DJ and Percussion- A Unique Twist!

Are you looking for unique entertainment  at your next event? Why not hire a DJ and Percussion Package?  It’s the best of both worlds!  The DJ  can play any song you want and the Live Percussion will make all the music sound live, just like a band.   There are three key components to make this work….A DJ that is great at beat mixing, a Percussionist that is awesome, who knows all the music, and  a great sound system.  We know the right people for you-Inpulse Entertainment!! They have a package that includes 3 guys (a DJ, MC and Percussionist) it really does look like a small band!

Simply Divine Events @ 2012 RNC

The 2012 RNC is just upon us, and Simply Divine Events is proud to say that we are planning some of the events that are coming to Tampa Bay!

Here is one star studded foreign policy discussion event we have been planning. Take a peek at the lineup! It has been an honor working with the International Republican Institute, U. S. Global Leadership Coalition, and ONE on this event.

In just a few short days this event will be steaming live on U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s website!


Speed Painter!

Looking for something new and unique at your next event? Why not hire a Speed Painter?!  Tim Decker is a performance painter who paints celebrity and patriotic portraits live to music in roughly 5-7 minutes.

Tim’s performance can be used at charities to help raise thousands of dollars. What a unique way to incorporate a performance into a live auction.

Another way to utilize his talents could be through a reveal on stage at a corporate event, or even hire him at a trade show.  He has painted at trade shows helping draw customers into booths. Then, you can collect business cards and raffle off his painting.

Take a look at this video of his awesome work!

How to Promote Hashtags at Events

While browsing online, we found a great article on BizBash– 15 ways to Promote Hashtags at Events written by Rose Chevalier.

Here are a few ways to do this!

Make Staffers Wear it!:

Staffers are a common sight at events, and some event producers have put hashtags on the outfits worn by greeters, caterwaiters, or even hosts. In February, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival advertised its official Twitter phrase on the T-shirts worn by participating chefs like Rocco DiSpirito.
Photo: Elizabeth Renfrow for BizBash

Add it to the Red Carpet:

The arrival areas of events involving celebrity guests tend to draw large crowds. To turn that to their advantage, the planners behind USA Network’s upfront in New York placed a large canvas emblazoned with the official hashtag high above the carpet where passersby could see it.
Photo: Brian Brooks/MB Productions

Mark it on Tickets:

The colorful plastic and paper wristbands used at concerts, festivals, and other big events can be customized to show a designated hashtag. To encourage guests at its Party in the Gardenfund-raiser to upload photos via Instagram, the Museum of Modern Art in New York handed out entry bracelets printed with the hashtag #PitG2012.
Photo: Nadia Chaudhury/BizBash

Print it on Functional items:

A more subtle approach is to use the hashtag on the cocktail napkins. The organizers ofTravel & Leisure‘s first Social Media in Travel & Tourism Awards (the Smittys) in New York on June 7 made sure attendees saw the hashtag when grabbing a bite from a passing waiter or when taking a cocktail from the bar.
Photo: Anna Sekula/BizBash

Put it Where Guests Gather:

Bars are almost always the most crowded areas of an event, and in addition to displaying the affair’s signature cocktails, drink menus can be marked with a hashtag.
Photo: Anna Sekula/BizBash

Turn it into an Activity:

A playful, original idea created by the planners behind Travel & Leisure‘s Social Media in Travel & Tourism Awards replaced entrance bracelets with sweatbands and invited guests to embellish them with quirky pins, one of which displayed the hashtag.
Photo: Anna Sekula/BizBash


Nathan’s Bar Mitzvah – T. Pepin Hospitality Centre

Earlier this year we had the pleasure of coordinating Nathan’s Rock n’ Roll themed Bar Mitzvah. Nathan loves music and plays the piano as well as the saxophone, so Rock n’ Roll was a perfect theme for his event.

Some details from the event… the guest tables were named after classic rock n’ roll bands. The table numbers were photos of the old album art for each artist/band. The escort cards were made to look like concert tickets.

Nathan even played a little sax and keyboard for all the guests! It was a fun event had by all.

Take a look at some of the photos below from the evening. Thank you CR Photo for documenting this special day!

A huge thank you to all the vendors involved:

Planning and Coordination: Lori with Simply Divine Events

Lighting, Floral and Decor: MMD Events

Photography and Photo Booth: CR Event Photography

Videography: Razz Productions

Gaming tables: Apollo Amusements

Dancers: Event Show Productions

Entertainment/Band and DJ: DeLeon Entertainment



Featured in Special Events Magazine

As I was reading through the new issue of Special Events Magazine I noticed we were listed on page 24!  The article was a re-cap of The Special Event Conference in Tampa, Florida this past January.  We are listed in the “Extra-Special Events article” where our team produced The Wedding Event and transformed the Florida State Fairgrounds into a stunning dining room.
Take a look!

The Wedding Event for The Special Event Conference

Last month Simply Divine Events had the unique opportunity to co-produce, alongside Sean De Freitas, one of the off-site events for the 2012 Special Event Conference- The Wedding Event! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work on an event of this magnitude, showcasing the newest trends and educating industry peers.
The event was held in the Exp Hall of The Florida State Fairgrounds. Our team of vendors loaded in and began to construct the event space on Monday morning. The event was held on that Thursday evening. The theme of the event was “Journey to Love”. Award winning film maker, Brett Culp, followed our team around and filmed the behind the scenes planning process- telling a story of our “journey” in producing The Wedding Event.
The theme of the event was built around four different looks. The looks were Modern Organic, Earthy Glitz, Country Chic, and Moroccan Vintage. In the cocktail area, Anglo Couture provided four brides and gowns where a vignette was designed around the look of each bride.
The main focal point and entertainment of the cocktail room was an opera singer in an eighty foot red dress, designed by Designs by Sean, singing beautiful love songs.
As the singer’s performance came to an end, pyro fireworks went off behind her and the four fabric doors dropped to the floor and guests entered into the main ballroom for dinner and the presentation. The room was broken up into the four distinct looks.

Please take a look of some of the photos from the event.

Photos courtesy of Rebecca Bouck Photography.

Moroccan Vintage Vignette

Main bar in the cocktail room

Lounge furniture in the cocktail room


The amazing singer

Moroccan Vintage centerpiece

Modern Organic

Earthy Glitz

Country Chic

A HUGE thank you to all the vendors who helped us put this AMAZING event together:
Ambassador Limousine
A La Carte Event Pavilion (catering)
Bay Stage Lighting
Cort Event Furnishing
Florida State Fairgrounds
Panache a Classic Party Rental Company
Anglo Couture
PRI Productions
Brett Culp Films
Accent Decor
Big Image Systems
Deco AV
Designs by Sean
Event Star
MMD Events
Rebecca Bouck
Zambelli Fireworks
A Piece of Cake
Alessi Bakery
Andy Frain Services
Blossoms, Branches, and More
Cafe A La Carte, Tampa Bay
Cakes by Nomeda
Chantilly Cakes
Concept Bait
Costa Tropicals
Epic 1
Every Last Detail
First Class DJ Services
Flutter Fetti
Full Pot of Flowers
Garrett Sound and Light
Global Experience Specialist
Globodyne Productions and Designs
Inspire Entertainment
J. Thor Productions
Passion Growers
Russ Wholesale Flowers
Sigma Services
Smiters Oasis
TBA Communications
The Cake Zone
The Fresh Garland Company
The Gelato Carte
Wind Visuals
J. Keith White with AANDK Productions
Rene Van Rems International
Stan Epps with Stan’s Floral Concepts
La Vie En Rose
Steve Duke with A Touch of Paradise

Behind the Scenes Film from The Wedding Event

A huge thank you to Brett Culp for creating these 4 short films; a behind the scenes look into the planning process of TSE’s Wedding Event. In these films you will see Sean Freitas, our co-chair and designer of the event, along with Lori and Jessica with Simply Divine Events, the logistics chairs.
Click the link below to watch the films.
Thank you to all the vendors who made this event spectacular- we couldn’t have done it with out you!

TSE’s 2012 Wedding Event

Lori and Jessica with Simply Divine Events worked alongside Sean De Freitas with Designs by Sean in co-producing the 2012 TSE Wedding Event!

We are so honored to have been chosen to be co-chairs for The Wedding Event for the Special Event Conference that was held in Tampa last week. The Special Event Conference is one of the largest trade shows and conferences in the Event Planning Industry.
In this blog post we are going to take you behind the scenes to see the process of setting up an event of this magnitude. The event was held in the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds, and it took us 4 long days and nights to install this event. This has been the most challenging event we have worked on; and we executed it flawlessly.
The Expo Hall is an 88,000 square foot space. We transformed and brought in this space creating walls to the size and look of an elegant ballroom for 700 guests.
The Floor Plan

Day 1- unloading the trucks…

Building the truss…

Setting up the floral designers area. We had 4 designers; their teams set up 4 work stations and began to lay out their vases and process their flowers…

Day 2 – Building the 100 ft. long chandelier…

Setting up the cocktail area…

More flowers arrive…

Begin to design the centerpieces…

Day 3 – truss goes up and start laying tables…

Finish setting tables…
We had four looks inside the ballroom this is:
Earthly Glitz

Moroccan Vintage

Modern Organic

Country Chic

The stage begins to be built…

The stage- finished product

Day 4 – final tweaks and event day!
One of the cocktail hour vignettes- Moroccan Vintage

Cocktail area

Cocktail area – Opera singer in the 80′ red dress (Dramatic)

The finished look inside the main dining room

Thank you to all the vendors who helped make this happen- there were over 50 vendors who helped us pull this event off!!! We will be sure to list everyone when we do another post of the professional photos.

Event Branding article from Special Event Magazine

Brilliant Branding: Event Designers Share Secrets of Best Branding

Beauty spot: The Revlon lounge from Sequoia Productions. Photo by Nadine Froger Photography.

It takes a deft hand to handle a brand. Corporate event experts use many tools to share their client’s message at events. But they caution against the impulse simply to plaster the brand all over the event.

“I think it is important that a brand be incorporated into an event in an organic way and not staged,” says Gary Levitt, vice president of Los Angeles-based Sequoia Productions. “Otherwise, it will feel like a ‘paid’ advertisement.”

Powerful branding can be as simple as a color choice, Levitt says. “There are instances, mostly with private events, where the ‘brand’ is simply a color palette or design that will be incorporated into the invite and be carried throughout the elements of the event,” he explains.

Sequoia created an elegant branded event for client Revlon with the “Revlon Ice Cream Bar and Lounge.” Custom ice creams — inspired by the latest Revlon spokeswomen and lip-gloss flavors — were served in cones topped with a branded chocolate medallion, “perfect for a late summer party,” Levitt says. “Cigarette” girls tray-passed Revlon’s latest lipsticks in the lounge, which was branded with pillows and oversized photo backdrops.

“When guests walk into a branded space and want to hang out there all night, we acknowledge that as a job well done,” Levitt adds.


Jodi Wolf recommends using a light touch with logos.

A common branding mistake is “overexposure and saturation” of the client logo, says the president of Chicago’s Paulette Wolf Events & Entertainment. “Putting your logo on a wall is not branding. PWEE does not like to do themed events; we create environments instead, and oversaturating your logo is to branding the way a theme party is to creating an exciting event. It simply isn’t the most effective, interesting way to do things.”

While tools such as gobos and banners will “always be a staple for events,” Wolf says, she suggests putting graphics in other places, such as on the aprons of catering staff or along the edges of lounge furniture. For one event, she and her team turned the client’s product into decor — literally. “Recently for fixture-maker Grohe America, we used their colorful showerheads in our floral arrangements and food station decor,” she explains.

In a chic spin on branding, PWEE stressed the high-end designs of faucet-maker Brizo by commissioning fashion designers including Michael Kors and Tory Burch to create garments made from special fabric printed with subtle patterns of the faucets. “The one-of-a-kind collection was then presented across the country to industry and media audiences, and got national media attention,” Wolf says.

To carry through the ‘airline in the clouds’ theme for client Microsoft, In Good Company creates a brand for the event series, including logo’d flight-crew ‘wing’ pins. Photo by Allure West Photography / © In Good Company Events Inc.


Kristjan Gavin, CMP, president of San Ramon, Calif.-based In Good Company, urges event designers to push their imaginations when creating branded events.

For an event series for client Microsoft Ltd. at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, held in July in Los Angeles, In Good Company started with a wide array of standard branding tools — step-and-repeats, banners and the like. But the event team did much more.

“Every vendor was asked to work from Microsoft Windows 7 platforms, and to make all technology visible,” Gavin explains. “This included our CGI 3D mapping — by Ernie Ernstrom from [San Francisco-based] DaVinci Fusion — done to the stage backdrop wall.” The 3D mapping “integrated pictures taken on-site and driven through a product using Microsoft ‘Deep Zoom’ technology,” Gavin adds.

With the thrust of the event the client’s push toward “cloud-based” services, the event team developed a airline-themed “first-class in the cloud” brand, carried through the event series in everything from an inflatable “cloud” meeting space to Microsoft-branded wing pins.

Designers can do more if they “think of the brand experience at a subconscious level,” Gavin says, “such as integrating the client product in a new, innovative way.”