Southern California generally enjoys sunny skies and warm weather throughout the year, so when we experienced frost and snow (yes, real snowfall!!) just a couple weeks ago, we couldn’t help but long for the warmer temps we Southern Californians too often take for granted.
Fun-in-the-sun beach weather won’t be upon us for another few months, but in anticipation of what’s to come, we have for you a recap of an event we produced last year that celebrated all the fun and beauty to be found in sunny California.
Every year, Irvine Company Office Properties (ICOP) hosts a fiscal year-end celebration to honor the division’s achievements. This particular fiscal year celebration happened to coincide with Irvine Company’s 150thanniversary. To pay tribute to this milestone, the design concept centered on clearly articulating Irvine Company’s place as a premier California-grown company, with particular focus on expressing ICOP’s presence and success in diverse markets. With this mind, we set out to highlight California’s diverse character – from its sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and vibrant surf culture to its reputation as the leader in farm-to-table dining and as the entertainment capital of the world.
With Casino San Clemente in San Clemente, California, as our scenic backdrop, the front patio overlooking the ocean was used to play up California’s beach lifestyle and the venue’s garden and front lawn showcased California’s rich agricultural history and prominence in the farm-to-table dining movement. Surfboards; lifeguard chairs; retro California postcards; Gidget-inspired beachwear and accessories; and pops of yellow, orange, and turquoise captured Southern California beach living while wine barrels, wooden crates, galvanized steel, and vintage carts conveyed a rustic — but contemporary — feel characteristic of California’s Central Valley and northern region.
Of course, the picture of bringing California’s best to life wouldn’t be complete without incorporating a little bit of Hollywood. Singer Katrina Parker’s vocal stylings set the mood as attendees made their way into the ballroom, but the event officially kicked off with a flash mob dance routine choreographed by Wonder World Entertainment featuring ICOP executives and staff.
Upon the conclusion of the presentation and awards, guests helped themselves to Sapphire Culinary Group’s delicious menu which included artisanal cheeses, salads, tacos, pasta, flatbreads, sliders, meatloaf sandwiches, and the evening’s signature cocktails: Longboard Lemonade and the Salty Chihuahua. Dance Heads was also on site and created some hilarious music videos.
Lastly, as a parting gift, guests were encouraged to “shop” at the farmers market we created for the event. Guests had their pick of the local and seasonal fruit, kettle corn, cookies, and sweet pepper jam on display.
Producing themed events is always great fun, and we thoroughly enjoyed being a part of ICOP’s celebration. We tip our hat to you, Irvine Company, for all your achievements. Congratulations on your 150th anniversary and a fantastic 2014!
Furniture and accessories provided by Archives Rental, Signature Party Rentals, and RWB Party Props Floral arrangements and produce by Flowers by Gerry Photos by Troy Grover Photographers Video by Moka Visuals