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!

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.

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!

2016 Fourth Quarter Awards Announced

What a better way to close out the year than with a list of some super people? The following 4th Quarter award recipients truly helped The Event Team shine in 2016:

Full Time Employee of the Quarter – Romy Linde, Director of Sales

Romy leads the company in sales, but she also leads in other ways. Besides managing her own accounts, she also creates sales strategies, trains and mentors her colleagues, facilitates meeetings, and more. “Romy had a fabulous year,” said President/CEO Matt Robbins. “She has been an integral part of our team for nearly 15 years and continues to evolve in her position. I’m very proud of her and can’t wait to see her 2017 sales plan in action.”

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Field Staff Employee of the Quarter – Marnie Buddo

Marnie continues to be a pillar of the The Event Team field staff. When she is assigned to an event, she always arrives on time, with a happy, positive attitude and always goes above and beyond to make sure the guests and clients have a great experience. VP of Operations Paige Weeber sings Marnie’s praises: “It doesn’t matter if it is a small Gaslamp transfer or a huge off-site event; Marnie ensures that everyone has a good time to and from an event. Her reliability, positive attitude, and ability to think quickly on her feet made her an easy candidate for Employee of the Quarter.” Thank you Marnie for all you do for The Event Team!

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Hotelier of the Quarter – Khoa Hoang, Westin San Diego

We love all our hotel partners, but this quarter Khoa Hoang from Westin San Diego was particularly exceptional. “Khoa is a very detail-oriented convention services manager and a tremendous pleasure to work with,” said National Sales Manager Steve Larson. “She is very informative about her clients’ needs and always available at a moment’s notice!” Thank you Khoa for trusting The Event Team to work with you and your clients – you can count on us!

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Vendor of the Quarter – Innovative Entertainment

Last but definitely not least is our wonderful vendor of the quarter. Peggy Jewell of Innovative Entertainment is one of our most valued vendor partners. “Most groups want entertainment at their events but don’t always know what they want,” said Weeber. “With just a few details, Peggy and her team always put together great suggestions and always include a few “out of the box” ideas to keep our proposals fresh and up to date for clients. Also, her team is always available, and their onsite presence is always appreciated to keep the talent on track.” Thank you Peggy for all your years of partnership and friendship!

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Need More Info?

Solid local partnerships are one of the biggest values of using a destination management company. When you choose The Event Team, we connect you with an array of wonderful suppliers and staff who have a proven history of customer satisfaction. If you’re planning a Southern California corporate event, allow our DMC to do the heavy lifting! Contact The Event Team today for more information.

 

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!

6 Last Minute Office Holiday Party Ideas

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 office holiday party ideas to 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!).

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Office Holiday Party Ideas – Need More Info?

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

 

That’s SoCal – Spooky Haunts for Halloween

Double, double, toil and trouble…The Event Team has worked up a recipe for Halloween fun in Southern California! Check out John-Carlo and Taryn’s picks for all the frightening happenings in our hood:

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride has revamped its theme to the Secret Society of Samhain (which means Halloween) and is promised to be extra spooky. Upon entering the gates, you are a member. A couple of the new additions include 2 different experiences that “society members” will proceed through and, for the first time ever, will leave the safety of their hay wagon to confront the ghosts and ghouls face to face! This ride is not for the faint of heart!
4730 Crystal Springs Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027 – Schedule and More info

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Live to Film with Danny Elfman
Calling all Burton buffs! The Hollywood Bowl will be putting on 3 live performances of The Nightmare before Christmas over Halloween weekend featuring Jack Skellington’s voice, Danny Elfman, as well as other original cast members Ken Page, Paul Reubens, and Catherine O’Hara. There will also be a live orchestra providing spooky music for the duration of the film. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the Pumpkin King co voiced by the same actors who brought them to life on the big screen!
2301 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068 – Schedule and More Info

Photo from https://lacitytours.com

San Diego

Haunted Tales aboard the Star of India
On October 29, enjoy the intriguing tales of the Star of India’s past. It is time again for all aspiring ghosts, goblins, pirates, and princesses to gather on the Star of India for some ghostly tales of enormous proportions.
1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 – More info

San Diego Zombie Crawl Gaslamp Takeover
If you love Halloween, dining and the nightlife, do not miss San Diego’s #1 Halloween Celebration on Ocotber 28 and 29! The annual San Diego Zombie Crawl is the ultimate Downtown celebration complete with dancing, food, beverage and costume fun.
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101 – More info

Tequila, Tacos & Tombstones Tour
Take a tour of America’s Most Haunted House, San Diego style. The Tequila, Tacos, and Tombstones tour takes you on a journey through San Diego’s haunted Whaley House with an authentic Old Town taco in one hand and a margarita in the other.
2461 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110 – More info

Orange County

Viva La Vida 2016 – Amor Eterno Dia de Los Muertos Festival
Held in the heart of Orange County on October 22, Santa Ana’s Dia De Los Muertos Festival “Viva La Vida” captures the very essence of cultural and artistic spirit. Organized by community members, the purpose of the celebration is to honor ancient traditions of the festival through art, culture, and compassion. Viva La Vida is a free, family friendly festival.
1000 E Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701 – More info

Palm Springs

Escape Room Palm Springs
What better way to spend Halloween than a first-hand escape room experience? Escape a real-life horror scene with vampires, haunted toys, Titanic and mystery puzzles.
560 S. Williams Rd., Palm Springs, CA, 92264 – More info

Palm Springs Canyon Theater presents Jekyll & Hyde
If you love horror flicks during Halloween season, we suggest an evening at the theater to experience a live-action take on a classic creepy tale, where a devoted man of science accidentally unleashes his inner demons.
538 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, 92264 – Schedule and More info

Santa Barbara

Boo at the Zoo
Get an early start on Halloween and visit the Santa Barbara Zoo for “Boo at the Zoo”! The Zoo invites you to the most popular Halloween festival for families in the tri-counties area. October 21-23 the zoo will shut its doors at 3:30pm to set up the night’s activities including, but not limited to, Trick-or-Treat Trail, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, and for older children there is a scare zone with zombies.
500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 – Schedule and More Info

Need More Info?

Interesting in planning a spooktacular Southern California event for your corporate group? Contact The Event Team today for more corporate event entertainment and activity ideas – we’ll spook your socks off!