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Here at AE Events, we love a good milestone!  The clink of champagne glasses toasting a marriage, the laughter of colleagues enjoying a reunion, and the applause of supporters championing a life-changing cause…what a joy it has been to be a part of these monumental celebrations in the past few months. And there have been a lot of them!  All together 365 years…we raise a glass once again to you all.

A moment like this doesn’t happen every day!  The stunning Museum of Fine Arts Boston glowed with the warm community of  Jewish Family & Children’s Service, in a breathtaking tribute to 150 years of human connection. Just as a point of reference…Abraham Lincoln was president!

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 A spectacular July evening on Nantucket was the backdrop for this 40th Wedding Anniversary.  Walking on sunshine!  

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Talk about life-changing stuff…the May Institute has been serving up independence, choice, dignity, and respect for over 60 years.  Hats off to their absolute dedication to individuals with disabilities.

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Davio’s Boston was the destination for this 20th anniversary celebration of The Spofford Group.  From exquisite music to sumptuous food to fine Scotch, the evening paid tribute to the detail and focus that this remarkable company brings to its clientele.

blog4 PHOTO: Allegro Photography


 Only a Jubilee could describe this golden 50-year celebration!  Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly raised record funds to continue its work for “aging in community.”

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 Both the Governor and the Mayor were in the house for this 20th Birthday Bash for Massachusetts Public Charter School Association! But the student performers stole the show.

blog7 PHOTO: Jeff Thiebauth


 Living the CHAI Life!  A remarkable evening toasting 10 years of CHAI Works, supporting JF&CS services for people with disabilities.

blog8 PHOTO: Genevieve de Manio


With a grand musical flourish, the Berkshire Hills Music Academy celebrated their 15th Anniversary with a Fanfare Gala at the Four Seasons Boston.  Special guest Charles Neville jammed with students to the delight of the crowd.

blog9 PHOTO: Michael Blanchard Photography



We heart BCHL!

Valentine’s Day is upon us and we are enveloped in red and pink… to honor it we were trying to think of something fun to write or show you.  What better than to share one of our past events?  Who says red and pink are only for Valentine’s Day?  They can be used as a beautiful accent for your decor, without being over the top or seemingly girly and childish.

But, as usual, we are getting ahead of ourselves… let’s go back to November, 2014 – the Boston Children’s Hospital League Gala. This one was hosted at the Fairmont Copley and the theme was “Under the Big Top.”

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Yes, this event is to support kids and programs for them while they are at the hospital, but it’s also a night for adults!  So to walk that fine-circus-tightrope-line between childish and chic, we designed the cocktail hour to be a fun and festive filled room with oversized balloons, bright pink and orange accents – complete with an elephant over the bar!


As guests finished cocktails, they moved across the hall to the Grand Ballroom, where they entered a space that was a bit more grownup – portraying a vintage circus vibe – with golds, blacks and pops of a whimsical red (see – I knew we’d circle back to red and Valentine’s Day). Winston Flowers helped us to create these fun centerpieces – the co-chairs couldn’t believe that red carnations could look so good.  (Sorry, carns, you guys have a bad rap, but things are looking up!)


This client even had fun adjusting their logo to fit the theme.  Overall, it was a great event that you should consider looking in to for this year!  Planning is just in the works, but it’s sure to be a fun-filled event for everyone!


Many thanks to all of the vendors who helped to make this event possible (plus Allegro Photography for these great shots).  Added thanks to the Big Apple Circus Clowns and stiltwalker Big League Brian, who are part of the BCHL programming and were added entertainment for our guests!


After the party… let’s party?

Recently, AE Partner, Christine Altieri, and one of our brides, Liz, (Hi Liz!) were quoted in the Boston Globe style section commenting on wedding after parties.  Which leads us to continue the conversation – Are After Parties worth it?

After Parties are the new excuse for brides and grooms to continue the celebration into the wee hours of the night (ahem… morning).  For some, I’d say it’s truly worth it.  When else will you have this kind of love and attention from close family and friends?  When else will you have a chance to party like this?  Graduation? (nah, that’s expected) Baby? (Duh, you have a baby! Stay home!)  Major birthday milestone? Okay, maybe that last one, but it’s unlikely all of your nearest and dearest will make it to the festivities.  Yes, a wedding is an important part of your life and those closest to you make an effort to be there – and an After Party, well, that’s just icing on the cake.


Wedding dress still on, bowtie askew… It’s totally worth it if you have a smaller group of close friends and family and you head somewhere for some post wedding drinks, snacks and chatter.  I’d recommend the Hawthorne for this! Actually, I did go there after my wedding and there were two other brides wandering around in their dresses as well.  We all hugged.  Dressed down to comfy clothes… It’s totally worth it to go sit around a bonfire and make s’mores and mellow out with your peeps. Within Boston itself, I’m not sure you’ll find a bonfire, but I do know the Chatham Bars Inn offers one.  Hair a mess, weren’t you wearing a tie?…  It’s totally worth it to head back to a friend’s suite with your BFFs to drink the last of the champagne and muse upon the times ‘before you were married’.

After Parties aren’t just for weddings anymore.   Now fundraisers and galas are hosting APs as well.  Sometimes it’s to keep the fun, lively atmosphere going and sometimes it’s to introduce a new set of future donors. It’s an easy way to get them in, excited about the cause, introduced to some key people and they get to have fun.  We’ve found the most successful fundraising/non-profit/gala APs have an existing young professional group that they can invite.  Typically this group is invited to arrive as the program and seated dinner that the bigger patrons have paid for is winding down.  Their ticket price is lower and includes dessert, drinks (up to the organization if it’s 2, unlimited drinks, or perhaps you switch to a wine and beer bar) – and of course dancing with the band or DJ alongside the other guests.  It’s a great way to bring some new energy to the room, to the group, to the cause!

To read the Globe article about Wedding APs – follow this link!
Many thanks to Liz Linder Photography for the bonfire AP photo taken in Truro last September.

Vendor Spotlight – Allegro Photography

I should probably start with a disclaimer: We love all of the vendors that we work with, but can only blog so much!

You have probably seen samples of their work on our website and through events that we have produced – today’s vendor spotlight shout-out goes to Allegro Photography!

Husband and wife team, Jo and Dave, moved to Boston a few years ago from California and settled in Wellesley. Their work has a distinct West Coast vibe that is reflected in the fantastic images they take and the beautiful spirit that they capture.  One outstanding quality is their ability to capture the right mood at any given moment.  You may think at a wedding or a fundraiser this would be easy, but the task is much harder than it seems when trying to capture an emotion on top of the action taking place.

Their upbeat attitudes and willingness to stick around to “get the shot” are one reason we love to have them on site with us at events.  From weddings, to portraiture, to a wide variety of events both social and non-social, they are reliable and fun to work with.  Plus, they always manage to find such flattering light for everyone!

Thanks Allegro Photography for being so great!

Ok, now I’ll let the images speak for themselves (kind of).


Catching that adorable moment during a wedding?! check.


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Capturing the AE staff at the Celebrity Series 75th Anniversary Gala? check.
L to R: Chrissy, Christine, Danielle, Aubry and our [former] intern Emma (we miss you!)

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Making our tabletops look cooler than we remembered
(this one from Rosie’s Place Safe and Sound Gala)? check.



Thanks Allegro Photography!  We love working with you!


AE Events

Snow white

As event planners in New England, we are faced with a certain precipitation that appears each winter. Whether shoveling, slogging, or snowshoeing through it, one can’t ignore the fact that simple, clean and crisp – classic white – can still be classy.

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So in honor of snow everywhere (and it really is EVERYWHERE right now), we’d like to give a shout out to our friends at Table Toppers.  Their selection of linens can really help to shape the look and feel of any event.

Here’s a small view of their sample wall – where the linen magic begins! tt wall

Table Toppers has a large inventory of in-stock linens or if you’re looking to create something from scratch, they have an amazing staff who can help customize something to suit your needs.

And to fit our snowy theme, I found a few samples of white on white (ok, and white with silver, white with black, white with texture…you get my [snow] drift… ah! couldn’t resist the pun).  This look is not for everyone, but it can truly create a unique vibe for your next event.


Look at how this Silver Galaxy Circle linen starts to mimic the snow touched trees…

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Don’t think that white on white is only for the winter.  Soft white striped cotton for spring or a crisp white linen on a bright summer day have their own charms.  White is season-less and oh-so-chic.  So if you’re thinking of creating a thematic event – perhaps a [Snow] Ball with a [flurry] of dancing (ah! puns again!) or if you’re looking for that perfect touch to set your event apart – give us a call and we’ll introduce you to our friends at Table Toppers!

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:

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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


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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

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.