February 02, 2018
From the desk of Caitlin (our new intern!)
Hello and happy Friday! My name is Caitlin and I am the current intern here at AE Events! I’m a senior at the University of New Hampshire finishing up my last semester (wow that is crazy to say) here in Boston.
My first 2 years of college I was undeclared and had absolutely no idea what I wanted to major in or what I saw myself doing for a future career. So when my advisor introduced me to Recreation Management and Policy: Program and Event Management, it was the first major I had finally seen myself in and loving. Now, after many semesters in the classroom, I am so excited to be interning here and finally getting “real world” learning experience in my favorite city! I will admit, it was bittersweet moving home from school earlier than I originally expected, but I am so thankful for this opportunity to finally get some hands on experience in the event planning world. I cannot wait to eventually work at events and see how every big and little detail comes together.
Whenever I find myself having some down time I can usually be found shopping (TJ Maxx is my favorite store hands down), hanging out with my family and friends and relaxing on the beach at the Cape in summertime.
As my first week as an intern comes to an end, I am even more excited for all the learning experiences and opportunities I will have with AE Events over the next few months, and look forward to learning as much as I can about this industry!
January 26, 2018
Hello! I’m Amy, a new addition to the AE team for 2018…what a great way for me to start the new year!
While I’m new to the AE team, I have years of experiences under my belt that have helped mold and shape my style and approach. Born and raised just West of Boston in Wellesley, I realized early in my career that while my finance and marketing degree was a fantastic launching pad into the business world, I just needed to figure out my passions and how best to utilize my skills to connect with people.
After spending years on the sales and account management side of the education business as part of the work/life benefit industry, I thought how do I make a living doing something I love. I knew it was either the flower business or the golf business as my next step and it just happened to be close to Valentine’s Day…so I reached out to Winston Flowers. At Winston, I was afforded the luxury of being around talented and creative designers that inspired me and helped make me believe in my own creativity.
As I was spreading “pretty” around to the cities’ corporate and residential VIP clientele, I recognized what made me feel most fulfilled was creating meaningful, long standing relationships with people, inclusive of the same team that I am now a part of at AE Events.
Today, I am excited about expanding my reach on behalf of our clients to full event design and management…perhaps my golf career will have to wait and I can enjoy as many rounds as possible in my spare time.
January 19, 2018
Who doesn’t loves a good theme party… no doubt. However, bringing a theme to life can be overwhelming, and that is where AE Events comes in! Here are examples of two very different themed events, and how we brought each theme to life.
Tropical Caribbean Soirée
As we close in on winter, some people only dream of summer and the Caribbean skies, but we had a corporate client who wanted to make that a reality for their guest, even if it was just for a few hours. They picked the theme “Tropical Caribbean Soirée,” and wanted to be sure guests felt like they were at a top-notch resort on a tropical island.
We developed the Caribbean theme by first choosing these clear chairs. We wanted the room to feel as if the ocean was around you.
We created the floor plan to fit some waves… long farm tables were spread out across the back part of the room in different rows, facing different directions.
On the tables, in place of any floral, we had loads of tropical fruit! The tables were so colorful, and guests were actually able to eat the fruit… we saw some pickers. There was pineapple, grapes, lychees, persimmon, mini bananas, plantains, coconuts, dragon fruit and so much more. We also had five different colored napkins that we spread out across the tables to bring even more pops of color to the table setting.
For some larger pieces, we had tiki huts as the appetizer food stations. They even came with tropical birds!
We also created some other statement pieces, to make guests really feel as though they were on a warm Caribbean island. We featured a hammock, surf boards spread across the room, and large drift wood bars.
Our main focal point was the stage. We wanted to create an island in the distance feel, so the entire skirt of the stage was covered in sand and shells.
Playful and Whimsical
This event was for the Boston Children’s Museum…their annual Wonder Ball always features a very fun theme that guests can relate to. This year’s theme revolved around the whimsical behaviors found in the Dr. Seuss books.
Lets start with centerpieces…so many options to choose from! We had two different floral options and even goldfish bowls!
We created some larger arrangements:
Some more intricate and playful ones:
And goldfish bowls!
The linens were also very fun, the room looked so bright no matter where you turned.
Follow these signs! And grab a book…wonky design created a fun playful twist on adult fun in a Children’s Museum
The dance floor also looked so pretty with hanging string lights:
* Photographs by Allegro Boston
December 21, 2017
From the desk of: Melanie Oliveira
With the holidays fast approaching, there is one big, important aspect that sticks out in my mind: family. Amid the craziness of the season, it is important to remember that the best part of the holidays is spending quality time with those you love. It’s a wonderful opportunity to disconnect with everyday stresses and reconnect with what life is really all about; friends, family, love, and spreading warmth and smiles. Often times, the people you look forward to seeing over the holidays are people that you love but you don’t get to see often. For my family, the person we are most looking forward to spending time with is my brother.
Spending time with family creates positive energy, which is enhanced by even the simplest holiday traditions. Our favorite holiday tradition is making breakfast all together, before we even open gifts. This will be our first holiday with my brother as a member of the United States Navy and we are so lucky to be able to have him at home with us. My younger brother joined the Navy right out of high school. He left for boot camp in February and moved to Florida immediately after. We are so proud of the man that he is becoming, but we miss him like crazy! It has been quite the adjustment living at home without him, but luckily we have technology like FaceTime to keep in touch.
Before my brother joined the Navy, I never knew how strong the members of military families were. Loving someone in the military is not an easy job. Thousands of people across the United States are in the same boat as my family and I. These families are missing their loved ones as they serve our country and are always praying that they return home safe. Unfortunately, some families are not as lucky as mine and their loved ones will not be returning home for the holidays. Those families will be missing their loved ones as they participate in their own holiday traditions, but they will also be creating new ones.
With that in mind, as family and loved ones surround you this holiday season, try to remember the ones that are less fortunate than you. Keep in mind the families that are missing a loved one, whether they are in the military or elsewhere.
To everyone that is serving or has served: Thank you for your service!
December 15, 2017
From the desk of: Phoebe Allen
Holiday seasons is by far my favorite time of year. I also happen to love winter, I know I am crazy, but it makes this time of year that much better! Lights glowing along streets, people bundled up, fuzzy blankets, red wine… so much to love.
Decorating for this time of year is also truly wonderful. I love walking around the stores and seeing their window displays. I also love a good holiday party… and of course decorating for a holiday party. Weather you are decorating your home for your own enjoyment, or having friends and family over, you will find some great inspo below!
Table Decorations: I am really into making your home feel cozy and warm and I love the deep darker tones to bring this table to life.
Love the pinecones in the floral…
Food and Beverage:
Make your own marshmallow decor!
Mulled wine is always a crowd favorite. Check out this recipe.
White chocolate and dark chocolate chips, mixed with chopped up peppermint sticks makes for a great table snack.