Monthly Archives November 2017

Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting

By kayla
At Nov 29, 2017

Tonight I visited Faneuil Hall for the annual tree lighting ceremony. This was my first time so I’m excited to check it off my bucket list!

What goes on during the ceremony ? WBZ-TV News aired the half-hour event live; I hope I was on TV! This year the show featured holiday entertainment – a choir singing, blue man group performing, and Mayor Marty Walsh flipping the switch to light up the 83-ft tree. To be honest, it was difficult to hear the live performances in the crowd and I couldn’t hear the news anchors at all (I assume the sound quality was better on TV). A crowd had formed around the tree by 6 pm but I didn’t join until closer to 7 and I think I had a good view – check out some pictures below! Overall it was nice to be a part of something special in the city and soak up the holiday spirit!

Click here for more information about what’s happening this holiday season around Faneuil Hall. One of the things I hope to check out is Blink!, a high-tech light and sound display featuring thousands of LED lights at night. Interested in visiting Boston this winter but don’t want to just get caught in the cold? I’d love to help you plan a fun trip, let’s chat!

Before the tree was lit…

This 12-ton Norwegian Spruce tree is 85 years old and came all the way from Long Island, New York. But don’t worry, this tree is a Red Sox fan!!!

The crowd around the tree at the ceremony – listening to the choir sing.

….and the tree all lit up!

This tree is the largest holiday tree in New England! It’s also bigger than the one in NYC’s Rockefeller Center which is normally only 75 ft! How ya like them apples?

 

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Featured Invitations

By kayla
At Nov 18, 2017

House Warming Party

My good friends from college bought a house together over the summer! As sad as it was to watch them move out of the city, I am super excited for their next adventure. They’ve been working really hard to get their new home in shape to finally have company over. When they were planning their house-warming BBQ, they gave me a call to make sure they weren’t forgetting any details before they started inviting guests. I passed along a few tips about food and such, then offered to make them a flyer. This would help to make communicating details about the event easier amidst all the chaos of a new home. They had mention all their labor reminded them of the HGTV Show, Fixer Upper. I used this comparison to design the custom invitation you see below.

Spring Break Reunion 

Having graduated a few years ago, staying in touch with friends is only getting tougher! We all miss each other so much and it’s easiest to catch up with everyone all at one time. After surveying a group of over a dozen, I found the best date and time for us all to reunite in Boston. We knew we wanted to do something to remind us of our senior-year Spring Break trip to Panama City Beach (PCB). Short a few white sand beaches and public drinking laws, I decided that meeting at Lawn on D would be a great compromise. With the location and time set, I designed the invitation flyer below with pictures from our actual trip to PCB. Everyone loved to reminisce over the memories.

Independence Day Party

My friend Devin has one of the best views of Boston from his apartment that I’ve ever seen. When I found out he was thinking about hosting a 4th of July Party, I drafted the flyer below for him. To my delight, he loved it! Especially the funny comments I added in like, “GTFO I have work tomorrow.” Devin sent this holiday party flyer to all his friends and it helped to make the event a huge success.

Girl’s Slumber Party

When my fiance is travelling for work, I like to optimize on girl time! I decided to throw an adult version of a slumber party – complete with nail painting, gossip and classic chick-flicks! To convey all the potential fun we could have without gross boys around (ew, cooties!), I made this flyer and invited about a dozen friends to come over and hang out for the night. We had a lot of fun but I went way overboard on all the food!  

 

 

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Examples

By kayla
At Nov 16, 2017

Custom Modern Invitations and Flyers I have designed over the years.

  

Notes:

(1) Image quality reduced to provide better download speeds. For questions concerning quality, please see my FAQ page or reach out to me via e-mail.

(2) All client info is confidential; all names and personaladdresses have be changed to protect customer identity.

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Best Apps to Download before Visiting Boston

By kayla
At Nov 16, 2017

A list of Mobile Apps I recommend you download and explore before traveling to Boston. All FREE (some in-app purchases).

Transportation

  1. ParkBoston use to pay parking meters (save those quarters!)
  2. Boston PayTix if you don’t use App #1…use this to easily pay your tickets
  3. TransitBOS best for planning bus trips
  4. ProximiT best for planning T rides 
  5. SpotHero find and buy parking spots near where you are
  6. Uber connects you with a personal driver 

Touring & Dining

  1. BHI (Boston Harbor Islands) for exploring the city islands
  2. NPS – Boston (National Park Service) for exploring the city, planning tours
  3. OpenTable meal reservation app
  4. TripBucket – Boston trip planning and touring information 

 

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