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!).

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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

That’s SoCal – Fall Edition

It’s fall in Southern California! Which basically boils down to failed attempts to wear flannel five minutes at a time until you can’t handle the sweat. Never fear, because we’ve harvested a fine crop of autumn activities to get you in the spirit:

San Diego

San Diego Jazz Fest (November 23-27, 2016)
Listen to some Jazz this Thanksgiving! Jazz bands and musicians from all over the country will perform a variety of traditional jazz genres, from ragtime to swing at the Town & Country Resort in Mission Valley.
500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108 – More info

70th Annual Mother Goose Parade (November 20, 2016)
Join the largest annual holiday festival for its 70th celebration. Enjoy floats, clowns, music, equestrian demonstrations and more!
Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020 – More info


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; the perfect way to enjoy a San Diego holiday.
1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118 – More info


Los Angeles

LA Turkey Trot (November 24, 2016)
Have a Thanksgiving free of guilt and still be gluttonous! Run off those calories at the LA Turkey Trot, which takes place on Thanksgiving morning. They’ll have a 5K run, 10K run, and a Widdle Wobble (1K) for children, all of which will be treated to a scenic run through historic downtown Los Angeles. With registration you’ll receive a Turkey Trot trucker hat, and upon completion, make sure you grab a Sparkly Finishers Medal!
735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 – More info

Harvest Festival (December 2-4, 2016)
In its 44th year, the Harvest Festival returns for 2016. With over 24,000 items (all handmade) including, clothes, artisanal foods, and art, there’s something for everyone! In addition to all the vendors, there will be strolling entertainment as well as stage performances. Look out for the meet and greet with the performers as well. Little ones are welcome; there will be fun zones just for kids!
Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768

Orange County

Holiday Tasting at The Loft (November 26, 2016)
Experience a four course tasting menu at The Loft, which includes your choice of appetizer, entrée, cheese and dessert. This holiday treat is sure to get you out of that post-Thanksgiving turkey overload.
The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 – More info

 

Tamale Festival (November 27, 2016)
Enjoy this year’s celebration of the City’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony complete with tamales, churros, pupusas, Mexican street corn and more. Live musical entertainment begins at 10am.
Euclid St. between La Habra Blvd. and Lambert Rd, La Habra, CA 90631 – More info

 

Palm Springs

Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival (November 18-20, 2016)
This fun-filled festival offers three days of activities including balloon tether rides, night time balloon glow, romantic dinners, musical entertainment, 35th Anniversary parade, Classic Car Show, West Coast Artists art show, Breakfast and Balloons Community Pancake Breakfast, local food vendors, beer and wine gardens and a Kids Zone.
68600 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City, CA 92234 – More info

The 35th Indio Powwow (November 25-27, 2016)
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians keeps cultural tradition alive by holding annual powwows. Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with Native American dance competitions for contestants of all ages. In addition, the event features bird singing, drum contests, peon games, and more.
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy, Indio, CA 92203 – More info

Santa Barbara

Small Business Saturday (November 26, 2016)
Forego Black Friday chaos! Instead, trek downtown for Small Business Saturday, featuring promotions from over 40 shops, art galleries, restaurants and more. Don’t forget to visit the SBS Welcome Station for live music, gifts and donation-based gift wrapping courtesy of LifeChronicles. Here, you can also meet local author Tara Jones who will be signing her new book 100 Things to do in Santa Barbara Before You Die.
Downtown Santa Barbara, CA – More info

Santa Barbara - Small Business Saturday

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

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

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

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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!

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

 

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 SoCal’s hidden gems and underground offerings. 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

The Event Team - Hidden San Diego - Victorian Village Heritage Park Old Town

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
The Event Team - Hidden Los Angeles - Brew Haha

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

The Event Team - Hidden Los Angeles - Chicks with Knives

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
The Event Team - Hidden Orange County - 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

The Event Team - Hidden Palm Springs - Camelot Theatres

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
The Event Team - Hidden Santa Barbara - The Imperial Goleta

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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!

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

Or The 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

 

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

While not necessarily a new trend, glow in the dark 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 LED offerings. 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.

the event team glow decor corporate events

2. Interactive Glow Games

With oversized beach and lawn games gaining popularity in the corporate events industry, it makes sense to offer night vision versions to keep the party going! The Event Team offers an impressive array of fun and popular LED games including casino tables, volleyball, corn hole toss, disc golf, bocce ball, shuffle board, giant foosball, air hockey, and more! Depending on your venue, you can bring in many of these games to host a fun and casual game night or “Glo-lympics,” or you can feature one or two glow games to enhance your theme. We suggest the giant Light Bright for an “80’s” theme, or the Star Wars Ping Pong table for a “future” or “sci-fi” theme party.
the event team LED glow games corporate events

3. Entertainers

For added fun and creativity, check out The Event Team’s roster of glow in the dark artists, musicians, and roaming characters. Choose from “glow girls” for photo opportunities, sphere performers, silent disco DJs, neon jugglers, LED stilt-walkers, and live black light painters, 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 traditional printed photo strips, fun flip books, slow motion videos, or digital GIFs where guests can actually paint with light then immediately share or snap their creations on social media. The future is here, friends, and it glows in the dark.
GIF Photobooth

Need More Info?

Looking to light up your next corporate event? Call the glow pro’s at The Event Team destination management company, and we’ll get right to work on creating a custom glow party just for you!

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

Or The 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

That’s SoCal – Pool Party Edition

Grab your floaties and your flip-flops and get ready to soak up the remaining weeks of summer! We asked The Event Team’s own Taryn and JC to research some of the coolest pools in Southern California for group activities and events. Check out their findings below:

San Diego

The Pearl Hotel
All summer long FREE “Dive-in” movie showings of classic and current films are projected poolside onto a 10’ x 13’ screen. The weekly event is free to hotel guests and free to others with a drink purchase. Reserverations recommended.
1410 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106 – More info

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WaveHouse
If you’re searching for the perfect wave this summer, head to WaveHouse in Mission Beach. This wave pool has been providing excellent surf and demonstrations shows for over ten years at Belmont Park. Test your moves on the FlowRider wave pool or leave it to the pros and keep sipping your Mai Tai. (We vote the latter).
3125 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109 – More info

Orange County

Monarch Beach Resort
If there was ever a reason to escape to Orange County, this is it. Monarch Beach Resort has gone under a massive renovation and revealed this amazing pool oasis. The pool complex has infinity-edge Ocean pools, private cabanas, mini-bars, lounges and fire pits.
1 Monarch Beach Resort N., Dana Point, CA 92629 – More info

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Knott’s Soak City
One of the best ways to cool off this summer is at Knott’s Soak City. You’ve heard of its sister property, Knott’s Berry Farm, but Soak City is all about the aquatic fun. Enjoy amazing slides and pools like Pacific Spin or Tidal Wave Bay Wavepool. If you’re looking to rest and recharge the Sunset River is the place to be.
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620 – More info

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Los Angeles

Annenberg Community Beach House
Opening as the Annenberg Community Beach House in April 25, 2009, the former Marion Davies Estate (developed by William Randolph Hearst) is a summer hotspot for anyone looking for a true Santa Monica experience. Tired of swimming in the pool? You’re in luck; the beach is a few steps away! Annenberg also offers a ton of classes for those looking to practice their volleyball, surfing, or yoga. Corporate and private events are also an option. The pool is open to all with only a $10 admission fee.
415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402 – More info

the event team annenberg community beach house santa monica

Houdini Estate
This beautiful pool is a bit more exclusive and not open to the public. To gain access you will need to rent out the Houdini Estate, but be careful! Visitors have reported sightings of Houdini’s ghost around the grounds. If you’re not put off by the supernatural, this Laurel Canyon home hidden in the Hollywood Hills is the perfect place to cool off in style. Check out this recent Los Angeles corporate event we organized at the estate.
2400 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046 – More info

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Palm Springs

The Parker Palm Springs
The resort features two pools for families and adults-only. The poolside Lemonade Stand provides a delightful and delicious nostalgia keeping both sides of the family happy with unlimited refills for the kids and spiked cocktails for the adults. This is a definite upgrade from the neighborhood sidewalk stand.
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264 – More info

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Beach Club
This picturesque residence is the perfect venue for those looking to host the ultimate pool soiree. With a spectacular view from the pool and Jacuzzi, this estate and pool is among the most luxurious in the American Riviera. As is with the Houdini Estate, you’ll have to rent the property to use the facilities, but should you choose to indulge, it will most definitely be worth it!
5277 Austin Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93111 – More info

the event team santa barbara beach club pool

Need More Info?

Looking to host a pool party for your corporate group? Whether it’s a day of fun at the water park or a swanky evening soiree, The Event Team destination management company can manage all the details. From site selection and venue rental to decor, entertainment, transportation, and more, The Event Team will help you make a splash at your next Southern California offsite event!

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

Or The 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

The Art of Appreciation in Event Planning – Are You Speaking Their Language?

After a fun-filled couple of days in Palm Springs for The Event Team’s annual Summer Retreat, we’re back, we’re bronze, and we’re ready to take on the rest of the year! One takeaway from this year’s retreat was a thought-provoking workshop, inspired by The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (Chapman/White), and facilitated by our Los Angeles General Manager Geraldine Caedo. Prior to the retreat, each employee took a small survey to identify which “languages” of appreciation resonated with them. The workshop demonstrated how to utilize each language as a tool to build better communication and help activate each team member’s engagement by giving thanks and praise in a way they best receive it.

This got us thinking…how can we take these languages and apply them toward our client’s corporate meetings and events? Since many of the programs we operate exist in the realm of recognizing and rewarding employees, we came up with a few sure-fire ways to “speak” each language at your next event! (Note: We omitted “Physical Touch,” as this is a language best explored in the context of personal/intimate relationships and not typically viewed as an appropriate way to engage in the workplace.)

Tangible Gifts

Our workshop emphasized that this language is most effective when the person/company giving the gift takes the time to find out what is most meaningful to the recipient. (You might recall how the folks at WestJet knock it out of the park, most recently with 2015’s 12,000 Mini Miracles campaign.)

How to include Tangible Gifts in your next event: Create welcome/swag bags that include one or two personalized items. It can be as simple as a copy of each attendee’s favorite magazine, or you can be a super-sleuth and investigate Pinterest boards, Amazon wishlists, etc. At the event itself, options are everything! Set up a “gift station” where guests can choose from a variety of tastes, colors, sizes, and/or textures. Our friends at BizBash have collected a wealth of information on personalized gifts, from Virtual Swag, to Name-Your-Own Nail Polish.

Quality Time

This language encompasses those who prefer to engage in focused or shared experiences with others. At The Event Team destination management company, providing such activities is our forte. Our top-notch Southern California tours and outings allow guests to spend quality time together in a variety of ways.

How to include Quality Time at your next event: Choose from relaxing bonding events such as local ballgames, kayaking excursions, sailing regattas, concerts, brewery tours, etc. For more focused attention, we offer VIP options like private surfing lessons, cooking demos, behind the scenes studio tours, and exclusive personal styling and shopping sessions. For catered events, we suggest a casual beach party decked out with several popular game options (cornhole, horseshoes, volleyball, etc.) that appeal to your guests’ natural inclination to engage and interact without feeling forced to network.

The Event Team Beach Parties Southern California

Words of Affirmation

Sometimes employees just want to hear that they’re doing a great job. Seems simple enough, right? Keep in mind, however, that those who fall into this camp don’t necessarily require public fanfare. Words of Affirmation is a language that can be communicated in both public and private ways, even at corporate events.

How to include Words of Affirmation at your next event: For public recognition, our go-to suggestion is the ever-popular Hollywood Awards gala, complete with a full stage, proper audio visual production, dramatic orchestral music, black tie dress code, etc. In addition to rolling out the red carpet for your guests, make sure award announcements include thoughtful and compelling descriptions of each recipient’s specific achievements and contributions to your team. Conversely, if your group is less interested in public recognition, try distributing personalized, handwritten Thank You cards to each attendee as they exit the event. Or for a fun themed twist, organize a game night event and place a Scrabble rack on each place-setting. Fill each one with a positive word (hand-picked by a superior/executive) that best describes each guest’s most valuable trait.

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Acts of Service

In the workplace, showing appreciation through acts of service means offering to help complete tasks and projects in a way that feels beneficial and productive to the recipient. This language is all about follow-through.

How to include Acts of Service at your next event: Sometimes even the most awesome corporate functions can be viewed as “one more project” to add to an already-busy schedule. Do your best to remove any/all stressors from the event. For example, steer clear of important holidays or work deadlines, provide free childcare, transportation, or valet during the event, bring in a massage station, etc. In addition to providing acts of service for your guests, invite attendees to participate in acts of service during your event. Find out which causes are important to your team and facilitate company-sponsored activities that benefit those organizations. Chances are, if guests appreciate receiving help, they also find great value in offering help to others. The Event Team offers an array of philanthropic options and teambuilding events that contribute to schools, military groups, hospitals, animal shelters, and more!

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If you’re interested in learning more about how to show appreciation for your team during your next Southern California incentive trip, contact The Event Team destination management company today! We can help you determine the best “appreciation languages” for your group and find creative ways to apply them to your next corporate event!

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

Or The 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