Free Idea Fridays!

No Fooling Around
Here is one for all the theatre lovers out there. I am on the Mirvish Productions "e-offers" email list and they have an April Fools Tradition of offering 2 for 1 tickets on some of their most popular shows.

Rent for $21.50 and Kathleen Turner in High for $26.50, and watch Bring it on for as low as $19. Use Promo Code APRILFOOL

How to Order
Call TICKETKING at 416 872 1212 or 1 800 461 3333 or go online by clicking for the show of your choice, choose your performance, enter Promo Code APRILFOOL and select price type Web - 2FOR1.

(Offer valid until April 2, while supplies last)

Happy April Fools’ Day!
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I find inspiration in Steven Tyler….
Ideas come to me all the time – watching TV, out for a morning walk, listening to music and reading movie reviews. One client even asked if I had an auto-switch in by brain that empties out old ideas to make room for new ones.

If you are looking for inspiration for themes ideas for an upcoming event, there are 2 movies out later on this year that might do the trick.

Great Gatsby
Though not out until next December, the remake of the Great Gatsby movie featuring Leonardo diCaprio is already stirring up buzz. For a party theme, think opulence and allure. Black and White glossy fixtures including vases and plates can add a shine and update that old 1920’s flapper theme. Serve champagne along with white and black iced cupcakes.

Adding an old style photo booth makes for a fun activity and a great keepsake of the festivities. If asking guests to participate in theme, give them plenty of choices for attire (i.e. black and white, pearls and bowties) or try to save some budget money to provide white boas or pashminas for the ladies and tweed or hounds tooth news caps for the gents.

(I love this photo of Carey Mulligan – the new movie will feature amazing costume designs with a flirty edge.)

Rock of Ages
This movie is pulling out all the stops and because it stars Tom Cruise, along with a slew of other celebs, the press coverage and far reaching appeal will automatically make it the main chatter around the water cooler (and the music is awesome too).

Reception Activities could include several tattoo bars, including Henna tattoos and body jewelry. The reception area could also include a glam prep area with glitter, colored spray for your hair and outrageous neon toned make-up to get wild with your look!

Here is where Steven Tyler comes in. I would like to see a Steven Tyler outfit come to life as table décor. His leopard skin sequin pants as a table linen, his flamboyant ruffled shirts as a chair covers and his glittering jewelry as table bling. I will let you know when I have all the elements in place for this idea – I will make it happen!

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Making History - Again
I am a big fan of venues rich in history. This weekend (March 11) marks the 83rd anniversary of the Arcadian Court and poignantly, the Hudson Bay Company, in partnership with Oliver & Bonacini Events, is undergoing a dramatic transformation of this venue that is not only rich in history but rich in tradition.

I haven’t seen any photos yet (the website still only shows artist’s renderings) but I am anxious to see how this team has merged the original Art Deco style with modern day designs. The 8,000-square-foot space will be able to accommodate 1,200 when it reopens in April this year.

For now, fellow admirers of this spectacular venue on the 8th floor of the Simpson Tower will soon get a glimpse of the newest L-shaped room which seats 400 and features floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick and striking chandeliers - all overlooking Toronto’s Old City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. Modern conveniences include built-in screens, projectors and dimmers.

So keep these venues in mind for future events:
  • March 2012 - Arcadian Loft - a new, modern conference and event facility overlooking Toronto Old City Hall.
  • Spring 2012 - Arcadian Court - a landmark event space, originally launched in 1929, now being revitalized to restore the elegance of its time.

Speaking of making history – check out this story that made it all the way to the pages of USA Today! Roy Clorey has been a bartender at the Westin Nova Scotian for 49 years, the hotel is 81. The hotel named their lobby lounge Roy’s in his honor. Nothing like a good martini to bring back memories!
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