BRIDAL OPEN HOUSE INVITATION | CLUB REGENT EVENT CENTRE, Sunday March 12, 2017

BRIDAL OPEN HOUSE | INVITATION

Calling all Engaged Couples still looking for an amazing Event Venue and Experienced Professional Vendors for their upcoming Wedding!

Please join us for a

Bridal Open House

Sunday March 12, 2017

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

CLUB REGENT EVENT CENTRE – 1425 Regent Avenue West

FREE ADMISSION

REFRESHMENTS

PRIZES

Be inspired + See the latest in Bridal Trends

Including: Decor, Flowers, Linens, Lighting, Furniture, Cakes, Catering and Desserts, Entertainment, State of the art staging and audio visual technology, and So much more….

Please RSVP by March 9th

by Phone (204) 957-2578 or Email at Banquets@mbll.ca

Brides are invited to bring up to three guests.

Limited space available please RSVP early to secure your reservation.

Hosted by Club Regent Event Centre and in partnership with TEN of the city’s leading and experienced Wedding Industry Professionals:

VENUE & CATERING: Club Regent Event Centre

PLANNING & DESIGN: EVENTS BY EMMA

LINENS & DRAPING: Dream Day Decor and Specialty Linens

FLORALS: Academy Florist Weddings

LIGHTING: Elite Lighting

CAKE: Nina Notaro

DESSERTS: Chocolate Zen Bakery

FURNITURE RENTALS: Swank Event Rentals

ENTERTAINMENT: The Big City All Star Band

PHOTOGRAPHER: Luxe Images by Jill

VIDEOGRAPHER: Michael J. Scott Productions

EVENTS BY EMMA | WEDDING SHOW CONTEST 2017

THE WONDERFUL WEDDING SHOW

EVENTS BY EMMA
WEDDING SHOW CONTEST 2017

Calling all BRIDES and NEWLY ENGAGED COUPLES….

Be sure to stop by our Beautiful Booths (#1117 & #1216) for your Chance to WIN $1000

Enter to Win $1000 worth of Consultations (Five-1hr Sessions) with Wedding Expert, Emma Singh of Events by Emma or $1000 OFF your Wedding Planning Package or Design Service Package booked with Emma prior to March 1, 2017.

*Cannot be combined with any current promotions or discounts offered and is not retroactive for services already booked with EBE.

CREME DE LA CREME BRIDES LOUNGE & WEDDING TRENDS SHOWCASE 2017

THE WONDERFUL WEDDING SHOW 2017

CREME DE LA CREME BRIDES LOUNGE & WEDDING TRENDS SHOWCASE |

The Concept

Join Events by Emma for this year’s “Crème de la Crème” Bride’s Lounge and Wedding Trends Showcase, consisting of exquisite and unique tablescape designs with beautiful and luxurious décor ideas for your upcoming Wedding.

This showcase was inspired by Emma Singh, principal planner, Founder & CEO of Events by Emma “as a space to set the bar for style and elegance, offering endless inspiration and resources all in one space.

This year’s Lounge and Trends Showcase promises to offer visitors the opportunity to interact and connect with prominent, wedding professionals and industry experts who can provide advice and top tier services that they are looking for, while showcasing this year’s newest trends and ideas for planning your dream wedding! Get a first-hand look at the hottest designs, over the top themes, and fashion – including how to create our show stopping creations for your own event.”

Renowned for her evocative, lavish, detailed and impeccably coordinated events, Emma has assembled the crème of the crop and best of the best of experienced and creatively talented wedding vendors that our city has to offer – including Academy Florist, Dream Day Décor, Elite Lighting, Chocolate Zen Bakery, Cake Studio, Danny Kramer Event Band, E&J Gallo Canada Ltd., Stella’s Bridal, C&T Rentals Ltd in partnership with the Wonderful Wedding Show.

Throughout the weekend you will be able to meet our experts…

Meet Our TOP 10 Experts….
FOR MORE INSPIRATION, IDEAS AND ADVICE

EVENTS BY EMMA (EVENTS BY EMMA)
Events by Emma has built a reputation for excellence in event and wedding planning/design for over 20 years. Known as one the of country’s top five planners and designers, named Winnipeg’s Top Event planner 2015 & 2016 and is one of the most sought after planning and design companies in Canada. Emma and her team has set a high standard and considered trendsetters and experts in their field.

ACADEMY FLORIST (Academy Florist Weddings)
Academy florist is thrilled to participate in this year’s WWS bridal lounge. We will be designing table arrangements, installations and floral pieces sure to inspire you and showcase how florals can transform your wedding venue and ceremony space. Not only will flowers bring elegance and beauty to your wedding but they add life to your décor and a freshness and warmth that can only come from flowers.

DREAM DAY DÉCOR (Dream Day Decor and Specialty Linens)
Dream Day Décor and Specialty Linens is one of Winnipeg’s leading event décor companies. Specializing in linens and draping, we have provided unique linens that compliment each theme and tablescape. The draping throughout the room transforms the space, creating a soft and romantic atmosphere. Dream Day Décor is thrilled to be a part of this year’s 2017 Bridal Lounge & Trends Showcase.

ELITE LIGHTING (Elite-Lighting Wpg)
Elite Lighting is Winnipeg’s premiere wedding lighting and production service. We provide professional and affordable lighting, audio, visual presentation, DJ’s and special effects for weddings and special events. Drawing on 30 years of experience, we will bring magic to your special day!

CAKE STUDIO (Nina Notaro)
With specialized service and personalized care, Cake Studio is not the average bakery on the block. The business is Winnipeg’s first “By Appointment Only” custom cake studio. This allows for more time and care for every client’s wedding cake. Let IKA Gold Medal pastry chef Nina Notaro from CAKE STUDIO create your custom designed wedding or celebration cake using only the finest and freshest ingredients available.

CHOCOLATE ZEN BAKERY (Chocolate Zen Bakery)
Chocolate Zen Bakery which is a boutique, European-style pastry shop specializing in delicious, unique, artistic custom cakes that create a lasting impression for both you and your guests. Chocolate Zen Bakery’s wedding cakes for the Wonderful Wedding Show Bridal Showcase convey style, artistry and excellence. Romance, enchantment and unbelievable elegance embodies this year’s creations, to present infinite possibilities to create gorgeous, delicious, modern cakes suit any couple’s dreams and expectations.

DANNY KRAMER EVENT BAND (Danny Kramer)
The award winning Danny Kramer Dance Band offers the best in Live Corporate Entertainment and Wedding Music in Winnipeg. While they have performed for hundreds of Weddings they have also entertained at many of Manitoba’s most prestigious galas and fundraisers, like Grey Cup Gala and the biggest New Year’s Eve Party in Winnipeg. They can also scale down their show and entertain for smaller events and weddings and put on an incredible show. Now, you can have this world class act at your Wedding or Special Event. There are four Juno Awards distributed within the musicians of this band. They have an incredible roster of some of the best musicians in Canada, along with a HUGE song list.

E&J GALLO CANADA LTD. (Barefoot Wine & Bubbly)
PASSION FOR QUALITY – From our humble beginnings, the hallmark of our company has been an unwavering commitment to quality. By taking the utmost care through each and every step of the grape growing and winemaking process, we are able to consistently deliver world-class wines, spirits, and other alcoholic beverages for every occasion. Today we are recognized as one of the leading global producers of these products, both in the art of grape growing and wine and spirits making and also in the distribution and marketing of these products in more than 90 countries around the globe.

C&T EVENT RENTALS LTD. (C&T Rentals & Sales – Event Rentals)
Offering a full range of event rentals for weddings, receptions, parties, banquets, bridal showers and other occasions.

STELLA’S BRIDAL & EVENING COLLECTIONS (Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections)
Stella’s Bridal & Evening Collections is Winnipeg’s premier bridal boutique and in 2015 was voted Winnipeg’s Best Bridal Shop! For over 30 years Stella’s has been helping brides and grads “find the one!” Stella’s is located at 516 Portage Avenue directly across from the University of Winnipeg. Our elegant and spacious 4000 square foot boutique offers brides and grads a shopping experience like no other. Led by manager DeeDee Hunt, each member of Stella’s staff is committed to providing exceptional customer service.Stella’s features an impressive selection of designer: wedding gowns, grad dresses, bridesmaid dresses, evening wear, flower girl dresses and accessories. Stella’s experienced seamstresses will ensure your gown has the perfect fit. To ensure you look your best on your wedding day, Stella’s offers a unique bridal dressing service.

Don’t miss seeing Emma and the entire Events by Emma Team in the Bridal Lounge and at our beautifully designed double corner booths (#1117 & #1216) will be located on the 3rd Floor RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg– Hall C.

The Wonderful Wedding Show (WWS) is the largest single source of information available about local wedding services, featuring all of the city’s leading wedding professionals.

The WWS features over 300 displays and 130,000 sqaure feet of the latest must-have wedding fashions, trends, wedding products and services, and much more.

For more information visit http://wonderfulweddingshow.com/features/brides-lounge/

TEASER ALERT | THE WONDERFUL WEDDING SHOW 2017

A teaser of our beautifully designed booth from last year’s show (in partnership with our friends from Dream Day Decor, Academy Florist, Elite Lighting, Cake Studio, Swank Event Rentals)

Don’t miss seeing what Emma and the team come up for this year!

Our beautifully designed double corner booth (#1117 & #1216) will be located on the 3rd Floor RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg – Hall C.

Check out more information on the show at http://www.wonderfulweddingshow.com/

PHOTO CREDIT: Erin Alexander Photography

THE WONDERFUL WEDDING SHOW 2017

Don’t miss seeing Emma and the entire Events by Emma Team at the 27th Annual Wonderful Wedding Show coming up this January 21 & 22, 2017.

Our beautifully designed double corner booth (#1117 & #1216) will be located on the 3rd Floor RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg – Hall C.

The Wonderful Wedding Show (WWS) is the largest single source of information available about local wedding services, featuring all of the city’s leading wedding professionals.

The WWS features over 300 displays and 130,000 sqaure feet of the latest must-have wedding fashions, trends, wedding products and services, and much more.

For more information on the show visit http://www.wonderfulweddingshow.com/

Wonderful Wedding Show 2016

EBE loaded up their biggest and best for the annual Wonderful Wedding Showcase on January 23 and 24 at the RBC Convention Centre. We were located at Booths 205 and 207 on the 3rd level nearest the West Lobby. This year the creative team at EBE dreamed up an amazing modern booth design showcasing the Top 10 Pantone Colours of the Year, including Rose Quartz and Serenity. Our booth, entitled “Pantone Passion,” featured beautiful table design inspired by these colours.

Emma and the EBE team would like to thank everyone that visited our booth over the two days. We loved meeting with all the brides and talented vendors to talk about wedding planning and coordination and design. 

We would especially like to thank all our vendors, Swank Event Rentals, Dream Day Decorators, Academy Florist, Cake Studios, Urban Inc and Sign Source, who helped bring our Pantone Passion design to life. 

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It never seems we get enough time to talk to about wedding planning, so we are holding a Bridal Open house on February 13! Read on for details.

2016 WEDDING SHOW SPECIAL | Make Your Event Planning Easy

Book a Planning or Design Package before March 1, 2016 and receive 15% off your package.

**These promotions cannot be combined with any other current promotions running or discounts offered and are not retroactive for services already booked with the Events by Emma Corporation.

 

Events by Emma Corporation cordially invites you to our Annual

BRIDAL OPEN HOUSE

Events by Emma will be hosting our 10th Annual Open House

at our head office located at 33 Stapleton Street

Come & See the latest in Bridal Trends

From gowns, linens, flowers, decor and more….

Saturday February 13, 2016

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Drop on by to meet Emma and the Team

and check out our Showroom, Enjoy our Inspirational Table Designs

and learn about our Exclusive EBE Products and Services.

Have a question about your Wedding or Event your planning?

We’ll be on hand to answer questions and give you tips on bringing your vision to life!

REFRESHMENTS | WINE & CHEESE

Free Admission

Please RSVP Email via email: info@eventsbyemma.com

or Telephone (204) 779-8812

 

Hot Trends for 2016

New year, new trends!

With changing seasons, there are always new looks, ideas, and colour pallettes for us to devour and sample. And, the beginning of the New Year is huge for trend forecasters in all-different realms, from food to fashion. It’s the gift-receiving season for planners as we look at fresh takes on what we can offer our clients.

From a dreamy colour palette to cutting-edge technology, we’ve pulled some of our favourite trends we are hoping to see more of this year!

Themes

We have seen all sorts of themes throughout the years, and this year we are seeing beautiful looks we already love with more saturated detail. What we think ties these different themes together is their romantic, dreamy vibe that will let the couple shine through.

Full On Nature

Via Pinterest.

Via Pinterest.

Nature has always been a force in wedding décor. Lush floral centerpieces and bouquets are always a staple, but this 2016 trend is much more raw and simple. Think about the wedding scene from Twilight! This look uses lots of greenery and blooms in fresh cream and white. There has also been a surge in popularity for more unconventional plants such as succulents, which adds structure and shape to an arrangement.

We loved this look in previous years with natural fabrics, textured burlap, and mason jars, but this year is about pumping up the garden feel. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor wedding, you can achieve this by using fresh greenery to line the aisle, the back of guests chairs, a couple leaves on a simple white cake and more…

Fairy Tale

Who doesn’t want to get married in a fairy tale? With the popularity of fantasy movies and television shows, we are going seeing couples try to achieve a full on magical ambience for a night of happily ever after.

The key to this look is lots of glittering lights, sparkle and whimsical details. Small stringed lights and lots of candles flickering will make any room look enchanting. This look can use elements of nature for a fairy tale woodland feel, or instead go the golden white fairy tale dream route. It really depends on what feeling, or fairy tale you wish to capture.

To add whimsy, make your invites and stationary look like a page pulled from a Disney movie and use quotes from your favourite tales. Use your guest book as your fairytale by writing your own story at the beginning in a large leather book (you can find these at Indigo or Chapters – include link). You can theme your event to your favourite tale and incorporate elements from the story such as a poison apple from Snow White, or bottles that say drink me from Alice in Wonderland. The options are really endless.

But, what will take it to the next level is to invite your guest to dress the part! The event will truly come alive.

Vintage

Kevin and Ashley | 1920s Inspired Wedding

Kevin and Ashley | 1920s Inspired Wedding

This has been a popular trend for sometime and we love it when a bride and groom really want to dive into a time period and bring it to the present, and that’s what 2016 will bring. Instead of hints of vintage lace and smaller details, we are seeing the return of groomsmen wearing suspenders and retro suits, and dress styles from every era. From the 20s to 40s to 60s, makeup trends and hairstyles for both men and women are very popular.

The time warp theme can incorporate anything from that era, such as glassware in intricate designs, old luggage (for the card box, books), vintage photos, and aged stationary, but it all really depends what era you want to capture.

Recently, we created a full on 1920s golden glamour wedding for a lovely couple and you can view photos from the event here.

Technology

Social Media has become an integral and almost required aspect for all types of events. It’s very common for a bride and groom to have their own hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, which can definitely help organize and view event photos. Same goes for large scale corporate or public events, which often have their own social media accounts. But what’s next for technology that’s accessible for your event? Here a few techy tips we are excited for.

Mobile

Most of your guests will come armed with their mobile device in hand, and if you ask them to engage with your event in social media they likely will. So, to make it simple for guests to keep snapping pics and Tweeting all evening, you can provide a charging station with cords to connect to a few different devices. Prevent that awful feeling of having 5% battery left without taking a selfie with the bride!

You can also upgrade guest experience by looking into event check in smart phone apps. This is perfect for corporate events that require guests sign in when they arrive. Apps like Check In Easy will send guests a QR code via email, which you can scan at the door to keep track of who attended. Saving your guests time will make them happy!

Video

Never before has video been so simple and attainable, so there’s nothing stopping you from capturing every special moment. We suggest hiring a videographer with experience to create a special video that will be a priceless keepsake, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with your own beginner camera work, too!

With the invention of the GoPro, you can take exciting videos from literally anywhere. This bride created her very own GoPro bouquet for a completely unique video that went everywhere she went. Or, let the video take it’s own course by handing off to members of the bridal party in turns – you never know what hilarious and heart-warming moments will be captured.

Thinking about a photo booth? Well what about a video message booth? Use a mounted iPad so your guests can record themselves leaving you a message for a virtual guest book.

Next-Level Gadgets

If you really want to kick it up a notch in the tech department, you can bring in these new user-friendly gadgets that your guests will remember.

No bartender? No Problem. We can’t get over the Somabar robot bartender. Think Keurig for cocktails that uses a mobile app for drink selection. It will cut down wait times at the bar, and your guests will really get a kick out it.

3D printers are the newest craze, but have you thought of bringing one in for your special day? Well, you can rent one in for made-on-the-spot favors with endless options. Jewelry, key chains or anything you can think of will be created right before your very eyes.

Sweet Dreams: Pantone Colours 2016

“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free t
o express a wittier version of our real selves.”

– Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Pantone-Rose-Quartz-and-SerenityEvery year, Pantone scours the worlds of
fashion, food and art for a colour (or in this case, colours) that represents the coming year.

This year, they have selected a pairing of pastel colours in Rose Quartz (13-1520) and Serenity (15-3919). These colours are very peaceful and inviting, and we can wait to incorporate them into events.

Pastels have been growing in popularity, and these dreamy, creamy pinks and blues are popping up everywhere from bridal gowns in flowy fabrics to tables awash in pastel hues. It’s also very simple to pull these colours in with fresh flowers, and they pair really well with whites and creams in case you only want a hint of pastels.

Pantone has selected ten colours for the year of 2016, and you can see the full list here.

Tip: These colours are very easy to find if you are creating a sweets/dessert table (one of our favourite things!). We love to use glass containers to showcase the look and colour of food. For a pastel palette you can use: cotton candy, cupcakes with lots of icing, macaroons, popcorn, and candies.

Matching drinks will also be easy to achieve. Here are two recipes:

PINK LEMONADE MARGARITA

2 cups pink lemonade

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1 cup triple sec

1 cup silver tequila

Lime wedges for garnish (optional)

Salt for the rims (optional)

– the2seasons.com

BLUE CARIBBEAN MIST

1 part Mango Rum

1 part pineapple juice

1 part soda water

dash of Blue Curacao

sugar for the rim
– somethingturquoise.com

Hosts & Speakers

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Martin Short speaking at the Marymound 100th Anniversary Gala.

Selecting a host for your event is an important decision. They set the tone for the evening and guide your guests through the program. There are a few factors to consider when selecting a host, and it may not always be an obvious choice. Your CEO/boss might be a great host, but you must decide if they are the best fit for your event.

We are in the middle of awards season right now, and we suggest trying on your judging hat to get you thinking about hosts in a fun exercise we call Rate the Awards Show Host! Next time you watch an awards show watch it with a critical eye. What did you enjoy about this host and why? Did the host suit the event? Did they hold your attention? Who would you choose to be host? You can apply the same principals to your own host selection. Get your whole team involved to come up with different traits you want your host to have.

Here are some questions to ask yourself, and your team:

  • Do you want your host to be funny?
  • Do you want them to regal and reserved?
  • Boisterous and energetic?
  • Already known to your guests?
  • Should they be directly linked to your company?

“Every event EBE plans is treated like a production and one of the main ingredients of our hosts / emcees it that they fit the overall goal and outcome we want to achieve with our event,” said EBE Founder and CEO Emma Singh.

“Over the years we have worked with all types of hosts from celebrities like Martin Short, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tim Allen and More… We have worked with high performance athletes like Jennifer Jones, Clara Hughes and some Football greats, media hosts like Ace Burpee, Cheryl Hickey and Comedians like Dean Jenkinson, Rick Mercer, Big Daddy Tazz etc. no matter what the event our hosts are integral to its success. Careful script planning and writing as well as multiple meetings and communication with the host ensures our events success.”

Three Types of Hosts:

Here are three different categories of hosts that will help you decide what type of host you will select for your event.

In-House Hosts

Who says your event needs to be hosted by one person? Find a guest speaker(s) who can spread excitement or share a personal story. You can use the strengths of people on your team. If you have an employee, board member, patron or customer that has a great story about benefitting from your company’s services, let them share that with all your guests – employees will feel great, and donors will feel valued.
A great example of this is Olympian Clara Hughes for Bell’s “Let’s Talk” campaign. Clara is successful, a great speaker and has struggled with mental illness. So, when she speaks in an interview or at an event, she connects with people because she can share her own truth, which is incredibly inspiring.
There are many ways to give your event personality, but if the people speaking at your event are personal, passionate and show genuine emotion that is what guests will remember.

Sponsorship Hosts

Hosting is a valuable opportunity to highlight and incorporate a sponsor into an event. If a brand has a spokesperson, they can provide name recognition to your event, and it allows that sponsor to really engage with guests in a memorable way.

Consider your goals for your event and how you can use the hosting position as a high value asset to sponsors and partners. Here a few sponsor/partner categories you may want to consider as an option for your host.

  • A charitable organization to align your company with.
  • A media outlet or community member that would benefit from engaging with your guests.
  • A product, service or brand that is being used as a big part of your event such as a food company or restaurant; the owner of the venue; athletic or performance equipment; clothing designers for a fashion show, ect.

This is a valuable tool for any sponsorship package, and will hopefully provide you with an excellent host!

Hiring a Host

Have you consider hiring a professional host or performer? If finding a specific host with certain qualities is important to your event, you can decide if this is the right choice for you. There are many benefits to taking this route: skill, experience, and value for your guests. Research different hosts options such as comedians, musicians, entertainers, announcers, and local celebrities. Ask for references for lesser-known hosts. A professional MC/host will also be able to improvise if need be and will incorporate high value entertainment for your guests.

(View photos from Marymound 100th Anniversary Gala – featuring Martin Short)

Holiday Parties: Tips & Trends for 2015

Whether you’re throwing a holiday party for 30 or 300, planning and preparing in advance is a sure-fire way to ensure all your guests have a wonderful time. When you think of successful holiday parties, it’s often the simple things that make everyone feel welcome and part of the holiday cheer. Allowing the time the plan in advance will give you the opportunity to adjust to the needs of your guests.

Here are 3 steps to ensure you have a memorable holiday party:

#1: Get your invites out early and ask for guests’ food restrictions. You may not have known some of your staff are gluten-free or vegetarian, but knowing in advance will give you time to offer more options and pick the right venue/ caterer.

#2: If you’re having a bar at your party, try to provide options for your guests to find a safe way home so no one gets behind the wheel after a few libations. Arrange designated drivers in advance, or utilize services like Operation Red Nose. You can also host your party at one of the many great hotels here in Winnipeg and suggest renting a room as a safe and feasible option. You can even speak with the hotel in advance to arrange a group rate. Have a signature drink? Offer a virgin version of the cocktail so no one will feel singled out for not drinking. When guests aren’t worrying about their plans after the party, they will be much more relaxed and have a better time!

#3: Brainstorm! What will make your party memorable? Selecting a unique theme can blow your guests away, and be a lot of fun! Forget all about red and green and Santa hats, turn the holiday season on its head and transform your space in a way no one will have expected by committing whole-heartedly to a trend or theme.

Below, we break down 5 hot holiday party trends that will impress, be inviting and are simple to achieve.

5 Hot Holiday Party Themes

The Manitoba Lodge

One of the best things to do on a freezing winter night is to stay warm and cozy indoors and marvel at the beautiful winter scene painted outside; and one of the best places to do just that is at the perfect little cabin in the woods or nearby lodge.

You can replicate that cozy feeling on a large scale for an intimate and memorable gathering.

  • Nature plays an immense role in this theme. Go overboard with snippets of evergreen tree branches, which will also add that fantastic evergreen scent. Use logs to set centrepieces on, or small pieces for name cards. Use deeply coloured fruit like pomegranates, red apples and cranberries to brighten things up.
  • holidayparties1Key word: rustic. You can use vintage glassware, textured papers, burlap and lace.
  • Use deep, rich colours such as maroon, emerald green and even unexpected navy blue. Cozy blankets and tartan fit in perfectly and can pull multiple col
    ours together from different elements in the space.
  • In the movies, the ski lodge often seems untouched by the modern world. Kitschy touches like grandma’s ceramic loon don’t seem out of place, but rather welcoming. Have some fun by incorporating animals like moose, reindeer, birds, owls, squirrels, and rabbits – very Canadiana!
  • Comfort food will bring this theme to life. A popular trend this sason is gourmet s’mores. You can have your guests try unique flavours like salted caramel, peanut butter, and coconut. Or drop a toasted marshmallow in a glass of Bailey’s liquor.

Gold + Metallic

Gold has become synonymous with the holiday season; the glimmer of the lights on a tree, the golden tips of the flames in the fireplace, and flowing bottles of bubbly. On a stark, cold winter evening, gold will evoke a warm glow like drinking a mug of hot chocolate.

  • To make gold look elegant, set it against black or white. Whether you use just a smattering of gold, a simple colour palette will look effortlessly stylish.
  • Think of décor elements that you don’t typically see in gold. Use gold painted branches and pinecones, or wrap a thick golden foil around a small log for a gilded forest vibe.
  • Maximize the golden glow from candles by incorporating mirrors and reflective vases. It will cut down on the cost of using all gold pieces and will illuminate the décor elements you are using.
  • Balloons are a classic and cost-effective way to cover a lot of ground in a space. Take your balloons from birthday party to chic, couture and grown up by painting half of a white balloon with gold paint. Use a textured brush and paint the balloon unevenly to achieve a glitzy look. Check party stores for new and improved metallic and oversized balloons; these are very impactful in a space.
  • Create groupings of gold-painted wine bottles, mason jars, or vases for a beautifully and functional centerpiece where you can showcase flowers, winter greenery,
    candles, or even Christmas tree bulbs.

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Modern + Geometric

One of the perks of this theme is that it doesn’t feel so “Christmasy,” and is sophisticated, fun, and totally unexpected. It’s the holidays done classy, hip and cool.

  • Clean lines and simple colours in geometric patterns with lots of black, white, grey and gold will make the holidays feel completely fresh and updated. Bold stripes, triangular shapes and polka dots can all mix together as long as they are varied in size. (Thick black and white stripes with a chunky, simple font in gold are a popular combination).
  • If you want to use lots of colour, stay away from what is thought of as traditional holiday colour themes. Choose pinks, sugary greens, yellows and turquoise blues, which is fun and festive.
  • Think big. A few simple and large décor pieces can make a grand statement. Create a word or phrase with large wall-mounted letters, or take it to the next level with a light up marquee, which is very popular right now. You can also create a simple pattern out of geometric shapes.
  • When incorporating holiday greenery such as garlands and tree boughs, keep it as simple as possible. Leave a wreath completely plain, or add just few black bulbs to make a powerful statement. Using small amounts of winter greenery will make it feel more like the holidays, but not distract from the theme.
  • Feel free to break a lot of the “rules.” Want the look of a tree? Hanging or mounted triangular shapes can represent a tree. Silhouettes and 2-D shapes make a fun and powerful impact.

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Holiday Masquerade

Nothing will make guests come out of their shells like giving them the opportunity to be someone else for the night and have fun with masks! It’s a unique theme for the holidays, and your guests will be snapping pictures all night and talking about it long after the party is over.

  • Invite guests to decorate their own masks. Use a monocratic colour palette so non-craft-experienced guests will feel good to wear their mask. It will also act as a great way to get people mingling.
  • When costumes are a large part of the theme, have staff and volunteers dress up in to bring life into your event. They will become leaders and make guests feel more welcome to take part in the festivities.
  • The look of a masquerade ball is often very lush and decorative. Incorporate colours like purple and gold, add lace and intricate candlesticks to take guests completely out of this era.
  • Hiring a couple dancers to teach guests a Viennese waltz will be a completely memorable moment, and surely bucket list items for many guests. When everyone is learning something new together, it can definitely break the ice. Plus, the photos from your event will be very impressive with a sea of similarly posed guests in their masks.
  • This theme is not tied to a particular colour palette, so feel free to choose colours that are not associated with the holidays. Sometimes, if a colour is not in high-demand, you can receive a lower rate. So ask your vendors what colours are offered at a lower price point around this time of year (you might even help them out by not asking for the last of their red tablecloths.) You’ll get a bigger bang for your buck and surprise your guests with an unexpected colour.

White Winter Forest

holidayparties2There is something so stunningly beautiful about a fresh sheet of snow, especially in a picturesque forest. When the green boughs of the trees are dusted in a white covering and the lights make the landscape sparkle, the season comes truly alive. This theme is all about capturing magical winter white and bringing it indoors.

  • Use an abundance of frosted garlands and pinecones, and even mini Christmas trees. Birch bark is perfect for writing messages to your guests from the menu to the name cards.
  • Silver glitter looks great with white! It can take white from stark and cold to glittery and joyful. Dip the bottom of a white or clear vase in sparkly glitter, or mix in a few glittered bulbs with white or clear bulbs. The glitter options are endless.
  • If you’re using warm accent colours, try using beiges and chocolate browns, or even soft greens to replicate the colours of the trees. If you’re going more for the icy cool winter look, incorporate a few pops of cool blue, or having your lighting company use blue lights to create a frozen forest.
  • White feathers are a great way to add texture and whimsy to the décor. Take it one step further with snowy white owls and turtledoves nestled into a tree branch or on a wreath.
  • Even your beverages can be white with seasonal ingredients like peppermint, white hot chocolate and, of course, eggnog.

Events by Emma can assist you in achieving these themes and many more, or plan your whole event. Book your free consultation with Emma today by emailing .

Photo credit: D. Singh Photography

Vendor Spotlight: Academy Florist

While 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 flowers surround her 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? 
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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 3,000.

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.

Visit www.academy-florists.com

Photos by Jeremy Hiebert Photography

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