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5 Ways to Take Your Summer Party Entertainment to the Next Level

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summer partyIn the midst of summer party planning? Trying to take your softball tournament, Fireman’s Picnic, summer festival, teen party to the next level? We know a thing or two about parties, and can make some suggestions (five suggestions to be exact) that take your summer party entertainment from 20 years ago into this decade. Best yet, these summer party entertainment ideas are sure to please any demographic of guests, from the youngest to the most experienced.

summer partyBounce House. There’s not a summer party around that wouldn’t benefit from a bounce house. Read more about the benefits of a bounce house, and the kinds of parties suitable for a bounce house (and then add yours to the list).

Gaming systems. Even an outside summer party can benefit from a gaming system, like a Wii system. The system can be paired with a large screen and a competitive spirit that takes your summer party to the next level and keep it going for hours.

Karaoke Player. The fun of karaoke has not lessened over time, especially with the right songs and equipment. Get your guests jumping with a karaoke machine and lighting that can get a crowd at a water park, teen birthday party, Fireman’s Picnic or any summer party up on stage.

DJ. For a younger crowd, pair a DJ with an interactive teen tent so they can text and enjoy technology as part of the fun. For a more mixed demographic, invite a DJ into the mix so your guests can enjoy dancing and music as part of the summer party.

outdoor movieOutdoor Movies. How’s this for fun? Take your summer party to the next level with a big screen, Blu Ray Digital Sound & Video. If your crowd is in a parking lot, you can also use an FM Transmitter to listen to the movie through car radios.

Need any more ideas? Contact us. We can tell you what we’ve seen work, and what has bombed at other summer parties. We can also make recommendations based on the demographic of your guests, and type of summer party. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to blow your guests away with these five next-level summer party entertainment ideas, lots of promotion and a great lineup of summer fun.

How to throw a Rockin’ Block Party

Rockin partyEver realize that you’ve been living in your neighborhood for years and don’t know the people around you? Or did you just move in and want to get to know the people around you?

Before you get caught up in school activities and our Midwest weather gets too cold, seize the day and get to know everyone around you with a rockin’ block party. It will take some preparation, but is worth the effort when you’re rockin’ the night away to Sweet Caroline. Don’t worry, we wouldn’t make a suggestion for a party like this without giving you the steps that will make your party rock:

  • Get the buy in of your neighbors (Remember the homeowner’s association can’t be mad if they’re having fun!). Pick a date that works for most of you, and create a 8 ½ x 11 flyer. Your invitation doesn’t have to be fancy, especially if you have to mass produce it to pass out to a LOT of neighbors.
  • Themes. Need a theme for your party (remember, themes are optional)? How about a pool party (think plastic flamingos), retro party or glow-in-the-dark party? Make sure your guests know your theme. If you’re hosting a retro party, set up a play list with your DJ that fits your decade. Suggest your guests come in attire appropriate for your decade. For a glow-in-the-dark party, think glow sticks and lighting. Make name tags that tie into your theme, and have your neighbors’ names and addresses on them, so you know who they are and where they live.
  • Coordinate refreshments. Depending on the size of your party, get snacks that are easy to make and come in big sizes. Think of things like snack mixes, veggie platters, candy bowls and popcorn. If you have a theme, play off it. For example, if you’re throwing a pool party, get some round colorful candy for beach balls, and use licorice for noodles. If you’re hosting a REALLY big party, ask your neighbors to bring their own beverages.
  • Set your entertainment. We have fond memories of our neighbor’s annual karaoke parties growing up.  It was fun, and great to meet people and hear them sing karaoke to their favorite song (well, some of them). If karaoke isn’t your thing, rent a jump house (read why here), host an outdoor movie, or get a dj for the evening.
  • Decorations. You don’t need a ton of decorations, but make sure you have fun with them. If you’re hosting a pool party, add arrows to the pink flamingos to guide your guests to the party. Hosting a retro party, make up little cards with facts about the decade and add them to the tables. Glow in the dark party? Think glow in the dark cups and accessories…everywhere! You can even make your decorations into games, like a scavenger hunt for the kids or a trivia game for the adults. Hosting a dance party? Make request cards, and have your neighbors pass in their requests throughout the night. If they pick the music, they have to dance to it!

Most importantly, mingle and have fun! Ask an outgoing neighbor to talk to all the neighborhood newbies so they feel welcome (don’t forget the name tags either, see idea above!). Enjoy your evening, and get to know the people you drive by every day—but probably have never met—in a social, relaxed, and, if you’re having a DJ or karaoke party, rockin’ party atmosphere.