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.
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.
Thank you FOX Business for featuring my work as estate manager! See the original article by Serena Elavia on foxbusiness.com.
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.
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.
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.
The event was covered by MANHATTAN Modern Luxury.
See more photos on the Estate Managers Coalition Facebook Page.
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:
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 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
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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 email@example.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.
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.