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.

 

10 Years of Disruptive Innovation Celebrated at Sea

10 Years of Disruptive Innovation Celebrated at Sea

We had a great experience celebrating Acacia’s 10th Anniversary of “disruptive innovation”. Their team members traveled from offices all over to board the Spirit of Boston and enjoy a night at sea to commemorate the many achievements of the optical communications company.

Upon boarding the ship, guests were welcomed with their choice of wine, beer and delicious hors d’oeuvres, after snapping a nautical photo with the Spirit of Boston buoy, of course. 

 

Spirit of Boston employees welcoming guests with champagne and beer.Employees wearing orange socks with the Acacia 10-year logos on it

 

On board, there was so much to see between the stunning city views, the top deck lounge, and the indoor dining space that was so thoughtfully designed with the help of our wonderful vendors: Lotus Floral Events, Your Love in Lights, the Party Lab, Print House and CCR Solutions. And, we can’t forget the breathtaking sunset that took over the Boston Harbor that night.


The dining setup with centerpieces on the Spirit of Boston.Guests posing in front of the picturesque sunset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the evening kicked off, CEO, Raj Shanmugaraj, reflected on the growth, success, and future of the company with a brief speech that left guests laughing, excited, and ready to enjoy the evening while honoring their accomplishments. Then the Spirit of Boston crew took over, serving a delectable dinner buffet and providing entertainment with their in-house DJ. By the end of the night, guests were dancing, enjoying each other’s company, and admiring the view of Boston from the water.

 

Guests enjoying the brief speaker session.The CEO addressing his employees on the Spirit of Boston.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We transformed the top deck with creative uplighting and glow orbs that added a touch of whimsy under the summer sky. Indoors, guests enjoyed company trivia at each table with florals designed around the teal and orange company colors, and an impressive balloon garland that wrapped around the staircase, contributing to the fun, festive atmosphere. With a custom 10-year gobo shining on the dance floor, this event encompassed the heart & soul of Acacia.

Guests departed the ship with their custom-printed photos from the Spirit of Boston, and freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies that were graciously passed from their staff. It was a night to remember for everyone, from Acacia to the team at Swank. Photos by the talented David Fox.

We’d love to plan your next company anniversary party, contact us today.

 

Guests enjoying their dinner.Custom pictures taken with staff as they entered with the Spirit of Boston life ring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glow orbs set to match the company logo colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Ways to Brand Your Event

5 Ways to Brand Your Event

PERKS Convention

Wow! We’re still getting over how amazing the New York and Boston PERKS events were! From a planning perspective, one major focus this year was on branding the PERKS Conventions and we’re sharing some ideas here on the different components that came together to create this cohesive look.

What is PERKS? PERKS Conventions are interactive showcases of the best and most innovative services available to employers, for their employees. This experience-based trade show allows attendees the opportunity to experience all the services being offered (massages, manicures, meditation, etc.) as well as participate in additional classes and workshops that pertain to these services.  

The branding of the PERKS event took on some very different forms and all of it gave off a fun, colorful, laid back vibe, which is exactly what PERKS is all about! Here are examples of some of the different branding ideas you can utilize at your next event.

Signage and Wayfinding Decals

Large-scale floor and wall decals showcasing important event information (think logos, directional, #hashtags, upcoming event dates and locations) are all great branding opportunities. The decals on the walls and floors of the PERKS venues helped attendees navigate the multi-level event and continue to promote the next stops of the convention.

PERKS Boston

Take-home items

There are always the traditional stress balls, pens and reusable shopping bags that can be branded for your event, but you should also consider items specific to your industry that your event attendees will really use; custom power banks, high-end branded promotional products, reusable stainless steel water bottles, popsockets, card holders that attach to your phone and our personal favorite – SOCKS – all items that will be appreciated and utilized.

These fun, branded yoga mats were not only unique and useful, but they added a splash of color and provided yet another avenue to display the PERKS brand at the event.

Décor

Always use your brand colors when determining linen, table arrangements, lighting and other event décor. In this case, the PERKS logo was used in over-sized blocks, smaller blocks on the tables and throughout the space. Additionally, the color scheme was carried throughout the space with the uplighting in the stage area and customized stage backdrop.

PERKS Boston

Creating “Instagrammable” Opportunities

Giving guests an opportunity to take a photo with your logo and then post it on social media using a branded hashtag is always a great way to get your brand noticed. Whether it is a photo booth or a step and repeat (like below) – give attendees the opportunity to take a selfie to mark the occasion while using a branded hashtag.

Catering

Use your event theme to help with food choices, order customized cocktail napkins with your logo on it, develop a company signature beverage or even use your logo colors to highlight certain foods within your color scheme!

Utilizing your brand at an event can have a very different look and feel depending on who your audience is; if it is an external audience or potential clients, using your logo and company colors throughout an event to help solidify your brand identity in the minds of attendees is important. If your audience is internal, you can take a more subtle approach with colors and the use of your company logo – unless it is a launch or a re-branding event – in which your new logo would be highlighted. The possibilities are seemingly endless when using your logo!

Contact Swank for your next company event!

Photo credit to Bosse Studios.

Groovy ’70’s Holiday Party

Groovy ’70’s Holiday Party

We had so much fun planning and executing this year’s Vestmark company holiday party with a non-traditional theme of the 1970’s!

We were thrilled to see all of the attendees got into the spirit of the celebration by wearing 70’s outfits and boogieing the night away to the amazing Motor Booty Affair coordinated by Murray Hill Talent.

Motor Booty Affair were the real deal covering a plethora of 1970 songs including all the party favorites like “YMCA” and “That’s the Way” which got the guests on the dance floor! Motor Booty also had costume changes, mirror balls, awesome lighting effects – and afro’s! They were the real deal and highly entertaining! Photos below by Kristen Renneker Photography.

1970 party Motor Booty Affair

Swank Events was excited to once again partner with the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Boston and some key vendors to lend excitement to the night! Casino Productions provided different gaming table options for guests with amazing light displays that added to the atmosphere – these tables are always a huge hit with this group. Art of the Event‘s light-up bars perfectly complemented the colorful centerpieces designed by Swank Events (which guests loved so much that they took them home at the end of the evening!).

Light up bar from Art of the Event

Swank Events also had fun designing (with the help from Print House) a unique charger plate in the form of a vinyl record with a label marking the date and occasion on it. It was also a unique takeaway gift for the guests to remember the evening by.

Overall, it was one of the grooviest holiday party experiences that Swank Events has had the pleasure of pulling together!

What can we do to help you? Contact us today!

Below, Nicole Guilmartin & Kristin Healy, Owner and Creative Director of Swank Events Boston