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Hi Jamie!

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!


The Art of Making A Toast

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!


On the Water

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!


To Travel is to Live – Hans Christian Anderson

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.


Hello Spring!

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!


Food Fun!

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!

Cheese please!

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!


Listen

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?

 

 


What to do before your big day

From the desk of Phoebe Allen

For the Bride to be:

1. Continue your regular routine! No need to stress or get crazy and change your whole life.  The more stress you take on, the more it comes out in acne! Just embrace the feeling.

2. Try to relax.  Book yourself a massage.  There are countless places in general but here are some I recommend. Lower price point – Massage Envy.  If you are really looking to go big or go home – I recommend spending your afternoon here… and they provide snacks!

3. Speaking of pampering… you need a mani and pedi!  Everyone loves their ‘around the corner’ place but MiniLuxe always does a great job.

4. Enjoy your free time.  You don’t have to spend every second with your significant other… you have the rest of your lives for that!  Schedule a walk by yourself, go visit a museum, cook dinner by yourself.  Do any favorite activity that you love doing alone.

5. This tags along to #4 but have a girls night! Bring all your friends together, cook, celebrate, hang out, and just enjoy each others company.

6. Meet with your wedding planner at least one more time! We always have a final meeting scheduled the week of the wedding to finalize all the little details and talk through the whole day, we want it to be perfect!

7. Drink water!  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  You don’t want to bloat.  Carry water with you everywhere you go.

8. Pack and plan a trip for the weekend after!  If you are having your honeymoon later on, it is still nice to get away for a weekend and spend time with your loved one.  This also helps with your post wedding blues.  You spent at least a year planning for this and now it will be over, and this just helps having something else to look forward to.

9. Read through your vows… remember why you are doing this in the first place.

10. Smile! Because you never have to go on a first date ever again!  You have found your person.

Some things that should happen well before the week of the big day are:

1. Facial – if you want to spruce up your skin go for it!  Just make sure you give yourself at least a month.

2. Hair Cut – maybe you need to cut some dead ends, however I know hair cuts can be sensitive, so go far enough in advance that you have some time to sit with it and fall in love with your new do.

3. Wax – you don’t want any redness still on your skin.

For the groom to be:

1. Choose your groomsmen. No surprise right?  Notify them of all the details and keep them on track for suit fittings. Let’s be honest, they’re not always as punctual as their bridesmaid counterparts.

2. Prepare a speech, your friends and family took the time to come celebrate with you on your big day and are expecting to hear what you have to say!

3. If you’re not going the traditional black tuxedo rout make sure you have the right suit picked out.

4. Take the time to go to a tailor to be sure you have the proper fit. These pictures are going to be around the rest of your life.

5. Make sure you prepare for an intimate night with your bride, as tempting as it may be don’t over indulge in alcohol. This could be a mood killer.

6. Your bride has spent countless hours her hair. Take time to look your best. Don’t take short cuts; if needed use some hair products a few months out from your wedding.

7. Help your bride plan! There’s so much that goes into this day. Do what you can to spread the workload between the both of you, this should keep any “bridezilla” moments at bay.

8. As your wedding day approaches, recheck all of your bookings and dates including the honeymoon.

9. Finalize your groomsman gifts. Remember, your friends are spending money and time to be apart of the ceremony.

10. Most importantly take time to relax. Go to your favorite golf course, or just kick back with some friends and a few drinks.

11. The night before the wedding, do something thoughtful and romantic for your bride. Something as simple as a handwritten card will go a long way.

We wish you the best with your big day!


Hi Caitlin!

From the desk of Caitlin (our new intern!)

Hello and happy Friday! My name is Caitlin and I am the current intern here at AE Events! I’m a senior at the University of New Hampshire finishing up my last semester (wow that is crazy to say) here in Boston.

My first 2 years of college I was undeclared and had absolutely no idea what I wanted to major in or what I saw myself doing for a future career. So when my advisor introduced me to Recreation Management and Policy: Program and Event Management, it was the first major I had finally seen myself in and loving. Now, after many semesters in the classroom, I am so excited to be interning here and finally getting “real world” learning experience in my favorite city! I will admit, it was bittersweet moving home from school earlier than I originally expected, but I am so thankful for this opportunity to finally get some hands on experience in the event planning world. I cannot wait to eventually work at events and see how every big and little detail comes together.

Whenever I find myself having some down time I can usually be found shopping (TJ Maxx is my favorite store hands down), hanging out with my family and friends and relaxing on the beach at the Cape in summertime.

As my first week as an intern comes to an end, I am even more excited for all the learning experiences and opportunities I will have with AE Events over the next few months, and look forward to learning as much as I can about this industry!


Hi Amy!

Hello! I’m Amy, a new addition to the AE team for 2018…what a great way for me to start the new year!

While I’m new to the AE team, I have years of experiences under my belt that have helped mold and shape my style and approach. Born and raised just West of Boston in Wellesley, I realized early in my career that while my finance and marketing degree was a fantastic launching pad into the business world, I just needed to figure out my passions and how best to utilize my skills to connect with people.

After spending years on the sales and account management side of the education business as part of the work/life benefit industry, I thought how do I make a living doing something I love. I knew it was either the flower business or the golf business as my next step and it just happened to be close to Valentine’s Day…so I reached out to Winston Flowers. At Winston, I was afforded the luxury of being around talented and creative designers that inspired me and helped make me believe in my own creativity.

As I was spreading “pretty” around to the cities’ corporate and residential VIP clientele, I recognized what made me feel most fulfilled was creating meaningful, long standing relationships with people, inclusive of the same team that I am now a part of at AE Events.

Today, I am excited about expanding my reach on behalf of our clients to full event design and management…perhaps my golf career will have to wait and I can enjoy as many rounds as possible in my spare time.

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