Posted November 15, 2016 by Fantasea Yachts Team
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.
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
Posted December 19, 2011 by Fantasea Yachts Team
FantaSea Holiday Traditions
Shopping – check, spiked eggnog– check, holiday decorations up – check, clothes a size bigger than we wear all year long – check.
Now that we have those out of the way, it’s time for the FantaSea Staff to share some of our favorite holiday traditions!
Stephanie loves eating her way through the Holiday Season; making Latkes and lighting candles with the kids, the “feel” of the season, the smiles on the faces of strangers and the anticipation of the New Year.
Jasmine’s favorite family tradition is spending the holidays with her family and her personal favorite is shopping for everyone! There is a new addition joining the Lee family this year, Jasmine’s malti-poo puppy Lily. Although Lily might not be familiar with the tradition of Christmas, I’m sure there will be plenty of gifts under the tree for her.
Kelsey and her sister travel home to Colorado to be with family. At Christmas everyone buys each other pajamas and they wear them Christmas morning when opening presents & stockings. They also do a lot of holiday baking together – chocolate covered pretzels, pumpkin rolls & reindeer cookies are a few of the favorites!
Teresa travels to Boston to be with family. Christmas morning someone is dedicated to play “Santa” and hand out the gifts. After the presents are opened and her niece and nephew are playing with their toys Teresa and her Mom head into the kitchen to cook. While she and her mom are cooking, her older sister tortures everyone by watching “A Christmas Story” over and over and over again.
John’s favorite childhood Holiday tradition started on Christmas Eve. He and his sister Cyndy would sing in the choir at Midnight Mass while his family watched proudly from the pews. After Mass everyone (brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and others) gathered at his parents to feast on traditional southwestern holiday fare. They would eat, drink and discuss their plans for the New Year. By 4:00am John & his siblings would go to bed and by 6:00am, his parents would miraculously transform the living room into a child’s Christmas fantasy. He has no idea how is parents pulled this off…but in addition to having all the toys out and decorations up, his parents were bright and cheery! As John and his siblings have gotten older, they no longer party until 4:00 AM but still keep the tradition of Christmas Eve.
Maureen “Mo” Ness:
Mo travels to Connecticut to spend Christmas and New Years with her friends and family. Every Christmas Eve Mo cooks a feast for everyone…roasted pork, sausage tortellini soup and of course… Pinot Grigio. On Christmas Day her entire family gathers at her 94-year old Aunts’ house for another feast and holiday celebration.
Mo’s two-week long trip is topped off with a night on the town in New York City having a great Italian dinner and taking in a show.
Leslie has a few favorite family traditions. The first is on Christmas Eve where her entire family – brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews – all go to her parents house and exchange gifts at midnight. Christmas morning everyone gathers at her parents again – all still in pajamas – and they have an all day long slumber party complete with pancake breakfast! The day after Christmas her family goes to Disneyland and Leslie’s favorite part is sipping hot chocolate while walking through Candy Cane Lane.