5 Children’s Entertainers for Your Next Holiday Party


troop of elves and holiday entertainers for holiday partiesThere’s nothing like the holidays seen through a child’s eyes.  As a holiday party planner, it’s your job to recreate the magic of the holiday for all your guests—including the kids.  As an added bonus, adding holiday party children’s entertainers to your entertainment lineup also pleases their parents who are thrilled their kids are having fun.  There are plenty of children entertainers that fit that bill, but here’s a short list to get you started choosing the children’s entertainers that make your holiday party a success for every guest (if you want more children’s entertainment options, just ask!).


Your little ones’ eyes will light up when they see Santa’s helpers at the festivity.  Use elves as helpers when frosting cookies with the kids, decorating the tree, or for passing out gifts to your youngest guests.

Face painters

Light up more than just the kids’ eyes at your company holiday party; light up their whole face with a custom holiday face paint (they can choose!) decoration.  If you want a beautiful face design, use professional painters that’ll leave your kids standing in line—and their parents standing in line to take their pictures for social media.


Carolers can set the mood of your party for all your guests—the youngest and the most experienced.  Holiday party carolers can also be used as entertainment for the kids, by leading them in a holiday party sing-along.  Your young guests’ll love decking the halls at the company holiday party.

Father Christmas

Father Christmas entertainer for corporate holiday partiesIt wouldn’t be a holiday party without this iconic holiday character.  As an extra bonus, Father Christmas can be an integral part of any holiday party activities: taking photos with kids and families, helping kids making gifts for their parents, passing out presents, making ornaments for the holiday tree.


The holidays are a magical time, and no entertainer can amaze the kids at your holiday party with the magic of the season more than a magician.  If you have a mixed crowd with people of all ages, magicians can customize their act to include the little ones, young employees, parents, and grandparents in the crowd.

If you want to pick and choose the right holiday party entertainers for your event (and that fit with your event atmosphere), contact the pros to select the right entertainers and coordinate all the details of your holiday party entertainment. They’ll help bring the magic of the holidays to life at your next family holiday party—for every guest.

20 Fall Event Entertainment Ideas

child with face painting of pumpkin at fall eventAutumn is a beautiful time of year to host fall festivals, picnics, corporate team building activities, and any other fall fun.  A fall event is also an opportunity to incorporate seasonal touches into your event, including in your entertainment. If you’re planning a fall event, here are entertainment ideas that’ll please all your attendees, from the youngest to the most experienced.

Fall Event Entertainment Ideas for Kids

Game ideas:

  • Corn maze
  • Apple dunking contest
  • Autumn bingo
  • Relay races
  • Fall scavenger hunt
  • Bounce house
  • Hay rides
  • Pumpkin decorating


  • Face painters can get your kids ready for their costumes and bring smiles to their faces—and the adults with them. For high-quality face painting that gives your kids (and adults) a very unique and special look they’ll be proud of, contact the pros.
  • Magicians are versatile entertainers because they can customize their tricks to your event theme. To make sure their act fits with your event itinerary perfectly, contact an agent that can make it happen.
  • Jugglers are a perfect fit for your event, especially when juggling apples, pumpkins, or any other fall props.
  • Musicians are a mainstay for PG fall events, establishing a family-oriented fall event atmosphere within moments. To find the perfect musician for your family fall event, contact an agent to select the ideal option.

Entertainment Ideas for the Adults


  • Dunk tank
  • Team-building activity
  • Trivia
  • Entertainment ideas from the kid list (corn maze, apple dunking, etc.)


Musicians are a fall event favorite because they give your adults the perfect ‘night out’ entertainment for your fall festival or corporate event.  Narrow down the options to the musician (or musicians) that fit with your fall event agenda by contacting an entertainment agent.

Murder Mysteries may be a Halloween mainstay, but they can also be appropriate for a fall event ‘night out.’  If you want an interactive entertainment option for your fall event, a murder mystery gets your guests talking—and keeps them talking even after the mystery is solved.

Impersonators are the perfect fit for a fall event with a retro theme.  Give your vintage autumn event a retro feel when your guests’ favorite entertainers show up.

Comedians make a big impression on your guests during any time of the year (including fall!)—especially if your entertainment agent has access to the best acts in your area.  For a personalized show, give your agent information about your fall event that the comedian can use in their act.

6 Halloween Event Entertainment Ideas

halloween entertainer head on the table ready to scare guests‘Tis the season (Halloween season that is!) for spooks and fun—and if you’re a smart event planner, tapping into the Halloween fever and planning the ultimate Halloween event.  The ultimate event with décor, cuisine, favors—and entertainers that take your event to a be-witching level.

Murder Mysteries

A murder mystery captures the attention of your guests—and keeps them on the edge of their seats until the evening is over.  If you want a real conversation starter that keeps your guests talking even after the drop of the curtain, schedule a murder mystery as the perfect main stage entertainment.halloween event entertainer with pumpkin head and orange suit

Costumed characters

Not every entertainer has to be the focus of your event; entertainers can be an important part of creating an event with Halloween atmosphere. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the right costumed characters, so don’t be afraid (it is almost Halloween after all!) to ask the experts for suggestions for the right costumed Halloween characters.

Hypnotists & Psychics

Not every Halloween entertainer has to be suitable for a haunted house to be the perfect fit for a Halloween event; hypnotists and psychics are the perfect example—and can bring out your guests’ fun Halloween spirit without the ghouls.


halloween magician entertainerWe’ve brought up magicians before as an excellent choice for children’s entertainment, but magicians can entertain even your more, ahem, experienced Halloween event guests.  If you want a custom magic show with a more frightful demeanor, ask about magicians that can customize their act for your event.

Mind Readers & Fortune Tellers

Mind readers and fortune tellers can pull guests in the door, or keep them in their seat as they regale and entertain the crowd.  They’ll make your Halloween event an affair your guests’ll talk about after the event is done; just ask them today: they can see into the future and tell you about it now.

Face Painter

Costumes are an integral part of Halloween—and you can complete your guests’ costumes (both young and old) with professional face painting. Your guests’ll love an elaborate face painting, and you’ll love that your face painter is reliable and a fantastic asset to your Halloween event.

10 FUN Office Holiday Party Planning Tips

office holiday party entertainersThere are more than just three letters that separate a fun office holiday party from another boring company holiday event that your guests feel compelled to attend.  We’ve been part of many, many company holiday party planning processes over the years—everything from selecting a holiday party venue and event planning to booking holiday party entertainment—and here’s what we’ve seen that sets the enjoyable holiday parties apart.

  1. Hold your office holiday party at a unique event venue that makes your guests WANT to come and entertains them (i.e. museum, aquarium, etc.)
  2. Utilize these tips in your holiday party planning to select an ideal venue for your party. If your party is for a location in another city, contact a local event planner to select the best venue for your event.
  3. Use a holiday party theme to create a cohesive event.
  4. Establish a theme with invitations (electronic or paper) designed with the same colors and elements of your theme.
  5. Create holiday party atmosphere through your menu, décor, and entertainment.
  6. Don’t overlook one detail that ties your details together into one cohesive event.
  7. If your company holiday party is an event for families, don’t forget to book children’s entertainers (i.e. Father Christmas giving out presents, elves, face painters, etc.)
  8. Use entertainers to serve food and mingle with guests to create an atmosphere.
  9. Don’t feel you have to manage your office holiday party planning all alone; use an event planner or contact experienced professionals (i.e. caterers, entertainment agents, etc.) and ask for recommendations that tie everything together.
  10. Be careful when hiring entertainers; look for experienced, reliable professionals that come highly recommended (or ask an entertainment agent for dependable, quality entertainers).

7 Mistakes Companies Make When Choosing Their Event Venue

aquarium event venue with tables, chairs, and centerpiecesThe perfect corporate event is dependent upon so many details: atmosphere, food, décor, event venue.  The latter detail, the perfect event venue, is more than just a detail; it’s the crux of a successful event venue.  We know because we’ve helped companies plan the perfect event for more years than we care to admit.  For more than 20 years, we’ve seen company planners and event planners make one—or all—of these mistakes when choosing the perfect venue for their corporate event.

Not having a clear event purpose

It’s one of the top mistakes companies make when choosing a corporate event venue: planning an event with a generic goal or without a goal at all.  Be specific with your event goal, and you get an added bonus: clear direction for your corporate event.  For example, if your goal involves making an impact in a certain community, choose a prominent corporate event venue in that town.

Not booking a big enough venue

There are so many reasons every company needs to compile a complete and realistic guest list before booking their event venue: safety reasons, guest comfort, and for proper event execution.  If your event is going to have breakout sessions, select a corporate event venue with multiple spaces and the amenities you need (i.e. audio visual, wi-fi, etc.).  With regards to budget, ask or review the contract closely for any event minimums to ensure that you are not charged for more guests than expected to attend.

Booking just any venue in an area you are not familiar with

Just as in real estate, it’s one of the top rules of corporate event planning: location, location, location.  If you are not familiar with a city, such as our national clients who host a corporate event in Chicago, contact a local event planner that knows the area and can make recommendations or plan your event for you.  Ignoring this step can cost you more in staff time, canceled contracts, and event success if you book a venue in a less-than-prime venue or without the options you need for your specific corporate event.

Not setting a corporate event budget

A lump sum is a start, but a corporate event budget should be more specific to ensure funds are adequately utilized.  Professional tip: to ensure that you stick to the budget for your event venue, ask your prospective venues for a full list of charges so you don’t get stuck with an invoice full of add-on charges (i.e. set-up, overtime, etc.).

Not factoring in your ideal event atmosphere

Once you’ve factored in the practical criteria for your event (budget, adequate space, purpose, location), don’t neglect to factor in the aesthetics of your event when choosing your corporate event venue.  Consider the atmosphere you want to set, formality of the event, and budget for décor.  Need assistance? Trust the professionals to help you choose the right corporate event venue.

Not considering event venue amenities

As they say, the devil is in the details—so are the extra costs you incur if you don’t play close enough attention to booking a corporate event venue with the amenities you need: (i.e. acoustics, audio visual, kitchen, event equipment, full service staff, parking, handicap accessibility).

Not visiting the venue

Social media and websites are a great asset to the event planner today; they give you a snapshot of some of the most beautiful scenes from every venue.  Remember they are just snapshots.  If you want to make sure the event venue is right for your event, make sure you visit the venue or hire someone to plan your corporate event who has seen the venue in person.

16 Wedding Picnic Reception Ideas (Especially Entertainment)

happy just married young couple at wedding picnicBeautiful Midwestern weather + beautiful setting = a fantastic wedding picnic ceremony followed by a wonderful wedding picnic reception.  We’ve assisted with planning wedding entertainment for more years than we care to admit, and now we’re focusing on passing on our knowledge and expertise so you can plan the perfect wedding reception for your guests.

One of the first steps in planning the perfect wedding picnic reception is to choose a theme that connects every detail of your wedding picnic reception.  Choose a wedding theme that’s uniquely you, or pick a wedding theme that you can plan into an event that embodies who you are as a couple.  Once you’ve chosen a wedding picnic theme, it’s time to lock in all the details—including wedding picnic reception entertainment which can create the atmosphere that’ll make your wedding day a unique and memorable experience for your guests.

Country Fair

  1. Country band,
  2. Themed Servers (passing out popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, and other treats),
  3. Jugglers,
  4. Musicians,
  5. Tarot & Psychic Reader,
  6. Caricature/Event Painter,
  7. Yard games,
  8. Dunk tank,

Vintage Picnic

  1. Jazz band,
  2. Themed Servers,
  3. 20’s Entertainers,
  4. Yard Games


  1. Carnivale characters,
  2. Jugglers
  3. Tarot & Psychic Reader,
  4. Mimes

If you want top quality entertainers for your wedding picnic, contact us to book the “best of the best” and get recommendations for entertainers that fit your unique day and wedding picnic theme.

Company Picnic Children’s Entertainers the Kids’ll LOVE

kids enjoying company picnic with their family because of children's entertainersThere are a lot of aspects of planning a company picnic: venue, food, schedule, entertainment.  If your company picnic is a family event, don’t neglect planning entertainment for the youngest members of your company picnic: the kids.  They—and their parents—will appreciate yard games, coloring books, and any of these children’s entertainers at your next company picnic.


Magicians are one of the first children’s entertainers that come to everyone’s mind, and for good reason. Magicians are versatile children’s entertainers because they can adapt to almost any event venue—on a stage or interacting one-to-one with your guests—and provide tricks that wow guests of all ages.


Just like magicians, jugglers are versatile and can cater their entertainment to your event venue. They are also entertainers that are suitable for adults and children of all ages, and can even incorporate your guests into their act.

Face painters

Face painters are a young crowd favorite, and it’s easy to see why.  Who wouldn’t want to leave a company picnic looking like a beautiful unicorn or a ninja?  A professional face painter gives your kids a memorable time at your company picnic—and their parents plenty of pictures of their excited child.

Fun singers

Singers are unique children’s entertainers who can customize their act to almost any event, and any size event venue. Ask us about singers that can include children and adults into their acts, or for a children’s singer for one stage, and a singer more suited to adults at another stage.

These children’s entertainers are just a few of the many acts that an entertainment agent (we) can book for your company picnic; contact us for other entertainers that fit with your theme or event venue.  We’ll connect you with a reliable, quality children’s entertainers that you and your young guests’ll love.

22+ Grand Opening Entertainment Ideas That’ll Set Your Event Apart

showgirl entertainer in red dress at grand openingThe best grand openings are events that go above and beyond the ‘normal’ small plates of refreshments.  If you really want to make a splash with your grand opening, plan a grand opening that draws, entertains AND converts your guests into customers.  As entertainment agents, we’ve been part of our share of 25+ years of grand openings—including an incredibly memorable grand opening with a tight walker—and can connect your organization with entertainment ideas that’ll draw a crowd and entertain them while you give them incentives to come back.

Theme Entertainment (to play into a theme)

  1. Showgirls
  2. Carnivale characters
  3. Mariachi band
  4. Steel drum band
  5. Caricature artist
  6. Stiltwalkers
  7. 20’s entertainers
  8. Celebrity look-alikes

Kid Fun

  1. Magician
  2. Face Painters
  3. Juggler
  4. Balloon artists

Main Entertainers

  1. Barbershoppe Quartet
  2. Jazz band
  3. Dance band
  4. Reggae band
  5. Country band
  6. Hypnotists
  7. Magicians
  8. Classic band (you pick the era)
  9. Orchestra
  10. Pianists
  11. Anything else you want…just ask!

3 Common Company Picnic Planning Questions (& Answers) from the Pros

picture of family enjoying company picnicWe’ve been involved in planning a few (dozen or so…) company picnics in our 25+ years of event planning, and have heard some of the most common—and critical—questions just as many times.  Here are our (experienced!) answers.

How do I choose the right venue for my company picnic?

Your company picnic venue is one of the most critical decisions you make during planning and plays a key role in the success of your company picnic.  Take the old real estate rule to heart: “location, location, location” and choose a venue that is a ideal location for your guests.  Beyond location, consider these factors to narrow your company picnic options: budget, event purpose, atmosphere, event needs, and number of guests when choosing the right hall, park, arena, aquarium, or other space for your picnic festivities.

We’ve given you a list of potential company picnic venue sites to start your company picnic planning.  If you’re holding a company picnic for one of your remote locations, we’d recommend you hire a local expert knowledgeable in venues.  They can recommend and book venues that can assist with meeting your event goals, fit your guest list quantity, has the appropriate accommodations for your event and fits any other criteria needed for your event.

How do I get started planning a company picnic?

Anyone can plan a company picnic and hire a caterer.  To create a company picnic atmosphere that makes your guests feel appreciated and want to come back, you have to plan a company picnic with atmosphere.

Start with a theme (we’ve given you company picnic theme ideas here).  Plan every other detail around that theme: venue, food, entertainment, etc.—or hire an event planner that can put all the pieces together and plan an event beyond your expectations.

What entertainment is right for your company picnic?

Company picnic entertainment is an important part of your picnic, and with a lot of risk; your entertainers are the highlight of your picnic—and what your employees are going to talk about after your picnic is over.  There are a lot of factors that play into the selection of entertainers for a company picnic—and so many entertainers to choose from.  To get the best combination of entertainers for your picnic, contact an entertainment agent with a full line-up of quality, reliable entertainers.  An entertainment agent can recommend main entertainers (bands, hypnotists, etc.), children’s entertainers (jugglers, face painters, magicians, etc.), and all the atmosphere entertainers that’ll make your company picnic unforgettable.

Wedding Picnic Entertainment Tips from the Pros

wedded couple on scooter having fun at wedding picnicSummer is a fantastic time to plan a wedding picnic with all the bells and whistles: food, picnic décor, yard games, fun…and all the unique challenges that come with an outdoor wedding.  If you’re planning a wedding picnic and hope to take it to the next level, use these wedding entertainment tips from the professional entertainment agents to put your special day over the top.

Take the #1 rule of event planning to heart.

Location, location, location.  We’ve all seen the beautiful pictures of an outdoor wedding with guests swaying to band out in the middle of nowhere.  Seems idyllic, right? In reality, that scenario is challenging with the equipment required by many bands.  When booking an outdoor picnic wedding venue, ask specifically about accommodations for the band and any other entertainers—and bring your entertainment agent into the mix to make sure the requirements of the band are met in your outdoor venue.

Connect all the dots.

The right wedding entertainment is an opportunity to connect all the dots of your wedding theme.  Don’t miss out on the chance to play up your tropical theme with a steel drum band, or a group of entertainers to make your picnic feel like a country fair.

Think about ALL your guests.

Give the parents attending your wedding a gift, and your youngest guests to have an awesome time at your wedding.  Hire children’s entertainers like face painters, jugglers, and magicians to ensure all your guests have a good time.

Have a plan B.

No matter how sure you are that your wedding date is going to be weather-free, have a plan for just in case it isn’t—and bring everyone into the loop on that plan. Find an indoor location for “just in case” weather, and make sure your wedding planner, entertainment agent, entertainers, caterer, and any other vendor are in the loop about your plan B.  Planning ahead for contingencies is far easier than scrambling on your wedding day.

Don’t feel confined to one entertainer.

If you really want to take your wedding to the next level, think beyond the stereotypical one-band wedding entertainment.  Think children’s entertainers, wedding painters, ceremony soloists, steel drum bands, atmospheric entertainment…to get the right combination of entertainers, trust the professionals to select the right entertainers for your wedding picnic.  Entertainment agents can select characters and entertainers that take it over the top based on your wedding details and guest demographic. They’ve also seen what works and doesn’t work, and good entertainment agents only hire the best entertainers for your wedding.

Ask the pros.

Weather, equipment requirements, selecting the right entertainers for your wedding picnic theme—all of the details of an outdoor wedding can be overwhelming.  Don’t be afraid to bring in the professionals to help nail down the details, and to take your wedding to the next level.