Yee-haw!! Gather ’round, y’all!!
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Yvonne Lambert of EBS (Executive Business Services) treated her guests to a rootin’ tootin’ wild west evening held at the Marriott Laguna Cliffs in Dana Point, CA. It was yet another beautiful day in sunny Southern California (we are SO spoiled!), over-looking Lantern Bay County Park and the Dana Point Harbor, as we unloaded and set up for this outdoor event on the hotel’s View Lawn.
As always, Jeanne Friedman, Senior Convention Services Director, was invaluable – she graciously arranged for all requests to be accommodated in excellent time, greeted challenges with a smile on her face, and really made everything run smoothly. Jeanne and the Marriott Staff are always a pleasure to work with. We appreciate you, Jeanne!
Guests were entertained with many activities – mechanical bull rides, horse shoe and bean bag toss games (lots of kids at this event!), caricature artist, photo station complete with western costumes & set producing sepia tone take home gifts, roper giving steer roping lessons, DJ playing Country Music, line dance instructors, casino tables, and of course, costumed ‘outlaws’ to crash the party!
Marriott’s Catering outdid themselves with grilled steak & vegetables, ribs, chicken, chilli, beans, baked potatoes with all the fixin’s, numerous salads, and a dessert bar that included freshly flambeed Cherries Jubilee! Wow!
Robin and Mike were both there for the set-up, with Robin managing the arrival of performers and the flow of the event.
Mike returned to assist with packing up…and the biggest ‘learn’ for the evening? Dealing with the bales of hay – WARNING FOR ALL EVENT PLANNERS OUT THERE: if your client wants bales of hay as decor for a future event, be very aware of the mess they make! We spent hours trying to clean up bits of hay strewn all over the hotel’s beautiful lawn and flower beds. It’s easy to get them delivered, but the mess they make is most likely not appropriate for many locations. If your client does insist on it, and your event is any place other than a barn or farm, you’ll need to arrange for extra labor and/or cost to manage the clean-up. Just saying… :)
The Guests however had a fabulous time (many were dressed in appropriate Western attire), and kids of all ages had numerous activities to experience throughout the evening!
Enjoy the slide show!!