All of the lights

We hope you are enjoying this lovely holiday season filled with all kinds of beautiful lighting – from the candles of the Hanukkah menorah, to the glittering Christmas tree, to the candles on your dining table as you spend time with family and friends, (and don’t forget the crystal New Year’s ball dropped in NYC!) – AE would like to remind you how important lighting can be for an event.

We try to use lighting in a variety of ways to add impact, emotion and excitement to any event of any size. This year included lit LED centerpieces for table decor, an LED curtain as a backdrop, and simple washes of color on the ceiling for added dramatic effect. Here are a few highlights from this past year:

biergarten lighting

With deep blue tones washing the ceiling to set the evening sky, bulb lights strung overhead, and a patterned effect like leaves from a tree, we brought guests “outdoors” at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama this year to create an authentic German “biergarten” (complete with a hops-styled chandelier to set the stage).  Prost! (Cheers!)

Venue: BCA Cyclorama¦ Photographer: Remi Thornton¦ Lighting: High Output


 elkiss tent

Sometimes just anticipating the light can give you amazing effect.  For Liz and Michael’s wedding this September in North Truro, the use of a clearspan tent allowed the sunset to become the backdrop of their ceremony.  Perfection!

Venue: Kalmar Village ¦ Photographer: AE Events ¦ Lighting: High Output

Joslin HH2013 backdrop

Finally, we used LED curtains for this year’s Joslin Diabetes High Hopes Gala – which changed words and designs as the evening continued. Nice!

Venue: Westin Copley Place ¦ Photographer: AE Events ¦ Lighting: Port Lighting

Drumroll Please!!!

We are excited and proud to announce the recent promotion of our own Chrissy Kratz from Event Coordinator to Event Manager.  Many of you have met and worked with Chrissy on various events, and soon you will see her taking  on more of a leadership role as we enter 2014.

We asked Chrissy to share her thoughts –
I have to say, my favorite part of event planning is the process that we go through to learn about our clients and translate that into their event. Whether we are meeting with a non-profit organization and learning about their cause, talking to a newlywed couple about their shared history, or working with a corporation to understand their mission as a company, I really do enjoy this interaction. It makes the job very personal, but I don’t see this as a negative thing. I genuinely want every single one of the non-profits that we work with to raise money for their amazing causes, just as I want every bride and groom to remember their wedding day with fondness for the rest of their lives. I try very hard to make certain that during the planning process, no matter how crazy or hectic things may be, that I take a step back and really think about our clients. I want even the smallest of details to reflect them…from the linen on a table to the font on a seating card to the flavor of a cupcake for dessert. We work for some truly amazing people and it is important to me to ensure that their event reflects who they are. It is, without a doubt, my favorite part about my job.

I didn’t want to write much about a favorite event because I felt like it was getting long. But if you still want to know, my favorite event is BYSO [Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra]. I have a soft spot for supporting the arts because of my background in music.

…So as you can see – Chrissy truly deserves to be recognized for all of her hard work and talents.  We all know that she will do a fantastic job – and soon you will see it too!

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The 2013 BYSO Gala at the MFA.

Remember Spring?

As the cold weather settles in, we at AE are reminded of another time – when flowers were blooming and daylight lasted past 4:30pm!  Well, this spring (May 18 to be exact) we were happy to help Lauren and Tripper celebrate their wedding.  It was a simple but elegant affair, with a ceremony at the beautiful Arlington Street Church, followed by a gorgeous reception at the Museum of Fine Arts.  The bride asked to bring the outdoors in, so with the help of Winston Flowers, we filled the room with small birch tree clusters, lush hedges and other flora set against pleated white organdy linens gave us just the right amount of Spring.  Here are some photos from our friend, Gigi de Manio!

Ceremony Venue: Arlington Street Church ¦ Reception Venue: Museum of Fine Arts ¦ Photographer: Gigi de Manio ¦ Flowers: Winston Flowers ¦ Linens: Table Toppers ¦ Rentals: Be Our Guest ¦ Lighting: High Output

LT petals on stairs

LT Koch stairs

LT table closeup

LT MFA interior


You make me feel like dancing…

…but I’ll never be able to dance as well as the professionals at the Boston Ballet.

It’s been a crazy whirlwind of a year filled with many amazing events.  In and among all of that, we were more than honored to be considered for Biz Bash Magazine‘s Top 100 Events in Boston and Balanchine Ball – The 2013 Boston Ballet Gala – was selected as the #1 Benefit!  We know, we know – this is a very late posting, but we’ve been so busy helping other clients with their special events.  Many thanks to the Boston Ballet for partnering with us this year and additional thanks to Michael Blanchard for these great images.




September is coming!

We are so excited that September is on its way.  True, it means less summer, but for AE it means even MORE events.  Take a look-see at this photo from our recent trip to Artistic Blossoms in Marshfield.  We’re working on the table decor for a wedding that will take place in Truro.  The bride is looking for something that mixes rustic with modern and it’s really coming together with the help of our other vendor friends: New England Country RentalsBe Our GuestPeterson’s Party Center and MAX Ultimate Food – who btw rolled out a full taco bar during the tasting – Unbelievable!  Can’t wait to share the final pics by Liz Linder Photography with you guys this fall.  Cheers!


The Big Red Door welcomes you!

Hello AE Friends! Forgive us for this long overdue message. We’ve finally settled into our new name and new look and are ready to get blogging in earnest.

All of our rebranding efforts realized.

This is Mindy, one of your AE Senior Event Managers, and I am excited to start sharing with you all things AE. Take for example this cool red door. It’s not only lucky in the Chinese culture (of which I am half – fun fact), but it’s also the door that will lead you to us!

AE Events is on the second floor.

Here’s our office door – okay not the best photo and it’s not red, but we welcome you nonetheless.

Our office - welcome!

Come visit us in Southie anytime – we look forward to seeing you soon. When you can’t see us in person – visit our blog instead – we’ll be telling tall tales, chatting up vendors, sending sneak previews and MORE.

The Drumroll, Please! Introducing… AE Events

What’s changed, you ask? Since 2001, we’ve been Altieri Events. It was a good name, a solid name (it’s Christine’s name, after all). But after Jana joined in 2006, it didn’t quite represent who we were anymore, not exactly. The transition to AE Events (the A is for Altieri and the E for Jana’s maiden name, Euler) is meant to represent our equal partnership and devotion to growing a strong, successful business rooted in creativity, mutual respect, and teamwork. So far, it’s been a seamless process, thanks in large part to the efforts of Robert Parsons of Seven Elm, who created our new logo and website.

In our line of work, the notion of teamwork comes up a lot. With our employees and with each other, we’re fair and respectful. We aim to teach our team how to be successful by giving them the independence to develop their confidence. With our vendors, we know that kindness pays. We acknowledge everyone’s role in ensuring an event’s success. We appreciate hard work.

And with our clients, we are nothing if not involved. We place great importance on our hands-on approach; we work directly with all clients and are engaged throughout the entire process. Sometimes that means showing up at dawn to help the linen guy unload his truck. Always that means we’re obsessively in contact with every last vendor in the weeks leading up to an event. Every project, big or small, requires the precise coming together of a vast number of players. It’s like a symphony.

What hasn’t changed: Our love of event planning. Jana began directing community and school events as a minister’s daughter growing up in Alabama. Christine has planned her life like an event, with lists and deadlines and schedules, ever since high school. It’s in our blood, truly. We enjoy every step, from meeting new clients—and we get to work with so many interesting people—to understanding what they need, making it happen, and putting out the inevitable fires (the ones they’ll never know about). It’s exhilarating—the day we don’t get event-day jitters will be the day we call it quits—and deeply gratifying. We know it takes a great deal of trust to put an important event in the hands of others. We’re grateful every day.

Raising the Bar (Mitzvah, that is)

Here at AE Events, we design a good number of bar and bat mitzvahs, and have been doing so for years. There’s no doubt—like most everything related to teens these days—bar mitzvahs are getting more involved. Kids know exactly what they want. And most are either specific—or very vague—when describing their vision. That’s where we come in.

Charlotte’s recent “Winter Wonderland” bat mitzvah was held just after the New Year at Temple Shalom in West Newton. Holding the party at the temple let the family avoid shopping around for a venue. Because temples will assign bar and bat mitzvah dates years in advance, booking a location can get tricky as kids from different area temples eye locations. That’s why it’s a good idea to call us as soon as you get a date. We can help secure your ideal venue or offer comparable options if your dream venue is already taken.

Charlotte wanted a kids-only party for 65 of her closest friends, and she wanted it to feel both cozy and special. We set the scene with oversized silver megaloons spelling “Charlotte” that also served to provide a great backdrop for the DJ from Klass Universal Entertainment. The tables were set with sparkly silver linens and pale lavender napkins, with centerpieces by Artistic Blossoms featuring clear vases with faux snow and a mix of branches that were “frosted and snowy,” silver and natural, and bright purple and fuzzy blue. Glittery votives lent a cool, purple glow.

The event went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time. Charlotte was beaming in a purple lace dress and gold heels. The kids enjoyed fun foods by Baker’s Best and a fabulous snowflake themed cake by Newton bakery The Icing on the Cake. Then they danced to hits by Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Ke$ha, a bit of a departure from the standard bar mitzvah tunes. Airbrush artists created personalized designs on the back of sweatshirts for favors. A photo booth provided extra insurance that no one would soon forget this party, most of all Charlotte!