The Event Team Orange County Destination Management Company

Save time and money with The Event Team! Challenge our Orange County destination management company to top your last corporate event. We are a meeting planner’s right hand for Orange County corporate events, tours, teambuilding, transportation, decor, production, and more. Above all, we work with meeting planners and Anaheim Convention Center clients to ensure the best Orange County experience. We can help you parkhop through Disneyland, surf in Huntington Beach, whale-watch in Dana Point, peruse Laguna Beach art galleries, and shop at South Coast Plaza. Likewise, we can assist with venue selection and event management. Our full-scale site visits showcase the best event venues and decor / entertainment concepts that meet your needs and budget. Rather than waste hours scouring the Internet to plan your next event, contact The Event Team Orange County Destination Management Company today for a proposal.

Sweet Themes: 5 Creative Dessert Ideas for your Theme Party

Looking for a delicious way to sweeten up your next theme party? Here are some of our favorite decor themes paired with creative and interactive dessert ideas that your guests will certainly want to save room for!

1. Glamping Theme Party with Miniature S’mores Station

An upscale camping theme calls for upscale camping treats. This interactive take on everyone’s favorite campfire dessert is delicious and adorable. Tiny things are just cuter, don’t ask us why.

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2. Vintage Carnival Theme Party with Cotton Candy Cart

This dessert idea will make you feel like a kid again! Step right up, pick your favorite flavor, and enjoy a whimsical cloud of confection, whipped up just for you!

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cotton candy dessert ideas

3. 1980’s Theme Party with Novelty Candy Buffet

We consulted our Magic Eight Ball to ask if a novelty candy buffet would be a totally rad hit at your next 80’s party. The answer? It is certain.

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80s candy dessert ideas

4. French Theme Party with Macaron Tree

Just say oui to adding this colorful confection tower to your French Fete! Los Angeles-based bakery Merely Sweets uses the finest ingredients and make everything from scratch.

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5. Haunted Theme Party with Nitro Popcorn

Who needs Santa when you have Jack Skellington? Ditch the traditional company holiday party and opt for a spookier variation. For dessert, freak out your tastebuds with hydrogen popcorn from LA-based company Nitro Pop!

haunted theme dessert ideas

Creative Dessert Ideas – Need More Info?

Need some eye candy for your next corporate event? Reach out to The Event Team today for a custom decor proposal with festive dessert options. We handle all the moving parts so you can relax and take credit for a deliciously delightful 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:

centerpiece ideas - stars and sand

centerpiece ideas - beach bash

centerpiece ideas - driftwood

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.

centerpiece ideas - vintage hollywood

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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centerpiece ideas - steampunk

centerpiece ideas - glamping

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).

centerpiece ideas - rustic apothecary

centerpiece ideas - rustic elegance

centerpiece ideas - rustic harvest

centerpiece ideas - rustic vineyard

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.

centerpiece ideas - vintage circus

centerpiece ideas - 80s night

centerpiece ideas - fashion fete

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!).

centerpiece ideas - baseball

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.

centerpiece ideas - tulips

centerpiece ideas - elegant pool party

centerpiece ideas - gold

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

centerpiece ideas - terrarium

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.

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

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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California Chic event decor orange county

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.

endless dreams event decor orange county

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!

 

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!

cookie decorating office holiday party ideas

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.

Minute to Win it office holiday party ideas

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 office holiday party ideas

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.

Photobooth office holiday party ideas

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 – Southern California Fall Activities

It’s fall in Southern California! Which basically boils down to failed attempts to wear flannel because it’s too hot outside. Never fear! We’ve harvested a fine crop of Southern California fall activities:

San Diego

70th Annual Mother Goose Parade (November 20, 2016)
Next up, join the largest annual holiday festival for its 70th celebration. Enjoy floats, clowns, music, equestrian demonstrations and more!
El Cajon, CA More info

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Skating by the Sea (November 24 – January 2)
The Hotel Del Coronado is setting up its outdoor ice skating rink for its 12th “Skating by the Sea” celebration. Skate alongside the Pacific Ocean and the setting sun without the ice cold temperatures.
Coronado, CA  More info

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Los Angeles

LA Turkey Trot (November 24, 2016)
Rather than a gluttonous Thanksgiving, run off those calories at the LA Turkey Trot. The event features a 5K, 10K, and a Widdle Wobble (1K) for children. Treat yourself to a scenic run through historic downtown Los Angeles. All registrants receive a Turkey Trot trucker hat and a Sparkly Finishers Medal!
Los Angeles, CA More info

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Harvest Festival (December 2-4, 2016)
With over 24,000 handmade items including clothes, crafts, and art, there’s something for everyone! In addition to all the vendors, the event features entertainment and fun zones for the kids!
Pomona, CA

Orange County

Holiday Tasting at The Loft (November 26, 2016)
Experience a four course tasting menu at The Loft, including an appetizer, entrée, cheese, and dessert. This holiday treat is sure to get you out of that post-Thanksgiving turkey overload.
Laguna Beach, CA – More info

 

Tamale Festival (November 27, 2016)
Enjoy this year’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony complete with tamales, churros, pupusas, and Mexican street corn. Live musical entertainment begins at 10am.
La Habra, CA – More info

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Palm Springs

 

The 35th Indio Powwow (November 25-27, 2016)
Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with Native American dance competitions for contestants of all ages. The event features bird singing, drum contests, peon games, and more.
Indio, CA – More info

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Santa BarbaraSmall Business Saturday (November 26, 2016)

Rather than endure Black Friday chaos, trek downtown for Small Business Saturday. The event features promotions from over 40 shops, galleries, and restaurants. Visit the SBS Welcome Station for live music, gifts and donation-based gift wrapping. Additionally, attend Tara Jones’ book signing for 100 Things to do in Santa Barbara Before You Die.
Santa Barbara, CA – More info

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Southern California Fall Activities – Need More Info?

While you might not survive at any of these events in your flannel, we encourage you to get out and enjoy the best Southern California fall activities! Contact The Event Team destination management company for more ways to enjoy Southern California!

 

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

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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!