Whether you’ve hired a DJ for your New Year’s party, school dance, wedding, or prom, the last thing you want is a case of buyer’s regret. So how do you find a DJ that can rock the party and keep your guests dancing? Asking for references or attending another event that the DJ is at is one way to select the right DJ for your party. Whatever you choose, be alert for signs of a lame DJ:
- No dancing. If the DJ can’t get the guests dancing at a wedding or school dance, what makes you think your party will be any different? The right DJ has a good mixture of songs, personality and entertainment that can get a party going, and the guests dancing.
- No volume control. You don’t need a DJ that shakes your dinner plates at all the wrong times. Part of being a DJ is knowing when to rock it, and when to be the background. Choose a DJ appropriate for your affair—that can be background music at your business dinner, company holiday party or wedding and rock it when the dance floor is open.
- No good songs. Everyone’s version of “good” songs is different, but it’s up to the DJ to ask about the demographics of your guests and adapt accordingly.
- No “extras.” What separates a good party from a great party is the atmosphere. Beyond the guests and DJ, what sends a party over the top is lighting, laser light shows, party supplies, and even big screens that are interactive. If your DJ doesn’t offer these “extras” that could elevate your party, find a DJ that can.
- No questions. The right DJ for your party is the DJ that asks questions and plans accordingly. If your prospective DJ is not asking questions so he can wear the correct attire, play the right songs and create the best party experience possible, that DJ is not the right DJ for you.
You can also ask friends, family or business associates for recommendations for a DJ. Inform them what you are looking for (and what you’re not looking for—use the signs above). Ask them about what they’ve witnessed at events where the DJ was at. Then, book early. Don’t wait to get on the calendar of a good, experienced DJ. Contact a good DJ ASAP. The best DJ’s calendars fill up quickly, and you don’t want to be stuck with a DJ that shows all the signs of a lame DJ.
Though everyone is focusing on buying gifts for the holidays right now, you’re looking forward to your New Year party…the noise makers, drinks, crazy jewelry, dancing all night. And though it seems to be far away (it is still only 2014!), now is the time to purchase all the items you need for your party—especially so you can cash in on special deals like free shipping and discounts, plus you can make sure to book the right DJ for your party. So don’t delay, look over your New Year’s party checklist and start checking off boxes of all the important items you need for your party:
- Venue. Whether you are a business owner who is hosting on-site, a homeowner willing to hold a rockin’ New Year’s Eve party or a family looking for a venue to rent for your New Year’s party, the first step is to ensure that your venue is reserved and fits all your guests.
- Invitations. In today’s world, this is an email, social media invite or an announcement on your website or business page. But if you want to go old school, make sure you order the invite weeks in advance.
- Refreshments. Two options: make the food or hire a caterer. The answer depends on your ease in the kitchen and the number of people you are inviting. We found some great recipes on the Food Network New Year’s Eve party page, or you can pull your guests’ favorites from past parties out of the kitchen. If you are catering, make sure you call them in advance to make sure your menu is finalized.
- New Year’s Party supplies (glitter glasses, anyone?). Now is the time to order your barware, glitter glasses, noise makers, hats and party décor. Websites like 4funparties have discounts and free shipping so now is the time to stock up on all the decorations and fun supplies you need.
- DJ. Contact a DJ about your party now before their calendar is full. If you are a business or a family hosting a party at a venue, don’t rely on your juke box to make your party fun. Hire a professional to rock your party, and draw in guests.
- Large screen & lighting. Want a party that is a step above your normal New Year’s Eve celebration? Look into a large screen with cool graphics, a New Year’s countdown and lighting.
New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, and so is your chance to host a rockin’ party that draws and entertains your guests. So don’t delay. Get the party planning started, venue and DJ confirmed and party supplies that separate your party from all the others.