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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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Eight Things You May Not Know About FantaSea Yachts

Posted October 20, 2016 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Whether you’ve cruised with us before or considering us for your next big event, we’re sharing a few, fun nuggets about what makes us Marina del Rey’s premier luxury yacht charter company!

When did FantaSea Yachts start its business?
We first entered the cool waters of Marina del Rey in 1980, and have been honored to serve this waterfront community for 36 years and counting.

Is FantaSea Yachts family-owned and operated?
It’s true! Companies like ours do exist. Not only are we a family business, but we consider our employees our family. Much of our team has worked at FantaSea for 10, 15, 20+ years! We’ve even gone on to hire the families of our staff. Several of our employees have also selected FantaSea as their chosen venue for their important life milestones. We’ve celebrated the weddings, birthdays and other joyous occasions of our employees aboard our yachts, which have been incredibly special for the entire team.

General Manager, Jasmine Lee, celebrates her nephew Noah’s 1st birthday  on RegentSea Yacht with her family

General Manager, Jasmine Lee, celebrates her nephew Noah’s 1st birthday on RegentSea Yacht with her family

How many yachts are in FantaSea’s luxury fleet?
We have three mega yachts that are kept here in the Marina - FantaSea One, Dandeana, and RegentSea.

What makes FantaSea’s yacht fleet so distinct?
There are several factors that make our yachts special. One thing that our guests love is that our yachts are privately owned. We also only do private charters. The other key factor is the maintenance of the yachts. We have a crew that’s specifically dedicated to making sure our yachts are in the most pristine condition, from paint jobs and polishing to yacht maintenance and furniture design. When you step aboard one of our yachts, its proper care and upkeep will shine.

Dandeana sparkles dockside

Dandeana sparkles dockside

What are the most popular celebrations you see aboard FantaSea Yachts?
Weddings take the cake (pun intended) as our most popular event, but we’re more than just “the big day.” Celebrations take the form of many special occasions from anniversary parties and blow-out birthday bashes to retirement festivities and family reunions. But adults don’t have all the fun. We’ve done countless bar/bat mitzvahs, proms and other social engagements! Our celebrations video showcases the gamut of our soirees.

Masquerade party on Dandeana

Masquerade party on Dandeana

Are corporate events held aboard FantaSea Yachts?
One word: YES! We love catering to our corporate clients. Business luncheons, seminars at sea, dockside meetings, sunset cocktail cruises, welcome receptions, closing parties, we’ve seen/done it all! Not only are we experienced with the business community, but our close proximity to LAX (only 4 miles), makes us easily accessible to those flying in for the event.  Our corporate video gives a sneak peek to our business savvy approach.

The skydeck of FantaSea One is ready to welcome guest for a cocktail reception

The sky deck of FantaSea One ready to welcome guests for a cocktail reception

Silicon Beach is buzzing on the Westside. How has FantaSea worked with this sector?
We’re making waves with our neighboring tech community by partnering with several start-ups for mixers and receptions aboard our luxury yachts, providing an exclusive experience for guests. This summer we held a reception on-board our Dandeana yacht for Silicon Beach Fest. The group loved being on the water, taking in views of the Los Angeles coastline. Our unique setting is what makes the FantaSea Yachts experience so desirable.

What is one thing people might not know about FantaSea Yachts?
One thing that’s apparent from the get-go is that we absolutely love what we do. Our team is an experienced group of event planning professionals. When we say “from start to finish we help with every step of the process,” we absolutely mean it! Have a question about table settings? We’ll toy with arrangements until you find “the one.” Need help with a DJ, band or florist? We can recommend proven crowd-pleasers. Looking to reprioritize your event budget? We can help assess your needs and figure out where you’ll get the most value. Thinking of a custom menu? Our chef will feed your gastronomic vision. And best of all? We’re there on your big day to make sure everything runs as smoothly as planned. With FantaSea, our clients automatically have built-in wedding/special event planners who will work hard to perfectly execute your vision, no matter how intimate or grand.

Wedding ready on RegentSea

Wedding ready on RegentSea

Have another question for us? Want to learn more about our event planning services? Give us a call at 310- 827-2220 or submit your event inquiry here. We’d love to hear from you!


~ The FantaSea Yachts Team

 

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DIY Ideas and Arrangements from the FantaSea Producers

Posted June 22, 2013 by Fantasea Yachts Team

With the wedding whirlwind in full spin mode where do you even start for decorations? Flowers, Candles, Nautical Decor – purchased or DIY….feels like so many ideas and so little time.

A decade ago, before the internet, brides would stock pile wedding magazines. Now with cell phones, apps, updates, Google Images, Pinterest or Etsy, fresh ideas are literally a touch screen away.

Break out your 3 ring planning binder for the print outs of your favorite ideas and try hard to stay focused on that vision!

Already a stunning natural backdrop, the yachts and waterside Yacht Club will be perfect and guests will be all eyes on the couple of honor while enjoying views from Santa Monica Pier to the snow capped mountains.

I love the DIY mentality. There is nothing that can’t be done to shine, your way, at an affordable price.

Fun with candles goes a long way in all of our venues and are a great way to break up the floral budget. Flowers can easily cost you $800-$3,000 when you hire a designer or florist OR you can DIY and spend that money elsewhere.

Incredible (affordable) centerpiece ideas from some of the FantaSea Production Team

Tiffani – One of my favorite centerpieces is a cluster of mason jars, candles or 8×10 framed pictures set on top of sheet music (possible of your favorite tune or first dance) as a table topper. Print your sheet music at home, tea stain it to give it an antique look, add Dollar Store frames and you’ve got a unique and affordable centerpiece. Total Costs $3-10 per table.

John – I love this simple idea for centerpieces. Tall Vases and Feathers. The couple placed glow sticks in the vases so they were illuminated at night. Simple, DIY and inexpensive! The height is great too and offers a dramatic effect as you take in the entire expanse of the room!

JasmineMy favorite DYI centerpiece is a vase or multiple vases of different heights with a floating candle and petals on a table surrounded by more petals and votive candles around the centerpiece.

Erin - I really love what one of our clients is doing with the large shells and coral as centerpieces surrounded by colored sea glass and small shells w/candles. Take one gorgeous coral or shell, put it on a stand or on display, add votive candles and a sprinkle of petals around the base and you’re good to go.

Stephanie - Reduce, re-use and recycle with natural elements. Anytime of year, Sand and seashells centerpieces, surrounded by candles. Fall and Winter, tall tree branches leaning out of a thin vase, with a sprinkle of leaves around the centerpieces with candles. Summertime is perfect for adding lemons, limes and apples to any arrangement with a single floating flower of the same color.

 

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