Monthly Archives: February 2013

Say Yes to the… Venue

Boston Globe photo by John Tlumacki

Boston Globe photo by John Tlumacki.

James and I visited the Center of the Arts at the Armory this weekend as a potential wedding ceremony / reception venue. I’d been for events (Cupcake Camp!) before, but never saw the Armory in its full glory. Wow. We were impressed. Very impressed. The price is incredibly reasonable, comes with a lot of extras that other venues didn’t offer, and grants us use of the mezzanine in additon to the performance hall. It has the same “usage” as the EpiCenter but has a very different look and feel.

We loved that they will provide a bar tender; that they will provide us with chairs and some tables; that they have a space to get ready; that they provide audio / tech support; that you can project things on a screen that floats above the “Performance Hall area.” The list goes on and on.

It was perfect. Right now they aren’t booking as far in advance as our wedding, but we’re going to put a hold on some dates and hope for the best. James and I both left feeling incredibly inspired and giddy. I presume this is a similar feeling I will have when I find the dress.

The Armory hasn’t had a lot of private events in the past (Somerville just started allowing this), but I did come across a great collection of photographs that Ruby Shoes Photography took for a chef event that will give you an idea: http://www.rubyshoesphotography.com/2010/03/18/future-chefs-awards-dinner-2010-arts-at-the-armory/

Week Five: Engagement Party Part 1 (and some other stuff)

This weekend, James and I hosted our Mass-based engagement party for friends. After a week of cooking, shopping, cleaning and preparing, I would say the event went on without a hitch! It was great to see everyone and celebrate with some of our closet friends.

Here’s the final spread (apologies for the blurry photo – it is the only one I have!):

(Missing: Homemade gluten free arancinis)

The signature drink was champagne with mango juice ice cubes – a twist on a Bellini / mimosa but oh so delicious. We ended up giving beer away as party favor since no one in the  household can drink it or will drink it. I can’t wait to see everyone in New York / New Jersey area in a few short weeks for Engagement Party Part 2!

Also this weekend, James and I went to visit our second wedding reception venue – The Arts for Humanity Epicenter in South Boston. While this is the complete opposite of the Waterworks Museum, we loved it just as much for different reasons. First, the Epicenter is a blank slate. Lights can transform it; art work on the wall changes and is provided by teens who participate in the organization’s programs. It’s amazing. Even better? They would let us pick the caterer.

We have a few more venues to check out in Boston, and this is going to be a tough decision!

Want to see pictures of the Epicenter? Check them out here: http://afhboston.org/epicenter_pastevents.php

 

Week Four: Snowstorm and party prep

James and I are planning our first of two engagement parties, and the goal was that this weekend I would do most of the shopping, cooking (and freezing) and cleaning for it. Well, Mother Nature had her own plans in mind, and dumped more than two feet of snow on us. So… shopping was out, which meant cooking what I wanted to was out, which meant, plan B because I was going to be stuck in side for at least 24 hours.

That would be my car…

I revised the menu, and got to it – making mini meatballs, arancinis, mini quiches and an octopus shaped bundt cake. Oh, and I had to accommodate a gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian diet. Proud to say I managed to do so quite successfully!

Of course, all this snow has sort of made a dent in the diet. I am limited to what is in my fridge and freezer, and not  able to go to the gym or yoga (they just lifted a driving ban! not to mention neither are open). It’s a good thing I determined I could not wear my dream party dress. Otherwise, I’d be quite hangry.

Today we’re focusing on cleaning, and hopefully digging our cars out. We have some grocery shopping to do!

Week 3: First Venue, Continued Diet Woes and Revelations

Dieting. Not my favorite thing. After a very aggressive target of five pounds in five weeks, I tried my party dress midway through. Guess what? Not an issue of back fat. An issue of my rib cage. That’s right, no matter how much weight I lose, this dress will never fit because my rib cage simply won’t allow it to. Upon this revelation, I immediately altered my diet to lose a comfortable 1/4 – 1/2 pound per week. And I have plenty of time to drop the fiver now while enjoying things such as Flatbread Pizza’s gluten free pie, ice cream and honey in my coffee.

Take that diet.

In other news, we looked at our first venue today: The Waterworks Museum. Oh, my, goodness. It’s so absolutely breath taking and everything we want in a venue. Of course, it’s still very early in the game, and we have a few more places to check out before making any final decisions (or deposits!), but it rates very highly.

Here’s a peek at the inside – courtesy of the Waterworks Museum: