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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!

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