Thursday, 23 November 2017

WHY LIGHTING IS THE MOST CRUCIAL PART OF YOUR EVENT

There’s a reason why movie directors call for LIGHTS!, first before anything else, it’s all about the mood baby. Lighting really can make or break your event. Today Aura Effect is dishing 3 ways to properly use lighting in your event.


MOOD/ENERGY
You only get one chance to make a lasting impression on your guests and that starts when they walk into the venue. The very first thing they’ll notice, whether they realize it or not, is the lighting. Is it harsh or soft? Romantic or bright? Incandescent or fluorescent?

The mood and atmosphere is entirely dependent on the lighting of the venue as it sets the tone of the rest of the night. Knowing how to properly set the lights throughout the different stages of your event is also crucial, e.g. performances, video tributes, speeches. Consult with the venue manager to ensure all of your lighting and technical needs can be met without issue.


DETAILS
You’ve worked pretty hard planning this soiree and we’re guessing you’re going to want memories of your event in the form of pictures or video. Professional photographers/ videographers require specific lighting in order to properly document your memories. Depending on the type of event you’re throwing your crew may bring their own lighting equipment for weddings or Bat Mitzvah’s. Be sure to discuss ahead of time the type of lighting they’ll require and get confirmation from your venue.

Portable photo booths are a great addition to capture memories and most modern ones for rent today have professional lighting installed above the camera to ensure high quality photos.




CONTINUITY
By using specific lighting techniques or colour schemes you can easily create continuity throughout your event.

-Pin lighting is a great technique that event planners use to make the space appear larger than it actually is. This technique also adds drama and elegance to your room.

-Spotlights are ideal for performances or to draw guests attention to a speaker.

-Uplighting is a technique used to illuminate objects or spaces from the bottom up. This also adds a touch of drama and intrigue to the room.

-LED décor is a fun and inventive way to add more colour to your event. LED is also the greenest way to light your event as it uses a tiny fraction of power as what regular lights would use.

-Illuminated logos or imagery is gaining popularity and is a creative and eye catching display piece.

Glow balls, orbs, giant cubes, LED Birch tree's and glow pillars are just a few examples of our LED furniture and décor that has been used at events around the city such as TIFF, Jays Care Foundation and Harry Rosen plus countless weddings, tradeshows and more casual, everyday events.

Party on Toronto,
The Aura Effect Team

Special Events Journalist 
Danielle Wilfong 




Friday, 17 November 2017

ANGEL FOUNDATION OF LEARNING – FEED THE SOUL GALA

On November 10th Aura Effect was honoured to once again be part of the FEED THE SOUL GALA for the Angel Foundation of Learning (AFL). This a Toronto based charity dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious meals for students in the Toronto Catholic District School Board as well as providing all encompassing care for their education, mind, body, soul and spirit.


This amazing charity has been working hard for 30 years to provide necessities to students who may not get what they need at home. Raising a child is difficult enough and the old adage ‘it takes a village’ couldn’t be more true in this case. AFL is a true example of a community coming together to provide what these children need. 





Their latest GALA on November 10th in Vaughn saw 800 attendee’s and many much needed donations. Aura Effect was pleased to provide the glowing centerpieces and other LED decor for the nights festivities. Highlights of the night included dancing, silent auctions, raffles and a stunning performance by ‘Lady Be Good’.

AFL INITIATIVES
Each day 53,000 students receive healthy snacks or lunches.
$50,000 is distributed annually to ensure all students can participate in class                   trips.
Warm clothing, food, epi pens and eyeglasses are just some of the  necessities                 these students need.
They stop at nothing to encourage children to reach their highest possible                       potential.

If you can , please give generously to this selfless children’s charity by donating here.

Helping our clients make their glow party dreams a reality is always great but it’s participating in events like this that is at the core of Aura Effect’s heart and values. We already can’t wait for next year!

Party on, Toronto!
The Aura Effect Team.










Thursday, 9 November 2017

3 REASONS YOUR STUDENT COUNCIL SHOULD PLAN YOUR FORMAL WITH US

Summer is definitely over (did you weep a little at the sight of snow last night? I did) and students are back to their regularly scheduled program; early alarms, textbooks, exams and formal preparation. Schools cool and all but what the students really want is a party! Whether it’s your Winter formal, Spring fling, prom or graduation celebration it’s never too early to start your preparations.
Today’s your lucky day. Pass on these tips to your party planning student council for a school celebration that’s Instagram worthy!

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LIGHTING 
Outfit your school jam with LED glow furniture and décor for an added touch of elegance and class. Our 16 different colour options and three ways to display make it easy to fit into the theme of your event. For example, if you’re having a winter formal the furniture can glow light blue, white and red for Christmas.


If you’re throwing an end of school bash, prom or spirit event you can easily program our LED stock to glow the proud colours of your school with our easy to use pocketsize remote.




MAKE EVERYONE A VIP 
Aura Effect offers many different furniture options. Chairs, long benches, low sitting coffee tables, and our personal favourite, VIP seating. We even offer a red velvet rope to make sure everyone knows who the coolest kids in school are.
Set up a VIP area for your prom king and queen, student council, your star athletes or your favourite adult and teacher chaperones. The possibilities are endless when you combine some creativity, imagination and of course, lots of LED glow.
Small added touches like glowing orbs, balls and pillars can really take a space to the next level. Click here to see our event idea page and past parties we’ve helped to make unforgettable.



HAVE FUN WITH IT
Every piece of glow furniture and  décor that we offer has the ability to be customized. Professionally applied vinyl images and text will wow your guests and instantly give your school the ‘party school’ reputation. Plaster images of your mascot, favourite teachers, star athletes, prom king and queen or quite literally anything you can imagine. They’re cost effective, fun and definitely an original and inventive touch to your schools party.

When you finally pass the student council torch to the freshmen waiting in the wings you’ll know you threw the school jam of the century. End your high school career like a boss and throw a party they’ll be talking about in ten years time. Who doesn’t love a reunion?

Stay in school kids!
The Aura Efffect Team

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

EASY ENTERTAINING : GLOWING GAMES NIGHT

End this year like a party boss with a kick ass glowing games night.
Glowing games nights and events can be tailored to any age group and venue by switching up the games, food & beverage offerings and theme. Don’t underestimate the power of games, glow and a little alcohol for the adults.

If games nights aren’t your thing, consider some LED glow furniture and décor to outfit your next event.

GLOWING GAMES NIGHT & EVENTS

CHILDREN’S EVENTS - Birthday, Team Celebrations, Schools Out.

Entertain your children and their friends while solidifying your cool mom status by hosting glow parties during any time of the year.
A few of the games you may want to incorporate into your glowing games night are; bobbing for apples, musical chairs, bean bag toss, piñata’s, glow stick tic-tac-toe, glow bracelet ring toss, glow in the dark dodgeball.


TEEN EVENTS - Birthdays, graduations, Bat/Bar Mitzvah's, fundraisers, New Years, prom, Winter or Spring formals, Halloween parties.

Let the almost-teenagers in your life feel like a part of the adult party. Glow games and activities for the teens in your life include; charades, piñata’s, glow in the dark dodgeball, haunted houses.


ADULTS EVENTS - Birthday , stag & does, bachelorette, bachelor parties, work parties, team building nights, fundraisers, engagements, new years, Christmas Eve, corporate nights.

Make your friends feel like little kids again but with adult appropriate drinks and you’ll have your cronies begging for another glowing games night. A few of the games you can incorporate glow into are; beer pong, casino & poker nights, dance competitions, piñata’s, glow in the dark limbo.





Don’t forget about the customized vinyl decals we offer. This is the BEST & MOST CREATIVE way to personalize your party. Our event team works with you to create one of a kind images and text vinyl’s that can be applied to any of our LED glow furniture and décor. This includes but is not limited to; your company logo, the guest of honours face, numbers & letters.

Call us and we'll work with you to create your one of a kind glowing event . Don’t settle for ordinary when you can have extraordinary events with some glow.

Talk to you soon,
The Aura Effect Team




Special Events Journalist
Danielle Wilfong