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Birthday Party in Napa!

December 16, 2014

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

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!

Welcome to Napa Valley!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Opus One Winery

Opus One Winery

 

Opus One Winery Tour

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.

Chef Sarah Scott's Book

Chef Sarah Scott’s Book

 

 

 

 

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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Holiday Music and Entertainment in Orange County

June 24, 2014

Holiday Music and Entertainment in Orange County

Well, believe it or not, it’s that time again, folks!Holiday entertainment

It seems to come around faster every year, I know, but if you’re planning on having some kind of event over the Holiday Season, now is the time to contact Essence Entertainment to start planning and reserving your Holiday Music and Entertainment.

Whether you’re planning a children’s party, an intimate soiree with family and friends, or a large corporate dinner 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!

Holiday music and entertainment

Cocktail Hour is the first impression your guests get when they arrive, so it’s always a nice idea to have some themed music and / or entertainment during this time. The classic and ever popular things like Holiday Carolers and Santa book up fast – so if you’re considering either of these items for your event, be sure to call Essence Entertainment soon!  Other ideas include Jazz Trio, String Ensemble, or even a Steel Drum Duo playing your Holiday favorites.

entertainment holidayThere are lots of fun atmosphere things to do as well.  By this I mean things like Santa, Photo Station, Strolling Magician, Look Alikes, Costumed Tray Passing Girls, Caricature Artist…

holiday entertainment and musicFor Dinner and Dancing a professional dance band is the way to go!  Lots of great music and fun energy!  Be sure to visit Essence Entertainment’s website to explore the many dance band options available to you.  Essence Entertainment also has many fabulous Disc Jockeys to choose from.

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.

Activities might be on your list of things to look in to…the always popular Casino Night is a great option, or why not diversify with an evening of Horse Racing.holiday music and entertainment

entertainment holidayFor 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!

Don’t delay – contact Essence Entertainment soon to start brainstorming and planning your upcoming Holiday Event!

Birthday Party in Orange – 60’s Theme!

April 18, 2014

60’s Theme Birthday Party

A fabulous 60’s theme Birthday Party was produced by Essence Entertainment last Sunday in Orange.

The groovy affair was totally decked out with 60’s Theme decor, food and entertainment.  Even most of the 125 guests dressed the part, wearing mod 60’s theme rags.  Tie die, peace signs, and fringe was the name of the game!

60's theme birthday party

Birthday Girl Valerie

60’s theme Birthday Girl Valerie especially enjoyed the groovy happening!  The 2,400 photos taken at the event showed Valerie having a blast in every shot!

60's theme party

Judy with Jeff and Eric

 

This boss event was possible due to the many excellent vendors working together.  Designed and produced by Essence Entertainment’s Judy Kuri, all of the participating vendors contributed to the party’s success.

 

Birthday Party 60's theme

DJ Eric

 

 

DJ/MC Eric Miles held things together with his 60’s theme music and karaoke – many performers took hold of the microphone and enhanced the birthday party with their singing!

 

 

 

Comedy, Juggling and Close Up Magic were provided by Jeff Abbitt, Abbitt the Average .  He’s a big ham and was another one of those people who were having a great time in every photo.

Birthday Party 60's theme

Jeff Abbit the Average

Catering was brought in by Spectacular Catering – complete with cupcakes covered in peace signs. 60's theme party

 

Birthday 60's theme

Ice Luge

 

 

The Ice Luge serving martini’s was one of Valerie’s favorite parts, created and served by Carving Ice.

 

All of the props and decor were brought in by BTB – Best of the Best Event Productions and Party Rentals.  They provided just the right effect for this 60’s theme birthday party.

Even a Flash Mob came in and did their thing – so much fun!

Birthday party 60's theme

“Otis Day”

 

What was the highlight of the 60’s theme birthday party?   Why, it was when “Otis Day” (Dewayne Jessie) of “Otis Day and the Knights” arrived to wish Valerie a Happy Birthday!  The Otis Day and the Knights band was originally created as a fictional band to perform in the movie “National Lampoon’s Animal House”.  The band is best known of course for their versions of “Shout” and “Shama Lama Ding Dong”.

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Valerie and her friends had a ball dancing and singing along as Otis entertained all of the guests with his terrific 60’s theme renditions.

Featured Performer – DJ Paul Ullrich

July 26, 2012

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DJ Paul Ullrich

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DJ Paul came by today – always great to have our performers swing by for a visit!  Great seeing you, Paul!  (Enjoy his video below!)

“Thank you to our DJ, Paul, for an amazing job at our company’s holiday party. Paul has a great personality and is extremely professional. His extensive knowledge of music allowed him to keep all age ranges at our party entertained. The dance floor was packed all night!”

– Jamie (St. Regis Hotel)

“Our guests enjoyed Paul. Good variety of music. He had a lot of music that was requested.”

– Cumming Corporation Holiday Party (Pala Casino & Grand Cabaret)

Just one more example of our fabulous DJs!

Paul can also provide live vocals at your event, if requested.

EBS Executive Business Services Enjoys Wild West Event

June 29, 2012

Yee-haw!!  Gather ’round, y’all!!

(Enjoy slide show at bottom!)

EBS Party Line Dancing

EBS Party Yvonne Lambert

Client Yvonne Lambert (EBS) with Rick & Mike

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!

EBS party

EBS party

Bean Bag Toss

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!

EBS Party

She nailed four bean bag toss “Holes in One” in a row! Wow!!

EBS party

Client Yvonne getting dressed for photo

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!

EBS party

Mike & Roper Dave

EBS party

Mike & “Outlaws”

EBS party

Cactus Hat Toss

Robin and Mike were both there for the set-up, with Robin managing the arrival of performers and the flow of the event.

EBS party

Roper Dave struttin’ his stuff

EBS party

Tom Kelly – Caricature Artist

EBS party

Ride’m cowgirl!

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!!

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New Orange County DJ Videos Uploaded to YouTube!

February 7, 2012
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The DJ Video Shoot we conducted has produced SIX NEW DJ VIDEOS which have been uploaded to our YouTube Channel – they’re waiting to be viewed!

Take a look and let us know what you think…

Click on YouTube logo above right to go to our YouTube Channel, or view below.

(The DJ Video Shoot video is at bottom of page in case you haven’t seen it yet!)

***PLEASE COMMENT HERE AND ON YOUTUBE***

…and ‘Like’ where appropriate…!

Thanks!!

Bryan Wagstaff

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Sean Tayco
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Bobby Kranc
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Joel Miller
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Jack Mitchell
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Here’s the DJ Video Shoot video…just for fun!!

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Featuring Orange County and Los Angeles Professional Wedding & Corporate Disc Jockeys available through Essence Entertainment:
Bryan Wagstaff
Paul Ullrich
Sean Tayco
Bobby Kranc
Joel Miller
Jack Mitchell
Thanks, guys – well done!

Keys to finding the perfect entertainment for your Holiday Party!

November 8, 2011

I found this article to be spot on!

Essence Entertainment Talent Agency agrees – don’t hesitate to call Mike to brainstorm about your upcoming event!

Holiday Carolers - perfect for your upcoming party!

7 Keys to assist with your Holiday Party planning

As we approach the holiday season, many of us are going to be planning Christmas parties and Holiday celebrations. Finding the right entertainment for these events is a huge undertaking. Get it right and you’re a hero! Get it wrong and your guests have to suffer through a boring program. No pressure, huh?

Don’t worry! As a professional speaker and entertainer, I have worked with some of the finest event planners in the industry and have learned from them all. Follow this guide to help you through the decision-making process and guarantee that you have a massively successful event.

1. Planning

One of the very first steps when planning an event is to decide on as many of the specific details as possible. These details should include date, time, location, number of guests invited, etc. Most entertainers and talent agents will ask you these questions to get an idea of what you are planning so they can adjust their performance to best fit your event.

2. Type of Program

The type of event you are planning will also dictate what type of program to consider. If you are planning a Holiday party, you will obviously be looking for a different type of program than if you are planning your child’s birthday party. You must consider who your guests are and what they will find entertaining.

Keep this in mind: your entertainer is representing you at the party. Therefore, you have an excellent opportunity to show off without lifting a finger! The person you choose should be professional and have experience that gives you confidence in them. You will know about an entertainer’s or speaker’s level of experience by their resume, testimonials, references, and letters of recommendation.

3. Choosing the Right Program

All savvy, business-minded, professional entertainers and talent agents have websites. A well designed website allows your future entertainer/talent agency to list their specialties, describe exactly what they do and how they do it, as well as post video clips, photos, letters of recommendation, etc. A good website is the ultimate brochure for entertainers to inform potential clients on who they are.  (Click here for Essence Entertainment’s website)

You should be able to see enough from an entertainer’s website to get a really good idea of whether he or she will be able to do the job for you or not. Be sure to evaluate whether or not the entertainer you are considering specializes in entertaining groups like yours.

4. The Initial Contact

There are several ways to make contact with your prospective entertainer or talent agent (Mike Steffens). The easiest is to just pick up the phone and call the entertainer’s office. (This is what Mike prefers!  (714) 979-8933)  Making contact with your prospective entertainer/talent agent with a phone call is an excellent way to get to know them. By actually speaking with your entertainer/talent agent you can learn things that you may not be able to tell through other contact methods. A conversation allows you to hear the person’s voice and it allows you to get an impression about how appropriate this person is for your event. A phone conversation also allows your entertainer/talent agent to ask you specific questions that they need answered in order to quote a fee, check availability, and be sure that they are the right fit for your event.

Another option is to send the entertainer an email. Email is a great way to make first contact with your prospective entertainer. If you choose to make contact through email, try to give as many details about the event as possible. Include your phone number and a window of time when you will be available to talk so that the entertainer can call you back and ask additional questions he or she may have.  (Mike@EssenceEntertainment.com)

Price Shopping? Everyone is on some kind of budget. The general rule of thumb is this: Do not go with the lowest price. Going with the lowest price is likely a precursor to disappointment. In the entertainment and speaking fields remember the old adage “you get what you pay for.”

5. Contracts, Confirmation Calls and Letters

Once all the details have been decided on, you should expect to receive a contract from your entertainer or talent agent. This is not something to stress over. It is normal operating procedure for any professional entertainer or talent agent. In fact, if you don’t get a contract, you should start to wonder.

The contract basically spells out all the details that have been agreed upon when discussing your event. You should take the time to review all of the details, including type of program, start and end time, venue address, price, etc. The performance agreement should set you at ease because you now know that your entertainer/talent agent has all the details correct and can prepare to deliver a dynamic, appropriate program.

6. The Day of the Event

As far as the program goes, you should have had several discussions with your entertainer by now which would answer any and all questions that either of you may have had. It should be clear, because of the previously agreed upon details in the contract, what time your entertainer will arrive, when and where they will set up, and what time the program will begin. Be sure that you or the main contact person of the event is carrying a cell phone in case your entertainer runs into any last-minute issues and needs to contact you.

7. Last Minute Details and Showtime!

You’ve done your research and selected the best program for your event. At this point, there should be nothing for you to worry about. Kick back, relax and enjoy!

Essence Entertainment looks forward to assisting you with your Holiday Entertainment needs!

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