Think Summer. Think entertainment for teens.

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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.

Take me out to the…movies?

Baseball Shot_240_180We know what you’re thinking: guys, it does not look like summer outside.  We know it doesn’t look like summer in Wisconsin, Illinois or anywhere else in the upper Midwest, but now is the time to book for events and festivals that are set to take place when it’s just, well, a little bit warmer. Now is the time to book DJ’s, jump houses, dance tents and movies. Yes, that’s right movies.  Just picture it: warmer temperatures, a nice summer night and all your customers or festival goers gathered around a movie screen at any one of these events:

  • Baseball diamond. Host a movie after or before a game as an extra incentive for your fans, a great way to end a softball tournament, a way to generate revenue with a movie in the parking lot or as a draw to your festival.
  • Summer festival or Fireman’s Picnic. Hosting a street or community summer festival? Preparing for your annual Fireman’s Picnic? Draw families down with a movie in the park, end your summer festival with an outdoor movie so you can sell out your concession stand or host a movie at the pool in your park. Advertise a dinner and movie in the park for a fundraiser at your Fireman’s Picnic. The sky’s the limit for ways that you can use and market your outdoor movie.
  • Parking lot drive-in movie. Want a way to say “thank you” to patrons of your restaurant or ice cream stand?  Looking for a way to draw families in for late night business? Host a drive-in movie in your parking lot, and make sure you serve refreshments. Or make your drive-in movie a regular event, with regular revenue coming in.
  • Waterpark or pool. Host the ultimate pool party at your pool. Keep everyone in the shallow end, and open up the refreshment stand so people can enjoy treats on the pool deck.

Our outdoor movie screen books fast for events across Wisconsin and Illinois, so contact us early. We can provide the movie screen, party favors—whatever you need to make that warm (think warm!), summer outdoor movie a success.

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.

Your Complete Prom (and Post Prom) Planning Checklist

homepage2Planning a prom and post prom party can seem like an overwhelming task even if you’re part of a large planning committee. No matter how large your committee is, using a checklist and staying organized through the prom planning process is essential to a successful dance. So take a deep breath, and start your prom planning with our prom (and post prom) planning checklist:

  • Date. If your school does not have a confirmed date, 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 when events are typically not held—when venues offer discounted rates.
  • Venue & location. Choose a venue that fits your prom theme and budget, and has ample space for your guests and a large dance floor with space for your DJ.
  • 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. If your prom includes a dinner, find a venue or caterer that can provide a meal before the dance. If your school normally provides refreshments throughout the dance, contact a caterer about appetizers. If you normally provide refreshments at your post prom party, book a caterer that can make food for both prom and post prom. If you are hosting your prom at a venue, make sure that your preferred caterer is allowed to come in, and check with the venue to see if you need to show proof of your caterer’s insurance.
  • Decorations. Choose decorations that fit 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 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 and glow sticks for a fun, entertaining night. Remember, 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.
  • School Dance Packages. Now is also the time to find out what school dance & prom 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 set a ticket price for your prom, research your dance expenses ahead of time so you set a price that doesn’t leave your budget in the red.
  • Budget. 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.
  • Post Prom Party. Looking for a rocking party with dance music for your post prom party with a monster laser light show? Or are you looking for an outdoor movie inside (think huge screens in a gym)? How about an LED light up dance floor? Or a party with gaming systems that keeps everyone’s feet moving even after prom? Don’t make the post prom party your second thought. Assign a committee or volunteer specifically to plan the post prom party.

Don’t procrastinate your prom planning. Get started by setting a date (if needed) and booking a quality DJ (remember the best DJ’s are booked quickly!). An experienced DJ can also make recommendations that can help during your party planning. If you are working as part of a committee, make sure you stay in contact with fellow committee members to make sure your planning goes smoothly, and the result—a rocking prom!—is a night you and your classmates never forget.

5 DJ Myths Made to be Busted

LightspacePlayIf you’re planning a party—-school dance, wedding, prom, birthday party, company party—whatever kind of party, you’ve undoubtedly thought of using a deejay for your party entertainment. Before you dismiss the idea based on stories you’ve heard, let us debunk some of the major DJ myths:

  • DJ’s only BLAST music. One huge benefit of having a DJ for entertainment at your party is volume control. Having soft background music when you need it (and loud dance music when needed) is invaluable for providing a fun event where everyone can mingle.
  • DJ’s don’t take requests. A good DJ allows takes requests at your party, and even in advance by asking guests on the invitation if there is a song they would like to hear.
  • DJ’s only play dance music. Musical chairs? Freeze games? Laser light show? Group video games? A good DJ is versatile, and can keep your guests moving with music and games at any party—birthday parties, weddings, holiday company parties, school dances, proms and post prom parties.
  • DJ’s only provide music. Do you need someone to give instructions for seating guests? Or call out the winner of contests and raffles? Ask your DJ. The DJ can make announcements, direct guests’ attentions to a certain area or assist with event directions.
  • DJ’s take up a huge amount of space in your venue because of all their equipment. When you’ve got a big crowd and you’re tight on space, a DJ takes up less floor space than a band.

When you do choose a DJ for your party, don’t just choose any DJ.  There is a reason that DJ myths are out there. Once you’ve selected the right DJ for your party, 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 fits one of these myths.

5 Signs of a Lame DJ

School danceWhether 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.

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.