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How to Throw the Ultimate Mardi Gras Party

Posted February 25, 2017 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Mardi Gras is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by throwing the ultimate bead-filled bash! Since we specialize in parties, we couldn’t resist sharing some of our favorite tips for planning your very own “Mardi Gras Mania.”

Make a Splash with Color: Color makes everything better, so why not add a pop or two with your decorations? There’s no question that purple reigns supreme with the Mardi Gras color scheme, but other shades like green, gold, and blue are also celebrated accents. Get creative with your decor and incorporate these festive hues where you can. From napkins and table linens to centerpieces and balloons, there are so many ways to ring in the Mardi Gras spirit.

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Masks & Beads: It’s a 99.9% guarantee that party-goers associate NOLA’s famous beads and masks with Mardi Gras, making these an absolute MUST for your soiree. Display them on your table. Pass them out to your guests. Incorporate into your decor. However you choose, share them LOUD and PROUD as they are iconic showpieces of the festivities.

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Decor from Party City

Food Overload: Mardi Gras is often referred to as “Fat Tuesday”…with good reason. This is the day to load up on all of your favorite treats. Cupcakes? Go for it. Chips & dip? Coming right up. Pizza? Yes, please. If there ever was a day to eat without guilt, this is the day to do it!

Recipe from Southern Living

Recipe from Southern Living

For the ultimate Mardi Gras feast, please your guests with traditional favorites like King Cake and Gumbo. Other classics include Beignets, Jambayla and other Creole-inspired dishes.

For that extra WOW factor, test your baking skills (and sweet tooth) with these Mardi Gras Mask Cookies from Sweetopia or this Mardi Gras Macarons found on HGTV!

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Cocktail Swilling: Enjoy your feast to the max with two cocktails that are synonymous with the spirit of the Big Easy…Hurricanes and Sazerac. Two very different drinks, each a very quintessential NOLA experience.

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Jazz it up with Music: To put it simply, a party isn’t party without M-U-S-I-C. Fill your celebration with sounds of the South. Crank up some funky jazz. Blast some classic NOLA tunes. Or share your favorite party playlist. Just make sure the volume is turned up!

With these party planning tips, your Mardi Gras will be rockin’. Do you have a favorite way to celebrate? Sound off in comments below!


~ The FantaSea Yachts Team

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2016 Holiday Trends

Posted November 15, 2016 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Holiday parties are here!

Holiday parties are here!

It’s no secret that fall is upon us…a most glorious season that means different things to different people. September signals the start of football mania…helllooooo Sunday games and fantasy teams. October tends to welcome the highly-anticipated pumpkin spiced everything. November practically begs you to break out that perfect pair of boots you’ve waited so patiently to wear. For us at FantaSea Yachts, fall typically means one thing…holiday party planning!

For us, this IS the most wonderful time of the year. We like to think of ourselves as little party elves working away to deliver the MOST amazing experience for our clients. And it varies with each event…from our clients who return year after year to Silicon Beach start-ups and corporate LA biz. Each party brings a different style and we LOVE executing each vision. Another thing we love? Taking note of popular trends that emerge during the party planning process.

With that, our general manager, Jasmine Lee, is sharing the top three “must dos” our team has noticed with this year’s holiday parties.

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Our GM, Jasmine, shares top holiday trends!

Speciality themed cocktails: This is such a fun, personalized detail that I don’t think will ever go out of style. It’s a given that the bar will be the party hot spot, so why not personalize the  experience by creating a signature cocktail or two?  Name one after the company CEO. Find a way to incorporate your company slogan or other aspects of your office culture. It will be the buzz  (pun intended) of your soiree. 

Lighting: This year, we’re seeing a lot of our clients have fun with their lighting. As they should!  Lighting is a fantastic way to dazzle your guests. Some trends we’ve seen making a big statement  are different variations of uplighting. But it doesn’t always have to be so grand. Smaller touches, like adding fairy lights to your centerpieces, can really make your event glow, creating a  somewhat  magical ambience that  your guests will love.

Unique venues: It’s no secret that people choose FantaSea Yachts because they are looking for something different. A unique venue that will impress their guests…that WOW factor. But it’s more  than just  choosing FantaSea…it’s FUN to try something new. With a unique event space, your team will feel like they were honored with an exclusive experience…that inside scoop…making them feel  like a true VIP. 

So there you have it! Our top picks for 2016 holiday trends…thanks, Jasmine! Have you noticed any patterns or anything interesting as you’ve started your event planning? Share with us below!

 ~ The FantaSea Yachts Team

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Wedding advise – When everyone wants to help!

Posted June 11, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Although FantaSea Planners are on site to take care of all the items for your big day, many of our brides and grooms have opted for doing things with the help of family and friends.  We get it – everyone wants to be involved and everyone wants to help. Here are some useful tips if you are planning to open the circle of assistance to family and friends.  “DIY” in this case means utilizing them to help! Don’t be shy – ask! You might be surprised as to how many people want to help you!

Step 1. Get organized –  the first part of organizing – it’s time to assign tasks. Now let’s break it down by timeline – pre-ceremony & ceremony/ reception/ clean-up.

  • Pre-Ceremony – items needed might be waters & snacks for wedding party as they wait, a bridal kit consisting of safety pins, extra corsage pins for flowers, clear nail polish, extra T-shirts for guys, aspirin (usually a must), pens, lipgloss, etc. and someone to be responsible for the Marriage License (before and after the ceremony), Guest Book, Box for Envelopes For Gift Table, Candles – etc… This is a perfect task for a family friend, a co-worker or a new family member who you wish to incorporate into the wedding. 
  • Ceremony – Flower distribution to bridemaids and groomsmen – ceremony programs, ring pillow, podium and microphone if needed, ceremony table for Unity Candle/and or items for Sand Ceremony/or Kiddush Cup and Marriage Glass for our Jewish Ceremonies. Lighter or matches! Bring a few! Ribbon, Ring Bearers Pillow, Flower Girl’s basket, Runner for bride to walk down, Tulle for roping of aisle and chairs, Scissors (always handy), Music for walking down the aisle – processional and recessional and VOWS if writing your own! One of the FantaSea Coordinators will be on hand to make sure that all have been set in place and that all needed items have been accounted for once they are delivered to FantaSea.
  • Reception – Items needed might be Votive Candles, table numbers, seating chart, favors, printed table menus, pictures, additional décor, runners for tables (if providing your own) Playlist and No Play list of music for DJ, phone numbers for all vendors (assign a person to keep an eye out for the times with which everyone is scheduled to arrive and a number for the vendor if they are late!), List of shots for photographer, Cake cutting knife, Personalized champagne flutes for Bride & Groom, TO GO BOX FROM BAKERY FOR LEFTOVER CAKE*****
  • Clean-up – Know who is going to be taking gifts and items that were brought in for decor, etc. home for you and who will be loading these items into the car and which car. Groomsmen are perfect for this task. Tip envelopes for vendors – should be passed out at end of night – the best man should be responsible for this duty. In addition to FantaSea staff, someone to check the bridal rooms and venue to make sure nothing is left behind.

My best advice – approach your wedding day as if you were moving! Buy clear plastic boxes (so you can see what’s inside each one) and label them on the outside with a list of EVERYTHING in it! Also note for what part of the wedding it is for. Then at the end of the night – have a packing slip already made – where the staff and person responsible on your end can check the packing slip so that nothing is forgotten. The best part is that this can all be done WEEKS prior to the wedding! You can have the boxes ready and not worry about it! Trust me this will save you time on the wedding day – and especially at the end of the night!

Good luck and happy planning!

 

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