Archive for the ‘Event Planning’ Category

Los Angeles Non Profit Event Planning

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Los Angeles non profit event planning can have it challenges. After all, how do you pull off an elegant high-profile event on a shoestring budget? Very carefully!

I recently produced this event and one key factor when it comes to Los Angeles non profit event planning is the budget. It is important to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the client and maintain the budget throughout the event process in order for the client to maximize their net profit of donations. For this event, we created streamlined centerpieces using glass colored beads and orchid plants.

Another way we were able to maintain our budget was to bring in our own wines and serve heavy appetizers and desserts instead of a seated formal dinner.  The fact that guests were able to self-park helped maintain a low cost event and working with repeat vendors who already knew the facility was a key factor as well.

Some other key factors with Los Angeles non profit event planning is to generate your donations well in advance of your event via sponsorships, donations or guest list expansion.  Finally, keep staff to a minimum and garner as many volunteers as possible.

For more information about creating beautiful events on a budget, click here.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Birthday Lunch Party

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Here are some ideas and pictures from a birthday lunch party we recently produced that can easily be done for Mothers Day lunch.  Instead of round tables, we sat everyone at one long table and assigned seating with place cards to ensure everyone was comfortable with the person they were seated next to.

The room decor highlighted the color French blue, and we used French blue checked linen to compliment the room. Since this birthday lunch was at a beach venue, we incorporated a beach theme into the centerpieces.  We had our florist place shells at the bottom of the flower arrangements for decor, and we also filled empty square containers with sand and shells to compliment these flower arrangements.


Other ideas from this birthday lunch that can be used for a Mothers Day lunch are the party favors.  We provided all of the adults with a box of truffles and for the kids, we gave them chocolate lollipops.  

A cost savings tip that you can use for your Mothers Day lunch is to bring your own wine and champagne to your event. Most venues will allow it, there is usually a corkage fee but often you find that you save some money and drink the wines and champagnes of your choice.  

Whether you celebrate a Mothers Day lunch, dinner or brunch, enjoy and remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!


2013 SAG Awards

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Here are some pictures from the 2013 SAG Awards. This past SAG Awards has been our 15th year working on the show and our tenth year working with Greco Decor.

Vitalie Taittinger of Taittinger Champagne helped open the 2013 SAG Awards.

Our florist, CJ Matsumoto, did a spectacular job with the table flowers and James Beard Award winning chef, Suzanne Goin, provided us with a delicious anti-pasta plate for this year's SAG Awards.

In addition to Taittinger Champagne at all of the tables, our guests at the 2013 SAG Awards enjoyed Gallo Signature Wines and Fiji Water. 

We start production each year for the SAG Awards in August and work through the fall and full-time in January to provide our guests with a beautiful room to enjoy the show. 

Finally, returning again for the third year to the 2013 SAG Awards, was Graff Diamonds (greenroom sponsor). Fendi Casa provided the incredible greenroom furniture.

A huge thanks to everyone for their support and excellent work on this year's SAG Awards and to James Sequenzia for providing the photos.

Bat Mitzvah Party

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

This Springtime themed Bat Mitzvah party was just recently done in December. We tented the backyard, hung flower balls, brought in vintage styled furniture and enjoyed the beautiful break from the rain.

The Bat Mitzvah party girl is an artist so we rented hedging and framed and hung her artwork for decor as you can see in the picture below.

Brunch for the Bat Mitzvah party was a buffet and the kids enjoyed a smoothie bar and snow cones.

We are now gearing up for the SAG Awards, until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Los Angeles Non Profit Event Planning

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Non profit event planning can be very rewarding. We recently planned an event at a local museum and what a pleasure it was to work on such a nice event.

It is very important with non profit event planning to keep costs down, and one way we were able to do this was to bring in our own wine.  We also returned the centerpiece containers, asked our vendors to work with us on costs and utilized the resources the venue offered.

What is most important with non profit event planning is for the guest to enjoy the event and feel their donation is valued. We served buffet and tray-passed hors d'oeuvres instead of a seated dinner and received rave reviews. The food we provided, the mash potato bar, various types of sliders and salads to name a few gave our guests plenty of options as well as the freedom to network with other guests and enjoy the venue.  And of course, who can resist dessert with s'mores, mini cupcakes and cheesecake lollipops!

Check out some other cost savings ideas in Budget Bash now.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!


Dinner Event by a Los Angeles Corporate Event Planner

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Being a corporate event planner, I am called upon to produce all types of events.  From private dinners for 10 guests to galas which seat over 1,000 guests, no matter the event, I still need to take the necessary steps to ensure all runs smoothly night-of.

I recently produced a dinner at Mastro’s in Beverly Hills.  A couple of things we did a bit differently for this event.  First, our centerpieces were not all uniform. For the large round tables, our centerpieces were the above design. For the smaller narrow tables, we used the same colored flower but created small square centerpieces using just roses.

As a corporate event planner, I try to infuse as much creativity as possible with the budget. For this event, the restaurant allowed us to bring in our own wines and even with the corkage fee, we were able to help save the client some money.

Finally, first impressions count. Therefore, we always make sure that the venue and its team is ready to go prior to event start time since often guests arrive early.  Valet, servers as well as management were prepped to ensure everyone was on the same page as to the expectations of the evening.

Making sure all runs smoothly the night of the event is just one aspect of being a corporate event planner. Of course, it doesn’t hurt when you have a great support staff and a loyal client helping you as well.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

2012 SAG Awards

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Here are some inside pictures from the 18th Annual SAG Awards.

We start production for the SAG Awards a week in advance and by show day, it all comes together for a beautiful night honoring the work of the acting community.

The red carpet at the SAG Awards is opened with a toast from Taittinger Champagne. This year, Vitalie Taittinger stepped out of a life-sized Taittinger bottle to help open the red carpet.

More to come soon on this year’s SAG Awards.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Now this is an ice bar ready for New Year’s Eve!

Happy New Year, 2011, and for any last minute party tips, click here.

Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Wild Rice with Cranberries Recipe from a Los Angeles Event Planner

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Just counting down to turkey day and wanted to share this easy-to-make wild rice with cranberries recipe.  As a Los Angeles event planner, I am always on the lookout for anything that will add glamor and flair to an event, even a simple recipe.

The recipe for the wild rice with cranberries is as follows:

1. Cook the wild rice per the package instructions.

2. Once the rice is cooked, add the dried cranberries.

3. Allow the cranberries to plump up and then add a tablespoon or two of orange champagne vinegar.

4. Make sure to sample the rice after each tablespoon pour, you don’t want the rice to be bitter or tart.

Being a Los Angeles event planner, I sometimes look to the obvious then give it a twist. Here is an easy-to-make table decor item that will add some style to your holiday table.

Gourds such as mini-pumpkins and squash can easily be turned into votive candle holders.  Not only do they take no time to make but you can pick them up at the market while food shopping!

Just take the gourd, cut it in half and hallow it out. Then place the candle inside and light!

I’m getting started a bit early on the Thanksgiving cooking.  Today especially, I am craving vegan pumpkin pie. Click here for the recipe.

I hope you enjoy the wild rice with cranberries recipe.  Having been a Los Angeles event planner for over 15 years, I have picked up quite a few party and entertaining tips for the holidays and other special occasions.  Click here to learn more.

Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Dinner Party Menu Ideas from a Los Angeles Event Planner

Friday, November 11th, 2011

This time of year can be the most fun to host a party but for some people it can be very stressful. Deciding upon a menu alone is reason enough for some people to just pack it in, eat out and forget about planning a holiday dinner all together.

Having been a Los Angeles event planner for over 15 years, here are a few tips I would like to share with you in order for you to keep in mind when thinking of dinner party menu ideas over the next six weeks.

First and foremost, know your guests. Do they have any food allergies or major dislikes? I always ask when I extend the invitation to ensure everyone will enjoy the food.

Second, like any other event, determine your budget.  Can you substitute food items to keep your costs down?  For example, maybe serve a steak and arugula salad or some type of beef appetizer instead of filet mignon as one of the main course items.

Here are some other dinner party menu ideas to help keep costs in control.  For appetizers, serve various dips and tapenades and antipasti such as Italian meats, cheeses and olives.  These food items can be arranged beautifully and make any appetizer buffet look full and save you money.

The Los Angeles event planner in me is steadfast on my third rule, plan ahead! For all of my dinner parties, I make the list well in advance and then three days out start shopping for the food items.  Obviously, certain items can be bought and made in advance, others day-of. Plan early to avoid the stress of putting it all together the day of your party.

Here are some other dinner party menu ideas you can use at your next event. Keep it simple, if you are not much of a cook, then just do the basics or prepare what you make best. For appetizers, cheeses, olives, cocktail shrimp with sauce. And for dinner:

Caesar Salad with Parmesan Crisps

Herbed Tri-Tip Roast

Au Gratin Potatoes

Grilled Vegetables

Flourless Chocolate Cookies with Marshmallows and Ice Cream

The recipes for these items along with other dinner party menu ideas, helpful party tips and more can be found in Budget Bash. Click here to get your copy.

Again, make it easy on yourself. The Caesar salad dressing can be made in advance as well as the au gratin potatoes (just re-heat the potatoes night-of). You can always steam your veggies if you don’t have access to a grill and make the cookies in advance too!

I hope you found these dinner party menu ideas helpful. As a Los Angeles event planner, I know what it takes to put together an event, and no matter if it is for 4 or 400, it’s still hard work!  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical for all!