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5 Teen Birthday Party Ideas That Make You Look AWESOME

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summer partyLooking to throw the next Sweet 16 birthday party that makes you a hero? Want to plan a birthday party that your friends text about all summer? An awesome birthday party requires more than good food, more than a lot of guests, more than free wi-fi. No, an awesome teen birthday party requires a “go big or go home” mentality (and we’re not just talking about the movie screen). An awesome birthday party requires the whole teen birthday party package: food, accessories and entertainment that keeps everyone going through the night.

Drive-in movie. Pick out the movie everyone loves (especially the birthday boy or girl!) and gather everyone around an inflatable 12-foot movie screen (perhaps in cars?). Or raise the coolness factor of your party and put the big screen in front of a pool.

Glow-in-the-dark. Make sure you tell your guests to wear black and white, and purchase lots of glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark jewelry. Use glow-in-the-dark plates and cups, and make your centerpiece a chocolate cake (or cake pops!) with neon frosting splatters everywhere! Make the night unforgettable with a glow-in-the-dark dance party, including lighting that makes their jewelry and glow sticks look awesome.

Gaming. Set up a Mario Kart marathon in your backyard, or plan your birthday party around another one of your favorite games. Make or purchase refreshments around your favorite game, and plan your décor accordingly. Spend a night gaming with extra large screens and a host of friends.

Ball game. Rent a baseball park and host an impromptu birthday game. Finish the night off with a big screen movie with everyone on the bleachers with popcorn and peanuts (or ice cream?).

Barn party. String lights everywhere, and create a real country atmosphere with hay bales and a wagon ride. After your wagon ride, return to your decorated hay loft for a country ho-down with a DJ.

Once you’ve chosen a theme for your awesome birthday party, contact the professionals to coordinate entertainment (your drive-in movie, DJ, etc.). Send out the invitations, purchase all the supplies you need for your party and get ready to enjoy an awesome birthday party that everyone’s talking about for months.

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

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.

Post Prom After Party Entertainment Ideas

School danceTrying to piece together the ultimate post prom after party? Trying to find unique ideas that your classmates will actually want to come to? Don’t leave your after party planning until, well, after the prom planning. We know a thing or two about proms—being DJs from the southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois area—and have a few ideas that can make your next post prom after party a success:

  • Indoor movie. Host an indoor movie on a monster screen (think one of those screens used at outside movies) complete with popcorn, glow jewelry and candy to complete the theme. Choose an awesome movie everyone loves, and sit back and enjoy the show.
  • Post prom dance party. Why should your ultimate dance night end? Host a rockin’ after prom party that keeps everyone dancing until the morning. Make sure you hire the right DJ that can keep everyone moving all night. Up the ante of your party with a laser light show, interactive texting or a glow themed party. Don’t forget to order rockin’ refreshments to keep the party going.
  • Video games. Ready to enjoy all night Mario Kart? Or spend the night enjoying all the fun of a Wii as a group? Get the ultimate all-night video game marathon started, and keep it going until dawn.
  • Dance games. Want to host a fun night of dance games that keeps everyone moving and having fun? Contact Post Prom DJ and ask for suggestions for recommendations—and ask for any other ideas if you’re not satisfied with this list. We’ve seen many a post prom party, and can give you ideas that’ll make your after party an awesome reality.

Don’t feel that you only have to choose one option for your post prom after party. If you want to host a large gathering that everyone can enjoy, choose your favorite options—or all the above options—to give people options after prom. Whatever your preference, contact Post Prom DJ early to reserve your post prom entertainment early—so you are not scrambling later to pull together the ultimate, memorable after party your classmates expect.

Are you ready for your rockin’ New Year’s party?

homepage2Though 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.

Selecting the Right DJ for Your Party

DSC00036_350_195We’ve all been at a boring party, complete with the lame DJ. Or worse, the friend of a friend who thinks he or she is a DJ and has brought out their boombox, phone, speakers and CDs. And though they think they are bringing down the house, from the look of the bored faces, they are, well, NOT.

So how can you avoid that scenario at your party? Simple: just choose the right DJ for your party, school dance or company holiday party. And while the answer is simple, choosing a DJ that keeps your guests entertained is more complex than checking the yellow pages—but it’s pretty easy when you use our checklist to select the right DJ:

  1. Reputation. A reputable, quality DJ has more than just speakers. They have a huge selection of songs, equipment suitable for different size dance floors and a reputation for rockin’ dance parties. An experienced DJ also has the business tools to back up their reputation. What does that mean? That means they have an organized calendar and tools to make sure they follow up with you about last minute details. What good is a DJ who can deliver on an awesome party but doesn’t show up?
  2. Price. Yes, your friend says he’ll do your party for “almost nothing.” Remember, you get what you pay for. Does he have the equipment that works for your large space? Does he have the selection of songs necessary to keep your party goers on the dance floor? Cheapest is not always the best.
  3. Date. Set the date of your party or dance well in advance to ensure you can choose the right DJ for your bash. If you are in a last minute bind, call a list of reputable DJ’s to see who has your last minute date open.
  4. Ask your friends, schools or bosses. Schools hire DJ’s for dances. Companies hire DJ’s for holiday parties. Your friends hire DJ’s for weddings, birthdays, neighborhood parties, etc. Ask them what DJ’s they would recommend or not recommend, and why. DJ’s are versatile.  A good school dance DJ can cater to many party crowds, including yours.

Finding the right DJ is only one part of your party planning equation, but it’s one of the most important details—one that could make your school dance, birthday party or company holiday party the best in all of the midwest, or the worst. So, don’t procrastinate, find the right DJ today—and reap the rewards of your rockin’ dance party.

The Right Equation for Party Planning

DSC00036_350_195Planning an engagement party? Mitzvah? Birthday or anniversary party? No matter what kind of celebration you’re planning, the equation for a successful party is comprised of the same parts. How you put all the parts together can be the difference between a rockin’ success and a ho-hum gathering. Get started early. Use our party planning equation as your party planning checklist so you can coordinate the perfect, rockin’ party that everyone enjoys:

Date. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Just set a date. However, setting a date is far more complicated. Choose several possible dates that work, and contact your deejay and venue to see which date is available. Or contact the venue for available dates within the time frame you need. If you want to save money, hold your party on an “off day”—a Friday or Sunday when events are typically not held—when venues offer discounted rates.

Venue & location. Booking a venue is all about your guests and preferences. Choose a venue that fits your style and budget, and has ample space for your guests and a large dance floor with space for your DJ. If you have out-of-town guests, consider venues attached to or near a hotel.

Theme. A party without a theme is an event without direction. Decide on a theme, and use it to plan your refreshments, decorations and entertainment, even if you use it in subtle ways.

Food. Food is an integral part of every party (you’ve heard the expression, “come for the food, stay for the party” right?), with many different options. If your party is being held in mid-afternoon, a luncheon, or a late evening affair, make your party an assortment of finger food and appetizers that fit with your theme. Having a party that spans the afternoon? Host a buffet meal, so you can have warm food for all your guests as they come.

Decorations. Choose decorations that fit the occasion and the theme. Make sure you check with the venue if you want to put up decorations that attach to the wall or ceiling. Many venues have specific guidelines for decorations. If you can’t hang decorations, consider décor like table centerpieces and lighting. If it’s lighting you wish, check with your deejay about dance party packages with bright lighting that sets the mood of your party.

Entertainment. Want a rockin’ party? Hire a deejay to set the mood. Deejays also have a few more benefits for a party, and can also provide lighting, jump houses and glow sticks for a fun, entertaining night.

Keeping all your details organized is the key to successful party planning. Create a checklist and timeline so you can stay on top of things, or use one of these party planning apps. If you are party of a committee or group planning a party, make everyone aware of their assignments and give them a clear deadline. Once you’re done with all the party planning, kick your feet up and enjoy the fruits of your party planning efforts.

5 Reasons Why Now is THE Holiday Party Planning Time

atlanta-holiday-santa-dj_350_259Company holiday parties have got a bad reputation, eliciting the image of the hungover employee waking up to termination based on a loose tongue or a lame affair employees are forced to attend. If you want your employees and co-workers to develop a new image of your company holiday party, don’t procrastinate. Planning early for your corporate party is not wasted efforts, it’s essential—and for very good reasons:

  • Holiday party planning takes time. This isn’t an idle warning. Whether your party is for 50 or 5,000, planning for a fun, memorable holiday party requires research and planning. The caterer, DJ, decorations, accommodations for guests with special needs, parking…every detail takes careful research, phone calls, emails and time.
  • Venue decisions need to be booked well in advance. Deciding the right location for your holiday party is essential to finalizing other party details, and popular venues are typically reserved well in advance. If you don’t have a final date, you can set that detail based on open dates at your preferred venue. Remember, you need to know the location to tell the printer for the invitations, the caterer for food and the DJ for entertainment. The cost of the venue is also a large part of your budget, so once you know the final cost you finalize other details based on the state of your party budget.
  • Save money by booking early, and get the best value for your company budget. Booking details well in advance means you can get early bird rates and discounts. Even if your party isn’t until January or February, vendors tend to run holiday specials now to accommodate December customers. Get the most for your budget by locking in the deals now.
  • You can still reserve the best DJ. If you want to create a pleasant holiday atmosphere for networking or a dance party that your co-workers and their significant others enjoy, contact the in-demand DJ’s now. The best DJ’s are booked early simply because they’re excellent at what they do.
  • You have high expectations to meet. A holiday party is more than an excuse for a festive event, it’s an opportunity to show appreciation to your employees and co-workers. Consider an enjoyable company holiday party a retention benefit. Create a fun night they won’t forget, and give them another reason to keep working for your company.

School Dance Planning Checklist: Plan early, enjoy success later.

homepage2You’re planning the next school dance, and you’re feeling like a rookie on the first day of training camp. No worries. You can put together the ultimate, fun dance party. You got this. Take a deep breath and use this handy school dance planning checklist we’ve put together for you and your dance planning committee:

  • Date. You may be given a pre-approved date. If you have to set the date, do it early. You may have to get approval from a school board or administrator to get the date on the school calendar.
  • Space & Location. If you have to use the school gym, make sure that the gym has been reserved (don’t assume!). For dances held off school property, do your research. Does the school need to be concerned about liability and insurance? What are all the expenses involved with each location?
  • Approval (if needed). If you need to get approval for a date, location or budget, don’t procrastinate. Submit your proposal early to ensure that you can make all the important reservations early: hall space, DJ, after dance party entertainment, caterers, etc.
  • Budget. Set your budget, or use the budget given to you. Remember that you can negotiate prices with many vendors. Share your budget numbers with everyone on your dance committee so they know their financial parameters before they research locations and vendors. Doing so will save you precious planning time, and minimize wasted energy.
  • Ticket prices (if applicable). If you have to set ticket prices, settle on a number as soon as you know your budget. You may also need to get approval for this aspect of your dance as well.
  • Pick a theme. Selecting a theme gives your dance committee direction for every aspect of your dance. Use your best judgment as to the appropriateness of the theme for your school.
  • Food. If you have to find a caterer, start contacting local caterers now. Make sure you know your budget, amount of food needed, dance date and time and the availability of a kitchen if one is available. Don’t know what kind of food you need? Ask the caterer for suggestions. Select your food based on your theme (i.e. candy beach balls for a beach theme, neon cupcakes for your glow-in-the-dark party, etc.).
  • Lights. Usually the lights come with the DJs, but make sure you ask. Find out what school dance packages include lighting. If you need lights for the chaperones, look around for the best deals. You don’t want to waste your whole budget on flashlights. Find out before the night of the dance how to turn off your gym or event location lights.
  • Music. You can’t have a dance without a rockin’ DJ. Don’t cheap out—the best DJs make the party, and make the party great for everyone. If you want a good DJ, book early. If you want a good deal, refer the same DJ to your boss, other schools, friends and anyone else throwing a dance party. Many DJs offer referral discounts.
  • Decorations. Select one of your most reliable dance committee volunteer to cover your decorations. Give them the theme and budget so they can find deals, while still setting the atmosphere. If the DJ is providing lighting, let them know so they can factor the lighting into their decoration purchases.
  • Set the play list. If your school wants input on the play list, contact the DJ before the party and give them your play list or parameters for songs that can be played.
  • After dance entertainment (if applicable). Outdoor movie? Gaming party? If you need after dance entertainment, talk to your DJ. Many DJs offer after dance entertainment packages perfect for your occasion.
  • Chaperones. Put the word out early so parents can get the date on their calendar. Make personal asks for the best chaperone turnout.
  • Set up. Plan for the worst, celebrate the best. Plan to set up earlier than you think is necessary to accommodate emergencies. Early set up is essential to a successful dance.
  • Dance, dance, dance! Your work is not done. Once you’ve got everything set, make sure that you have volunteers willing to talk to vendors to make sure all your planning is being executed smoothly. Having someone for each part of your dance—DJ, caterer, chaperones—ensures that you are not trying to fix all the emergencies at once. When all the pieces of your dance puzzle fall together, relax and dance, dance, dance!

Don’t Procrastinate: Start Now on School Dance Preparations

School danceStarting off your school year with a dance? Here’s a piece of advice from a company that has seen tons of high school and middle school dances: start early with the preparations.

You don’t have to hang the decorations, or set the play list yet. But you do need to get on the calendar of the right DJ service to guarantee school dance success for your Homecoming or Back-to-School dance (perhaps even think ahead to Prom to save money). Anybody can play music, but selecting the right DJ that has the rockin’ play list that keeps your school dancing for the whole dance (because we’ve all seen those dances where kids fade early) is important. Contact your DJ right away, because the best school dance DJ’s calendars fill up fast.

Now is also the time to find out what school dance packages are offered, and how they fit in with your budget. You want a package that fits the size of your dance, and the gym or venue that you’re using. Selecting the right package also means making sure you have enough money in your budget for refreshments and decorations. If you have to set a ticket price, researching your dance expenses ahead of time ensures you set the right price so you’re not left in the red.

Want to save some money? Check to see if your DJ service has a referral discount. Often, DJ services will charge you less if you refer other clients that book their services. For example, Post Prom DJ offers a 50% discount for your party when two other schools, corporations, family members of friends confirm their party. So think BIG within your network. Save money for your school dance by asking your company to book with the same DJ for their corporate Christmas party, and ask one of the previous school classes to book with that same DJ for their 20th Class Reunion.

Doing your homework ahead of time means a memorable school dance with the right DJ, right ticket price and even cost savings with referrals. So don’t procrastinate like you did on last year’s book report, prove you’re the head of the class by planning your school dance before the due date.

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.