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4 Ways To Ring The New Year In Style

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Originally published in Valley Scene Magazine, New Year’s Eve Issue 2015
Celebrity holiday party

Take it from someone who has planned a lavish last minute New Year’s Eve bash for a pop star, all it takes is some ingenuity, the right caterer and a whole lot of hustle to create a magical night for your guests.

As an estate manager in Los Angeles I have worked with many a celebrity, and what’s hot right now is customized experiences that are personal, imaginative and original. You don’t need a million dollars to throw a chic shindig, just a little bit of creativity, fabulous food and a cork to pop at midnight. I’m going to share some of my top tips and favorite Los Angeles resources to create a night to remember and to ring in 2016 in style.

1. If you have the budget for a caterer it will not only free you up to mingle with guests, it will take away all that pre-party prep of shopping, cooking, storing and stressing. A few of my favorite L.A. caterers that always bring exquisite cuisine to the table include Choux Choux and L.A. Spice Catering. Additionally, Two Peas Inc. provides a drop-off option if you are serving hors d’oeuvres and would like everything ready to roll when your guests arrive.

2. Choose a signature cocktail to serve before midnight. I like something simple and festive like a pomegranate martini. Wait until midnight to pop that symbolic cork and to serve up the best champagne you can afford. If you want to hire a bartender, I use Black Lab, an eco-friendly mixology catering company, they create seasonal and custom cocktails that will have your guests swooning.

3. Create something personal for each guest. For New Year’s Eve I would create a small chic gift bag with symbolic tokens for the upcoming year; gold coins to represent prosperity, fortunes you can print out on your own with intentions or wishes for the year and gourmet chocolates for a bit of sweet in 2016.

4. For a festive ambiance, you can never go wrong with candles, and then more candles. Use glitzy party hats and gold and white balloons to add a celebratory element.

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And, a party just isn’t a party without music. Whether you like jazz or hip-hop or classics like Tony Bennett, make sure you can hear music throughout the house, it sets the tone for the whole event.

I have planned hundreds of events for all types of parties and all types of people, and the one common thread for a successful event is good food, good drinks and good friends. With a little bit of thought and whole lot of heart, you can create a magical New Year’s Eve for your friends and family. Bryan Peele is an estate manager extraordinaire, man about town and the founder and president of the Estate Managers Coalition, a non-profit organization that manages the lives and estates of A-listers worldwide.

Representing America’s most powerful families and ultra-high-net-worth- individuals, EMC members understand how to impeccably manage the homes and lifestyles of the 1%, and they set the standards throughout the industry. As a connoisseur of all things luxury, Mr. Peele is a sought-after speaker and collaborates with deluxe brands and products that value his knowledge regarding how ultra-high-net-worth-individuals wish to spend their disposable income. As the industry trailblazer, Mr. Peele has also created a global consultancy that provides concierge staffing and consulting services for A-listers worldwide from pops stars and billionaires to movie moguls and celebrities.

EMC MEMBER RICHARD LANDRY & BRYAN PEELE IN LUXE MAGAZINE

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Earlier this month Luxe Magazine hosted an evening with world famous architect Richard Landry of Landry Design Group (an Estate Managers Coalition member!) that proved to be informative, educational and fun!  In addition to sharing insight in to how he works and what motivates and inspires him, he also shared some of his current projects.
Always the consummate professional!

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FOX BUSINESS: HOW TO MANAGE YOUR HOUSE LIKE A LUXURY ESTATE MANAGER

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Thank you FOX Business  for featuring my work as estate manager! See the original article by Serena Elavia on foxbusiness.com.

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Running one household is a challenging job on a day-to-day basis. But for America’s wealthiest individuals and families, they have multiple houses to run and large staffs to manage.

This is where Bryan Peele comes in. After serving as the former head of entertainment at Delta Airlines, Peele is now an estate manager and president of the Estate Managers Coalition.

Peele manages estates for some of the country’s wealthiest families doing things like interviewing new housekeepers, planning parties and managing dog walkers, among many other duties. His tasks have even included planning a beehive installation to help pollinate a family’s gardens. His clients include celebrities, pop stars, hedge fund managers and the most glamorous estates.

“You need to be a perfectionist, and if not, to some degree someone who has a keen eye for detail” says Peele about how to be the best estate manager.

While not everyone can afford to hire their own estate manager, you can learn to be your own estate manager. Here’s how you can do it on a budget:

Step 1: Walk Through The House
The first step is to walk through the property and get a sense of the house inside and out. Note what issues you have with the house, or pet peeves. Also pay attention to what pleases you about your home.

“Start on a basic level to understand your environment. Know what kind of environment you want” says Peele.

Step 2: Zone the House
After doing a complete walk through of the house, divide the house into sections. For example, anything related to the kitchen can be one zone. Or the kids’ bedrooms and playrooms can be another zone.

Once the house is divided, determine who is responsible for each section. It could be that the household manager is responsible for all zones, but assigning a spouse or child (if possible) to manage a zone is an option. “Each person in that zone is responsible for everything” says Peele.

Step 3: Create the Protocols and Standards for the House
Determine how you want each zone to be run and operated. This includes what cleaning products are used to how the front door is answered. Peele suggests writing up standards for each section and taking pictures of what the zone looks like when it’s organized from top to bottom. Bundling the standards with photos creates a complete instruction manual that anyone can consult.

And the protocols don’t just stop at the various zones. Even events like running a dinner party can have a protocol addressing everything from where the guests are seated when they enter the house to how napkins are folded. To stay organized, these standards should be written up and stored in a safe, accessible place for future events.

Step 4: Create Maintenance Calendars
A maintenance calendar is a monthly schedule of household maintenance tasks. Peele says that this includes everything from plumbing checkups to house painting to window washing. These calendars should be made at the beginning of the year detailing when monthly checkups need to be conducted. For example, the April calendar might schedule a day to move winter clothes back into storage and bring out spring clothes, while the October calendar might begin planning a family’s holiday shopping.

To make it efficient, divide your schedule into two columns: the left side for daily tasks, the right side for the names and phone numbers of service providers so that everything is at your fingertips.

Step 5: Develop an Emergency Evacuation Plan
Peele says that most people don’t know that local police and fire departments can help households develop emergency evacuation plans.

Walk through your house and develop emergency evacuation routes and plans for each zone and create emergency supply kits. Write out instructions, which should be laminated, blown up and posted throughout the various zones.

MODERN MAN OF LOS ANGELES FEATURE

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Modern Man Los Angeles Bryan Peele

Thank you Angeleno Modern Luxury for naming me one of top 10 extraordinary “Modern Men of Los Angeles”, 2015 edition!

See the complete digital edition on modernluxury.com.

Don’t miss Mondern Luxury fashion director James Aguiar’s field trip to Coco Chanel’s apartment in Paris in the magazine. Aguiar was the first to get its hands on Chanel’s fall 2015 couture just hours after the collection was shown.

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EMC NYC LAUNCH IN MANHATTAN MODERN LUXURY MAGAZINE

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Thank you Manhattan Modern Luxury for covering the Estate Managers Coalition New York launch at Burgess Yachts! We’re grateful to have received such a warm welcome in NYC and are looking forward to more events. If you’re interested in joining Estate Managers Coalition chapters in LA or New York, apply on estatemanagerscoalition.com.

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ESTATE MANAGERS COALITION LAUNCHES IN NEW YORK

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Estate Managers Coalition Launch in New York Burgess Yachts

Here’s how we took EMC to the next level with the NEW YORK CITY launch of the Estate Managers Coalition! Thanks to over 150 guests who came out to celebrate ‪#‎emcNYC‬.

EMC is a non-profit organization designed for the benefit of the private service community. It is managed and run entirely by experienced and working estate managers, and by popular demand NYC has opened its arms to us!

With a special presentation from Visual Therapy, Estate Managers learned about seasonal closet rotation, creating look books, defining your personal style and a variety of other services.

Burgess Yachts discussed leasing and purchasing services that they offer.

Catering by Benoit Bistro
Wine provided by Soutirage
Flowers by L’Olivier Floral Atelier
Technology by Osbee Industries, Inc.
Photography by Carrie Newman

The event was covered by MANHATTAN Modern Luxury.

See more photos on the Estate Managers Coalition Facebook Page.

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ESTATE MANAGERS COALITION IN HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Chefs, Nannies and Housekeepers: How Hollywood's Elite Staffs Up at Home

 

The Hollywood Reporter included Estate Managers Coalition in “Chefs, Nannies and Housekeepers: How Hollywood’s Elite Staffs Up at Home“.

Here’s an outtake about Estate Managers:

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The estate manager (or house manager if there’s just one home) is “like a GM of a luxury hotel — they run the show: staff, events, renovations,” says Baker. Estate managers report to the “principal,” or homeowner, and from a fiscal standpoint, to a business manager or family office. Hollywood business managers rely on staffing agencies to fill this critical position (and many others). Among those most mentioned are The Help Co. and The Elizabeth Rose Agency. “In L.A., the agencies are more relaxed,” says Mario Seiler, an estate management specialist at luxury lifestyle consultancy Majordomo. “Europe is more focused on requiring five to 10 years experience, whereas in L.A., [a flexible] attitude is key.” Agency fees can start at about 15 percent of an employee’s income (estate managers take home a salary of $100,000 or more). Estate Managers Coalition president Bryan Peele says they can also receive “a 10 percent cash bonus.” (Other full-time staff can get a week’s salary for every year in service. “Cars, trips, college tuition, gym memberships are also given,” says The Help Co.’s Claudia Kahn.)

Read the rest of the article and find out about household staff salaries, uniform and more on hollywoodreporter.com.

 

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE WELCOMES EMC

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Estate Managers Coalition event at Saks Fifth Avenue | Photo by Tom Pascucci

Saks Fifth Avenue​ has set the standard for uncompromising service and unrivaled selection as one of the most recognized luxury retailers in the world, and we were honored to host our August event at Saks Beverly Hills.

Estate Managers experienced how Saks continues to be a driving force that constantly moves the industry forward, continuing to deliver the defining luxury and extraordinary service since its inception.

Food by Fig and Olive
Wine Provided by Soutirage
Flowers by The Flower Box
Beverage and Bar Service by Black Lab Ventures​
Photography and A/V by Video Syndicate

See more photos from the event on Estate Managers Coalition Facebook Page.

Not yet a member or membership past due? Sign up today on estatemanagerscoalition.com

Estate Managers Coalition event at Saks Fifth Avenue | Photo by Tom Pascucci

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EMC NEW YORK LAUNCHING THIS FALL

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By popular demand, the Estate Managers Coalition is pleased to announce EMC  NYC!

Join us at our launch event this  October 1st!

To be added to our guest list please RSVP to info@estatemanagerscoalition.com with “EMCNYC” in the subject line.

Our speaker, Visual Therapy, will cover everything estate managers need to know about seasonal closet rotation, creating look books, defining your personal style and a variety of other services. Learn more about Visual Therapy on www.visual-therapy.com.

We look forward to seeing everyone this October! Get on the list now to stay up to date.

EMC is a non-profit organization designed for the benefit of the private service community. It is managed and run entirely by experienced and employed estate managers.

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ESTATE MANAGERS COALITION WELCOMES LANDRY DESIGN GROUP

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Richard Landry design group

We’re very excited to welcome Landry Design Group on board Estate Managers Coalition! Its founder Richard Landry is the favorite architect of the über rich and famous.

Read about Landry’s work in Quebec-born architect to the stars dreams big and builds big.”

Apply to become an Estate Managers Coalition member on estatemanagerscoalition.com.

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