Our team recently assisted a tech company in Cambridge with celebrating its 30th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the CEO and VP of Human Resources sought out Susan Lane Events to plan a weekend of fun on the Cape for the company’s 100+ employees and their families. As soon as the date was set and the venue booked, we knew this was going to be an amazing destination event and a great party that the employees would be talking about for years to come!
Held during the last weekend in September, the attendees headed up to Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster on Friday afternoon for their luxurious overnight stay and a weekend filled with scheduled events. Upon checking in and receiving a glass of champagne with their welcome bag filled with goodies at reception, guests were free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel including four pools, tennis courts, on-site beach, and fitness centers. We loved the kites that were given out to the kids since the wind that day was perfect for flying them on the resort’s front lawn!
Our team sourced some fun local Cape Cod treats for the company inscribed sling bags that were handed out to each employee. Some of the items included chocolate covered cranberries, salt water taffy, Cape Cod potato chips, bottled waters, flashlights & kites for the children, and weekend itinerary and maps of the property.
Families with children were invited to the children’s dinner buffet complete with a balloon artist for entertainment. Glen was very talented and had so many ideas up her sleeve! She was able to create pretty much any item the children desired out of her many colors and varieties of balloons.
Next it was on to cocktail hour! We were fortunate enough to have fantastic weather (although a bit chilly) and cocktails took place at sunset on the Ocean Terrace overlooking beautiful Cape Cod Bay. Cocktail tables were scattered around an elegantly stationed cheese and crudité display with a beautiful seaside floral arrangement in the center. Passed hors d’oeuvres included mini Mediterranean pizzas, tuna tartare on wonton chips, brie on crostini with apple chutney, and satay skewers to name a few. Guests raved about the food and the ambience of the venue in particular. Check out the fabulous water views from the Terrace!
Then it was onto the clambake! The main event took place downstairs in the Mansion Ballroom and guests were met with an oceanic atmosphere as they entered the room. We put nautical inspired lanterns and hurricanes with pillar candles, sand and shells on the dinner tables and along the buffet. Linens in the company’s color and clambake necessities were placed on all the tables. After a short presentation by the CEO, it was time to eat! The bountiful buffets included classic clambake favorites such as lobsters cracked to order, New England clam chowder, clams with linguica, corn on the cob and Apple Cider BBQ chicken as well as unique offerings like herb rubbed steak with cabernet mushroom sauce. Due to the high number of vegetarians in attendance, we wanted to make sure they also enjoyed the meal so we added some delicious salads such as sweet potato salad with maple vinaigrette and navy bean and tomato salad with fennel and thyme. The clambake was a big hit with the guests and even the wine that was served during dinner paired nicely with the food!
Dessert was served along with the company’s raffle prizes, gifts, and awards presentation. Sweet treats included bbq favorites such as traditional strawberry shortcake and mile-high apple pie a la mode. When the clambake event ended, the party was far from over. Many of the guests headed down to the old English style pub for celebratory drinks. From what they can remember, it was a heck of a time!
Breakfast was planned the next morning for all guests in the Bay Pines Pavilion- a gorgeous tent on the property, located next to the pool on the “ocean side” of the resort. A very casual affair, everyone ate a nice hot breakfast and mingled with their peers before saying their goodbyes and heading out for a full day of off-site activities.
On behalf of all the staff at Susan Lane Events, we’d like to thank our vendors who had a huge part in making this event a success. First and foremost, a big thank you to the awesome staff at Ocean Edge Resort for providing the exceptional rooms, delicious food and beverages, and friendly service to the company’s attendees. Thank you also to Party Cape Cod for the linen rentals, Glen and Armand at Urban Circus Events for the kid’s entertainment, Patrice Milley for the gorgeous floral arrangements, and Gary Kim for your amazing DJ talents and audio expertise! Finally, a very special thank you to the very talented John Kreis at JohnKreis.com for the amazing photos taken at the event! What an amazing time had by all. That’s a wrap folks- can’t wait for the 40th!