#EventInReview: The Rannelli & Dumenko Wedding

#EventInReview: The Rannelli & Dumenko Wedding

If there was one word to describe what Alison Dumenko (formerly Alison Rannelli) wanted her wedding to look like, it was “Sparkle”. This bride is a long time-Boom friend (and an event-industry native) and so her affection for all things bling was well-known to us. Her then-fiance, Mike Dumenko, preferred earthy colours and woodsy textures (though most of all, he seemed to prefer a happy Alison). Our goal became the seamless merge of these two themes, so as to honour both sides of this couples’ vision: sparkle meets cedar, bling meets backwoods. Our inspiration was the couple themselves- if they could bring these two worlds together with such harmony, we reasoned, so could we.   *All photos by Alan Maudie Photography   The wedding venue clearly met the groom’s wishes- Silvertip Resort is a gorgeous, spacious retreat, nestled in the Rockies, overlooking Canmore. With its soaring wood ceilings, stone fireplace, and warm, comforting colour scheme, we had the perfect backdrop to create an upscale, naturally inspired wedding. To bring in Alison’s vision, Designing on the Edge created a mesmerizing decor plan. Wood textured centrepieces dripped with crystals, set on rose and silver hued tables; metallic lanterns glowed warmly along runners; and clean, white florals stood elegantly against heavily textured, sparkling linens. To keep guests warm and dry in case of inclement weather, we decided to host the ceremony and reception inside, in the Pavillion Room. This meant a space-flip part way through the day, which would take place while guests enjoyed cocktails and breath-taking vistas of the resort. Through a flurry of hard work and creativity, the transformation of the...
#BoomGoesOut: Leftovers Foundation Harvest Fundraiser

#BoomGoesOut: Leftovers Foundation Harvest Fundraiser

The Leftovers Foundation‘s flagship annual Harvest Fundraiser was a charming reminder of all the things we love about #YYC. Tucked into Inglewood’s quirky Festival Hall, the fundraiser saw over 140 Calgarians come together to eat, dance, and- with a little luck- give our city a better future.     The Leftovers Calgary’s website paints a clear picture. “Close to half of food produced worldwide is wasted. Discarded in processing, transport, grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries and kitchens. LeftOvers Calgary is an organization that rescues food from being thrown in the garbage, and ensure it gets to service agencies in need.” With over 23, 165 households in Calgary currently living in poverty, Leftovers Calgary has found themselves in high demand. Leftovers delivers perishable food to service agencies such as the Calgary Drop-In Centre, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, Alpha House, Making Changes Association and Inn from the Cold. This event’s main goal plays a key part in the continuance of this service- they are fundraising to purchase a new, refrigerated truck, so they can continue to assist these agencies and help take pressure off their overworked kitchens.     Throughout the event local musicians The Frontiers, Evan Coote, and Justine Tyrell were on hand to set the tone for the evening, singing feel-good, acoustic focused sets that fit nicely under the warm wooden beams, and soft twinkling lights. Light snacks were provided as guests perused the raffle items lining the walls, and an Instagram-styled photo-booth was quite popular. In addition to some local, socially-minded for-profits being in attendance (a Boom personal favourite, Village Ice Cream, was on-hand) multiple local charities were also present, there...
#EventInReview: Holt Renfrew’s Private Shopping Night for LOOK2016

#EventInReview: Holt Renfrew’s Private Shopping Night for LOOK2016

For the second year, LOOK2016’s presenting sponsor, Holt Renfrew, welcomed Calgary’s art and culture aficionados into their doors to partake in a private shopping night benefiting Contemporary Calgary. The evening began with a fashion show designed by the incomparable Kelly Streit of Mode Models and featured curated looks by Holt’s stylists. Afterwards, guests were invited to explore all three levels of the luxury retailer and shop, with the goal to find a perfect “LOOK” for LOOK2016, with 10% of all sales made that evening directly supporting Contemporary Calgary.   All photo’s by Phil Crozier, courtesy of Holt Renfrew.                     The evening was a stunning success, with over 450 guests in attendance. Thank you to Holt Renfrew for hosting this fabulous fundraiser! For more information on LOOK2016, and to buy ticket, click...
#EventInReview: Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Golf Tournament

#EventInReview: Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Golf Tournament

August 23, 2016 marked the 26th annual Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Golf Tournament in support of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, a Canadian born and bred organization that sends thousands of children to camp every year. In 1990 a group of Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners decided to give back to the communities they were already serving. Their idea was a camp where children from low-income families could have fun, be challenged and- most of all- develop the skills that would make them successful adults. To raise the funds for this camp, the franchises put together the first annual Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Golf Tournament.       Sherri Johnston, the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Community and Special Events Manager, has been involved with the organization for 6 years. She lights up when she talks about how the Kananaskis Ranch was built, quite literally, by local restaurant owners and team members. “They not only raised capital to help cover operation costs, but they physically helped build the building, laid the sod,” she says, a smile in her voice. This year’s Golf Tournament took place at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club, with emerald green peaks framing a stunning green, upon which over 140 golfers teed off. A hot breakfast started the day, with, of course, a steaming cup of Tim Hortons coffee warming the slight morning chill that had settled over the mountains. After a shotgun start, golfers made their way through the 9 holes, each featuring a sponsored activity or competition, reminiscent of childhood camp games: a game of horseshoes, a lasso competition, and even a milk and cookie...
Canada Day Hosting in Calgary

Canada Day Hosting in Calgary

Tomorrow is Canada Day. Our beautiful country will be 149 years old. Global TV Calgary invited us to talk DIY Canada Day party hosting, so Boom’s Jessica Tkachuk dropped by with some ideas and inspiration. Three elements of successful party hosting: Hospitality Food & Beverage Decor & Entertainment Hospitality We’ll start with hospitality. Canadians are known for it, and for good reason! The most important thing to remember: your guests want to enjoy YOU. Being a good host means doing all the prep ahead of time so you can enjoy their company and be present. To make sure you can do that, follow these tips: Be clear with your invite: remove the guess work for your guests by being clear in the invite when they should arrive, what they should wear, if children/guests are welcome, and if they should bring anything. Big one: ask in advance if there are any dietary restrictions you should be aware of. Enlist some help: you cannot be everywhere at once, but small jobs spread around make the work more pleasurable and the party more inclusive. Assign someone to door/coat/shoe duty, someone to making sure glasses remain full, someone to bus/refresh dishes, etc. Know your audience: Do the guests all know each other or will introductions be required? Are kids coming? Are there allergies you can prep for? A little research up front will limit surprises! Food & Beverage We went for a coast-to-coast Canada Day menu (and all around the city!), including colourful and easy-to-eat kabobs using Alberta beef and fresh veggies from the Calgary Farmer’s Market. When it comes to event food, we’re...
Event in Review: SocialWest

Event in Review: SocialWest

Project Brief: Assist social star Mike Morrison to present the largest social media and digital marketing conference on the prairies over three days in a legendary Calgary cinema. SocialWest, a new conference from Mike Morrison, welcomed over 400 professionals into The Globe Theatre last week to talk social media, communications, and digital marketing. More than that, it achieved something special: it made ‘The Conference’ cool again. When one thinks of ‘traditional’ social media masters and digital masterminds, one conjures images of geeky, anti-social computer nerds. In fact, the ecosystem of social media marketing is made up of enthusiastic, engaging, and energizing individuals eager to connect, learn, and expand their networks. Can you imagine a better environment and atmosphere for growth? Take it from us, it was a fabulous way to learn and meet new people. *Photo Credit: Neil Zeller Photography Boom Goes the Drum was able to collaborate with Mike from the conference’s conception, and were able to project manage the multiple layers of production: Registration Staffing Venue Management Production Budgeting Project Management It was a joy to see the project come to life – and sell out weeks in advance – and experience the event with the incredible calibre of professionals it attracted.   The result: A sold out conference that attracted 400 attendees from as far as the NWT and major brands like Facebook, Twitter, and Airbnb. Attendees also got to hear from homegrown social star Kelly Oxford (who stuck around to sign copies of her NYT best-selling book). Social impressions for the event were in the tens of millions – trending nationally within hours of opening. There was also...