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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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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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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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 – 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!

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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.
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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.

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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!

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!

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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.

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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.

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Anaheim Event Venues – Need More Info?

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.

A Winning Recipe: Culinary Team Building San Diego

Last month, we hosted a successful culinary team building San Diego event for 35 guests out of L’Auberge Del Mar. Located at The Curious Fork in beautiful Solana Beach, the program showcased San Diego’s popular foodie culture. Check out some highlights from the event below!

Appetizer Challenge

The event kicked off with an appetizer challenge. Led by a professional chef, guests worked in teams to prepare several tasty starter dishes including Lobster Bisque, Beet Hummus, and more.

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Craft Cocktail Design

Next up, a mixology class taught by our professional bartender/instructor. After learning proper technique, strategy, and approach, guests created craft cocktails utilizing fresh ingredients like persimmon, apple, pear, peaches, and fresh herbs.

Culinary Team Building San Diego mixology

Moroccan Themed Seated Dinner

Finally, participants sat down for a Moroccan-inspired catered dinner. On the menu, a starter of baby greens followed by Chicken or Vegetable Tangine, Saffron Quinoa Couscous, and Roasted Stuffed Eggplant, concluding with a dessert course featuring Honey Glazed Almond Pastries.

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Need More Info on Culinary Team Building San Diego Events?

If you’re interested in gathering more information and pricing for a culinary team building San Diego event, please contact The Event Team destination management company today. We’ll factor in your budget, group size, location, and meeting objectives to source the perfect Southern California venue and tailor a program to meet all your needs. In addition, we can enhance your event with festive decor and dynamic entertainment. Finally, we can also incorporate food packing and donation options to benefit local food banks and charities.

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7 North County San Diego Restaurants You Should Know About

Did you know unique San Diego dining experiences stretch well beyond the streets of centrally-located regions like the Gaslamp District? A small venture to North County will find you in a whole new world of exciting options. Neighborhoods such as Escondido, Carlsbad, and Del Mar are buzzing with creative takes on SoCal culinary trends. Here are 7 North County San Diego Restaurants we recommend:

Cordiano Winery, Escondido

Originally working alongside his father in Italy, Gerardo Cordiano sold his restaurants, moved to San Diego, and fulfilled a lifelong dream making his own vino. This winery is a perfect spot to enjoy the San Diego sunset and unwind.north county san diego restaurants cordiano winery

The Wooden Spoon, Escondido

Jesse and Catherine Paul’s in-house creations focus on fresh, sustainable ingredients. Just one visit, and you’ll understand why The Wooden Spoon is scooping up impressive ratings.north county san diego restaurants - the wooden spoon

Campfire, Carlsbad

Campfire’s inspiration comes from the simplistic idea of good friends gathered around a fire sharing good food. The restaurant is 6,000 square feet of pure kumbayawesome, featuring a glass-enclosed kitchen, live-fire cooking, and stellar craft cocktails.north county san diego restaurants - campfire

Tasting Room, Del Mar

Tasting Room Del Mar focuses on “all things craft, local, and honestly delicious.” Each menu intertwines with beverage and flavor options. Mix and match  your own pairings, or embrace the unknown with the chef’s own “surrender series.”
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Barrel Republic, Oceanside

Enjoy ultimate freedom of choice with your wristband-operated tab, and take your pick from over 50 beer taps. Wine and kombucha are also available at this revolutionary bar concept.north county san diego restaurants - barrel republic

Ponsaty’s, Rancho Santa Fe

Master French chef Patrick Ponsaty brings 31 years of expertise to his elegant namesake. His elevated French and Spanish flavors are sure to excite.

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WESTROOT Tavern, Carmel Valley

From the makers of barleymash in the Gaslamp, Uptown Tavern and Sandbar in Pacific Beach, comes this posh two-level Carmel Valley stunner. With floor-to-ceiling windows, 30 beer handles, and a robust menu of SoCal-inspired fare, this sprawling venue is a heavy-hitter in the North County San Diego restaurant scene.

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North County San Diego Restaurants – Need More Info?

If you are a meeting planner in search of North County San Diego restaurants, reach out to our event planning experts today. Contact The Event Team destination management company for a complete proposal.