4 Helpful Tips for a Summer Party

With Summer almost gone, now is the perfect time to start planning your last hurrah before Fall! Don’t be discouraged with the thought of hosting your own shindig, because Randy Fuhrman Events has 4 helpful hints that will make sure your party goes off without a hitch! The easiest way to make sure of a smooth day filled with fun, is to prepare and organize your ideas ahead of time. Here are some tips to make your celebration one to remember!

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Grill All Marinated Items

Barbecuing is a great way to cook plentiful amounts of food for your guests, while still being able to mingle throughout the preparation time! Skewers are such a fun way to elevate the party as an appetizer. With suggestions from guests, you can create different variations to please everyone’s palate. Visually, these skewers will be a definite hit with the incorporation of fruits and vegetables to add a colorful touch.

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Fresh Summer Drinks (DIY Style)

Creating signature drinks for your guests to enjoy is where you can fully allow your creativity to shine through! Have fun with this step and be sure to pick options that are just as visually stunning as they are tasty. Our Stone Fruit Blonde Sangria is a great way to introduce fresh fruits into your beverages for an added crowd pleaser. Additionally, another refreshing option would be a frozen popsicle option that you can add a bit of alcohol to, if you would like to spice up our recipes. This is a way to cool down and put a twist on a traditional option! Setting up an array of different cocktails for your guests to choose from will allow them to feel included and thought of during the party. We have a bevy of cocktail options on our page that are a must-have for any party! Take this hint and run with it!

Incorporate Fun Games At Your Event

Activities are a phenomenal way of keeping the energy up amongst guests at your event. Create games that cater to the amount of friends in attendance. Whether the event is incorporating guests that may be new or old friends, having games that involve getting to know one another or questionnaires would be an inclusive choice. Drinking games would additionally be a fun way to liven up the party.

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Cultivate a Playlist to Set the Mood

In order to create the perfect ambience for your summer celebration, it is so helpful to cultivate the perfect playlist in order to complement the mood. We suggest that as guests arrive the playlist mirrors the upbeat and lively feel you hope to project. As the party progresses, a more relaxed genre is suggested during your mealtime to encourage active conversation and opportunities to mingle amongst your guests. Determine your playlist selections based on the type of party you hope to have.

 

Parties are a phenomenal way of bringing loved ones together, and there is no better way to end the summer than with your own bash! Randy Fuhrman Events is known for our mantra of “We Create So You Can Celebrate!” Whether it is an intimate party or a much larger production, we would be honored to help your visions of the perfect day come to fruition. Through our expertise on the finer details including decor and catering, we can make this summer send-off one to remember, and also eliminate the stress of planning the party on your own. Whether it is a themed soiree or a more relaxed vibe, all four of these tips can be tailored to any occasion. If you feel inspired by our helpful hints, let us know in the comment section below! We hope to hear from you very soon!

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!”

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! 

 

5 Things Anyone Planning a Party Should Know!

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With summer here, it’s time to throw that perfect summer party. No matter if you’re throwing it indoors or outdoors, as you know, every detail matters. Check out our article on 5 things that anyone planning a party should know. These points will be sure to help you with planning your next party and definitely make a great impression on your guests! Need more help with planning your next party? Then feel free to call Randy Fuhrman Events at (310) 854 - 0155 or visit our contact page.

 

5 THINGS ANYONE PLANNING A PARTY SHOULD KNOW:

 

1. GUEST LIST

While this one may sound like something that anyone throwing a party would automatically know to do, it may not be the easiest thing. With invitations, scheduling, & confirmations,  managing a guest list can come with its own challenges. We suggest creating an organized guest list that can be adjusted according to confirmations and allow for you to be able to see the whole picture of who will be attending. You can create a list using a digital software on your computer or one online. A great tool to use across all mediums would be google sheets as this is cloud-based and you can work on it across all of your devices. You can even send digital invitations via email or social media that will automatically update your list. 

We also recommend that when creating your guest list, that you switch it up and make things exciting by adding new friends & acquaintances or people that you haven’t seen in a while. This will not only allow you to see people who you haven’t seen in a while and make your party a great way for reconnecting but also add new and invigorating energy to your party! 

 

2. BAR SET UP

When you have a party, having drinks is an absolute essential. We recommend having plenty of mixers at your bar and creating a menu loaded with fun and exciting names. Maybe even a few that will throw off your guests and make them chuckle. Have some fun with the names! Also, be sure to have a set up that can allow for the guests to serve themselves easily and efficiently. When having a bartender, make sure they have an amazing personality as they are the first person your guests are mixing with and sets the mood of your party.

 

3. SIGNAGE, SIGNAGE, SIGNAGE! 

Yup, you read that right...signage. One of the most overlooked and important items at an event. Make sure that you have signage at the buffet for each dish that can be clearly read and understood. This way your guests can read what’s in each dish and be able to determine what they can eat.   

 

4. VARIETY OF FOODS

We highly recommend having variety in your dishes so that if there’s anyone with a special diet, that they too can eat. With all of the ever-changing diets, it’s best to have an assortment of dishes that can be eaten by vegetarians and even vegans. A variety in your dishes is a definite must-have. It’s always a good idea when inviting your guest to ask if they have any dietary needs.

 

5. HAVE ENOUGH SEATING

As we know, needs for seating can always change with a party. Often people will bring someone with them or there may be a bigger turn out than expected. With this in mind, we recommend that you be sure to have enough seating for at least 60 percent of your guests unless it’s a sit-down dinner. If it’s something sit down, then it’s best to assess the total amount of guests that your event can handle and make it clear on invitations if attendees will be able to bring a plus one. 

 

Well, there you have it! 5 things that anyone planning an event should know and take into account for their special day (or night). We’d love to hear of what you think of these tips. Try these at your next event and let us know how they worked for you in the comment section below!