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

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.

Culinary Team Building San Diego appetizer

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.

culinary team building san diego dinner

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.

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

For US and International companies looking for a Destination Management Company (DMC) in Southern California, call us toll-free at:
888.Event.88 / 888.383.6888

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 Little Italy and the Gaslamp District? A small venture to North County will find you in a whole new world of exciting restaurant options. For example, neighborhoods such as Escondido, Carlsbad, and Del Mar are buzzing with creative takes on SoCal’s culinary trends. Here are 7 North County San Diego Restaurants you need to know about:

Cordiano Winery, Escondido

Originally working alongside his father in Italy, Gerardo Cordiano sold his restaurants, moved to San Diego, and started his lifelong dream making his own delicious vino. This hillside 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 and 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

The much-anticipated opening of this new eatery was well worth the wait. 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 a stellar craft cocktail program.north county san diego restaurants - campfire

Tasting Room, Del Mar

Tasting Room Del Mar focuses everything around their passion for “all things craft, local, and honestly delicious.” Each menu intertwines with beverage and flavor options. You can mix and match  your own pairings, but we recommend embracing the unknown and giving in to the chef’s own “surrender series.”
north county san diego restaurants - tasting room del mar

Barrel Republic, Oceanside

Enjoy the ultimate freedom of choice with your electronic wristband-operated tab and take your pick from over 50 taps. If beer is not your favorite, there is a selection of wines and kombucha 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 culinary expertise at multiple Michelin Star rated restaurants to his elegant namesake here in San Diego. His elevated French and Spanish flavors are sure to excite.

north county san diego restaurants - ponsaty's

WESTROOT Tavern, Carmel Valley

From the makers of barleymash in the Gaslamp, Uptown Tavern and Sandbar in Pacific Beach, comes this posh two-level stunner in Carmel Valley. 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.

north county san diego restaurants - westroot tavern

North County San Diego Restaurants – Need More Info?

If you are a meeting planner in search of North County San Diego restaurants and offsite venue suggestions, including private dining rooms or culinary cooking classes, please reach out to our team of San Diego corporate event planning experts today. Contact The Event Team destination management company for a complete proposal.

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 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

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