Meet Nicole

Meet Nicole
We’re so excited to introduce you to the bubbly and hard working Event Intern Nicole!  She is one our our fabulous summer interns, and we are so excited to have her!  Let’s learn a little more about Nicole:
Meet NicoleEducational Background
I am a Hospitality and Service Management student concentrating in events with minors in Advertising and Public Relations, and Business Administration at RIT.

Prior Experience
I have worked in food service for a couple years at different restaurants.  After I was a server in a country club for seasonal help during the summer a few years ago.  That was my first exposure to events and made me really want to get involved.  I completed an internship in Disney World last year working in one of their Deluxe Resorts.  That experience taught me so much about work and myself.  Once I came home from Florida I began working as a guest services agent at the Hilton Garden Inn, which I’m still at currently.  I’m very excited to take on the next chapter and learn more at Pauleenanne Design!

Hopes For The Internship
Personally, I just want to learn as much as I can.  Whether it be about event preparation, execution, design, and everything in between, if I walk out at the end of the internship with knowing more then when I came in, I will have gained more then I could ever hope for.  I am a firm believer that everything in this industry is connected in one way or another, so anything new that is learned can be applied in many different areas, even if it isn’t as much in the beginning.

Favorite Thing About The Industry
My favorite thing about the event industry is watching the process unfold.  Seeing how something is created from just a thought or idea on paper to being executed is such an interesting experience.  I like how each day can be different and each task can be something completely out of the ordinary.

Favorite Quote
For quotes, while I feel like I should have one that isn’t something from a tv, One Tree Hill is my favorite show and has a quote that has a lot of meaning to me.
“There is no shame in being afraid.  Hell, we’re all afraid.  What you gotta do is figure out what you’re afraid of.  Because when you put a face on it you can beat it.  Or better yet, you can use it.”
This quote has stuck with me because I think it can apply to so much in life.  Being afraid of finishing school, starting the new job, moving out, etc. it just gives a little inspiration to using that uncertainty to make everything worth while.

Free Time Fun
In my free time I like to spend time with my family and friends.  I love going to the movies and trying new things.

Future Plans
I’m not entirely sure still where I want to be after graduation.  I hope to be doing something with events but I’m not entirely sure what or where.  I just want to keep learning and be happy.

Interesting Fact
Earlier in April, I spent a week in Dubrovnik Croatia with students in my class executing an event for the RIT Croatia alumni weekend.  We worked with students at the RIT Croatia campus and created the event from start to finish.  It was such an interesting experience working with people in another country, but seeing it unfold was very rewarding.



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Backyard Entertaining

backyard entertaining

We’re in the heat of summer, so that means enjoying time outdoors.  With that, it’s time to get your outdoor space ready for backyard entertaining.  Here are some great ideas to inspire your yard!

{1} Fire Pit: For those cool summer nights that are perfect for a bonfire, make sure you are well prepared! No matter the size of your space, you can buy or build a fire pit yourself for a fun and relaxed evening. Don’t forget the s’more rations!

{2} New Cooler: Ditch those eye-sore plastic coolers and keep your drinks cool this year with these creative ideas! If your handy, create a DIY cooler holder with pallet wood or think outside the box and use things you find around your house such as a wheel barrow or old canoe as a cooler!

{3} Comfy Space: You can upgrade your outdoor furniture with a new outdoor living room set to make your space perfect this summer! Guests will be so comfy they won’t want to leave. If you are on a budget, add some pillows and blankets to your existing chairs or picnic table to make them feel cozy.

{4} Drink Cart: Serve your drinks in style with a drink cart you can keep outside. Stock it with your favorite summer beverages and some fun new glassware! A bar cart as beautiful as this will double as decor too!

{5} Lighting: Do you parties go all night? Brighten up your space with string bistro lights. This look is definitely going to turn your backyard into an intimate and exclusive hang out spot for your friends and family!

Comfy Space • Bar Cart • Cooler • Fire Pit • Dining Space




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Drive In Movie Party

Drive In Movie

Take a step back in time with a Drive In Movie party! Everyone loves a good movie, so why not make the experience extra special by incorporating drive in elements to your movie gathering? Here are some ways to do just that.

{1} Popcorn Bar: Popcorn is a staple when watching a movie. A fun way to make popcorn more exciting is having a popcorn bar! Make a big basket of popcorn, and then get a variety of seasonings and paper bags for guests to put it in. Your guests will be movie ready.

{2} Fabric Screen: If you don’t have a large white wall space, a  fabric screen is an easy way to have a big display for your movie showing. Make sure to pull it tight for to avoid wrinkles.

{3} Cardboard Cars: The kids will especially love this idea. For a real authentic drive in experience, you need a car, right? Well, we love this cardboard car idea to replicate the feeling of an actual drive in movie. All you need are cardboard boxes, paint, and trays for food!

{4} Make Your Own Hot Dog: This has the same idea of the popcorn bar, but instead we’re using hot dogs. Grilling is one of the easiest ways to feed a bunch of people and it fits well with the theme. The more toppings, the better!

{5} Vintage Signs: These vintage signs are a blast from the past and would be the perfect décor for your party. They remind me of the drive in movie scene from the film, Grease.

Use these great ideas to experience a Drive In Movie right in the comfort of your own backyard!  Be sure to check out the links below to see where we got our photos and even more drive in movie party ideas!

Popcorn BarFabric ScreenCardboard CarsHot Dog BarMovie Sign


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