5 Must Have Drinks for Any Party!

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Summer is here and the parties just keep coming. With celebrations commencing, kids coming back home from college, and all the like, having a few options for alcoholic beverages at your party is an absolute must. Though when having a party, you may find yourself running into a bit of trouble finding just the perfect drinks to serve your guests. Well don’t worry, Randy Fuhrman Events has your back! Read below for our choice of the top 5 must have drinks that anyone should have at their party. 

Are you planning a party or an event and need some help? Well, how about someone to handle the whole process for you? Our team at Randy Fuhrman Events will handle all of the details for your event and completely relieve you of stress. Contact us today to get the process started! Remember, our team at Randy Fuhrman Events lives by our company motto, “We Create So You Can Celebrate!”

5 MUST HAVE DRINKS FOR ANY PARTY! 

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1. Classic Martini

An absolute must-have for any party. Not only is this a great classic to have, but you can also make your own adjustments to the recipe to make it one of your own creations. Try different types of alcohols such as gin or vodka as well as different types of olives. Plus, this drink will be sure to add a bit of style to your party. Just be sure to have it stirred and not shaken.
 
Ingredients:

4 oz. Gin or Vodka
1 oz. Dry Vermouth
 
 
Directions:

  1. Stir vermouth and gin with cracked ice
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with an olive.

 

 

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2. Traditional Margarita:

This is a great drink to have at your party especially if it’s hot. This is one that will definitely help cool down your guests. The great thing about this drink is that not only can you serve it stirred, but you can also blend it with ice to make it almost like a slushy and trust us, on a hot summer day, having this blended can be a lifesaver for guests. Play with different elements in the drink such as adding different herbs or experimenting with different brands and types of tequilas. 

Ingredients:
2 oz. Silver Tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Lime juice
Salt for the rim
 
Directions:

  1. Rub the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with lime juice and dip it into the salt. 
  2. Shake tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and ice in a mixing glass
  3. Then strain into the salted glass over ice.

 

 

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3. Old Fashioned

You say old fashioned and we say classic! This drink is a great one to have at your party as this will draw all of those who want to have some class and style served along with their drink. This is a great drink for anyone who likes whiskey with a bit of sweetness. With having a variety of ways this can be played with, a creative bartender will be able to add a unique flair on this particular one. 
 
Ingredients:
2 oz. Bourbon or Rye whiskey
3 Dashes Angostura bitters
1 Sugar cube (or 1/2 tsp. loose sugar)
Club soda
 
 
 
Directions:

  1. Place sugar in an Old Fashioned glass. 
  2. Wet it down with Angostura bitters and a splash of club soda, then muddle the ingredients. 
  3. Add a large ice cube and whiskey. 
  4. Stir and then garnish with an orange twist.

 

 

 

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4. Negroni

This is a great drink to have for a summer party as this is a drink that has hints of summer in every sip. Sweet, delicious and refreshing are some of the words that can be used to describe the Negroni. 

Ingredients:
1 oz. London dry gin
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Vermouth Rosso
 
Directions:

  1. Shake ingredients well with cracked ice. 
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  3. Garnish was an orange twist.

 

5. Manhattan

This is another great drink for whiskey drinkers. We do suggest that while using quality whiskey is a for sure way to win the hearts of your guests with this drink, that using a sweet vermouth will be sure to make this drink one that everyone will remember. 
 
Ingredients:
2 oz. Bourbon or Rye
1 oz. Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
2 Dashes Angostura bitters
 
Directions:

  1. Stir ingredients well with cracked ice
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a twist or maraschino cherry.

 
 
Having these drinks would be a great addition to any party. Plus with being able to add your own creative spins on to each of these recipes, you can have even more fun just by making them. 
 

 


Love these recipes? Let us know in the comment section below. We’d love to hear your thoughts and see which recipe you liked most and what you’ve done differently to make it your own! 

5 Things To Look For in a Party Location

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With summer here, you can bet that it’s the perfect time to throw parties. As we’ve mentioned in our previous posts, “5 Things Anyone Planning a Party Should Know!”,“Party Trends for Summer 2018”, and “8 Signs You Need a Caterer/Event Planner” Summer is a great time to get people together to beat the heat, reconnect since all of the college students are usually back home, and entertain guests in a multitude of ways. With the endless possibilities of the types of parties that you can throw this summer, there’s going to be one question that everyone finds themselves asking, “Where will I throw this Party?” Yup, that’s right. This is the question that can sometimes be the most challenging to answer. Finding and choosing the right location for your event can be a challenge at times. With the varying party trends and venues today, the possibilities of what one may be looking for and actually able to find at a venue can almost impossible to find. And while there are those that may have an idea of where they would like to host there party, they still have to make sure that everything that they see for their party can come to fruition in the space that they have in mind. Will you need parking permits or valet? How about event permits? Insurance? 

Yeah, picking the perfect location for your party can be quite a process and that’s why we’ve written today’s blog post so that you can have a guide for what to look for in a party location. But if you think that choosing the right location for your party is something that you’d like to ultimately save time on and rest knowing it’s being handled, contact us today  to get the process started. Our team of trained professionals will bring your event to life with seamless elegancy and award-winning quality. We at Randy Fuhrman Events live by our company motto, “We Create So You Can Celebrate!” 


5 Things You Should Look For in Your Party Location

 

 

1. Location

Location, Location, Location! Yup, you guessed it, location! The location of your event is everything. Does your party call for an outdoor location? How about a bar or showroom in Downtown Los Angeles? Either way, picking the right location is a must. But it isn’t the only one. In choosing the location for your event, means having to consider the actual location of the space. How far is the location from your guests? Are there some guests who are closer to the location while others are pretty far out there? Perhaps having a party in a part of town that’s the middle ground for all of your guests is something that you’ll have to consider. 

Another thing to look at in your party location is how the guests will be able to get onto the property and if they will need any form of accommodations. If there are individuals on your guest list that you know will need special accommodations, it’s best to take that into consideration for you event as well. If you aren’t completely sure if there will have to be accommodations in place, then having someone there with you while your planning your event to catch things like this is just what you need. Having an event planner to assist you in the process of finding the locations and considering if they will be able to allow for guests to enter the property as well as facilitate the needs of your party such as electricity, wifi, and more is a must have. 

Last but not least, when looking for a location for your party, having an event planner that knows what venus to contact and even has exclusive relationships with some is something to think about. If you’re having a large party and need someone to contact venues, contact us today and we’ll be happy to assist you in the process.

 

 

2. Make sure the location fits your party theme

Picking the right location for your party is everything and as we all know, in order to have that extra something to wow your guests and make your party one to remember, you have to have the right location for the theme. If your planning on having a large event or even a small one, having a location that matches your party’s theme will completely make the difference. Depending on the theme of your party, renting a location may be in your future and with that come some additional expenses such as insurance, rentals, staff charges and more which can be difficult to manage in addition to facilitating the needs of your party in themselves. 

If you think that you’re going to have to host your party at a location outside of your own property, it’s best to bring in an event planner that will be able to assist you in the design the event itself. Luckily, we at Randy Fuhrman Events, RFE, have your back. Event Design, Management, and Consulting are all a part of the quality services offered by us. Check out our Events Page to see our work and previous events. 

 

 

3. Parking

When you have an event of any size, having parking for your guest is an absolute must. No matter if it’s a house party or one at a location that you’re renting, having a place for your guests to park is one of the first things that you have to consider when having people over. Will they be parking on the street or will you have to get a valet service? Even though it may sound like an easy task to achieve, finding parking solutions for your event can post a challenge due to the location of the party, weather conditions and more. If you’re looking for parking solutions for your party and need some assistance, feel free to contact us today. With Randy Fuhrman Events being full-service, guest parking is something that we also handle for your event. Having relationships with various valet companies, we can provide you with a multitude of solutions. 

 

 

4. Accessibility

As we mentioned earlier, making sure that your location can accommodate any anticipated or unanticipated special needs is something to consider. You can use your guest list to plan for this, but ultimately it’s best to be prepared no matter who you may be expecting. As we know, life can have unexpected moments, so why not be ready for them? Making sure that you location has a ramp and bathroom that is close enough to guests and is easy to get to is one of the first things to ensure. Making sure that there is an elevator to the bathroom if it’s above the first floor is something to do if you’re dealing with a location with more than one story. 

 

 

5. Costs

The thing that is at the forefront of everyone’s mind yet often most forgotten or overlooked. The cost of your party. How much will the whole thing cost? You’ll have to create a budget to see where spending has to be done so that budgeting and purchasing decisions can be made. With invitations - don’t forget you’ll also need stamps -, your catering, guest arrangements, flowers, rentals, parking, locations and more, calculating the exact cost can be a challenge if you haven’t done so before. Especially if you find yourself running into unexpected costs such as liability insurance, extra decorations, additional beverages, etc. Planning a party is a lot more than just putting elements together. It also requires financial management. 

If you’d like to save yourself the time and hassle of crunching numbers, give our team at Randy Fuhrman Events a call. We’ll take care of all of the finances of your event and manage every detail, relieving you of the stress of producing your party and make you feel like a guest to your own event. 

 

 

Like what you read in the article? Let us know in the comment section below. We’d love to hear what you think! If after reading this article, you feel as if you need an to hire an event planner, check out our article “8 Signs You Need a Caterer/Event Planner."  

Want to bring your event to life? Contact us today to get started! Remember, “We Create So you Can Celebrate!”

8 Signs You Need a Caterer/Event Planner

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With Summer here and all of the parties and events happening, we figured we’d put together a list of 8 signs you need an event planner for your next event. Check it out and let us know what you think. If you think by the end of this article that you need an event planner, contact Randy Fuhrman Events today to start the process. 

 

8 Signs You Need a Caterer/Event Planner

 

 

1. You don't have the time and/or resources necessary to produce an event:

This is something that stops a lot of people. With planning a party or an event, if it be corporate or personal, there are definitely going to be a multitude of matters that will have to be taken care of. Not only from the guest list, but to the catering, entertainment, scheduling, servers, drinks, and more. Most likely that with you already being the host of the event, having an Event Planner with be a complete lifesaver for you. Events can require weeks and sometimes even months of lead and prep time. It’s best to have an Event Planner worry about the logistics of the event. 

That’s where we come along. With our team and staff at Randy Fuhrman Events, you’ll rest assured knowing that there’s a dedicated team of industry professionals working to facilitate all of the needs for your event, saving you time and energy. Let’s face it, we personally understand that you’re working hard on making the party or event happen in the first place and we’re here to help. Being a one stop shop, we handle everything from Point A to Point Z of the party/event. All we’ll need is just the date and time. We live by our company motto, “We Create So You Can Celebrate!”

 


2. You have to produce astounding results and can't fail:

If you’re doing a corporate event such as a film premier or a product launch,you know that you have to have every single detail complete. The same goes for if you’re doing a personal event such as a birthday party or especially a wedding - and you know how stressful that can be. Why worry about all of the details and the stress that can come along with it all. In having to produce the event yourself, you’ll have to not only spend time ensuring that every detail is correct, but also the logistics of the event itself. This is where having a Caterer/Event Planner will save you your sanity and possibly your job. 

Let’s face it. Event Planning can be a monster in its own and it takes a team of professions with the necessary experience to produce your event and ensure that every detail that you desire comes to life. In selecting Randy Fuhrman Events to produce or cater your event, you’ll know every detail is handled. Having produced events ranging from film premiers to product launches for clients such as Paramount Pictures, Capitol Records, New Yorker Magazine, and even Diana Ross, we know what it takes to produce events of any size. 

 

 

3. Finding the right location:

Location, Location, Location! Yup, that’s right. Location is key. The world is a big place, therefore it’s loaded with locations that people are using for events or desiring to do so. There are so many locations, that it is nearly impossible to count just how many. In selecting your location, you’ll have to consider all of the details of it. Everything from the budget to the amenities that the location offers (lighting, power, parking, etc.) to how the location will work for your event in particular (size, available walking and standing room, theme, etc.) You’re already doing everything in your power to produce the event and make it happen, so why should you have to worry about the location as well. 

With so much to consider when looking at a location, choosing the right location can be incredibly overwhelming and frustrating. In choosing Randy Fuhrman Events, know that you’ll have a team out there scouring the earth to get that location that is right just for you. With producing events such as weddings, holiday parties, and even fundraisers, we know that the right location can make of break your event. So why not let us handle that for you? With our exclusive relationships with awe inspiring locations, we know for certain that we will find the perfect spot for your event. 

 

 

4. Legal and logistical requirements:

Scheduling, location scouting, traveling, rentals, cars, guest travel...the list is endless. Between developing and executing the creative ideas for your event, there’s going to have to be the development and execution of the logistics. As we’ve mentioned, every part of your party must be planned and that’s including managing the event staff, scheduling of the event’s daily agenda, managing entertainment and more. You’ll have so much to do that you won’t even be able to enjoy the party and by the end of it you’ll be exhausted. 

Save yourself the hassle by entrusting in Randy Fuhrman Events to think of all of your event’s logistics for you. When it comes to the logistics of your event, we’ve got everything - and we mean everything - covered. We’ll manage the award winning catering, staff, entertainment, guest travel, arrangements,  and more. We’re a team of seasoned professionals having done events for all of the big names in entertainment. With Randy Fuhrman Events, you’ll have a smooth streamlined event that will be one that everyone is sure to remember for years to come!

 

 

5. Lack in experience:

Planning an event takes a good amount of time and dedication. While you’re trying to work out all of the details on your end, having to handle everything for the event can be tedious and highly stressful. You’re planning on having an event and we are sure you would like to enjoy it at some point, right? So, why not enjoy your event and use Randy Fuhrman Events. With over 40 years of experience, we guarantee that we’ve got your back and will handle everything you need for your event. Your satisfaction is our priority.

 

 

6. Lacking Tools and Tech:

Event Planning takes a lot more than just a calendar and your pad and paper. You’ve got to make sure that you have your agreements in place, relationships solidified, tools in order and yes even your tech. Having to stay up to date on everything can be a hassle for some.

Know that we’ve got you there also! Randy Fuhrman Events understand and knows all of the latest industry tools and tech. We ensure that with every event, we have what we need in place in order to be able to facilitate the needs of your event and produce stellar results. Using top of the line equipment and tech, we make sure that your event is stellar!

 

 

7. You don't have relationships with vendors:

When you are planning your event you’ll start to see that when it comes to vendors, not having a relationship with them can make it difficult to get the tools, gear and even prices that you need. Randy Fuhrman Events has a list of reputable and notable vendors that we have each personally worked with and will be able to provide for you when it’s time for your event. You’ll have a wide array of quality choices ranging from the table cloths to the gazebos to the celebrity entertainers. Event Planning is our career and we’re here to win. We’ve got your back with every detail of your event and will make it our number one priority to make it just the way you want. 

 

 

8. You're uncertain how to organize or select the theme of the event:

There’s a reason why not everyone is an Event Planner. Perhaps this is your first time planning an event or you have done events before and just want to relax and enjoy your event. Event planning is something that takes years to master and when you’re nearing your event, if you’re not a professional, you’ll find yourself wishing for more time to bring together the elements of your event. 

With Randy Fuhrman Events, the one stop shop for your event, we’ll handle every single detail with your best interest at heart. Having trouble selecting the theme? We will create the theme, concept and space design.

 

 

Ready to bring your event to life? Contact us now for a free consultation to take the next step. 

We’d love to hear what you think of all the signs of you needing an Event Planner. Thought of some other signs for people to watch out for? Share what you think in the comments section below. We’d love to hear what you think. 

Party Trends for Summer 2018

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With summer having arrived, so come with it the beach days, summer parties, and staying cool through the day and into the late evening. School’s out, the family’s come to town, barbecues are a blazing, and everyone’s looking for that big party. Will yours be that one? Well if it is, then you have to check out these great party trends for this summer. They’ll be sure to make your party a great one and wow your guests. 

 

Party Trends for Summer 2018:

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1. Nautical Theme

With summer just naturally comes the theme of water. With all of the people that rush to the beach, there are those that are bound to have the desire to go boating. So, why not bring that to them with the theme of your party. Nautical themes are all of the rage during the summer. With having a nautical themed party, you can not only have fun with the great aesthetics that come with it but even the wardrobe. You can compose your outfit with various shades and hues of reds, whites, and blues. 

You’ll find that with this theme there will be a lot of blues, whites, some browns and burlap, tropical plants, pier pilings (which you can get at prop houses), and natural textures in your fabrics. Other fun things that come with this theme are also anchors and ropes. If you can add large natural fiber ropes that are actually used for boating, then that will be sure to add something extra to your party. 

Now, if you’re planning on doing anything with sand or the theme of it near guest’s food, you can actually switch out the sand for brown sugar. You’ll find that the brown sugar looks like sand and if it gets in anyone’s food, it will only add a bit of sweetness. 

If you’re planning on having drinks, greeting your guests with nautical themed drinks is always a winner! Don’t forget about the soundscaping either. You can add something extra to the scene by putting on a soundscape of the beach with seagulls or sounds that you’d hear at the pier like boat horns in the background 

You can find a lot of items to use to dress your location at nautical themed stores or even thrift stores in and around beach communities. Thrift stores in these type of communities are bound to have items that are meant to be on or in the water. You can also find great props online.

 

 

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2. Plants and Greenery 

Plants are an excellent way to dress up or embellish the location of a summer party. Just be sure that the plants that you choose match the theme of the event that you’re hosting. Plants will of course not only provide the space with more oxygen, but also liven it up. If you’re looking for plants that will match your theme, pinterest is a great place to find excellent ideas for plant arrangements and design for your party. Just make sure not to use pointy sharp leaves or plants with thorns in areas guests will be gathering or passing through so your guests don’t get caught or stuck by them. 

 

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3. Romance 

Yes, it’s that time of year where summer romance is in the air. Not to mention all of the summer weddings that are happening. If you’re planning a romantic fantasy party, there are definitely a variety of elements that you need to add to your place to set the mood. 

Music will set the mood. So pick the style that matches the romantic mood you are trying to set with a great playlist. Lighting will set the feeling, so spend some time thinking of the color palate you would like to use and the type of feeling you want to be produced by the lighting choices you make. Fairy lights and candles are always a good way to start. When choosing your flowers, decide what colors you want to use and what scents you want in the air. In planning your menu, use colors and textures in order to create romantic signage. 

 

 

 

Credit: The Martino Flynn Blog

Credit: The Martino Flynn Blog

4. Generation Z Yellow 

With some calling Generation Z Yellow the new pink and even the new black, this yellow is a great addition to your summer party. Possessing it’s own vibrance, this color will be sure to lighten and liven up any party. Just be sure to use the color in creative ways by using it as the color theme for a section of your party that you would like for attention to be brought to as this is a color that will be sure to stand out. In this case, using it around your bar area, buffet, or seating area would be great as these are all areas that you would want for people to gravitate towards and you can be creative with the ways in which you use it. 

Gen Z Yellow can be the color of the cups or signage/menus at the bar, the table cloths of your guest seating or buffet, and more! We recommend that before purchasing items in this color in bulk, that you see how this color can be incorporated into the theme of your party by collecting an assortment of images that align with the theme and layout of your party to determine what the color pallet of your event will be and if Gen Z Yellow is right for you. As assortment of yellow always works to give you some texture. 

 

 

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5. Outdoor and Garden Parties

Summer is the perfect time of the year for summer or garden parties. With outdoor parties, be sure to select a space that will be able to provide shade. If your location doesn’t have much space for shade, then you should think about how to create shade for your guests to be comfortable. You can do this by adding the elements of umbrellas. Keep in mind that you can find an assortment of different styles of umbrellas from rental companies that will be able to fit and accommodate the theme of your party. Also, if the area is large, you might want to think about putting up an open canopy. In selecting an outdoor space for your event, you will also want to make sure that there are certain amenities for your guests such as enough room for seating, restrooms nearby and enough room for a grill or any other workspace that you will need for cooking and for your bar.

In addition to this, you’ll want to make sure that your buffet will have some form of cover for each of the food items if your party is during the day. As with a garden party comes insects that will try to get into your food. So to protect your food, use mesh covers and a Centinela candle which will help keep a lot of the flying insects away. 

For the seating of your event, you can do with a few different styles in this case. Depending on the style of the garden that you are throwing your party, seating can come in a variety of forms and styles. Ranging from fold up chairs to lounge chairs and even bar stools depending on the layout. Plus having stand up tables and sit down tables for ⅔ of your guests will help with seating arrangements. There is something for every theme of party and every style of garden. Check with your local rental companies to see what your choices are. We at Randy Fuhrman Events use Town and Country. 

Finally, but not least, what to wear! At an outdoor or garden party, there is no shortage of wardrobe choices. Light-colored fabrics are always a great choice as they will help you with staying cool in the sun. Also, choosing fabrics that are light in weight and breathable so that you’re most comfortable at your party.

 

 

Well, there you have it. Five summer party trends of 2018 that will be sure to make your party stand out. Be sure to share what your summer party experiences are like this year in the comment section below. We would love to hear what you think of the trending items that we listed and what trends you try at your next party!