It is always more exciting when an event location is held at an iconic location. The Pasadena City Hall is no exception. It is a gorgeous structure that looks like a giant Faberge egg! Pasadena has a wonderful history with an abundance of historical architecture. So it began. An on-going protest during load-in made the experience even more memorable. Dodging the protesters with sound and lighting equipment created a real life obstacle course. It was kind of fun.
Lewis Events provided the event coordination and technical support for the reception held at the Pasadena city hall. Because it is such a beautiful and unique site, minimal decorating was needed.
Christy filled her role well, as the wedding coordinator.
Our daughter, along with the other high school senior class officers were quite suprised when they were told by their principal that they would be in charge of planning their 2018 senior prom. A number of typical and unique venues were contacted, but because of the small number of attendees, a directive to keep the cost down, and a late start in the booking season, they found the location choices to be limited. Other options were considered, one of which was to put the prom together on their own. So our daughter approached us and we agreed to help with the project.
No restaurant. No amusement park. No club. No boat. In other words, we would need to build this prom from the ground up. Of course we always love a blank canvas. And this empty airport hangar was a blank canvas indeed.
A 1920’s theme was agreed upon which made the creative part of the project lots of fun. Numerous hours were put into the pre-planning which included coordination of entertainment, catering, rentals, props and decor, labor, security, guest activities, location, promotion, ticket sales, logistics, permits and working with the school administration.
The celebration had a variety of elements including:
-A VIP red carpet entrance
-Appetizer table for arriving guests
-Amazing pasta bar buffet
-Gourmet soda bar with custom named drinks
-Lounge and game area on the upper grass terrace
-Outside lounge and standing drink tables
-Dress up instant photo booth
-Elegant 1920’s photo scene
-World class magician
-1920’s dance review
-Delectable ice cream sundae and dessert bar
-Two vintage bi-planes and three antique cars
The day finally arrived and it was time to fly in the props.
VIP Guest Entrance
Amazing 1920’s Dance Review
Another Fly-In Prop
Add The Guests
World Class Magic
1920’s Theme Photo Vignette
A huge thanks to all those who assisted in making this amazing special event so successful!
It started out normal as always. Professional networking and vendor displays for the HR practitioners.
Next, a walk through the empty, pre-opened park. It was eerily quiet without a soul to be seen. The haunts were still asleep.
Guests were treated with an exclusive visit to the new Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. We walked straight up to the boarding area and stepped onto the ride for our superhero adventure.
With ray guns ablaze, we obliterated the evil forces of the universe. We emerged from our challenge victorious and walked back through the empty park to our event. There, we were provided with a scrumptious breakfast and educational HR presentation. Of course the finale was the infamous prize drawing at the conclusion. With all the business wrapped up, guests were released to experience the haunts, creatures, thills, screams and enjoy the day and night at the park.As the day progressed we experienced amazing rides, a spectacular Fright Fest, and unequaled stage show with a fantastic DJ, rocking drummer and a frightfully fun dance show.
We did go west . . . almost all the way to Malibu. Set in the heart of the historic Paramount movie ranch, we rolled up our sleeves and created a western experience for the employees and guests of a westside advertising agency.
To bring the wild west alive at Paramount, Lewis Events brought mouth watering BBQ cuisine, an exciting and bustling saloon casino, trick roping, cattle drive pony rides, foot stomping entertainment, strike it rich gold panning, atmosphere characters, virtual calf roping, unique western theme decor and a real live thundering stagecoach.
The original Paramount studios rach provided the perfect setting for a great old west special event. Both indoor and outdoor areas were used for the variety of event activities, dining, entertainment and socializing. This amazing location has been used for an almost endless list of movies and productions including Dr. Quinn Medicine woman and most recently Carnivale.
And yes, we did ride the stage into the sunset.
Things got a little “good crazy” at a Route 66 party we put together. We started at Santa Monica with a little “car graffiti”, then Arizona, the heartland and as the evening progressed, moved east until we ended in the windy city, Chicago. The DJ spun music from Ronnies garage, and food was served at a vintage roadside diner. A great journey!
Grilled cheese, the perfect diner food!
DJ James was one of the featured DJ’s at a spectacular event held at the Petersen Automotive museum on Wilshire Blvd. in west Los Angeles. The Petersen features one of the most amazing collections of automoblies anywhere, incuding . . . . classic works of art, movie cars, formula one racers and on and on! James spun a variety of popular music and for this occasion threw in a few car tunes and Southern California classics. A beautiful night of amazing cars, delicious edibles and mystifying sound.
The Petersen is as beautiful on the outside as on the inside, having recently completed a major renovation. Located on museum row, the exterior can now be considered a work of art standing on it’s own. It is definitely worth a long visit.
DJ James is now booking in Utah Valley, Salt Lake City and beyond. Book him at 626-536-8091 or through “DJ James IV” Facebook page.
2015 went by so fast, we didn’t even have a chance to keep up on all of our party and event posts along with their cheesy commentary. So rather than trying to catch up the traditional way, we decided to just post a few pictures from the past little while for your viewing pleasure.
After living two exciting years in Mexico, James is back to making magic happen at the DJ table. Calling Mexico home gave him the opportunity to experience first hand our neighbor’s culture, as well as to fine tune his Spanish language skills. Beginning in May ’16, DJ James will be making musical magic happen in Utah Valley and the greater Salt Lake City area. Between now and then, he will be spinning music in LA for a variety of special events. Occasionally he will travel to LA and other locations for larger parties and events.Whether its EDM, top 40, an eclectic mix of genres, or when a down home country/western flavor is needed, DJ James can bring the party to it’s feet in English or in Spanish. He has years of experience in the many facets of event production and will bring his talents to the land northward. So if you need a DJ or even a little more for your party or special event (entertainment, decorating or coordinating) . . . . . be sure to give Lewis Events a call at 626-536-8091 or visit our website at LewisEvents.com.
One of the more exhilarating challenges we face is when a client asks us to bring together a party based on a theme that we have not created in the past. Recently a client asked us to do a “Technology” based theme party on a relatively modest budget. Great, we’ll serve everyone lunch on a laptop.
So here is what we did. Guests entered through the lobby where a collage of old and new technologies were represented. In the main dining room, multiple vignettes were created, each representing technologies from different periods in time. It began with the technology of philosophers and the dark ages, then the old west, next the early days of the computer and finally to where we now stand. Guests were able to participate in a whimsical survey where they texted their answers and results appeared on a display screen projected within the room. It was quite a bit different than your typical company luncheon . . . and fun too!