Meet the Team:Dawn

January 19th, 2017

Confident. Fun. Caring.

Dawn Mogardo is one of our newest Corinthian Events team members, but you’d never know from watching her work! Dawn wasted no time in becoming a valuable asset to our team.

Jamie Hellesen, Senior Account Manager at Corinthian Events shared, “Dawn jumps in head first.  Since the day that she started she hit the ground running and is always a willing participant.  I’ve worked with Dawn a few times on site and she’s always willing to roll up her sleeves to get the job done!”

Way to go Dawn!

If Dawn didn’t have to work, she would spend her days traveling the world!

She has had the opportunity to visit incredible places including Florence, Amalfi Coast, Barcelona, Prague, and Nice. Her and her boyfriend Pete enjoy traveling together as well, enjoying trips to Ogunquit, ME whenever possible!

Dawn’s loves to cook. She enjoys finding new recipes that are both healthy and unhealthy!

She gushed, “Whether it is cooking for a large group of people or just Pete and I on a Tuesday night, I love the feeling you get when someone likes the food you cooked for them. “

Check out Dawn above, enjoying a cup cake making class with some of her girlfriends.

Dawn loves her friends, family and her boyfriend Pete. She feels that the most important thing in life is your relationships with other people that are close to you.

One thing that Dawn prides herself on is buying people gifts.  She explains that her favorite feeling in the world is coming up with the perfect gift for someone and seeing their reaction and how much they love it.

As an event planner, Dawn naturally has tricks up her sleeve in remembering key details. Best gifting trick… in the notes section on her IPhone she saves any comments a loved one mentions regarding a need or interest that way when their birthday comes along she has a reference for picking the perfect gift!

Erin Phinney, who is an Account Manager who sits right near Dawn says that “Dawn is the best!!! she is always down for anything and can tackle any project with a positive attitude. She is so fun to be around, and her happiness is contagious. Beyond that, she is a hard worker and such a great person to have on your team.”

Proof? Check out Dawn posed as an attendee checking in – we needed a ‘model’ for this shot and she was happy to help!

On site Dawn is poised and at the ready, even able to anticipate needs. Tamara, Director at Corinthian shares, “she has skills that are hard to teach!”

Our team is stronger with her on board – welcome to the team Dawn!


You Had Me At Merlot

January 17th, 2017

Dreamy and romantic, our Corinthian Events team had the pleasure of designing this opulent reception at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston.

Candles glowed a top marble communal tables in a variety of reflective vessels including; nickel pedestal hurricanes, mercury glass textured votives, and nickel plated aluminum cylinders. The stunning tablescape was further elevated by mirror flower vases filled with luscious rouge florals.

The showstopping lighting was inspired by a night sky ablaze with stars was created by a blue textured pattern wash onto the light fixtures and the soffits above. The existing wooden walls were masked in white drape around the entire perimeter of the room as well – a perfect backdrop, allowing the décor to take center stage!

An assortment of linens with a variety in texture and color were employed from rich silks to buttery suedes including our personal favorites… ruby and silver woven patterned linens and amazing silver linens with small metallic leather circles sewn in rows.

Silver tufted velvet couches were used for soft seating which blended seamlessly into the overall design with help from the throw pillows, created in the same fabric as the linens. Round mirrored tables fit perfectly with the shape of the seating and reflected soft candlelight. On trend marble vases completed the look!

Oh the marble vases! We really can’t say enough about how beautiful they are! Our team fell madly in love with them – even more so, after they were filled with red calla lilies, roses, amaryllis and trailing flowers called amaranthus.

Marble details continued with a swoon worthy marble faced bar and custom marble tops for the communal tables.

A whimsical candy bar featured champagne lollipops, silver and red M&Ms, white and dark chocolate covered pretzels, cherry Sour Patch candies, silver wrapped chocolate kisses and more – all chosen to match the décor.

Glass and chrome vessels displayed the color themed sweets perfectly… a sweet ending to a gorgeous night!


Site Selection: The Details Matter

January 12th, 2017

Massachusetts was ranked the most innovative state in the US for 2016* so if your considering cities for your company’s next big event – put Boston on top!

At Corinthian Events, we are head over heels for our home base. Boston boasts copious potential venues from traditional and historic to modern and trendy throughout the city in various neighborhoods such as Back Bay, the North End, and Fenway to name a few. And of course, as an accredited Destination Management Company – we know a lot about our favorite city!

Due to the plethora of great options, choosing the right venue can become a ‘to do’ on your ever-growing list, and if you are not familiar with Beantown, your challenge becomes even more paramount as you navigate through the unknowns.

When we work with your team on site selection, our staff of seasoned professionals ensures no details are overlooked and there are no surprises.

DETAILS. We start by discussing your event with you to learn all pertinent details that have already been decided and what key factors will determine the spacing requirements.

  • What type of event are you planning?
    • Conference or Meeting, Dinner or Gala
    • Reception or Party
    • How many people do you expect?
    • When would be the ideal date or date pattern?
    • What is the format of your desired event?
      • Seated
      • Standing Reception
      • Progressive
      • Breakouts
      • Are there special services that will be relevant to your guests?
        • Accessibility (ADA) requirements
        • Sign language or translation services
        • What is important for your guests and the success of your meeting or event?
          • Location (proximity to airport or convention center, walking distance from scheduled off-sites, etc.)
          • WiFI and what bandwidth requirements might exist?
          • Food and Beverage
          • Ambiance (historical, trendy, practical, business)

With these details organized our team brainstorms – with 19 team members at Corinthian Events, we have a lot of brainpower to discuss all the locations which would best fit all parameters of the upcoming event.

LEG WORK. Once we have our list of potential venues we organize official RFPs (Request for Proposals) which are sent to our contacts at various locations. On a large event, there are many details to keep in mind when calculating prices and without knowing the right questions to ask, things can get overlooked.  It is important to pay attention to auxiliary fees in addition to basic venue fees, catering, and audio visual.  Don’t get tripped up on set-up fees, administrative fees, charges for auxiliary services such as coat check, internet, white boards, and conference calls.

ORGANIZE & REVIEW. With all details received we organize them into a clear, comparable format including pros and cons for each location, relevant images, and budgets that allow side by side comparison by your team. We review all these details with you to learn what is most relevant to the success of your event.

CONTRACT REVIEW & NEGOTIATION. Our years of experience reviewing contracts gives our team a competitive advantage to negotiate concessions for our clients and maintain a win-win for our venue partners. Often the contract you see has already undergone a revision – or two!

Whether you are planning a 1 day meeting or a conference over several days for 50 or for 5,000 people – your venue is vital to the success of your event. Your guests will interact more with the location than any other detail you choose so don’t go it alone – we are here to help!

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Rustic Decor, Stunning Results

January 10th, 2017

Rustic décor adorned this gorgeous landmark hotel, creating a visually stunning backdrop to a seamless evening.

Our team at Corinthian Events produced this evening which included event design and décor, entertainment procurement and management, onsite registration check-in and management, and all logistics to ensure guests were provided with an evening that not only stunned visually but was executed flawlessly.

The experience of our team helped guide many of our decisions and we even learned some new tricks!

Large golden antlers, golden pine cones, fresh pine cuttings and amber votives along the registration table as while our check-in team greeted guests warmly upon arrival. We used IPads to efficiently check guests in, which allowed our team to provide live data to our client throughout the evening.

We chose to vary the centerpieces to create visual interest while adhering to a rustic, yet elegant theme. Birch, pine and frost elements were utilized on many of the tablescapes while votives were covered with natural burlap. Our personal favorite? The bell jars on the right with tiny wireless ‘fairy’ lights were divine!

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed a classic Ragtime pianist as well as a DJ alternating tunes, keeping the energy elevated. Spirits were high and the variety added a fun energy to the party!

We were excited to prepare this s’mores bar for the evening but the details became vital… elements such as which type of skewer would give the most authentic stick feel while keeping it a classy soirée were key! The first sticks we bought were too big – like they were meant to roast marshmallows at a campfire not a ballroom, so that wouldn’t do. We ultimately landed on just the right skewer while the Taj provided all the fixings for this classic sweet ending!

The balance of rustic and elegant were just right, allowing guests a warm evening filled with beautiful décor, great entertainment and delicious treats!