August 31, 2018
From the desk of: Caitlin Theall
So far, this summer has been a hot one (to say the least)! Since we can’t control the weather and many events take place in the summer time, here are a few ideas on how to have a successful summer event while staying as cool as possible.
In New England, there are an abundance of beautiful outdoor event spaces. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Harwich, MA – If you still want to make the most of this weather and host an outdoor event, look into venues on the water! You can count on an ocean breeze to keep your guests cool.
2. 9ofs in Boston, MA – This rooftop overlooking the city features a reflection pool and open-air garden, and for those who need an occasional break from the sun, lovely indoor space too!
3. Have a unique experience in mind? A tented outdoor event is a great way to make it more intimate and personalized.
Give guests a favor they can use during the event…turn your event program into a fan!
Or provide sunglasses…no one will be able to enjoy your event if the sun is blinding them!
And one of our favorite ways to keep guests cool…serve refreshing food and drinks!
Wishing you a wonderful rest of your summer!
August 23, 2018
From the desk of: Intern Kristen Kaneb
Hi, my name is Kristen, and I am a summer intern at AE Events. My decision to intern at AE involved a lot of thinking about what I hoped to get out of my internship this summer. As a communications major at Loyola University Maryland, I knew that I wanted a strong background in event planning to better prepare myself for when I begin my job search after graduating from college.
I have always been interested in event planning. I learned that being an event planner would give me the opportunity to plan gatherings for celebrations and create events that bring people together. I look forward to the seeing the pieces all fall into place.
After discovering my passion was to be in event planning industry,I now had to determine where I would do my internship. I knew that I wanted to work in Boston, it is one of my favorite cities. After some google searches, and asking around – AE Events stood out over the rest as one of the Best in Boston. The diverse range of events that they managed was something that interested me instantly.
From non-profit to social to corporate, AE plans a variety of events for a diverse scope of customers. I am so excited to be a part of planning galas, weddings, conferences and so much more this summer. I am particularly interested to learn the different approaches to each type of event.
Photography: Michael Blanchard
Photography: Cambria Grace
July 27, 2018
Hi friends! My name is Jess and I am the brand new Event Manager here at AE Events. I’m thrilled to be joining such a motivated, creative and inspiring team of event planners.
I joined AE Events from a nine-year stint working for non-profit’s all over the world! Beginning in my early 20’s, my homebase was in London, England. I worked as the gala and fundraising project manager for a variety of non-profits working towards ending child malnutrition and hunger in developing nations. What brought me to London? Other than a never-ending sense of adventure, of course, was my master’s degree in Human Rights which I completed at University College London. I then wanted to apply my passion for helping people by working in the non-profit sector. Throughout my career abroad, I managed projects and events for organizations that took me all over the world, primarily to eastern Africa – Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
I was even lucky enough to lead a team of UK-based chefs up Mt. Kilimanjaro for one of their fundraising missions! I have been involved in some pretty amazing experiential projects for which I feel truly blessed to have been a part of.
However, State-side was calling me back across the pond. As a Boston University alumnus and Boston-native, it felt right to be back in the Bean for my next chapter. I spent two years with an amazing Boston-based homelessness organization managing their portfolio of events. But my true desire for years now has been to branch out and truly challenge myself in the world of event planning. I am over the moon that my next adventure will be working at AE Events!
As you could probably imagine, I have an untamable passion for traveling. So, when I’m not planning your next event, you can find me jet-setting!
My love for food and culture was born out of my travel bug, so you can also find me scoping out the next new restaurant opening here in Boston. A true ski bum in the winter and beach goer in the summer, I am a New Englander through and through.
I currently live in the vibrant and fresh Southie neighborhood with my boyfriend and our two-year-old pup, Brody. He is nearly as high energy as I am!
July 06, 2018
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!
June 22, 2018
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!