Sweet Themes: 5 Creative Dessert Ideas for your Theme Party

Looking for a delicious way to sweeten up your next theme party? Here are some of our favorite decor themes paired with creative and interactive dessert ideas that your guests will certainly want to save room for!

1. Glamping Theme Party with Miniature S’mores Station

An upscale camping theme calls for upscale camping treats. This interactive take on everyone’s favorite campfire dessert is delicious and adorable. Tiny things are just cuter, don’t ask us why.

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2. Vintage Carnival Theme Party with Cotton Candy Cart

This dessert idea will make you feel like a kid again! Step right up, pick your favorite flavor, and enjoy a whimsical cloud of confection, whipped up just for you!

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3. 1980’s Theme Party with Novelty Candy Buffet

We consulted our Magic Eight Ball to ask if a novelty candy buffet would be a totally rad hit at your next 80’s party. The answer? It is certain.

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4. French Theme Party with Macaron Tree

Just say oui to adding this colorful confection tower to your French Fete! Los Angeles-based bakery Merely Sweets uses the finest ingredients and make everything from scratch.

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5. Haunted Theme Party with Nitro Popcorn

Who needs Santa when you have Jack Skellington? Ditch the traditional company holiday party and opt for a spookier variation. For dessert, freak out your tastebuds with hydrogen popcorn from LA-based company Nitro Pop!

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Creative Dessert Ideas – Need More Info?

Need some eye candy for your next corporate event? Reach out to The Event Team today for a custom decor proposal with festive dessert options. We handle all the moving parts so you can relax and take credit for a deliciously delightful event!

 

5 Southern California Attractions for Adrenaline Junkies

If your coporate event group prefers adrenaline and adventure over leisure and luxury, this blog is for you! Below, we’ve curated a list of  heart-pounding Southern California attractions for thrill-seekers, wave-riders, bet-placers, and fun-lovers!

1. Freerunning and Parkuor Class (Los Angeles)

Learn how overcome obstacles in your environment and overcome stresses of everyday life with this fun form of expressive movement. Professional coaches will make sure you don’t look like this.

2. Jet Boat Rides (San Diego)

Get ready for speed, screams and splashes!  Zip around the bay with 130 of your closest friends on this 70-foot jet boat. With rock music pumping, your captain executing 360-degree turns and reach speeds upwards of 50 mph.

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3. Falconry (San Diego)

Next up, experience flying a trained bird of prey to the glove and learn about one the world’s oldest hunting traditions. Enjoy a basic Falconry lesson, Hawk Walks for more adventure and glove time with the bird, or a Private Raptor Experience for the ultimate in depth class where you fly both a hawk & a falcon.

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4. Racecar Driving (Multiple Locations)

Ease into your driving experience with go-karts, cruise Highway 101 in a luxury sports car, or floor it on the speedway with racecar driving school. With multiple experiences and locations to choose from, these thrilling Southern California attractions will unleash your inner Andretti!

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5. Theme Parks (Multiple Locations)

Seems like you can practically throw a rock and hit a roller coaster in SoCal. If you’re looking for the happiest place, Disneyland is obviously tops. But if you want to up the adrenaline ante, we recommend journeying to Valencia for a day of play at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Here you’ll find over 20 hair-raising thrill rides, including Galactic Attack, the country’s first ever mixed reality VR coaster!

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Southern California Attractions – Need More Info?

Even more adventurous Southern California attractions await for your next corporate group. Drop us a line today for a custom proposal!

Corporate Event Planning Experts: 2nd Quarter Awards

Here we are, already nearing the end of the second quarter! Seems like the last few months passed in the blink of an eye. In that short time, we operated many incredible programs with the help of our corporate event planning partners. Below you’ll find a few “super people” that earned special recognition during this period.

Full Time Employee of the Quarter – Paige Weeber, VP of Operations

This quarter’s winner is known to run a tight ship! President Matt Robbins said, “Paige has been leading our Ops department for over 10 years. Her background as a Meeting Planner and Hotel CSM allows her to see all sides of the program.” Our Sales team knows they can rely on Paige to keep their clients happy. VP Business Devleopment Bill Yahres notes Paige’s “knowledge and ability to manage multiple functions have always been the glue holding our ship together.” DOS Romy Linde agrees. “Paige goes above and beyond; she is a true team player and works hard to get the job done. Also, her attention to detail is unsurpassed, and her dedication makes her shine!” DOO Jenn Dotson adds, “Paige is amazing at what she does and is a great resource for information. Her attention to detail and commitment to clients shows in the constant positive feedback she receives.”corporate event planning paige weeber

Field Staff Employee of the Quarter – Dan McCollum

Dan has been a tour guide for The Event Team since 2000. He is our “go to” for any questions we have in Los Angeles and has been a huge asset to a repeat client we’ve serviced for the past three years. This quarter, Dan was able to assist the operations team in L.A. taking the lead role in working with a client, staffing the program, and managing the vendors. Our client raved about Dan, saying “he is patient, cordial, and doesn’t seem to be flustered by anything that is thrown hiw way.” Dan is always a pleasure to work with. He keeps our clients’ expectations in mind and always strives to exceed them.

Vendor of the Quarter – Bike and Kayak Tours, Inc.

A new vendor to The Event Team, Mike Prickett and team at Bike and Kayak Tours are always quick and attentive to our needs. What’s more, we love thier excellent onsite customer service. We find it refreshing to work with partners who understand the need for quick turnaround and we appreciate that Bike and Kayak’s availability to assist us at all times. We look forward to more fun outings with Bike and Kayak Tours though 2017!

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Hotelier of the Quarter – Bill Matheny, Hotel Del Coronado

Bill Matheny, Director of National Sales at Hotel Del Coronado, is a longtime supporter of The Event Team. Director of Sales Romy Linde said “I have had the pleasure of working with Bill on various sites and programs. He is a true professional, and I have learned many selling tips from him. Bill’s confidence and humor wins over clients every time.” Thank you Bill for being a wonderful partner!

Corporate Event Planning – Need More Info?

If you need corporate event planning services in Southern California, contact The Event Team today. Our local expertise and strong vendor, hotelier, and staff relationships make all the difference.

20 Wacky, Weird and Wonderful Beverly Hills Landmarks

Fabulous mansions, celebrity sightings, and upscale restaurants all come to mind when you think of Beverly Hills landmarks. Here at The Event Team we always look to bring you unique venues, activities, trends, and ideas. Check out these memorable spots on your own self-guided walking tour, or allow us to create one for your corporate group. Either way, you will seem like an L.A. native after visiting these 20 Wacky, Weird, and Wonderful Beverly Hills Landmarks:

1. The Witch’s House

This relocated thatched roof and odd angled wonder has now been fully restored. The home’s owner and resident Michael J. Libow says that “95 to 98% is new material made to look old.” His labor of love is here to stay – in 2013 the home was listed on Beverly Hill’s local register of historic properties. It is the most requested non-celebrity house to visit in Los Angeles.

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2. The O’Neill House

Just off Rodeo’s shopping area, this curvy creation is inspired by art-nouveau architect Antoni Guadi.

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3. Beverly Hills City Hall

Opened in 1932, this was called the “largest and most expensive City Hall of any municipality its size in the country.” The building appears in a mulitude of films and television shows, including Beverly Hills Cop.

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4 & 5. Beverly Hills High School & its Swim-Nasium

The only major public high school in Beverly Hills, BHHS offers surf classes, a robotics team, and two award-winning news services. The school has served as film location to movies such as Real Women Have Curves and It’s a Wonderful Life. Most notably, Beverly Hills High School’s gym floor doubles as the school’s swimming pool!

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6. Margaret Herrick Library

Established in 1928 and now located in Beverly Hills, the library is devoted to the history and development of the motion picture as an art form and an industry. In the “Reading Room,” white gloves keep visitors from smudging the movie stills.

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7. Kabbalah Centre

The Centre was founded by Rav Yehuda Ashlag in 1922 and now spans the globe with brick and mortar locations in more than 40 cities as well as extensive online presence. Many celebs (most notably Madonna) have been associated with the Centre.

8. Doheny Apartments

In 1953, Marilyn Monroe lived here the year prior to her marriage to Joe DiMaggio. She returned to a different unit in the complex in 1961.

9. The Metal Zoo

Forget about the pink flamingos in the front yard. This Beverly Hills mansion at Doheny Drive and Clifton Way has a full menagerie complete with elephant, tigers, and a 15′ giraffe. No feeding necessary.

10. House of Bijan

Beverly Hills is home to the most expensive store in the world. House of Bijan is located, where else, on Rodeo Drive. If you have deep enough pockets and a reservation you too can shop at the $12 million store. Otherwise, admire the both Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe and Bijan Bugatti designed by the store’s late namesake parked right outside.

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11. Angelyne

You might see this “Barbie Doll of Beverly Hills” speeding around in her famous pink Corvette.

12. Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

Restocked with fresh cupcakes day and night, the world’s first cupcake ATM takes the cake when it comes to immediate gratification.Stop by Sprinkles Cupcakes after a day of shopping and touring the city.

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13. Gordon and Lily

This pair, sculpted by Victor Salmones, tries to cross the street at the corner of Camden and little Santa Monica.

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14. Googie Gas Station

Located at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Crescent drive, Jack Colker’s 76 station features “Googie” architecture, based on car culture, space, and atomic themes.

15. Princess Leia’s Gate

The late Carrie Fisher’s front gate features playful signs like “No Swimsuits in Lobby,” “Public Telephone Within,” and “Ask Me About Medication Side Effects.”

16. Greystone Mansion

Stroll the grounds of one of Hollywood’s most filmed mansions. You may recognize it serving as Chilton Academy in Gilmore Girls and Rachel’s house in The Bodyguard.

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17. Sheats-Goldstein Residence

This cave-like dwelling appears in films such as, Charlie’s Angels, Pulp Fiction, and The Big Lebowski; the perfect tour stop for cinematic aficionados and thespians.

18. Franklin Canyon Park

This 605-acre public park features a 3-acre lake, hiking trails and a duck pond. The serene locale appears in It Happened One Night, the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show, and the Nickelodeon show Salute Your Shorts.

19. Virginia Robinson Gardens

This exotic paradise (built in 1911) has a  one of the first homes in Beverly Hills!

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20. Hymn of Life Tulips

Just one of over 60 pieces of public art in Beverly Hills, this charming piece by Yayoi Kusama makes for a great photo opp!

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Beverly Hills Landmarks – Need More Info?

If you’re looking for more Beverly Hills landmarks, contact our los angeles destination management company today! Our team of creative event planning professionals will prepare a custom proposal just for your group! (Primary Info & Photo Resource: www.lovebeverlyhills.com and www.discoverlosangeles.com)

San Diego Events – Entertainment Enhancement Ideas

When it comes to San Diego events, The Event Team is a one-stop shop for all planning and management needs! Recent blogs showcase popular trends in Southern California activities and decor themes. This week, we’re focusing on San Diego entertainment enhancements. Whether you’re entertaining thousands in the San Diego Convention Center, hundreds in a hotel ballroom, or handfuls in a private restaurant space, our menu of entertainment options makes it quick and easy to book top-rated San Diego performers.

Visual Impact

For impressive visual impact, we recommend “vertical visuals.” For finger-pointing, jaw-dropping fun, our professional sky-divers make a wonderful choice. Additional verticial visuals include military rappelers and event sky-writing planes. On the ground, you can create visual impact with branded ice or sand sculptures.

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Specialty Food and Beverage Enhancements

Another crucial aspect to your event is the food and beverage experience. Incoporate San Diego’s craft beer craze with a local beer tasting, bring in flashy flair bartenders, or get creative with an educational mixology station. Bring your dessert course to life with DIY donut toppings, mini s’mores, and custom cotton candy stations.

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Interactive and Educational Enhancements

Next up, capitalize on the interests of your group with fun, interactive, educational entertainment. Choose from animal encounters, selfie stations, virutal reality booths and much more. These exciting enhancements encourage natural networking and provide memorable moments that last a lifetime!

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Performance Art

Lastly, make sure your San Diego events are jam-packed with performances by world-class entertainers. From larger-than-life musical acts, amazing visual artists, hilarious comedians, impressive lookalikes, and more, our catalog of performance artists never ceases to amaze!

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San Diego Events and Enhancements – Need More Info?

Rather than scouring the internet for entertainers, contact The Event Team today for a list of quality acts and enhancements. Certainly, your San Diego events will be in great hands with our event management experts!

San Diego Event Venue: Tapping into Social Tap

Here at The Event Team, we constantly prowl Southern California for the best corporate event spaces. Our latest trek through San Diego’s East Village took us to Social Tap, where we enjoyed lunch and a venue tour. Social Tap is a San Diego event venue that hits it right out of the ballpark.  Here’s why:

The Location

Located within walking distance of many San Diego convention hotel properties, this restaurant is a meeting planner’s dream. With a patio that looks directly into Petco Park, Social Tap boasts some of the best real estate in the Gaslamp.

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The Look

From its brick exterior to its uplit marble-top bar to its casual firepit lounge, Social Tap scores major vibe points. This San Diego event venue achieves a neighborhood bar feel while maintaining a modern design perfect for corporate groups.

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The Size

Additional attractive features of Social Tap: capacity and flexibility. The venue accommodates buyouts for 350 guests and features multiple private or semi-private configurations for smaller gatherings. Also, furniture can be added, removed, or rearranged to meet the specific needs of each client.

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The Menu

Also noteworthy is Social Tap’s robust menu of sophisticated American cuisine. Head chef Jesse Snyder’s passion for high quality food made from scratch translates in both presentation and taste. With a craft cocktail program and 30 draft beers to boot, Social Tap won’t cut corners in the kitchen or behind the bar.

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The Service

Above all, Social Tap’s dedication to customer service makes it a front runner for favorite San Diego event venues! With a customer-first attitude and bonus features like complimentary wifi and branding opportunities, Social Tap creates a welcoming atmosphere and a memorable San Diego experience.

San Diego Event Venue – Need More Info?

Lastly, don’t forget to contact our San Diego destination management company today for more venue ideas and event inspiration!

Patriotic Theme Ideas for Corporate Events

In the spirit of Memorial Day, The Event Team curated a list of patriotic theme ideas for your next corporate event. Celebrate America the Beautiful in style with these decor tips and entertainment trends:

Venue Selection

Firstly, you’ll need to select a venue that matches your theme. While Southern California has a reputation for beach parties and Hollywood awards nights, our patriotism also runs deep. There are no shortage of options when it comes to selecting historical or military venue for your patriotic theme party. Noteworthy San Diego venues include USS Midway Museum (pictured) and MCAS Miramar. In Los Angeles, we recommend Ronald Regan Presidential Library or California Science Center. These venues add a wonderful educational and historical spirit to your patriotic theme.

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Decor Themes

Secondly, choose a decor theme that resonates with your group. Certainly, traditional red, white, and blue decorations fit the bill for patriotic theme parties. But there’s more to America than Betsy Ross. Explore a variety of colors (army green, navy blue), draw inspiration from notable landmarks (sea to shining sea theme), or draw inspiration from American achievements (Olympics, space travel, jazz) and historical periods (World War II, Civil Rights era).

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Entertainment Enhancements

Lastly, enhance attendee experience with interactive entertainment elements that compliment your theme. Choose from sky-divers, fireworks, celebrity speakers, military color guard, Americana bands, drum squads, Andrews sisters style acts, and more. Add to the fun by incorporating a costume contest element!

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Patriotic Theme Ideas – Need More Info?

If you’re looking for more patriotic party inspiration, contact The Event Team today! Browse our extensive catalog of corporate event services for the best venue, decor, and entertainment ideas. Besides saving you time and money, our profesional event experts will commit to your guests’ overall experience. Above all, we the people at The Event Team support our clients every step of the way to ensure a successful event.