Notre Dame School held its annual school fundraising gala at the Rockwood Women's Club in Santa Barbara on 2/6/16. We were honored to once again provide lighting, draping, audio and visual services. Please check out the photos of our work! Gobos, Plasma screens, wall draping, LED uplighting, speakers systems inside and outside the building, generator power, auction item lighting, pathway and area lighting.
Here are some quick ideas from us to you - to keep your office holiday party fun and unforgettable!
Start with aTheme!
Themed events get your guests excited about the possibility of dressing up (maybe in costume!) and about the venue, the decorations, the food, and the entertainment! It mixes up the old ugly sweater theme, and you can be sure that attendance will be high and your guests will have fun right up to the very end! Some theme ideas:
Movie theme: Star Wars, Caddyshack, Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction
Exotic location: Persian theme, Cuban Theme, French Theme, Outer Space
Misc. dress-up: Nautical, 70s, 80s, Fairytale
We can help with your theme with great lighting effects - uplights, gobos, draping, pin spots, area washes, and even moving effects - snow and bubble machines, lasers, disco balls, and more! Just tell us your theme and we'll offer some ideas :)
Giving back to the community is something that all of us strive to do. A call to action to your guests (before the event) makes the nature of the event more interesting and exciting. This could be as simple as asking them to bring a can of food or a toy to the party for those in need, or even a small monetary donation to a personal cause. Or charge a partipation fee to play at your Casino Night themed party, for example - proceeds of which would go to a charity. Just involve a charity of your choice at your next office holiday party!
You can also give back to your guests at your party with party gifts and more - if they are your employees, you may surprise them with bonuses, a paid group holiday trip, or whatever your budget allows.
A raffle is a fun and engaging activity at holiday parties that does not break the bank. From t-shirts, coffee mugs, to dinner for two, or a night's stay at the local resort - these are great raffle prizes that can be drawn at multiple times throughout the night.
Ask us about microphone and speaker rentals so you can address your guests, and host the raffle!
Games and Guest Participation
Competitive group activities are the key to break the ice - especially for the shyest of staff and their guests. Try a game of trivia to dismiss winning tables to the dinner buffet, or pitch different groups or departments against each other in group games like Pictionary or Charades. Our MCs can assist in hosting games for you!
Having games already set up at the event venue can also be fun - giant Jenga, Ping pong, or beanbag toss
Hire themed dancers, magicians, musicians, hypnotists, sketch artist, and more - to add a special show with a twist to the usual entertainment. Ask us about any special talent you are interested in using at your party, and we'll put together a custom package for you!
Now this is a fun addition to any party. You guests can enjoy the booth as a couple, or as a group with collegues or friends! They then get a keepsake of your event in the form of photo strip prints with your custom logo. Ask us about our photo booth packages - open booths, closed booths, special theme props, photo books, and more!
Another easy icebreaker for even the shyest of guests! Get your guests to sing solo, as a couple or in a group (e.g.. accounting department singing "Love Shack"). Use this as an ongoing side-show activity (in another part of the party room), or in conjunction with a DJ package as your main entertainment (done sporadically throughout the night). Ask us about our different Karaoke packages and ideas to implement them at your party!
Put on a fun and lively show for your guests with Live Musicians at your party - either as cocktail and dinner entertainment (used in conjuction with DJ entertainment) or as the main entertaiment. We have many different cocktail and dinner musicians/styles (e.g. string trio, jazz trio, spanish/pop/classical guitar, etc.) and also full party bands for dancing (all-round party band, 80s band, country band, jazz band, etc).
When it comes down to a simple solution for entertainment for your holiday party, the DJ is always the safe and budget friendly choice. We have DJs who play a wide variety of music for all ages, who can MC and coordinate activiies, raffles, and games if you'd like. Our DJs are also bilingual, to accomodate a wide variety of guests and their families. Ask us about combining our DJ packages with Karaoke, Photo Booth, and Lighting.
Just call or email us to schedule a free consulation on your ideas for your party - just start with your theme, style and guest makeup, and we'll customize our packages to suit you!
Alexandra and Jack were married in September at the beautiful San Ysidro Ranch, in Montecito, California. We were honored to work once again with uber planner Rebecca Gigandet of Imagine SB.
Their ceremony was held on the main lawn, and we had our Singing Guitarist Mike play for their prelude, ceremony and the cocktail hour that followed. Ceremony music highlights, as sing live by our guitarist:
Processional Line-Up: Wonderful World (made popular by Louis Armstrong)
Bridal Party Processional: Here Comes the Sun Instrumental (made popular by the Beatles)
Bride's Processional: Here Comes the Sun (made popular by the Beatles)
Recessional: How Sweet it is (made popular by James Taylor)
DJ Gavin Roy was their MC and DJ for the evening. Here are the important songs for their reception:
Bridal Party Introduction: Beyonce's "Crazy In Love"
Bride and Groom's Introduction: Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"
Cake Cutting: Natalie Cole "This Will Be An Everlasting Love"
First Dance: Jason Mraz "I Won't Give Up"
Father/Daughter Dance: Van Morrison's Tupelo Honey
We were honored to provide lighting for their event - String Lighting of the patio, Uplighting in and around the Cottage, a Chandelier at the tree, and a breakout gobo pattern on the dance floor.
Molly and Colin tied the knot at the gorgeous Riviera Mansion in Santa Barbara. We were very honored to provide DJ services with DJ Gavin, Photo Booth services, and event lighting (overhead string lighting, chandelier, and area washes). Check out the photos above courtesy of Brandon and Erica Photography.
Here are some song highlights for their day:
Grand Entrance: ABBA - "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do"
First Dance: Dan England and John Ford Coley - "Nights are Forever Without You"
Bride and Father Dance: Ben Folds - "Gracie Girl"
Groom and Mother Song: Bruce Springsteen - "When You Need Me"
Anniversary Dances: The Association - "Never My Love", Etta James "At Last"
Cake Cutting: Tom Petty - "Wildflowers"
Last Dance: Madonna - "Like a Prayer"
Congratulations to Colin and Molly - thanks for having us be a part of your big day!
Here is a quick summary of Molly and Colin's Big day by Matt Siner Video:
We were very honored to be a part of Jason and Abbey's big day! Their ceremony was held on Santa Barbara's East Beach where we provided our Ceremony PA package (battery-operated) with mis and speakers. We were excited to have our Spanish Guitarist George play their ceremony. George has studied Flamenco, Traditional Spanish guitar, folk, blues, jazz, classical and more. We are grateful to have him on our team! See the video below of him in action:
Guests were then transported to the SB Polo Fields, where cocktail hour was already under way. We provided a JAZZ QUARTET - keyboard, drums and vocalist, sax, and upright bass. Jason and Abbey wanted a great mingling atmosphere at their cocktail hour, and the quartet helped achieve just that. Here are clips from their performance:
The rest of the evening (dinner and dancing) was Spencer's show and he got the crowd dancing even at dinner! See pic:
Congratulations to Abbey and Jason! What a wild and fun event - thank you for choosing us for your entertainment for your big day: DJ, Jazz Quartet and Spanish Guitarist.
Tracy and Michael ties the knot at the beautiful Red Tail Ranch in Ojai, California earlier this summer. Our Deejay Real was their sound technician for the ceremony and cocktail hour, then MC and DJ for their reception. Their planner was the amazing Katie Seefeldt of Wedding Kate, who made all the fabulous details come to life! The photos below are courtesy of their very talented photographer Anna Delores:
Here are some song highlights from their wedding day:
Bride's Processional: Irene Diaz - Crazy Love
Bride & Groom's First Dance Song: Alan Jackson - Remember When
Bride and Father Song: Rod Stewart - Wonderful World
Congratulations Tracy and Michael!!
Clair and Brad were married at the Montecito Country Club and we were honored to provide DJ services for their wedding with DJ Bennett as their MC/DJ. Their planner was the incomparable Vanessa Viera who lead Clair and Brad's dream team to great success! Here are some of the gorgeous photos taken by their photographer Anna Delores:
Thank you Clair and Brad, for having us be a part of your big day! We could not have asked for a better dance floor (see pics), and an epic end to the evening with Clair crowdsurfing at the last song. Here are some song highlights from their wedding day:
Bride & Groom Intro Song: Future Islands - A Dream of You and Me
Bride & Groom's First Dance Song: Neil Young - Razor Love
Bride and Father Song: Beatles - Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
Bouquet Song: 702 - Where My Girls At?
2nd to Last Song: Free - All Right Now - 2nd to last song
Last Dance Song: Blink-182 - Dammit (Growing Up)
#imwithjowdy was the best hashtag we've seen for Instagram. Congratulations to the new Jowdys - Rachel and Michael on an outstanding weekend of awesomeness. We were honored to be part of their rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, where we provided DJ services at their "white party" at the Bacara Resort poolside cabanas. Such a great couple. Their wedding the following day was full of great energy and we were so happy to work with one of the greatest event planners this side of the Mississippi - Katie Seefeldt of Wedding Kate. We had confetti cannons shooting gold confetti right after their ceremony - which signaled the start to a great night of celebration. Great RnB and hip hop, and today's high energy dance hits were the order of the day - such a solid dance crowd. Congrats to Michael and Rachel!! These amazing photos are courtesy of our friends Marianne and Joe at Marianne Wilson Photography:
Joelle and Brian had their amazing wedding at the gorgeous Dos Pueblos Ranch in Santa Barbara. Kim Anderson of a Dainty Lion was their brilliant designer and we were honored to bring their event lighting design to life! Here are some photos taken by our friends at Love Janet Photography:
Watch the video by Love Janet Photography
Orcutt Academy had their school prom on 5/9/15 and our DJ on the scene was DJ E-WRECK, rocking their prom to make it a night to remember! The students did not have any idea where the prom was going to be held - it was a total surprise! So when their bus pulled up at the gorgeous beachside Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort, they were completely astounded! We also had our amazing photo booth there for prom photos galore!