Intern Spotlight: Meet Madison!

November 30, 2017. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, Intern Spotlight

We are incredibly lucky to have an amazing intern on our team this fall!

Today, we are turning the spotlight on her to learn a little bit about who she is and why she wanted to intern at A. Dominick Events.

Meet Madison Hearney.

Madison, A. Dominick Events Fall 2017 intern

Where are you from: Saint James, NY – about an hour east of New York City.

Where are you at school: I’m a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. My major is Hearing and Speech Sciences and my certificate is in Leadership Studies.

Did you always want to be in the events industry: As you can probably tell from my current major, it actually took me a little while to figure out that I wanted to be in the events industry. Growing up, I was always the family planner – even as a kid I would take charge of planning family parties and vacations. My parents always joked that I would make a great cruise ship director, but I always saw event planning as something I did not just because I was good at it, but also just because I thought it was fun.

It took me a little longer to figure out that this was actually I wanted to do as a career. Coming into college, I was an Animal Sciences major on the Pre-Vet track, and after my first semester decided to pursue Speech Language Pathology. I got my start in event planning almost accidentally, as an intern for the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs. In my role, I was in charge of organizing the Big Ten Leadership Conference in both August 2016 and August 2017. Being in an event coordinator role, I fell in love with the environment and responsibilities of the job, and it was clear to me from that point on that I belonged in the events industry.

My career progression has definitely been an interesting and unusual one. Currently, my dream job is to stick around in the events industry, but even more specifically I want to coordinate and execute professional golf tournaments. Weddings and golf tournaments actually aren’t all that different when it comes down to planning and managing an event with so many parts that have to work together perfectly. My experiences here at A. Dominick Events have given me such a strong skill set in what it takes to plan an amazing event, and I know that I’m going to be able to use everything I’ve learned here in the whatever I choose to do moving forward.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far: This internship has been, by far, the most exciting, fun, and hands-on experience I’ve ever had. I would have to say that one of my favorite parts of this internship is that no two days are ever the same. Some days I’m in the office, others are spent in downtown Washington, DC, and my favorite days are always the actual day of whichever event we’re working on. It’s been so cool to experience all of the different aspects of the industry, and working with the A. Dominick Events team is teaching me exactly what it takes to be successful both in and out of the work world.

This internship is one that is designed and set up to be a hands-on learning environment. I can’t even begin to name all of the lessons I’ve learned and the skills I’ve developed as a result of my semester with the team at A. Dominick Events. It’s so easy to tell that Aimee, Cindy, and Ashley are truly invested in making sure that I’m getting something new out of the experience every day. I love that each day, I am trusted with new and more advanced responsibilities, and knowing that I’m contributing to the production of an incredible event is such a rewarding and amazing feeling. Being around the team, and experiencing first-hand just how talented and dedicated they are to every event that they create, is something that is going to inspire me for the rest of my career and my life.

What has been your favorite moment during your internship so far: I really don’t think I’m going to be able to choose a single favorite moment from this internship. Without a doubt, the event days are always some of the most exciting and rewarding moments of the experience. Knowing that I contributed even a small part in turning a collection of photos and floorplans and contracts into someone’s dream event is the most incredible feeling. Working together with so many other people to bring everything to life is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and that moment when everything is finally in place is nothing short of magical.

So many of my friends have told me how jealous they are of my job, and I can’t blame them. I’m genuinely so excited to come to work every day, and that in itself is something I’m definitely not taking for granted. This experience has been so above and beyond anything I could have imagined, and I’m so grateful to Aimee, Cindy, and Ashley for making this a semester unlike any other.

We’ve enjoyed having you so much and can’t wait to see what you do next, Madison!

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Thanksgiving Dos and Don’ts

November 21, 2017. Category: advice, diy

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s about that time to start thinking about your celebration, especially if you’re the one hosting! Here are a couple of tips and tricks we’ve picked up over the years that you can use to make your Thanksgiving celebration run smoothly.

DO: Take on only as much as you think will be fun. Don’t overdo it, you want this to be an enjoyable evening for everyone, including yourself! Keep the size of the gathering to an amount of people you’re actually comfortable hosting in your home. By not taking on too much, you’re going to ensure the best time for everyone!

DON’T: Feel like you have to make everything from scratch. There are plenty of delicious alternatives to cooking yourself, whether that’s picking up desserts from your local bakery or ordering dishes from your favorite restaurant or catering company. Ordering or buying a couple of your harder-to-make dishes is going to make your day all the more relaxed enjoyable for both you and your guests.

DO: Plan ahead. One of the easiest ways to make your Thanksgiving morning less stressful is to prepare some of your dishes in advance. A trick that Aimee uses every year is to make her rolls a few days before Thanksgiving and then freeze them. By doing this, they stay fresh and on the day of all she has to do is pop them in the oven, saving time and unnecessary stress!

DO: Delegate to guests. Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you have to do it all yourself! Guests are going to be more than happy to pitch in, plus this is a great way for people to showcase their cooking skills. It’s absolutely okay to ask guests to bring a dish or dessert for the party, and involving everyone in the preparation of the meal is going to add to the Thanksgiving spirit.

DON’T: Forget tupperware to send leftovers home with guests. We all love the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to want to have those leftovers in your fridge a week or two later!

DO: Have an icebreaker. If your guests don’t know each other (or even if they do!) a fun activity at the start of the evening is a great way to get everyone mingling. One of our favorites is asking guests in advance to submit one or two obscure facts about themselves, so that they can guess which facts belong to which person. This is a great way to not only test how well you all know each other, but also learn some new information about your friends and family!

DON’T: Forget to leave space on the table for food. While setting your Thanksgiving dinner table, it’s easy to overlook the fact that even though you want to fill the table with pretty settings and centerpieces, you still need to fit all of the food!

DO: Make a large-batch cocktail or punch. Doing this is going to allow your guests to help themselves to the bar while you’re cooking. Plus, this is a quick and easy way for you to try out a fun new cocktail for all of your guests to enjoy together on Thanksgiving.

DON’T: Wear tight clothing! The best part about Thanksgiving is the food, and at the end of the night you’re going to be thanking yourself for not wearing an uncomfortable outfit. There are plenty of ways to dress up in “comfy chic,” i.e. a dress or big sweater, so that you can look stylish in an outfit you’re going to be happy in all night.

DO: Consider hiring someone to help with the clean-up. After an evening filled with family and fun, cleaning up isn’t going to be something you’re looking forward to. One of our favorites is Protocol Staffing to help out with set up and/or break down after an event.

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Grease is the Word

November 16, 2017. Category: afterparty, caterering, inspiration

After a long, fun night filled with dancing and celebration, your guests are definitely going to be craving a late night snack. Here are some of our favorite creative ways that party hosts have treated friends and family to delicious mini-meals at the end of the night!


You can’t ever go wrong with a burger and fries, especially from Boardwalk Fries. This classic combo was a huge hit as the party came to a close, and guests were loving the chance to indulge in some yummy sliders and fries at the end of the night.


At the end of this couple’s wedding celebration, they treated guests to the quintessential snack food after a night of fun: pizza! This pizza truck from DC Slices pulled up at the end of the night with several delicious options to satisfy guests’ late-night cravings.


This fabulous sixtieth birthday capped off an unforgettable evening with a wide variety of late-night treats, our favorite being a Breakfast At Midnight bar!


This fun couple stepped out of the box with this taco truck from Surfside in Washington, DC. This creative snack was a huge crowd-pleaser and was the perfect way for this couple to continue the good times had at their celebration!



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A fun twist at your wedding

November 09, 2017. Category: uncategorized

One of our favorite new trends is tassels. Incorporating tassels into your wedding or party decor can add a fun and effervescent feel to the atmosphere on your special day!

Tassels are a fantastic way to add a unique twist to an old classic. These escort cards were given an upgrade by adding different colored tassels, and are a great way to set the tone for a fun and lively celebration!

A photo wall is a perfect way to get guests involved in your celebration, and having tassels in the background takes the fun one step further!

This couple added a fun and creative touch to their wedding photos by adding tassels to their balloons.


A great way to incorporate tassels into your wedding is through jewelry! These Vanessa Mooney and Bauble Bar earrings add a fun pop of color that your bridesmaids will love.


This one year old’s birthday needed to be just as adorable as she is, and there was no better way to do that than to add a tassel garland to her high chair.


Tassel napkin ties are the perfect way to add your own unique flair to a wedding staple. These napkin ties are sure to impress your guests at the table!

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