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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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Photo credit: The Tryall Club

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

Smorgasburg LA

Instagramable food has become one of the most important factors at almost every event. Food that looks just as good as it tastes is a crucial way to keep guests sharing and to keep guests posting! As a passionate foodie and an event marketer, I knew I needed to check out Smorgasburg LA, the mecca of all “share worthy” food in Southern California.

I spent a perfect Sunday afternoon experiencing all that my stomach could handle! Smorgasburg is a west coast foodie’s paradise in the middle of an otherwise very urban area. Bright picnic tables and umbrellas line the blacktop where the food festival lives. Carefully selected vendors did not disappoint; between authentic Hawaiian fried shrimp, tropical fruit infused teas, and vegan “chicken” nachos, I still can’t choose a favorite! As an event professional, I give them credit for fabricating an urban area and curating vendors that created a holistic experience specifically catered to their market. WIth plenty of vegan options, countless Instagram opps, unique fusions of foods from all different cultures, and a laid back atmosphere it was perfect for LA locals and tourists alike.

Photo credit: Cassie Martin

Spotlight on Skylight Group

We were recently at the General Idea fashion show at the Skylight Clarkson Square, NYC – a location made by Skylight Group. For those in fashion, Skylight Group is well known. They transform historical properties in New York and California to host exclusive and high end events. They repurpose and fabricate old, disused spaces for some of the biggest names in the game. Hosting the primary locations of New York Fashion Week for the past two years, their client list includes fashion icons from Ralph Lauren to Kanye West. Having your venue developed by Skylight has become a staple in upping the status of your event. NY Fashion Week starts September 7 – we’re counting the days!

From street stunts to on-site show staffing, if your brand is showing at fashion week, we can help. Contact us for a free consultation


Photo credit: Oscar Osei & Skylight

SF Venue Spotlight: Joey the Cat

Remember spending your favorite afternoons at the arcade, on a perpetual mission to win enough tickets for that squirt gun behind the glass counter? Well, those days are back, but in a whole new way. Unique and fun for any kind of company shindig, Joey the Cat is your modern day throwback, taking your holiday party or team-building competition to new nostalgic levels. Set the high score in skeeball, air hockey, Pac Man, and plenty more, and then set the perfect vibe for your event with our sound system, microphone, and projector. Champions will walk away with custom trophies to display proudly on their desks!

The fully private venue can fit up to 110 guests and is tucked away in the heart of the Mission, easily accessible by public transit. Get in touch with EventMates to start planning your next arcade affair at Joey the Cat.

Image credit: Joey the Cat website

Governors Ball: Brand Activations

We rounded up some of the brands that participated in the popular Governors Ball in NYC this past weekend!


The “Share a Coke” campaign is back! Coke had a relatively large set up including art installments, an ice bar, a vending machine, and a backdrop for pictures. The ice bar and art installments caught the eye of many attendees who were then invited to use the vending machine which personalized your name on a can of Coke.

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Subway created “The Green Room” as an oasis for attendees who were hot and hungry. They offered free sandwiches, cookies, an air conditioned lounge, and charging stations with a live feed from the main stage so everyone lounging didn’t miss a beat.

Photo credit: Cassie Martin
Photo credit: Cassie Martin


Although very different companies, both had the same idea when it came to unique experiences for guests. Citi offered a viewing deck for attendees who had used their Citi cards at the festival. Ray-Ban offered an exclusive balcony for people who used their hashtag on social media.


“Insta-worthy” food was everywhere. Many brands came up with unique packaging, branding, delivery, and more in order to try to generate buzz on social media. John’s Juice and Electric Sky Wine offered aesthetically pleasing drinks. The Infatuation app branded on-the-go coconut cups and Taiyaki NYC brought their famous matcha ice cream.

Photo Credits: Cassie Martin, Instragram, TaiyakiNYC, Electric Sky Win, Governor's Ball

Venue Spotlight - Offsite Space 30 mins from City

Looking to plan a corporate offsite that feels offsite, but has the convenience of still being close to home? Enter Nuits Mansion. EventMates came across this renowned villa, a hidden gem tucked away in Irvington only a mere 30 minutes from NYC; convenient for the Manhattan East Villagers as well as the Westchester folks. Boasting over 16,000 square feet, the space comes equipped with modern amenities to plan an all-in-one company or team offsite in addition to the usual weddings. Start the day with breakfast and content in the Conservatory with a spectacular outdoor view. Head out through the French doors to the stone patio by the pool for a refreshing outdoor lunch. Pack in some more content and team building; try your hand at the custom-made shuffleboard or billiards, or make it informal and break some ice in the Theatre room. Have the team break in the Great Room sitting area to catch up on their emails, and finally, come together for a team dinner in the formal dining room to tie in the comradery. With over 20 rooms, Nuits Mansion is perfect to mold for any corporate event. Build a lasting impression and make a splash, literally.


Not Your Traditional Ice Sculpture

Ice sculptures use to be a staple at expensive weddings and the butt of many jokes in romantic comedies. But now, with a bit more sophistication, artistry and creativity, ice is edgy and has become a way to showcase brands in a fun way at events.

Just remember, ice melts, and most of these lovely creations will only last 8 hours, so use them wisely, but have some fun.

Celebrating in New Orleans

Where will you celebrate? If you’re thinking of New Orleans, there are some new locations to the scene that are worth noting. Our NOLA EventMates are local experts available to make your celebration as special as the city.


Beautifully cozy, centrally located, this converted old mansion is complete with a front porch to sit and enjoy the treasures of NOLA. Consider buying out the 18 rooms for a unique desti-celebration all your own.

LOCATION: Lower Garden District
SIZE: Intimate (18 Rooms)
CELEBRATE: Private (Birthday, Bachelorette / Bachelor Party, Anniversary)


A boutique hotel with all the southern charm in a beautifully modern atmosphere. Plus pool, tiki bar and delicious drinks served at the Pisco Bar downstairs for a celebration that is at your doorstep.

LOCATION: Business District
SIZE: Small (35 rooms)
CELEBRATE: Private (Birthday, Bachelorette / Bachelor Party, Anniversary)


A stone's throw to many of New Orleans' best gems, with a modern rustic style so uniquely Ace and room for events of all types and sizes.  

LOCATION: Warehouse District
SIZE: Large
CELEBRATE: Corporate (Offsite, Company Meeting) and Private (Wedding)