working with Youth Enrichment Services (YES) on their 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala at the Revere Hotel. YES is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides Boston’s inner-city youth with year-round, out-of-school programs.  These invigorating activities help children to build leadership skills and self-confidence.

The VIP reception was held in the hip Emerald Lounge, while the Silver Supporters enjoyed the bar area of Space 57.  We engaged 501 Auctions and their mobile bidding and online auction platform turned the auction into quite an exciting part of the evening.  Although they were in different locations, both the VIP’s and Silver Supporters were able to bid on the same silent auction items at the same time!   501 Auctions makes it easy when building an auction catalog, collecting the bids and processing payments. Texts were also frequently sent out, notifying guests of items with little bidding action, how much time was left for them to bid, and alerting the highest bidder when they were outbid by other guests. While the bidding frenzy ensued, delicious hors d’oeuvres from the Revere were passed for guests to enjoy!

Revere Hotel YES Youth Enrichment Services Emerald Lounge

Revere Hotel YES Youth Enrichment Services Silver Supporters 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala

Space 57 YES Youth Enrichment Services 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala

After the cocktail reception, the VIP and Silver Supporters came together for a seated dinner in Space 57. Sam Adams donated beer which served as the centerpiece on the tables – who doesn’t love a sleek Lucite beer bucket as a centerpiece?! In addition to the beer buckets, tasty black diamond desserts were displayed in the center of the table on a spinning lazy susan for all to share!

YES Youth Enrichment Services Fourth Annual Black Diamond Gala Revere Hotel

YES Youth Enrichment Services Revere Hotel 4th Annual Black Diamond Gala

YES Youth Enrichment Services Revere Hotel Space 57

Tony V, the comedian, kept guests entertained all night and exceeded expectations with a lively fund-a-need auction.  The first donors at the top level were given custom slalom skis – what a kick!

The evening was a huge success, with YES raising over $300,000 for Boston youth, and we are already planning how to top it next year!

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Paint the Town Red

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Newton Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation 14th Annual Gala

Last month Corinthian Events painted the town red!  Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Charitable Foundation held their 14th Annual Gala, which raised money to help build a new Cardiovascular Center at the hospital.  Inspired by the brushstroke heart logo created for the event, we designed the Westin Hotel’s Copley Place Essex and America Ballrooms, echoing the same look and feel!

To start the evening, guests walked the red carpet passing through the proverbial “town” into the Essex Ballroom for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  The statement arch entryway featured a replica of the Boston city skyline while a central lit red bar  and glowing ice sculpture anchored the ballroom.  Guests were active bidders – with so many auction items to choose from, including a red Mini Cooper!

Boston Skyline Newton Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation Gala

Newton Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation 14th Annual Gala

Newton Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation 14th Annual Gala Auction

When it was time for dinner, guests were invited upstairs to the America Ballroom.   At the top of the escalators they found a dramatic entryway.   Vibrant red spandex arches and carnations echoed the heart shape and truly wow’ed attendees.

Newton Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation 14th Annual Gala

Newton Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation 14th Annual Gala

Once in the ballroom guests dined and then danced under a impressive ceiling of red swagged fabric complete with a giant disco ball that added some serious sparkle.  Behind the band, a massive heart and glowing red columns pulsed to their beat all night long.

Newton Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation 14th Annual Gala Red Drape

A huge success, over $700,000 was raised to help build the Elfers Cardiovascular Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.  If that’s not worth a bright red celebration, we don’t know what is!

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