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RE-THINKING THE “MUST HAVES”

From the desk of Mindy Home:

Clients hire us because we help them think beyond the scope of their imagination, as well as work within their budget. What is our secret to creating innovative looks, yet staying in budget? We use what is necessary in the room to make their event unique. Here are a few examples of ways that you can use the “must haves” to your advantage.

Chairs – all events need them – why not upgrade to something that helps to elevate your overall design scheme? Case in point – we have a tropical-themed event coming up in October, so we opted for transparent blue chairs from AFR – instant island vibe!

Forget the classic ballroom – we recently used these slatted chairs from Be Our Guest for a rustic field wedding.  Want something modern? Check out the avocado Jetson chair from PEAK…add some color to the room quickly and easily… and your design is halfway there!

Staging – if your event has a speaking program, most likely you’ll need a stage. Questions to ask yourself: What’s happening on that stage? Maybe you can wrap your standard black stage in crisp white vinyl to make it more modern. Is it a panel discussion? Maybe rather than stiff chairs, mix it up and put a couch, soft seating, and interesting end tables. What will guests see when they look at the stage? We’ve done everything from big screens to LED panels to cool textured fabric behind the stage, but also consider adding a little bit to your flower budget and creating a backdrop. A shot of your guest speakers with green leaves behind them is a refreshing point of view.

Table Numbers – why do they have to be plain or borrowed from the caterer? We’ve created printed numbers to match the invitations and the linens, but some clients want something they can re-use. In that case, we’ve created vinyl numbers on small mirrors and votive holders. We’ve painted pieces of wood for a more rustic feel. We’ve even done three-dimensional numbers that sit upright on the table. A print vendor (or even some paint!), a pretty font and a fun container – voila, visual interest!

Floor Plan – why use just round tables, mix it up! Create your logo with rectangular tables:

Bring the outdoors indoors by setting large trees between tables, or build the stage in the center. Create floor plans that mix up the tables, for an environment that is unique and catches your eye!

Thinking of these smaller details in advance can help push your design beyond what your guests (or even you!) may expect, and first impressions mean a lot! Take a look around, you’ll be surprised at what you notice when you really look.


Check this off my bucket list

From the desk of Christine Altieri:

SOUTH AFRICA: Go on Safari, see the Big 5, Visit Cape Town, Drink South African Wine CHECK!

South Africa…I have been dreaming about going for years, and finally I took the time to make it happen. It is important to take these opportunities and check them off your bucket list.

My love of traveling is based on the adventure of being in different surroundings with different cultures, languages and idealisms.  It is all about learning for me….learning the culture, learning the geography, the topography, the language, and the list goes on.

The first stop on our trip; Kruger National Park- Safari and the Big 5. What is the Big 5 – Lion, Leopards, Rhinos, Cape Buffalo and Elephant. Kruger is the largest game reserve in South Africa. Kruger National Park is basically a synonym for the word “safari.

Six days on Safari, which was 10 – 13 hour days…we were off to Hermanus –a small town on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is famous for southern right whale watching however It was winter, so the beaches were cold and empty, but with a warm blanket and a glass of wine, the peacefulness was perfect after our safaris.

Now that we are well rested, picked up and off  to Stellenbosh – Wine Country!

Stellenbosch is a town in South Africa’s Western Cape province. It’s surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. The town’s oak-shaded streets are lined with cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Cape Dutch architecture gives a sense of South Africa’s Dutch colonial history, as do the Village Museum’s period houses and gardens.  True small town charm, with lovely reds, whites and rose!

Last stop Cape Town –  Cape Town is a city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. So much history and beauty.

What is next on my bucket list…..I am looking it over…torn between New Zealand – Australia or perhaps something closer to home, the Grand Canyon, I have never been.  Will shall see!


PSL (pumpkin spiced latte of course)

We all know that fall means one thing… Pumpkin Spiced Latte! PSL for short. We have created a lovely page for you outlining everything glorious about the not so basic Pumpkin Spiced Latte.  You can incorporate it into your table settings, you can eat it in so many different ways, and you can mostly find it everywhere you look…

Lets start with your table.  Everyone loves a good pumpkin, but there are so many ways to make a pumpkin that much better!

Paint them!

Decorate your own

Now, yes pumpkin pie is great but it gets old.  What about pumpkin bread?! Or pumpkin spiced cupcakes!  YUM

Homemade pumpkin spiced chai

Pumpkin spiced cupcakes

CAKE

Pumpkin spiced syrup

Check out our Pinterest page here: PSL


From the Intern: Incorporating Wellness into Events

By: Natalie Zajeski

The health trend..the health craze – however you name it, it is here to stay! Millenials, myself included, are a new type of consumer. Health is no longer a fad…it has developed into an overall conciousness of well-being, and all ages have become awakened.

But, what is wellness? According to The World Health Organization, wellness is, ...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.” Overall wellness is complex, and is accomplished through practice of physical, environmental, emotional, and social wellness.

Sooooooo what does wellness have to do with events? A lot actually.

When planning an event, every detail has an impact far larger than itself. The event touches the people who attend it. So whether it’s an intimate wedding for 50 people, corporate dinner for a few hundred guests, or a conference for thousands, how those people felt before, during, and after the event is important.

Events can be designed to thoughtfully incorporate the wellness of its attendees. Here are some ideas:

Physical. Be conscious of the balance between time sitting and time standing. Cater healthy, yet delicious food options for guests.

Environmental. Give the option to recycle for guests.  Everyone feels good knowing they did something to help the earth – one bottle at a time.

Emotional. Venue has a huge impact: opt for outdoor locations to boost Vitamin D and ease stress. An open-floor plan, or breathtaking views are helpful as well.

Social. Events are social by nature. YAY! Our job is to provide opportunities for people to connect even more. Have stations to lock up phones at smaller gatherings so guests have time to communicate with one and other, or for larger events present a hashtag idea so attendees feel connected.

 

Wellness translates to everything we create as event planners. It is our job to design thoughtful experience for every client!


Melanie: Intern to Assistant

Hello world, my name is Melanie and I am the newest event assistant here at AE Events. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May with a degree in Recreation Management and Policy: Program and Event Management. I was previously an intern during the summer, but was lucky enough to be offered a full time position starting in the fall. Being at AE Events so far has been nothing short of a fantastic learning experience.

I didn’t originally want to be in the event planning industry. I went to UNH as a business major with the thought “I can do anything with this degree.” You can do anything with a business degree, but I wasn’t happy in my classes. I found the Program and Event Management option (unfortunately not until my junior year) and I was hooked from my first class. I ended up with a minor in business administration so it all worked out in the end.

What college doesn’t prepare you for is commuting, balancing a full time job and family and friends, and what an actual real life job in your chosen field will entail.

I’ll be honest, commuting is tough. Getting up extra early to sit in traffic, to get to a crowded train, only to then take a bus to my office has not been ideal. What makes it worth it is coming to a job that I thoroughly enjoy. Everyone here at AE Events has been so welcoming and open to teaching me what they know. I’ve learned so much in these past few months and I look forward to learning even more as I continue at this agency. I’ve learned in the office as well as on site at events. I love being on site at events because I can see how everything comes together. We set up everything for the event, supervise the event and then clean up when it’s done. We craft, organize and design for each client’s specific needs. That’s stuff you can’t learn in a classroom.

A few things this new job has taught me:

  • Always get enough sleep!
  • Dress for success every day. You’ll have a better day if you are confident in yourself.
  • Bring a lunch you’ll be excited about. I’m a big food person so I love lunch and I look forward to what I bring every day. For me, bad lunch = bad day.
  • Stay organized. I have an agenda that I would be lost without. It has everything in it that I need for work, as well as appointments for my life outside work. I depend on it with my life to keep me from double booking myself.
  • Make time for yourself. You’ll go crazy if you just work, work, work and don’t spend time doing something you love or spending time with the people you love.

My favorite quote is “You’ve got one life to love what you do.” So go out there, find something you love and don’t let anything hold you back.

 

 

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