Gracious Events Blog

Corporate Holiday Party

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

I’ve been with Gracious Events now for 4 years, but prior to that I was actually one of their vendors therefore I know first hand what collaboration means to GEM.  Our team truly embraces the event professionals that we work with as it makes us all better at our jobs transpiring into a superior experience for the client.  We’ve truly been blessed when it comes to our professional relationships in this industry as it makes what we do that much more enjoyable.  I feel the need to bring this up because our most recent Corporate Holiday Party was an amazing collaboration of vendors both new and old resulting in an exceptional venue transformation.  The vision was to transform the Artists For Humanity (Epi Center) into a cozy and warm space with a rustic winter feel.  In order to appreciate just how incredible this event came together you need start with the bare photos of the Epi Center space to understand how it is possible to take an industrial raw space and make it feel warm, festive and inviting.  Our team at GEM had a vision of what we wanted and RESERVE Modern Event Rental and PhiDesign Group had just the perfect decor and insight to bring it to life!  Next up, is Gregory and Brie from Flouer who knew exactly what to do for florals but then while meeting on-site Brie came up with this idea of hanging birch branches along the longest wall…BRILLIANT!  If you ask Jen what is the one thing to never go without at your event? Her answer, would be LIGHTING…best money you will ever spend.  Which leads me to Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting who has an incredible eye for lighting, impeccable skill and most importantly vision for how to transform any space with lighting.  Alone, this space came together beautifully, but when Suzanne’s team came in to light it, well that just brought it to a whole new level making everyone’s hard work SHINE…hence why we love collaborating!  

 

Artists for Humanity Raw Space

Artists for Humanity Raw Space

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Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

 

Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

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Signature Drink - Moscow Mule

Signature Drink – Moscow Mule

Photo by Robert Castagna

Photo by Robert Castagna

 

Event Planner: Gracious Events Mangement

Venue: Artists for Humanity

Lighting: Suzanne B. Lowell

Event Decor: RESERVE Modern Event Rental & PHIDESIGN GROUP

Catering: Gourmet Catering

Games: Barry Entertainment

Florals: Flouer 

Rentals: Peterson Party Center

Entertainment: Murray Hill Talent

Scotch Bar: Gordon’s Liquors, Nick Taylor

Photography: Robert Castagna Photography

Hot Chocolate…Not Just For Kids!

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

I’ve lived in Massachusetts my whole life so by default that makes me an expert on all things winter!  Whether you are planning a winter wedding, formal holiday party or just having your own family over; setting up a Hot Chocolate Bar is pretty easy and fun…after all who doesn’t like Chocolate!  I’m not talking about Swiss Miss packets but homemade (yes, it involves a stove and real ingredients) to offer your guests.  Add additional elements with eatable spoons, custom cups, marshmallows, candy canes, cookies and lets not forgot the ALCOHOL…Baileys is always popular, but considering there are about 500 different flavors of Vodka it’s safe to say that one to compliment your hot chocolate exists.  Even if you are at home consider using fun signage which adds a nice accent to your display and pretty easy to do!  Get creative on what you use to display it, there are so many unique carts, tables or even crates to help you design your very own look that will leave your guests in awe.  Check out some of our inspiration…hopefully it will inspire you to include a Hot Chocolate Bar for your upcoming event or holiday party.

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Photo by Orange Girl Photographs

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Pantone Color of the Year 2016

Written by Nicole Mitsakis

If you work in an industry that involves any type of design work, then you’ve heard of PANTONE.   For those of you who are new to the world of color; Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems, and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries.  Every year they release the colors of the year and various palettes that industries work from.  For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity have been chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year.  You would think that the choosing of two colors is really not a big deal, but that is not the case!  This year’s Pantone colors have already started to trickle down into the fashion industry, and if you visit Pinterest inspiration boards, especially for weddings, are popping up everywhere.  I’m not going to lie, when I first saw the two colors my initial thought was “WHY would they choose a shade of baby pink and blue”? I immediately was not a fan until I decided to write this blog and began my search for inspiration.  Upon further investigation I have changed my mind and I think you will too!

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So what changed making me see that Rose Quartz and Serenity were more than just baby pastels…it was actually the PANTONE website as when they released the two colors they also release other color palettes you can pair them with.  As a visual person this was the turning point, I was able to see beyond the two and how stunningly beautiful they could look when used correctly.

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I have chosen some inspiration that will hopefully help you too see that there is a reason Pantone is the authority on color.  I also would like to predict that every floral designer out there should stock up on the Serenity shade of Hydrangea as everyone getting married this year is going to want them!

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