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Welcome Parties…With Style!

A welcome party is a great idea to help your wedding reception feel all the more intimate, as everyone has already had the chance to get to know one another. It’s a particularly good idea to consider having one if you’re planning a destination wedding and have a lot of out-of-town guests, or if you happen to have a few different groups of friends and families coming together for the first time. Here are some ideas to make your welcome party a fun event for everyone: Make it an experience! Show your out-of-towners a selection of activities from the area that shows off its local culture. This could be a wine tour or a favorite nearby restaurant that will provide everyone with a meaningful, yet casual welcome. Foodie Time! Serve your favorite local food and drinks. Show them what inspired you to have your wedding in that location. You can do this with serving small bites of each food item. Such as mini lobster rolls, pizzas, ceviche, hot dogs, etc. Tour the Town! Take your guests on a trolley or boat around the wedding location. Provide the guests a guide of the local bars, restaurants, shopping, etc. Swag Bags! Who doesn’t love a gift bag filled with all the necessities for a wedding weekend? The ideas are endless from custom canvas bags to boxes filled with everything from sweet treats to helping the slight hangover you may experience after the wedding! Whether your welcome party be big or small, just adding the personal touch makes all the difference!

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

For many, springtime symbolizes new life. Mother Nature opens the blooms, birds are chirping, and the sun feels warm again.  With the sweet vibes of springtime it’s easy to understand why people consider spring as the season of beginnings. It’s time to celebrate the mom-to-be’s and bride-to-be’s. The best part about designing a spring baby or bridal shower is the freshness of early blooming flowers. We love to add a bit of details with signature drinks with an edible flower to top off the sweetness! Spring showers are also a great time to serve smaller portion sized foods. This will give your guest a chance to try all of the chef’s creations! Such as waffles served with a mini bottle of syrup. Let’s not forget the tableware. Dress up the place settings with a pop of color with a pink water goblet or pink flatware.  Enjoy the soirees and all the spring prettiness it offers! Happy Spring!      

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Vegas Baby!

CCE in Vegas? What’s happening? We love the Chicagoland area and will continue to be based in Illinois. However, CCE will also be based out of Summerlin, NV, a suburb outside of Las Vegas. The goal is simple, to continue to offer memorable events! Nothing really has changed except for adding our business on the map, in Nevada. We will continue to create extraordinary events wherever our clients lead us. A little background on Summerlin:  Summerlin is a master-planned community in the Las Vegas Valley of Southern Nevada. It lies at the edge of the Spring Mountains and Red Rock Canyon to the west. Summerlin was named after Jean Amelia Summerlin, the grandmother of billionaire land-developer Howard Hughes. The Howard Hughes Corporation maintains ownership of the master-planned community, along with Downtown Summerlin (the community’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment district) and the Las Vegas Ballpark (home of the Las Vegas Aviators minor league baseball team, which is named in Hughes’ honor). Summerlin is picturesque for any type of event. From the panoramic views of the strip to the glorious red rocks, it is easy to host a gorgeous wedding or party! There are many venues all at different price points. Each one delivers an unique experience that will be unforgettable!  As we move into 2022, I hope to bring you an event in CCE’s second home. Cheers!

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Say it with a Statement!

A new year and more optimism with our celebrations. We hope to feel more comfortable that events will not be cancelled or postponed for 2022. In light of positivity, CCE clients are focusing on adding special statement pieces to their celebrations. Smaller events are allowing more wiggle room within the budget to splurge on special extras and unique details, such as detailed floral installations and/or specialty design rentals, like chairs or tablescape details. Whenever possible, CCE particularly loves incorporating neon signage, lit up marquee signs and lavish escort card displays to create fun, and welcoming spaces for event guests. CCE’s latest favorite trend is designing lounge areas to offer guests comfortable seating. Whether outdoors or indoors we encourage clients to dress the celebration space with vignettes and unexpected details to create variety and interest within the design. Area rugs under the lounge furniture provide grounding and warmth, while chandeliers, and thoughtful touches like  family photos create the perfect personalized event.  These few suggestions will elevate your special celebration and make a great photo op area for photos! CCE is excited to create statement pieces and special extras for your next celebration! Happy New Year! Christina

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Celebrating 2021!

After another year of pause, we made it to the end of 2021! This past year everyone found themselves very busy with work and still learning how to navigate the pandemic. It was no different for CCE.  Our year ended up being very memorable. We had events just about every weekend over the summer; some with 2-3 events in one weekend! We handled four destination events as well!  These events were possible with the help and dedication of my team. I am very proud that our bond and mutual respect has grown even more! I am very nostalgic and grateful for Masumi and Olivia!  During the summer, CCE had the pleasure of bringing on two very talented interns. The incredibly busy summer allowed the two ladies to learn more about the event industry than they would have in any classroom. Brigit and Caroline accepted the hands-on challenge with our team. They handled everything beautifully and we could not have been more proud of them! In the midst of our busy work life, I moved out of my home after 19 yrs and found myself in two different homes. I’ll still be local in the Chicagoland area and also Summerlin, NV which is 30 mins from Las Vegas. The plan is to continue to provide the best events in Chicago and destination events as the world starts to come back to “normal”. More on CCE future in 2022 blogs. Now, it’s time to think about relaxing with family and friends over the holidays. Don’t forget to check out our latest article in Quintessential Barrington Magazine. https://www.quintessentialbarrington.com/wp-content/uploads/nd21-at-home-christina-currie.pdf May God bless you and your family and friends going into 2022! Cheers! CC

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Focus on the Experience

I believe 2022 will have profound differences with luxury weddings and events. I am noticing smaller guest counts and adding more experiences than just a single event day. This past year, CCE just didn’t plan the day of the wedding, we also designed and curated the welcome party and farewell brunch.  Consider spreading your celebration over a few days when you’re planning in your own hometown! While everyone is in town, take the opportunity to schedule pre and post celebration events! These three-day weekend experiences allow your guests to not only celebrate you but to create additional memories with family and friends. I also see a trend for getaway weddings and parties. They are growing in popularity again, however with a smaller guest count. This offers more flexibility with location. I am noticing that people are feeling cooped up and are ready to get out of town and have a change of scenery. Having a destination wedding or party offers the hosts and their guests not only the time to celebrate the event itself but include a vacation all wrapped into one. Also, don’t let the term “destination” mislead you. Many people are escaping to nearby towns or fabulous Southern cities for their big day instead of jetting overseas. CCE is ready to help start planning your special celebration and focus on the experience!

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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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