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

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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

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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.

san diego tours falcon experience

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!

san diego tours - toms style your sole

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
solving 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.

san diego tours team building - footgolf

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

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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!

1st Quarter Awards: Winning San Diego Event Planners

This week, we’re recognizing some of our favorite San Diego event planners and employees from the first quarter. These “super people” help create The Event Team experience from start to finish. Wherever they are, “superior events” are sure to follow!

Full Time Employee of the Quarter – Bill Yahres, VP Business Development

First up, Bill Yahres is our full time employee of the quarter! Here at The Event Team since 1993, Bill is a veteran among San Diego event planners. (Coincidentally, he’s a also a U.S. Veteran).

“I’ve been impressed with Bill over the last few months,” said President Matt Robbins. “He’s had great success going after Convention business and has proven that his methods work. Also, he shows great leadership and helps broaden our DMC network.”

VP of Sales Romy Linde said, “Bill’s already landed some big clients for 2018. What’s more, he works hard to ensure the success of The Event Team and is a team player.”

Additional thoughts from VP of Operations Paige Weeber: “Bill has a heart of gold and keeps The Event Team as a priority. In the past few years, he’s found new ways to obtain business and strengthen relationships with industry planners. Bill is the “class clown” of the office; you can always count on him to make you smile.”

San Diego Event Planners - Bill Yahres

Field Staff Employee of the Quarter – Holly Kromroy

Second on our list of winners is Holly Kromroy. Though a relative newbie to The Event Team field staff, Holly has proven herself as an invaluable asset to the Operations Department. We can always rely on her outgoing personality, professionalism, and promptness. Furthermore, Holly’s cheerful onsite demeanor and quick troubleshooting skills give us confidence in the success of every program she works.

San Diego Event Planners - Holly Kromroy

Hotelier of the Quarter – Lou Cirelli, Hilton San Diego Resort

Next up, Lou Cirelli, National Sales Manager at Hilton San Diego Resort. “Lou has been a pleasure to work with, and is always available and ready to assist,” said Lauren Ross, National Sales Manager at The Event Team. “He is willing to go the extra mile to accommodate requests, and always has his client’s best interests at heart.”

San Diego Event Planners - Lou Cirelli

Vendor of the Quarter – Half Door Brewing

Finally, Stacy Drayne at Half Door Brewing is our vendor of the quarter. This small but inviting brewery in East Village is a favorite stop on our Trolley ‘n Taps tour. Not only is Stacy is a gem  to work with, she also accommodates our groups expertly. Stacy’s professionalism and flexibility make her a gem among San Diego event planners. When it comes to craft beer knowledge, her team’s expertise ensures a great experience to our guests.

San Diego Event Planners - Half Door Brewing Co.

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When you hire The Event Team, you open up a network of the most professional and reliable San Diego event planners. If you’re planning a corporate event and need recommendations, contact us today for a creative, customized proposal!

That’s SoCal: Anaheim Event Venues

Last week, we recommended some of our favorite San Diego event venues. This week we’re zeroing in on Anaheim, a frequent destination for corporate travelers from around the world. Undoubtedly, luxury hotels, iconic theme parks, trendy restaurants, and massive stadiums factor into Anaheim’s popularity. While there’s no shortage of Anaheim event venues to choose from, we’ve highlighted some of our recent favs below.

Anaheim Packing District

First let’s explore Anaheim Packing District, the newly renovated downtown gathering place. Highlights include The Packing House, which harbors Cooks Chapel (a community kitchen and event space), and The Backyard outdoor venue. Here, visitors can sample 20+ artisan eateries, wine-taste in a 1920’s railroad boxcar appropriately named The BXCR, or experience out of this world mixology at The Blind Rabbit. In short, these Anaheim event venues truly pack a punch!

Anaheim Event Venues - The Packing District

 

Craft Beer Scene

Like its San Diegan neighbors to the south, Anaheim is “hopping” back on board the craft beer scene. Actually, brewing beer is in Anaheim’s roots (German colonials brewed here as early as 1870). Now, the resurrected Anaheim Brewery, Backstreet Brewery, and Bottle Logic Brewing are just some of the local breweries we recommend. These casual Anaheim event venues provide the perfect respite for groups looking to take a break after a long day of meetings.

Anaheim Event Venues - Anaheim Brewery

Sports Stadiums 

Now a little something for the Sports fans! Here in Orange County, locals cheer for their MLB Angels and NHL Ducks. And where there are major sports teams, there are major stadium venues. Hence, a diverse selection of function space at Angel Stadium and Honda Center. For example, meeting planners can opt for a catered game-day experience for small VIP groups. Or, for large convention groups, we suggest a full venue buyout with private tours and big name entertainment.

Anaheim Event Venues - Honda Center

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If you’re planning for an Orange County meeting or convention, contact us today to schedule a site of Anaheim event venues. Besides venue options, we can provide

8 Trending San Diego Event Venues

While team building is a major focus this year, we’re still your go-to experts for San Diego event venues. Since securing event space is a crucial first step, we’ve curated a list of 8 trending venue options for your next corporate event.

Popular San Diego Event Venues

Hotel Terrace or Ballroom

Sometimes it’s ideal to utilize a blank canvas approach with a hotel’s terrace or ballroom. From Modern Moroccan Nights at L’Auberge Del Mar, to Glow Parties at Hard Rock Hotel (see below), The Event Team can bring any concept to life. Not to mention, staying on property eliminates transportation costs!

Beach Bash

Gone are the carting a keg out to the beach with 50 of your closest friends. New regulations make it harder than ever to secure beach event permitting in San Diego. Trust us, you don’t want high tide waves or low patience park rangers crashing the party. Choose a waterfront hotel (Paradise Point Resort or Hotel Del Coronado are excellent options), or opt for a state beach adjacent to the Pacific Coast Highway (see below).

Poolside Chic

When it comes to elegant San Diego event venues, poolside parties are everything, dahhhhhhling. Add chic decor, market string lights, and a classy guitarist, and you’re all set for a posh poolside affair. Below, catch a glimpse of our latest poolside event at Paradise Point Resort. Additionally, we can utilize pools as a performance venue for themed entertainment, like this Vintage Carnival Circus event at Omni La Costa, for example.

San Diego Zoo Events

Next, let’s take a look at some of San Diego’s most famous attractions, starting with the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. The sprawling facility offers several event venues to choose from; one of our favorites is Sabertooth Grill at the Elephant Odyssey exhibit (see below for recent highlights). Also, we can’t wait for this summer’s debut of “Africa Rocks,” a new 8-acre exhibit and event space.

MCAS Miramar & Officer’s Club

If you feel the need for speed, look no further than MCAS Miramar, where you can host your very own Top Gun party. Depending on your group size, host your event in the Hangar bay or at the famed Officer’s Club. Throw in flight simulators, custom dog tags, hangar tours, and a performance by our Maverick and Goose lookalikes, and you’ve got yourself a memorable hybrid of history and pop culture.

Parq

Doubling as both restaurant and nightclub, this popular Gaslamp venue packs a high energy one-two punch. Guests can enjoy a swanky seated dinner before heading to the club for DJs, drinks, and dancing. Theme options and decor concepts abound at Parq; check out this Carnival-inspired event below!

San Diego Air & Space Museum

If science and history resonate more closely with your group than nightlife, we suggest the San Diego Air & Space Museum for its impressive collection of replicas, artifacts, and exhibits. In short, this venue sure puts the “space” in event space.

USS Midway Museum

This “city at sea” features simultaneous views of sea, skyline, and sunset. As one of San Diego’s largest venues, the ship easily accommodates thousands. Peep some of our favorite events aboard the USS Midway Museum below!

 San Diego Event Venues – Need More Info?

Still shopping around? Don’t worry, there are plenty of other San Diego event venues to offer. Contact The Event Team today for more ideas or to schedule a venue tour.