Los Angeles Spotlight: 5 Healthy Ways to Kick Off 2017

With a turbulent 2016 behind us, it’s time to look forward to the New Year. If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles in 2017, here are 5 ways to stay physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy.

Malibu Yoga and Mimosas

Malibu Wines continues the tradition of providing yoga and mimosas on select Sunday mornings throughout 2017. Led by Emily Paige, you’ll start with an hour of yoga to build and stretch the body. Afterward, chase your early morning exercise with a mimosa to soothe and calm the mind, of course.

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Live Talks Los Angeles

Ring in the new year by stimulating your mind at Live Talks LA. Consisting of a series of on-stage conversations featuring writers, actors, musicians, humorists, artists, chefs, scientists and thought leaders in business, Live Talks LA provide topics to interest anyone. The next talk, taking place on January 25th, will feature Michael Lewis with Mindy Kaling.

Live Talks Los Angeles

Acai Nation

Energize the body at Açaí Nation with their nutrient dense bowls such as the Rio de Janeiro or Cocoa Fruit. In addition to the countless bowl options, Açaí Nation also serves smoothies for something healthy on the go. Find all this fruity goodness at either their Brentwood or Pacific Palisades location.

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Unplug Meditation

Feeling stressed out? Take the Zen road into the New Year with Unplug Meditation, who have been turning stress to calm since 2014. Since Unplug offers a wide variety of meditation styles and teachers, there is an instructor and class to meet the needs of both the experienced meditator and novice practitioner alike. With lower blood pressure, improved mood, and decreases stress and anxiety on the long list of benefits from meditating, it’s worth giving it a shot!

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Malibu Wellness Retreat

Take the new, health conscious you to unseen heights with a wellness retreat at Tabitha Rose Yoga. Participants begin with a Vinyasa Flow accompanied by calming tunes by a local musician. Up next is a hike through the serene Charmlee Canyon Wilderness Park ending with an assortment of refreshing juices, infused water, and a delicious organic vegetarian feast to nourish and replenish the tired body.

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Need More Info?

If you’re planning a health and wellness-themed event to accompany your next Los Angeles convention or meeting, contact The Event Team destination management company for more info! Our team of creative event planning professionals can organize one of the above options for your group, complete with round-trip transportation, meal options, branded amenities and more. Reach out today for a custom proposal created specifically for your group.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

5 San Diego Venues for your next Corporate or Non-Profit 5K Run/Walk

January is here, and we hate to tell you, but it’s time to back away from the Christmas cookies and focus on your wellness plan for the year. If you’re a San Diego meeting planner, or headed to San Diego for your next convention, might we suggest getting your team in gear with a 5K Run/Walk? This outdoor, fitness-focused activity is a wonderful way to re-energize your attendees while showcasing our beautiful city! Here are 5 San Diego Venues for your next Corporate or Non-Profit 5K Run/Walk:

1. Embarcadero Park North

This outdoor venue is walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center, making it an ideal choice for corporate 5K events. Bordering Seaport Village, the course runs alongside San Diego Bay and features picturesque views of magnificent landmarks like the”Kissing Statue” and USS Midway Museum. Why we love it: Close proximity to the Convention Center and Downtown Convention hotels make it possible to hit the snooze button one more time before reporting to the early-morning starting line. 

San Diego Embarcadero Park

2. De Anza Cove Mission Bay

De Anza Cove is a tranquil park located within Mission Bay. Highlights include easy freeway access, ample parking, covered picnic space, and a winding pathway that is perfect for a San Diego corporate 5K. Why we love it: Peaceful and serene, you won’t even realize you just spent the last 45 minutes exercising.

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3. Balboa Park

The nation’s largest urban cultural park, Balboa Park is home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo. Featuring gorgeous architecture and plenty of recreational spaces, Balboa Park is an excellent San Diego 5K venue option. Why we love it: We highly recommend a visit to Balboa Park on any trip to San Diego – you might as well get some exercise while you’re at it.balboa park san diego

4. Liberty Station

Offering 28 acres of incredible, historic surroundings at the former Naval Training Center San Diego, Liberty Station encompasses beautifully restored buildings and lush landscapes.
Why we love it: The venue’s enclosed campus makes Liberty Station a safe selection for family-friendly 5Ks. 

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5. Coronado Tidelands Park

The largest San Diego Bay park, Tidelands Park accommodates events for up to 3,000 guests. Offering picturesque views of the beautiful Coronado Bridge, the park also includes a small beach, recreational fields, picnic areas and plenty of open space for a variety of outdoor activity. A scenic path extends from the Silver Strand to the Old Ferry Landing. Why we love it: 5Ks on Coronado Island provide a post-card-worthy view of San Diego bay. 

coronado island tidelands park

Need More Info?

If you’re looking to organize a corporate 5K Fun Run/Walk in San Diego, allow our full-service destination management company to take care of all the logistics! From permitting to security to signage, we’ll jump through all the hoops so you don’t have to! Contact The Event Team DMC today to learn more!

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

2016 Fourth Quarter Awards Announced

What a better way to close out the year than with a list of some super people? The following 4th Quarter award recipients truly helped The Event Team shine in 2016:

Full Time Employee of the Quarter – Romy Linde, Director of Sales

Romy leads the company in sales, but she also leads in other ways. Besides managing her own accounts, she also creates sales strategies, trains and mentors her colleagues, facilitates meeetings, and more. “Romy had a fabulous year,” said President/CEO Matt Robbins. “She has been an integral part of our team for nearly 15 years and continues to evolve in her position. I’m very proud of her and can’t wait to see her 2017 sales plan in action.”

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Field Staff Employee of the Quarter – Marnie Buddo

Marnie continues to be a pillar of the The Event Team field staff. When she is assigned to an event, she always arrives on time, with a happy, positive attitude and always goes above and beyond to make sure the guests and clients have a great experience. VP of Operations Paige Weeber sings Marnie’s praises: “It doesn’t matter if it is a small Gaslamp transfer or a huge off-site event; Marnie ensures that everyone has a good time to and from an event. Her reliability, positive attitude, and ability to think quickly on her feet made her an easy candidate for Employee of the Quarter.” Thank you Marnie for all you do for The Event Team!

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Hotelier of the Quarter – Khoa Hoang, Westin San Diego

We love all our hotel partners, but this quarter Khoa Hoang from Westin San Diego was particularly exceptional. “Khoa is a very detail-oriented convention services manager and a tremendous pleasure to work with,” said National Sales Manager Steve Larson. “She is very informative about her clients’ needs and always available at a moment’s notice!” Thank you Khoa for trusting The Event Team to work with you and your clients – you can count on us!

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Vendor of the Quarter – Innovative Entertainment

Last but definitely not least is our wonderful vendor of the quarter. Peggy Jewell of Innovative Entertainment is one of our most valued vendor partners. “Most groups want entertainment at their events but don’t always know what they want,” said Weeber. “With just a few details, Peggy and her team always put together great suggestions and always include a few “out of the box” ideas to keep our proposals fresh and up to date for clients. Also, her team is always available, and their onsite presence is always appreciated to keep the talent on track.” Thank you Peggy for all your years of partnership and friendship!

corporate event entertainment

Need More Info?

Solid local partnerships are one of the biggest values of using a destination management company. When you choose The Event Team, we connect you with an array of wonderful suppliers and staff who have a proven history of customer satisfaction. If you’re planning a Southern California corporate event, allow our DMC to do the heavy lifting! Contact The Event Team today for more information.

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

3 Corporate Event Photography and Videography Trends in Southern California

As Southern California’s corporate event experts, The Event Team DMC always recommends event photography services to our meeting planner clients. With so many affordable and unique event photography options to choose from, why not capture every memorable moment? We’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a few of our favorite photography and videography trends for your perusing pleasure.

1. Drone Cinematography

If your meeting or convention is held in the same location every year, drone cinematography is a great way to engage with current and future attendees. Southern California is beautiful anyway you look at it, but aerial footage of the region is simply stunning. Drone services can offer a wonderful re-cap of your event, while simultaneously providing a marketing tool for next year’s conference. Worried about permitting issues? Leave that to us. Our full service destination management team can do all the research to make sure your drone stays out of  a no-fly zone.

2. GIF Photobooths

GIFs – who knew?! What started as a snarky trend in Meme-ville wound up being an incredible asset to the event community. GIF photobooths are a funky way to incorporate event branding and social media marketing into your theme party. Minimal setup and hours of fun…what’s not to love?

 

3. Vintage VW Photobus

Nothing quite captures the laid-back surf vibe of Southern California like a Vintage VW Photobus. Sometimes we event planners tend to set up bulky photobooths in some leftover corner of the venue that won’t cause a pile-up at the meat-carving station. This beauty, on the other hand, demands attention and may very well deserve front-and-center placement as your entrance piece. When photography poses as decor, we can’t complain.

vw photobus

Need More Info?

Looking for more suggestions for your next Southern California corporate event? Our dynamic roster of event photographers and videographers are the best memory-makers in the business. Be sure to contact The Event Team destination management company today for more information on our discounted event photography rates!

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

 

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.

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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.

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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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

Thanksgiving 2016: The Event Team Gratitude Journal

In celebration of Thanksgiving, we took a moment to reflect on some of the things we’re most grateful for. Here are just some of the many blessings we’re counting this year:

Bill Yahres, VP Business Development

After 23 years at The Event Team I am still having fun!  I have amazing friends, a loving family and perfect health. The only thing better is realizing this each and every day.

Geraldine Caedo, General Manager L.A.

Personally, I am forever grateful for my friends of over 30 years whom I got to spend time with this fall. Some things never change and I’m definitely grateful for that. Professionally, I’m thankful for my team who, despite our “family” squabbles, are always loyal, supportive, and will take it to the streets for one another.

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Katie Bowen, Design & Sales Coordinator

Personally, I am grateful for my parents, close friends, health and my doggie Stu. Professionally, I am grateful for my co-workers that make me laugh all day.

Monica Paniagua, Sales Coordinator

Personally, I’m grateful to celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary this year. Cheers to my loving husband and our lifelong journey together! I’m also thankful for my supportive family and friends. It’s been a rough year, and I don’t know where I would be without them. Professionally, I’m grateful to work with some pretty awesome people that have become lifelong friends.

Matt Robbins, President

Personally I am grateful for my wife and her support in good times and bad and that we live in progressive California. Professionally I am grateful for the people I work with and the people I meet at this job. We sell experiences that make people happy. It is sometimes stressful but always rewarding.The Event Team corporate events

Paige Weeber, VP Operations

Personally, I am thankful and happy that my family and I were able to enjoy many family trips and create some wonderful memories this year. Professionally, I am grateful for a boss that understands the importance of a work / life balance and allows us to work from home occasionally to be there for our families.

John-Carlo Boyle, Sales Assistant

I’m thankful for having a job in which I am able to constantly learn about and explore the awesome city of Los Angeles.

Taryn Babayan, Executive/Marketing Assistant

Personally, I am grateful for my new husband and our rescue pup; they both add so much love and joy to my every day. Professionally, I am thankful I get to uncover and experience some of the coolest new things in California.

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Lauren Ross, National Sales Manager

Personally, I am beyond grateful for my family, friends, and my wonderful Boston Terrier, August. Professionally, I am thankful to work in an industry where we get to “take fun seriously,” and meet and connect with like-minded professionals in our industry on regular basis.

Steve Larson, National Sales Manager

Personally, I am grateful to spend time with my family in Arizona during the holidays. Professionally, I am glad I have learned a lot on the event planning side during my 1st year at TET!

Lindsay White, Director of Marketing

Personally, I’m so grateful I was able to legally marry my wife this year. The carousel of time was all over the place in 2016, but I’m  holding onto the fact that there is so much love in my life. Professionally, I’m thankful for the many opportunities we get throughout the year to check out new venues and activities across Southern California.

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Need More Info?

Speaking of thankful, The Event Team is so thankful for our clients, vendors, hotel partners, and staff who keep us going strong year after year! If you are a meeting planner looking for a destination management company to partner on your Southern California corporate event, contact The Event Team destination management company today! You’ll be thankful you did!

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