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Christmas lights, business cards and breakfast meetings

Ask the Yenta

Dear Yenta, I need to coordinate a breakfast meeting for about 20 people in December.  My company can’t afford to buyout a big room at a hotel. I have people coming from the Fairfax area and from Sherman Oaks. Any suggestions?”

Here are two great places that can totally work with budgets – you can go from a continental breakfast to a more substantial hot breakfast. Good luck!

 

Tart at The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel (across from The Grove)

115 S. Fairfax Ave <div”>323-937-3930 <div”>note: cute spot, great breakfast food

 

Maggiano’s At The Grove

189 The Grove Drive

Note: it’s easy – you have a Banquet Manager helping you the whole way and different size private rooms to choose from

David – Banquet Sales Manager 323-965-2777

 

“Dear Yenta, Any suggestions on where to see fun decorated houses in LA for the holiday season? ”

 

CANDY CANE LANE, WOODLAND HILLS
Where: Vicinity of Oxnard Street and Lubao Avenue
What you will find: Many homes all decked out with decorations

 

SLEEPY HOLLOW, TORRANCE
Where: Pacific Coast Hwy & Robert Road
What you will find: Many homes with elaborate decorations

 

HASTINGS RANCH
Where: Area surrounding Hastings Ranch Drive & Alegria Street
What you will find: Miles of elaborately decorated streets and houses with different themes

 

Also: don’t forget to check out the LADWP and Griffith Park Light Festival – and The Grove or The Americana at Brand in Glendale with the great tree and nightly “Snowfall” at 7pm and 8pm.

 

“Dear Yenta, I’m going to a big networking event in a few days and realized that I don’t have any business cards.  I live on the Westside – any place I can go for a quick turn around that won’t cost me a fortune?

2118 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica

(310) 828-8645

For business cards choose from a variety of card stocks, fonts, colors and logos available the next business day. You can also order matching stationery, envelopes & announcements.

 

Venice Printing

1801 S. Lincoln Blvd, Venice

(310) 821-1490

For business cards you can choose from over 10,000 color designs

 

For online choices: I really like www.overnightprints.com or for some cute mini business cards try http://us.moo.com/en/products/minicards.php (only $20 for 100)

 

Holiday Gifts

 

A TYR re-do if case you missed this the first time!

 

Some ideas I like:

 

Paulette Macrarons (Bev Hills)

http://www.paulettemacarons.com/gifts.html – assorted colorful flavors – gorgeous!

 

The Cookie Sandwich Company (San Diego)http://www.cookiesandwich.com/packaging.php – feels likes it’s homemade!

 

Peanut Butter and Co. (New York)

http://www.ilovepeanutbutter.com/ – you can send a package of six plus their cookbook – who won’t love that!?! It’s perfect for families with kids.

 

John and Kira’s (Philly)

http://www.johnandkiras.com/SHOP – check out the chocolate figs!

 

Skinny Skinny (Brooklyn)

http://www.skinnyskinny.com/products/green-gifts-c-3 – a set of organic soaps in a beautiful eco-friendly box that looks like a book!

 

Elegant Cheesecakes (Half Moon Bay, CA)http://www.elegantcheesecakes.com/ECC_NewandSeasonal_ChristmasHolidays_1.asp– they are works of art – insane!