THESE BALLOONS WILL ELEVATE YOUR NEXT EVENT

Oversized, metallic number balloons became wildly popular on social media this year. After seeing dozens of posts with the same balloons on our feeds, it got us thinking about the other “photo worthy” balloons out there.

Balloons have been a staple in celebration decor forever, but the creativity of event planners has proven they’re good for more than just hanging decor.

The right balloon, or set of balloons, can be transformed into an amazing centerpiece, cake topper or backdrop! Check out the Pinterest board we created here, to see how balloons can take your next celebration, corporate event or campaign to the next level.   

ECO-FRIENDLY EVENTS

We love the effort big corporations have been making lately in order to minimize their ecological footprint! Events can lead to lots of waste, but there are ways to change that. Going green at events doesn’t have to be hard, try out these simple tips at your next event:

CUT BACK ON PAPER AND PLASTIC

Try to eliminate single use plastic goods whether that be cups, plates or cutlery. If you have to go with disposable tableware, look into recycled plastic and bamboo options. Try to encourage guests to create as little waste as possible by labeling what they use. Check out our favorite labeling pens here!

USE NATURAL LIGHTING

Whenever possible, opt for natural lighting at your event. If you’re holding your event outdoors and want to create natural light when the sun goes down, candlelight ambiance might be an option. Using 100% soy based candles is the most eco-friendly option, as wax candles are typically made from a petroleum byproduct.

MAKE RECYCLING A NO BRAINER

Make it easy to recycle! If you are hosting your event outdoors, make sure you bring both a garbage can and a recycling can to encourage your guests to recycle.

ELIMINATE FOOD WASTE

Have reusable containers on hand and encourage guests to take home whatever food isn’t eaten. If it’s easy to transport, very few people will say no to extra dessert!

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.

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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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