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A Company On A Mission

From the desks of Jana and Christine

In taking a moment to reflect on the past few weeks of events, all we have to say is WOW.  Seriously. We’ve worked with zoo animals, young musicians, public radio hosts, and authors.  A company that has transformed social media marketing. A bride who journeyed from an immigrant background to a Harvard Law degree. Graduates who celebrate with sushi, then go out and change the world.

We are continually awed and inspired by our clients.  So it’s important in these moments that we re-state and re-affirm our mission…so that we always remember.

To bring to life the singular, unique vision of each client, every time

We celebrate diversity.

To build positive, constructive, lasting relationships with our clients and vendors

We celebrate collaboration.

To design and produce innovative, evocative events

We celebrate creativity.

To balance profit with social responsibility

We celebrate community.

Today and every day.


26.2 Miles

26.2 miles. On a (incredibly and unexpectedly) warm Monday in April, I ran 26.2 miles. To put that in perspective – I crossed through eight Massachusetts’ cities, ran for just over five hours, took approximately 33,000 steps, and burned about 2,600 calories. Why did I do this to myself (other than the guilt-free beer and fries I ate afterwards)? The answer is pretty simple…I did it for the Boston Children’s Museum.

AE Events had the privilege of partnering with the Boston Children’s Museum on the planning of their 2016 Wonder Ball Gala held at the Museum in November.

This evening of delicious food and drinks, lively entertainment and an engaging program raised over $550,000.00 to help the Museum ensure their ability to welcome all children regardless of any physical, developments, or economic challenges.

 

On the tables, we colored blocked bright primary colors that fit the youthful feeling of the Museum and used creative branding to be sure the Museum’s messaging was front and center.

 

Check out the paint cans we customized with labels to highlight art and creativity!

 

It was such a fun event to not only organize, but to watch come to life. The planning for the 2017 Wonder Ball is well underway and we hope, just as we do for every one of the amazing non-profit organizations that we support, that they raise more awareness and funds to continue to help the children of our communities.

26.2 miles. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t hard, but most meaningful things are. And to be honest, I would do it again in a heartbeat (check back in around November – I’ll be running in the New York City Marathon on the 5th!). It’s incredible organizations like the Boston Children’s Museum that make our city the strong, resilient, and great place that it is, and I was honored to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon wearing their name.

 


Tiki Tiki

Aloha!

In need of a fun summer party theme now that it is actually warm out?  Look no further.  A Luau is the only direction you need to go in!  Get ready to open your mini cocktail umbrella.

Daiquiri tiki bar, hula dancing lessons, leis galore! Who doesn’t love a good backyard bbq? Here is some inspiration to get your mind rolling.

This is a great theme for a backyard bbq or even a high school graduation party.  There are so many ways to make it unique.

These pineapple insipired doughnuts are everything..

Tacos! Because tacos…

These DIY pineapples are great as centerpieces or spread out through your backyard.

There are so many creative ways to elevate your party.  Tassels are super cute and very inexpensive!

We could use one of these classy Pina Coladas right now.



Summer Entertainment

Ready for it to actually be summer?! Us too…

Let’s have some fun in the sun! Look here for inspiration on your next “summertaining” event, whether it’s a casual bbq or an elegant dinner affair – look no further!

Starting with food, because we love food.

There are so many great summer salad recipes.  This peach, tomato, and burrata one especially stood out to us.  You can also get creative with dessert.  Want people to mingle and not have to sit down to eat?  Try food on a stick!

Moving on to atmosphere:

Lanterns and candles are a great way to add a special touch to your evening.

Decorating the table:

You can be simple and classy even in the summer with an outdoor setting.  Adding flower pieces to your napkins adds a special touch, and matching wine to your flowers is just all out amazing!

And you can’t have a party without some fun summer drinks!

Have a theme for your party? Or just want an easy way for people to grab a beer?

We want to help you make your party one in a melon!

 

Check out our whole Pinterest page here: Summer Entertainment


this time it’s the BIG things…

As event producers we spend a lot of time focusing on the little things.  For this corporate celebration in April, it was all about the big ones.

Guests arrived along this enormous industrial pier

Greeted by big bold drumming

Entered the vast raw warehouse

A perfect space for creating an epic Faneuil Hall experience on one end

And an oversized Boston sports baaah on the other.

The event featured substantial drama

Immense talent

And a whopping good time!


Hi Carrie!

We have another addition to the AE Team.  We are so excited to introduce our newest hire, Carrie!

What was your first job?

My very first job in middle school was as a cleaning lady for my church.  My first “real” job was as Marketing & Public Relations / Development / Production Department Assistant at Hartford Ballet….talk about a whirlwind introduction to not-for-profit administration!

How did you get into the event planning industry?  

Through my experience as a stage manager in the performing arts world.  Many, many performing arts organizations host fundraising galas, donor cultivation events, and milestone extravaganzas.  Those events, especially for Production Department team members, become all-hands-on-deck moments.

What is your favorite type of event?  

Not-for-profit fundraisers, especially those with an AMAZING performance element have my heart….but all events are special because they mark important moments in the lives of the people and companies that host them.

What brought you to Boston?

I moved to Beantown to work for Boston Ballet

What is your trick to staying organized?  

CHECKLISTS….I LOVE CHECKLISTS.  Sometimes I even add something that I’ve just done to my list just for the pleasure of checking it off.

How has your first week been?

Exciting and super interesting as I dig into the history of AE and learn about our clients.


Cheers!

Hello and happy weekend!

It is currently the end of April and we are now well on our way into warm spring days, we hope!  This post has to do with anything and everything beverages. From sleek glassware and drink inspiration, to creative ways to elevate your bar, we want to help bring your vision to life.

First off whoever came up with the idea of cotton candy and champagne we would like to thank you!

 

You can always elevate your party by bringing in some funky glassware

 

Summer is here and we love the idea of a lemonade station to cool off

 

Celebrating something special?! Add a pom pom to your drink.

 

And finally, what better way to celebrate the warm weather than with popsicles AND drinks!


Serving Up in Style

Food is for more than just nourishment! It should taste good AND look good. Like the stunning detail of this gorgeous painted plate, for starters.

It’s spring party season, with celebrations and gatherings a-plenty.  Time to express your unique style with a colorful table.  Why not mix all of your favorites?

Don’t forget the china…pick handmade pieces and blend patterns!

 

Or step out with some serious whimsy…

 

 

Whatever inspires you, go above and beyond at your next soiree. Wow guests with plating and spectacular food displays!


We’re Having ‘Tulle’ Much Fun

Leap into spring and embrace the warmth! We are loving everything tulle and getting very inspired by the contemporary ballerina. Embrace your inner pink self and start pulling inspiration for your wardrobe, your food, and even your home decor.

Take, for example, this truly stunning wedding dress…

 

Or perhaps add some tulle to your flowers…

 

And even add it to your table decor for a nice spring outdoor evening.

 

Make your flower girls feel even more like princesses than they already are.

 

And we never forget about shoes…

 

Happy Spring!

 


Our Current Crush: Velvet

Winter weather is making an exit, but there’s still a bit of a chill in the Spring air… and while the lines have been blurred between what is socially acceptable in what season (I’m talking to you “White after Labor Day”) – we like to think VELVET can work in any season if done well. Here are some examples to inspire your wardrobe, your wedding, and your life!

Have a fun and fresh outdoor party and line your table with velvet for some texture

Add a velvet bomber to your springtime wardrobe

Are you redecorating? Think about adding some velvet touches to your living room.

You can even walk on velvet!

And how can we talk about velvet without talking about red velvet CAKE!

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