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Holiday Party Planning: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

company christmas party guests with santa hats by holiday treeYou may not be able to stop a snow storm or a belligerent employee at your next company holiday party, but you can set up your next holiday party for success by avoiding these party planning mistakes.

Choosing the wrong venue

You may not have a choice for your company holiday venue. If you do, careful consideration should go into choosing the right venue for your company holiday party (tips on how to choose the right event venue here). The wrong venue can feel too tight or too big, making your guests feel uncomfortable or like there is poor attendance. In addition to space considerations, selecting the wrong venue can also mean an event without atmosphere or without the necessary amenities needed to make your event a success.

Not compiling a guest list

Planning company party details without a guest list is like blindly trying to make your way through a maze. Without knowing the demographic and size of your guest list, it’s challenging to choose the right venue, select the right entertainment, and make other arrangements. Before you set any details, craft a guest list that can guide your holiday party decisions.

Not enough entertainment

As entertaining as networking can be, don’t rely solely on socializing for your guests’ entertainment. Instead, use your guest list to determine what the best options for entertainment are for your guests. An entertainment agent can guide your efforts and book the best entertainers that fit the bill—and leave your guests satisfied and entertained.

Lack of refreshments

Food can do a lot for an event, and that’s always the case for a company holiday party. In addition to satisfying your guests’ taste buds, the seasonal treats can enhance your holiday party atmosphere and create the complete atmosphere you’re trying so hard to achieve. To add icing on the cake, use entertainers, such as elves, to put your company holiday party over the top.

Thinking you have to do it all

There are a lot of holiday party details to juggle, as well as the budget. One of the most common holiday party planning mistakes is trying to take it all on. Don’t be afraid to contact the experts to coordinate the details and assist you making the right decisions (as well as taking some of the weight off your shoulders); it’ll make your holiday—and your holiday party—a lot more jolly.

8 Jolly Holiday Event Entertainment Ideas

office holiday party entertainersHoliday events can be whatever you want them to be, but the last thing you want them to be is “ho-hum.” Use these entertainment ideas to make sure your holiday event is remembered as more than a bad pun.

Face painters

Professional face painters are the highlight of any family event, which is why adding face painting to your entertainment line-up is sure to please everyone in your audience. With incredible talent, professional face painters come equipped with a wide variety of designs—including holiday images and colors.

Comedian

Make the holidays a jolly time with a comedian that can adapt their act to the season and your audience. A quality comedian is flexible, and can fill their act full of jollies that suit your audience.

Gifts

Gifts are always a hit with your audience. Who better to deliver those gifts than Father Christmas? Hire a professional Father Christmas to hand out your gifts and get everyone in the holiday mood.

Carolers

Establishing atmosphere is never more important that at a holiday event. Carolers can be the key to that atmosphere, filling the room full of cheer with songs specially suited to your event.

Show

Dinner and a show are always hit at a formal affair, and a spectacular musical journey through the years is sure to fit the bill. Inspired by the classic films Holiday Inn and White Christmas, this spectacular holiday concert will take you on a musical journey of memorable songs from the fabulous ‘40’s & ‘50’s. Complete with lavish costumes, original arrangements, comedy and plenty of sentiment, this show is a holiday favorite.

Cookie decorating & crafts

troop of elves and holiday entertainers for holiday partiesSatisfy two event needs with one fell swoop. Give your holiday elves another job to do (besides making toys) at your event. Holiday elves can be the perfect facilitators for cookie decorating, crafts, or passing out gifts. Your audience is going to feel like they were transported to the North Pole for the duration of your event.

Band

Give your audience a holiday concert they’ll never forget. Hire a band that fits your theme: country, jazz, pop, etc. and build your event around your entertainment. Use your venue, décor, menu, and other event details to create a complete holiday atmosphere with your chosen theme.

Mariachi band

If you want to create a more international-themed event, consider hiring an entertainer suitable for an around the world theme, a beach holiday, or an event with a theme that fits a certain country. Your entertainment agent can help you find the perfect entertainer that checks off all the boxes and leaves your guests full of holiday cheer.

Corporate Holiday Party Planning Checklist: 5 Must-Haves

holiday party planningCorporate holiday parties come in all sizes and shapes, but there is a basic checklist of must-haves for every corporate holiday party. From there “the devil is in the details” as they say, and the result is diversely different: a Caribbean Christmas getaway, a traditional holiday village, a night out at the holiday theater, a sophisticated winter wonder dinner. So before you start ordering table coverings for your corporate holiday party, sit down and start going down the basic checklist of corporate holiday party must-haves—or hire a professional who can.

Purpose & Vision

We put this must-have first because this should be your first step, and a definite must, in planning a successful holiday party. Nail down your logistics: date, time, budget, expected attendance, guest list, primary guest demographic, schedule (for invitations, save the dates, RSVPs, etc.) and theme. You don’t have to get too “themey” during the process but you should give your party direction so your corporate gathering is not a mishmash affair.

Location

Apply the same concept to your corporate holiday party as you do to a real estate transaction: location, location, location. Try to avoid holding your corporate holiday party at your business—after all, that is where you and your employees are every other week of the year. Choose your venue carefully: based on expected attendance numbers, budget, location, holiday party vision, etc. If you feel lost trying to choose from all the choices, hire an event planner to narrow down your options.

Food

Food brings people to your party, and good food keeps them there. Research your options to make sure that your event cuisine is more than just budget-friendly. Keep the demographic of your guests and vision in mind as you make decisions about the appetizers and cuisine for your holiday party.

Entertainment

The right entertainment is vital to bringing your corporate holiday vision to life, and to enhancing your guests’ experience. Notice the catch here: the right entertainment. Not every entertainer is right for every crowd; the right entertainers can take a fabulous holiday party to the next level. The wrong entertainment act can tank even the best-planned event. If you need assistance selecting the right entertainers for your holiday party, hire an experienced entertainment agent for recommendations. An entertainment agent can set an entertainment schedule for your holiday party and finalize all the details of your holiday party entertainment.

Atmosphere

Atmosphere is a must-have for every event, and one of the hardest objectives on the holiday party checklist to achieve. It’s also an intangible that takes a fair amount of skill and connections to create. Frankly, it’s not something that everyone can produce so turn to an experienced event planner for the perfect holiday party filled with atmosphere. The result: a holiday party that checks off all your must haves, wows your guests, and leaves a lasting impression even past the holiday season.

5 Entertainers for Your Holiday Party

holiday party entertainersWinter wonderland. Santa’s village. Classic holiday gathering. The ideas for holiday party themes are endless, and we haven’t even touched on out-of-the-box themes such as a Caribbean or Country Christmas idea. Once you’ve set your holiday party theme, or contacted us for an idea that’s different from the normal holiday gathering, it’s time to take your holiday party vision, and make it a reality. You can’t do that without holiday entertainers—after all, just arranging for a dinner doesn’t make the lasting favorable impression you want for your guests, or one that they’ll remember. We’ve planned a few holiday gatherings—or five or ten or hundred or so—so we’ve got a few recommendations for holiday entertainers that can make your theme a reality at your next holiday party:

White Christmas show

At your holiday party, treat your employees to our White Christmas show inspired by the classic film. Complete with lavish costumes, original arrangements, comedy and plenty of sentiment, this cast proves that Christmas is a season to warm the heart and enrich the soul.

Carolers

What would your holiday party be without carolers? Set the mood at your holiday gathering with a professional set of carolers who can perform all the holiday tunes your guests expect. Carolers are great entertainers for pre-dinner music, luncheon music, or a main entertainment act that everyone can enjoy.

Father Christmas for holiday partiesFather Christmas

It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a holiday party for families or adult guests, Father Christmas is a jolly addition to any holiday party, or can be the main entertainer at a classic holiday gathering. Add elves to your entertainment lineup, and you’ll have an authentic holiday village.

Country Christmas

Want to take your guests to a country Christmas in the city? Hire a country band for your main entertainment, and create a country atmosphere with a fireplace and cozy atmosphere. If you’re not sure how to plan a tasteful country holiday party, contact an event planner with the experience to make your vision a tasteful reality.

ice bar for company holiday partyIce bar

We know an ice bar is not an entertainer, but it is a beautiful addition to your holiday party gathering. An ice bar is a wonderful part of a winter wonderland theme, Santa’s village, or another holiday party theme.

The sky’s the limit when holiday party planning, so don’t feel confined to these holiday party themes or entertainers. If you want a unique holiday party with entertainers that fit, contact us for ideas and event planning tips. 

Company Holiday Party Planning Ideas

holiday partiesLooking for different, new-to-you company holiday party planning ideas? Do you want to mix things up or add some new fun to your company’s holiday gathering? Our first piece of advice for companies planning a holiday party is: don’t procrastinate. If you want to add a new entertainer, refreshment or novelty item, contact your entertainment agent or vendor as soon as possible. The newest trends (and entertainers) get booked quickly; decide on your plan of action promptly so you can add a new twist to this year’s company holiday party.

Hot chocolate/hot cocoa bar

Want to give your guests a warm inviting feel at your company holiday party? No matter what you call, a hot chocolate or hot cocoa bar is a wonderful way to warm your guests up to your event. Set up a hot cocoa bar as a way of welcome (or farewell, especially if they are heading out into the cold), or as a side table at your company holiday party.

Mind reader

mind reader for holiday partiesWant to wow your guests at your next company holiday party? Hire the mind reader that puts the ‘entertain’ in entertainer: Christopher Carter. Christopher is a perfect performer for almost any audience, amazing them by illuminating light bulbs in their hands, reading their minds about contents in their pockets and many other phenomenal acts! If you are looking for one of America’s most requested novelty acts, contact us about Christopher. He’s the perfect entertainer for small or large holiday party audiences, and personalizes every presentation so your guests get a unique and specialized performance that leaves them in awe.

Photo booth or Photographer

Want to give your company holiday party guests a chance to remember their special night? Or a chance to take their family holiday card photo? Give them a photo booth where they can ham it up with their co-workers (and props to do so!). For a company holiday party focused on employee families, provide a photographer that can take their holiday card family photo and post it online for download.

Juggler & Comedian

Want an entertainer so fun even the kids pay attention? Contact us to hire an entertainer that can keep the youngest and most experienced audience members amused at your next holiday party. His name is Bobby Hunt, and he is the entertainer that can make your next company holiday party an occasion your guests never forget.

Ice bar

ice bar for company holiday partyAn ice bar is a unique touch at any company holiday party, and perfect for any company holiday party in the Midwest (especially when the temps hit an all-time low outside). Serve the cocktails at your next company holiday party from an ice bar customized for your theme, or with logos and artwork specially designed for your next holiday event. Want to find out more about this unique idea? We can give you all the information you need for your next company party.

Holiday piano entertainment

Planning a classy holiday party that demands a fun and upscale pair of entertainers? Contact us about our holiday dueling piano show, which can get anyone into the holiday spirit.

White Christmas show

Even if your guests are too young to remember the original White Christmas film, they’ll be entertained by this wonderful quartet’s concert filled with classic holiday songs such as “Mr. Santa” and “Baby it’s cold outside” as well as many other classics. This is your chance to show your appreciation by taking your guests to the theater for a night or an afternoon.

Our next piece of advice is to make sure you have a new idea that fits the demographic of your guests. For example, a party for your employees and their children requires different entertainment, refreshments and party favors than a party for your employees and their spouses. If you are using an experienced entertainment agent for booking your entertainers (like Artists, Events and Entertainment, Inc.), expect that task to be already done. An experienced entertainment agent can also give you other ideas to make your next company holiday party a success.

Why should I use a booking agent for event entertainment?

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Contact one of the top booking agents in Chicago for your event.

With the internet and mobile technology, it seems everyone is looking for shortcuts to achieve results—even for locating entertainers for their wedding, fundraisers, galas and company parties. In the world of event planning, they want memorable entertainment that wow guests and they want it quickly and easily. The answer is a booking agent. Why? Why would you want to use a booking agent for your corporate events, weddings, festivals, fundraisers and galas?

  • It’s convenient. With just a short conversation, you can give them information about your event and guests. They use their extensive experience to coordinate entertainers, and all the details, that make your event memorable.
  • They think about you and your guests. An experienced booking agent can match you with entertainment that fits your guests’ demographic. Your booking agent can connect you with the entertainer suitable for the age group of your crowd, creating a wonderful atmosphere with entertainment appropriate to their tastes.
  • Your booking agent can select characters and entertainers that take it over the top. You only have to make one call, and the booking agent can book all the acts you need and handle all the details that come with hiring entertainers. They’ve also seen what works and doesn’t work, and good booking agents only hire the best entertainers for your wedding, company holiday party, fundraiser, etc.

The best part: hiring a booking agent won’t take long. They won’t take up any more of your time than needed, while still getting the vital information they need to find the entertainer(s) that fit your event and crowd. Remember, these are professional booking agents with years of experience. They won’t waste your time, just use every second of the conversation to match you with quality entertainment. Speaking of wasting time, don’t waste your time trying to take on the entertainment for your event yourself. Contact a booking agent today, one of the top agents in the Chicago area with years of experience.

Selecting the RIGHT Entertainment for Your Corporate Holiday Party

home_splash1The right entertainment at your holiday corporate party is the difference between a memorable, extraordinary party and a ho-hum gathering that everyone makes excuses to avoid. When you hear, “My dog ate my keys” repeatedly, it’s time for a new draw that eliminates the lame excuses. So how do you find that fantastic entertainment that keeps everyone coming back? Don’t go at it alone. Finding the right booking agent with years of experience, a full listing of entertainers and the ability to match your party with the right entertainer is invaluable to creating the perfect party for your guests.

So before you start your corporate party planning, or pick up a phone to confirm a detail, start your party planning by locating a booking agent with years of experience that has matched the right entertainers with companies throughout Chicagoland. Once you’ve located the entertainment industry professionals that can match your party with the right entertainer, let the party planning begin:

  • Set the theme. The theme of your corporate holiday party dictates many of your party details: menu, decorations, entertainment. Hiring an experienced booking agent comes with another benefit: in addition to selecting the right entertainment, a booking agent can also make suggestions for party themes they’ve seen work.
  • Confirm the important details. Your booking agent needs to know the date, theme, budget and venue before they can find the right entertainers for your party.
  • Find the booking agent that can make the perfect entertainment match. Not all booking agents are created equal. Choose an entertainment agency with years of experience in the entertainment field with a full lineup of entertainers that fit your holiday party needs.
  • Give as much information about your organization and party to your talent agent. Call your booking agent (find out why in our recent blog post) and give them information about your company and the demographic of the crowd you expect. Your booking agent can connect you with the entertainer suitable for the age group of your crowd, creating a wonderful atmosphere with entertainment appropriate to their tastes.

Now it’s time to leave your entertainment selection to the professionals, and finalize your theme details. Your booking agent selects the entertainer(s) that fit your theme, venue size and crowd demographic. The result: an extraordinary party that leaves your guests entertained and appreciated,  without the lame excuses.

Creative Company Holiday Party Themes

Quartet Best_400_266‘Tis the season for company holiday party planning. Even though the holiday party is months away, now is the time to draw on inspiration for your holiday party and start setting in stone the big details such as venue and theme. If you’re drawing a blank in the latter category, here are a few ideas to get you started planning your company holiday party:

  • Treat your employees to dinner and a show. Deviate from the “normal” drunken holiday party with a night at the theatre. At your holiday party, treat your employees to our White Christmas show inspired by the classic film. Complete with lavish costumes, original arrangements, comedy and plenty of sentiment, this cast proves that Christmas is a season to warm the heart and enrich the soul.
  • Enjoy a tropical holiday. Give your guests that tropical holiday feel without the expensive plane tickets. Book entertainers that give the party a ‘getaway’ feel, such as a steel drum band playing holiday carols. Complete the feel with tropical decorations, drinks and food, and you’ve given your guests a holiday vacation in the Midwest.
  • Capture kids’ attention at Santa’s toy factory. Hire elves for your occasion and put them in a corner where the kids can see them wrapping packages. Add some carolers for music as everyone enjoys holiday food, and bring Santa Claus out to distribute the elves’ packages for a new twist on the traditional holiday atmosphere.
  • Magical holiday party. Embody the spirit of the holidays with the traditional elements—snow, Santa, elves—and a bit of magic.  Hire a magician for your entertainment who can get everyone in the jolly holiday mood by the end of their act.

Once you’ve got the theme set for your party, you can start working on details such as the venue and date. Contact your talent agency next to book your entertainment because the best entertainers are booked early. An experienced talent agent can answer all your questions and find the right entertainers for your crowd. Book now, and enjoy the ultimate gift: an unforgettable holiday party.

Have questions about your holiday party planning?

SexyStilts2_240_299Though no one is humming Jingle Bells and the Chicago weather is still balmy, now is the ideal time to start planning your company’s holiday party. Looking for inspiration? We’ve planned a holiday party or two (or three or 400 or…). Though every party is unique, here are some frequently asked questions and answers that can get you in the holiday party planning mindset before the snowflakes fall:

What entertainers are appropriate for our holiday party?

You want your holiday party to be affordable for your corporate budget and entertaining enough to make your company party a festivity to remember. Think beyond the normal entertainers. Characters and actors enhance your theme (think elves and tin soldiers) and provide memorable entertainment for your guests. The characters can pass out appreciation gifts, circulate the crowd with holiday cheer or pose for pictures.

If you need a main stage act, a comedian amuses everyone without having to accommodate for diverse musical tastes. Want to give your employees a night out at the theatre? A live show like White Christmas holds everyone’s attention and sets the holiday mood. If you prefer background music, carolers and piano players are ideal for festive music while your employees mingle.

There are a lot of entertainment options for your holiday party. Working with an entertainment agency is a convenient way to find the best entertainers that fit your holiday party, and reserve many characters and entertainers for your party with one phone call.

How can I find a quality entertainment agency?

Anyone can grab a cell phone and call themselves an agent. Be selective. Choose an entertainment agency with years of experience in the entertainment field with a full lineup of entertainers that fit your holiday party needs.

When should I book entertainment for my holiday party?

The ideal timeframe is 60-90 days before your party. Entertainers in high demand are reserved early, so if you want a specific entertainer for your party, the earlier the better.

How can I accommodate the diversity of my employees at my holiday party?

Consider your employees and the kind of atmosphere you want to set at your holiday party. Contact an experienced entertainment agency with a diverse group of entertainers. Discuss your concerns. Most entertainers can customize their music and entertainment for your guests and their backgrounds.

Entertainment agents can also give recommendations for entertainers ideal for your employees. If your employees are outgoing, create a night of dancing with a band for them and their significant others. Have a diverse crowd with a lot of families? Bring in Santa Claus, set a casual menu and create a family-friendly atmosphere for your employees and their children.

Do I need to reserve my venue before the entertainment?

Yes! You need an exact date and location before contacting an entertainment agency. If you have a theme but don’t know what kind of entertainers you need, an entertainment agent can make recommendations for entertainers appropriate for your theme.

Have any more questions? We’ve got the experienced entertainment agents that can answer your questions. Contact us today.