A Cozy Awards Gala

A Cozy Awards Gala

A delightful mix of florals and style made this awards gala feel like a dinner party in someone’s home. Marketplace Logan celebrated their top businesses and employees at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor overlooking the magnificent ocean view, while celebrating, dining, and wining which made for an exciting Friday evening.

Guests were greeted with a custom backdrop from Beach Plum Flower Shop – who also designed the centerpieces on the dining tables – with each company name listed on a beautiful faux hedge backdrop. Walking into cocktail hour, a dreamy champagne wall paired with gold acrylic shelving and gold-rimmed glasses set the mood of the event thanks to Boston Backdrops. Solstice’s very own violinist welcomed guests as they enjoyed an open bar, a chef-attended oyster station, and delicious appetizers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main program was set with a thoughtfully designed tablescape, featuring furniture, linen, chargers, silverware, and glasses from PEAK Event Services. The velvet linen added a touch of luxury, while the white versa tables conserved a natural feel that was breathtakingly beautiful. Solstice entertained guests with their unique sound.

The organization’s leaders orated the program, speaking highly of the many wonderful employees and businesses, and awarded more than 15 recognitions and achievements. Many delicious entrees were served while guests enjoyed the evening, and were gifted a custom water bottle as they left. It was surely a memorable evening for all!

 

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!

There are few companies that put together a party for their staff the way Vestmark does, and you’re going to wish you were a part of it.

We transformed the newly-renovated ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Boston-Woburn into a magnificent, icy, winter wonderland. It was a team effort creating  XO the girls set a beautiful white dance floor in front of the stage, white infinity chairs, and brought the beautiful & luxurious silver linen. Tables were adorned with exquisite centerpieces from The Prop Factory, resembling a wintry forest, and surrounded by crackle vases and faux snow.

AFR helped us create a few lounge spaces, with high-back couches & glo cubes surrounding the dance floor, and cozy seating for anyone who needed a break from the high-energy ambiance. A stunning ice sculpture with exceptional detail became a dazzling focal point, created by Brilliant Ice Sculpture.

The event opened with a brief cocktail hour, appetizers and speech from CEO John Lunny, who spoke on the company’s tremendous growth, both in the past and what’s to come. Guests took their seats and were pampered with a delicious meal catered by the hotel, cooked to perfection.

Beyond that, guests had plenty to experience throughout the ballroom. Hello Photo Booth came with their mirror selfie photo-booth, creating a fun keepsake for guests to customize & take home. Martignetti Companies joined us with their expertise, pouring tastings of fine whiskeys for guests to enjoy, and talking to guests about each one. Mo Bounce entertained & delighted guests with their beats and talent. It was surely a night to remember.

Are you looking for help & creative ideas for your next company party? We’d love to help. Reach out to us today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Kristen Renneker.

CCA Blue Hope Bash

CCA Blue Hope Bash

When you hear ‘fundraiser’, what do you imagine?

Chances are, it’s nothing like the event we planned for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. An open bar, a custom menu, spectacular raffles, and a room filled with generous guests who are passionate about eliminating this disease.

A picture of a table with the many raffle prizes guests could put tickets in for.We took over the Liberty Hotel ballroom with out-of-the-box fundraising ideas; our favorite, the balloon fortunes. Guests purchased a balloon that was filled either with a fortune, or one of the few grand prizes, which were all simultaneously popped. There was also the opportunity to give by purchasing raffle tickets for the many prizes and packages donated by local businesses, or simply by donating through the mobile platform.

Guest speakers opened up about their own experiences and personal connections to the disease, while offering light-hearted humor and connections in their words. Many people in the room were able to relate & offer compassion, creating a heartwarming experience for everyone there.

The Liberty Hotel served a custom menu for us that evening, impressing each and every guest. A wide array of heavy appetizers was served before breaking out the candy apples, churros and popcorn bar. Whoopie pie ferris wheels and lollipop bouquets were the perfect finishing touches.

Guests were entertained by Solstice, a fusion group of musicians and a DJ who kept the excitement going all night long. Hello Photo Booth provided a selfie mirror for photos to take home, and Boston Circus Guild performed mind tricks and tabletop magic shows, wowing guests with the unexpected addition.

All in all, it was a lively & successful evening for everyone who attended, for CCA, and for us.

The Liberty Hotel Ballroon, with chandeliers, beautiful blue chairs and sparkling linen covering the tables.Caramel popcorn and candy apples, made custom from the Liberty Hotel.Beautiful white calla lilies in a glass vase with a frame holding an image with information about the CCA and a small candle next to it.

 

The Perfect Garden (or Rooftop!) Company Party

The Perfect Garden (or Rooftop!) Company Party

During the warmer months in New England, everyone wants to enjoy the outdoors and what better way to do so than hosting your event outside? A little fresh air does everyone a lot of good, especially your employees! Swank Events has planned several outdoor events for clients that offer a balance between enjoying the great outdoors while creating a sophisticated atmosphere. Here are a few of our suggestions on how to plan the perfect garden party.

Location

Photo Credit: Flisif Photography

A garden party can take place almost anywhere – a public park (check on permitting requirements before), a rooftop venue or even hotel grounds – the possibilities are endless! Like all events that take place outside, it’s important to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather: Tents, alternate rooms or a rain date should be considered during the planning stages.

Décor

When it comes to a “Garden Party”, there are no rules to how you should jazz up the space, but incorporating elements of nature is a given. Floral arrangements offer beauty and elegance, and greenery along with succulents, herbs or decorative grasses can withstand almost any kind of weather. Some florists and greenhouses offer large plant rental options that can help you create a garden atmosphere as well.

If you’re hosting an evening event, give careful consideration to how you are going to light up your gathering space: lanterns and LED string lights offer the perfect outdoor illumination and create an intimate atmosphere. If you have a larger space, integrating lighting into trees, greenery or walkways is also a great way to light the space while also helping define it.

Food

Photo Credit: Flisif Photography

Whether you are planning a sit-down meal or passed hors d’oeuvres, having several cold items to serve will help combat warmer weather; cold soups (gazpacho or a vichyssoise), chilled appetizers (raw veggies or fruit) and frozen desserts are always a hit. Some of our favorite desserts for a garden party include petit fours! They are elegant and bite sized – a great end of night treat!

Giving your employees and guests a sense of the outdoors during peak seasonal weather is a great change from a typical office environment. Relaxing, refreshing and beautiful will always be in style when you have a Garden Party event for your team! Give Swank Events a call and we can help you to start planning your next corporate event.

Meet Anja Matukic – Our New Assistant Event Planner!

Meet Anja Matukic – Our New Assistant Event Planner!

Anja has been an aspiring event professional for some time, always finding reasons to plan elaborate gatherings for friends and family. Lists are her best friend, she has an eye for detail and has the enthusiasm and energy needed for the fast-paced world of events!

She studied Hospitality & Event Management with a minor in Spanish at Lasell College in Newton, MA and graduated having more event-related experience than most grads; completing four internships, working two jobs, and being highly-involved in several programs on campus.

Before coming to Swank, she worked on events in different capacities, from serving as Event Manager at a country club, to event coordination & marketing at an aromatherapy supply store. Anja also continued to do freelance work in weddings and offered support to events in the Boston area. Outside of Swank, she serves as an advisor for Lasell’s Alternative Break Program, teaches dance to toddlers at her childhood studio, and loves exploring new places!

Fun Facts:

– She has a blue-tongue skink named Mona.

– Anja speaks 3 languages, almost all fluently.

– She’s a first-generation American; her family originally comes from Bosnia!

Please help Swank Events Boston welcome Anja!

 

Finding the Right Speaker for Your Next Event

Finding the Right Speaker for Your Next Event

Speaker at an event

Making your next company event something to remember may depend on finding the right speaker; is the goal to bring in someone educational, motivational or inspirational? Know your audience demographic to find a person they will be open to hearing from, as this can make or break your entire event.

What’s the Goal?

Before booking any type of speaker, first define the outcome or goal of the event; Is the purpose to provide training and education for your staff? Advance the message or mission of the company? Or perhaps this is an external audience; Are you seeking to build goodwill with your customers or employees?

Having clear and measurable goals will help you focus on who the audience is, messaging for the event and determining your theme. Additionally, there are some logistical considerations; What is your budget? What will the program format look like? From there, you can begin looking for the best type of speaker for your event.

Internal Options

Sometimes the best person to deliver your message is one of your own employees. Expertise on the topic, company knowledge and experience might be the deciding factors, but when using someone who does not present often, it’s also important to ensure the speaker is set up for success by giving advance notice, setting expectations and providing all of the necessary event information for them to properly prepare.

External Options

When looking for an external speaker, it’s always a good idea to start thinking back to any events you’ve attended in the past – could one of them be a good fit for this event? Check in with colleagues to see if anyone has a good connection or suggestion. Are there any great industry leaders that might be a draw? Or if the budget allows, reach out to a speakers agency for some expert advice!

Research Speakers

Do your research! If using an external speaker, watch videos of their previous talks and have a conversation with them and/or their agent. If you are looking for a motivational or inspirational speaker for your event, be sure to look beyond message and availability; Is the speaker promoting a book or promotional item that they will want to be able to sell at your event? Does the person have specific transportation, lodging or other requirements that your company will have to pay for? Finally, make sure you have a clear understanding about what the speaker is going to talk about to ensure it aligns with your event message or company’s vision.

The best speaker is always someone who will connect and relate to your audience and leave a lasting impression. Whatever kind of event your company is holding, Swank Events Boston can help with planning and execution – Contact us today!

Photo credit: Bosse Studios.