Working hand in hand with Dayla Arabella, one of our favorite clients, the Corinthian Events team traveled to New York City to handle décor for the Catholic Extension's fifth annual Spirit of St. Francis awards ceremony and dinner at the Metropolitan Club. Catholic Extension, a national organization that financially supports Catholic ministries among the poor and marginalized, honored Robert Unanue, president and CEO of Goya Foods Inc., and Peter Unanue, executive vice president of Goya Foods Inc., for their work in Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year. It was our mission to merge these concepts– Catholic Extension, Goya Foods, and the tropics of Puerto Rico, into the evening's decor capturing the power of organizations coming together to help those in need.
The Metropolitan club has a very traditional feel to the room deep red, gold and wood. Our goal was to bring a bit of Puerto Rico into the Metropolitan Club while also complimenting the exiting décor which has a very traditional feel to it. We achieved this by bringing in touches of color into the floral centerpieces, adding custom table runner, custom graphics and lush greenery to the room. Accents of Puerto Rico were evident but not out of place in this beautiful room.
The night was about honoring Goya which itself has Puerto Rican roots, as the company was founded in Puerto Rico in 1936. We wanted to make sure Goya was in the spotlight all night.
Specialty drinks at the bar featured various Goya brand beverages which were displayed on the bar. Again, you can see the elegance of The Met Club married with the colorful, festive energy of Goya brand foods.
A Goya bean can display inside a clear podium made it evident who guests were there to honor. Here is a closer look at the Goya podium (Don't worry, the cans are empty. No food went to waste!) Who knew they had so many styles of beans!
Let's not forget the specially created entrée seasoning – Goya Adobo Spiced File Mignon! A brilliant idea by Dayla Arabella!
Capturing the essence of an event – the spirit of why so many people will be in one place – can be essential to the event's success. So what happens when you try to blend Catholic charitability, a food company proud of its heritage, and a strong, resilient island and one great client Dayla Arabella to tie it all together? Another Corinthian success, of course!
Proceeds from the event will benefit Catholic Extension's Patrons of Puerto Rican Fund.
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As event planners, we are used to starting with our clients from the beginning. However, sometimes our clients come to us with a lot of the bones for their event already finalized. For this event, the client had already planned two dinners during their off-site meeting for their guests. Their venues were booked, entertainment confirmed, and menus finalized – but they were stuck on décor. They had some great ideas but weren't sure how to tie them all together. We worked with them to pick out the best ideas and work together to create cohesive designs for each dinner.
On the night of the first dinner, we got a good taste of New England weather, and, as one famous author has previously noted, best laid plans often go awry. And so it began the dinner was supposed to be out under the stars on the terrace at the Liberty Hotel, but Boston weather had other plans. A rain storm and cooler temperatures came through that night, so we decided to move the party indoors, adjusting the overhead bistro lighting to complement the indoor ballroom and none of the guests were ever the wiser!
The following night for the clients second dinner of the meeting, the weather cleared and the party went on without a hitch! The weather warmed up, the sun came out, and we had a lovely dinner under the Signature Pavilion Tent at Lawn on D. The guests loved playing lawn games and chatting on the halo swing, while the dinner décor complemented the fun game night atmosphere. Colorful runners complemented the furniture provided by the venue, while tabletop games as centerpieces added to the game night feel.
We are always happy to help our client's complete their vision, where ever they are in their process when they come to us! Here's to another fun set of dinners planned in the city we love.