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!

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!

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.

Event Decor Spotlight: 3 Orange County Venues and How to Dress Them Up

Let’s talk Orange County event decor, shall we? From Anaheim to Dana Point, Orange County features a wonderful selection of event venues for convention and corporate groups. At The Event Team DMC, we know a thing or two about these spaces, especially when it comes to dressing them up in event decor. Here’s a look at three popular Orange County corporate event venues paired with some of our favorite decor theme recommendations.

1. Venue: Mission San Juan Capistrano / Decor: Rustic California

Conveniently located close to the freeway and minutes from the airport, the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano is an idyllic setting of lush gardens, koi-filled fountains, museum rooms, original adobe buildings, and the famous Great Stone Church. Dress it up with our rustic California Chic decor concept. Featuring warm colors and wooden furniture, this decor style gives the museum a modern feel without completely ignoring the venues’s historical roots.

Mission San Juan Capistrano - Orange County Event Venue
California Chic - Event Decor

2. Venue: Endless Dreams Yacht / Decor: Nautical

Since her launch in 2002, Endless Dreams has represented the very pinnacle of charter yacht design: spacious elegance and sophistication coupled with a fine attention to detail. The 140-foot Newport Beach yacht accommodates up to 450 guests and boasts modern wood, granite and stainless steel accents inside, plus features such as plasma televisions and a playful outdoor balcony fit for stargazing. Dress it up with our nautical decor theme, which incorporates simple colors, clean lines, and seafaring accents.

endless dreams yacht orange county event venue

nautical theme party decor

3. Venue: Lyon Air Museum / Decor: Vintage Military

This Santa Ana venue features a 30,000 square foot hangar that houses a collection of historic aircraft and classic vehicles from World War II era. A unique setting for Orange County corporate events, the stunning backdrop of John Wayne Airport’s runway is quite a treat for guests as they dine, dance, and socialize among the wings of vintage aircraft. Dress it up with our popular Vintage Military theme. This colorful decor concept highlights the venue’s tribute to World World II era history with industrial furniture, patriotic color scheme, and memorable vintage posters.

lyon air museum orange county event venu

vintage military event decor orange county

Need More Info?

If you’re in the market for event decor in Orange County, contact The Event Team destination management company for more information! We can help you site venues and discover decor concepts that will accommodate your group, budget, and overall vision. From casual beach bashes to swanky awards galas, our team of creative experts are happy to help!

San Diego Headquarters, (for corporate event planning San Diego, corporate event planning Orange County, and corporate event planning Palm Springs):
2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Los Angeles Office, (for corporate event planning Los Angeles and corporate event planning Santa Barbara):
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California (servicing corporate events San Diego, corporate events Orange County, and corporate events Los Angeles), please Call us Toll-Free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

3 Corporate Event Photography and Videography Trends in Southern California

As Southern California’s corporate event experts, The Event Team DMC always recommends event photography services to our meeting planner clients. With so many affordable and unique event photography options to choose from, why not capture every memorable moment? We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a few of our favorite photography and videography trends for your perusing pleasure.

1. Drone Cinematography

If your meeting or convention is held in the same location every year, drone cinematography is a great way to engage with current and future attendees. Southern California is beautiful anyway you look at it, but aerial footage of the region is simply stunning. Drone services can offer a wonderful re-cap of your event, while simultaneously providing a marketing tool for next year’s conference. Worried about permitting issues? Leave that to us. Our full service destination management team can do all the research to make sure your drone stays out of  a no-fly zone.

2. GIF Photobooths

GIFs – who knew?! What started as a snarky trend in Meme-ville wound up being an incredible asset to the event community. GIF photobooths are a funky way to incorporate event branding and social media marketing into your theme party. Minimal setup and hours of fun…what’s not to love?

 

3. Vintage VW Photobus

Nothing quite captures the laid-back surf vibe of Southern California like a Vintage VW Photobus. Sometimes we event planners tend to set up bulky photobooths in some leftover corner of the venue that won’t cause a pile-up at the meat-carving station. This beauty, on the other hand, demands attention and may very well deserve front-and-center placement as your entrance piece. When photography poses as decor, we can’t complain.

vw photobus

Need More Info?

Looking for more suggestions for your next Southern California corporate event? Our dynamic roster of event photographers and videographers are the best memory-makers in the business. Be sure to contact The Event Team destination management company today for more information on our discounted event photography rates!

To contact The Event Team:

San Diego Headquarters, (for corporate event planning San Diego, corporate event planning Orange County, and corporate event planning Palm Springs):

2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Los Angeles Office, (for corporate event planning Los Angeles and corporate event planning Santa Barbara):
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California (servicing corporate events San Diego, corporate events Orange County, and corporate events Los Angeles), please Call us Toll-Free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

 

6 Last Minute Ideas for your Office Holiday Party

If you’re feeling a little Ho Ho Hum about this year’s office holiday party, don’t fret! The Event Team is here with 6 last minute ideas to help make your event merry and bright:

1. Santa’s Workshop: Cookie-Decorating and Wreath-Making Stations

Whether or not their DIY game is on point, guests always appreciate interactive stations at work parties because they offer an opportunity to do something other than make awkward conversation about their holiday travel plans. Station options include cookie-decorating, wreath-assembly, ornament design, and more!

christmas gingerbread cookies with spices, frost and decorations

2. Reindeer Games: Merry Minute to Win It and Caroling Karaoke

If your team is a more competitive bunch, we suggest hosting a good old fashioned holiday game night. Divide guests into teams and battle against the clock in a series of holiday-themed challenges in our Merry Minute to Win It game. After everyone has enough egg nog (aka liquid courage) break out the karaoke machine for our Caroling Karaoke competition.

Holiday Teambuilding Merry Minute to Win it

3. Deck the Halls: Venue Selection and Holiday Decor Themes

Opt for all the traditional holiday trimmings, or get creative with a decor theme that matches your city, venue, or company brand. Some suggestions include a Christmas Beach Party theme at an oceanfront venue, a Winter Funderland circus/carnival theme at a local children’s museum, or a spooky Nightmare Before Christmas theme at a private estate.

nightmare before christmas theme party

4. The GIF that Keeps on GIFing: Festive Photobooths

Photobooths continue to be all the rage at corporate events, and for good reason. Where else can you don a Santa hat and Groucho Marx glasses at the same time? There are no shortage of awesome photobooth variations to choose from. The Event Team can you hook you up with greenscreens, slow motion videos, light painting, photo flipbooks, and the ever-popular GIF booth, to name a few.

Holiday Photobooth for Events

5. Do You Hear What I Hear: Carolers and Drummer Boys

Liven up your event with the sights and sounds of professional holiday musicians and entertainers. The carolers, drummer boys, children’s choirs, etc., have been practicing all year for this. Spreading cheer for all to hear is a job they take seriously, and your party will be better for it.

Holiday Entertainment Drum Squad

6. That’s a Wrap: Volunteering and Holiday Bonding Activities

If a holiday party didn’t quite make it on your 2016 wishlist, there are still ways to sprinkle a little joy throughout your company. Take a day out of the office and volunteer your time toward a local community program. Gift-wrapping donated toys for youth outreach organizations or assembling  military care packages are perfect options for this time of year. The Event Team can also arrange a casual bonding activity for your team, such as a local brewery tour or a friendly game of footgolf (our team just did this last week and had a blast!).

san diego footgolf

Need More Info?

Contact The Event Team destination management company today for more information on these and other holiday party ideas!

To contact The Event Team:

San Diego Headquarters, (for corporate event planning San Diego, corporate event planning Orange County, and corporate event planning Palm Springs):

2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Los Angeles Office, (for corporate event planning Los Angeles and corporate event planning Santa Barbara):
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California (servicing corporate events San Diego, corporate events Orange County, and corporate events Los Angeles), please Call us Toll-Free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

Event Spotlight – Top Gun Party at MCAS Miramar Officer’s Club

Can we just say how much fun Top Gun theme parties are at San Diego’s MCAS Miramar? The classic movie may be 30 years old, but that doesn’t stop our corporate groups from “feeling the need for speed” at one of the film’s most famous locations. Last month, one of our groups was treated to such an experience. Here’s a glimpse of some of the services we provided.

Transportation

MCAS Mirmar is an active military base, so we always make sure to navigate the venue’s many rules and regulations, ensuring safe and secure transport for all our guests!

Flightline & Hangar Tour

The event started off with a tour of Miramar’s flightline and hangar, where guests enjoyed an up-close glimpse of amazing military aircraft.

The Event Team MCAS Miramar Hangar Tour

Cocktail Reception & Seated Dinner

We provided an upgraded event decor package for this indoor/outdoor soiree, moving away from the typical patriotic look and instead focusing on beautiful colors and rustic accents like burlap and market string lights. The client provided each guest with fun amenities like aviators and engraved dog tags.

The Event Team San Diego Corporate Event Decor

Entertainment

Classy background music was provided throughout the reception and dinner via the talented Brian Stodart duo. The event culminated with a hilariously entertaining performance by our “Maverick” and “Goose” doppelgangers.

The Event Team Corporate Event Entertainment Top Gun

Need More Info?

Are you a meeting planner who has lost that loving feeling for run of the mill corporate event venues? Contact The Event Team destination management company for your next San Diego site visit and we’ll show you this and other one-of-a-kind San Diego event spaces!

To contact The Event Team:

San Diego Headquarters, (for corporate event planning San Diego, corporate event planning Orange County, and corporate event planning Palm Springs):

2635 Camino Del Rio S. #302
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.785.5828

Los Angeles Office, (for corporate event planning Los Angeles and corporate event planning Santa Barbara):
5371 Wilshire Blvd. #215
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.653.5063

Or For US and International companies looking for an incredible Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California (servicing corporate events San Diego, corporate events Orange County, and corporate events Los Angeles), please Call us Toll-Free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888