• A Parent’s Guide to Planning a Memorable Bat Mitzvah

    A bat mitzvah is a special time for every family, so it’s not surprising that planning one can be a major undertaking. Planning starts with the perfect event venue. Why not leave the usual reception spaces behind and hold a truly memorable affair with a private Ellis Island event? Once you have the venue on hold, these tips will help you get the rest of the details in order.

    Pick a Theme

    A bat mitzvah doesn’t have to have a theme, but many families find that picking a theme makes planning easier while making the event feel more personal. Choose a theme that represents your child’s interests, such as a favorite band, book series, or sports team. You can also opt for a style theme, such as tropical or Hollywood. Picking a theme will help you select decorations for your venue, pick colors for the party, and select things like party favors.

    Select Your Entertainment

    At bat mitzvahs, there is a usually a very wide age group in attendance, so plan your entertainment accordingly. Pick family-friendly music that everyone can agree on, and offer activities that appeal to a range of age groups, such as arts and crafts tables for young kids and a video game setup for older kids to play. Casino games are a fun choice for adults.

    Plan the Menu

    When you’re picking a menu of your bat mitzvah, keep the age range of the guests in mind. You can opt for traditional bat mitzvah fare for adults, including a carving station, fruit and cheese boards, and a cold fish buffet, but add some kid-friendly options for younger guests, such as chicken fingers. If you have a bar, consider adding special drink for kids to the menu, such as Shirley Temple.

    Evelyn Hill, Inc. in New York City provides exclusive use of Ellis Island for private events as well as access to event space at the Statue of Liberty. Plan a bat mitzvah your family will always remember by calling us at (630) 894-5992 to book a private event on Ellis Island.

  • What Do We Need to Get a Marriage License in NYC?

    If you plan to get married in NYC at the Statue of Liberty or are planning an Ellis Island wedding, then you will need a marriage license. Keep in mind that you must wait for 24 hours after receiving your license before you can get married, unless you receive a judicial waiver, so be sure to obtain your license well in advance of your Ellis Island wedding.

    You can start the marriage license process online, but to obtain a license, you and your prospective spouse must appear together at the Office of the City Clerk. You will need to complete an application and provide a government-issued ID. If your ID does not list your birth date, then you will need proof of age as well. After you sign an affidavit claiming that the information on your application is true, your license will be issued while you wait.

    Evelyn Hill, Inc. can help you plan and execute the perfect Statue of Liberty event or Ellis Island wedding in New York City, whether you want a huge affair or a small gathering of family and friends. Contact us today at (630) 894-5992 to learn more.

  • Setting an Agenda for Your Corporate Event

    If you’re planning a corporate event, a strong agenda is an essential part of ensuring the event’s success. Whether you’re planning a corporate party, corporate dinner, or annual meeting, your agenda sets the framework for the entire occasion. After you select your corporate event theme, here is what you need to know about setting your agenda.

    Decide on a few goals you want to accomplish at your event, so you can focus on creating an agenda around that mission. Your agenda should include a mix of larger group announcements and presentations and small, breakout sessions that let employees work together in teams. Include ample time for small breaks, so employees don’t get burned out. Schedule a timeline for all portions of your agenda and make sure the activities fit into it, so you can stay on track and so employees know what to expect.

    For corporate awards night parties, company dinners, and other corporate events, let Evelyn Hill, Inc. help you create an occasion to remember with a private Ellis Island or Liberty Island event. For more information about corporate theme parties in New York City, call (630) 894-5992.

  • Add a New York Theme to Your Next Corporate Entertainment Event

    If you’re hosting a large corporate event in New York City, you’ll want to give your guests and associates an authentic and enjoyable New York experience. Ellis Island provides picturesque settings for your special corporate event that your employees will surely not forget. With an up close and personal look at the Statue of Liberty, everyone at your event will surely be mixing business with pleasure.

    Our unique NYC event venues not only have breathtaking views but we pride ourselves on upscale event styling and can personalize your event to add the features you’re looking for. From your own fireworks show over the Hudson River to an authentic New York themed event with top talent from our partner vendor Bounce, your event can be as big as New York City itself.

    Ellis Island is a convenient and historic location to hold your corporate event and will give your guests a once in a lifetime experience. Many of your associates may be able to trace their ancestry back through Ellis Island and even find their family’s name on the Wall of Honor. Our space features 13,000 square feet and breathtaking views of the Manhattan Skyline.

    The award-winning Bounce Music and Entertainment can provide the following amazing add-ons for your next corporate event:

    • Interactive Talent – Bounce has whatever type of talent you need to make the event a success including greeters, celebrity look-alikes, models, character actors, candy girls, illusionists, living statues, and more. Our talent can blend right in at first and you’ll love seeing the surprised smiles on the faces of your guests. We will work with you to help you determine the talent you would prefer at your event.
    • Photo Boots – Allow your guests to remember the event thanks to fun photo boots with green screen technology and endless props. We also have selfie booths and Coney Island-style photo strips, and everything can be shared on social media.
    • Candy Cart – Your guests are sure to love this feature that’s been referred to as “the coolest, most amazing New York candy cart in the whole world.” You can customize your candy options and the setup comes along with a NYC-themed character as well.
    • Dancers and Actors – Whether you prefer ballroom dancing, swing, Latin, hip-hop, or several other styles, our dancers can amp up your event. We also have dance instructors if you want to get the whole party dancing.

    For more information on our New York themed events, call us today at (630) 894-5992.

  • “Alexander” A Hamilton Tribute Show

    Nothing says New York City like a Broadway show. To make your next corporate event in New York City more memorable and authentic, add a Broadway Salute. One of the biggest Broadway shows the past few years has been Hamilton: An American Musical. The show has won more than 10 Tony Awards including for Best Musical and also won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

    By booking your next event through Evelyn Hill, your guests can enjoy a taste of Broadway thanks to Bounce’s salute to Broadway with “Alexander” A Hamilton Tribute Show. They’ll enjoy a fully costumed and choreographed tribute cast as they perform a variety of hits from the authentic Broadway musical including “Guns and Ships”, “The Schuyler Sisters”, and “You’ll Be Back”.

    We know your guests might only be in town for a limited amount of time and tickets to popular Broadway shows can be difficult to come by. That’s why we bring our Broadway tribute to your corporate event. Your guests can enjoy dinner or drinks while taking in the entertainment and having something to remember.

    In addition to the performance of “Alexander”, there are plenty of other add-ons to give your employees a more authentic New York City experience including Ellis Island immigrant character actors, multi-cultural musicians, and ensembles. If you’re looking for an unbeatable event space with a spectacular view, Liberty Island is also available.

    Our unique NYC centric events are conveniently located and will immerse your guests in an enjoyable experience they’ll be sure to be talking about once they get back home. We also offer spectacular Manhattan Skyline views, exclusive use of a National Monument, National Park Service Ranger tours, and more. To get started, call us today at (630) 894-5992.

  • The Ellis Island Experience

    If you’re looking to give your employees a unique and authentic New York City experience, The Ellis Island Experience has you covered. Ellis Island is just an eight-minute ferry ride from Battery Park, NYC and Liberty State Park, NJ. No matter what part of the country your group is coming from, they can experience a once in a lifetime event celebrating their heritage at Ellis Island.

    An amazing 100 million Americans have ancestors who passed through Ellis Island from other countries, but many of us never get the chance to visit and get the full experience. Your guests will have exclusive use of the museum in addition to National Park Service Ranger tours. They can even try to find their family’s name on the Wall of Honor.

    Everyone will be sure to remember this experience which features breathtaking views of the Manhattan Skyline or outdoors overlooking the Statue of Liberty. You can utilize Liberty Island for a cocktail hour and then have dinner on Ellis Island if you so choose. The Ellis Island Experience is great for awards ceremonies or any other corporate events.

    Our partner vendor Bounce Music and Entertainment can transform your event and take you back to Ellis Island as it was 100 years ago in 1918. Add-ons include authentic immigrant actors representing several countries, immigrant musicians who can perform a variety of musical styles, and dancers who can liven up the party. Our immigrant actors are fully interactive and can help your guests learn more about Ellis Island and the way things were.

    To learn more about The Ellis Island Experience and make arrangements, call Evelyn Hill Inc. at (630) 894-5992.

  • The Symbolism of Wedding Flowers

    The flowers that you see at weddings aren’t just there to look beautiful—each of them carries its own symbolism. Roses, of course, stand for love and beauty. Daisies symbolize innocence. Tulips represent passion, and gardenias symbolize pure joy. Lilies symbolize purity and honor, while lilies of the valley simply stand for happiness. Magnolias represent nature, while irises stand for faith and wisdom. Lilacs represent the freshness and innocence of newfound love, which makes them a perfect flower for any wedding. The same goes for daffodils, a flower strongly associated with spring and new beginnings. If you’re planning a wedding, you should be sure to take the time to think about what each flower you pick means.

    Are you interested in holding your wedding or reception on Ellis Island? You can get the information you need from Evelyn Hill Inc., the official National Park Service concessionaire for all events on the historic island. To get started, call us today at (630) 894-5992.

  • Don’t Make These Mistakes When Planning Your First Corporate Retreat

    If you’re planning a corporate retreat for the first time, there are some common missteps that you’ll want to be sure to avoid. If you’re just getting started with your business and you don’t have a client list or any other network you can fall back on, it’s probably too soon to host a retreat. Another common mistake is not planning far enough in advance; you should start preparing for your first retreat at least six months—or even a year—before the date of the event. For more tips, watch this video.

    If you’re looking for the perfect venue for your very first corporate retreat, don’t overlook Ellis Island. To learn more about how to reserve the conference room at Ellis Island for your special event, call Evelyn Hill Inc. today at (630) 894-5992 .

  • Inspiration for Brides Who Would Rather Skip the Traditional Dress

    No two weddings are the same. Whether you’re planning the wedding reception , trying to select a menu, or making the guest list, your special day will inevitably be a unique and personal event. One of the most visible aspects of any wedding, of course, is the wedding dress. We all know the traditional white dress that has been worn by countless brides down the years—but what if you’re looking for something different? Here are some tips for rethinking the traditional wedding dress:

    Go with Bold Colors

    White may be soothing on the eye, but that might not be the effect you’re going for. If you’re bored with the traditional look, why not try a more eye-catching color? Forest green, ocean blue, and even canary yellow are all terrific, attention-grabbing colors that will make your bridal dress as memorable as you want it to be.

    Try Something More Casual

    Wedding dresses tend to be formal and elegant in their style, but that’s not what everybody wants. If you want to go for a looser, more informal look, what’s to stop you? A sharp-looking cocktail dress—the kind you’d normally wear to the reception—could be just the thing you need to give your wedding that shaken-up, idiosyncratic atmosphere you want.

    Find the Right Shoes

    If the dress you have doesn’t seem quite right, try pairing it with the right pair of shoes—you might be surprised at the difference it makes. Whether you’re leaning toward heels or flats, try out as many different sets of footwear as you want with the dress you’re considering until you find the pair that perfectly complements it.

    If you’re looking for a truly extraordinary place to hold your wedding, consider making a reservation at historic Ellis Island. This one-of-a-kind setting offers unforgettable views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline—the perfect backdrop for your special day. You can make arrangements by contacting Evelyn Hill Inc. at (630) 894-5992.

  • FAQs and Answers About Professional Fireworks Displays

    If you really want to make sure that your next corporate event, wedding reception or other special event goes off with a bang, a professional fireworks display can be the perfect addition. No matter how old you are, who doesn’t love a fireworks show? However, there are strict regulations governing the use of fireworks, and you need to be aware of what they are. Here are the answers to some questions you may have about fireworks displays.

    Who can operate the fireworks?

    For genuine fireworks—rather than just backyard sparklers—you’ll need somebody who has experience handling them. That’s why it’s best to hire a professional pyrotechnician to put on your fireworks display for you. A pyrotechnician will have the training and state certification necessary to use the fireworks safely, and to put on an impressive show for you and your guests.

    Would you like to reserve a space on Ellis Island for an upcoming event featuring impressive fireworks? Evelyn Hill Inc. is the official concessionaire for all Ellis Island events, from wedding receptions to corporate retreats. Whatever type of event you’re planning, Ellis Island offers a wonderful location with a fantastic view. If you have any questions about how to book a date for your event , call (630) 894-5992.