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Gather Happily and Thoughtfully

Gather Happily & Thoughtfully Bringing people closer together seems like an oxymoron these days. We are trying to keep everyone safe in times of a global pandemic yet it feels like the best time to stick together during challenging times. Recently, we had a client that dreamed of gathering family members that had not seen each other in over 15 years. The idea was to reminisce about the good times, when life seemed simpler, and create memories for years to come. Our team and client felt it was the safest to keep the event outdoors for this special family. It is always our goal for all the guests to feel comfortable and not worry about any risk of illness.  We pulled this outdoor family reunion off with all the vibes of “everything and everyone will be okay”. Our design concept stemmed from summer sunshine and citrus fruits to execute an overwhelming feeling of happiness. The event concept was centered around lemons “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”! And, that is exactly what we did with our incredibly talented creative team. From freshly squeezed lemonade and citrus filled centerpieces, to a floral filled photo op wall and delicious family style meals, we helped this sweet family cheers to life together after so many years!

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At Last

At last, our sweet 2020 couple had their moment! Sarah and Jordan’s 2021 wedding looked like a scene from a fairytale. The Chicago Botanic Gardens made a gorgeous backdrop, but the couple’s undeniable love was the real storyline of the day. Rustic farm tables, light blue linens, dusty pink and white florals, classic gold details, and a glamorous chandelier all came together to create a dreamy and poetic ambiance. The couple lived happily ever after as they danced the night away surrounded by friends and family.

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Summer Intern’s Perspective

Hi everyone, my name is Brigit McDonnell, a 2021 summer intern for Christina Currie Events. When I told my friends and family that I wanted to pursue a career in the event planning industry, everyone responded with “that makes perfect sense”. I’ve always had a passion for creativity, organization, and working with others. But as someone that always likes to have a perfect plan, putting all of my eggs into the event planning basket was scary. What if I didn’t like it? It was also scary since I like change, adventure, challenge, and creativity. What if it was the same thing over and over again? These were thoughts that stuck in the back of my head as I sat in the classroom. Then my 12-week summer program with CCE began. There are so many things you cannot learn in the classroom. I learned that on my first day with CCE. Actually, I learned that within the first ten minutes of my first day. I learned that every single day in the event planning industry is different. Every client has a different dream for their event in mind. Our job is to make that dream a reality. There is not one path, one color, one menu, one venue, one floral arrangement, one timeline that will make that dream come true. This is where the creativity, adventure, change, and challenge I crave comes in. I’ve witnessed (and gratefully helped) the CCE ladies think outside of the box. They have turned a typical Saturday into a couple’s most cherished day of their lives. They have turned a color scheme into a family reunion that brought a family closer together than ever. CCE taught me that success in this industry actually depends on NOT doing the same thing over and over again. CCE has

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CCE Summer Intern Program

My name is Caroline Connelly and I am one of Christina Currie’s summer interns! I don’t mean to brag, but I definitely have the best summer internship out of all my friends. Here at Christina Currie Events, I have the amazing opportunity to learn, grow and challenge myself as a future event planner. I’ve learned so far that the service we’re providing for that day, we all work together to ensure a timely, successful and beautiful event. That’s one of the reasons why this internship means so much to me- while I’m specifically learning to be an event planner, my intern responsibilities encourage me to learn about other areas of the events industry and make great connections through our various conversations. As a CCE intern, I’ve learned that trusting each other is crucial for an amazing event. Whether it was a conference call, in-person meeting, or event itself, I never witnessed any panic or hesitancy from either party. Yes, there are tough decisions to make in the planning process and the event day itself, but trusting one another in their professions helps us all remain calm and excited for the upcoming celebration. Every client of Christina’s that I’ve met and worked with has been absolutely wonderful. They are excited to meet Christina’s newest interns and tell us that we are learning from the best of the best event planners. They give the highest compliments to Christina and tell us about the beautiful occasion she planned for the client’s family. Those relationships are earned through hard work, trust, and dedication to the job. With CCE, our creative partners, and our clients trusting each other, we truly can “celebrate with style.” Cheers, Caroline

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Oh The Places You’ll Go!

Over the past year we have seen spectacular intimate weddings take center stage in Chicagoland and all over the US.  Although the guest counts are lower than we are used to, we are curating remarkable awe-inspiring designs and micro-wedding experiences!  You may not realize however, in recent years intimate weddings and celebrations were slowly on the rise. Clients were already opting to create getaway experiential weddings and events to help celebrate their milestone affairs. With the recent challenge of travel being temporarily suspended, there is no need to put your celebrations on hold. Our advice is to allow yourself to think outside the box. Our country is filled with hidden gem beaches, Tuscan-style villas, and southern charm mansions. CCE will provide the same immersive experience for your guests just as you would abroad.  We look forward to taking you on a beautiful journey with your next celebration!

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Focused on the Client’s Experience

What sets Christina Currie Events from other event planning companies? Our impeccable client focused service. Yes, we also provide gorgeous designs for our clients along with keeping everyone organized. However, we hear time and time again about the experience they had with CCE was fun, stress-free and outstanding! Never before has customer service been more important. CCE ladies are focused on the experience and how to make lasting first impressions and emotional connections. We are about creating a culture of proactive customer service! All our clients notice this first about our service and will always remember their experience with us. We give our clients what they didn’t know they wanted! A journey of planning their wedding and events without the stress while having fun!

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Black and White Photography

The art of black and white portraits has been a favorite of CCE for years. B&W portraits are a timeless record of something personal, and black & whites styling  is always associated with timelessness. Even plain, clear skin can look better in black and white. Although considered old fashioned, these photos are immune to changes in fashion. It’s as if it will always last. Flattering portraits – more than anything – are the kind photos which people want to endure as they are. Your own face may age (apologies for the reminder), but you don’t want your portrait to do the same. As the saying goes “fashion may come and go, but only style remains”. CCE believes this truth applies directly to the enduring style of black and white portraits.  Cheers, CCE Ladies Photo Credit: Kent Drake Photography

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day With Style

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had my personal love affair with Valentine’s Day. Every year on February 14th, with enthusiasm, I watched my mother stage our kitchen table with velvet heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolates. I’d set out my crafty blush & glittery mailbox to collect all my Valentine cards and have my miniature envelopes ready to hand out at school. I typically handed out pink heart-shaped suckers to my friends with a “meme” Valentine’s card. Fast forward to years later, I still look at Valentine’s Day with the same enthusiasm. I start planning my gifts for my family and coworkers as early as January 14! I enjoy being the Cupid! Here are a few gift ideas: Fondue Set Framed Instagram Prints Cozy PJ Set Donuts Handmade Valentine’s Day cards Heart shaped hot cocoa bombs Spa treatment products Mini heart shaped waffle maker Valentine’s Day doesn’t necessarily need to be celebrated at a fancy restaurant with a bouquet of red roses. Personally, I like “At Home Date Night” with my husband. We like to make a cozy dinner followed by a chocolate fondue.  Afterwards, we sip on our hot tea or wine while watching rom com movies. I like to add touches of pink and white floral with candles to my tables all around the family room. A few heart shaped treats add to the decor and are fun to snack on during the movies. Have fun celebrating your love for family, friends, spouses and pets.  XO,

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New Year & New Trends

We made it to 2021! What now? What will weddings, celebrations and corporate events look like for 2021? For one, they will continue to look smaller and at the same time offer more intimate details. One of the biggest 2021 wedding trends will be an interest in more intimate ceremonies. Also known as ‘micro or mini weddings’, these occasions tend to have a smaller guest list of up to 25 – 50 guests. They can be formal or informal, and keep with tradition, or take a more modern approach – however, they tend to be a fusion of both. Also, since there is more budget per head with a less guest count, they lend themselves perfectly to bespoke soirees, which are remembered for personal touches throughout. This can range from private wine tastings and interactive chef demonstrations to personalized favors and curated stationery suites as part of the big day celebrations. Most importantly of all, they also allow the host/hostess to spend quality time with each and every guest – just one of the reasons for its surging popularity. Small celebrations set over longer periods are increasingly becoming the go-to for many people and we certainly don’t see this slowing down into 2021 and beyond. With intimate milestone celebrations on the increase, our clients will look for extra ways to impress and spoil their smaller guest list and what better way than celebrating for multiple days. Some of our clients are looking to bring their guests over the pond to Europe for their celebrations! Can you imagine celebrating your birthday in Iceland or Italy? A new trend from 2020 will carry over into 2021, virtual events. The physical distancing required by the pandemic will continue at least through the summer of 2021. One aspect of the virtual renaissance you might

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Holiday Bar Carts

The holidays are my absolute favorite time of year and with 2020 being such a challenge, this winter I couldn’t wait to add some Holiday Cheer to my home! Decorating a bar cart is an easy way to transform a space in your home from everyday life to fun and festive. Welcome guests with a bar cart right at your entrance filled with a display of holiday cocktails and/or mocktails.  You can also pull up your bar cart alongside a sofa  for an added side table.  In my formal living room, I created a Holiday Champagne Cart to greet guests. I arranged an array of delicate crystal glassware and tall pillar candle holders and accented it with a touch of silver sparkling branches.  By placing a Holiday Wine Cart in my family room, I had a fab new space to display a variety of gold, red and glittery holiday pieces. My cart is decked out with shimmery trees holiday stemware and my favorite Cabernet and Chardonnay. Such an elegant and easy way to add some holiday cheer! You can purchase bar carts just about anywhere these days! From local shops to online stores, you’ll find the perfect bar cart that fits your home. Your cart can also be a great place to display your favorite hot chocolates and teas! The ideas are endless! Happy Holidays and Stay Safe!

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Thanksgiving-ish 

When you look back at photos from Thanksgiving gatherings of the past through the lens of 2020, things that might have seemed charming suddenly appear horrifying. Such as: Everyone is sitting so close together!  Grandma and Grandpa are kissing everyone! Aunt Lorraine is drinking from everyone’s wine glass! And, why is the turkey so huge?    Whatever your version of a “traditional” holiday is, it might not be happening this year. Thanksgiving-ish might start new traditions. The pandemic is keeping apart many families and friends who would typically gather together. That might be painful, but there’s a good reason for it. Public health experts are warning that indoor get-togethers, particularly for the holidays, will be major drivers of a deadly spike in cases this fall and winter.  At CCE, we are taking a different approach. We’re slating, “We’ll miss our family and friends, but maybe this is going to allow us to create some new traditions.”  Let’s get creative! You can still get festive with Thanksgiving Day. Even if it’s just your immediate family (or your extended “Covid bubble.) Spend a little extra time decorating your house and add a few extra special touches to your table setting. Whether your decor is simple or elaborate, your everyone will definitely notice the extra mile you took. Here are few ideas to try: Add a fall wreath to your doors inside your home. This way you’re able to enjoy them all throughout the day! Add extra candles to the home that give off a cinnamon scent Tablescapes can be budget friendly  Start with a clean foundation by adding a table runner such as burlap or a simple white cloth Add assorted mini pumpkins and votives throughout the center of the table Add embellishments of sage and rosemary sprigs Stationery Have your local

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Styling Bar Carts!

When it comes to summer entertaining, I love to jazz up my bar cart with a mix of festive decorative items and of course, delicious cocktails!  Remember, first you eat & drink with your eyes! For my family and friends, I like for them to admire my bar cart as they lounge on the patio for happy hour. I am in love with my Z Gallerie bar cart. You can also find these beautiful carts at Target, William Sonoma, World Market and Wayfair. I always start with styling my cart by adding decor, and finish with adding the cocktails. The decor for me is just as important as the actual drinks! I am always a bit obsessed with all the fun decor details! I also like my decor to transition from daylight to evening. It’s simple with candles and/or twinkling lights. I found all of my candles and outdoor twinkling lights at Target. My finishing touches are always the glassware and garnishes for the cocktail! Since being in isolation, I’ve started to be adventurous with my cocktail recipes. Unlike my husband, I am not a skilled mixologist. I typically take the simple route and work with pre-mixed cocktails that I’ve found at World Market and William Sonoma..  However, my newest favorite cocktail to make at home is a Lemon Drop Martini. I use the fresh lemons from my Meyer lemon tree, Tito’s Vodka (because it’s gluten-free), triple sec, and simple syrup. It’s festive and refreshing, especially with a garnish of a lemon wheel! If you don’t have a bar cart, no worries; any small cocktail table will work just as well! Happy Quarantine Hosting!

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