3 Reasons to Add Greenery to Your Event Space

3 Reasons to Add Greenery to Your Event Space

Adding greenery to your event space can transform a dreary, dull room into one with vibrant color, warmth and energy. You can mix and match with a variety of color palettes and designs. Here are our top 3 reasons to add some greenery to your event space:

1. It’s versatile.

Adding greenery of any kind to your space is always a great idea and the nice thing is you are not locked into how you use it. It can match with any color and be used in various ways. As in the photo below, in addition to the pops of blue and pink we added natural green tones by utilizing the living walls provided by the venue as a backdrop to our beautiful outdoor lounge and pairing that with a grass rug. Both of these elements help to create a visually appealing space and add texture, making this a picture-perfect spot at your event! I mean, who wouldn’t want to relax in this lounge?

 

2. It instantly warms up your space.

Adding planters to a large room instantly fills the space, and sets a warm, intimate setting for your event. If the group is small and the space is large, this is also a great décor option to help make the vast area work for smaller groups.

 

3. It creates a unique space.  

Using planters or hedge walls to divide your space is a great option for indoor and outdoor events. Putting multiple walls together allow you to create a unique, private space to be used for a multitude of purposes. You can even enhance the walls by adding custom logos and signage.

 

Of course, there are several reasons for you to add greenery into your event design. Nobody wants a dull space, and plants are a great way to add vibrant color, texture, and aesthetic to your event. No matter the venue you can always find a way to incorporate greenery!

 

5 Fall Cocktails for your Next Event

5 Fall Cocktails for your Next Event

 5 Fall Cocktails for your Next Event

We love a good cocktail made with Prosecco. It can be combined with seasonal ingredients to make the perfect drink anytime of the year. We’ve pulled together a list of our favorite Fall Prosecco Cocktails in case you also like the occasional bubbly refresher. 

 

Harvest Punch 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Boulton

  

1 bottle of Prosecco (chilled)
6 cups ice
½ gallon apple cider
1 cup vodka
2 cans Ginger Beer (12-ounce cans)
3 apples (sliced)
2 oranges (sliced)
8 cinnamon sticks
<add cinnamon sugar for rimming> 

Serve this delicious cocktail in a large bowl. Be as creative as you would like, even a punchbowl can add to your overall event theme and décor. To add more flavor, use an orange wedge to wet the rim of the glass then dip it into the cinnamon sugar.
 

Cranberry Prosecco Cocktail 

Photo Credit: SPFoodie

1 bottle of Prosecco
1 ounce Cointreau (divided)
add cranberry gingerale
add cranberries (frozen) 

This cocktail is a refreshing cocktail to serve at your next event. The warm red tones of the drink scream fall.  

Spiced Apple Prosecco 

Photo Credit: SPFoodie

6 ounces Prosecco
2 ounces Spiced Rum
4 ounces Apple Cider
add slice of apple on rim to garnish  

This is packed full of flavor. The prosecco gives your classic apple cider that bubbly feel. A picture-perfect cocktail! 

Prosecco Royale Cocktail

Photo Credit: Delicious Magazine Co.

1 bottle of Prosecco (chilled)
3 teaspoons Crème De Casses  

The bright orange color of this drink is perfect to match an Autumn themed event.  

 

Enjoy! 

Event Signage: How to Elevate Your Next Event

Event Signage: How to Elevate Your Next Event

Events have many moving parts, and getting your attendees to smoothly locate and move throughout your venue is vital. Swank Events can help your company create impactful signage that can offer more than just directional value!

This summer we were apart of IntelyCare’s Summer Outing at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Larger venues like this can be tricky to navigate and can lead to your participants getting lost. Signage is the most overlooked and forgotten ingredient in a successful event because of their plain nature. Corporate events especially, have the ability to form employee comradery and lose the formality of the work environment. An easy way to do this is with décor, and it is easy to include your signage in that vision.

Allegro Photography

Create a Welcome Sign to help the attendees know they have found the correct location and are not wandering around the property. The Welcome Sign is the first touch point that guests will interact with, and it is important to make a good impression. Include eye-catching colors and branded material to ensure that your guests can easily find it. At this event we added company colored balloons next to each sign, keeping the overall theme in contact.

 

Allegro Photography

 

Swank Events created the concept of using different sports quotes on each sign leading the guests to the main event. Using these signs as touch points rather than arrows was our way of promoting the company’s core values and also carrying through the theme of “We are the Champions.” Signage can look and represent anything you want!

 

Event Planning Tip: After determining the placement of your signs, be sure to walk through the venue as if you were a guest. You’ll want to ensure that the location of your signage provides the most benefit for your attendees and serves it’s purpose, whether that be wayfinding or decorative.

 

Meet Ashley Masson – Our New Assistant Event Planner!

Meet Ashley Masson – Our New Assistant Event Planner!

 

Ashley is a recent graduate from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management and Policy: Program and Event Management with a Minor in Tourism. She was able to complete her schooling in just three years. We are very excited to have her join our team with her fresh and new perspective on the events industry. She was a part of her University’s Event Management Club and Event Coordinator for UNH New Student Programs. Ashley has worked as Event Staff throughout her years in college, which has given her exposure to a wide variety of events. They have ranged from recreation events, high school proms, music venues, and corporate outings. She recently finished her internship with Chatham Bars Inn working corporate events and recreation. In Ashley’s free time she is an avid movie watcher, loves going to concerts, and traveling to visit her hometown and college friends.

Fun Facts:

  • Ashley lived in Venice Beach for the summer before her junior year of college
  • She dominates all the pop culture questions during a trivia night
  • Ashley refers to her car as Little Pump (short for Little Pumpkin)


Please help Swank Events Boston welcome Ashley!

What Makes a Successful Event Planner?  

What Makes a Successful Event Planner?  

Event planning is a delicate art. It may seem straightforward – see if a venue is available on your date, find a caterer you like, pick out some flowers, and send the invitations. But there is so much more to it than that and it takes someone with specific skills to pull off a seamless event. 

As event planners, we wear many different hats on a daily basis. We are a therapist (of sorts) to overwhelmed clients trying to plan a corporate outing while handling the day-to-day tasks of their job and family life. We are a seasoned negotiator with the best of the best vendors, helping clients get the most for their money, or a special menu item or pro bono service the public might not have access to. We are tour guides to out of state or out of town clients, introducing them to venues off the beaten path that a Google search won’t present. We are accountants toying and tinkering with budgets to get the most bang for your buck. We are carpenters taking a staple gun to a pallet of wood to secure table assignments and welcome signs. We are master jugglers and professional entertainers the day of – fielding phone calls from every vendor and exhibitor, guiding guests and sweeping away trash all while keeping our clients in the loop, setting up intricate centerpieces, sponsor activations, and stepping in to help the catering staff so every detail of the event goes off without a hitch so that attendees, and oftentimes the client, never knew there was even an issue.  

The secret is that we are mega-organized, efficient and extroverted people by nature. We love to form connections with area businesses and know collaboration better than competition. We must be flexible, smile in times of stress, take a step back and come up with quick solutions and most importantly keep the show running. It’s someone who can anticipate an issue before it even becomes a problem. We’re always thinking 10 steps ahead, and ready to pivot at any time. Sure, it’s high stakes and high stress at times, but the reward of seeing our clients and attendees walk through the doors, jaws dropped, gushing at all our hard work, is pretty awesome.   

We know our strengths lie in planning and execution, and know exactly who to ask for help when we need it — be it for a custom designed cake, to a bartender who can whip up seasonal cocktails, to designers who can bring your company logo to life in a big space, and even balloon specialists — we’re tapped into the local network of professionals and have forged excellent working relationships and friendships with so many of them.  

It’s not rocket science, or surgery, but it’s a skill set honed over many late nights, spreadsheets, sticky situations, last-minute hiccups, and a passion for helping people celebrate life’s little and big moments. So what are you waiting for?! Let’s take your event to the next level together.

Six Sweet Swag Items to Show Your Employees Some Love

Six Sweet Swag Items to Show Your Employees Some Love

It’s cold out, we just made it through a nor’easter, and it’s time to show your employees some love! The smallest of gestures can make your team feel valued, appreciated, and special this Valentine’s Day. Couple that with a team lunch or coffee run on the boss and you’ll have the perkiest team in town. Here are six sweet swag items to gift your team this month. Everything below is sourced from the Print House. 

For the entire month of February, mention SWANK EVENTS and enjoy 10% off your first promotional product order. 

A pair of sleek, subtle branded bluetooth headphones to take calls on the go, listen to music or podcasts, or dial into a meeting from anywhere!

An insulated, vacuum sealed bottle with your logo in elegant silver to hold water or coffee hot or cold for up to 10 hours! You could even accompany it with a Dunkin’ gift card to fill up right away. 

Cozy joggers to rep their favorite place to work while feeling nice and toasty warm in their off-time. 

Have a team that’s extra on-the-go? Field sales representatives or employees who work outdoors? Why not gift them a warm and stylish way to wear your brand with an insulated packable puffer! 

With many teams coming back to the office after two years at home, their old work back may be shoved deep in the back of a closet, or long gone. This laptop backpack has room for much more than just a computer – including designated iPhone pockets, a water bottle holder, and lots of space for desk snacks and other necessities. 

And finally, if you’re feeling extra sweet, couple a branded tumbler with decadent Godiva gift box and you’re sure to be Manager of the Month! 

Any of these gifts are sure to be a hit, and don’t forget to mention Swank Events to score 10% off at Print House!

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