A. Dominick Events Spring Internship

December 07, 2017. Category: internship

Are you obsessed with events, especially weddings?  Do your plan your friends’ birthdays and love looking at Pinterest and event planning blogs? A. Dominick Events, based in Chevy Chase DC, is one of the premier event planning companies in the area and can teach you how to turn that passion into a profession.  With more than 30 events per year, we are one of the busiest planning firms in the Mid-Atlantic.

A. Dominick Events has a fast paced work environment and we seek talented interns who crave learning new skills and aren’t afraid to tackle big projects. As an intern you will get to work with our staff, while working on real projects that will teach you what event planning is really about.

Our ideal candidate is someone who is friendly and professional, someone who is obsessed with event planning and is creative and thoughtful when approaching assignments. He or she should also be ready to take great notes and open to learning the intricacies of planning high-end events.

What You Will Learn:

To create a high-end event from start to finish

To balance client expectations and budget constraints

To create and present a scale floor plan using Social Tables software

To brainstorm event details and design including creating inspiration boards

To build relationship with our online community by maintaining our Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, blog and other media accounts

To create proposals for prospective clients

To dress professionally and interact as an adult in a workplace

To design and set up a sample table presentation

Plenty of additional opportunities in related projects

Format for Learning and Future Benefits:

Our firm prides itself on the quality of its internship program and many of our former interns are now working in influential positions in event planning roles in Washington, DC and beyond. Our introductions and recommendations have helped our former interns to secure position at many companies including; The Ritz Carlton, Hay Adams Hotel, Elan Artists, Amaryllis Inc, our own firm and many others.

We begin our internship with a full day of intensive training and provide each intern a comprehensive full training manual. Each day, interns are provided with varied tasks that are discussed in detail and overseen by their direct supervisor. At the conclusion of each day, the intern is required to recap their progress providing opportunity for supervisor feedback and learning.

At the mid-point of the semester a quiz and review are given to assess each interns’ progress and to establish a dialog to ensure that the intern’s goals are being reached.

At the conclusion of the semester, a final review is conducted to access the progress of the intern and to discuss the intern’s goals beyond the internship. At this time career advice, resume review and if appropriate, recommendations and introductions are made to possible future employers.

What We Are Looking For:

Background/studies in Event Planning, Marketing, Communication, Management or other related discipline is preferred but not required

Strong communication skills (both written and oral)

Proficiency in Word and Excel

Great organization skills with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments

Creativity and flexibility

Strong problem solving skills

Familiarity with social networking sites desired, but we will also train

Details:

The office internship program runs from mid-January to mid-May and you are expected to work 15 hours a week in the A. Dominick Events office.

Class or work schedule preventing you from committing to 15 hours per week? A. Dominick Events offers a day of event internship to accommodate interns’ schedules. These interns work more limited office hours (approx. 8 hours per week) and assist the A. Dominick Events staff at all off-site events (typically 4 to 5 hours on evenings or weekends). The day of event internship allows you the opportunity to experience first hand what all of the planning results in and learn to manage high end events.

Both internship formats are paid internship opportunities and you will be compensated at $12.50 per hour.

Questions?

For more information or to apply, please contact Ashley Allman (ashley@adominick.com or 202.216.9557). Please submit both a cover letter and resume for consideration.

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Move Aside Candy Spelling – We Have Our Own Wrapping Queen

December 04, 2017. Category: diy, Happy Holidays, holidays

You all know that each of us ladies here at A. Dominick Events have some unique quirks and that is why you love us. Aimee would eat everything with chopsticks if possible, Ashley is obsessed with fonts and I (@cindybastron) invest a lot of time, energy and let’s be honest, money each year into crafting the perfect holiday wrapping theme.

I refuse to have any store gift wrap an item for me and make sure to order each gift early enough so it can be shipped to me, wrapped and then shipped out to my friends and family – before you criticize me remember I am the only one on the A. Dominick team without kids  🙂

I have included below a look back at some highlights from the past few years along with some of my very own wrapping tips and tricks.

2016

2015

2014

2012


Cindy’s Wrapping Tips and Tricks:

– When at all possible use a solid as one of your wrapping options. This not only gives you a pretty base for patterns and ribbon but keeps costs down. My go to is Uline solids paired with more expensive patterns.

– Don’t get stuck in a green and red rut! As you can see I love using neutrals and even black and white to make an impact under the tree.

– Ribbon scissors are a must! No one will care how cute your theme is with a ribbon that looks like your dog ate it! Haute Papier’s gold scissors are a personal favorite and extra sharp!

– If you are struggling for inspiration try starting with your Christmas card. Some of my favorite themes were pulled from the design of our holiday card that year – like the 2016 custom patterned paper that matched the card below with hidden symbols that coordinated with the highlights of our year.

I will leave you with one final wrapping story: in 2015 my parents traveled to DC to celebrate the holidays with us instead of us heading to Colorado. This meant that all the gifts we would receive that year would be under our tree when my parents arrived. I had already put so much effort into matching our tree to my wrapping theme that the inevitable had to happen – 2015 is the year I rewrapped every gift that was sent to us (over the wrapping paper of course so there was no peeking) so that each gift perfectly matched out theme. Call me crazy but it was adorable!

Have a wonderful holiday season! I look forward to seeing your wrapping themes this year and check our Instagram for the reveal of my 2017 theme!

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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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