Big News from Swank Events!

Big News from Swank Events!

We’ve got some big news and wanted you to be the first to hear it!

After almost ten years of planning mostly weddings, we have decided to officially shift the focus of Swank Events to Corporate Event Planning.

This means you can count on us for all your corporate planning needs: summer outings, holiday parties, team building events, conferences and so much more!

To celebrate our new focus, we’ve updated our look and website. Be sure to connect with us on social media to keep up with the latest Swank news.

We look forward to working with you on your next corporate event!


The Swank Team

Street Hockey, Music, Burgers & Dogs – What Could be Better?

Street Hockey, Music, Burgers & Dogs – What Could be Better?

Photo credit: New England Spots Photo – Alex Iannicelli

On Saturday, August 19, we worked with the Andover Hockey Association (AHA) to plan their first annual Street Hockey Festival at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. This inaugural event offered AHA members a well-organized street hockey tournament, fun music, great food and plenty of family-friendly activities; creating the perfect opportunity to have some fun outside the rink!

AHA, the largest youth hockey program in New England, was looking to create a fun kick-off event where players, coaches and families could all gather and have a great time together. In addition to the street hockey tournament, there was a bouncy house, complete with a basketball hoop and large slide, provided by Busy Bee Jumpers, yard games and delicious food, provided by Aramark.

One of the event sponsors setup an endurance course and the local fire and police departments even participated in the fun, providing tours of their respective vehicles – a huge hit with the kids!

This event attracted nearly 200 attendees and directly aligns with the AHA mission of organizing and promoting a fun, safe, and developmentally rewarding hockey experience for all Andover children. Tournament participants also received a ticket to the UMass Lowell River Hawks vs. UNH Wildcats hockey game on October 6th, providing another opportunity to bring the Andover hockey community together.

“Our first summer street hockey party was a great success based on the feedback from the kids and the parents,” said AHA Board President, Matt McLaughlin. “It was like going back in time to the days when kids would just go out and play with their friends in the neighborhood and have fun.  Events like this make our community, our young players and their love for the game stronger.”

AHA and Swank Events is already looking forward to next year’s event and anticipates an even bigger crowd. We are incredibly grateful to the generous event sponsors, including: TSR Hockey, Valley Hockey League, Xcelerated Performance and New England Sports Photo.

The kids weren’t the only ones that had a blast!

Cooking with the Season: 5 Dessert Recipes for Early Fall Entertaining

Cooking with the Season: 5 Dessert Recipes for Early Fall Entertaining

The change between seasons is always a time that elicits some reaction. When spring changes to summer here in New England, we always rejoice at the beauty around us, the long sunny days that seem to stretch on forever, and the glistening blue sky. But when summer changes to fall, the sentiment is somewhat different. Fall is so very beautiful in Massachusetts and surrounding states, but it’s also what ushers in winter: the time of year many New Englanders merely tolerate.

But not to get too ahead of ourselves — there are still a couple beautiful months ahead before we get there, and so very many delicious things to make for your next party! Fall certainly inspires a whole host of different ingredients and flavors from what summer has to offer, but in these in between weeks when it’s not yet so cold, but no longer the heat of summer, what do you serve? Here are a few of our sweetest ideas for transitional desserts perfect for this time of year.

Photo credit: My Baking Addiction

Nutella S’mores Fudge

S’mores are so reminiscent of summertime and beaches and bonfires, but they’re also something that easily transitions into fall. There’s little better than gathering ‘round a cozy fire, roasting marshmallows while the cool air settles around you. Here the traditional s’mores takes a different turn, and gets made into simple and portable Nutella fudge.

Photo credit: Food Network

Pots de Creme

Pots de Creme aren’t necessarily a dessert made for this time of year, but served like this in classic white mugs, they remind us of all the steaming beverages we drink as the temperatures drop. Cute, classy, and super yummy, this dessert is sure to be a hit.

Photo credit: Health Delicious

Easy Apple Baklava Bites

Apple trees are just about to explode all over New England with their beautiful bounty, so it’s time to start thinking about how to use all those apples up! These individual tartlets are perfect for any party, simple, tasty, and not too tough to make.

Photo credit: Delish

Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes

Sweet potatoes aren’t decidedly a fall vegetable, but they do usher in the root veggies we all know and love and consume more often in the wintertime. Here, they’re sweetened up and added to cupcakes for something a little different and a lot delicious.

Photo credit: The Recipe Critic

Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles

If you’re ready to go full steam ahead with all things fall, then these cookies are for you. Pumpkin is readily available now, and these cookies make great use of it. They combine two wonderful desserts – snickerdoodle cookies and creamy cheesecake – for one outstanding dessert combination!

What’s your favorite dessert for entertaining this time of year?

Event Recap: Marni & Bruce’s Wedding

Event Recap: Marni & Bruce’s Wedding

Marni and Bruce’s wedding at the Commander’s Mansion in Watertown, MA kicked off the first of our July events.

Image credit: Michael J. Charles Photography

The early evening ceremony took place just outside the mansion in the beautiful grape arbor. Rabbi Joe Eiduson officiated a lovely traditional Jewish wedding ceremony for the loving young couple.

Image credit: Michael J. Charles Photography

The couple said their vows under a Birchwood Chuppah decorated with sheer white fabric and breathtaking flowers. Equally beautiful floral bouquets hung from elegant gold chivari chairs along the aisles.

Image credit: Michael J. Charles Photography

Image credit: Michael J. Charles Photography

With the comfort of her guests in mind, Marni had personalized bottled waters available, along with hand-decorated fans.

Image credit: Michael J. Charles Photography

Following the ceremony, cocktail hour was held inside the mansion. O’Malley’s Floral Expressions did a wonderful job adorning the mantels with roses and baby’s breath along with the black and white vintage-looking photos of Marni and Bruce.

Each parlor offered a different food station for guests to indulge in, while they signed Marni and Bruce’s hand-crafted guestbook, and enjoyed the live pianist and sax duo. The reception took place outside in a beautifully decorated tent. The sweetheart table was absolutely stunning, along with the tent itself, which was adorned with lights across the top creating a very romantic atmosphere.

Image credit: Michael J. Charles Photography

Image credit: Michael J. Charles Photography

Once the bridal party was introduced, Marni and Bruce went into their first dance as husband and wife. Immediately following, everyone flooded the dance floor for the traditional Hava Nagila. And what a blast that was!

Image credit: Michael J. Charles Photography

Emery’s Catering provided the delicious dinner and the band Clockwork Boston kept people on the dance floor all night!

Image credit: Michael J. Charles Photography

We were honored to be a part of Marni and Bruce’s special day!

Image credit: Michael J. Charles Photography

Tent Lighting: DesignLight