Special Event Locations & Production


Unique Locations for Your Holiday Party

Now is the Time to Book the Date!

                                                                   by Marilyn Jenett

Hollywood Mansion

Yes, it’s usually the month of December that directs your thoughts to your company’s holiday party, social events and entertaining in general.

But do you realize that the most desirable party and event locations for the holidays are booked well in advance?  This is a perfect time to grab an available date before it’s gone at one of the unique, spectacular locations that will really lift spirits at your company’s holiday party this year.

If you are a business owner, executive or office administrator who wears the party planning hat for your company, whether for the holiday party, client receptions, product launchings or theme parties…this article is for you...

Los Angeles is an company owner or event coordinator’s dream when plans include a reception, theme party or event at a unique or unusual location.

Creative possibilities abound in the City of Angels given the diversity of our business and cultural community, the entertainment industry and architectural influences.

Spectacular mansions and estates, unique museums, film studios and private entertainment industry facilities, theatre lobbies, historic landmarks, exclusive clubs and restaurants, ranches, yachts, and much more provide the creative alternatives you want to impress your guests or give your clients, associates and employees the appreciation they deserve.

Visualize a reception or dinner at a magnificent estate at the top of Malibu with breathtaking city, ocean and mountain views (this is exactly what we provided for Nike, Inc. this past month). Or dining and dancing at an architecturally significant landmark steeped in rich, historic opulence (a company holiday party we just confirmed this week). Perhaps you would prefer a $30 million private ranch complete with emus and llamas, breathtaking scenery, spectacularly landscaped grounds and a full-size tennis court for dining under the stars.

Historic Hotel

Our city's film studios provide many options to accommodate different budgets for that requisite "Hollywood bash": soundstages, production lot theme locations, even private studio restaurants that cater to stars and studio executives by day and cater to your guests at night in exclusive Hollywood style.

Private entertainment industry complexes with luxurious lobbies and outdoor plazas have adjacent film and video theatres should you desire a special "screening" and reception for your guests. Our city's landmark theatres and performing arts centers are breathtaking architectural gems and often exemplify the beauty and opulence of the Art Deco style. Their lobbies provide excellent ambience for entertaining.

Have a large group to accommodate? How about this magnificent architectural landmark: an entertainment complex highlighted by a majestic10,000 square-foot glass skylight and terraced wings and a grand atrium covered by a soaring 90-foot canopy of glass. Los Angeles' legendary train station suggests an early California mission. It's romantic and elegant, spacious and beautiful and its expansive main concourse can accommodate up to 900 guests. Talented event professionals can even transform an airplane hangar into a fabulous party site for thousands.

Smaller, elegant group? Perhaps you would choose an exclusive Sunset Boulevard hotel displaying photos of the great stars by legendary photographer George Hurrell and dine on the terrace with a spectacular city view. Or choose one of Los Angeles' legendary restaurants - a Hollywood institution known for its warm and elegant ambiance and known also for the celebrities, sports personalities, big business CEOs and political luminaries who are its regulars. Another restaurant originally built as a replica of a grand Japanese palace overlooks the city. The Japanese feast and traditionally attired servers provide further evidence of the cross-cultural experience of Los Angeles.

Museums range from fine to contemporary art, the art of the West, the art and evolution of mankind and species - all are conducive settings to the art of partying.

Many venues require the services of an independent catering company; others provide in-house catering only. Generally speaking, when the venue generates profit from in-house food and beverage, location fees are lower or nonexistent and rental equipment (tables, chairs, linen, china, etc.) is included, making the event less costly for the more conservative budget. The unique appeal and desirability of a particular location site for your company's event, however, will often justify a bit more expense.

Budget may determine your selection of venue, but please don't make the mistake of isolating the location cost. The determining factor should be your budget for the entire event, not just location cost. Often there are creative ways of working within your budget even with a pricey venue. Utilizing the services of an event professional who has a longstanding association with locations and vendors will help considerably and may work some magic.

In conclusion, Los Angeles' unique and exciting selection of special event venues is unequaled and our company is here to help you choose the one that's perfect for you and to package your event to perfection.


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