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This is Quite A Club!

(aka “Live from Abiomed‘s Annual Sales Meeting)

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“WOW. From now on my rider will include a 300-foot ceiling and
an insane bike sculpture…this is quite a club!” Comedian Dana Carvey quipped at the start of his set last week.

 

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The glorious MFA was all decked out in fancy finery as a funky upscale nightclub for Abiomed’s Opening Celebration. It was a magical transformation…the first of its kind at the MFA! Glittering lamps from Tommy Wholesale and stunning floral sculptures from Marc Hall Design sparkled in jeweled lighting by High Output.

 

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Magicians strolled the floor mesmerizing guests with sleight of hand tricks, while other groups gathered to enjoy the red-clad torch singer from Music Management nestled in cozy lounge seating from Be Our Guest.

 

 

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The evening was filled with surprises…from the enormous marquee A-B-I-O-M-E-D letters created by New England Country Rentals, to Bailey’s milkshakes and truffle fries, to the appearance of Dana Carvey himself (the headliner is a tightly held secret)…this company knows how to thank its team.

 

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How fitting it is that the night was such a brilliant transformation, since transforming lives is exactly what Abiomed does.  This year’s meeting celebrated the unprecedented success of its Impella heart pump, and the unparalled mission of the company to “Patients First.”

 

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A company that does such serious, life-saving work deserves to kick back with a night of laughter…cheers to you, Abiomed!

 

 


A Final Toast to 2015

As we close the book on 2015 and open the first few pages for 2016, there’s so much to reflect on here at AE Events. We are so grateful for our clients and industry partners, who keep us on our toes and make the work that we do rewarding and fun. What a year it was! Here is just a taste of what 2015 brought for us…

WINTER 2105

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2015 featured as much snow as we have seen in quite some time!  Covered up to our ears (and growing!), the promise of spring seemed nowhere in sight.

Even in the depths of winter, we were able to bring warmth and elegance to the Boston Ballet’s Camellia Ball. This is the gala not to miss, and a little snow was not going to get in the way of this special night.

Chandeliers decked the halls and a tables design of whites and grays brought a renewed sense of vibrancy to this snowy winter night. The evening was designed with candlelight and beautiful florals from our friends at Winston Flowers, the entertainment was by the dynamic “subway quartet” which dazzled guests with their modern interpretation of songs old and new. And of course, the Boston Ballet dancers performance was the show stopper of the evening, leaving guests in awe of their beauty and whimsy.

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SPRING 2015

After thawing out from the winter cold, we gladly jumped into planning a premier Boston asset management firm’s June client conference. Held at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel and the Institute of Contemporary Art, this two-day conference set the standard for success with their “Art of Innovation” theme.

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For the Opening Dinner which kicked off the conference, we created a energy that would become apparent throughout the conference that this event was all about innovation! We used vibrant aqua, white, and coral to create an entirely new look and feel and as we took the room from an elegant evening back to a conference space the next day.

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After the conference sessions came to a close, guests were happy to retreat to the Institute of Contemporary Art for their last evening together – a celebration by the sea. Thanks to our friends at Be Our Guest for supplying the gorgeous décor for their final sendoff!

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SUMMER 2015

While most Bostonians abandon the city in the summertime, we were hard at work preparing for one of our favorite celebrations – weddings! This summer we were lucky to be a part of that very special day for some incredible couples.

In late June we celebrated the coming together of two families at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The Boston Harbor created a gorgeous, natural backdrop for the ceremony.

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Guests were invited into the museum lobby and on the outside patio where which we transformed the space into a celebration that was reflective of this couple. The “Dodson-Cornell Bunch” danced the night away alongside their family and closest friends.

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In the lazy summer days of late August, we celebrated a couple whose  wedding was structured around the moon. This rustic, outdoor wedding was set at a private residence in Concord, MA. From details like a “Just Married” canoe, to choreographing the start of the ceremony to the exact moment when the moon began to rise – this wedding went down in AE history as one to remember for years to come.

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FALL 2015

With the coming of fall came a burst of celebrations of all kinds. Just before Thanksgiving we planned a tribute dinner for the outgoing CEO of South Shore Hospital.

Guests arrived at the fabulous Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate for a 360 experience around the museum. Passing through all four surrounds, guests enjoyed views of the replica Senate chamber and Ted Kennedy’s office, with sounds of a Jimmy Buffet tribute singer welcoming guests into the cocktail reception.

Décor for the evening married the guest of honor’s two loves: football and golf.  Collaborating again with our friends at Winston Flowers, we incorporated Patriots football helmets, golf balls, and miniature flags into the evening’s floral designs.

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During dinner, guests were serenaded by the world-renowned Three Waiters. If you aren’t already familiar, the Three Waiters are professional singers who disguise themselves as wait staff and delight guests with surprise performances throughout the evening. Everyone had a ball, and by the end of the night were yelling for more and throwing their napkins in the air.

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In October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Spofford Group at Davios. To tie in the anniversary year, guests enjoyed signature cocktails named “Spofford Group’s 20 Year Old Fashioned” and “The Spofford 20.” The celebratory anniversary logo marked even the tiniest touches: from cocktail napkins to guest favors. On top of fabulous food, drink, and company, we had roaming magicians, a live jazz trio, and even a scotch expert. What better way to celebrate 20 years?

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With so much success in 2015, we raise a glass and toast each and every one of our clients and fabulous partners with whom we could not do this work without.

Now onto 2016 – we can’t wait to see what this next year has in store!


Blizzards! (or when things get messy)

On this blustery and cold blizzardy day we thought we’d take some time to reflect on some past events. Part of hiring an event planner is to give yourself peace of mind.  At AE Events, we pride ourselves on our ability to think the event through – forwards and backwards – so there are no surprises, but let’s be honest… there’s always something that can sneak up on you.  Our goal is to keep everything running smoothly, so that you as the client can continue to enjoy your event.  Some things, however are beyond our control…

Wedding in New Hampshire:
The bride and groom are enjoying cocktail hour, meanwhile AE is out back throwing extension cords over a stone wall and climbing into a basement that doesn’t have full ceilings (in a dress and heels, mind you!)- so that the band could connect to power – the original power plan ran into it’s own set of issues and there was always a chance that we would blow every fuse in the place, but we didn’t. But there was a brief moment where we thought the band might be acoustic for the night!

Conference in Local Boston hotel:
There are some things that we all know to be true, but try not to believe.  One example of this: mice in hotels.  We can say (with certainty) that mice do exist in hotels – even the nicest and fanciest of them – and one decided to join our educational conference (talk about things that can sneak up on you).  Luckily, the conference goers didn’t see it, but with some quick work on our end, a hotel “mousehunter” was immediately on the scene and the situation was handled quietly and humanely.

Wedding in Cape Cod:
At the end of the night, we’re packing things up and who appears drunk?  The videographer.  Long story short, the local police gave him the option of sleeping it off in a cell or in the parking lot.  He chose parking lot and they came back with his keys at 6am.  I still don’t know if the couple received their wedding videos.
*Please note – this particular vendor wasn’t hired or vetted by AE, the couple hired many of the vendors on their own. We do our best to guide clients, but certainly don’t force them to hire all of our recommended vendors.  Needless to say, this particular vendor will never be on our list! 

Fundraising Gala:
A headlining singer was the entertainment for the night, but unfortunately was wheel-chair bound due to an unforeseen injury.  With no wheelchair access to the event’s stage in sight – we had to send someone to a venue nearby to beg for their wheelchair ramps – and then get the cab driver to wait while we loaded them in! Luckily, guests got to see the show and not the madness backstage.

There are so many more stories we could share on this snowy day, but we leave you with this – like a snowflake, every event is unique and we at AE Events treat them that way.  We love our clients and do everything we can to ‘shovel them out of the blizzard!’

 


WAKE UP, IT’S SEPTEMBER!

“Wake me up when September ends.” Green Day

Ah, the joy of fall in New England!  The revival of traffic!  The rattle and roar of Ryder and UHaul!  And let us not forget the return of crowded inboxes as we all leave behind our beloved beaches and march full force into the autumn season.  As a friend said yesterday, we’re back in the world of the “OMG, it’s September!”.

Once my annual mourning of summer is over, I manage to find inspiration.  There is revved-up energy in our city everywhere you turn…especially seen in the young minds flooding into our hallowed halls of learning, and in the work of the dynamic thought leaders working in our midst.  A great example of this is right at my doorstep…our fall conference in partnership with the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care.

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The purpose of the annual Innovations Conference is, simply stated, transformation.  Speakers take the stage to tunes by Imagine Dragons and MGMT, and attendees know from the outset that this is no ordinary day.  Every general session, every breakout, and every shred of content is created to promote the forward-thinking approach and creative dialogue that is shaking the foundation of primary care.

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From the seven-minute lightning round TED-style talks that feature the Center’s Innovations Fellows …to interactive workshops engaging attendees in “serious gaming” for health reform…to the signature “Smoky Cape Cod” dry ice cocktail that always has guests talking and laughing at the closing celebration, this event is truly catalyzing real change.Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care - Innovations Conference

Now there’s something to “fall” for!
-Jana