Event space for a (smaller) Memorial Gathering near Orange County, SoCal
July 13, 2013 2:26 PM Subscribe
My mother recently passed away and we are looking to rent out a function space to have a gathering for 25-30 friends and relatives to get together, have a little lunch, trade stories, and generally remember her. Low-key is the general idea. Looking for recommendation for locations (hotels, inns, converted barns, restaurants) around North Orange County, California — or web resources that will have good listing of the same.
posted by benito.strauss to grab bag (3 answers total)
- Very important: Can't be in a loud location, as we'll have a significant number of people with difficulty hearing.
- Very important: The setting should be very lovely. Not fancy or elegant, but with gardens and plants nearby. Best would be a function room that opens on to a garden area that guests could walk around in, or even sit in. Converted barns?
- We're imaging having a 1-2 hour luncheon, with a self-service buffet where people can get a plate of food and then go sit at some tables and talk with others.
- We don't need a bar or music.
- We don't need to be on the ocean.
- We don't need an amplification system; there will be at most 30 people.
- We live in Northern Orange County, right near Long Beach. Within 20-25 miles is best - I'm thinking as far south as Irvine. I don't know stuff in LA County as well, but we're open to going there.
- Ideally we're thinking of having a catered buffet. (If you know a company that will do Swedish-style smorgasbord catering in SoCal, I'd love to hear it). But if we settle on a restaurant that doesn't permit outside caterers, and end up using their menu, we can go that way.
- We're concerned that we don't have that many people, so we don't want to end up with a room that's too big so that the guests feel swallowed up by the space. Intimate and friendly is the idea. Rooms where they hold business seminars are the exact opposite of what we want. There should be natural light and some decoration in the room, not fluorescents and bare walls