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Kristina Burke, Tastemaker and Curator

Kristina Burke

Meet a new ae) team member. Welcome to the crew Kristina Burke!

Adding a creative flair and positive energy, Kristina Burke brings a trove of talents to every event as our Tastemaker and Curator. Her favorite thing to do - and something she happens to be exceptionally good at - is to dig deep with clients to create a truly personalized and memorable event. She has a personal style that translates into exciting ideas and creative designs for ae) and our clients. Always keeping it fresh, she has amazing experience and contacts in the hospitality industry and relishes in sharing her extensive knowledge as a coach, cook, speaker and cocktail slinger. One of her favorite tasks is crafting signature and seasonal cocktails, so it comes as no surprise that she had a recipe published in FOOD & WINE top 100 Cocktails in the Country.

Her ability to build meaningful relationships and collaborate with partners and vendors brings new ideas to life: a skill she developed as the proprietor of the late, great JAMES, a nationally acclaimed fine dining restaurant in Philadelphia. It was at JAMES where she learned the value of fostering relationships with customers, farmers, vendors, wine makers, and craft brewers as it related to conceptualizing unique events and products for brand recognition. One of the best examples of this would be the annual Farmers Dinner, which developed a cult like following, exemplified by tickets being sold out within minutes of being announced.

Kristina was instrumental in bringing Philadelphia's traveling beer garden to life. As the opening operations consultant for Parks On Tap, Kristina was responsible for hiring and training, developing each parks design, layout, flow and creating menus; additionally, she took on the role of the media spokesperson at the ribbon cutting, which was aired on local news stations. Other career highlights include cooking for 1000 of the most influential food & beverage professionals at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, moderating the Garces Group's Women in Hospitality Event in 2017, and teaching a Masters Class for industry professionals at COOK. Most recently, she created operational protocol and procedures for the new private event space at YARDS Brewing Company. She continues to mentor their events team, develop menus and consult on the design and décor of the raw space.

Her volunteer efforts have included Home and School Board President and Auction Chair of Greenfield Elementary School - resulting in many hugely successful fundraising events for her children's school. She loves to hike with her two little trailblazers, bike "the loop" in Philly with her family, drink champagne and eat oysters, travel and eat pasta as often as she can.

"Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It's that simple, and it's that hard." - Danny Meyer.

Dining Under the Stars

Dining Under the Stars

Venue selection can be critical to your event's overall success. It can set the mood and determine the event budget and decor. A venue can really inspire an event, and the Masonic Temple, a world-renowned architectural wonder, was the setting for this recent corporate dinner.

The room looked magnificent with ancient architectural details featured. Navy sequin tablecloths highlighted the stars etched in the glass ceiling above while peacock and gold accents brought out the brilliant stained glass windows to offer breathtaking ambiance.

Philadelphia is home to many unique and traditional event venues and spaces with exceptional cuisine so it's a great location to host your next corporate dinner, meeting, conference, teambuilding, holiday party, celebration, special event or fundraising gala! Let Albrecht Events scout the location for your next unforgettable special event!

Albrecht Events Featured in Catering Magazine

Albrecht Events Featured in Catering Magazine

Oh What Fun! We are featured in Catering Magazine!

Catering Magazine featured Albrecht Events in an article about "December events that added extra holiday sparkle to make spirits bright." From glittery gala to festive family fun, Albrecht Events has a wealth of experience and ideas to plan memorable holiday events and celebrations.

When it comes to holiday event planning, treasure your time and let Albrecht Events do the work. From start to finish, Albrecht Events can manage every detail for any occasion - corporate holiday parties, anniversary celebrations, fundraising events, teambuilding, conferences, corporate dinners, company picnics, and much more. Down to the smallest detail, Albrecht Events would be delighted to plan your next event!

Read about us in Catering Magazine.

Albrecht Events - 2017 Best Pennsylvania Meeting/Event Planning Company and Event Décor Provider

2017 Best Pennsylvania Meeting/Event Planning Company

Congratulations to every member of Team AE) on being selected two years in a row for the Best of Pennsylvania reader's choice awards for both Best Meeting/Event Planning Company and Best Event Décor Provider.

According to Best of Pennsylvania, for those tasked with handling an event or meeting and looking to outsource, it seems there is no better than Albrecht Events. "We believe the key to success for event and meeting planning is listening to your client and working collaboratively to make their vision a reality. Our team goes above and beyond to provide innovative ideas, connect with the best resources, and provide attention to detail from concept to execution flawlessly," says Ashley Albrecht, president.

We are excited, flattered and humbled to receive this award. Congrats to all the winners who make Philadelphia an award-winning location to host an event or meeting! Many thanks to all of you who have confidence in our services and voted for us! Click here to view all winners.

Charity Bike Builds: Fun and Philanthropic Team Building

Charity Bike Builds: Fun and Philanthropic Team Building
Looking for a unique teambuilding activity? Albrecht Events has the answer. With Charity Bike Builds, fun and charitable giving are combined for a memorable team bonding! We had so much fun planning a teambuilding earlier this month for a company who was really energized and inspired by the event.

Every team built a bike, earning bike parts after each challenge. Our very own Megan Gray was the emcee and led these fun activities (such as charades, trivia and relays) to build camaraderie. At the end of the day each team completed a bike and they were donated to Philadelphia Police Athletic Unit to give to deserving children in need. Everyone stepped up to the challenge and the goal was accomplished - both teambuilding and bike building!

5th Annual Cocktails and Cleats – September 13

Cocktails and Cleats – September 13

Albrecht Events is delighted to again collaborate with the Philadelphia Union Foundation on their most successful annual fundraising event, Cocktails and Cleats. Drawing on inspiration from the shiny gold in the new logo and the desire to highlight the mission of the Union Foundation and its community partners, we proposed theming the event “Cocktails and Cleats: Celebrating The Union Foundation’s Shining Stars.” The décor creates an elegant, upscale ambiance with the spotlight on the generosity of donors and the success of the organization. From theme and program development, to sponsorship support and booking entertainment, Albrecht Events will oversee the event logistics from start to finish.

Join the fun as Philadelphia Union players and fans gather to support the mission of the foundation to provide the opportunity for every kid in underserved communities to play in a safe environment and live a healthy and active life. Proceeds benefit Philabundance, Big Brothers Big Sisters and efforts with U.S. Soccer to build mini soccer pitches. The celebration at Vie on Wednesday September 13th will feature the Union Foundation’s shining stars and lively entertainment including a Comedy Sportz show. Tickets are just $275 for delicious cuisine, open bar and mingling with the players! For more information or to purchase tickets:

Mixing with Mermaids is Always a Good Idea

Mixing with Mermaids is Always a Good Idea

Combine imagination, creativity, and summer fun then merge that with the past, present and future in one room, and you have the Albrecht Events Mermaid Mixer, an extraordinary event to show appreciation to clients, partners and friends. Not only did we celebrate the joy of working together but supported children’s literacy by asking each guest to bring a favorite book to donate to Tree House Books. With an ambiance that brought guests down by the sea for a few hours, people mingled with old and new friends while enjoying delicious locally inspired cuisine and wine. This event demonstrated how Albrecht Events works closely with partners to bring together the best talent, resources, and inspiration to bring a vision to life. Event partners for the Mermaid Mixer included: Birchtree Catering, CORT, DFW Event Design, Green Engine, LMN Design, Mermaid BBQ Company, Party Rental, Slice Communications, Speed Pro Imaging and Susan Beard Design. Albrecht Events is proud to support local business, our community and women. To support children’s literacy, guests were invited to bring a favorite book to donate to Tree House Books.

We also believe in mermaids and that anything is possible. #seastheday

Philly Style Magazine wrote about it!

Christmas in July? Color Me Festive!

You may not be hosting a Christmas in July event, but it is time to start thinking about planning your company holiday party! A leading staffing and recruiting firm has hired Albrecht Events for ten consecutive years to design and produce a bigger and better two-day holiday extravaganza each year. For this event, planning begins early in the year because it provides the most options for venues and entertainment as it is a popular event planning time of year! While these events can be produced quickly if needed, Albrecht Events advises you to start the event planning now! A few more tips to consider:

  • Hire an event planner to handle the details so you can enjoy the party.
  • Set a date and book the venue quickly.
  • Create a detailed budget and timeline for planning.
  • Pick a theme and be creative.
  • Plan décor, centerpieces, lighting and entertainment.

Albrecht Events has won the ILEA Liberty Award for Best Corporate Event for this holiday party the past two years, and continues to exceed client expectations each year. Check out the video here -

  • Christmas in July? Color Me Festive!
  • Christmas in July? Color Me Festive!
  • Christmas in July? Color Me Festive!
  • Christmas in July? Color Me Festive!
  • Christmas in July? Color Me Festive!
  • Christmas in July? Color Me Festive!

Albrecht Events - 2017 ILEA Award Winners

Albrecht Events - 2017 ILEA Award Winners  Photo credit Jordan Brian Photography



We're proud to announce that Albrecht Events received 2017 ILEA awared for 'Best Event for a Corporate or Non-Profit' and 'Best Team Event.'

Albrecht Events - 2017 ILEA Award Winners

THE ILEA Liberty Awards recognize the creative talents and innovations in the special event industry, and our Albrecht Events team is honored and humbled to be awarded for the second consecutive year – Best Event for a Corporate Organization. We believe the secret to success is listening to your clients and working collaboratively to make their vision a reality. In addition, we are pleased to receive Best ILEA Team Effort for our collaborative event planning efforts on the DNC Thank You Event with DFW Event Design and Jordan Brian Photography. Award-winning events are certainly memorable, and our event planning team approaches each new event as a creative opportunity to improve on our past work. Congratulations to all the ILEA Liberty Award special event winners!

Ashley Albrecht: Infusing Life with Color?

Ashley Albrecht Young Event Pro

Going out on her own 12 years ago to “see what would happen,” Ashley Albrecht, President and Founder of Albrecht Events, parlayed her creative expression as an English major into the event planning world, realizing that event planning is a good balance between creativity and structure. Each event has a start and a finish, and creative writing helps to paint the picture for potential clients.

She also discovered a deep passion for the creative aspects of event planning, “bringing ideas to life in a 3-dimensional way,” as she recently did for a 10-year client’s holiday party. Whereas last year’s event was an all-black theme, this year she proposed the complete transformation of a raw space into a multi-colored palette, taking the group “from a starry night event to a blast of color.”

The 200+ person audience, celebrating the entire corporate family, appreciated the decorative accents that utilized the raw industrial space in new ways. A giant wall of balloons climbed up a wrought-iron staircase, dueling pianos added exciting ambiance, and upside-down Chinese umbrellas of various colors decorated the ceiling.

Of course, as a raw space, it wasn’t always roses. There were changes to the building that they weren’t made aware of until the day of, such as a wall completely removed. Her team overcame this challenge and others, focusing their approach on seeking advice from the experts in the category of the challenge, staying calm, and picking the problem apart.

It’s that team-based collaboration that Ashley likes the most about her career: being given a challenge and trying to “figure out the best way to make that happen.” She appreciates the organic nature of her career path – meeting people early in her career, attending lots of networking events, and continuing forward even when it’s hard.

Besides perseverance, Ashley’s advice for people new to the industry is to “get out and meet people face to face; that’s the biggest thing in the beginning.” YEP! agrees, and we hope you’ll attend our monthly genuine networking events to do just that.

Read the full article at the Young Event Pros Website.

Wee One-On-One: Ashley Albrecht

Wee One-On-One: Ashley Albrecht

In which one well-traveled suburban supermom shares her favorite stuff. Read full article.

The mama: Ashley Albrecht — mom to Teddy, 6, and Annie, 3 — is the owner/operator (plus the event planner/creative developement/idea maven) for Albrecht Events, a 12-year-old firm that just launched the cool-sounding Wellbydesign summit, a two-day wellness experience in April at Woodloch Resort nestled in the Pocono mountains. The retreat (which you can read more about here) — which will cover everything from kombucha making to meditation to floor pilates, mental toughness, paddle board yoga, and more — is aimed at other entrepreneurs and women interested in a quick dose of wellness, Ashley says. (That’s you, too, Wee mamas!) “As a busy working mom, it is difficult to get away for more than a few days, and as an event planner, it’s difficult to have a regular routine with events and networking in the evenings and on weekends. So we’re packing the schedule with every a busy working person needs to fill their WELL.” When she’s not working (or retreating to the lovely Woodloch), Ashley bops around Philly and its burbs with the kids — and here the Lansdale native offers up a bunch of lesser-known fun spots.

Albrecht Events - 2016 Best Pennsylvania Meeting/Event Planning Company

2016 Best Pennsylvania Meeting/Event Planning Company

We're proud to announce that Albrecht Events has been named the 2016 Best Pennsylvania Meeting/Event Planning Company by Best of Pennsylvania.

From the Best of PA Press Release: "For those tasked with handling an event or meeting and looking to outsource, it seems the search stops at Albrecht Events, LLC, selected as the Best Meeting/Event Planning Company. The event management firm specializes in helping meeting planners and clients navigate the tri-state region, and takes care of everything from A to Z for meeting and event planning. The Lansdale-based consulting service also handles destination management." Click here to view all winners.

Safari Sophistication

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  • Safari Sophistication
  • Safari Sophistication
  • Safari Sophistication
  • Safari Sophistication
  • Safari Sophistication

Inspired by the adventure and intrigue of Africa, we expanded on the venue’s natural scenery to create an engaging atmosphere that was fun and lively. Zebra print linens and natural wood centerpieces set the exotic mood and the décor brought the adventurous spirit of Africa alive for award-winning pharmaceutical representatives. Following an energetic team meeting, the evening celebration took place on the veranda with a breathtaking view of the sunset and a surprise entrance of the drum café. Everyone received a drum, and the energy was brought to new heights as the team was beating on their drums in harmony. Guests were then amazed by the poise, grace and fearlessness of the fire dancer. Community seating and fire pit tables were scattered around the terrace for colleagues to continue to connect and be inspired throughout the night.

Philadelphia Resources – Navigating Your Way Through Philly

Welcome to our neighborhood. Philadelphia has become a haven for small businesses and artists; home to several top-notch universities and museums; and a city that will make your culinary dreams come true. We are so proud to be a part of this thriving and growing community. As you prepare your visit, here are a few helpful sites to get you started. You are sure to find some sparkling and special hidden gems that will have you talking about our NEW Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Resources

Uwishunu - the most comprehensive site for all categories of stuff to do in the city.

This archived Reddit post lists all the museums in the area, and then some. is also quite comprehensive, we award it extra points for including outdoor activities. (Including the low-down on Philly’s almost famous pop-up beer gardens)

Eater 38 is the best place to find the go-to restaurants in the City of Brotherly Love. It has never let us down.

Eater Heatmap - if you’re feeling adventurous, the Eater Heatmap lists the newest restaurants that are garnering the most attention in the Philly foodie world.

Mann Center - one of the more unique venues in the city, this outdoor venue has some pretty amazing concerts featuring Philly’s finest, the Philadelphia Orchestra. They often play popular movie scores as the movie plays live on jumbo screens. Bring a picnic and some chairs.

Albrecht Events - 2016 ILEA Award Winners


We're proud to announce that Albrecht Events received 2016 ILEA awared for 'Best Event for a Corporate or Non-Profit' and 'Best Team Event.'

Albrecht Events - 2016 ILEA Award Winners

Challenged for nine consecutive years by the CEO of a leading consumer products equity organization to produce a holiday party that is more memorable than the previous celebrations, we were hired as the general contractor and overall event designer for this weekend of events. Our event designers drew inspiration from the twinkle of the holiday light show, Electrical Spectacle, at the venue Franklin Square and expanded the concept of illumination to dazzle attendees throughout the evening. From the moment of arrival and throughout the event on Saturday December 5, 2015 from 6 to 11 p.m., guests experienced one magical illumination after the next. From being greeted by illuminated butterflies fluttering overhead and guiding them to the tent draped in gold metallic and sparkling décor to an evening of entertainment programming that included a lighted drum kit and a performance by iLuminate, the evening was literally brilliant from start to finish. Following the dinner, the event space was also immediately transformed into a Willy Wonka themed event for a family brunch the following morning on December 6, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also, important to note, the entire plan for both events, including the location and theme, is a surprise to guests until their moment of arrival.

Situated in the heart of Historic Philadelphia, Franklin Square was selected as the ideal location to host this magnificent 2-day event. With the spectacular Electrical Spectacle light show featuring more than 50,000 lights as the inspiration, our event designers weaved illumination throughout the entire experience leaving more than 200 guests with a cheerful holiday glow.

A tent with a partial clear ceiling was constructed to allow the exterior light show and stars to add to the ambiance and shine through the cocktail space. The event kicked off with holiday spirits and appetizers surrounded by glittering brilliance. The metallic backdrop enhanced the guests’ attire as they were asked to wear gold, silver or black. The glittery look was further enhanced with shimmering gold sequined linens highlighted with gold vases of lush amaryllis, calla lilies, berries and other seasonal blooms. Positioned atop a raised platform, a Mirror Man contortionist in a costume featuring head to toe circular mirrors entertained guests and provided further illumination from the reflection of his costume, along with the glowing roving butterflies.

From cocktails to dinner, the gold drape was opened for a dramatic reveal of the dinner space. In contrast to the cocktail space, our team designed a theatrical black box. Everything was black – draped walls, carpet, dance floor, linens, chairs, plates, goblets, and the ceiling. Using a fiber optic curtain with programmable twinkle lights for the ceiling treatment, guests dined under the stars and our team had the opportunity to truly black out the room for the iLuminate performance. Guests were completely in awe of the atmosphere. Floral centerpieces reflected the dark, black look and some tables were enhanced with black structural elements for height along with glowing votive candles.

As guests finished the second course, a Voice of God requested that guests remain safely seated as all lighting would be turned down for a special performance. The tent went completely dark and quiet until the music started and dancers from iLuminate entered the stage. This was a surprise performance to guests. As seen on America’s Got Talent, these electrifying entertainers wearing glow-in the-dark-suits had jaw-dropping dance moves. The glowing colors of their costumes moved and rotated based on their songs and musical tempos as the dancers told several stories in a completely blacked out room giving their costume impact and creating a big wow. After dessert, guests were treated to another performance curated by our team. Go Go Gadjet, a band with a cutting edge musical experience and unique lighting choreography and production attracted guests to the dance floor to experience a light show that pulsated with the beat of the music. As guests danced the night away, their light up accessories continued the theme of illumination. The fiber optic ceiling above also coordinated with the band’s light choreography and changed colors to match the mood of each song. Connecting with the audience, corporate associates even joined arm in arm revealing the success of the overall event before being transported back to their hotel.

While asleep, visions of sugar plums danced in their heads as they planned to return the next morning with their families for brunch. Bright and festive décor including brightly colored cushions and linens, as well as oversized colorful candies and lollipops, were brought in overnight to provide a contrast to the black backdrop from the night before.

It was an unusually warm sunny day in December which allowed 240 guests to experience the fun Franklin Square attractions, which were exclusive to the party-goers. Centered around it’s beautiful fountain, Franklin Square features the Liberty Carousel, a one-of-a-kind Philly Mini Golf course, as well as a playground, one of Philly’s best play spaces.

Inside the tent many activities entertained children – a giant coloring wall, play areas with mini cardboard ice cream trucks, arts and crafts project to create a lollipop man, photo booth with coordinating themed props and unlimited sweet treats including a branded hot chocolate bar and a branded cotton candy station. Children were delighted with all the fun and sat on a couch decorated with giant lollipops to receive gifts from the company. Willy Wonka characters engaged with guests and led a bubble gum blowing contest. The atmosphere was festive with family favorite holiday tunes piped in.