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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

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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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!

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

Volez, Voguez, Voyagez: The Louis Vuitton Exhibition

On a freezing January afternoon, I approached the Louis Vuitton Pop-up Exhibit, “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez”, in the American Stock Exchange Building in Downtown Manhattan. As often happens with New York pop-ups, the line stretched around the block. The LV exhibit was no exception, generating a lot of buzz in its two month run.

As I finally made it inside the exhibit, I realized what all the fuss was about. “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez”, translated to “Fly, Sail, Travel”, was designed room by room to celebrate Louis Vuitton in travel. From the interior of a train car to the deck of a sailboat, each room was designed as a different mode of transportation, lined with LV luggage and bags. Walking through the exhibit felt like walking through time. If my surroundings weren’t interactive enough, the “LV NYC VVV” app brought guests through the long history of Louis Vuitton. The app offered experiences such as responsive videos, photo filters, and a chance to decorate your own Louis Vuitton trunk. With its themed rooms and fun interactive atmosphere, I felt like I was walking through time alongside the Louis Vuitton brand. At your next event, you might consider taking a page from Louis Vuitton and adding interactive aspects such as photo filters, photo booths, or an interactive app.

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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!

Photo credit: Pinterest and Splacer