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Birthday Party at Opus One Winery in Napa

If you want to celebrate your Birthday, why not take a few of your closest friends and family to your favorite winery?

That’s just what our client did!

It was actually a surprise party for her husband’s 50th Birthday.  Mike Steffens, Essence Entertainment, custom designed and produced the entire event.

Transportation for event

The guests were gathered for cocktails at the Monarch Bay Club.  They were then driven by limousine to the Orange County Airport where they boarded their personal aircraft which swiftly flew them up to the Napa Valley.

Welcome to Napa Valley!

 

A limousine then delivered the guests to the Opus One Winery.

Opus One Winery

 

Opus One Winery Tour

The guests were provided with a private tour of the winery, where they learned a lot about wine making and about Opus One in particular.

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A lavish dinner was then provided, accompanied by beautiful guitar music.  The Chef, Sarah Scott, designed a meal especially for them, and even made a personal appearance.  She also gifted each guest with an autographed copy of her new book!

 

A truly exquisite event all around!

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Los Angeles Corporate Entertainment

Where do you find Los Angeles Corporate Entertainment?

Good question…

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When it comes to finding Los Angeles Corporate Entertainment there are many outstanding choices.  Whether you’re considering a dynamic Show Band, a Headliner (Comedian, Magician…),  a Celebrity Artist or Atmosphere Talent,  the idea of trying to find the right kind of entertainment may be a daunting task.  There’s also Event Production to consider…A/V, staging, lighting, decor, rentals, linens, florals…

How would you like to have a one-stop shop to help you design, coordinate and produce your special event?

corporate entertainment LAFor Los Angeles Corporate Entertainment we recommend using a talent agency which is licensed and insured, has been in business for a substantial length of time, and which is referred by those you can trust.  One agency that fits the bill is Essence Entertainment.

With Mike Steffens at the helm, Essence Entertainment is Southern California’s top provider of Entertainment and Event Production for any type of Los Angeles Corporate Entertainment.  Next week or next year, large or small, Mike and his Staff will brainstorm through many fabulous options for you to choose from and are delightful to work with.

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In addition, they will work closely with you every step of the way to plan your successful event.  That’s right – all of those details needed to ensure your event or party goes off without a hitch – load-in logistics, time-line and sequence of events, communication between vendors, etc.  Essence Entertainment considers this part of the process very important and dedicates a lot of time and energy towards it.

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Celebrity Artist Paul Williams with Robin Kelly

The planning process also brings to light aspects of your event that you may not have considered yet…things like ample lighting for your presentation; a stage which is the right size for your Band;  enough power to handle all of the elements; time-line of load-in, sound check, rehearsal if needed, all of which need to happen before your guests are in the area; atmosphere entertainment (i.e., musicians and strolling talent during Cocktail Hour to introduce your guests to the theme); theme decor (centerpieces, lounge furniture, up-lighting, props, etc.); a green room and accommodations for your talent; rentals as needed (i.e., outdoor tents, tables/chairs, linens, trash cans…); appropriate Audio / Visual elements; and many other items which may need to be considered for your event.

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STEP & REPEAT

Since there are so many different types of elements to consider for your Los Angeles Corporate Event, an experienced, one-stop shop which handles all of the pertinent elements can ensure that your event goes smoothly and is a terrific success!  Let Essence Entertainment be your one-stop shop!

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Event Production Orange County

Event Production Orange County

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ENTERTAINMENT
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LIGHTING

When you’re planning an upcoming event, there are so many things to consider…and it can be overwhelming, to say the least.  What’s the answer?  Hire a company that specializes in Event Production Orange County!

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PROPS & DECOR

That company is Essence Entertainment.  Based in Orange County, Essence Entertainment produces events throughout Southern California.  They will handle all aspects of your event, including entertainment, props, decor, catering, florals, audio/visual, photography/videography, etc.  The whole kit & kaboodle!

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TABLE DECOR & CATERING

Before contacting Essence Entertainment for assistance with your Event Production Orange County, it’s best to know the date of the event, the approximate number of guests, location (unless you need help with that, too), and an idea of your budget parameters.  This way Essence Entertainment can better assist with the design of your event.

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STEP & REPEAT

Brainstorming with the Event Production Staff is the first item on the to-do list.  Reviewing your goals and desires along with any theme ideas, as well as just exploring lots of different ideas, is a good way to get started.  You may collectively come up with some ideas you would not have thought of on your own.

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AERIALIST & ICE LUGE

Next it’s good to know what your priorities are, especially if the budget is tight.  This way Essence Entertainment can be sure to help you allocate time and attention where it is most important.

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PANORAMIC BACKDROP

Essence Entertainment will then create some outlines incorporating your favorite ideas and your budget parameters.  Discussion and brainstorming is often continued.

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When the final plan is confirmed, Essence Entertainment will then assist with all aspects of the event, helping with timelines / sequence of events, formalities and how they are handled, etc.  And, of course, all of the logistics needed to successfully deliver, load-in, set-up, and execute a fabulous event!

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BALLOON DECOR

So, when thinking about Event Production Orange County, be sure to contact Essence Entertainment – it never hurts to spend some time brainstorming about your event with the most successful event production company in town!

 

 

Orange County Theme Entertainment

 Orange County Theme Entertainment

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Orange County Theme Entertainment is anything that adds a thematic flair to any event.  A few obvious examples are a Marilyn Monroe Look Alike for a Hollywood themed event, a Steel Drum Band for a Summer/Pool party, an Italian Accordion/Violin Duo for an Italian themed event, Polynesian Dancers for a Hawaiian or Tropical event…you get the picture.

Orange County ThemeOrange County Theme EntertainmentOrange County Theme Entertainment can be Main Stage Shows (like the Polynesian Dancers for a Hawaiian event), or it can be for atmosphere, to enhance the theme of the event.  Some ideas might be ‘Cigarette’ Girls passing out mints in appropriately themed costumes, Wine Stomping activity for an Italian themed event, a Beach Band for a summer party,  or Carolers for a Holiday Party.

OC Theme Entertainmenttheme entertainment OCThemed decor and catering are also key to any themed event.  It could be as little as just having themed Centerpieces on the tables, or it can be full swing with props, decor, furniture, and menu all designed with the theme in mind.

orange county theme entertainmentorange county theme entertainmentThe theme can be related to a country, location or ethnicity – for instance, French, Italian, Country Western, Hollywood, Asian, Las Vegas, etc.

theme entertainment OCThe theme can also be based on a particular time frame – 1970′s Disco, 1940′s Big Band Swing or WWII era, 1960′s Psychedelic/Hippies/Beatles era, Great Gatsby era, and the like.

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You can also find themes related to certain Holidays or Events – such as Christmas Holiday, Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, Fourth of July, Holloween, Mardis Gras, etc.

oc theme entertainmentThemes can also be chosen with a certain person in mind by choosing something that happens to be a favorite or related somehow – could be any of the above, or more specific – a theme based on a particular color, or an animal, or an event in time, or a favorite Star or Personality…

theme entertainment orange countyWhen designing a theme party it’s often very helpful to have someone to brainstorm with to explore all of the possibilities available for a certain theme – that’s where Essence Entertainment comes in.  The experienced Staff at Essence Entertainment will help you delve into the limitless possibilities associated with a theme and help you design an unforgettable experience for you and your guests!

Corporate Entertainment in Orange County

Where do you find Corporate Entertainment in Orange County?

That’s a good question…

Corporate entertainment orange county

Chuck Wansley Band

There are many outstanding choices when it comes to Corporate Entertainment in Orange County.  Whether it’s a dynamic Show Band, a Headliner (Comedian, Magician…), Atmosphere Talent or a Celebrity Artist you are considering, it may be a daunting task to try and find the best match for your event.  There’s also Event Production to consider…A/V, staging, lighting, decor, rentals, linens, florals…

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a one-stop shop to help you design and produce your event?

corporate entertainment orange countyWe suggest a talent agency which has been in business for over 30 years, is licensed and insured, and which is referred by those you can trust.  That agency is Essence Entertainment.

Essence Entertainment, with Mike Steffens at the helm, is Orange County’s elite provider of Entertainment and Event Production for any type of corporate event in Orange County.  Large or small, next week or next year, Mike and his Staff are not only delightful to work with, they will brainstorm through many fabulous options for you to choose from.

Once the entertainment is decided upon, they will work closely with you to plan the execution of the event.  Planning consists of all of those details needed to ensure the event is successful – load-in logistics, time-line and sequence of events, communication between vendors, etc.  Essence Entertainment considers this part of the process very important and dedicates a lot of time and energy towards it.  corporate entertainment orange county

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Celebrity Artist Paul Williams with Robin Kelly

The planning stage can also bring to light aspects of the event that have not yet been considered…things like a stage which is the right size for your Band; ample lighting for your presentation; enough power to handle all of the elements; green room and accommodations for your talent; time-line of load-in, sound check, rehearsal if needed, all of which need to happen before your guests are in the area; theme decor (centerpieces, lounge furniture, up-lighting, props, etc.); atmosphere entertainment (i.e., musicians and strolling talent during Cocktail Hour to introduce your guests to the theme); appropriate Audio / Visual elements; rentals as needed (i.e., outdoor tents, tables/chairs, linens, trash cans…); and many other items which may need to be considered for your event.

Because there can be so many different elements to consider for your corporate entertainment in Orange County, a one-stop shop which handles all of the pertinent elements can ensure that your event goes smoothly and is a terrific success!  Let Essence Entertainment be your one-stop shop!

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Holiday Music and Entertainment in Orange County

Holiday Music and Entertainment in Orange County

Well, it’s about that time again, folks!  It comes around faster every year, I know…but it’s time to start thinking about your Holiday Music and Entertainment!Holiday entertainment and musicHoliday entertainment SantaHoliday entertainment Santa

Whether you’re planning a large corporate dinner party, a smaller corporate luncheon, a private soiree with family and friends, or a children’s party, the sooner you book your Holiday Music and Entertainment the better – you’ll have more options to choose from, and you’ll be able to check it off your To Do List!

Carolers Holiday entertainmentThere are many types of wonderful Holiday themed entertainment.  The obvious, but always appreciated items like Holiday Carolers and Santa book up the fastest, so if Carolers or Santa are on your list, be sure to call Essence Entertainment soon.

For larger events, Cocktail Music is usually appropriate and lovely to have – be it Carolers, a String Ensemble, a Jazz Trio, or even a Steel Drum Duo playing Holiday favorites.  Your guests will enjoy the ambiance Cocktail Hour Music provides.

entertainment holidayIn addition to music during your Cocktail Hour, you might also add some atmosphere entertainment – Strolling Magician, Look Alike, Costumed Tray Passing Girls, Santa / Elves / Grinch / Show Girls for Photo Op Station, Cirque type Act…entertainment Holiday

holiday entertainment and musicFor Dinner and Dancing, a live Band is always a good bet!  As mentioned in the past few Blog Posts, Essence Entertainment has a fabulous collection of professional dance bands to choose from.  Whether you’re looking for a smaller 4-6 piece variety dance band, a larger Show Band, or a Theme Band, be sure to check with Essence Entertainment.

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Professional Disc Jockeys are also very popular – be sure to visit Essence Entertainment’s DJ Page to view the different DJ styles and personalities available to you.

After Dinner Shows are also very popular, be it for a large corporate event or a small intimate affair.  Essence Entertainment can design a customized variety show just for you, provide a Celebrity Head Liner, or create a wonderful experience with any number of fantastic performers and shows.  Essence Entertainment has videos on the Acts available to choose from, be it a Cabaret Artist, a Comedian, a Comedy Magician, a mini Legends Show, a Vocal Group…so many ideas to explore.

holiday music and entertainmentActivities might be on your list – why not try the classic Casino Night, or maybe diversify with an evening of Horse Racing.

holiday music and entertainmentFor Family and Children’s parties the possibilities are endless – Santa, Elves, Face Painter, Caricature Artist, Strolling Magician, Stilt Walker, Temporary Tattoo Artist, Line Dance or Country Dance Instructor, Look Alike, Arcade Games, Photo Booth, Petting Zoo, Snow Garden, Bounce House, Climbing Wall…the list goes on and on!entertainment holiday

Don’t delay!  Call Essence Entertainment and start brainstorming and planning your Holiday Music and Entertainment today!

 

 

Are you having a 4th of July party?

Are you having a 4th of July party?

4th of July – are you ready with some fun entertainment for your upcoming 4th of July party?

A lucky client just booked our Uncle Sam Stiltwalker!

4th of July PartyThere are so many wonderful ideas for 4th of July parties…let’s see…where do I begin?

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Dixieland Band

Musical entertainment is generally the first thing we think about – be it a Dixieland Band, a Beach Band, a DJ, a Steel Drum Band…lots of fun ways to incorporate music and even dancing into your 4th of July party.  In addition, many people incorporate another theme to go along with the Patriotic theme usually associated with 4th of July – Beach, Polynesian Luau, Parrot Head, Carnival…all of which can be represented with musical entertainment.

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Caricature Artist

Activities are usually next on the list.  If you have lots of children attending your 4th of July party you may want to incorporate a Face Painter, Caricature Artist, Balloon Artist, Story-Teller, Clown and/or Magician, Bounce House, Stilt-Walker, Carnival Games…lots of great ways to keep those kids entertained.

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Polynesian Dancer

Adults, too, like activities…again, Caricature Artist, Carnival Games and Strolling Magicians are always popular.  You can also add a Photo Booth, Casino, Horse Racing, a Polynesian Show, etc.

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Pizza Truck

Let’s not forget about food!  It’s always fun to add specialized food trucks to your 4th of July party – a fire truck that serves up pizza (Company 77), a truck that serves up customized hot dogs (Dogzilla), or maybe Mexican favorites (Soho Taco)…lots of options.  If you’re not going to that extent, maybe provide an Ice Cream Sundae Cart or Popcorn Cart!

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Water Slide

Decor can also spruce up your 4th of July party – certainly the typical red white and blue bunting, flags and balloons are always exciting.  If you’re incorporating another theme, say Beach or Polynesian, you can add thatched huts for your bar or food area, tiki torches, surf boards, hula hoops…the possibilities are endless!  Same goes for a Horse Racing theme, a Casino theme, a Carnival theme…you get the picture!

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Clown One-Man Band

Let the creative and experienced Sales Staff at Essence Entertainment help you brainstorm on the options available to you (within your budget, of course), and ultimately design a 4th of July party that will not soon be forgotten!

Newport Beach Marriott Wedding Menu Tasting

Newport Beach Marriott Wedding Menu Tasting

The Newport Beach Marriott Hotel hosted a Group Wedding Menu Tasting in their Grand Pacific Ballroom on Friday, March 14, 2014.

The event was attended by 15 existing or prospective wedding couples and their families.  They arrived at 6:00pm, eagerly awaiting the evening’s wedding menu tasting.

Newport Beach Marriott Menu Tasting

Pianist Daniel Barnard

The Guests were welcomed with a lovely Cocktail Party in the Foyer and Patio in front of the Pacific Ballroom.  Pianist Danial Barnard entertained them with his delightful music.   Daniel has been performing for Essence Entertainment clients for over 10 years.  He specializes in Classical, Jazz and Pop repertoire, perfect for Cocktail Parties, intimate Dinners, Wedding Ceremonies, Luncheons, and various Corporate events.

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DJ Tim Coy

As the Guests entered the Grand Pacific Ballroom, they were greeted by the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel Staff headed by Alisa Walsh and Amber Palmer.     Essence Entertainment‘s DJ Tim Coy created the ideal atmosphere throughout the evening with his wide variety – yet always appropriate – selection of music.  The volume was high enough to create the right energy, yet continually allowed for comfortable conversation.

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Dennis Morrison and DJ Tim

Essence Entertainment was invited to provide all of the entertainment for the evening.  In addition, two of Essence Entertainment’s finest were there and available to answer any questions the Wedding Couples might have during the Newport Beach Marriott Wedding Menu Tasting.  Robin Kelly, Dir. of Marketing & Accounts, was accompanied by Dennis Morrison, Executive Account Manager.  They graciously hosted the Essence Entertainment Booth and were a great help to the Wedding Couples in attendance.

Many other wonderful Wedding Vendors participated, providing products and services as well as useful information for weddings.  Two preferred Wedding Coordinators were especially helpful with overall planning information:  Candice Sanders, Events By Candice, and Sara Holland, At Your Door Events.   Be sure to chat with these ladies if you are about to begin planning for your Wedding or Event!

The highlight of the evening was the delectable Newport Beach Marriott Wedding Menu provided by the Newport Beach Marriott‘s Chef, Adrien Sbrana.  Chef Adrien and his staff provided mouthwatering menu selections, including Sea Bass, Filet Mignon and Chicken dishes.  Along with Soup, Salad, and Dessert items, the Wedding Couples got an excellent idea of what options are available to them on their special day!

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All in all, the evening was a resounding success!  The Guests so enjoyed the evening that they stayed much longer than anticipated, reveling in delicious food, great conversation, helpful information gathering and wonderful music.  The Newport Beach Marriott Wedding Menu Tasting was the place to be Friday night!

 

 

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Celebrity Solo Artist Paul Williams booked for Private Events

Remember Celebrity Solo Artist Paul Williams?

Prolific singer, song writer, actor turned recovery advocate and currently President of ASCAP?

Essence Entertainment has booked this lovely, gracious man yet again for two more performances at a private residence in October of this year and again in January 2015.

Paul performs as a Celebrity Solo Artist For Private Events with his extremely talented Pianist, Chris Caswell.  Together they create an intimate, personalized experience filled with terrific music and amusing stories.

Robin Kelly will once again act as Stage Manager for these upcoming events.

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Paul Williams then…

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…and now…

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ExplorOcean Newport Harbor Nautical Museum

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…in the Balboa Village Fun Zone, Newport Beach, is one of many unique locations in which to have a special event, be it a Wedding, Corporate Party, or Social Event (Birthday or Graduation Party).  We’ve attended a number of networking events here and have been impressed with every one.  We especially enjoy the waterfront courtyard!

From the ExplorOcean website page:

Welcome to Newport Beach!

Located on Newport Harbor, and on the Newport Beach Christmas Boat parade route, we provide a spacious waterfront setting for your special event. For corporate or personal entertaining, ExplorOcean is sure to delight you and your guests.

Our three separate spaces, available for individual rental, include our: Ocean Literacy Center, Adventure Outpost and waterfront courtyard.

Special Events

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Corporate Events

ExplorOcean welcomes all organizations to our waterfront facility to host your upcoming event. From holiday parties, receptions and board meetings, ExplorOcean accommodates it all!
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Social Events

Whether it’s a high school dance, reunion or birthday party, ExplorOcean will make your every one-of-a-kind.