Hamilton Event Venues

Whether you are an office administrator tasked to find the best GTA and Hamilton event venues or a seasoned event professional, one thing remains true.  Everyone needs help.  The amount of help will differ from person to person.  But make no mistake about it, everyone needs a team to rely on.

From searching for GTA and Hamilton event venues to locking down the best photographers and DJ’s in town, working with us means you get to enjoy your function with confidence.

Confidence that:

  • you are not overpaying for your service providers.
  • you are throwing the best damn party you can possibly imagine within your budgetary constraints
  • all the elements that are required to throw a one of a kind party are brought together with fluidity

Jackie Penner Events have turnkey event planning solutions making it so easy for you to be the hero.  We bring you options and you choose.


Not interested in spending a lot on decor?  Then we allocate that budget to live entertainment, for example.

Happy with an ipod instead of a DJ?  Then we crank up the dial on the food and serve the freshest, most unique hors de’oeuvres you have ever tasted.

“I want an event planner but I don’t want to spend a fortune on one.  They sound expensive!!!” Says most people always.  Good thing for Jackie Penner Events!  The relationships that we have cultivated make it easy for us to provide luxury-like service to you for the about the same price as you would pay without us!

So next time you need to find a Hamilton event venue for your corporate function, let us crank up the dial AND make it easy on you to do so!

Be the hero!


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Hint- if you want to bring the event together on your own, you can read about the best local vendors on The Confident Bride.  Hamilton’s own wedding company connecting couples to the best local wedding vendors and products!  Many of our wedding vendors can be hired for Hamilton GTA corporate events as well.

Surviving Your Company Christmas Party

Alright people, it’s that time of year. Time to get really wasted in front of your boss and co-workers. If you want a new job that is. If you’re looking to keep your current position, and dignity, time to survive the company Christmas party by doing quite the opposite.

With the number of corporate events we’ve planned, we’ve seen our fair share of … let’s say ‘situations’. And it seems the corporate Christmas party is where we leave with the most memorable stories. So to help ensure you’re not the one everyone’s talking about Monday by the water cooler, we’ve put together 3 top tips for surviving this year’s company holiday party.

  1. Arrive with a full stomach. We all know that once we start to feel that holiday buzz, it’s hard to stop.  The best way to avoid feeling the effects of the first couple cocktails is to eat before you get there.
  2. Do not attempt to confront a work-crush at the party. This is not the time, nor the place and rarely ever ends well. We’ve more than cringed at the sight of this and we can’t imagine what Monday was like for the two involved.
  3.  Go prepared with social icebreakers and avoid office gossip. In a social setting, it’s easy to get-to-talking about others. Avoid this wherever you can. En route to the party, think about a few neutral topics you can discuss with people. Think sports, TV shows, home decor, and pets are ALWAYS a good idea.

Good luck folks!



Planning your company Christmas party? Check out our previous post on suggested Hamilton venues to use!

AKA Engagement Season

You’re heard it 100 times over, the Christmas holidays are often synonymous with ‘engagement season’. And why shouldn’t it be?! For most of us, it’s one of the most joyful times of the year! We’re carving out more time to spend with family and friends, work is a little bit more laid back and it’s a time full of love.

So in order to save you some time and thinking, below is a short list of engagement gift ideas for those newly minted with that bling-bling …

1. To help her show off the new bling  fix her up with a gift card to get her nails done from The TEN Spot (locations nearly everywhere!)

2. To keep her newly-engaged glow, give her the gift of a spray tan from Tan-on-the-Run (they will go to her!)

3. Relieve some of her anxiety about the wedding planning by grouping together with your friends to hire a wedding planner or day-of coordinator for her! (Bonus: allows you girls to enjoy every moment with her and NO ONE has to work on the big day!)

4. A fancy new ring holder for the new bling! When she’s cleaning the house or going to the gym, give her a beautiful ring box to place her jewel. (Take a stroll at Homesense to find something unique and fitting with her home decor.)

5. Custom gift box with items curated from across Canada from Lex & Lennon. We’re totally crushing on Lex & Lennon lately and we know you will be too as soon as you see their goodies.

Have fun lovelies and be sure to follow us on Facebook over the holidays for planning tips!



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Are you a newly engaged GTA fiance?

Let’s talk about it.

Okay, this is going to be short and sweet … Can we have a quick conversation about the term ‘fiance’? The more and more people I talk to say the same thing: they feel weird using the word. Maybe it’s the people I’m talking to or maybe it just is.

I was engaged for a total of 19 months and I can tell you I called Anthony my ‘fiancé’ to only a handful of people. Those handful of people … mostly mere strangers. I cannot count the number of times my friends used it for me though. I guess that’s what they’re there for. Shoutout #kandiscrew. I always felt uncomfortable using the term with friends and family, but pretty proud otherwise.

Now correct me if I’m wrong:

Although the term feels a bit weird to use, it’s the only one set for this stage in the relationship. At this point, your partner is way more to you than a boyfriend/girlfriend but not quite yet your husband/wife. So how do you communicate that to people without feeling like a knob?

I know it’s JUST a word, but if you’ve got the answer, a solution, or a term you used during your engagement, please share. There are many fiance’s out there wondering.


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Hamilton Corporate Events

Although we rarely promote our corporate work on social media, we do our fair share! It’s a side of the business that doesn’t have as many flowers or dresses, but we love it. And while most of our corporate gigs are in Burlington, we want to give a shout-out to Hamilton.  If you’re responsible for your company function, Hamilton Corporate Banquet venues have got you covered.

Hamilton is home to many great event venues.  All-in-one conference centres, re-purposed buildings, traditional halls and so much more.  In the coming years, businesses will have more and more options for hosting their special events.  As the city continues to grows, the event scene flourishes and we’re excited!

For those of you who may not know, Jackie Penner Events is proud to be based out of Hamilton.  In fact, we call The Cotton Factory home. A former industrial building transformed into a creative industries complex, with space for galleries, office space, studios and a large event space. Honestly, we cannot tell you how happy and inspired we are working there every day.

So in the spirit of our love for our ‘hood’, we want to highlight some of the top Hamilton corporate events venues from our perspective:

  1. (Obviously) The Cotton Factory
    A perfect space for anything creative. Multi-functional to host HIVEX Conference, zen enough for lulu lemon yoga retreat and cool enough for art exhibits.
  2. Hamilton Convention Centre
    Great for pretty much anything!
  3. Art Gallery of Hamilton
    Perfect for something a little more special. Think business anniversary, corporate Christmas party, that sort of thing.
  4. Crowne Plaza Hamilton Hotel & Conference Centre
    Looking for something close to the highway with a hotel attached? Look no further.
  5. Royal Botanical Gardens
    Borders Burlington for those with attendees, clients or staff in both.
  6. Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
    Great for your upcoming company Christmas party!

Looking for more corporate event planning help in Hamilton? We’re happy to help!


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