Thankful Thursday: Kind Strangers




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

There’s something very touching about hearing the story of someone in need being helped by a complete stranger. The strength of the “Random acts of kindness” movement is just one indicator of many that this idea resonates strongly. But although we may not be able to control many of the things in the world, one of the starkest exceptions is in the personal choice to help someone else. Kindness, particularly when extended to people outside of our social circles can do a tremendous amount of good in the world.

Wow! What an Inspiration Wednesday: Arabian Nights



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
An Arabian nights theme party can transport guests into a fairytale to feel as if they are in a palace setting full of magic and mystery. This theme is perfect for children’s parties, and has some things in common with the prince and princess theme. An Arabian Nights theme party can also create a fun atmosphere for adult parties, with belly dancing and Arabian styled music. These parties are meant to create a sense of mystery and intrigue surrounding princes, princesses and thieves. From golden palaces to magic carpet rides, most information pertaining to the Arabian Nights theme is a combination of both fictional and historical settings and characters.

The first thing to do is find fabric from a fabric or decoration store that you can hang from the ceiling or drape in doorways. Sheer see-through fabric works best for Arabian Nights parties. Beyond fabric, tents are also worth looking into, and can work for both inside and outside parties. And around the party floor, it’s smart to have as many throw rugs, cushions or bean bag chairs as possible. Many households have a beanbag chair buried somewhere; ask your friends to round some up.

To enhance the Arabian mood, there are two big guns you could pull out, depending on how expensive you want to go or how much of a mess you want to make. The first is sand, sprinkled liberally throughout the party area. The second is a smoke machine. Combined with tents, rugs, and beanbags, it creates a terrific “Arabian luxury” atmosphere. Whether a small gathering or a grand affair, a theme party like this wont fail to be eminent in the memories of your guests!

How-To Tuesday: Cake Pops



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cake pops swept the internet like a tidal wave over the last few years, thanks to some creative cooks, and we love them as an idea for a simple and unique dessert for a party. They can be themed and elaborate, or simple and cute, however they look, they tasted pretty darn good!

Cake pops are basically little balls of cake and frosting, you bake up a cake, let it cool, tear it into fine crumbs, stir in something to hold it all together, and roll it in balls. Easy!

They’re super cute, and they’re also a great way to use up leftover cake.They’re not as rich as chocolate truffles, but they are still quite sweet. Special occasion treats only, but oh how people love them!

Memorable Monday: UCI MIND’S Time of Your Life Gala, “Toast to the Holidays – Then and Now”



UCI Mind 2013Linda Young’s Elite OC Productions was in charge of producing UCI MIND’s Time of Your Life gala, themed “Toast to the Holidays – Then and Now.” Held at The Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds, the nearly 500 guests were introduced hourly to a different holiday, as the venue served as the stage for a 180-degree projection of visual video experiences, including Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving, Holidays at The Lodge, and a New Year’s Eve countdown in the Big Apple. Seated in white suede lounges, as in a private club, guests were captivated by the panorama visual experience, an Orange County first.

The holidays were not only revealed on the wrap-around screen but also in beautifully orchestrated vignettes, which included a plethora of themed silent auction items.  For Valentine’s Day, guests sampled champagne, chocolates and an assortment of desserts, while Thanksgiving was a beautifully decorated holiday table with a sideboard filled with mini chicken pot pies and pumpkin cones. Halloween had its place too with candle-lit jack o’lanterns and two scarecrow stiltwalkers, who danced and interfaced with guests. The Holidays at the Lodge sequence took guests to a cozy lodge setting, complete with a raging fireplace fire and a stunningly decorated Christmas tree. Models wearing furs and warm, snuggly outerwear from MaxMara completed the comfy scene, while on stage a quartet of Rockette-type Santa dancers did their famous high kicks and a quintet of carolers sang songs of the season. The New Year’s countdown came complete with balloons, confetti, party hats, and cabaret entertainment by talented singers and dancers.

 

Elite was involved with the fundraiser from the beginning, including scouting possible venues, creating the budget and working with vendors to create the event’s design concepts. Working with UCI MIND, Elite’s representatives attended committee meetings, created the invitations, organized the silent auction’s design, signage and packaging of items as well as the four live auction offerings, came up with and engaged the event entertainment, communicated with vendors and donors to project their logos on the video screens, organized the guest list, timeline and program schedule, created unique fundraising ideas, called the show and ran the event with the help of UCI MIND volunteers and staff.

A part of the gala that was not coordinated by Elite was the surprise Philanthropist of the Year Award presented by UCI MIND to Linda and Burton Young for their passionate support of the nonprofit’s work with Alzheimer’s research.

Net proceeds of $100,000 supported Alzheimer’s research for memory impairments and neurological disorders at the UC Irvine MIND Institute, Orange County’s only state and federal-designated research and clinical assessment center.

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Floral Friday: Ombre Florals




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ombre, a French word that literally means gradation isn’t just happening on your hair anymore, it’s a trend that is seen all over – from cakes to nails to the runways. Unsurprisingly, another area that the ombre is now popping up is in floral arrangements!

Ombre is seen as the more sophisticated and elegant version of tie-dye and can be seen in fashion from casual wear to couture gowns as well as in beauty, accessories, and even food. Whether you’re looking to incorporate splashes of bright colors and don’t know quite how to display or incorporate this trend, feast on these examples for a spectrum of inspiration.

CASA’s Celebration of Children Kick-Off and Wine Sharing Party



Casa Wine ShareElite OC Productions was responsible for the overall planning, organization and implementation of the event, held at a private home in Newport Coast in Newport Beach. Planned as a kick-off for CASA’s Celebration of Children Black & White Ball in May, the 200 guests were asked to bring a bottle of wine to share and an exceptional bottle of wine to donate to the ball’s auctions.

Elite communicated with the Wine Committee daily to fully produce the event working with their vision and ideas, starting with the Save the Date, invitations and e-vites. They also managed the rsvp list and created the guest list. Planning also included organizing the catering by AnQi By Crustacean, the complimentary wines poured by Landy Family Vineyards and Bello Winery, and the three florists, who offered complimentary floral designs for the evening affair. Elite ordered the rental equipment and linens, created and designed all signage, and organized the opportunity drawing and ticket sales. Party check-in was also handled by Elite, and at the end of the evening, the tear-down was managed by them.

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