Creative Company Picnic Themes That’ll Trump all Your Past Picnics

uncle sam on unicycle, a unique entertainer for unique company picnic themeWas your last company picnic the definition of ho-hum? Are your employees sick of the same boring company picnic year after year? It’s time to up the ante on your company picnic planning and execution.  Abandon your boring company picnic theme (those themes that have been giving you lackluster results), and choose from one of these unusual company picnic themes that’ll take your picnic from boring to memorable.

Hawaiian Luau

Make your guests feel transported to the islands with an all out beach front Hawaiian luau.  Combine traditional Hawaiian entrees, luau décor, and the right entertainers, and you’ve got a Hawaiian luau thousands of miles away from the islands—but convenient for your guests.

This is one company picnic theme that you can’t skimp on though; many a company picnic has been thrown cheaply.  Instead, choose to go all out with cuisine and entertainment that fits the theme (ask an entertainment agent to connect you with the right entertainers).

Baseball

Your guests should be singing “talk me out to the ball game…” if you give them a complete baseball fame experience.  Rent out a suite at a local ball game with atmospheric entertainers serving out their favorite treats or host a smaller affair at a local park.  To take your picnic to the next level, have their favorite baseball mascot make an appearance or bring back one of their favorite baseball greats from the past (celebrity impersonators!).

Make sure you don’t forget about your youngest guests; choose a venue that’s got space for the youngest baseball fans.  Provide entertainers that keep them occupied, so the event is enjoyable for the kids and their parents.

Country Fair

child with butterfly face painting from professional face painterTake your guests back in time to a vintage country fair.  Red checkered tablecloths, old time country fair treats, and entertainers can make your country fair company picnic incredibly memorable. Face painters and magicians can entertain your youngest guests, while bands, mimes, and other entertainers can make your more experienced guests enjoy themselves.

Make sure you add all the country fair favorites to the menu to immerse your guests in the theme: corn on the cob, popcorn, cotton candy and all the rest.  Hold the event a fairground or park for the backdrop for your unforgettable vintage country fair.

Theatre Night

During winter, a theatre-themed company picnic includes dinner and a show; during summer, it’s time to take advantage of the weather and move your picnic outdoors.  Invite your guests to a night out at the outdoor theatres; you can rent out an outdoor movie theatre or rent a portable movie screen at the venue of your choice.

Add entertainers to complete the theme.  Ask your entertainment agent to connect you with main stage entertainment that can capture your guests’ attention until the sun goes down. Atmospheric entertainers can offer your guests glow-in-the-dark fun, caricature sketches, yard games, and all the refreshments that come with a night out.

6 Uncommon Entertainers that Make Your Event Extraordinary

Wow factor.  It’s what every event planner strives to achieve, and is so often completely and entirely missed.  If you want a unique, over-the-top event, you have to look for the unique, the uncommon, the unusual, one-of-a-kind entertainers that make your corporate event, party, or wedding guests say “wow” (and mean it).

aerialists at event

Aerialists

If you want to take your event to the next level, ask your entertainment agent about entertainers that entertain on another level—above you.  To add function to fun, aerialists can serve your guests or just serve as a unique show that your guests are going to talk about long after the event is over.

wedding artist painting picture of reception

Artists

Artists may not be the highest energy entertainment, but they are still showstoppers.  An elegant wedding painter, comical caricature artist, or face painter attracts attention from your target demographic (ask us for the artist, we’ll match you with the right artist that fits your event) and adds atmosphere to an event.

Celebrity impersonators

Surprises are what make an event memorable.  It’s the unexpected part of an event that leaves an impression on your guests—and it’s up to you to deliver.  Not many people expect James Bond, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, or another celebrity to grace your event or meet them at the door—and it’s an experience not many of your guests are going to forget any time soon.

human statue at event

Human Statues

Human statues are unexpected and unusual.  That’s what makes them a unique addition to the right event—so unique and one-of-a-kind that your guests can’t help but be amused.  When coordinated with other appropriate entertainment (ask your entertainment agent to create a custom line-up), human statues can be the perfect start or end (or both) of a great event.

LED Entertainers

LED Entertainers

It’s all about bling at a night event—and nothing’s more visually illuminating than a LED entertainer (or a group of LED entertainers).  Just like bright stars in a night sky, a LED entertainer can add bling to any event and entertain any guest that feels like they are in the dark.

Psychic

If you want to see a successful event in your future, add a psychic and tarot card reader to your event line-up.  Either as main stage entertainment or as atmospheric entertainment, a psychic entertainer can be just the right addition to your event line-up.

Obviously, there are more options for uncommon entertainment; contact an entertainment agent with a full line-up of entertainers to find the right uncommon entertainer that can put your event over the top.

5 FUN Wedding Themes (& the Entertainers to Go With Them)

champagne glass with mardi gras themed ideasUsing a wedding theme to guide your wedding planning is either totally your thing or totally NOT your thing; there’s really no in between.  There are some perks to planning your wedding around a central theme, however; it gives you a basis for connecting all the details of your wedding into an awesome atmosphere—from the food to the entertainment. Here are some wedding theme ideas that you can inspire your wedding planning (and the entertainers that can take your event over-the-top).  Of course, your wedding is your personalized take on any theme, so make sure you contact a pro to match your wedding with the right entertainment that makes your theme totally you.

Beach

What: A beach theme can be whatever you want it to be: a casual khaki and sundress affair or a formal wedding with elegant beach details.

Theme ideas: Shell-covered letters, sand and flower centerpieces, sand dollar and sea star accents, lanterns, shells in bouquets

Entertainment ideas: Tropical band, Steel drum entertainers, Bands that can play beach tunes (think Jimmy Buffet & Beach Boys)

Mardi Gras

event entertainers Mardi Gras entertainersWhat: If you want a party, this is your wedding theme.  Make your guests feel like they are attending the ultimate Bourbon Street party a little closer to home.

Theme ideas: Masks, feathers, centerpieces with beads and candles, jambalaya, gumbo, king cake

Entertainment ideas: Show girls, jazz bands, parade entertainers

Country Fair

What: Give your guests a day at the fair—with all their favorite foods and entertainment that comes with it.

Theme ideas: Games, popcorn stand, balloons, family-style tables or picnic benches, cotton candy

Entertainment ideas: Yard games, fair entertainers, cover band that’ll give your wedding a BIG ending

Roaring 20’s

gangster and flapper entertainersWhat: Match your vintage theme to a fun era.  Your guests’ll feel like they stepped back in time to a roaring party at your wedding.

Theme ideas: Old automobile, hairpieces, feathers, pearls, beads

Entertainment ideas: Retro jazz bands, flappers, gangsters

 Country

What: Get those images of square dances out of your head.  Today country weddings can be as elegant or as country chic as you plan.

Theme ideas: Rustic venue, crates (& aged wood), chalkboard signs, strands of shining lights, flowers

Entertainment ideas: Country band, yard games

20+ Gala Entertainment Ideas that Wow & Inspire Your Guests

showgirl at elegant galaOnce you’ve decided what event theme is best for your corporate or charity gala, it’s time to start exploring your options for entertainment that coordinate with your theme.  If you are hosting a casino night, fill your event bill with showgirls, black jack dealers, and other acts that enhance your event atmosphere.  For a Mardi Gras night, contact an agency that connect you with carnival girls, bands, and other suitable entertainers in one call.  For a tropical theme (especially popular during our cold Midwestern winters), a steel drum band and island servers can get your event planning started—and get your guests ready for a warm, fun evening.

The list could go on and on…here are a few other gala entertainment ideas that can be the perfect part of your next event:

  1. Showgirls
  2. Black Jack Dealers
  3. Dance band
  4. Burlesque entertainers
  5. Steel drum band
  6. Blues band
  7. Comedians
  8. Celebrities look alikes
  9. Orchestra
  10. Jazz musicians
  11. Flappers
  12. Gangsters
  13. Jazz performers
  14. Carnival girls
  15. Mariachi band
  16. Island servers
  17. Hypnotists
  18. Magicians
  19. Show (holiday show, short musical, etc.)
  20. Mimes
  21. Country band
  22. Stilt walkers
  23. Accoustic acts

Want some fundraising ideas that tie in with your event entertainment?  Check out our blog post for ideas that can make your event goal (raising funds) as much a part of your event atmosphere as the table décor.

Event Planning: 8 Tips for Over-the-Top Event Success

event entertainers at tropical themed eventWe can tell you that every event—every grand opening, corporate gala, employee picnic, every event—is “its own animal” as the saying goes.  We know because we’ve been part of the event planning process—and many, many events—for far longer than we care to admit.  And yet, while every event is incredibly different, the tips that take an event from ho-hum event to over-the-top success are remarkably similar.

Don’t plan without a goal.

The event planning to-do list can be long; if you don’t have a goal that guides you through that list, each event planning task is going to be just another to-do without any connection to your other event details.  The solution: set a specific goal for your event that guides each decision you make.  Your event goal can be especially important when booking the most essential detail: your venue (tips for choosing the right venue can be found here).

Avoid procrastination.

As soon as your event is confirmed, it’s time to start planning.  Make sure you organize (or hire an event planner who is organized) as you plan to ensure that every detail is taken care of and confirmed.  Don’t wait to get started; the best venues and vendors’ calendars fill up fast.

Select an event date that works for your targeted audience.

As tempting as it may be to book an event date that works for you, the attendance of your event depends upon a thorough consideration of your guests’ schedules.  Statistically, Mondays and Fridays are on average lower attendance days. Once you have a date, create a promotion plan that targets your guests through targeted online and offline channels.

Focus on your guests.

Every corporate event decision and detail—EVERY DECISION—should be dependent on your targeted audience. Your venue should be selected based on the location of your targeted audience.  Your entertainment should fit with guests demographic and tastes.  If you are not able to make those matches, hire a professional with experience so you can make those matches and increase the chance of event success.

Take the old saying, “location, location, location” to heart.

Your venue is one of the most important details—if not the most important detail—so make sure your venue is the right choice for your event.  Your event venue should check several key boxes off your event planning checklist, such as location, adequate space (and spaces), amenities, and other criteria.  If you are not familiar with the area your event needs to be held in, outsource the selection and booking process; you and your guests are going to be glad you did as they enjoy the right venue for your event.

Don’t overlook the smallest detail.

An overlooked detail can be the crux of a corporate event gone wrong. Don’t leave one stone unturned as you plan the food, seating, schedule, signage, and all the other essentials of your corporate event.   Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations from vendors and agents throughout the event planning process.

Use the pros to coordinate all your entertainment needs.

Hire an entertainment agent for several key reasons, most notably as a time-saver. An entertainment agent can locate the right, quality entertainers for your guests, and handle any needs the entertainers might have—decreasing your workload and increasing the chance of event success.

Be flexible.

With more than 25 plus years of experience in events, we can tell you from experience that you need to take the Scout motto to heart. As your event draws near, be prepared to “sweat the details” and adjust your plans accordingly the day of the event.

Hiring a band or entertainer? 6 Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid

wedding dance floor full of guests dancing to wedding bandHiring a band or entertainer for your big day can seem like just another task to check off on your wedding planning checklist; as simple as it seems, it’s still a wedding planning task that begets blunders if you don’t take advice from the pros to heart.

Procrastinating

We’ve seen many a couple wait too long (way too long) to consider their wedding entertainment.  Don’t wait to start searching for a great wedding band or entertainer; the best wedding entertainers’ calendars fill up quickly.  As soon as you reserve your wedding venue, start searching for bands or hire an entertainment agent who can find the right entertainer and manage all the important details.

Thinking that wedding entertainment is a low priority

Don’t think of your wedding band or entertainer as an isolated item not connected to your wedding atmosphere.  To the contrary: wedding entertainment can be a powerful part of creating a vintage wedding, country picnic or any other wedding theme you are trying to create.  Search for the entertainers that help you connect all the dots and tie all the details together.

Not asking for help

A typical wedding planning checklist is long.  When you’re busy, vetting entertainers (for your ceremony and reception) to find the best and most reliable can seem like a huge undertaking. To ease your wedding planning stress, consider contacting an entertainment agent as a time-saving life saver (amid other excellent reasons). An entertainment agent can locate the right quality entertainers for your wedding, and handle all details and any needs the entertainers might have—decreasing your wedding planning workload and giving you the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.

Making price the only factor in your decision

It’s a common misconception: any amateur musician can play in a wedding ceremony.  You shouldn’t have to settle for amateur musicians who haven’t touched an instrument since grade school (here’s how to choose a quality ceremony musician) or an inexperienced musician who has never played at a wedding before. Your guests shouldn’t have to settle for a mediocre band that doesn’t play together often or has the experience to keep your dance floor going all night.  The lesson: use more than cost in your decision to hire a wedding entertainer, so you get the right entertainer for your big day.

Not considering the size of your venue

For your ceremony and reception, think about the size of your venue when screening potential musicians and entertainers.  A small group or band that can’t hit the volume in a venue your size is going to leave your guests underwhelmed and waiting for the real entertainers to come out and play.  Ask bands and musicians if they’ve performed at a venue your size before, and how many members of the group is going to be present at your ceremony or reception.

Ignoring advice

This doesn’t mean you have to listen to that advice from your aunt about your wedding dress, but it does mean to be open to advice from your wedding planner, venue consultant or entertainment agent. You’ve hired these wedding professionals for their experience; listen to them when setting a schedule, wedding entertainment line-up and placement. Remember, they are trying to make your vision a reality and work for you; now you can rely on their experience for the perfect wedding entertainment line-up.

Not sweating the details

Hiring an entertainer or band is more than just signing on the bottom line.  If you want to make sure you have all your i’s dotted and t’s crossed, lean on the professionals who have experience and can sort through and coordinate all the details.  You’ll be glad you did when you’re enjoying all the benefits of terrific wedding entertainment.

20+ Entertainment Ideas That Takes Your Event to the Next Level

event entertainers Mardi Gras entertainersYour guests have expectations when they come to your event: they may expect another ho-hum get together, a fantastic night of good food and entertainment, or an experience somewhere in the middle.  If you want to meet—and exceed—their expectations, you have to check off all the boxes of event planning: venue, food, atmosphere, entertainment.

It’s your job to provide that in an unforgettable event and pull all the stops out to get there (or to use experts that can get you there).  To get your creative juices flowing, and put you on the road to a successful event, we’ve given you a list of event entertainers that can take your event to the next level.

  1. Showgirls
  2. Black Jack Dealers
  3. Dance band
  4. Comedians
  5. Celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Britney Spears, Elvis, etc.
  6. Orchestra
  7. Jazz musicians
  8. Flappers
  9. Gangsters
  10. Jazz performers
  11. Carnival girls
  12. Steel drum band
  13. Mariachi band
  14. Island servers
  15. Hypnotists
  16. Magicians
  17. Burlesque entertainers
  18. Show (holiday show, short musical, etc.)
  19. Mimes
  20. Country band
  21. Stilt walkers
  22. Blues band
  23. Accoustic acts

If you want more ideas, or you’ve already set your event theme and need to fill in the blanks, contact an entertainment agent that can help you create an incredible event that fits your budget—and exceeds the expectations of everyone in attendance.

20+ Entertainment Ideas for Your Wedding

wedding entertainersIf you’re a couple looking to plan a wedding like no other, it’s all about creating a spectacular atmosphere.  From the food to the entertainment, your wedding needs to scream Mardi Gras, tropical getaway, a day back in the 20’s (or your favorite era), an elaborate performance—whatever your theme, make it a magical evening.

Entertainers can be the key to a magical evening—especially unique acts that no one expects.  We’ve started a list to get you started, but the sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing the right entertainers to fit your special night and unique wedding theme. 

  1. Magician
  2. Wedding painter
  3. Mariachi band
  4. String quartet
  5. Dueling pianos
  6. Steel drum band
  7. Vintage servers
  8. Jazz trio
  9. Soul band
  10. Country band
  11. Dance instructor
  12. Acoustic group
  13. Orchestra
  14. Vintage band (that can play popular tunes from the era of your themed wedding)
  15. Swinging orchestra
  16. Celebrity impersonators (from the era of your wedding)
  17. Tribute Acts
  18. Reggae band
  19. Carnival (perfect for carnival-themed wedding)
  20. Showgirls
  21. Jugglers (for fair-themed wedding)

If you want more ideas for wedding entertainers, contact us.  We have the experience to find the right entertainers—and coordinate all the details to make it a memorable evening your guests’ll talk about for years.

5 Charity Gala Themes (& entertainers that make the atmosphere!)

red carpet entertainer with guests at masquerade themed charity galaExpectations are high when guests attend your fundraising gala.  They expect everything: atmosphere, entertainment, excellent meal…the works.  It’s up to you to provide all of that, and more.  One of the best ways to do that is to use a theme to build the ultimate night, and entertainers that make your guests feel immersed in the atmosphere. We’ve put together the recipe for both to get you started (and can give you more ideas, just ask our entertainment agents!)

Vegas Casino

What: Make your guests feel like a night on the Vegas strip.  Choose an extravagant venue and set up roulette wheels and other décor to create the setting of a Hollywood casino.  Complete the night with dice décor, poker chips, playing cards, and all the scrumptious treats they need for a night out.

Entertainers: Showgirls, dealers, dance band, comedians

Hollywood Red Carpet

What: The experience starts on the red carpet with this charity event theme. Choose a venue like a theater or a posh hotel to make your guests feel like they are the ones receiving a big Hollywood award.  Have your guests enter on the red carpet as cameras flash around them and they mingle with other Hollywood stars.

Entertainers: Celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Britney Spears and Elvis, showgirls, show, orchestra

Roaring 20’s Jazz Party

What: Make your guests feel like they stepped back in time to the best party the 1920’s has ever seen.  Use décor that makes your venue feel like a swingin’ jazz club, and invite all the guests (entertainers) the 20’s are famous for.

Entertainers: Jazz musician with a nostalgic sound, flappers, gangsters

Masquerade Ball

 What: Invite your guests to a costume party complete with entertainers that set the stage for a fun evening. Treat them to a night of jazz music and outlandish décor that makes your guests feel like they are in the midst of a huge party.

Entertainers: Showgirls, jazz performers, carnival girls, band

Caribbean Getaway

What: Warm up your guests with a steamy tropical theme.  Use décor that makes your guests feel like they are on an island getaway with tropical décor: seashells, nets, sea stars, sand…the works.  Complete the feel of a beach with island cuisine and a bar with a full array of summer drinks.

Entertainers: steel drum or mariachi band, island servers and wait staff

20 Corporate Event Entertainment Ideas

conference attendees applauding conference entertainmentA business convention, conference, trade show, meeting, or seminar isn’t always just about business.  Any quality corporate event also wows and entertains their audience, giving your attendees a complete, enjoyable experience.  If you’re trying to nail down that full experience for your corporate event, contact the experts to connect you to the perfect entertainer for your audience that complements your business agenda.  Here are a few ideas to get you started planning your corporate event experience:

  1. Comedian (choose a performer that can adapt their show with information about your company)
  2. Band (type coordinates with theme)
  3. Stiltwalkers
  4. Mimes
  5. Illusionists
  6. Magicians
  7. Carnivale characters (perfect for circus theme)
  8. Roaring 20’s performers (works well with company event celebrating anniversary from that time)
  9. Showgirls (perfect entrance entertainers)
  10. Frank Sinatra tribute (or any celebrity related to a time period theme)
  11. Pianists
  12. Mariachi band
  13. Tarot & Psychic entertainer
  14. Blues entertainer
  15. Orchestra (any size dependant on your venue)
  16. Reggae performers
  17. Steel drum performers
  18. Juggler
  19. Hypnotist
  20. Mentalist

If you want to narrow down the list to entertainers that connect with your audience and theme, contact an entertainment agent.  They can select and coordinate all the details of your corporate event entertainment so you can plan the complete experience for your guests.