Royal Wedding Watch Party

With the royal wedding only a day away, we’re here to help you plan a simple and elegant viewing party! Gather your closest friends bright and early for the wedding event of the year. Plan a breakfast tea party with a themed menu that draws on traditional American and British elements. Here’s a sneak peak at what we’ll be munching on while we watch:

QUEEN ELIZABETH'S DROP SCONES

In 1960 Queen Elizabeth made these drop scones, otherwise known as Scottish pancakes, for the US President at the time, Dwight Eisenhower. Click here for the recipe!

AVOCADO TOAST

Since it’s a special occasion, take your avocado toast to the next level by adding our favorite toppings. We love to add roasted corn or tomatoes with a sprinkle of feta!

LEMON LIGHT BITES

Harry and Meghan have chosen a lemon elderflower cake for their reception. While it may be a little early for your guests in the US to eat cake, incorporate the lemon flavor in muffins, scones, or donuts.

ROYAL WEDDING TEA

Numerous companies have created teas to honor the newest royal couple. Add a slice of lemon to your tea for an extra twist of flavor!

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Mother’s Day Brunch

At EventMates we believe there is no better gift than good company and good food! This Mother’s Day, host a brunch for mom where she doesn’t have to lift a finger and can enjoy a whole day with her loved ones. Here are some of the key elements we are including at the brunches we’re throwing:

1. GO VIOLET

Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 is ultraviolet, a perfect color to incorporate into your Mother’s Day brunch. Showcase the violet color scheme in your flowers and in your desserts! One way we always recommend saving money on flowers is to focus on greenery with pops of the signature color you want.

2. UTILIZE OUTDOOR SPACE

Enjoy the (much awaited) warm weather and host the brunch outside! If you don’t have the space or the furniture, keep one element outside like a cocktail bar, a sign in book, or a fun photo opportunity.

3. CREATE A SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

Create a cocktail especially designed for your mom. Include flavors inspired by where she grew up, or maybe your family vacation spot from when you were growing up. Come up with a clever name and explanation, then print signage to frame at the bar.

4. TAKEAWAY ELEMENT

Purchase fun sets of glassware to use at brunch that guests can then take home. The unique, matching glassware will add to the aesthetic of the event while also creating a useful and sentimental gift.

Check out our Pinterest Board here for more ideas, examples, and inspiration!

Festival Season

Each spring and summer, festival season brings us hundreds of creative brand activations. As event experts, we love seeing how brands use festival space to create immersive and interactive experiences for fans. Festivals have essentially become a fashion show, a hub for technology, and a must-see moment in pop culture, which is why brands are all so eager to have a part in festivals. Here are some of our favorite activations from Coachella 2018:

BMW’s #RoadToCoachella

Select influencers and performers were chosen to travel to Coachella in style. They were given one of a kind BMW’s with coachella inspired exteriors and were invited to share their experiences via social media.

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Photo credit: BMW

HP’s Antarctic Tent

The brand constructed an 11,000 square-foot dome called “The Antarctic” displaying visual art, all powered by HP products. The products were naturally integrated and demonstrated their purpose to fans in a music centric way that aligned with the festival.

 Photo credit: HP

Photo credit: HP

Levi’s Design Lab

Levi created a temporary Levi’s tailor shop where celebrities and influencers were invited to customize jeans, jackets, and more. The event gained them social media exposure as well as allowed them to firsthand observe celebrity style.

 Photo credit: Levi

Photo credit: Levi

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Celebrate With Soda Bar

If there’s one thing all event experts can agree on, it’s that the perfect cocktail can take any event to the next level. Road Soda is a craft cocktail bar on wheels serving delicious custom drinks at private and corporate events - including weddings, music festivals, and more all across the US.

With Road Soda, the bar comes to you! The custom made airstream gives a vintage, rock ‘n’ roll feel and creates a unique experience for guests. Road Soda will create a custom menu for your event depending on the function, your favorite flavors, location and more!

At EventMates, we strive to showcase a client’s brand or personality through small, creative details. Contact us today and we’ll craft your event and deliver it in style with a touch of Road Soda!

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Photo credit: Road Soda Bar

Spring 2018 Weddings: What To Wear

With New York Fashion Week all around us, we thought we would share our favorite fashion trends we’ve been seeing in the wedding world. Spring 2018 for brides is all about feminine and ornately detailed accents, where men’s fashion has taken a turn for the bold! Check out our Pinterest board here to see a compilation of some of our favorite trends.

SOFT COLORS

Many brides have decided their “something blue” is their dress! Soft hues of baby blue, light pink, and champagne are stealing the show this season. Brides are not shying away from adding color to their wedding day looks.

CHECKERED SUITS

Like bride, like groom; many men have also decided to incorporate a color twist in their ensembles. Checkered suits are becoming increasingly popular this season.

BEAD EMBELLISHED DRESSES

Whether you are a going for vintage look or full glitz and glamour, intricately embellished dresses are the perfect way to show off your personal style. Beaded details have always been popular, but brides are now opting for beading on the entirety of the dress.

DRAMATIC SLEEVES

Dresses with dramatic, detailed sleeves create a romantic and feminine look. Sleeves with cascading lace embroidery are one of my personal favorites.

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CES ‘18 Eureka Park

We kicked off our 2018 in Las Vegas at CES, the world’s biggest tech conference! Hundreds of start-up companies showcased their cutting edge products in Eureka Park - where we were on site with Indiegogo and their partners Arrow and Ingram Micro.  The goal was to create an open space to engage entrepreneurs and showcase Indiegogo’s complete concept-to-market solution. Here are some highlights. For the full story, visit our sister company, Rubik Marketing.

INDIEGOGO

Indiegogo’s open concept space allowed visitors to walk around and learn about the featured products. A pop-up meeting room allowed a private space for Indiegogo investors, inventors, and executives to talk. Guests could rest their feet and relax in the famous “gogo chairs,” back by popular demand for the second year in a row.

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ARROW ELECTRONICS

An interactive wall showcased successful flash-funded Indiegogo products that utilized Arrow technology. Multiple spots on the wall used conductive paint which reacted when touched and prompts the projectors to change images/information. The arrow team connected with guests and encouraged innovation by giving out free arduinos!

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INGRAM MICRO

For Ingram Micro’s space we created a lounge-like atmosphere. Entrepreneurs were able to meet with experts who could answer all of their shipping, handling, and distribution questions. The space offered the perfect setting for collaboration!

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Galentine's Day Celebration in NYC

Treat yourself and your girlfriends on Galentine’s Day this year at DŌ in NYC! The cookie shop has launched a Cookie AcaDŌmy at 550 LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village. You and your best friends can indulge and learn about the world-famous no-bake dessert.

Find out more about booking a private party package here!

Destination Wedding Locations: The Tryall Club, Jamaica

If you dream of sand and sun for your wedding, The Tryall Club in Jamaica is an ideal spot. With exquisite beaches, spectacular views, unique accommodations and exceptional service, it is guaranteed that the day will be magical.

The Club makes wedding planning easy, offering a team of wedding planners and creative partners to make the experience distinctly yours. Featuring some of the most recognizable landmarks of Jamaica’s Heritage, the Club offers many ceremony locations - including a beautiful beach.

For your stay, Tryall has a multitude of luxury privately-owned villas throughout the club. The houses range from one-bedroom condominiums, luxury oceanfront beach houses and expansive, beautifully presented villas. All are able to accommodate any number of people for the event. 

Enjoy the most important day of your life surrounded by Jamaican hospitality, heritage and beautiful views at the Tryall Club. Click here for a free EventMates consultation, where you can learn what type of planning services are right for your destination wedding.

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Team Outing to VR World NYC

Virtual Reality has become more and more present in our world, both for entertainment and for experience. For your next company retreat, VR World NYC offers the ideal setting for a team outing.

VR World NYC, located in midtown, is the largest Virtual Reality center in the U.S. The space is set up like an arcade, with different sections featuring VR experiences in games, art, music, films, and more. VR World allows you to walk between buildings, fight off zombies, climb a rock face or paint a landscape. Solo and team activities are offered, making the exhibit perfect for a corporate excursion. At the end of the afternoon, there is also a full bar to wrap up the excitement.

VR World is no stranger to hosting events. The center offers the space for private parties, corporate events, brand or product activations, and company outings.

VR is a fun and creative way to bring people together - coworkers - friends - VR World has something for everyone. Contact us today and we’ll make it a unique outing that is sure to be a hit.

Photo credit: VR Word NYC & Taylor Pomroy

5 Ways To Celebrate Cheese Lovers Day

Today is a very special holiday for lovers of cheese. As a cheese fanatic myself, I will be celebrating the day in many different ways. Here are a few ideas for you and your cheese-loving friends!

1. THROW A CHEESE DAY PARTY

Hosting a cheese party for friends and family is a great way to celebrate this holiday. There are many ways to incorporate cheese into a party setting. Guests, wearing all yellow of course, could be offered cheesy dishes through different stations. Make-your-own nacho, mac and cheese, or grilled cheese bars are both entertaining and scrumptious. Throughout the night guests could take photos at a “cheesy” photobooth. And serve Cheese Tea - yes, Cheese Tea -  any milk, fruit or green tea topped with frothy cream cheese!  

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2. HAVE A CHEESE PARTY... FOR ONE

For a more relaxed approach to the holiday, a stay-at home meal could be a way to celebrate. Cheese can be added to almost every dish. This is a chance to get creative in the kitchen! Pay homage to cheese on this holiday by creating any of the recipes on our Cheesy Pinterest Board here.

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3. HIRE A CHEESE FOOD TRUCK!

Gorilla Cheese NYC is a favorite in NYC offering creative takes on childhood favorite: grilled cheese! Gorilla Cheese has the classics, like their American cheese on white bread with a side of tomato soup, and the outlandish, like their s’mores melt on graham cracker bread.  If you want a more mobile party for Cheese Lovers Day, the Gorilla Cheese NYC food truck is the way to go.

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4. HOST A CHEESE TOUR

Looking to venture out to celebrate the cheesy holiday? Host a cheese tour! In NYC, we recommend hiring a Cheese Guide (yes, they exist) to lead the way. Pick a neighborhood and enjoy! And finish the tour at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in the Flatiron District for a happy hour cocktail while watching the cheese being made.

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5. HOST A DINNER PARTY AT A CHEESE RESTAURANT

Raclette, when cheese melted on a wheel and then scraped onto accompaniments such as potatoes, other vegetables, bread and meats, has become very popular in the last few years. If in NY, host a dinner party at the restaurant Raclette where a waiter will bring over a melted, half wheel of cheese and scrape the gooey goodness onto your food. This restaurant is the perfect way to celebrate the national cheese holiday.

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