Timelapse is always fun to watch, especially a transformation. Here’s a Behind the Scenes video for a Sweet 16, winter wonderland room transformation. It’s truly magical!
Adding your own unique touch to an event is important to making it special. It can show offer your personality and give your guests an element of surprise, wonder and excitement. There are many ways to do this from decor and food to themes and special favors. Another way, often overlooked, to add your own unique flare is live entertainment. With decades of experience creating unforgettable memories for our guests, here are some things we’ve seen and some you might want to consider that may spark some ideas, helping you make your event extra special.
Bring In The Big Band. Bring in a big band with a Frank Sonatra, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington or Benny Goodman feel. Mr. Sinatra is always a great romantic and entertainment touch to any event. Make sure there’s plenty of room for dancing.
First Communion. One of our clients celebrated her first communion with a host of guests including the wicked, ugly step sisters, a magician and the arrival of Cinderella with glass slippers for the special honoree.
Corporate Holiday Winter Wonderland. One of our corporate clients went with a winter theme for their annual corporate event which included an indoor ice skating rink with an entire ice show for guests.
Irish Wedding Surprise. For your Irish weddings surprise your guests with a single or full band of bagpipers to help you celebrate your first dance on the dance floor. A photo op after, with the pipers, is a great keepsake. Who of your guests wouldn’t love the beautiful, resonating sound of bagpipes?
Sweet 16 Entertainment. One girl celebrated her Sweet 16 by greeting guests outside with trumpeters, a live string quartet inside, a DJ with a team of dancers, acrobatic performers, roving human cocktail and dessert tables, and an electrically lit up, robo dance man on the dance floor. Talk about not stop live entertainment. The constant surprises kept guests excited and thrilled.
Other ideas for live entertainment might include a percussion setup with your DJ for that real time, live beat and rhythm, a live comedian or jugglers. It’s all in an effort to give your event a unique, special touch and wow your guests giving them a memorable experience they’ll always remember and won’t soon forget.
With more than 35 years of experience in the catering and event industry, having created some pretty spectacular events, our team is here to assist you to create a one of kind event. Our list of preferred vendors is a great place for top professionals. Looking for something unique, I’m sure we can help you find it, create it and plan it at the El Caribe.
Summer is coming to a close with September upon us. Everyone is prepping for the fall months. With the weather change comes a change of wedding trends. If you’re planning a fall wedding here are five trending ideas to consider as you plan your special day.
- Fall Wedding Colors
While you may have your favorite colors (who doesn’t) consider deep, romantic colors, like dark hues, for your fall wedding. Dark plums, purples and navy are classic colors that never go out of style.
- Long Sleeves
Made popular by Kate Middleton, long sleeves are making a comeback and a big trend this year. Whether romantic or modern, this bridal style is perfect for cooler weather weddings. Fall is the perfect time to show off your style with a long sleeve wedding dress.
- A Little Scruff
While your guy may not be a lumberjack, that lumberjack look is certainly in style for your fall wedding. So, if you’re good with the look, tell your guy to grow out that facial hair in preparation for the celebration. Just make sure he trims or grooms it for the big day.
- Have Him Go Tweed
Maybe you’re not Scottish, but the Scottish made it popular – the tweed suit. It’s a perfect dapper choice for the season. The texture is ideal for the cooler weather and autumn weddings. Add that scruff we just talked about and you are sure to be the center of attention on his arm.
- Your Fall Style Decor
Fall is a fun time to celebrate the harvest and Halloween. Let your personality and style shine with some fun choices for your fall wedding decor. Think of pumpkin place cards for your guests or rustic décor center pieces. Maybe you want the playfulness of Halloween with a festive cake topper or a childhood favorite of caramel dipped apples as favors for your guests.
No matter your choices, use the unique fall season to spice up your wedding celebration. Choosing the best combination of colors, décor and clothing are sure make your wedding one a joy and one your guests will talk about for years to come.
This coming of age is a milestone in a girls life! Gabriella’s parents came to the El Caribe to make sure she could celebrate in style. Our event team worked one-on-one to ensure not a detail was missed. And oh what a party is was. With all her girls, parents, friends and family, Gabriella had a great time! Jadore Love, one of our preferred house vendors, captured it all.
More than 50% of the people polled said “cocktail hour” was their favorite part of an event. Cocktail hour allows people to unwind with great appetizers and alcohol and get into the mood of the event. And, who doesn’t love eating a variety of great foods while socializing with family and friends?
If cocktail hour is as important to you as it will be your guests, and you plan on having “cocktail hour”, here are two tips for a successful cocktail hour.
- Make Sure To See The Space Before The Event. While menus and event space look great on paper you really need to see the space. Sometimes what you think might be a perfect space, based on recommendations by the catering hall, end up to being a small closet sized space that will feel cramped and uncomfortable for your guests. So, schedule a time to visit the catering hall. Ask them to show you the room where cocktail hour will be held for your specific number of guests. Given your number of guests, the catering hall can determine the best room for your cocktail hour. Look at this space and make sure it feels adequate and comfortable for your guests.
- Inquire About Seating. While this sounds like a given, there’s a little secret you need to be aware of in the catering business. To cut corners in staffing and resources, some catering halls offer far less seating than your number of guests during cocktail hour. While the room may be appropriate, many of your guests will have to stand to eat. The catering halls’ excuse to this business approach? Not all your guests will want to sit to eat so less chairs are adequate. Remember if the food is great, which it should be, your guests will want to sit to enjoy it. So, when the room fills up and your guests don’t have a seat to eat great appetizers you’ll have an embarrassing situation making your guests feel uncomfortable.To ensure this doesn’t happen you need to ask a critical question and be specific to get the clearest answer. Ask if there will be enough seating for every one of your guests. You want to make sure that if you have 200 guests there will be seating for 200 people.
Start your event off on the right foot. Follow these two tips for a successful cocktail hour. You’ll be glad you did and your guests will be talking about you well after the event is past.
Happy Valentines Day and welcome to our new website at the El Caribe!
With the introduction of our new El Caribe website we wanted to to point out a few things. First, our site was designed to better visually showcase all we have to offer to make your event unforgettable. The interactive photos and videos gallery allow you to immerse yourself in the experience of others celebrating their day or special occasion. Secondly, while this site is mobile friendly, there are some special features you won’t see on mobile devices, only on a laptop or computer. Third and most importantly, while we know all these visuals are enjoyable to see, the most important thing is you. It’s the weddings, social events and corporate events we help you celebrate that is most important to us and you. It’s what we’ve done for more than 35 years and the reason we work hard every day, to create unforgettable memories for you, our clients, friends and family. Let us know how we can make memories for you.
Happy Valentines Day! The El Caribe