August 31, 2018
From the desk of: Caitlin Theall
So far, this summer has been a hot one (to say the least)! Since we can’t control the weather and many events take place in the summer time, here are a few ideas on how to have a successful summer event while staying as cool as possible.
In New England, there are an abundance of beautiful outdoor event spaces. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Harwich, MA – If you still want to make the most of this weather and host an outdoor event, look into venues on the water! You can count on an ocean breeze to keep your guests cool.
2. 9ofs in Boston, MA – This rooftop overlooking the city features a reflection pool and open-air garden, and for those who need an occasional break from the sun, lovely indoor space too!
3. Have a unique experience in mind? A tented outdoor event is a great way to make it more intimate and personalized.
Give guests a favor they can use during the event…turn your event program into a fan!
Or provide sunglasses…no one will be able to enjoy your event if the sun is blinding them!
And one of our favorite ways to keep guests cool…serve refreshing food and drinks!
Wishing you a wonderful rest of your summer!
August 23, 2018
From the desk of: Intern Kristen Kaneb
Hi, my name is Kristen, and I am a summer intern at AE Events. My decision to intern at AE involved a lot of thinking about what I hoped to get out of my internship this summer. As a communications major at Loyola University Maryland, I knew that I wanted a strong background in event planning to better prepare myself for when I begin my job search after graduating from college.
I have always been interested in event planning. I learned that being an event planner would give me the opportunity to plan gatherings for celebrations and create events that bring people together. I look forward to the seeing the pieces all fall into place.
After discovering my passion was to be in event planning industry,I now had to determine where I would do my internship. I knew that I wanted to work in Boston, it is one of my favorite cities. After some google searches, and asking around – AE Events stood out over the rest as one of the Best in Boston. The diverse range of events that they managed was something that interested me instantly.
From non-profit to social to corporate, AE plans a variety of events for a diverse scope of customers. I am so excited to be a part of planning galas, weddings, conferences and so much more this summer. I am particularly interested to learn the different approaches to each type of event.
Photography: Michael Blanchard
Photography: Cambria Grace
July 27, 2018
Hi friends! My name is Jess and I am the brand new Event Manager here at AE Events. I’m thrilled to be joining such a motivated, creative and inspiring team of event planners.
I joined AE Events from a nine-year stint working for non-profit’s all over the world! Beginning in my early 20’s, my homebase was in London, England. I worked as the gala and fundraising project manager for a variety of non-profits working towards ending child malnutrition and hunger in developing nations. What brought me to London? Other than a never-ending sense of adventure, of course, was my master’s degree in Human Rights which I completed at University College London. I then wanted to apply my passion for helping people by working in the non-profit sector. Throughout my career abroad, I managed projects and events for organizations that took me all over the world, primarily to eastern Africa – Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
I was even lucky enough to lead a team of UK-based chefs up Mt. Kilimanjaro for one of their fundraising missions! I have been involved in some pretty amazing experiential projects for which I feel truly blessed to have been a part of.
However, State-side was calling me back across the pond. As a Boston University alumnus and Boston-native, it felt right to be back in the Bean for my next chapter. I spent two years with an amazing Boston-based homelessness organization managing their portfolio of events. But my true desire for years now has been to branch out and truly challenge myself in the world of event planning. I am over the moon that my next adventure will be working at AE Events!
As you could probably imagine, I have an untamable passion for traveling. So, when I’m not planning your next event, you can find me jet-setting!
My love for food and culture was born out of my travel bug, so you can also find me scoping out the next new restaurant opening here in Boston. A true ski bum in the winter and beach goer in the summer, I am a New Englander through and through.
I currently live in the vibrant and fresh Southie neighborhood with my boyfriend and our two-year-old pup, Brody. He is nearly as high energy as I am!
July 06, 2018
From the desk of: Jamie Donovan
Hi all! I’m Jamie and I am one of the newest members of the AE Events team.
I graduated from Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina in 2014 with a degree in marketing and management. I fell in love with the South (especially the close proximity to the beach!) and all of the beautiful new cities I was able to explore. If you love delicious food, wonderful people, and historic sites, check out Charleston and Savannah – I highly recommend it!
Despite my love for all things warm and beach-y, however, I made the tough decision to pack my life back up and move the 900 miles back to Boston (and the dreaded snow). Post-graduation, I wasn’t exactly sure what direction I was going to go in as far as my career. Coming from a family of nurses – my mom and both of my sisters are RNs – I was drawn towards the healthcare industry. After spending sometime in a clinical office, I joined the external relations team in the Office of Development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. During my time there, I had the opportunity to plan donor recognition events and I truly fell in love with the entire event planning process – taking their vision and bringing to life!
So here I am today as a full-fledged event planner at AE Events! When not in the office, you can most likely find me “down the Cape” with my friends, family and dog, Murphy! He is a four-year-old Irish Setter, who is full of life and lots of energy – but has no concept of personal space.. or that he is not lap dog.
For the weekends that I don’t make it down to West Dennis, you can find me sitting in the sunshine, glass of prosecco in hand, probably a burger in the other – ideally listening to live music!
June 22, 2018
From the desk of: Intern Allison Steiner
When asked to speak at a big event, you either have one of two reactions: fear or excitement. Either one is fine, as long as you stand up and speak when the time comes! Because toasts are often for special occasions, they are expected to be personal and special. However, many people may not know where to start when it comes to creating a toast. So, here’s a few ideas to get you thinking.
Joint Effort: Got the job of making the big toast but are scared to do it? Team up with a close friend or relative and combine your perspectives on your loved one. Brainstorm together about your favorite things about this person and use each other as props as you make your way through your speech.
Personal Anecdote: Delve deep into the past and reminisce about your fun childhood adventures or crazy college memories with your loved one. This will be sure to get some laughs from the crowd, and since you’re speaking from experience, your words should come easily!
Homemade Poem: One way to get your audience emotional is to write an authentic poem for your loved one. Take an hour or two to sit down and think about how this person has inspired you… then write.
Rewrite one of your favorite songs with personalized lyrics. And sing it: This is a major crowd pleaser anywhere you go. Whether it’s rap or a slow, heartfelt song, substituting your own lyrics is sure to get a rise out of your audience, and most importantly, your loved one. So, do your vocal exercises and take that stage!
Take a glass and keep it simple: Sometimes, the best things come in small packages. If you’re not sure what to do and don’t want to make a huge show of your toast, just get up and speak from the heart for a few minutes. If you’re asked to give a toast at an event, you’re obviously special to that person. They will be happy just to see your smiling face up there speaking for them!
June 01, 2018
From the desk of Carrie Dirats
There are so many things to love about Boston, right? After all, that’s why we all live and work here! For me, the best thing is that our fair city is located right on such an amazing slice of ocean. So why not take our events out on the sparkling blue sea? There are so many ways to get out on the water and have a “whale of a time”!
Looking for a corporate team-building day? Your crew can learn to sail and even race each other around the harbor. Winners can earn a special prize and everyone has a blast! You can follow your sailing adventure up with a picnic on one of the Harbor Islands, or dinner at a sunny ocean-side restaurant.
Boston Sailing Center offers fun corporate outings….and great sailing lessons!
A sunset sail aboard one of the Boston-area’s “tall ships” can set the mood for romance….or take you on a rollicking piratical romp. What a great way to bond with your bridal party or begin your wedding weekend with your family. Many charter companies offer catering and beverage options that can be personalized to your party vibe.
The RI-built Schooner “Liberty Clipper”
What about a brunch birthday party, client dinner, or cocktail fundraising event while cruising the Charles aboard a riverboat?
Riverboat cruise, anyone?
There are so many great ways to take your events out on the water. Hope to see you out there!
April 06, 2018
From the desk of: Christine Altieri
I have my list of the must visit locations, and then a list of perhaps locations. I love to travel. I love learning about new cultures, seeing new places, and finding out about their history. I use to plan all my vacations (being a planner ) however, now that my sister Amelia has become a travel agent…I am spoiled, she does the planning! She is so good at it! (I would not expect anything less, she always exceeded expectations in everything she does)
This was our sister trip to see our Stepmom, and yes we all pulled out our white pants! (Ameila, Donna, Pat and Me)
Life is so busy, traveling takes you away from busy, even for a short time. We just did that with a trip to Nicaragua. What a beautiful country with beautiful people
So why Nicaragua ? We wanted warm, culture, and beaches!
Located in the central portion of Central America and is known for its unique culture, traditions, and historical heritage. Nicaragua dates back to the times of Antiquity and unique places to explore and see.
Here are some of the most fun and interesting facts on Nicaragua.
Nicaragua is a very large country. It is considered one of central Americas “Tropical Paradise.” If, you get the chance to visit you will surely agree that Nicaragua offers diverse wildlife, culture and history.
Nicaragua has two Ocean coasts. Each, on opposite sides of the country. So, you can take a morning swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Then in the Evening take a relaxing dip in the Pacific Ocean.
The largest natural lake in all of Central America is located in Nicaragua. Called lake Nicaragua it is a major tourist attraction and water supply for many people.
We spend some time on Jicama Point Lounge On Lake Nicaragua
Other Facts –
Nicaragua is larger than Ireland and Portugal put together.
Nicaragua had the first elected woman president of any Central American country. She served from 1991-1997. She also is the first democratic woman president of any democratic country in the world.
Nicaragua is home to the worlds only “Dual Volcano.” The volcano is in a small mountain range and is fed underground by two separate magma flows. It is the only volcano in the world that can erupt with two diverse magma channels underneath it. Here is Masaya Volcano!
A trip is not complete until you capture a beautiful sunset …we had so many.
March 26, 2018
From the desk of: Carrie Dirats
While it hasn’t seemed like it over the last couple of weeks (yikes!), spring is actually HERE. I don’t know about you, but I always feel a sense of excitement as the days lengthen and the world wakes up. To help you through the next Nor’easter, here are two of my favorite spring things:
Pretty flowers: Okay, so they aren’t really coming up yet. But there’s no reason why we can’t bring them into our homes, offices, and especially into our events. The soft colors and gentle scents of our earliest blooms are a real mood lifter:
If you worry about the waste of cut flowers, your favorite spring bulbs can be forced and used as centerpieces, while dormant bulbs make a nice “living” take away…
Fresh Spring Veggies: After a long winter of manky old storage vegetables, who doesn’t love the bright flavors and colors of asparagus, peas, pea tendrils, baby beets, scallions, new carrots, radishes, spinach, lettuce, arugula, fiddlehead ferns, and spring herbs? These should all be appearing in local farmers’ markets, or your garden, in the next month or two!
You can even include them in your table décor…
Cheers to Spring, whenever it decides to arrive!
March 02, 2018
From the desk of: Caitlin Theall
In the world of events, there are many important pieces that tie together to make the experience memorable. This blog is about one of my favorites…whether it’s a wedding, fundraiser, conference…there must be food! If guests are hungry and find themselves searching for nibbles, I can almost guarantee those guests will become HANGRY – and that’s not what we’re after.
Here are a few fun ideas to get guests excited:
Donuts are a personal favorite – I can never resist!
Fries are the perfect late night snack!
Don’t forget about drinks too!
Or perhaps a rainbow of colors for the health conscious?
And remember to keep guests warm in the winter season!
All good things must come to an end…at least there is always dessert to look forward to at the end!
February 17, 2018
From the Desk of Jana Gimenez
Stop for a second and listen…what music is on right now? (NOTE: If it’s only playing in your head, that counts!) These days for me it’s always a track from “Hamilton” because my daughter Ella and I are obsessed!
But what about you? Is it that catchy new album you found on Spotify? The symphony that always moves you? Your signature car karaoke song? The chilled-out playlist at the coffee shop? Think about it…music surrounds us as the sound track to our days.
Music is powerful…it impacts our moods, celebrates our personal style, inspires us to move, reflects our joys and sorrows, and defines our culture. How does it define you?
I challenge you to stop and listen more each day to the music that accompanies you.
I also challenge you to think carefully about the music you choose when planning your events, and to harness music’s power to reflect who you are.
Celebrate good times (c’mon…)!
Perhaps with drummers to greet your guests?
Or maybe a little double-bass and sax with your cocktail?
And of course, a killer live band is the heart of every wedding.
“If It Makes You Happy”…then the music is right for you!
“How does your party look?” is always a question. But how does your party SOUND?