Archive for the ‘Publicity’ Category

Red Carpet Events for a Non Profit Company

Monday, May 17th, 2010

For red carpet events, it is important for the non profit company you are planning an event for, to have clear and consise signage on the red carpet.  Not only for the non profit company but its supporters and sponsors as well.

Thus, when the image of the celebrity gets picked up from various media outlets, the logo of the non profit company is seen as part of the background image.  This background image is called a step and repeat and is commonly used for all red carpet events.  To help off-set event production costs when planning an event, many times a non profit company will include sponsors on the step and repeat as part of their premium sponsor package.

It is amazing how some red carpet events step and repeats are seen over numerous media outlets multiple times, and often for large-scale events, these images can sometimes be used a year later.  Thus when planning an event for a non profit company, consider using a well produced step and repeat and provide the charity with widespread coverage to the public.

For more information on planning an event for a non profit company, check out Budget Bash and learn about inexpensive decor ideas, constructing budgets and more.

Charity Fundraising Ideas for a Red Carpet Event

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Recently I produced a red carpet event and thought I would share some of our charity fundraising ideas with you.  The event was for PCRM and like other red carpet events we produce, many hours of planning went into creating this successful non profit event.

One of the main non profit ideas was to make this non profit event stand out among the crowd since PCRM was being introduced to a new audience on the West Coast. Thus it was important for this red carpet event to adhere to the highest level of professionalism in terms of food, service and design.  We accomplished this by bringing in one of the top live TV show producers who in turn assembled a top-rated production team making the television portion of this event seamless.  Here is a link to the highlights of the show.

Other charity fundraising ideas we used to maintain our budget was to create elegant floral arrangements at cost and recycle the glass containers.  We even used one of the floral designs from Budget Bash, which is to submerge a cymbidium orchid as seen on page 61.

Like all other red carpet events, we placed “asks” for sponsors for our bar.  Because this was a vegan non profit event we had very strict parameters in terms of what beverages we could serve but found generous sponsors for our liquor, beer and wine.  Other sponsors such as Candle 79, Millennium and Sublime restaurants were kind enough to let us “borrow” their recipes in which Tal Ronnen and Global Cuisine Catering created our delicious three-course dinner menu.

Additional non profit ideas included our live and silent auction which also adhered to a vegan code to ensure our patrons were not offended from what we offered to help raise funds.  We used lighting effectively as our main design element for this red carpet event as well as vegan friendly drape and linen.  We incorporated our design elements from the save-the-date card as well as the invitation to create our timeless yet elegant room décor.

And what are red carpet events without an after party?  For this part of the event, we quickly transitioned our cocktail area into a night club with a white dance floor, white faux leather couches and a vegan dessert station. Additional charity fundraising ideas included sleek modern-looking informational kiosks to help translate, explain and support PCRM’s mission statement.

I hope you found the video to this red carpet event interesting and that you picked up a few non profit ideas for your next non profit event.  I learned a lot from producing this event especially in terms of healthful eating habits and incorporating aspects of a vegan diet into my everyday routine.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!

Event Planning and the SAG Awards® – The Showroom

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010


Less than 24 hours until showtime for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® and the excitement is building.

We start with an empty expo hall and via event planning, by show day, the set is built, the tables and chairs are down, linen is on the table and the catering staff begins to set the tables.

Above is a picture of what the stars will be eating tomorrow night and here is a link to a picture of our showroom close to finishing.,0,7900248.htmlstory

Event Planning and the SAG Awards® – Our Media Day

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Event planning for the 16th Annual SAG Awards® is done.  Tomorrow is the telecast and we are ready to go.  On Thursday, we had our media event and here is a picture of our sample table that the stars will be sitting at tomorrow night.


Entertainment Tonight stopped by and interviewed myself, Kim Wallace of Dry Creek Vineyard and Suzanne Goin of Lucques Catering.  Here is the link to that interview.

Event Planning and the SAG Awards®

Friday, January 22nd, 2010


Event planning for the 16th Annual SAG Awards® is heading into the final stretch.  On Wednesday, January 20th, I spoke to Allie MacKay from KTLA to explain to viewers how to recreate our beautiful table for less.

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Listed below are links that you can go to for the sources of my looks for less table as well as a link to the KTLA TV segment.,0,4722510.story

Here is the link to the TV segment to see both the SAG Awards® table and the looks for less table.

To learn other helpful party planning tips and to create beautiful events on a budget, check out my book Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget.

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

A Wynning Event and the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010


Just a quick note to remind you that the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® is just around the corner.  On January 23rd at 8 pm ET/PT, the show will be simulcast on TNT and TBS.

If you pick up a copy of this week’s People Magazine and turn to page 99, you will see that I provide a helpful floral hint to help create the intimate yet fun atmosphere at the awards show and our chef, Suzanne Goin of Lucques Catering, provides a great chicken salad recipe that will be served that night

On January 20th, Suzanne and I are scheduled to appear on KTLA’s Morning News Show where I will show you how to create our beautiful SAG Awards® dinner table on a budget.  Other party planning budget ideas can be found in Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget.

Fun SAG Awards® Facts

Did you know that there will be over 5,000 drinking glasses in the room that night?

Or that Suzanne will be order over 160 apples for her chicken salad?

More SAG Awards® news later in the week.  Until next time remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish and fun for all!

Dream Wedding – A Dog’s Tale (Tail)

Friday, June 5th, 2009


It was a beautiful June day and the guests were mingling and awaiting to witness the wedding of a couple that have known each other for over seven years.  Like most weddings, the groom was a bit nervous, the bride was a bit late and the guests were all excited to be a part of this dream June wedding day.  At A Wynning Event, we have participated and planned many weddings but this one was special.  Yes, it was intimate with just close friends and family, but at this wedding the bride and groom walked on four legs and had fur coats.  Yes, a dog’s wedding and what made this day so special was that my dog, Coco Channel, was a “bridesdog.”  Yes, dressed in pink wings, she walked down the aisle – in fact the only dog to do so, the others had to be carried! 

All joking aside, even though the wedding went to the “dogs,” it was still a beautiful event since the vows about companionship, love, trust and honor have no boundaries whether you walk on two or four legs.  The slight difference was instead of the ring exchange, the dogs exchanged matching collars and at times were more interested in sniffing the other four legged guests then each other.

At A Wynning Event, we encourage the bridal party to theme their wedding and this one was no different.  This wedding was a beautiful backyard wedding whereby guests sat on white chiavari chairs with burnt orange textured silk cushions and the tables were covered with matching linens.  The floral was exquisite.  To compliment the colored linens, Luna Gardens, one of L.A.’s premiere floral studios, designed a romantic look and feel using springtime colors of yellow, pink, orange and green.  Complete with a beautifully bronze colored wedding gate as a backdrop for the altar, guests couldn’t help but marvel at the spectacle.    

When we arrived at the wedding, we were asked to sign the guest book.  But this wasn’t your ordinary guest book, instead we were given two white stuffed toy dogs to sign our special wedding message to the bride and groom.  I think this is a fun, creative and personal idea.  I just hope that the dogs don’t get a hold of them and chew them up!  Another creative idea was the cake toppers, two dogs sat upon the cake which was beautifully decorated with soft orange colored rose petals.  At the cake table is where the dog’s “pawed” their marriage certificate. 

The catering was delicious, we were treated to freshly made tortillas and quesadilla’s, guacamole and chips, a specialty bar serving “Greyhounds” and “Bowowtinis” and of course what wedding wouldn’t be complete without the customary chocolate fountain.

When the couple left the wedding, they drove off in a classic turquoise convertible Thunderbird.  Both of us (Coco and I) received “doggie” bags.  Mine was a small china ring box with two doves on the top and Coco’s bag was filled with treats and dog toys.   It was a beautiful ending to a most “ruffmatic” day.   

The dog wedding will be broadcasted on national television very soon.  Please check back with our blog for date and time of the show!

2009 SAG Awards News

Monday, March 23rd, 2009


The Screen Actors Guild Awards Show(R) has been our client for the past ten years.  We are excited once again to work with such an innovative and important entertainment client.  Check out these industry articles from this year’s Screen Actor Guild Awards Show(R).   In relation to the SAG Awards(TM), we were quoted in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, February 22, 2009.

Take it from the SAG experts and set a dinner party table with flair – By Sandra Barrera, Staff Writer

2008 SAG Awards

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Please see our article on the SAG Awards at Biz Bash.