Gracious Events Blog

Celebrating 75 years in Business

Written by Nicole Mitsakis


It’s a big deal when a company has been in business for 75 years and what better way to celebrate then to host a party! Gracious Events was thrilled to work with TG Gallagher on their event this past fall, but planning began long before that…over a year prior!  Armed with an incredible marketing plan to introduce 75 facts about the company leading up to the big day was brilliant.  You often forget that big companies once started small and it is nice to share those milestones with everyone that may not know.  The Hyatt Regency in Cambridge was the chosen venue and quite fitting as the views of the city showed work that TG Gallagher had been a part of.  We went with different types of seating as this would not be a sit down dinner but more upscale casual with room to move and talk with guests.  Custom banners were designed to highlight some of the 75 facts and showcase work that TG Gallagher had done.  Designlight did a custom gobo of their logo that was shown high up on a wall in the foyer that guests could see as they road up in the elevator and custom uplighting continued throughout the venue.  One of my favorite parts of the event was TG Gallagher’s launch of their 2nd year campaign of “Vests for Breasts”  where during the month of October they encourage those in the A/E/C industry to switched to pink safety vests with a universal logo in hopes of raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer.



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All photos by Robert Castagna

Thanksgiving Tablescape Tips

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

Thanksgiving is by far one of my favorite holidays and I find the older I get the more I appreciate how blessed I am.  Clearly, as event planners we have some amazing ideas on how to make your table stand out.  That being said I’ve decided to share simple, elegant and helpful creative tips that will not overwhelm anyone or take too much time, but will make your table more special.


Tip one: Add a simple piece of dried wheat with a place card.


Tip two: Adding candles creates warmth…all you need is tea lights.


Tip three: Tie utensils with a fall colored velvet ribbon.


Tip four: Encourage your guests to write what they are thankful for…if you have a family
with a sense of humor this will be the highlight of your dinner!


Tip five: Tie napkins with twine, evergreen and cinnamon sticks…your home with smell amazing.


Tip six: Be grateful for all that you have been blessed with!

All photos found via pinterest

Meadowbrook Fundraising Gala

Written by Tania Atkinson

The Meadowbrook School is a beautiful private school set in Weston, Massachusetts.  This past fall they kicked off their 35 million dollar fundraising campaign, and Gracious Events was thrilled to be part of this amazing team.  The event took place right on campus in the school’s beautiful dining room.  With well over 300 guests in attendance, the evening was a huge success and a wonderful start to their campaign fund for their new building.



The decor for the event centered around the colors in the campaign logo: “Imagine More”.  This theme was seen in the gorgeous table linens, chair cushions and even the centerpieces, which were simple Lego pieces put on the tables to encourage guests to “Imagine More” in what they could create!  A warm yet elegant ambiance was created by Design Light by using a gorgeous wash of color throughout the entire McDowell Center. They also illuminated the artists’ renderings of the new building in such a way that it was as if guests were in an art gallery.






Entertaining guests as they dined on fabulous hors d’oeuvres  expertly created by the school’s chef and made their way through the interactive food stations, was a band made up of Meadowbrook alumni.  With the help of event guests, Brian Korte of Brickworkz built the entire  “Imagine More” logo out of Legos! It was a truly amazing site to see!



This event was an amazing display of creativity, and parent and staff involvement all for the benefit of expanding children’s opportunities to learn!  This was a truly wonderful community to work with and be a part of.  We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Meadowbrook School.


Photos provided by Joshua Touster

Rentals provided by: Petersons Party Center

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