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.

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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centerpiece ideas - 80s night

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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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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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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

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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.

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!

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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.

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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 Orange County: 3 OC Venues and How to Dress Them Up

Orange County features a wonderful selection of event venues for convention and corporate groups. At The Event Team Orange County destination management company, we are experts at dressing venues up in event decor. Here’s a look at three popular Orange County event venues paired with some of our favorite decor recommendations.

1. Mission San Juan Capistrano / Rustic California Chic

Conveniently located minutes from the airport, this historic mission is an idyllic setting of lush gardens, adobe buildings, and the famous Great Stone Church. Dress it up with our rustic California Chic decor concept. Featuring warm colors and wooden accents, this theme gives the mission a modern feel without completely ignoring its roots.

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2. Endless Dreams Yacht / Nautical

Endless Dreams represents the pinnacle of charter yacht design. The 140-foot Newport Beach yacht accommodates 450 guests and boasts modern wood, granite and stainless steel accents inside. Additional highlights include plasma televisions and a playful outdoor balcony fit for stargazing. Dress it up with our nautical theme, which incorporates simple colors, clean lines, and seafaring accents.

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nautical theme event decor orange county

3. Lyon Air Museum / Vintage Military

This  30,000 square foot hangar houses a collection of historic aircraft and classic vehicles from the World War II era. A unique setting for Orange County events, the stunning backdrop of John Wayne Airport’s runway is quite a treat for guests. Dress it up with our Vintage Military theme. This colorful concept highlights the venue’s tribute to World World II era history with industrial furniture, patriotic colors, and vintage accessories.

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vintage military event decor orange county

Event Decor Orange County – Need More Info?

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

 

Corporate Event Photography and Videography Trends in Southern California

The Event Team DMC always recommends corporate event photography to our meeting planner clients. With so many affordable and unique options to choose from, why not capture every memorable moment? We’ve rounded 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.

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Corporate Event Photography – Need More Info?

Looking for more suggestions for corporate event photography? Our dynamic roster of 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!