Five Things We’re Looking Forward To In 2017

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Wedding season is almost in full swing. The Arbor Loft is busy and buzzing with brides and grooms who have chosen the Arbor Loft as a space for their ceremony, reception, or in some cases both! We are so lucky to be a part of so many memorable moments at the Arbor Loft. We certainly are looking forward to being able to help make those couples’ day that much more special and perfect.

Local Business Collabs

Rochester is covered in local businesses, that’s what makes this city that much more special! It’s amazing what can happen when two, or three, or four local businesses collaborate. We love the idea of combining skills and thoughts to create something totally unique and fresh. No stranger to collabs, we can’t wait to see what kind of creations can be made and local businesses supporting one another. Keep an eye out for some with The Little Theater!

Girl Power & Celebrating Women

You know what they say, who runs the world? GIRLS. At Agathi & Co. we are all about empowering women to reach their fullest and highest potential. In 2017, we are on the edge of our seats to see what new ways we can empower women. With events like La Femme Women's Expo, Yelp’s Roc Boss Ladies Tea Party, Roc Girl Gang’s “Becoming a Boss,” it is just the beginning for the rise of women and girl power this coming year.

Growth of Small Business in Rochester

Every year it seems like Rochester becomes more and more diverse with what it has to offer. We chalk that up to the growing number of small/local businesses finding a home within the 585. With 2017 already in motion, we expect that it will bring more small businesses and growth to the community. We can’t wait to try new things, go new places, and make new memories around this city!

Out With The Old, In With The New

Lastly, we look forward to learning! Simple yes, we know, but it’s amazing how much we learn not just from ourselves and others but through experiences. So, this year, we look forward to learning and experiencing new things, getting out of our comfort zone, going the distance, and every other cliche in the book. But seriously, we are so excited for this 2017 journey, aren’t you?

xo-Hayley

How to Make an Event Space Your Own

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Having the chance to utilize a blank event space is the perfect opportunity to bring your Pinterest board to life and tap into your creative side. The Arbor Loft has so much charm with its wood floors, cream walls and windows that welcome ample amounts of natural light. Extenuating the beauty of the space is something we encourage all of our clients to do, whether it be small decorations that bring in a pop of color or extravagant vintage furniture that sets the mood for the night. There are endless options as to how you can expand on the wow factor that comes along with hosting an event.

Picking a vision is one of the first steps towards planning for your event, having a basic idea as to what you want the feel of the space to be when you walk in is not always an easy decision. Once you decide on a vision, the rest of the smaller details come together with a nice flow alongside your master plan. For example, a bohemian chic dinner party would incorporate softer pastel colors such as browns, light teals and pale pinks. Dream catchers would be a nice party favor since that ties in with the bohemian theme, making sure your event details coordinate with each other takes a party from amazing to absolutely unforgettable.

Small details are just as important as the larger ones. Bring in cute napkins that are personalized with a monogram, name tables after places or people that relate to your theme are just a few ideas that spruce up any blank event space. Having interactive stations is also a great way to take any event up a notch. Polaroid cameras have made a huge comeback and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Such a perfect way for guests to take action shots and document them in a memory book for the guests of honor. Make your own cappuccino stations have been a hit as well, end your event with a little caffeine boost and have your guests brew up a fresh cup before they head home, trust me everyone will love it.

Many blank event spaces can be quickly transformed with plants and greenery, simple up lighting around the walls and a lounge area to escape to during the hustle and bustle. Vintage furniture and props can create a magical feel to any event, placing elegant chairs and couches around a space for guests to interactive with and take photos on. Chinese lanterns are an affordable option to brighten up any event, and since there are so many colors and variations of them it is a wonderful option to go along with any vision.

No matter what event you are planning in a blank space, don’t be afraid to take risks and wow your guests with an outstanding set up and experience. Trust your ideas and have fun with it, invite friends and family along during the planning process to gather other opinions and design visuals. Planning an event is a memorable and rewarding experience, so soak it all in and be proud of the transformation you create in your blank event space!

xo-Laura

Event Pictured: RPO Pour and Pair Event and a Wedding at the Arbor Loft