Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Andover Room and Gifford Events

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Andover, MA

Early this spring, I helped out with an event at The Andover Room at the Saints Constantine and Helen Church in Andover, Massachusetts. Coordinated by Laura Gifford of Gifford Events, this “Spring in Bloom open house was extended to Andover and surrounding communities to showcase what an event held at The Andover Room (which can accommodate up to 250 guests) is like. Tables were set with spring-green linens from Peterson Party Center Special Events Rental, flower arrangements were provided by Les Fleurs of Andover, and there were a number of raffled items including an interior paint color consultation donated by yours truly. Lots of delicious food was served by A Day to Remember Catering along with Ipswich Clambake, and invited guests had the opportunity to mingle and network while listening to live music by pianist John D’Ambrosio.

I brought my sister – who lives nearby – and we met fashion coach Susan Kanoff there (see a photo of us all together in this Andover Patch article). Susan has been featured in New England Finery and has been a regular on my blog (see related posts) and I knew her and my sis would hit it off since Linda always looks impeccable and her closet is beyond organized! We also ran into another friend of mine, Suzanne Roche, who I used to work with at Mullen when I was in advertising full-time. Suzanne now works for Northshore Magazine and I run into her quite often now at events like this one. That’s part of the reason why I love attending so many of these social occasions ... chances are always good that I will see someone I know or meet someone interesting : )

Event specialist Laura Gifford (in silver)

Below are a few images from Peterson Party Center for those of you daydreaming about hosting a future event of your own. And if you would like more information about The Andover Room, or having your event coordinated by Gifford Events, contact Laura Gifford, Event Specialist, at 978.761.0216 or email

For a large gathering I prefer the Crystal Ballroom Chair
like we chose for the “Spring in Bloom
event, but for a more
intimate setting I would love to use the
Mirage Chair.

Hybrid Frame Tent

When we finally host our backyard/barn summer bash, this is how
I would like it to look (but with room for a dance floor, of course!)

Did you know you can rent candelabras? These are just
$12 each, and will add a touch of elegance to any event.

And if you are hosting a big event and are concerned about
not having enough matching plates for everyone, consider renting
the exact amount of sets you need. Best part is you won’t have to
worry about finding a place to store them all afterwards!

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