HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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The EBE TEAM would like to wish you and your family all the best for Christmas and a Happy, Safe and Prosperous 2014!

Please note that the Events by Emma Head Offices and Warehouse will be closed for the Holidays between December 23 – January 23.

Only clients who have events and meetings booked during that time frame will be contacted directly by Emma and the Team. Please be patient with us as we are taking a much needed break after an extremely busy wedding, gala and holiday event season and will return all calls and emails in the New Year when our offices re-open.

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We are booking follow-up planning meetings with ALL of our clients for January and February and will contact you as soon as we are back in the office to book your next appointment if we have not done so already.

For those interested in our unique planning, design and décor services please contact us through our website to book your free initial consultation.  We have some stylish surprises as well as fantastic new clients and events booked for 2014 & 2015 and we look forward to working with you all bringing them from concept to reality!

Check-out our blog for latest events and news @ www.eventsbyemma.com

P.S. Don’t forget to visit us at Wonderful Wedding Show – January 18 & 19 @ The RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre — we will be located in our regular location on the 3rd floor  – Booths 805 & 904.

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10 Steps to Host a Happy Holiday Party at Home

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Our EBE team just wrapped up corporate holiday season this weekend with back-to-back events featuring amazing food, wonderful holiday entertainment and of course, unique and customized decor and design.

NOW it’s time for each of us to start thinking of what Happy Holiday Fun we’ll be bringing into our homes as family gatherings start to take place.

If you too are planning on hosting a holiday party at your home, follow our 10 sure-fire steps to Host a Happy Holiday Party at Home.

1. Plan in Advance
Holiday season is the perfect time of year to unwind and catch up with your loved ones. If you’re planning to invite guests over, be sure to send your save the dates early. The longer you wait, the more likely your guests will already be booked with other dinners, work parties and family get-togethers. So choose your date and choose it fast.

2. Cook Ahead
To avoid slaving over the stove the day of, try prepping and cooking as much as you can in advance. Stews, soups and appetizers will be a hit during the cold winter nights, and can easily be frozen days before and reheated later to enjoy. Festive cookies and desserts will also surely be a hit. You can leave the pre-prepped batch in the fridge and just pop it into the oven as the guests are arriving.

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Bring out everyone’s holiday spirit and joy with festive decor and table arrangements.  Spruce up pine cones, walnuts and acorns with gold and silver glitter or even white spray paint, and leave them for display in tall and short glass cylinders. If you’re looking for a more sparkle and dazzle look, you can garnish your table by using some extra ornaments. For full effect, stick with two complimentary colours and a metallic.

4. Tidy your Halls
Maximize your space and seating room by spending a good afternoon cleaning and tidying up. You want to ensure your guests feel comfortable moving around while mingling. If you’re pressed for time, you can always move your little extra mess into one locked room, out of your guests’ sight.

5. Start Early
Be sure to get some extra rest the night before, allowing you to start bright and early the day of. Prepare a list in advance of everything needing to be taken care of and start from there.  Your day of tasks will most likely include some last minute tidying, quality time in the kitchen and a little bit of running around.

6. Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask your family or friends (or even children!) for help the day of. It’ll cut your prep time in half and will leave you with some quality time with some of your closest friends who you haven’t seen in awhile. Before they come over, it’d be a good idea to have some fresh appetizers and beverages ready for them to munch on while they help you tackle your to-do list.

7. Festive Signature Drinks and Treats
Add that festive touch to your party menu and incorporate some signature holiday treats. Start with the signature punch or even hot chocolate station (don’t forget the cinnamon sticks and marshmellows!). Have fun with your treat selection by including some holiday cheer. Keep the theme by mixing in the holiday colours or holiday flavours like peppermint or caramel.

8. Keep the Kids Happy
Save an area of your space in your home for entertainment and activities for younger children or toddlers. Play Christmas movies in the basement or guest bedroom and you’ll have them entertained for hours. If you’re hosting a holiday party for your friends and the children aren’t familiar with one another, break the ice by setting up a craft table or even better, a holiday cookie decorating station.

9. Games for Adults
Holiday charades, gift unwrap relay or even the traditional secret Santa gift exchange are great holiday parties that will have your guests laughing all night. To encourage a little friendly competition stock up on some smaller wrapped gifts and chocolates to distribute to the winners.

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10. Sit back, Relax and Take a lot of Photos  
You’ve created the perfect get-together with a great menu, beautiful decor and a very entertaining agenda, so be sure to sit back and embrace the good times with your family and friends. Have a camera on-hand to snap some photos of you and your loved ones to remember the good times.

To find out more about “How to Host a Happy Holiday Party” or to discuss an upcoming event email us at

Article originally published in The October/November 2013 issue of The Indo-Canadian Telegram

Photos by: D. Singh Photography

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Jamie + Brian

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Be sure to grab your copy of the December 2013 Winter Issue of It’s Love!

For the past few weeks here at EBE, we’ve been plugging away on inspiration and ideas for our Wonderful Wedding Show booth and promotions.

With one week left before the holidays, it was such a lovely surprise to have copies of the It’s Love 2013 Winter Print Issue personally delivered to our office. We had so much fun flipping through this month’s issue to see some of our brides, and all of the amazing inspirations and work put together by all of our partners and friends here in Winnipeg.

While flipping through their “Best of 2013” Feature… we were thrilled to see one of our 2014 couples as one of the finalists for “Best of 2013 – Engagement Photos.”

Jamie and Brian are too adorable not to share.The gorgeous couple’s love story began in a Las Vegas elevator, and will start a new chapter when they say their vows next summer.

We’re looking forward to working with Jamie and Brian, and all of our 2014 couples, in the new year!

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Western Financial Holiday Event 2013

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There’s nothing that excites us more at Events by Emma, than when our clients come to us with a desire to do a themed event. Themed events allows us to really challenge ourselves to stay creative by finding new ways to incorporate little details and inspirations.

Lucky for us, Western Financial  came to us this year inspired by the The Great Gatsby film starring Leonardo DeCaprio, carey Mulligan and Tobey Macguire. Asides from the stunning 1920’s fashion and sleek hair, the “Gatsby Inspired Soiree” opened doors to one-of-a-kind decor spectacles and production including our beautiful gold carpet and table girls and the Bolero Dance Group.

Oh and we didn’t stop there — we also threw in an unique Gatsby-inspired menu, signature drinks, playlist, games and prizes.

Thanks to Robert Lowdon Photography for capturing the evening!

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Huge thank you to all our wonderful vendors:
Venue: The Fairmont Winnipeg
Linens: Planned Perfectly
Florals: Fache Floral Design
Entertainment: Folklorama Talent
Lighting: Elite Lighting
Coffee Cart: DeLuca’s
Photo Booth: Cherry Tree Productions
Hair: Vanhoft Hair
Makeup: Makeup Expressions

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Seven Ways to Spice up your Corporate Holiday Event

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Photo Credit: Curtis Moore Photography

Corporate Holiday Season is back! But it’s about more than fancy dinners and acknowledging the holiday season — corporate holiday parties are a great opportunity to boost employee morale, encourage stronger work relationships and to really show your employees they’re truly appreciated. After all, happy employees equates to happy customers, which can do nothing but good to your bottom line.

When planning your next corporate holiday party, keep in mind the event will be a reflection of your corporate brand and culture. So why not ‘WOW’ your employees and your closest partners by trying one or a few (or even all!) of these 2013 holiday event trends:

1. Custom Food Menus and Presentation
With the increase in reality TV shows like Master Chef and Chopped, viewers are more educated and exposed to fine-dining courses and presentation, which means it’s going to a take a lot more than a typical chicken and potato banquet main course to impress them. Buffet-style food stations with interactive elements such as a carving station, or a chef on-site working the stove are great options. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your vendor or caterer about a custom menu, you’ll be surprised!

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2. Lounges
We’re seeing a lot less formal round tables of eight at our corporate events, and more of the high-style lounges. The lounges encourages guests to mix and mingle, rather than be confined to their assigned table for the evening. Lounge furniture such as couches, accent tables and high-tops can help create a luxurious scene that invite your employees to socialize and have fun.

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Photo Credit: D. Singh Photography

3. Interactive Entertainment
Definite must-have for this holiday season? Live entertainment! Live bands performing covers of some classic hits is a perfect way to get your staff moving on the dance floor. However if dancing isn’t for everyone, try different interactive activities such as tarot card reader, casino tables, raffle prizes or a cookie-decorating station. One of our favourite trends for 2014 is slow motion video booths. Similar to the traditional photo booth, the video booths bring interactive to a new level and will definitely be a hit!

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Photo Credit: Robert Lowdon Photography


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Signature cocktails is an easy and inexpensive addition to any event and can really add that personalize touch. Play around with the name, different glassware and signage for your signature drinks to fit your event concept and theme. Instead of passing the signature drink around, why not try a drinking fountain? The drinking fountain adds another interactive element in addition to gorgeous decor. If you do decide signature drinks are for you, don’t forget to include at least one virgin option for your guests.

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Photo Credit: Curtis Moore Photography

5. Dessert-To-Go
Our favourite party favours are definitely the edible kind. After a successful night of socializing and dancing, a bite-size baked good during the ride home is always a sweet treat. For your next dessert station, you can simply include small white paper boxes or decorative goodie bags. This season, we’re seeing a lot of macaroons, pastries, shortbread cookies, and even ethnic desserts.

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Photo Credit: Manuel F. Sousa Photography

6. Decor
When your guests walk into the room, the real ‘wow’ factor comes from the decor and scenery. Stunning centre pieces, textured linens,  and breath-taking floral arrangements are all key to tie event decor together. Lighting is also HUGE when creating scenery and enhancing the mood for guests. A few LED up lighting, wall washes and candles can go a long way.

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7. Philanthropic
Corporate social responsibility is a growing expectation not only from employees but from the community at large. A corporate holiday event is an excellent opportunity to showcase your company’s dedication to local charities and causes. This initiative can be met by simply by hosting a collection drive at the door, for example each guests are asked to bring a new toy or a non-perishable food item. Other options are donating proceeds from the raffle prizes, poker tables or even the ticket sales.

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(Originally Published in the October/November 2013 The Indo-Canadian Telegram)