Winnipeg’s 8th Annual All That Glitters Gala

When meeting with our clients, one of our favourite things to hear at the beginning of the planning process is: we want to do a theme!

We can go on and on about the benefits and appeal of themed events, and if you’re interested in learning more about them, we even covered Five Steps to Master Your Themed Event in May’s e-newsletter.

To give you an idea about how FUN and creative themed events can be, check out the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Canada Gala, where we threw a “Retro Rockin’ Party” this spring at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

A few of our favourite details from this event have to be the dozens of records we hanged over the dance floor, the customized pop labels and of course, the jukebox!

To add some fun, we also had the Winnipeg roller derby team SuckerPunch skating around during cocktail hour giving out pop bottles to guests, which created the nostalgic vintage diner experience!

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Thank you to all vendors and partners!
Event Planning & Design: Events by Emma
Venue & Catering: RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Decor Rentals: Events by Emma
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Lighting & A/V: Elite Lighting
Florals: Beyond Flowers
Entertainment: Folklorama Talent
Roller Derby: SuckerPunch
Auctioneer: Adesa
Photography: MediaCircusTV

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Video: Time Lapse: Scopus Awards 2014

Ever wondered what it takes to setup an extravagant event for 500+ guests from start to finish?

Well, today’s your lucky day… allow us to show you!

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This amazing and FUN time lapse video by Sambajoy Photo & Art takes you through our two-day setup for the Scopus Awards 2014 Honouring Moe Levy, hosted by the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University.

We were honoured to be given the opportunity to help put on one of the few events being held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights before its opening this September. The gala was also a great opportunity for the CMHR staff to work out event logistics at their new and stunning facility.

To learn more about the Scopus Awards and for more photos by blfStudios Photography, check out our blog post where we covered this event!

Huge THANK YOU to Madalena and Marcelo from Sambajoy for spending the two days with us shooting this lovely piece. You were able to capture EBE perfectly, and we cannot wait to work together on more projects!

About Sambajoy Fine Art Photography
This adorable, fun-loving and VERY talented husband and wife duo (Madalena and Marcelo) have been all around the world. Born and raised in Brazil, the couple moved to Winnipeg, along with their pug, Bacon, and established Sambajoy Fine Art Photography. With their impressive background in photography and technology, the power couple specializes in photo and video for a variety of occasions.

Be sure to check out more about them on their website sambajoy.com

As always, huge thank you to all of our vendors and partners:
Event Planning & Design: Events by Emma
Event Rentals & Furniture: Events by Emma
Venue: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Caterer: The Fairmont Winnipeg
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Florals: Academy Florists
Lighting: Elite Lighting
A/V: Canadian Event Production Services
Entertainment: Folklorama Talent
Photography: blfStudios fine art photography

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Scopus Award 2014 Honouring Moe Levy

One of the many perks of working in the event industry is being able to meet so many inspiring individuals, who are usually honoured at our events, and Moe Levy is no exception!

We partnered with The Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to put on this year’s Scopus Awards at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, where Winnipeg’s own Moe Levy accepted this year’s Scopus award, which is the highest humanitarian honour at the University. Moe Levy, currently the Executive Director of the Asper Foundation, played a crucial role in fundraising for the CMHR. So, whenever we’re putting on a spectacular event at the Museum, we know we have Moe to thank!

For the Scopus Award, we honoured Moe’s heritage and brought the Indian city Mumbai to Winnipeg. The event featured ethnic entertainers, Mumbai-inspired street food and even a Bollywood flash mob!

Enjoy our favourite shots by blfStudios fine art photography. Thanks for the amazing photos, Bond!

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Event Planning & Design: Events by Emma
Event Rentals & Furniture: Events by Emma
Venue: Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Caterer: The Fairmont Winnipeg
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Florals: Academy Florists
Lighting: Elite Lighting
A/V: Canadian Event Production Services
Entertainment: Folklorama Talent
Photography: blfStudios fine art photography

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HOW TO MASTER YOUR THEMED EVENTS

IMG_3922Themes are a great way to increase your event’s appeal, and to distinguish your event from others. By hosting a themed event, it creates a fun and welcoming atmosphere for your guests and it can also open up opportunities for your guests to play along and embrace the theme (e.g. a Great Gatsby themed gala, may encourage guests to dress up in 1920s attire).

When searching for a theme, consider what’s relevant and topical during the time of your event. For example, when the remake of the film Alice in Wonderland came out in 2010, we were seeing a huge interests in the Alice in Wonderland theme and it even stayed around for a few years! This year, we can anticipate more interests in the Bollywood and safari oasis themes with the new releases Million Dollar Arm and Rio 2.

Another way to find the perfect theme for your event is to consider your guests and who you are choosing to honour. In example, if your guest of honour is of Asian decent, throw an elaborate Asian-infused event, complete with Asian-inspired decor, entertainment and menu. Or if you know your guests will be a more mature crowd, throw a retro-diner themed event, complete with a juke box filled with nostalgic music.

It’s important your theme fits your organization and the goals of your event. However, keep in mind planning a theme has both its benefits and challenges.

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Here are five steps to help you master your themed event and create a fun and memorable evening for you and your guests:

1. Be committed
Once you decided on a theme, you have to stay committed to it. Be sure your theme is on the top of your mind when planning the logistics of your event, from your entertainment, to your decor, and even to your stationary. In order for everything to flow and make sense, your theme has to shine through.

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 2. Be creative
The more fun and unique your theme is, the more likely you’ll have to think outside of the box and be creative with your decor and programming. In order to really ‘wow’ your guests, you’re going to have to do things that haven’t been done before. For example, for a south beach themed event we did last month, we wanted to create palm tree centre pieces. In order to accomplish this look, we had to be creative and create the palm trees from scratch.

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3. Play up your stationary
Remember when we said everything and anything about your event has to make sense with your theme? Stationary is a great medium to promote and execute your themed event. Your invitations, posters, programs and even event signage need to compliment your theme and will help pull your theme together.

 4. Get your guests involved
Guests LOVE themed events, not only because they can expect a fun and unique program, but because it means they have an opportunity to really participate and be a part of the event. Letting your guests know in advance of the theme through your invitation or posters, can ensure guests will have time to plan if they decide to dress up according to the theme.

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 5. Think BIG  

Invest in a planning and design company that can work with you to bring your theme to life. They can help you find the perfect venue, lighting experts, entertainers and caterers that can work together to master your theme. And don’t forget about the little details that can help you sell your theme, such as your signature drinks or party favours.

To find out more about themed events or to discuss an upcoming event you are planning, connect with Events by Emma by calling 204-779-8812.

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Spirit Awards 2014

DSC_7978In Winnipeg, we are so fortunate to be among so many diverse and talented entrepreneurs that drive the success of our business industry. At Events by Emma through our event industry, we work with these entrepreneurs on a day-to-day basis, whether they’re one of our vendors or service providers, or if they’re one of our valued event clients.

As the decor sponsor of the annual Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Winnipeg Awards, we are able to witness the Winnipeg business community come together to celebrate Winnipeg businesses who have showed initiative and really pushed the envelope in their industry.

Congratulations on this year’s winners and finalists!
Start-Up Business – Advolve Media
Small Business – IMT (Infomagnetics Technologies Corporation)
Medium Business – Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods
Large Business – Shindico
Charity – Graffiti Art Programming Inc.
Not-for-Profit – The Manitoba Museum

Photos by Robert Lowdon Photography:

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Thank you to all our amazing partners and vendors:
Design: Events by Emma
Decor Rentals: Events by Emma
Venue: The Fairmont Winnipeg
Lighting: Elite Lighting
Linens: Planned Perfectly
Aisle Runner: Original Aisle Runner
Napkins: WeddingStar Inc.

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Delta Winnipeg

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The Delta Hotel Winnipeg welcomed 2014 with a contemporary and exciting face-lift, introducing their guests to a more fresh and modern Delta.  The downtown hotel, best known for their exceptional customer service, connects to both the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg and MTS Centre through glass sky-walks, allowing for a friendly commute for both business and leisure guests.

During renovations, all of their guestrooms underwent massive re-modelling, allowing for an even better experience for their over-night guests. Their new and improved lobby and guest services is now opened up, thanks to the addition of the new atrium featuring a stunning staircase. For guests looking at hosting weddings, conferences or galas, the Delta Winnipeg can now offer their newly renovated second floor event centre which features both intimate and larger conference rooms. The highlight of their event centre, their beautiful 25 ft. high Grand Ballroom, was renovated with a crisp and contemporary look in mind, allowing for a modern and flexible design space for their guests.

The Delta Hotel franchise, which proudly names their employees as their greatest assets, is celebrating 14 consecutive years ranked as one of the Best Employers in Canada (2014).

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Children’s Wish Shiver Ball (2014) taken in the Delta Winnipeg Grand Ballroom on Friday, February 28. Decor and Rentals by Events by Emma, Linens by Planned Perfectly and Lighting by Elite Lighting.

Next time you’re in downtown Winnipeg, be sure to visit the Delta Winnipeg and take advantage of their many secret gems, such as their outdoor and indoor pools, their club floor lounge, and their on-site restaurants: Elephant & Castle and Blaze Bistro & Lounge.

For more information about your next event or stay at the Delta Winnipeg, visit www.deltahotels.com.

Wonderful Wedding Show 2014

At Events by Emma, our goal is to turn YOUR event concept into reality. No matter how complex or unique your vision is, we make it happen.

But if you think these beautiful and extravagant events happen overnight, think again. Our event process takes time and attention, but without it, we couldn’t do what we do.

Take this year’s Wonderful Wedding Show booth for example. We started planning the design of our booth with just some simple brainstorming. Finding ideas and inspirations in photos, stationary, and linens that got us excited, and that reflected our brand.

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Once we determined the look and feel of our booth, we had one of our designers sketch a final floor plan, paying attention to the little details we wanted to emphasize.

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Days leading to the event… this is when all the magic happens. Our senior staff and event crew works together with our wonderful vendors to transform the concept into reality. With a truck full of decor and furniture, and a staff that is known for their keen attention to detail… we get it done! And the end result is definitely worth it!

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Thank you to our 2014 Wonderful Wedding Show booth vendors and partners:
Planning & Design: Events by Emma
Decor and Furniture Rentals: Events by Emma
Florals: Fache Floral Designs
Cake: Cake Studio
Linens & Draping: Around the Table & Planned Perfectly
Lighting: Elite Lighting
Signage: Urbanink, Balance Ink & Sign Source

HUGE thank you to blfStudios for these great photos. We couldn’t be happier with all the amazing detail shots of our booth.

Also, thank you to everyone who visited us that weekend, and voted for us as “Best Double Booth.” This beautiful gem is now on display in our office, for everyone to admire.

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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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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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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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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)

SPECIAL OLYMPICS FESTIVAL – GOLD GALA

The 19th annual Special Olympics Festival took place at the Delta Winnipeg on Friday, October 25, 2013

The 19th annual Special Olympics Festival took place at the Delta Winnipeg on Friday, October 25, 2013.

Special Olympics Manitoba has a special and important place at Events by Emma. For the past few years, we’ve been fortunate to work with the amazing and hardworking staff at Special Olympics Manitoba on their annual fall gala as their planning and decor sponsor.

We had a ton of fun this year with their “Gold Gala” theme. A few details that tied everything together was a customized gold bar, gold stage backdrop, and gold signature drinks.

One of our favourite highlights of this year’s event was the beautiful ‘Gold Artistic Statuettes’ (courtesy of Folklorama Talent) who were positioned throughout the Delta’s Grand Ballroom, performing contemporary choreography during cocktail hour.

By far, our most treasured moment of the event was when this touching video played of Special Olympics Manitoba athletes taking time to thank their donors and supporters.

Thank you to all our wonderful vendors for helping us put this event together:

Venue: Delta Winnipeg
Photographer: Manuel F. Sousa Photography
Entertainment: Folklorama Talent
Lighting/AV: Elite Lighting
Florist: Academy Florist
Photobooth: Marketing Without Borders
Medals: Norwood Trophies

Special Olympics Manitoba offers quality sport training programs and competition to athletes with an intellectual disability from the ages of 2 years and up.

The fundamental difference that sets Special Olympics competitions apart from generic sport, is that athletes are grouped according to their skill level. This provides the opportunity to participate, compete and win at every level.

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