Variety Manitoba Gold Heart Gala 2015

Variety Manitoba Gold Heart Gala 2015

This year we had the great pleasure of producing and planning an amazing Fundraising Gala Event for Variety Manitoba.

For this event, we wanted to re-energize it and create a fun, interactive environment for guests to experience. That is why we decided to bring the Variety Gala back to their entertainment and circus roots. Guests were invited to “Come One, Come All – Under the Big Top,” and experience a night that would take them back to their childhood ways and have them feeling like kids again.

When decorating a traditional ballroom, it can present a bit of a challenge when creating a big top feel, so developing the theme to represent a circus everyone knows and loves was important. Large red and white drapes hung from the ceiling resembling the iconic circus tent, and circus ring table centrepieces were created to add some fun to the tables. They were even set with miniature circus animals.

To get guests involved throughout the night, we wanted to have them moving around and interacting with multiple elements. That meant adding a little twist to traditional gala features and using every square inch of the venue.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with freshly baked mini donuts from the Mini Donuts & More truck, and they walked down a vibrant red carpet to lead them upstairs under the big top. They were also greeted with a little show from jugglers, stilt walkers, and contortionists.

In lieu of a silent auction, guests had the chance to play popular childhood games like Operation, balloon darts, ring toss, and Mega Wire. Who doesn’t love healthy competition? We also included a balloon pop, which guests could buy a balloon to have a  chance at winning a prize.

To top it all off, entertainers from Folklorama Talent, Dan and Kim Craig of The Street Circus/Circus Spectacle, and Dean Gunnarson performed incredible acts that had guests entertained and in awe of their talent. Later in the evening, guests were invited to snap a photo with Dean Gunnarson and ask him all the “how” questions.

The evening finished off with a Sweet Shop, sponsored by Boyd Autobody and Salisbury House where guests helped themselves to a delicious array of treats such as donuts, mini pies, cotton candy, popcorn and an ice cream bar with an assortment of toppings all to satisfy their sweet tooth.

We can’t believe another gala season has come to an end and we already can’t wait until next year!

Here are our favourite moments of the night!





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Photography by D.Singh Photography

HUGE thank you to all of our wonderful vendors and partners!

  • Planning & Production: Events by Emma Corporation
  • Event Design & Decor: Events by Emma
  • Event Rentals: Events by Emma
  • Venue & Catering: Delta Winnipeg Hotel
  • Linens: Chair-rish Your Moments
  • Draping: Dream Day Decorators
  • Florals: Academy Florists
  • DJ Music: Elite Lighting
  • AV & Lighting: Freeman Audio Visual
  • Entertainment: Folklorama Talent (various), Circus Spectacle, Dean Gunnarson
  • Games: Aquaventronics and Events by Emma
  • Cotton Candy: Swirly Sweets
  • Popcorn: Kernals
  • Desserts: Salisbury House
  • Favours: Candles from Coal & Canary

Special Thanks to all of the amazing Volunteers and Staff from The Variety Organization and the EBE Team

Blog Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE Intern

Popular themes for 2015

Themes are a great way to elevate your event to the next level. It is a way to get your guest involved in a fun and interactive way and transport them somewhere entirely different.

Picking a theme can be difficult. It is important to choose a theme that is current and fresh. You want to think of your audience and what they will enjoy.

Here are some of the top themes we are excited about for 2015.

Secret Garden

Think of a whimsical, enchanted forest with lots of soft, pale colours. This theme is absolutely beautiful and can have guests feeling like they just entered a fairytale. Cover the room with beautiful flowers and greenery with accents of rustic wood pieces.

Western Theme

Round up your guests and have them dust off their cowboy boots to experience the Wild West. Fill the room with rustic pieces and burlap. Have your guests step up to the saloon for a drink and perhaps incorporate traditional western pieces like swinging doors.

Mythology Theme

Take your guests back to Greek mythology in 2000 BC with this theme. Transform the room with white cascading drapes from the ceiling and spectacular topiary around the room or as centerpieces. Accent the room with gold and roman columns. Guest will surely feel like Greek Gods and Goddesses.

Nautical Theme

Sail your guests away in this red, white, and blue theme. Drape the tables with navy blue linens and accent the room with rope and blue and white stripes. To make your guests feel like they are at sea, flood the room with beautiful blue lighting.

Some other event themes we love are, MASH, Seven Wonders, Lost in Space, and Fairy Tale Fantasy.
Blog Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE Intern





Summer, Fall and Winter are always exciting and extremely busy times of year at Events by Emma (EBE).

We’re currently in the peak of Gala season, just beginning our exciting Wedding season and preparing for our fall events, galas and holiday events, Not to mention gearing up for what looks like an even busier New Year in 2016!

For that reason, we’re on the search for passionate and energetic individuals to join our growing team.

The Events by Emma Corporation is a dynamic and thriving family-run Event Management business in Winnipeg. Named one of Canada’s Top 5 Planners and Best Event Planner for Winnipeg for 2015  – with over 20 years of experience our creative and dedicated team of planners and event staff are proven industry leaders that specialize in couture planning, production and design for every occasion.

We are now Accepting Applications for the following positions:

EBE – Planning & Event Design Coordinator, 2015 – Job Description
EBE – Event Crew Member, 2015 – Job Description
EBE – Truck-Trailer Driver, 2015 – Job Description

(Please CLICK on the link for the full job summary/description)
Please apply via-email to:

Please submit cover letter with resume and references via email.

Deadline: Friday, May 22, 2015

Events by Emma appreciates the interest of all applicants, however, only those under consideration will be contacted directly for an interview and meeting.


Gala Season is Here

Gala season is officially underway in Winnipeg.

Hosting a gala is a great way to showcase your cause and generate support from your community. A gala traditionally involves a dinner, dance, entertainment, and silent auctions.

During gala season, it is important to set yourself apart from the rest. When planning a gala, you want to create a memorable experience for those in attendance. To help, here are some important elements that can really elevate your event.

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Décor: This is the first thing your guests will notice when arriving. Creating an eye-catching environment is key. Start with a theme and find ways to incorporate it into the entranceway, tables, and surrounding area. Remember to include the theme into invitations and promotions to help create anticipation for your guests.

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Location: Picking the right location for your event can add multiple elements to your gala. A location can help with the ambience and affect your ideas and layout. It is important that before picking where you want to hold your gala, you determine the big details first. Not every location will be able to accommodate what you want.

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Engagement: You want your guests to have an unforgettable experience. Adding an interactive aspect for your guests to get them involved is key. Also, remember to keep your theme in mind. At the Concordia Hospital Foundation Gala in 2014, we had a curling rink for guests to use. It was only fitting, as Team Jennifer Jones was in attendance, and Ms. Jones was honoured with the 2014 Martin Bergen Award.

Entertainment: Guests want to have a good time. By including live music, dancers, or a show, guests will be able to enjoy the environment and perhaps experience something out of the ordinary. It helps to set the mood and provides an opportunity to compliment your theme.

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D.Singh Photography

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Moore Photography

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Trevor Brucki Photography

Now you’ve put on an event, how do you get people coming back?

Keep it different: It is important to change things up. That could mean changing your theme, location, or even the format of your event. People want to see how you can top your last event.

Small details count: Guests want to have an enjoyable time from start to finish. Remember to keep things on schedule. That means serving dinner at the right time and preventing speeches from going to long. You don’t want your guests becoming restless. It will ultimately distract them from the key messages you are trying to provide.

Blog Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE Intern

Bringing you more

Happy Spring Everyone!

Events by Emma is getting back to blogging on a regular basis and we couldn’t be more excited.

We have a lot of a new things planned this year for the blog, and hope to provide you with helpful tips and extra knowledge on what goes in to planning an event, whether it be corporate, fundraising, or a wedding.

We would also love to here from you. Let us know what you’d like to see us blogging about by commenting below.

Don’t forget to check out our other social media pages.





Photo by D.Singh

Today – We are so excited to announce!



Top Choice Awards is honoured to announce that Events by Emma has been voted Top Event Planner of 2015 in the City of Winnipeg.


The Top Choice Awards is an important institution for the local and international business scene. The organization conducts democratic surveys, in cities around the globe, with the singular purpose of identifying and promoting businesses and professionals who have distinguished themselves amongst their competitors and earned the peoples’ trust.

The results were collected during the proprietary Top Choice Awards 2015 Survey, which asked respondents to nominate their Top Choice in a variety of categories based on Quality, Service, Value and Professionalism. This survey has also been conducted in 12 other Canadian cities, identifying over 650 top businesses and professionals receiving over 450,000 votes.

It is clear that whenever people have a choice they prefer to deal with businesses and professionals who are trusted by consumers The TOP CHOICE AWARD is the “MARK OF EXCELLENCE” worn by today’s leading businesses and professionals, representing the trust and loyalty that they have earned from the people they serve.



We are so thrilled to share with you that


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Thousands of Canadians in 13 cities across the country nominated their top choice businesses, professionals and media – AND WE ARE ONE OF THEM!

Voting Ends on March 5, 2015.

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We are so excited and honoured to share with you the exciting news about our nomination for a Top Choice Award as the Top Event Planner of 2015 for the city of Winnipeg.

Thousands of Canadians in 13 cities across the country nominated their top businesses, professionals and media and we were one of them! We are overjoyed about this nomination and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Now we need your help! As the result of this award is decided by the people, please show your support by visiting and place your vote for Events by Emma.

Voting ends March 5th 2015.

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Photo by Joel Ross Photography

The Events by Emma Corporation “One of Canada’s Top Event Planning & Design firms” and It’s Love Magazine would love to tell you about our newest joint WEDDING PROMOTION | To Make Your Event Planning Easy!

What better way to celebrate the Spirit of Love & Valentine’s Day than getting started on your own wedding planning!

Book a Planning or Design Package before February 15, 2015 and receive 15% OFF your package.

Book your FREE-1 hour Consultation today to meet with Emma and discuss your event needs.

Whether you are planning a small gathering, wedding, ethnic function, corporate event or large scale fundraising gala we want to hear from you!

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Emma & The Entire EBE TEAM would like to wish you and your family all the best for Christmas Holiday and a Happy, Safe and Prosperous 2015!

Please note:  The Events by Emma Head Office, SHOWROOM and Warehouse will be closed for the Holidays between December 19 – January 19.

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 (and opportunity to spend time with our families) 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.

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 amazing & stylish surprises planned for 2015 and we look forward to working with you all bringing them from concept to reality!

Check-out our website and social media networks over the holidays (facebook, twitter, instagram, linkedin, etc.)  for the latest events and news