Vendor Spotlight | Dream Day Decorators

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After deciding she needed a change in her career, Yvonne Kriskovic, owner decided to immerse herself in something she had a passion for – events and décor. Kriskovic and her husband, Steve Kriskovic, first started their business out of the comfort of their home in 2002. The business quickly grew and now Dream Day Decorators fills a 15,000 square foot warehouse.

Yvonne loves working with clients and helping them make their wedding or event truly incredible. She says she is always up for a challenge and enjoys creating new looks. Dream Day Decorators has grown to be one of Winnipeg’s leading event décor and linen suppliers.

At Events by Emma, we work with Yvonne and the team at Dream Day Decorators during many of our events, including weddings, corporate affairs, and non-profit fundraisers. “Their passion for events and willingness to try something new with all of our EBE Designs and event projects help our team to surpass all of our clients expectations,” says Singh. “We could not do what we do without their amazing support and beautiful linens, chair covers and draping. Their selection is amazing and they are always willing to bring in new items to keep our events looking fresh, stunning, and innovative,” says Singh.

IMG_6686Why are linens so important for an event?
Linens truly transform the room, they are the foundation of your décor elements. They really help you create a feel or theme that helps to set the mood on your day.

What is something people may not know when choosing their linens?
Choosing your linens really starts with choosing the right vendor. It is very important to work with a company that understands that quality is of the utmost importance. Here at Dream Day we wash and press all our own linens which helps us to control quality and ensure that our clients are getting the best product available.

What would you tell someone who knows nothing about choosing linens for an event?
It’s important to know what colours you are working with and the overall mood that want your room to have. How do you want your guests to feel when they enter your event? From fun and vibrant or romantic, classy and elegant.

What are some trends for 2016?
We are seeing a lot of neutral tones, very elegant, and classy. Clients are loving soft colours, champanges and golds.

What are some tips you would give someone looking at linens for their event?
Don’t be scared of colour and textures or being creative with the linens. They can create such an amazing statement and energy into the room.

What is it like working with Events by Emma? I truly love working with Events by Emma and her team. They are very passionate and professional and always have their client’s interests at heart. They create very unique designs and thrive to push the limits in their designs to truly give their clients and the guests a memorable event.

What is your favourite event you’ve worked on with the EBE Team?

Oh, that is tough … I have really like a lot of them. Probably the Grey Cup Events as it was one of the largest events and the most challenging, not to mention that it was such an honour to be involved with them.

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Meet Our Partners | Academy Florist

AF logo.blacktextWhile scrolling through Academy Florist’s Instagram account, it’s easy to be in awe of their breathtaking arrangements that are overflowing with beautiful flowers and luscious greens.

Academy Florist has been a popular choice in Winnipeg for over 30 years. They manage to stay on-top by their innovative ideas when creating their stunning arrangements.

“I believe that usually whatever everyone else is doing, I do the opposite,” says Irene Seaman, owner of Academy Florist. “When everyone else catches on, I try to go onto something else. That’s been my motto all these years.”

Irene Seaman is the owner of Academy Florists and has been surrounded by flowers her entire life. Growing up, her great grandfather and father both had their very own greenhouses.

“We used to do floral arrangements and weddings out of our greenhouse and I said, ‘okay dad, if I’m going to be working and doing flowers we need to open a shop,’” says Seaman.

Because she is surrounded by flowers all day, Seaman says it is easy to be happy and says it’s one of the perks of her job.

“It’s a proven fact that flowers do affect a person’s mood, so most of my girls are always happy,” says Seaman. “If they aren’t doing well, we put their face in front of the flowers and say here make this arrangement colourful and beautiful.”

Without a doubt Irene and the girls at Academy Florist work hard and put countless hours in to make every event a success, which is why the EBE team loves working with them. We can count on them to fulfill our expectations and even go above and beyond.

We asked Irene some questions and we are sharing her answers and tips with you!

What are some of the current trends?
Right now the garden style is in and the more natural look is in. Whereas five years ago it was hardly any greenery and now there’s lots of greenery. Garlands are in right now, which weren’t in for the longest time. In the 70s every head table had a garland.

How many flowers do you usually go through per day?
We go through thousands of flowers. Just roses alone I think we go through at least 3,0o0

What is something people may not know that goes into the process of arranging flowers?
People think it’s a lot of fun. It’s a lot more work than anyone would ever think. First of all it’s a lot of work trying to get in the right amount of flowers, in the right condition. There are not a lot of flowers that are grown in Manitoba, so once they’re here, you have to process them, cut them, trim the leaves, you have to make sure the flowers are nice, and you have to treat them so they’ll open up well.

What are some tips you would give someone choosing flowers for an event? (Irene recommends knowing the answers to these questions to help make the most of your first meeting)
1. Where’s the event and what kind of event is it. (casual event, fancy affair, country and is it a wedding, anniversary, birthday).
2. How large is it? Is it going to be a lot of people or intimate.
3. What is your colour scheme or what would you like it to be? (What colour are your table clothes/what colour do you lean towards/what is your favorite colour)
4. Do you have a favourite flower?
5. What is your budget?

What is it like working with Events by Emma?
What I like about working with Emma is that  we can put our ideas together and our talents together and we can come up with something pretty fantastic. Emma often allows us to give our suggestions about the flowers we should use, and that makes a huge difference. We know what’s available and what we can do for that price, so we try our best to make it look very good.

Here are some photos from Irene’s favourite events she’s worked on with us!

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Photo Credit: Jason Poturica

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Post Written by: Katherine Hardy, EBE INTERN

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.

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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

CANCERCARE GOLD PLATE GALA 2014

What can we say? We can’t get enough of gold!

This classic and elegant look was for the CancerCare Manitoba Gold Plate Gala, which seated close to 1000 guests. Some of our BEST (and heaviest!) pieces were used for this extravagant affair. We were so honoured to be a part of the event once again as the Planning & Decor Sponsor.

Enjoy our favourite detailed shots!
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Event Decor Rentals: Events by Emma
Linens and Draping: Planned Perfectly
Venue & Catering: RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Lighting & A/V: AVW Telav

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Concordia Hospital Foundation Gala 2014

It’s not everyday we get to hang out with a Olympic Gold Medalist.

At the Concordia Foundation’s 31st Annual Gala Dinner “Celebrating Body, Mind & Soul,” we had the great pleasure to put together a beautiful and FUN event for Team Jennifer Jones, where Ms. Jones was honoured with the 2014 Martin Bergen Award.

To make sure the team felt at home, we installed a customized curling rink on the second floor of the Delta Winnipeg for guests to enjoy while snapping a photo with Team Jennifer Jones (you can see our photo with the Olympic Gold Medalists further down).

Another great gala during another great gala season. As always, we can’t wait until next year!

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HUGE thank you to all of our wonderful vendors:
Event Design & Decor: Events by Emma
Event Rentals: Events by Emma
Linens & Draping: Planned Perfectly
Florals: Academy Florists
Lighting & A/V: Max Pro Lighting

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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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Vendor Spotlight: Planned Perfectly

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Photo by: Joel Ross Photography

While planning her own wedding, Kylee quickly picked up on the need of specialty linens in Winnipeg. With ambition and hard work, she took the entrepreneurial leap and established Planned Perfectly in 2006. From a humble beginning in her basement, Kylee has moved her company to a 6000 sq ft warehouse and has quickly grown into one of Winnipeg’s leading linen suppliers.

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Photo by: Joel Ross Photography

“We’ve worked side-by-side Kylee and her team on a weekly basis for years, from the early morning setups to all the late night takedowns,” says Emma Singh, Founder & CEO of Events by Emma. “They play an important and essential role in helping us bring our client’s visions to reality.”

In the past year, Planned Perfectly worked on over 200 events, including weddings, non-profit fundraisers, conferences and corporate affairs. Their vast selection of colours, styles and textured linens will appeal to any bride or event organizer. On top of specialty table linens, Planned Perfectly also offers their clients draping, napkins, chiavari chairs and charger rentals to help them with their event needs.

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We asked Staci from Planned Perfectly:
1. Why are linens and draping important to an event?
Linens and draping can change the entire vibe and look of a room and make it into an entirely different space.

2. What are your favourite types of events, and why?
We enjoy every event for different reasons, but we love weddings to see each couple’s ideas and colours transform their venue.

3. Any exciting linen trends this year we should watch out for?
This year is all about the sequins and gold touches. We have also had a huge success with our natural linen line opposed to the traditional satin and, in the more recent years, textured table clothes (e.g. our crinkle series).

4. What are you favourite things about working with Events by Emma?
We enjoy working with EBE because of because of their creativity and they always have such great energy!

To find out more about Planned Perfectly, visit their website at planned-perfectly.info.

Stepping Up Your Gala Game

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So your sponsors are rolling in and your seats are getting filled. Your decor, menu and venue are finalized and you’re working hard to get the little details in check. All that’s really left is the program and speaking notes, and your team is ready to rock n’ roll.

When putting together your gala program, it’s important to find ways to engage with your sponsors and guests to enhance their experience at your event. Your fundraiser is a golden opportunity to sell your non-profit organization and the importance of their support and your hard work. Your fundraiser is also a reflection of your organization and your cause, and if they have a valuable and positive experience at your event, the more likely they’ll associate valuable and positive thoughts to your non-profit.

Here are five ways to step up your gala game, and impress your sponsors and guests:

1. First Impression
With any event you should aim to impress your guests by surpassing their expectations right when they arrive. If your venue is in a hotel with several ballrooms, have a few of your volunteers in the lobby welcoming your guests and directing them to the correct ballroom. In addition, a cocktail hour is a great opportunity to set the vibe for your entire evening. Promote a signature drink and don’t forget to dress up your cocktail tables and bar. Go the extra mile and hire an hour of entertainment that goes hand-in-hand with your event theme.

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2. Use Social Media
Social media is a great tool to get people talking, not only about your event, but also about your cause. Be sure to preplan an event #hashtag on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, and share it with your guests on the program. Have your Master of Ceremonies encourage your guests to take photos of the event and to share their photos and experience online. Not only will they be able to contribute to the conversation, but it will also have them spreading the word about your event and your cause to their family and friends!

3. Get your Sponsors Involved
Without your sponsors your fundraising gala wouldn’t be possible. When there’s an opportunity to get the crowd involved, take it! Go beyond the free seats, logo placement and verbal shout out during the program, and find a unique way to have them be a part of the event. Invite them on-stage and have them present an award or have them announce the auction winners. If you want to engage them further, have a representative from each sponsor table participate in a fun game during dinner, which will also double as program entertainment.

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Photo credit: Robert Lowdon Photography

4. Call for Action Auction
Not everyone in the crowd is a live auction or even silent auction person, but it doesn’t mean they’re not interested to give to your charity. Call for Action Auction is a fundraising technique you can use at your gala that will allow for your guests not interested in the live or silent auctions to make a donation they’re comfortable with. This can be done by exchanging a fixed donation (e.g. $25, $50 or $100) with a token of support. For example, our client, Special Olympics Manitoba, sold bronze, silver and gold medals to their gala guests for less than $100. All proceeds from the sales were considered donation to help support Special Olympics.

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5. Say Thank You
When your event is said and done, don’t forget to take the time and personally thank all of your sponsors, volunteers and guests. Ensuring all of your supporters feel valued and appreciated is important to maintaining and building those key relationships. When next year comes along, you’ll feel more equipped and confident when approaching them again.

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To find out more about how to impress your sponsors at your gala, or to discuss an upcoming event you are planning, connect with Events by Emma at , or call 204-779-8812.