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.

Things to do in San Diego: Unique Spouse Tours

Southern California is known for its sunny outdoors and luxurious lifestyle. Here in San Diego, there are many local activities and specialized tours to satisfy any VIP client’s spouse tour needs. Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in San Diego:

Farm to Fork

This tour is more than just wandering around a veggie garden – this is the ultimate foodie experience. Explore Central, South, or North County San Diego and go behind the scenes of some of the best organic, specialty and urban small farms. We’re talking a VIP specific tour based only on what you want to see. San Diego is home to award winning breweries, restaurants, butcher shops, coffee roasters, wineries, fish markets and more. Tour these areas and learn about homestead practices, stay for a thoughtfully curated lunch or dinner, and be amazed by the hidden gems hiding in our own Southern California backyards!

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Sips and Strokes

Explore San Diego’s artistic side! Sip on local wines while discovering some of the best art in town. Take a historic tour of La Jolla and visit fantastic art galleries, like Madison Gallery (pictured). Enhance your senses further with a wine connoisseur. Art and wine make the perfect blend.

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The Call of the Wild

There are few places in the world that would allow you to see the whales of the Arctic, visit the lions of the Sahara, and experience aviary hunters first hand. The only place where you can do all three and more? San Diego. Wiggle into a wetsuit and interact with the snowy white beluga whales at SeaWorld San Diego. This special interaction allows you to experience cold weather creatures up close within their habitats.

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“Sleep on the wild side” along the edge of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s African Plains exhibit. Enjoy your cozy tent and bed overnight as you listen to the roars of the lions and other nighttime animal interactions.

Experience flying a trained bird of prey to the glove & learn about one the world’s oldest hunting traditions. Come as a hands-on participant or observer to learn about raptor biology, conservation & the art of falconry. Enjoy a Basic Falconry Lesson, Hawk Walks for more adventure & glove time with the bird, and a Private Raptor Experience for the ultimate in depth class where you fly both a hawk & a falcon.

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Things to do in San Diego – Need More Info?

If you’re in search of fresh corporate or spouse tours San Diego, contact The Event Team today! Our custom tour proposals feature the best things to do in San Diego for every budget and demographic. In addition to being one of the top destination management companies San Diego, we also operate tours and events throughout Southern California. Additional destinations include Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.

8 Great Centerpiece Ideas for Corporate Events

This week, we’re exploring centerpieces. Whether extravagant or understated, they often play a role of setting the tone for your entire event. Below, we’ve created a list of eight great centerpiece ideas for your next corporate event.

1. Beach Parties

Undoubtedly our most popular theme, beach parties are a staple of SoCal corporate events. As a result, variations on this theme continue to grow. Here are a few of our favorites:

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2. Hollywood Awards Nights

Next up we have the timeless Old Hollywood theme. Always popular for our Los Angeles-based clients, these cinematic-themed centerpieces help direct the scenery.

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centerpiece ideas - old hollywood

3. Lights and Lanterns

Whenever we break away from beach parties and awards nights, we like to flip the switch by focusing on unique lights and lanterns. From bohemian to sci-fi, an array of themes fit perfectly with this luminous approach. Furthermore, these centerpieces continue to provide glowing ambience long after the sun goes down.

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4. Rustic Florals

These rustic floral centerpieces set a casual and earthy tone without sacrificing visual appeal. In order to create the look, mix and match florals with unusual containers (apothecary jars, shipping crates) and other farm-fresh accents (apples, grapes).

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5. Funky and Fun

Sometimes we really dive into a theme and create unique looks for funky and fun themes. Below you’ll find a few recent centerpiece ideas, including a vintage circus theme, retro 80’s night, and a fashion-focused affair.

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6. Sports of All Sorts

Since Southern California is home to many professional sports teams and world-famous golf courses, we like to give our sports-themed events an athletic aesthetic. Some of our favorite looks include this baseball-inspired edible centerpiece (score!) and this oversized golf ball vase (fore!).

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7. Simple Elegance

Sometimes a venue offers so much to look at, there’s no need to go overboard with centerpieces. Whenever our clients ask for simple elegance, we go back to basics with fresh, seasonal florals. These beauties raise eyebrows without begging for attention.

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8. Subtle Succulents

Last but not least, we give you succulents. Perhaps nothing could be cuter than a tiny plant with a powerful will to live. Since these eco-friendly centerpieces retain water, they are excellent candidates for repurposing during multi-day meetings.

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Centerpiece Ideas – Need More Info?

To be sure, centerpieces play a key role in the overall look and feel of your party. If you’re considering decor for your next event, contact The Event Team today for more centerpiece ideas and pricing.

4 Fun and Simple Ice Breaker Games for Networking Events

Last week we provided suggestions for awesome corporate event venues and decor. This week we’re diving into the attendee experience. While some folks find it easy to strike up a conversation, others may feel overwhelmed or awkward. As event professionals, it’s our job to make networking as easy, natural, and fun as possible for all our guests, even the wallflowers. Here’s a look at a 4 Fun and Simple Ice Breaker Games:

1. Cocktail Trivia

Don’t worry, it’s not that kind of drinking game. But let’s face it, alcohol often plays an important role in networking events. This quick and simple activity challenges guests to find out fun info about the drinking preferences of their colleagues. We also like to tie the game into the event’s theme or venue. For example, the below event embraced San Diego’s recent “Tiki Takeover.” If your group isn’t into drinking, not to worry. We happily customize according to your specific demographic, venue, or theme!

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2. Samesies

Like our last activity, this ice breaker game also involves “interviewing” other attendees. However, Samesies takes it one step further. Now you must find people who have the same answers as you! Again, we love to create different variations based on your demographic, venue, theme, etc.

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3. Getting to Know You Bingo

There’s a reason it’s one of the oldest ice breaker games in the books…it’s highly effective, and people love shouting in triumph when they complete a task! Bingo is a great activity to utilize in cases where you can gather interesting information about attendees prior to the event.  These tiny topics help blow conversations wide open and often result in amazing connections between guests. To keep the game from feeling stale, we also like to include a few simple trivia questions and physical challenges.ice breaker games - beer bingo

4. Name Games

Nearly all of us have experienced that agonozing moment – we should know a colleague’s name, but we get caught checking their name badge. The shame! Joking aside, our Name Games actually encourage the name badge stare-down and provide quick and natural conversation starters for even the shyest of guests. The below example utilizes yearbook-style superlatives as a prompt, but the creative options are endlessly customizable.

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Ice Breaker Games – Need More Info?

If you’re looking for creative and affordable ways to enhance your upcoming networking event, contact The Event Team today. Our team of experts have been designing memorable and engaging ice breaker games for nearly three decades. We can’t wait to help you and your guests get the party going!