Wedding Inspiration for Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

Happy New Year! And with this new year comes an exciting announcement: Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018! Pantone annually announces a color matching the feeling and trends going into the new year. The color of 2018 is ULTRA VIOLET, which “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future”. Already, we are finding ways to implement the bold and creative color into wedding plans. Check out our pinterest page here!

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CES Presents: EventBots

There are two new faces on the floor of CES this year. Their names are TiKi and Maava, two humanoid robots created by the French startup EventBots. The robots specialize in two different areas. TiKi handles information by personally welcoming visitors, tracking down products or services and assisting in ordering. Maava handles entertainment by communicating with visitors, speaking at seminars, and amusing passerby. The EventBots at CES showed an innovative way to inform and entertain guests. The question remains: are Bots the future of events?

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Photo & video credit: Elizabeth Hellman

And The Oscar Goes To… How to Throw an Award Winning Party

After the historic Golden Globes this weekend, Awards Season has officially begun. If you are thinking of hosting your own Awards Watch Party or Fundraiser this season we've outlined a couple of key things to make your party as glamorous as the stars on the red carpet! For more ideas, check out our Pinterest board here.

1. THE FOOD

Food can be a fun aspect of any party, especially a Hollywood themed one! Whether it is a popcorn bar, a concessions table, or a menu thriving with celebrity puns, food is a staple for the long awards shows. Have fun with the "best of" nominees to create a thematic menu or even go so far as to create vignette stations that are decorated and thematic to each film.

2. THE GAMES

Entertainment comes naturally to the theme of an Awards Show party. Red Carpet bingo, ballot voting, or a more creative activity such as printing your hands on your own “Walk of Fame” are a few ideas for your party!

3. THE LOCATION

A good location is crucial for an Awards Show viewing party. You need a space big enough for your audience, as well as a big screen to watch the show. In your own home make sure there is comfortable seating - consider getting a few extra pillows and blankets (thematic to the night) for people who need to sit on the floor. If you are making it a bit more formal and have budget to go elsewhere, Splacer has a couple of wonderful spaces that will make you feel like a celeb in your own right watching from a multi-million dollar loft!

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A Wedding Far, Far Away

The holiday season is an extremely busy time for engagements! If the snow has you thinking of planning a wedding far, far away EventMates is here to help with our favorite tips regarding destination weddings:

CAREFULLY CURATE YOUR GUEST LIST

If you and your fiancé are thinking of financing some of your guests’ travel expenses, your budget will play a huge part in dictating your guest list. With larger destination weddings, including people outside of immediate family and close friends, we have seen that about 50% of the guests invited will be able to attend.

SCHEDULE A SCOUTING TRIP

While a scouting trip is an extra expense, it is so helpful in determining that the destination and venue fit a vision that you are putting much of your time, money, and energy into. We recommend traveling to your wedding site, local hotels that you can recommend to guests, as well as any fun activities/sights that guests may want to see while they are there for your wedding. Some guests may want to make a mini-vacation of the trip!

HIRE AN ON-SITE PLANNER

If you and your fiancé have decided to plan the wedding yourself, consider hiring a day-of planner. A day-of planner acts as the liaison and coordinator between the couple and all vendors throughout the day. They keep the wedding running smoothly and will allow you to enjoy a beautiful, and worry-free day! Click here for a free consultation, where you can learn what type of planning services are right for your destination wedding!

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Photo credit: Elizabeth Hellman

New Year’s At 9

New Year’s with a family can be a hard holiday to tackle and celebrate in a fun, family-friendly way. This year - given the growing families of little ones - we changed things up and threw a “New Year’s At 9” party, where the ball drops at 9:00 PM!  

Celebrating New Year’s At 9 is a perfect adjustment for kids and families who still want to celebrate, but have recently added little ones to the equation!

We kept it casual by serving cold foods - and plenty of champagne and sparkling cider -  so people could drop in whenever and leave as early or as late as they needed to. And with fun New Year’s accessories on hand (including some made by little ones!), we captured fun photos of all our guests as they stopped in to ring in the new year.

Check out our New Year’s At 9:00 Pinterest board here that served as the inspiration.

Happy 2018 to all!

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Photo credit: Cassie Martin & Pinterest

Shuffleboarding in NYC

Royal Palms - the ultimate shuffleboard club located in Brooklyn and the location of this year’s holiday celebration for a start-up tech firm. With cabanas for viewers and private lanes for players, it’s a perfect setting for a group of any of size and for any type of celebration. And if shuffleboard isn’t your thing, they have a ton of “retirement home” games from Jenga to Connect Four and more. And, a great bar. Tangs and biscuits included (don’t worry, shuffleboard lesson is included too).

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UnWINEdLA

We recently raised a glass - and money - in LA helping LA’s Best with their annual UnWINEdLA fundraiser for young professionals. Held at the Viceroy in Santa Monica, the event featured wine tasting, a silent auction, and DJ. The money raised helps provide free after school programs for communities across Los Angeles. A big congrats to Susan, one of our LA Mates, for making the event a great success.

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Photo credit: LAs Best Instagram

Central Park Birthday Celebration

We recently spent a beautiful fall afternoon helping Tristan celebrate his first birthday! With blankets, pumpkins, hay bales, and all the best flavors of fall, we transformed a corner of Central Park. Guests (of all ages!) enjoyed live singing while snacking on caramel apples and apple cider donuts in the perfect fall weather. Happy Birthday Tristan!

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Halloween on the Hudson

A spooktacular evening for residents of a luxury high rise in midtown-west included fortune tellers, costume contests, halloween horror trivia and killer cocktails!

Photo credit: Margaret Niemann @MSNPhotography

Dadchelor Party in Detroit

We had a first for our Mates - a Detroit “Dadchelor” party. Combining celebration and relaxation, it’s a weekend get-away for a Dad before the arrival of his new baby. Our local Mate in Detroit, Adrienne, coordinated to help Dad enjoy the weekend with friends before full-time Dad duty begins. For this particular Dad, it was about food, fun, and football at the Rutgers-Michigan game. Dadchelor bags welcomed the crew and included goodies sourced from local artisans and assembled by Adrienne.

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