Celebrating Snowmageddon (Wait, what!?)

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Mr. Cold and the Yeti

The cold air is starting to roll in and the ground is a mosaic of fallen leaves… winter is on it’s way. Last winter broke almost every snow-related record here in Boston, leading many to call it a “Snowmageddon”. So what would you think when we say that we decided to bring winter back a little early with a blowout Snowmageddon Party earlier this fall at the Westin Copley Hotel? You bet – our Nor’easter of a party blew everyone away!

Snow Warning Signs

One of the most impactful elements in an event is one that many planners forget- the clothes your attendees wear! We’re all used to formal, business casual, etc – but nothing transforms a theme like hundreds of attendees all dressed the part! Our (very cooperative) guests all showed up in white, and while they didn’t know why at first, it quickly became apparent they were party of the storm’s whiteout as they passed by videos of ominous weather reports and warning signs.

Once in the ballroom, Mr. Cold and the Yeti welcomed guests to enjoy the evening. A selection of winter-themed drinks were available, including Freezemeister Martini’s, Boozey Snow Cones, and beers served from the bucket of a Bobcat. And while the real Steven Tyler may have been snowed out from the storm, Draw The Line’s Aerosmith covers brought guests to their feet to melt away thoughts of snow.

Aerosmith Cover Band

Take a look at photos from the event here!

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A Winter White Holiday Luncheon

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Winter White Centerpieces

Perched thirty-three floors above Downtown Boston, the State Room  is a unique, urban event space with views that even rain and fog can’t beat.  On a dreary afternoon in December, 800 guests arrived at the modern venue for a holiday luncheon.  While the weather wasn’t ideal, panoramic glass walls, a variety of entertaining activities and winter white decor made for a festive reception!

Winter White Holiday Luncheon Snow Globe

Linens in shades of white, silver and ice blue dressed a variety of communal tables, cocktail rounds and high tops.  Centerpieces featured charming white floral arrangements, snowflake luminaries and sparkling snow globes.  Scattered throughout the State Room, lighted evergreens and over-sized lanterns added a little twinkle to the ambiance.

State Room Holiday Party

Winter White Holiday Luncheon

State Room Boston Winter White Luncheon Centerpieces

From caricature artists to green screen photo booths, there were plenty of entertainment options to keep guests occupied throughout lunch.  In the Great Room, Detour Unplugged played well known pop songs on their classical instruments while guests took pictures inside of a life size snow globe.  It was quite a unique photo op!  Before departing, guests lined up at a massive candy bar filled with 200 lbs of blue and white sweets.  Yes, you read that correctly, 200 lbs!!!

State Room Winter White Holiday Luncheon

State Room Winter White Holiday Luncheon

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A Hearty New England Holiday

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Room Overview

Hunting for holiday party venues in early summer usually means the sun is shining, the temps are high and the last thing we really want to be thinking about is the holidays (and inevitable snow).  But, the early bird catches the worm… or in our case, the restaurant!  For one local corporate client, food and fun are at the top of their holiday party venue checklist, so we were not surprised when we received a late night epiphany email that they would love to have their party at Island Creek Oyster Bar.  Known for it’s impressive raw bar, fresh seafood and casual yet lively energy, ICOB is the perfect spot for any fun-loving foodie!

As we mentioned last year (A Fresh Take on the Holidays), the ICOB space is open and airy with a vibe that evokes the Cape and the Islands. Upon arrival, guests enjoyed a variety of exceptional wines, holiday themed cocktails and delectable hors d’oeuvres.  To pay tribute to the holidays, cocktail tables were topped with red florals in birch vases and luminous mercury votives.

Boston Event Planning ICOB Bar

Holiday Florals Mercury Votives

Island Creek Oyster Bar Specialty Cocktails Boxwood

Following cocktail hour, guests moved to the main dining room for a three course seated dinner. Decor was truly Pinterest worthy!  Birch spheres, succulents, illuminating candlelight, red calla lilies and boxwood accents created festive, rusti-chic tablescapes.  Menu cards, with a sprig of rosemary on top, detailed the hearty meal guests would enjoy.  Dinner was top notch and included a fresh winter salad, delicious shrimp and grits, and a rich lobster gnocchi.  Bellies full, guests moved back to the bar after dinner and continued to celebrate the holidays with spiked milk shakes and holiday cookies!

Island Creek Oyster Bar Centerpieces

Island Creek Oyster Bar Festive Florals

Island Creek Oyster Bar Festive Florals Rosemary Menu Card

Island Creek Oyster Bar Festive Florals

Island Creek Oyster Bar Rosemary Birch Calla Lilies Moss Succulents

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Holiday Glamour at the Museum of Fine Arts

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Holiday Boston MFA

Originally proposed as a 50th Anniversary celebration last March, some extenuating circumstances required us to shift gears and recreate this event 9 months later with a festive twist.  We tweaked their original Hollywood glamour theme, keeping the burgundy, black and gold color palette and adding holiday elements.  The result was a classic and beautiful celebration in the Shapiro Courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts.

As guests approached the MFA, the stately building was awe inspiring.  A burgundy carpet lined with pillar candles and burgundy carnation orbs led guests inside where they were offered a commemorative glass of bubbly champagne.

Red Carpet MFA

The dinner reception was held in the glass enclosed Shapiro Courtyard, home to a towering, lime green Chihuly sculpture.  Amber perimeter lighting and a burgundy color wash warmed the entire room while a slowly moving pattern of snowflakes projected on the ceiling and marble walls created an impactful visual.  As guests made their way into the celebration, festive linens and room decor gave the space an inviting holiday feel.  Centerpieces on a variety of communal and round tables featured burgundy and soft white florals accented with pinecones and lush greenery.  Spruce evergreens with white lights were scattered throughout the courtyard while gold candelabras and burgundy floral spheres flanked the bars and stage.

Holiday Party MFA

Museum of Fine Arts Gold Glitter Burgundy Statement Floral

Shapiro Courtyard Museum of Fine Arts Florals

Museum of Fine Arts Shapiro Courtyard Burgundy Gold

Shapiro Courtyard Museum of Fine Arts

Following dinner, guests were welcomed onto the dance floor by  Encore, a 7 piece band featuring three diverse lead vocalists and an ace rhythm section.  Surrounding the dance floor, sleek white banquettes with complimentary gold silhouette end tables, gold accent pillows, and luxurious fur throws were the perfect spot for guests to enjoy a bite of dessert or post dinner cocktail.  Spectacular gold orbs placed on pedestal added a touch of elegance to the soft seating areas.

Museum of Fine Arts Shapiro Courtyard Burgundy Gold White Chihuly

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