The Event Team Santa Barbara Destination Management Company

Save time and money with The Event Team! Challenge our Santa Barbara destination management company to top your last corporate event. We are a meeting planner’s right hand for Santa Barbara corporate events, tours, teambuilding, transportation, decor, and production. Above all, we work with meeting planners and Santa Barbara convention clients to ensure the best Santa Barbara experience. Top activities include wine tasting, sailing, shopping State Street, biking, jeep tours, and more. Likewise, we can assist with venue selection and event management. Our full-scale site visits showcase the best Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara Destination Management Company today for a complete 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.



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!

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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:

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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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centerpiece ideas - steampunk

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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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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!).

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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.

centerpiece ideas - tulips

centerpiece ideas - elegant pool party

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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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

drum squad office holiday party ideas

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 office holiday party ideas

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!


That’s SoCal – Underground Edition

While Southern California is known for major attractions like SeaWorld, Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, and more, we thought it might be cool to showcase some local venue and activity options that you may not read about in the typical meeting planner and travel guides. We asked Taryn and JC to scout out some of hidden gems in Southern California. Check out their findings below:

San Diego

“Fallen Star” Installation at UCSD
Perched (literally) atop the seventh floor of the Jacobs School of Engineering at University of California, San Diego is artist Do Ho Suh’s “Fallen Star.” The installation is a jaw-dropping visual experience. Fallen Star is a fully furnished 3/4 sized house complete with front yard and garden open to visitors who dare to venture into the seemingly unstable estate.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00am-2:00pm, UCSD Campus – More info

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Heritage Park’s Victorian Village
This cluster of restored Victorian homes is the perfect backdrop for walk after a lunch in Old Town. The Bushyhead House was once owned by Edward Wilkerson Bushyhead; the first publisher of the San Diego Union Tribune.
Heritage Park, 2454 Heritage Park Row, San Diego, CA 92110 – More info

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Los Angeles

Brew Haha
“One part comedy show, two parts drinking game” perfectly sums up the essence of Brew Haha. Located in an East Hollywood backyard, this makeshift comedy club includes a drinking game for the crowd to go along with during the show. As one would imagine with any drinking game, things get pretty wild, which could be why the venue hosts a good ol’ house party for all the attendees when the acts for the night finish up.
Various Locations – More info

Chicks With Knives
Founded in 2007 by Suzanne Griswold & Rachael Narins, Chicks with Knives was one of the first to dive into the secret supper club model. Consisting of a 5-course meal, a cocktail pairing, and appetizers, you’ll be sure to leave bursting at the seams. With only ten guests served a night and a $98.00 ticket price, this supper club is a steal when compared to similar dining experiences. Follow CWK on Facebook for updates on their next event!
Secret Location Revealed the Night Before Event – More info

Orange County

La Tour Lighthouse
Take the steep stairs down to Victoria Beach and take a right around a rocky outcrop and you’ll be greeted by one of the most unique sights in Orange County — what appears to be a Middle Ages lighthouse clinging onto the side of the cliff. California State Senator William E. Brown built it in 1926. The tower contained a metal staircase allowing him and his family easy access to the beach below.
2713 Victoria Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 – More info
hidden gems in southern california - La Tour Laguna Beach Lighthouse

Palm Springs

Camelot Theatres
Capture the retro vibe Palm Springs is so famous for with a throwback film-experience at Camelot Theatres. This historic venue regularly features the best foreign, cult, and independent films and is home to numerous film festivals and community events.
2300 East Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA – More info

Santa Barbara

The Imperial
Tucked away in an inconspicuous strip mall in Goleta, this speakeasy style bar/lounge serves up a mean craft cocktail. The Imperial’s dimly lit lights and old-school décor create an atmosphere of a true prohibition bar. Locals recommend the cucumber margarita and the bar’s specialty, the Imperial; a master mix of gin, vermouth and Luxardo liquer.
320 S Kellogg Ave, Goleta, CA 93117 – More info
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Hidden Gems in Southern California – Need More Info?

If you’re a meeting planner looking for creative and unique Southern California corporate event options for your “been there, done that” group, contact The Event Team DMC today. Our team will create a “live like a local” proposal that is outside the box and off the beaten path!

Get the LED Out – 4 Ways to Light Up your Next Corporate Event

While not necessarily a new trend, LED decor and event enhancements are currently making a strong showing in the corporate events industry. At The Event Team destination management company, we’re constantly updating our menu of glow party ideas. Glowing entertainment enhancements work particularly well in warm and breezy Southern California, where clients often opt for  poolside cocktail receptions, sunset dinners on hotel lawns, or game nights on the beach. LED games and furniture help ensure that the fun won’t stop just because the sun goes down. Need some inspiration for your next corporate event? Allow The Event Team to LED the way!

1. Event Decor and Furnishings

From modern, branded LED pillars to classy and clean tufted uplit bars, to retro glowing bubble chairs, there are furnishings for every color and/or theme imaginable.

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2. Interactive Glow Games

With oversized beach and lawn games gaining popularity, it makes sense to offer night vision versions to keep the party going! The Event Team offers an array of options including volleyball, bocce ball, air hockey, and more. Utilize these glow party ideas to enhance your theme! We suggest giant Light Bright for an “80’s” theme, or the Star Wars Ping Pong table for a “future” or “sci-fi” theme.
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3. Entertainers

For added fun, check out our roster of glow in the dark artists, musicians, and roaming characters. Choose from “glow girls,” sphere performers, silent disco DJs, neon jugglers, and LED stilt-walkers to name a few.


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4. Take Away Items

Commemorate your corporate event with a bright and interactive photo booth station. Choose from photo strips, flip books, slow motion videos, or GIFs where guests can paint with light. The future is here, friends, and it glows in the dark.
GIF Photobooth

Glow Party Ideas – Need More Info?

Looking for glow party ideas to light up your next corporate event? Call the glow pro’s at The Event Team destination management company!