Archive for March, 2012

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!

SAG Awards Production by a Los Angeles Event Planner

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

As a Los Angeles event planner, I know what it takes to put together an event, especially a high-profile sit-down dinner for over a thousand A-List Hollywood guests.  You need to keep a party planning checklist and stick to it. That is what I did for this year’s SAG Awards as well as the previous 13 SAG Awards I have coordinated.

We start the SAG Awards event production in the summer with designing the menu with our chef, Suzanne Goin of Lucques Catering. We work with Suzanne to create a tasty menu that appeals to all palates including vegans and vegetarians.

The next step as a Los Angeles event planner is to discuss the table top decor with our designer Keith Greco. We research different looks and test out different tableware until the perfect look is found and presented to the SAG Awards Committee.

Once the look of the table and the food is selected, then the party planning checklist comes into play. It is important to create a specific timeline for load-in, follow up with vendors to ensure they have the correct equipment coming to the event and then supervise each day’s set-up on site to make sure everything is going to plan.

The party planning checklist extends to every element of the interior of the room such as the amount of chairs set at each table, the quantity of wine, water and champagne poured as well as the tiniest details such as how the napkin is folded!

Other details we have down on our party planning checklist is which guest receives a vegan plate, the number of glassware, dishware and silverware to order for that evening, the amount of flower arrangements on the table, etc. The list is pages long!

At A Wynning Event, we produce all types of events from non-profit to corporate as well as social but as a Los Angeles event planner, the SAG Awards is by the far the most exciting!