Monthly Archives: March 2015

Think Summer. Think entertainment for teens.

e3044sho_03_0424_CirqueDuSoleil_3_320_240_240We’re thinking ahead…feels like way ahead some days when the temperature hits below freezing. We’re thinking summer festivals, Fireman’s Picnics and church picnics. If you’re organizing any of these events—any event geared toward teens and students—you’re thinking about summer too and how to keep the teens at your event entertained. Need some suggestions? Here’s some excellent way to attract and entertain teens coming to your event:

Teen lounge. A teen lounge invites teens and kids of all ages to come in and play video games, socialize, listen to new music and videos, text their friends (and people they’d like to meet) on big TVs, watch sponsor ads and fair announcements on the TVs, purchase food, drink and items from your vendors, and most of all, have a place to hang. At night the teen lounge kicks into high gear with cool mood lighting! No band or entertainment needed. The music and videos get turned up a notch (or a live DJ can spin). The live texting and your sponsor ads continue to roll, and the lines for the video games get even longer.

Baseball Shot_240_180Outdoor movies. Think about hosting a drive-in movie at any type of venue you want (baseball stadium, pool, parking lot, etc.) Invite teens, kids and families to come and enjoy a movie on a 50 foot screen. The movie provides the entertainment, and you provide the popcorn, refreshments, drinks and whatever else you think the teens would dig! If you’re worried about rain, consider hosting an outdoor movie indoors at a gym, under a tent or in your church.

Pool party. Do you have a pool at your rec center, country club, water park or in your community? Want to show your residents (and their teens) the value of their membership? Host a pool party with water slides, swimming and an outdoor movie. Ramp up your pool party with glow in the dark jewelry for kids and refreshments. Or bring in a DJ to make the pool party a dance party in the water.

So why are we, and why you, should think about summer when there’s still snow on the ground? Because good entertainment for teens—the entertainment your teens actually want—books fast and early. If you don’t contact an entertainment company to book your choice teen entertainment now, you’re going to be stuck with the entertainment no teen wants to attend. Think warm. Think summer. Think entertainment.

When Luck is Not on Your Side: Signs of a Bad DJ

LightspacePlayYou shouldn’t need the luck of the Irish, or a rabbit’s foot, to find a good DJ, right? Wrong. Truth is there are bad DJ’s playing bad music at birthday parties, school dances, proms, mitzvahs, summer festivals and any other kind of event in Wisconsin and Illinois. Don’t be the unlucky party organizer stuck with a bad DJ. How can you tell the good from the bad DJ? Here are signs you shouldn’t hire that bad DJ:

  • No dancing. If the DJ can’t get the guests dancing at a birthday party, summer festival, 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. A bad DJ approaches a party with a “one size fits all” mentality.
  • 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, the alarms for “Bad DJ!” should go off. 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.

Want to find out if the DJ you’re considering is a bad DJ? Ask for references and dates when you can stop in and check out their play list and party protocol at one of their bookings—at a wedding, prom, school dance, mitzvah or party in your area. Check out their social media sites to see what they’re up to. Ask your friends, neighbors and family for information. Then, put that lucky rabbit’s foot away and call a DJ with experience, an awesome play list and all the extras you want. You shouldn’t need luck to figure out if your DJ is a bad DJ.