We know them all. We love them all. Truly there is something wonderful to be said for just about any group picnic site, Oxnard to San Diego and all points in between. However, there is more to be said about some company picnic locations than others. And we think Frank G. Bonelli Park is one of those locations you can’t say enough about.
It has everything! Besides a rich history, it’s beautiful, with trees upon trees and, set against the rolling San Gabriel Mountains, you feel like you’re in a forest! The company picnic areas are perfect for your more modest groups all the way up to the huge soiree. There’s tons of covered seating, large beautifully manicured grassy areas, and all the amenities we need to create an amazing company event for employees and their families with entertainment options galore!
While so many locations can come with a long list of restrictions, Bonelli is long on accommodations and none of the usual limitations! The park allows alcohol, any and all inflatables, water equipment and applied sound! Picnickers always prefer our delicious on-site food preparation and Bonelli is an easy hook up for our picnic catering services. All this, plus we super love that there’s plenty of convenient parking!
Bonelli is definitely a bench mark as locations go but what really puts it head and shoulders above other picnic destinations is LOCATION!! It is SO conveniently located. It’s half way between there and everywhere! We’re already booking lots of events at Bonelli Park and the turn outs are always amazing! If central location is a consideration for your company events, you, for sure, want to check out Bonelli Park and then, leave the rest to us!
Call us to make your party a TeamPlay Event!
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It’s THE BIG GAME TIME! Is your company one of an estimated 1/3 of all American companies that celebrates the biggest game of the season with an office pool? Love it or hate it, indeed is it a sacred tradition at your company you don’t dare tamper with?
Yet, while you watch staff studying the match-ups and making picks, are you saying to yourself: “This can’t be legal.”? In short: No, it isn’t. Betting sports is legal only in Nevada. So now what?
Well, in reality, the likelihood of facing prosecution for participating in an office betting pool as an employee or employer is virtually nonexistent. Employers, however, do face a higher risk than employees. While the risk of prosecution is low, company owners should be aware that gambling can present legal liabilities.
So, knowing all of this, do you really have to be the company party pooper? We’ll leave that up to your management and their legal advisors. But let’s look at the other side of the coin for a minute. As we know, office pools are widely practiced and generally accepted. They usually carry low bet amounts (the lower the better from a legal liability standpoint), and can go a long way toward energizing staff and creating camaraderie among employees. Even non-sports fans are easily swept up in the enthusiasm. Following a team, trash-talking with co-workers, and putting a little money down add to the fun and can help foster a sense of community among employees.
OK so let’s say you decide (or your boss decides) to go ahead and allow the office pool, here are some ways you can help minimize liability risk:
- Keep the stakes low and separate gambling and work.
- Avoid online brackets. Keep your pool on paper.
- Prevent disruption at work by prohibiting game-watching over the Internet.
- Encourage pool participation only during breaks and lunch.
If you can keep it fun, you may be able to build camaraderie without the added risks:
- Rather than using the typical buy-in bracket model, allow everyone to participate for free and simply provide prizes for the winners.
- Host a lunch and organize an indoor office football game played using bean bags and include other football theme games. Click for instructions and additional workplace appropriate games. Give prizes for winners.
- Organize after-work parties to watch football games together.
Whatever you do, have FUN with it. Avoid a penalty call on your internal planning! Let us take it into the end zone by providing all your event needs for perfect game day festivities!
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Tagged catering, Company Party, Company Picnics, Corporate Events, Event Planning, event tips, Office Party, Party Planners, Party Planning, Team building, Team Events
The holidays are coming!
Everyone here in the office loves the holidays, from Halloween to New Years and everything in between. ‘Tis the season to bust out the very best for your holiday party, whether it’s an event celebrating the success of co-workers or simply a dinner party to enjoy the company of family and friends. Small or large, the Team Play Events staff has the knowledge and the experience to assist with planning the holiday event of your dreams!
We’ve recently written about decor (insert link to past blog post) and how this party attribute truly sets the scene for every event and with an extensive list of events we’ve created in the past twenty years of working with some of the most exclusive clients, ambiance is all a part of the process. Setting the scene can transport your guests from the humdrum existence of everyday life to a winter wonderland or a sparkling spectacle of holiday excitement.
Holiday events are an opportunity for our clients to take their imagination to a whole new dimension of wonder and thrills. Remember the board game Candy Land? With gumdrop fairies and peppermint princesses the concept is the perfect backdrop for any holiday event no matter the size of the guest list. Looking to create a scene that transports everyone to a place unlike any other. If you can imagine it, we can make it reality!
Team Play Events has been planning holiday events for a variety of clients with a list of amazing ideas that have given us the chance to create a library of fabulous ideas and concepts. Not sure where to start? Not a problem! Often times we encounter new clients with no idea where to begin, however they are definitely exhausted with the cookie cutter holiday events that many local venues plan with zero imagination. Buffet meals, boring DJs and the same overplayed decorations that leave your guests deflated and leave your feeling unsatisfied. When working with Team Play Events, your personal event planner works one-on-one to uncover your inner most event planner. Your event planner works solely with you to master your vision as if it was your very own, and doesn’t rest until every last guest exits with a smile on their face and a dream has come true!
Our team works hard on your event, so you don’t have to! Everyone at the office is gathering ideas and getting geared up for the holiday season. Looking for ideas on how to best boost productivity at the office? Creating a Thanksgiving luncheon for the team and have had it with the typical buffet food? Need help crafting the best holiday event for your friends, family or co-workers? Then Team Play is here to help! Keep an eye on the blog as we launch into our holiday series on event planning for everyone.
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Tagged Christmas, Decor, DTLA, Holiday Decor, Holiday Party, Los Angeles Party, Los Angeles Party Planner, NYE, photo booth, Thanksgiving, Ventura Party, Ventura Party Planner
Team Play Event Managers Select the BEST Pins!
‘Tis the season for planning those fabulous holiday parties and it’s simply best to get the jump on all the planning as soon as you get the hankering for a little egg nog and noshing on Christmas Tree cupcakes! There are tons of amazing ideas on Pinterest and we love sharing our Holiday Party favorites on our board. Check out the great holiday themed concepts, as well as a few really neat ideas for Fall Parties, Halloween or simply throwing an elegant dinner party surrounded by friends and family.
Don’t forget to send us your ideas for Holiday Party planning and stay tuned for some amazing holiday party planning ideas and stories starting next week!
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Tagged Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, catering, Holiday Party, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Party Favors, Pins, Pinterest, Santa Monica Catering, Ventura, West Los Angeles
Food. It’s often the reason many folks attend events. Corporate events, company picnics, birthday parties and event weddings, quite frequently are made or broken by the execution of a menu. Certainly we all go for the main event, however if the food is lackluster than so is the memory of the event ultimately. A well-executed menu with creativity and style is just as important as the entertainment and the ambiance!
Often times we encounter clients who aren’t sure if their budget matches with the quality of our catering abilities. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Our Team Play Events’ planners have access to our in-house singularly most phenomenal catering company, Great Grills, and this means that our Chef and our managers can have one-on-one meetings to discuss menus without the middle man. Visions and the creative process can be distorted and diluted with too many chefs in the kitchen, pun intended! Team Play Events works with great diligence and care to ensure that every client works with one point of contact, who takes on that event as if it were their very own. Taking the time to listen and understand every detail, no matter how big or small.
One of our event managers, Kara, recently shared an experience working with a client on a very creative catering event. Explaining that “we don’t just do sub sandwiches on trays, or hor’derves with toothpicks”. Kara and her staff work collectively to get to the core of the clients’ vision and not just make it happen but take it up a notch or two. She told everyone in the office, “It’s not just about getting the event done but crafting something special that even makes me smile when it’s all said and done”. Each member of our team puts themselves in the shoes of their clients and work diligently on each portion of the event with pride and attention to detail that is unmatched by anyother event company.
Team Play Events is not just about satisfying our clients, oh no, we are about wowing our clients and their guests with custom touches and working above and beyond expectations…
Many event planners hire catering companies after receiving bid after bid on a menu without really knowing what they might get. Creating a lack of continuity of presentation, quality of menu, and a failure to maintain the client’s original vision with the final outcome. Our team makes it a personal goal to never let that happen!
Check out our 2012 Event Photo Album on Facebook to see just what a Team Play and Great Grills event really looks like. And don’t hesitate to give us a call to chat about your future catering events…we are in the business of making your dreams come true no matter what the budget.
There is something so truly magical about seeing the smiling faces of children frolicking through Vasa Park, and hearing the sound of music fill the air and rise up over the gorgeous Santa Monica Mountains in celebration of amazing individuals.
Mending Kids International is an amazing organization that raises funds in order to bring lifesaving surgeries to children all over the world! And thanks to the big hearts of their founder taking brave steps to expand her project in California, our special events services was able to be a part of the Malibu Guild’s BU LA LA Music Festival and Fun Faire this past Sunday at Vasa Park, home of Camp Keystone.
Working with charities and non-profits is truly one of the perks of the job, and well it’s close to our hearts too. Lauren our Director of Sales, has been working with a variety of charity organizations for over twenty years, and continues to work diligently in any way she possibly can. That includes creating relationships with folks not just as their event planner but as their partner in these ventures to create successful fundraisers.
This weekend was a blast! From the kids running around laughing and smiling to the families connecting with each other over delicious BBQ lunch, while listening to the lovely music of a variety of acts, all in the specular setting of Vasa Park. It’s truly amazing that one can have so much more fun just knowing that it could mean saving the life of a child.
Team Play Events loves to play, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s for a good cause either. We love to help charities make their dreams come true, and at the end of the day knowing we helped event just the littlest bit is truly fulfilling. If you’re looking for an amazing way to raise funds and keep your funds in the right place, our superior staff can help.
It’s almost October! That’s right kids, the year has flown by like the snap of our very busy fingers. With the weather changing the leaves beginning to fall here at Vasa Park, we’re starting to get excited about holiday planning, and you know what that means! Lots of holiday recipes are circulating around the office, potlucks abound and dinner parties with fun fall themes are taking over our calendars.
What’s better than spending time with family and friends reminiscing and prepping for the super exciting holidays that bring gifts and of course the New Year! We’ve been busy collecting and sharing ideas with our clients for holiday parties, and in the midst of all that we received a request via Facebook for some tips for putting together a Dinner Party Checklist. And since our checklists for events are slightly more complicated than the average dinner party, we thought we’d put our Google skills to work and find a list that might be helpful to our fine readers and Facebook friend!
There is a wealth of dinner party planning information out there, and truly it depends on the scope of the party. Will it be a few couples? Are you braver and looking to include a larger group of folks? Will there be a buffet or will you do sit down menu? What will your menu include? Will there be courses and options or a static menu? Seriously, every time we sit down for event operations meetings there is so much more that goes into planning than meets the eye!
Start with these things…
- Decide your party size. Make a guest list that will include a workable number of guests without crowding in whatever space you are using for your event.
- Create a menu. Once you know your menu you can work on the theme for the event and decorations.
- Make a checklist! Shopping lists, décor and to do lists will help guide you through the process. We found this one that is really detailed and easy to copy!
- Don’t stress!!! Just have fun with your party planning. Keep it simple.
In-home dinner parties or events should always be about having a good time and enjoying your company. When you start losing sight of the amusement then you’ve lost sight of the goal to just have an excellent time building memories. And really, that’s why we’re here for your large scale event needs! Taking the time to hire an event planner can be the difference between meltdown and merriment during this time of year. If you’re planning a small scale event and are in need of some guidance Team Play’s event managers can help with that too, and keep you within your budget. Just give us a call and see how amazing it is to be stress free on your special day!
Browsing through Pinterest today for some inspiration to discuss with a client planning a special event for her family, the girls in the office got on the topic scenery. Many times the scenery gets so sadly forgotten, and as a result the event lacks a certain something. And really it’s that certain something the transports guests out of the normal every day hustle and bustle and into a world where they can simply enjoy themselves.
Our event managers work diligently to take the dreams of our clients and find the most efficient ways to make those visions of grandeur happen in reality. Adding to the Beautiful Settings Board on Pinterest not only gives us inspiration for current events we are planning, but also for future events. With over 20 years of event planning expertise pacing the halls of the Team Play office, every single day is about not just doing it well but doing it better!
Many of our clients are not just fantastic folks with huge hearts like our recent charity spotlight, Mending Kids International, but they are visionaries with dreams to create a gala that fits those they are celebrating. Whether it’s a picnic or a wedding reception we are always looking to put our best foot forward and then some! And the best part is that we have an amazing backdrop here at Vasa Park out exclusive location set in the gorgeously lush Santa Monica Mountains. Our event staff can take any location and transform it into a wonderland of magic and beauty or thrills and laughter.
The scenery sets the scene! Every event is like a movie. From the moment you step into the theater you’re transported into a world outside of your. Reveling in the glory the scenery and the story and the entire experience leaves one satisfied and thrilled. Our experienced event managers spend time creating the scene. Working with the vision of our client in order to ensure that every tiny detail is just perfect no matter what the budget might be. As a part of our service we take on the vision of our clients and work to create the ultimate experience!
Not only can we make your dreams come true but our clients inspire us to be better with every single event we plan! Give our event staff a call today, and let us know how we can help make your dreams come true.