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Friday, December 31, 2010

Ringing in a "SHINY" New Year!

Welcome to "Feature Friday!"
This week's hot pick? SHINY DESIGN

A Happy New Year to all our C. Brower & Co Creative Events fans and Brower Power blog readers!  What better way to ring in the New Year than with a cool new product for your next event! Ready to impress your client with something special? Then look no further than the folks at SHINY DESIGN!

SHINY DESIGN creates tension fabric structures for special events, tradeshows, and interior architecture. SHINY focuses on their new product line using light-weight aluminum alloy framing structures, making pieces that are the lightest, smallest to ship, and most cost-effective in the industry. The products are high-quality creative shapes that can be purchased at their full-service e-commerce store, or over the phone. SHINY also has large custom capabilities, and can provide a range of possibilities for projects big and small.

Lisa Marks and Lindsay Karich, the owners of SHINY DESIGN, work together in their Brooklyn studio, making clients visions become reality for their various events. All the products can be printed on, projected on, or simply stretched, letting your event SHINE!

We asked Lisa how she and Lindsay got their start in the event's industry and here's what she had to say:
We were both formally trained in Product design. My training at Parsons School of Design where I now teach 3-D CAD modeling, and Lindsay's from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I focused on tension fabric for use in furniture and after working in furniture and accessories for a couple years, I moved on to work in tension fabric for events. Lindsay focused on Products for interior special design, and her interest in exhibit design made a natural fit for tension fabric. After working together in the industry, we decided to go it on our own, bringing our ideas for different materials into the marketplace, and thus SHINY DESIGN was born.

What does the Brower Power Design Team love about SHINY DESIGN?
Besides the fact they are fellow Brooklyn-ites, we love the fact that SHINY DESIGN products come pre-assembled with framing already within the fabric, allowing for easy pop-up construction. No more heavy lifting, no more confusing construction drawings, and all pieces come with a simple rigging kit! Can I get a whoot-whoot!

Here's my favorite SHINY DESIGN product. It's called Ribbons but i call it "the new red carpet". This is way cooler than your boring old red rope and stanchion. And what a way to start the WOW at your next event!

But with everyone cutting their decor budgets, can I really afford SHINY DESIGN products?
Yes! (Quit your belly aching.) You can afford SHINY DESIGN products!
SHINY DESIGN products are for purchase, not for rent! So designers get ready to expand your inventory for much less than what you've been paying to rent tension fabric products, now you can own these products and reuse and reuse for every event, increasing your profit margin!
 Not only are their price points fantastic and you will save money on the cost of the framed pieces, but their new lightweight structures save you hundreds on shipping!  You receive packages that are a manageable size and shipped in regulations boxes, so there are no more oversized charges for your shipping.
Prices start as low as $33 for a two foot ceiling treatment Circle, $172 for a fout foot Aperture Spot, $595 for printed six foot branded circle and can range up to $1843 for a 10 foot custom branded Infinity Hanging Sign.

Contact Info:
Email Lisa or Lindsay at: info@get-shiny.com
Phone: (888) 407-3998
Fax: (610) 616-2575
Website: www.get-shiny.com
Online store: http://www.shop.get-shiny.com/ 
Join them on Facebook, Twitter @ShinyDesign and Linked-In!

So what are you waiting for, GET SHINY and Let Your Event Shine, with SHINY DESIGN!!

Wishing you all much success in 2011, and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!!
Christine & the Brower Power Design Team
at C. Brower & Co Creative Events

Friday, December 3, 2010

Some "Ideal" Entertainment for Your Next Event!

Welcome to "Feature Friday!"
This week's hot pick: Ideal Ensembles

Ideal Ensembles is a group of musicians, string quartets & trios, specializing in writing arrangements of your favorite music for your wedding, anniversary party, corporate event or special occassion. When it comes to popular songs they strive to preserve the sense of the original while adding their own artistic twist. Their repertoire ranges from classical music, to The Beatles, to U2, to Billy Joel and more!

What's so ideal about Ideal Emsembles, you ask?
All of Ideal Ensembles performers are active performers in and around New York City. They are classical trained musicians and composers with extensive backgrounds in the arts and symphony's. They've perfomed in many of New York's famed hot spots including Cipriani's, the Central Park Boat House, Tavern on the Green, Oheka Castle, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and countless others!

We asked owner of Ideal Ensembles, Yury Shubov, to tell us a little about himself and how he got his start in the entertainment industry and here's what he had to say:
"I was born in Odessa, Ukraine and began studying violin at the age of 5. 
I was a member of several youth ensembles and performed on
Ukrainian television as well as in a variety of venues including The Odessa Opera House. After moving to the United States, I continued my music education through private study and at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City and then at SUNY College at Fredonia. I was the concertmaster of the College Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, and was frequently invited to play with the Fredonia Chamber Players (currently known as the Western New York Chamber Orchestra.) Additionally, I led a string quartet that was often referred by faculty to couples looking to hire wedding musicians. After graduation, I returned to New York City and quickly integrated myself into the music scene.
As a wedding musician, I’ve worked for top music contractors and have performed for many high-profile clients. I play an average of 40 weddings a year. Every wedding brings the new challenge of creating the perfect ambiance for each individual client, a challenge that I am always happy to accept."

What type of services are available for events?
String quartets (2 violins/viola/cello) and trios (2 violins/cello or violin/viola/cello) are their primary focus, however, virtually any instrument can be substituted or added to an ensemble.
Duets and solo performers are also available.

Can I afford a string quartet or trio for my event?
The answer is YES!!!
Ideal Ensembles rates are more than affordable for your next event! Trios range from $600 - $900 for 1-2 hours, and Quartets range from $800 - $1200 for 1-2 hours.
(Note: Prices listed are as of 12.1.10 and are subject to change in 2011. Additional travel rates may apply based on location of your event.)

Contact Information:
For more information or to book Ideal Ensembles for your next event, contact Yury Shubov at info@idealensembles.com or 917.754.1938
Facebook: Ideal Ensembles

The team at C. Brower & Co Creative Events can't wait to work with Ideal Ensembles at our next event! Maybe I can get them to work on a Lady Gaga arrangement for me! Do I hear Paparazzi or Poker Face anyone?

See you on the next Feature Friday! In the meantime don't forget to become a blog follower and join us on facebook and twitter @BrowerPower!

Have an "event"-ful weekend!
Hugs and kisses and holiday wishes!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Something Old, Something New, "Something Heirloom", Something Blue

Welcome to "Feature Friday!"
Today's hot pick?  Emici Bridal

Dupioni Silk Flower Sash  $250
Something Old
What I love about the products by Marie Conrad, owner and designer extraordinaire of Emici Bridal - Heirloom Quality Bridal Accessories, is they evoke the feeling of being in a different era, that of a classic 1940’s wedding. One can imagine a beautiful bride walking down the aisle in a vintage gown wearing a beautiful silk sash with hand dyed, hand crafted silk flowers and rhinestone embellishments.

Catala Bloom Bridal Sash  $90
Emici has a wide range of bridal products for your special day including sashes, ring bearer pillows, hair and dress accessories, flower girl baskets, and even bridal bouquets! 
Many hours go into each of these works of art with hand picked fabrics that are grouped together and then cut, formed, embellished and added to the silk wrapped stems.

Every item is created and carefully constructed with great affection by Marie herself with the hopes that it will be enjoyed for years to come.

Ruffle Ring Pillow Collection  $110
Something New
Here’s a sneak peek at a new collection of ring pillows coming soon to Emici Bridal. These pillows feature silk ruffles in various shades and shapes. The photo to your right is created out of silk satin with an ombre hand dyed dupioni ruffle topped with a gorgeous rhinestone center. These creations are one of a kind as each hand dyed ruffle will have variations.

Fuschia & Orange Crush Silk Dupioni Catala Flower Bouquet  $520

Something Heirloom
I asked Marie what inspired her to start creating heirloom bridal accessories and how she got her start in the business. Here’s what she had to say:
“I first got started making bridal accessories about 10 years ago. I had a job in retail at the time so it was not really about making it my career. I just always liked to design and create so it was a great outlet. The progression is what interests me. Experimenting with new techniques, figuring out ways to seperate my designs from all the others. The challenge of creating something memorable for my clients using the best materials I can find. Inspiration comes easy, picking one new project to finish is the hard part. I have no less than 12 ideas I am contemplating at any given time. Some make appearances in my offerings and some hang around for months while I wait for the perfect finishing touches.”

Fleur de Lis Silk Dupioni
Lavendar Sachet  $20
Something Blue
Those of you who know the Brower Power Design Team know we love blue (just like our logo!) so it’s no doubt we would have to highlight one of Emici’s beautiful blue creations. The photo to your left is the Fleur de Lis Silk Dupioni Lavendar Sachet (set of two)  in a Robin egg blue embroidered silk dupioni with light brown ribbon. Thin satin ribbon attach to your rings and a ribbon strap across the back to help the ring bearer carry the pillow. It is hand tufted with a mother of pearl button on the back. Truly gorgeous!

Tulle Accent Feathered Silk Rapture
Rose Fascinator   $95
It’s no surprise to us these exquisite creations have been featured in Modern Bride Magazine, marthastewartweddings.com, Brides Noir and numerous e-zines and blogs.

Price Point
The price point for these heirloom treasures can range from $20 to $1600 so there is something for everyone at Emici Bridal!

Ivory & Cream Silk Catala  Jeweled
Bloom Bridal Bouquet  $900

Contact Information
If you would like to view more beautiful Emici Bridal creations, visit their website at http://www.emicibridal.com/ and become a fan of their facebook and twitter page.  If have any questions please feel free to email Marie at marieconrad@emicibridal.com

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Feature Friday!  Don’t forget to join our blog so you don’t miss out on any Brower Power Feature Friday fun!  Follow us on facebook and twitter!

Have an “event”-ful weekend!!

Friday, September 24, 2010


That's right!  I said October"FETCH", because this week's "Feature Friday" is a one of the country's largest dog-centered celebrations, Fido's Festival USA, with a theme of "OctoberFETCH", taking place at the Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown, NJ on October 9-10, 2010 from 10am - 5pm.  This two day, dog centered, fun filled community and family event is produced by none other than our good friend Kathleen DeLuca, CMP, CSEP of Events Plus Inc.  Kathy is the founder and owner of Events Plus Inc for the past 12 years but is a 30 year event and meeting planning guru!  She is also the Immediate Past President for the International Special Events Society (ISES).

So you thought planning a single day event was tough! 
Try planning and organizing a two day festival for over 7,000 attendees, jam packed with fun and entertainment all geared around man's (and woman's) best friend.  Fido’s Festival USA is unique in that it combines a themed special event, a trade show, and a doggie conference all in a fun-filled festival atmosphere.
This dog lovers delight includes fall theme dog contests, entertainment, celebrities, health & wellness seminars, training demonstrations, family activites, vendors, sled dog demos and dock diving, a halloween parade and more!  There are also camping options at the event for those who like to "ruff" it.

Event Highlights
Well-known trainer and casting director for Animal Planet’s “Dogs 101” Dawn Wolfe will be on hand as one of the judges for the Pick-of-the-Patch Talent Contest and will be observing dogs to find new talent for her company, Pawsitively Famous Animal Actors.  In addition, The National Canine Cancer Foundation’s Lure for a Cure will be offering High Performance Lure Course racing, which is rapidly becoming an exciting sport in which dogs of all sizes and breeds can participate. Other unforgettable demonstrations include Xtreme Weather Kennels who will demonstrate and talk about what makes a sled dog team and, weather permitting, watch their dogs run; Ultimate Air Dogs professional team returns with their dock diving shows and volunteers to help new divers learn to jump in; and Camp Bow Wow will have lots of play time equipment for all dogs to enjoy during the event.

Dog rescues and shelters attend the event providing attendees with the opportunity to adopt their very own full grown dog or puppy who need a loving home.  Kathy told me last year over 15 dog shelters were involved in the event!

As Fido's Festival USA celebrates its third year, we asked Kathy what inspired her to create the event. 
"This event was created to celebrate the joy and privilege of being a lovable dog --any dog-- family, stray, or orphaned, and to acknowledge their unique gifts and talents, not just full breeds. It is the first dog-centered event to be all-inclusive to canines."
Recap & Attendees Rates
What:  Fido's Festival USA presents "OctoberFETCH"
When:  October 9-10, 2010
Time:  10am -5pm
Where:  Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Route 40, Woodstown, NJ  (Exit 4 off I-295)
How much?: 
Advanced online tickets are $7 per person per day or $12 per person weekend pass.
Tickets at the gate are $10 per person per day or $18 per person weekend pass.
Children 12 and under and dogs are free!!

For more information about Fido's Festival USA, click here or contact one of the festival organizers:
Kathleen DeLuca, CMP, CSEP  kathy@fidosfestivalusa.com
Jackie Gordon  jackie@fidosfestivalusa.com
Andrew Fau  andrew@fidosfestivalusa.com

Hope to see you at the festival!!  No breeding papers required!  ;o)

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Have an "event"-ful weekend!

Friday, September 17, 2010

An Eco-Friendly Out of the "Box" Product!

Welcome to "Feature Friday!" 
This week's hot pick?  Creative Custom Card Boxes!

There is no doubt that brides and Event Professionals love this product as Creative Custom Card Boxes was the winner of the 2009 Brides Choice Awards on WeddingWire, Featured in Eco Beautiful Weddings Magazine as an Editor in Chief's Pick  and soon to be on WE TV's Platinum Weddings!  These beautiful hand crafted card boxes, designed by mother-daughter team Marni Gold and Linda Protovin of River Edge, New Jersey, are the perfect way for brides to personalize their wedding.  But.....Creative Custom Card Boxes are not just for weddings!  They can be customized to fit any event theme such as Sweet 16's and Bat Mitvah's,  Baby Showers, Anniversary's and Non-Profit event functions

Each hand painted Card Box can be made to order in any color to match your event, with coordinating ribbon and optional embellishments such as Swarovski Crystals, pearls, feathers, and personalized logo plaques. They come in a square or round boxes (or a combination of both), and in 1 to 4 tiered options with dimensions of the boxes based on your overall number of guests.

We asked owner Marni Gold how the idea of Creative Custom Card Boxes came to be and here's what she said:
"I came to the wedding and party business in a slightly different way than many.  I'm a trained singer and experienced voice teacher who studied opera and musical theater in college, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from the University of Central Florida.  My performance career took me to Germany, England and Italy, where I was inspired to share my passion for music through teaching.  After attaining my Master's Degree in Education, I taught at the local high schools in New Jersey and now teach private voice lessons at a music school in New Jersey.

I was planning my wedding in 2008 and was searching for a unique and secure way to store gifts and cards at the wedding reception.  Frustrated with the gaudy, tacky, and just plain expensive options I came across, my mom and I decided to create an eco-friendly custom card box that was simple, elegant and understated that still corresponded with my wedding colors and theme.  This was a natural fit with both our years of entertaining and decor experience, and so the idea of Creative Custom Card Boxes was born!"

This mother-daughter team understands the importance of personalization and exchanges fabric swatches, photographs, and other items of importance with their clients for inspiration when designing the custom card boxes.  They also pride themselves in making sure their card boxes and other products remain as affordable as possible.  (But we'll get to price point later on in the blog!)
What does C. Brower & Co love about Creative Custom Card Boxes?
The Brower Power Design Team loves all the options and fine details offered by Creative Custom Card Boxes (and our fans know we are all about the details!), but we really love the fact that the creative artistry of these boxes are all Eco-friendly.  Each box is handcrafted out of heavy duty Eco-friendly recycled paper mache, then hand painted using durable acrylic paint.

How can I keep my cards secure during the event and how do I remove them afterwards?
The lid on the two tier box is actually glued shut, with ribbons securing both tiers in place.  Cards are retrieved through the back of the box and you have the option to add a free security closure for extra added security at your event.  You can request this feature when filling out your Design Specifiation Form during checkout on the website or you can call with your special request.

What other options and products does Creative Custom Card Boxes offer?

In addition to the 1 to 4 tier boxes, Creative Custom Card Boxes offers the "Guest Wishes" Guest Book Box.  It's an innovative new alternative to the standard guest book used at weddings and other social occassions, or the wish trees often used at non-profit events.  Guests fill out wish cards with their thoughts, feelings, best wishes and blessings for the guests of honor and insert them into the "Guest Wishes" box.  It echos the design of the Creative Custom Card Box, reflecting the colors and style of the event, but more importantly it makes a wonderful keepsake!    
In addition, hand crafted custom cake table decor letters and monogram cake toppers are available.  They are a beautiful and budget friendly way to give your wedding cake table or any part of your reception that little special touch.

Price Point?
Creative Custom Card Boxes prices are fantastic!  They range from as low as $60 - $125 with additional pricing for add-on embellishments.  Visit their website at http://www.creativecustomcardboxes.com/ for more information on embellishment options and to place an order

For additional questions about Creative Custom Card Boxes, contact Marni Gold at 888-315-9296 or info@creativecustomcardboxes.com
Can't get enough of seeing those beautiful card boxes? Follow them on facebook!

Oh....almost forgot!  Please join me in wishing Marni a very Happy Birthday today! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Feature Friday!  So you don’t miss out on any future Brower Power Feature Friday fun, join our blog or follow us on facebook and twitter!

Have an “event”-ful weekend!!!


Friday, September 10, 2010

Tour the Town! Destination: RHNJ

Did you think we were just going to feature products and vendors on our "Feature Friday" and not share with you some cool events?   If you thought that you were wrong!  Of course we're going to keep you in the know of some of the latest and greatest happenings going on!

This week’s “Feature Friday” shares with our readers a super cool event coming up that we just learned about on facebook, so get ready to save the date, October 22, 2010.

Who out there is a RHNJ fan??
If you raised your hand you are going to love this event: The New Jersey Housewives Tour!

The New Jersey Housewives Tour is a motor coach tour of Northern New Jersey that will visit various locations made famous by the hit Reality TV Show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” including local eateries, salons, homes and more. The full day tour includes a four course lunch at The Brownstone (no tipping over tables allowed Teresa fans!) as well as shopping at Posche!  And…..each attendee will receive a goodie bag of fun New Jersey related items.

What could be better than that?
The cost of this event is $95 but for a limited time there is a special rate of only $75.

How did this tour come about?
The show organizer, an independent event management company, lives and works in the area that the RHNJ is filmed and many of the places featured on the show are part of their everyday lives. Friends and family thought it was “cool” that they have their nails done at the same place featured on the show, or that they see many of the housewives around town. So many friends and family had asked to be driven around town when they visited and be shown the featured locations the idea for the tour was born!

If you would like to register for The New Jersey Housewives Tour, see the famous sites the RHNJ frequent, and have lunch at the Brownstone, click here to register for the event. For questions about the tour call 973-628-0007 or e-mail njhousewivestour@aol.com.  Dont forget to join the facebook page at The NJ Housewives Tour and chat with your fellow Housewives fans!
Hope to see you on the tour!


Friday, September 3, 2010

It's All About YouBooth!!

Welcome to our next segment of “Feature Friday!” This week’s hot pick is the YouBooth from 5th Avenue Digital.

What is a YouBooth, you ask?  
YouBooth is a new streamlined and modern version of the old-fashioned photo booth.  5th Avenue Digital has deconstructed the old kind of photobooth, taking away the walls so people can move around freely in front of the camera. It’s a great entertainment element for corporate or social events – fun, interactive, and instant gratification as guests can have their photos printed out instantly to take home! What a great party favor for guests to walk away with at your event!
Ummmm…. what happens if my guests leave and forget to take their photos?
No need to worry because the folks at 5th Avenue Digital have got that one covered! They can send you the links to all your event photos so your guests can have copies for their website or photo albums or just to share with colleagues, family and friends.

What does C. Brower & Co love about the YouBooth?
Besides the fact that its tons of fun (and our design and production team loves fun!), we love that the YouBooth is compact and attractive, just like a piece of modern furniture. It’s a beautifully varnished birch wood chest with a plexiglass top, roughly the height of an average adult. For event designers there is nothing worse than having your guests walk into an event tripping over tripods and large set ups and gadgets that stick out like a sore thumb. YouBooth takes care of all that mess and blends right in creating an aesthetically pleasing look that draws people in because all the elements (camera, printer, paper) are self contained in the booth, giving a clean silhouette. Unlike traditional photobooths, this one is free standing with no cramped seating to squeeze into. You just stand in front of it, press the foot pedal and voila! Out come your photos!!  Pretty cool, huh?

Corporate clients – listen up! Social clients –you too!
YouBooth is available with a custom photo template that allows for branding for corporate events, or commemoration for weddings, Mitzvah’s, Sweet 16’s or other social occasions. The photo format can also be customized and programmed to deliver a series of images – two, three or even six images per sheet, in color or black and white and branded with your logo or message. In addition, YouBooth images can be simultaneously shown on large screens around the venue so everyone can share in the fun! Check out the latest video of YouBooth in action at the New York Methodist event at LaVenue. YouBooth was such a big hit that its line was bigger than the one at the bar!

What else is so fab about YouBooth?
YouBooth comes with a great prop kit which allows people to do more than just stand there and pose for a photo. The props bring out a sense of play and silliness that makes for more fun and engaging photos. Props can include empty frames in various sizes and paper lips and mustaches for all the masquerading fun! But -- here is the best part about YouBooth that I love (and my team knows how impatient I can be!), YouBooth prints out photos within 10 – 15 seconds for instant gratification! And, no event is too big for YouBooth – this powerhouse of a machine is capable of printing 550 4x6 photos or 330 5x7’s before needing a change of paper so it can run for hours and hours unattended.

Can I afford YouBooth for my event?

You betcha! You don’t need a huge entertainment budget to have YouBooth at your event. It’s reasonably priced and provides such a great entertainment value for your event that you may even want to order two for your larger corporate or social event! 
I cannot wait to put YouBooth into my own client proposals!  To find out more about pricing, give my friends at 5th Avenue Digital a call at 212-741-6427. Owner Elizabeth Beskin and Director of Sales Beth Baynum will be very happy to assist you!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Feature Friday!  So you don’t miss out on any future Brower Power Feature Friday fun, join our blog or follow us on facebook and twitter!

Have an “event”-ful weekend!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010


Heard of Follow Friday on Twitter? Well the Brower Power Team is starting a new program called “Feature Friday” where we will be featuring some of our favorite new vendors and products we’ve found along the way in our travels across the land! We’re excited to introduce you to some people you haven’t met yet, and some exciting new products out there.

Who will be the first you ask and how did we choose??? That one is an easy one!

Let me introduce to you Robert (Bob) Calabrese of Robert Edward Woodworking located in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. Bob is an incredibly talented woodworker who designs unique and exquisitely detailed, hand carved wedding cake and cupcake stands. Bob was chosen as our first “Feature Friday” not only because of his incredible talent, but by how we met him – over Facebook! Thanks to the power of social media, it’s another planner to vendor match made in heaven! Planners and brides alike are going to love this product for their special event!

We asked Bob how his career creating custom designed cake stands began and here is what he had to say:

“My love for woodworking started at a very young age – probably about 10 or 12. I was always making things from scrap pieces of wood from my Dad’s workshop. As I got older, my attention shifted to pencil sketching, oil painting and much later photography – particularly architectural photography. During a recent trip to Savannah, Georgia I took many photographs of all the beautiful homes in the historic district. I thought I might try and sell some of my work. One of the homes I photographed was the Mercer Williams House, in my opinion, the most beautiful home in Savannah. I sent some of my photographs to the owner and Carriage Shop manager and we developed a very good relationship. I mentioned to the Shop Manager that I do woodworking – things like very detailed birdfeeders, candle holders and planters. The Shop Manager liked my work, but didn’t think there was a market for it. She suggested I build a replica of one of the gazebos in Savannah and try to sell it as a wedding cake topper.
Since this gazebo was popular for weddings, it might be of interest to wedding planners. It took me several months to build the gazebo, but once it was completed, I was totally hooked on woodworking. Building that gazebo convinced me to start a woodworking business and in 2008 Robert Edward Woodworking was born. The gazebo cake topper idea never really took off, but it lead to the cake stand concept after speaking with one of the wedding planners in Savannah.
Many, many people in the wedding and event industry that I have had the pleasure of coming into contact with over the past 2 years have been unbelievably supportive in helping me promote my work. However, there are three that I must acknowledge.

Collette Foley, owner of Collette Foley Specialty Baking in New York City put me in touch with editors of several major wedding magazines after we exchanged only a few e-mails. Her positive support and frequent advice helped me immensely as I tried to find my way into the wedding industry. Collette created an opportunity for me to build my first round stand for an Elegant Bride Magazine photo shoot.

Kerry Vincent, famed Food Network judge and cake decorator, responded to the first e-mail I sent her by asking me to call her. She said she wanted to offer me some advice on how to market my work. One day I saw Kerry on TV and only a few days later I was actually talking to her on the phone! To say I was thrilled doesn’t even come close. That was almost 2 years ago and Kerry remains unbelievably helpful. Each year I work with Kerry in designing and donating a cake stand for her Oklahoma Sugar Art Show in Tulsa. I am completely impressed with the time she has devoted to helping me and countless others. She is a gem of a person.

Nancy Kay, owner of
Nancy Kay Confections in Santa Barbara, California sent me pages of advice relating to starting my business as well as advice specific to the wedding industry. After knowing NancyKay only a few weeks, she was kind enough to take the time from her very busy schedule to contact me with advice.”

What a fantastic story! Our design team loves creative people and learning how they got their start. We love Bob’s
product and are happy to share it with the world. We think he is definitely the ACE OF CAKE STANDS!! The price points for his product are fantastic with Cake Stands ranging from $170 - $300 and Cupcake Display Stands ranging from $200 - $415 for 3 and 6 tier displays. Coffee table stands are also available!

If you would like to meet Bob and see his gorgeous
cake stands in person, he will be showcasing at the ISES New Jersey North Chapter Cake-Off Kick-Off at Harborside Creative Catering in Jersey City on September 22nd! You can register for the event online at http://www.isesnjnorth.org/.

If you can’t make it to the event but would like more information about designs and pricing, feel free to contact Bob directly at:
Robert Edward Woodworking
Phone: 201-393-0507
Cell: 201-394-4835
Fax: 201-462-0634
We hope you enjoyed our first Feature Friday! So you dont miss out on any future Brower Power Feature Friday fun, join our blog or follow us on facebook and twitter!

Until then, have an “event”-ful weekend!!!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bling it On! C. Brower & Co Shines at the ISES NJ North Garden State Gala!

C. Brower & Co Creative Events spent this past Tuesday night at the International Special Events Society (ISES) New Jersey North Chapter’s First Annual Garden State Gala, “Bling it On! Honoring Those Who Shine”. The Gala was held at the beautiful Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale, NJ. For us, this was an extra special event for a number of reasons.

When I started my term as VP of Communications for the ISES NJ North Chapter, I learned that in the 12 years in Chapter history, there had never been a Gala held. I put forth to the Board of Directors the idea of hosting a Gala to honor and recognize their Chapter members for their accomplishments in the special events industry. With the support of the Board, we developed a Gala Committee, and ISES NJ North hosted its first Garden State Gala on June 8th, themed “Bling it On! Honoring Those Who Shine”, which was communicated through the invitations, décor and even the awards themselves, with diamonds and crystals galore!

The event turned out to be a spectacular evening, with attendees including friends, family and a huge support from fellow ISES Northeast Region Chapters, ISES Rhode Island, ISES NY Metro, and ISES DC. My dear friend Sir Andrew Larris, from the ISES DC Chapter and Event Host for Andy Kushner Entertainment, (and former New Jersey-ite!) came to host our Chapter’s first Gala. Andrew kept the crowd entertained and excited, and treated us to some sweet dance moves on the dance floor when CTO Artists AREA 51 band performed! The evening was a great opportunity to meet and mingle with old friends and new, and to celebrate a successful year.

The evening turned out to be full of unexpected surprises for me! The Brower Power Design Team took home a win for Best Event Design/Décor ( a weighty etched crystal diamond!) for an event we designed last May, “iMAX Experience” at the unique Cradle of Aviation Museum, and I was honored with a President’s Award from ISES NJ North Chapter President, Dennis Telischak, for my work as VP of Communications of the ISES NJ North Chapter. This included a complete rebranding and new marketing campaign for the chapter including a new website, new newsletter, and new eblasts the chapter sends out as monthly meeting invitations. What a great year it was!

But…… just when I thought the evening couldn’t get any better…………

Part of the evening’s festivities was a diamond raffle sponsored by the luxury jeweler, Jewels of Ocean. One hundred percent of the raffle proceeds went to support the SEARCH Foundation, which my dear friend and Honoree of the evening, Michael Cerbelli, President of Special Events at Total Entertainment, serves as the Chairman. Our Chapter was so proud to be able to present Michael with a check of $1,400 that was raised that evening for SEARCH!! Unexpectedly and unbelievably, I turned out to be the winner of the diamond raffle!!!

It truly was a magical evening for me – an incredible night, celebrating an amazing year. But stay tuned… We’ve got more great events coming up this summer, and another year of ISES ahead of us – this time as President-Elect for the New Jersey North Chapter!


Brower Power!