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.

things to do sips and strokes

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.

things to do san diego sea world

“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.

things to do san diego

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.

centerpiece ideas - vintage hollywood

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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centerpiece ideas - steampunk

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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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centerpiece ideas - rustic elegance

centerpiece ideas - rustic harvest

centerpiece ideas - rustic vineyard

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.

centerpiece ideas - vintage circus

centerpiece ideas - 80s night

centerpiece ideas - fashion fete

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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centerpiece ideas - golf

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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centerpiece ideas - elegant pool party

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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 - succulents

centerpiece ideas - terrarium

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.

icd breaker games - samesies

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!

Decor Spotlight: 3 Los Angeles Venues and How to Dress Them Up

Sometimes the idea of planning an event in La La Land can seem overwhelming. Since The Event Team is privvy to the best Los Angeles venues, we make life stress-free for meeting planners visiting the region! Here are our latest reccomendations for fresh L.A. event spaces, accompanied by matching decor concepts:

Venue: Light Lab LA / Decor: Modern Minimalism

Within the bustling neighborhood of Atwater Village, you’ll find Light Lab LA. This airy warehouse features cathedral ceilings, skylights, and 1800 sf of space. The venue’s painted brick walls and open floor plan allow for total innovation. Dress it up with our Modern Minimalism decor theme. This look embraces the simplicity of the open floor concept while highlighting its clean lines and sunny relaxed vibe.

Los Angeles Venues - Light Lab

Los Angeles Venues - Modern Minimalism Decor

2. Venue: Liaison Restaurants & Lounge/ Decor: Mixed Metals

After its early 2017 debut, Liaison Restaurant & Lounge caught our eye thanks to its style, functionality, and versatility. With room for 125 seated guests, full-service bars, four-sided onyx displays, and indoor/outdoor options, this venue is the full package. Dress it up in our Mixed Metals décor theme, which blends the venue’s earthy and glamourous elements.

Los Angeles Venues - Liaison Restaurant and Lounge

Los Angeles Venues - Mixed Metals Decor

3. OUE Skyspace / Decor: Bold & Bright

Atop the iconic US Bank Tower, OUE Skyspace LA sits about 1,000 feet above downtown. Here you’ll find two observation terraces showcasing 360-degree views. Additionally, a 45-foot glass outdoor Skyslide provides a thrilling experience for the bravest attendees. Dress it up with our Bold and Bright décor theme. This concept makes a statement while complementing the venue’s glossy white floors and colossal windows.

Los Angeles Venues - OUE SKyspace

Los Angeles Venues - OUE Sk

Los Angeles Venues - Bright and Bold

Los Angeles Venues – Need More Info?

If you’re seeking Los Angeles venues, contact The Event Team today! While you focus on important aspects of your meeting, we’ll locate a perfect space for your group!

6 Fresh SoCal Corporate Event Decor Concepts

Last week, we showed you some of our freshest offerings for San Diego tours and activities. This week, we’re highlighting six popular corporate event decor concepts. If you’re looking for creative, budget-friendly ways to dress up your next Southern California event, keep on scrolling!

1. Starlight Safari

This wildly popular concept combines subtle earth tones with dazzling string lights and eye popping animal accents. Below you’ll find a glimpse of this look from a recent event at San Diego Zoo’s Sabertooth Grill.Elephant Odyssey – Sabertooth Grill – Zoo

2. Glow Party

LED event decor helps ensure that the fun won’t stop just because the sun goes down. Our team  recently provided luminous glow bars and furniture vignettes for this event at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. For an interactive twist, we also offer giant Lite-Brite walls, light paining photobooths, and more!

Glow Game Night - Corporate Event Decor

3. Steampunk Chic

This theme embraces past, present, and future by blending bold colors, modern design, and creative pseudo-steampunk accents. Last month, The Event Team brought this corporate event decor concept to life for our clients at L’Auberge Del Mar on the property’s Sunset Terrace.

Steampunk Chic Corporate Event Decor

4. Vintage Carnival

Step right up to a magical evening full of wonder and whimsy! Our guests at this Omni La Costa event enjoyed this playful decor concept that featured charming linens and centerpieces, acrobatic performers, and of course, popcorn for all!

Vintage Circus - Corporate Event Decor

5. Modern Moroccan

Exotic lanterns and printed rugs paired with modern lounge seating created this clean and classy look for our friends at L’Auberge Del Mar. While enjoying views of the Pacific Ocean, guests sampled tequila, roasted miniature s’mores, and snapped photos in the selfie station.
Moroccan Modern - Corporate Event Decor

6. California Chic

We offer endless variations of this concept that draws inspiration from Cali’s easy breezy style. Our latest interpretation at Paradise Point Resort featured bright blue and orange hues, sleek furniture and simple string lanterns.

California Chic - Corporate Event Decor

Corporate Event Decor – Need More Info?

If none of the above concepts caught your eye, not to worry! Additional looks are available in our Style Sheet catalog, available for free download. For even more ideas, contact The Event Team today!

Cool for the Summer – 6 Fresh San Diego Tours and Activities

As summer quickly approaches, we’re highlighting some fun-focused tour and team building options for corporate groups. From animal lovers to art aficionados, athletes to brainiacs, there is something for everyone! Here are 6 Fresh San Diego Tours and Activities:

1. Falcon Interaction

Experience flying a trained bird of prey to the glove and learn about one the world’s oldest hunting traditions. During this activity, you can enjoy a basic falconry lesson, or opt for the more in-depth hawk walks for more adventure and glove time with the bird.

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2. Poolside You Build It Boats

Skip the sand and row, row, row your boat while sipping cocktails poolside. This high-energy team building event challenges guests to design, build, market, and race custom-built boats from the comfort of the hotel pool!

3. TOMS Style Your Sole

One of our most creative philanthropic team building activities, Style Your Sole is the perfect way to express your artistic vision and community spirit. Following this shoe-decorating event, each pair of TOMS will be donated to the local homeless population, plus TOMS will match your donation with shoes for kids around the globe!

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4. Room Escape

Now you can transform a hotel ballroom into a life-size puzzle! For this team building event, participants are “locked” in a room and must escape by exploring their surroundings to find clues and solve a series of puzzles within a set time limit. Depending on venue and group size, multiple rooms and variations are available. Unlock the fun and “escape” with your team.

San Diego Tours Team Building - Room Escape

5. Rock Against the Clock

One of our newest CSR team building activities is our music-focused Rock Against the Clock. At the start of this program, each team is given a guitar body with several missing parts (neck, bridge, strings, etc.). First, participants compete against one another in a variety of challenges to earn the missing pieces of their guitars. Once assembly is complete, teams will play a song using a tablet and instructional apps. After the mini-concert, a representative from a local Boys & Girls Club (and possibly some youth participants) will accept the group’s donation.

san diego tours team building rock against the clock

6. FootGolf 

Following the basic rules of golf, this game utilizes a regulation size soccer ball and 21-inch diameter cups. Don’t worry, we guarantee novices and pros alike will get a kick out of this unique activity.

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San Diego Tours and Activities – Need More Info?

If you’re in search of fresh corporate tours San Diego, contact The Event Team today! Our custom tour proposals feature options for every budget and demographic. In addition to San Diego, we also provide tours throughout Southern California. Additional destinations include Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara.

Destination Decor – San Diego Corporate Events

Last week, we told you about the “super people” we work with to ensure “superior” San Diego corporate events. This week, we’re showcasing one such event that took place at the beautiful L’Auberge Del Mar. Check out our mini case study below!

The Group

Here in town for an incentive trip, our group of 30 wine industry professionals earned their San Diego experience as a reward for their passion and innovative thinking. Since our guests focus on blending fine quality with unique style and artistry in their work, we approached decor with the same ideals in mind.

The Venue

The reception took place on Sunset Terrace, one of L’Auberge Del Mar’s gorgeous outdoor event venues overlooking the Pacific. Besides breathtaking views and ocean breezes, the space features contemporary deck flooring and is adjacent to the hotel’s pristine pool, chic cabanas, and relaxing fire pit. This venue can accommodate San Diego corporate events for up to 120 reception style.

San Diego Corporate Events - L'Auberge Del Mar Sunset Terrace

The Decor

Obviously, the luxurious L’Auberge Del Mar doesn’t need much in terms of beautification. When the Pacific Ocean is your backdrop, it’s best to not overdo decor. Still, we set out to emphasize our client’s brand utilizing a blend of bold colors, modern design, and creative pseudo-steampunk accents. Tufted furniture and spring florals softened the look, while metal chairs and industrial centerpieces offered an edgy twist.

San Diego Corporate Events - Steampunk Chic

San Diego Corporate Events – Need More Info?

If you’re looking for help with San Diego corporate events, contact The Event Team today! Our team of experts are here to assist with venue selection and creative concepts that match your brand and budget!