Importance of Taking Photographs

Importance of Taking PhotographsPhotographs capture a moment in time, a feeling, an emotion to cherish for years to come. Photographs are irreplaceable and are considered a highly prized possession. So, it’s natural that investing in photography for your event is a vital part of the planning process.

After spending months, if not years, planning an event and hundreds to thousands of dollars making sure your vision comes to life, don’t let the day pass without documenting the event with photos. These mementos will allow your event to live on long after the event is over.

Plus, in today’s society, guests tend to expect event photography to be included. Not only does it encourage engagement during the event, but after as well as people tend to look for event photos online.

It really comes down to one fact. Photographs mean a great deal to people. They become cherished mementos passed down through generations and act as historical documentation appearing in history books and museums. So, it’s important to fulfill this need at your next event. Of course, there are some elements you can downgrade or exclude in your planning, but photography is not one of them.

Here are some ways to incorporate photos in your next event:

Photo Booth

Not only is a photo booth a fun and engaging activity for your guests, but the photo strip also makes a nice favor for your guests to go home with. Strips are customizable. Photo booths are great additions to any event whether it be a community event, birthday, high school reunion or wedding.

Event Photography

Special events like weddings and anniversaries should be remembered for years to come. An event photographer can make that happen capturing photos from the event, both poised and casual. These mementos will live on long after the event is over.

Green Screen Photos

With more than 8Importance of Taking Photographs0 backgrounds to choose from, green screen photos allow guests to let their hair down and get silly by transporting them to other worlds. Backgrounds include walking on Abbey Road and riding a dolphin. No matter which background your guests choose, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

For more information on photo options for your event, visit Total Entertainment.

Children and Face Painting: The Perfect Pair

Children and Face Painting: The Perfect PairWhen a child sees a face painter at a carnival, festival, or fair, you can see their eyes start to sparkle. It is so much fun for a child to pick out a butterfly, a monster truck, a flower, or a tiger, and get it painted onto their tiny cheek.

Children love face painting for many reasons and we have highlighted a few below.

Encourage Creativity

When kids get their faces painted, their imaginations come to life—they can recreate their favorite cartoon character or animal with just a few swipes of the painter’s brush! There’s nothing quite like getting to see yourself wearing your favorite superhero’s signature colors and pretending to fly for the rest of the night. A face painting can provide a whole day of creative fun for your kid to enjoy.

Encouraged Individuality

Unfortunately, school can often be hard for kids that are big on self-expression. But when you have your face painted, you have every reason to let your individuality fly! Encourage your child to make their own unique choice about what they want the face painter to do; they’ll enjoy expressing themselves without limitations. Face painting is a great opportunity for a child to be a child, which they are often rarely able to do.

Encourage Care-free Fun

What’s more fun: an afternoon of screen time or actual active, care-free fun? A kid whose face is painted will be inspired to play pretend for the rest of the afternoon, whether they spend time claiming trees as a monkey or finding their way to the hidden castle. It’s a great way to encourage some imagination, and get your kids focused on something other than the television.

If you’re planning a child-themed event, click here to learn more about Total Entertainment’s face painter’s services.

How to Host an Easter Egg Hunt

If you’re in charge of the EastHow to Host an Easter Egg Hunt er egg hunt for your school, church, neighborhood, or otherwise, it’s important to make sure that it is both well-planned and entertaining.

Planning an Easter egg hunt can be a difficult task, especially if you’re planning for a large crowd. The hunt itself can’t be too challenging for younger children but also can’t be too easy for older children. It’s important to cater the event towards your entire audience and make it a memorable experience for all.

Please Go Plastic

You might be convinced that the only way to host an Easter egg hunt is to hide hard-boiled eggs but we highly encourage you to hide plastic eggs. Although it might be considered “traditional” to hide hard boiled eggs, doing so can be a major risk. Children, regardless of age, tend to throw eggs around carelessly. With cracked shells and split eggs, hard-boiled eggs can quickly get messy. Plastic eggs are just as colorful and vibrant and they don’t leave messes or smells behind. You can fill them with candies or coins to make them a bit more exciting.

Offer Other Activities

For teens, or even ten years old and up, Easter egg hunts can get dull quickly. Even if you put in a tremendous amount of effort to find the best hiding places possible, older children might not appreciate them. Consider offering other activities to keep older children, and even adults, entertained while the little ones hunt. We have a variety of carnival games available for rent that will help to entertain people that might not be interested in hunting for eggs. We also have face painters available that can paint flowers, eggs, butterflies, and much more.

Provide Tasty Treats

If you’re going to be hosting a decent sized hunt, it’s important to provide snacks for attendees. Whether you are hosting an inside or outside event, you can provide small snacks such as cupcakes, cookies, and other sweet treats for guests. If you want to provide some healthier options, consider serving vegetables or fruits that are easy for big and little hands to grab. Some popular choices also include jellybeans, mini chocolate eggs, fruit popsicles, and fresh finger sandwiches.

Total Entertainment can help you start planning your upcoming Easter egg hunt to make sure that all of your guests leave “hoppy!”

Great Themes for Spring Parties

Great Themes for Spring Parties  We are so excited that spring is getting closer. After being inside the majority of the winter, we can’t wait to get out and celebrate spring. Now that it is starting to get warmer outside, celebrate with a spring or summer outdoor party, just because! We have compiled a list of some of our favorite spring party ideas!

Outdoor Palooza for the Kids

The kids have spent the winter cooped up inside, running in circles in the living and glued to their technology. Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to remind them how much fun it can be to play outside and encourage them to get out! Consider hosting an outdoor party for the neighbor kids or close friends to get people outside, trust us, they’ll thank you for it!

Our bounce house and moonwalk rentals are perfect for these types of parties when the theme is focused on getting up off the couch and getting moving! Kids can burn plenty of energy jumping around in a bounce house and they will surely be the highlight of your party. Children will anxiously wait in line for their chance to bounce and play among some of their favorite characters, including the crews from Toy Story, Shrek, and Frozen.

Laugh Factory Night for the Parents

If the kids are all tuckered out from all the bouncing, the parents have a chance to celebrate warmer weather. Consider hosting a comedy-themed party for your friends to give them a chance at some spring sunshine and good times.

There’s really no better way to shake off a winter-induced dreary state of mind than with some good cocktails and endless laughter. Our comedians and entertainers are perfect for a laugh-themed party! Say hello to spring by hosting an outdoor comedy event where you can enjoy the company of good friends while experiencing some great laughs.

Old Fashioned Carnival Games

When we think about spring and summer, we often imagine an old fashioned carnival! Rent our carnival games, great for people of all ages outside, and have your friends over for some dunk tank, duck pond, balloon toss, mini golf, ring toss and more! And don’t forget to rent some food trucks—carnival snacks are the best part of carnivals! We’re talking about funnel cake, hot dogs, and more.

There’s no doubt about it, spring is in the air! Celebrate the season with rentals from Total Entertainment.

Throwing a Stellar St. Patrick’s Day Party

Whether you are Irish or noThrowing a Stellar St. Patrick's Day Partyt, St. Patrick’s Day is ultimately an excuse to throw a party. Between green decorations, casino themed celebrations, and festive foods, there are plenty of options on how to throw a St. Patrick’s Day party.

Focus on Food and Drinks

Food and beverage should be a major focus of your St. Patrick’s Day party, or any good party for that matter. “Paddy’s Pudding” is such a fun sweet treat that guests of all ages will enjoy. If you are looking for something savory, an Irish stew is easy to put together and to serve. You should also make beverages a focus of any St. Patrick’s Day. From Guinness to Bailey’s, there are plenty of Irish classics that can be served in multiple ways. Keep foods

Go As Green As Possible

Decorating for a St. Patrick’s Day is simple, go as green as possible. This is your opportunity to throw a themed party that you’re absolutely allowed to go “overboard” on. Hand out green beaded necklaces, put chocolate gold coins in bowls, display, hide shamrocks within your home, etc. There is no such thing as “too much” green when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day parties; the more, the merrier!

Get Guests Feeling Lucky

The Irish are often associated with luck, and so are casino themed events. Put a unique twist on your St. Patrick’s Day party by hosting a casino themed night. Total Entertainment has a variety of casino rentals available that can help liven up any event. If you’re looking for a way to set your party apart from the rest, this is a guaranteed way to do so. From Vegas slot machines to roulette tables, we can provide you with your casino games of choice.

For more information on all of our services and how we can help make your St. Patrick’s Day party a success, contact Total Entertainment.

Including a Costume Character Rental in Your Child’s Birthday Party

EspeciallTotal Entertainment Rentalsy for children in elementary school and younger, themed birthday parties are all the rage. We have all kinds of rentals to produce an incredible themed birthday for your little one.

And the theme of your child’s party typically revolves around the activities, television and movie characters they love most.  And there is nothing more exciting than seeing their favorite characters – like princesses and superheroes – on the TV. Except maybe seeing them at their own birthday party!

For children, seeing a beloved character in person is something they will remember for years to come.

Your daughter and her friends would love to share tea with their favorite princess, and from clowns to animals and superheroes, there are plenty of characters that both boys and girls will love to visit with at your big celebration.

Just imagine the look of pure joy and excitement on your child’s face when their favorite character arrives at their party – just in time to sing Happy Birthday and enjoy a slice of cake alongside of them.heard you enjoye

Along with our bounce house rentals, carnival games and DJs, Total Entertainment also offers costumed character rentals, perfect for surprising your little one and their friends at their next birthday celebration.

Whether you would like to plan your entire party with us, or just hire a character to come visit your child and wish them a happy birthday, Total Entertainment is happy to help with your next Boston, Massachusetts birthday celebration.

Visit us online or give us a call at 978-777-2050 to start planning for your event.

Hosting a Couple’s Valentine’s Day Party

Many people typically think of Valentine’s Day as a day that you should spend alone wHosting a Couple's Valentine's Day Partyith your spouse or significant other. However, if you’re tired of spending money on a big dinner that you barely touch or earrings that you’ll never wear, consider hosting a couples Valentine’s Day party instead.

With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, give your friends a reason to put down the takeout menu and get out of the house. Enjoy one another’s company and celebrate the holiday together. Hosting a Valentine’s Day party is a fun and unique way to get friends together in cold winter months after the standard holiday season has passed.

Pretty In Pink

We can’t deny that pink and red are still the classic Valentine’s Day color. However, you can incorporate pink and red into your party without creating a juvenile feel. Decorate with muted color palettes in soft pinks and reds, and pull colors that are “creamy” versions of these colors to romanticize the atmosphere. Use copper accents to highlight rosy pinks and bright reds, and consider using cream tablecloths to make your décor standout.

All Things Sweet

Fondue is a great food option for a Valentine’s Day party. Chocolate is often associated with love and romance, and fondue is an easy party “finger food.” Serve fondue with a variety of fruits, marshmallows, pretzels, and nuts to give people options. Seafood, such as oysters and caviar are known aphrodisiacs. Although they can get expensive, they are a “go-to” option for a romantic meal. Serving cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and other sweets is always a good idea, especially for Valentine’s Day. Use sweet treats as part of your décor, and display them on cake stands for guests to admire.

Pass the Bubbles

Champagne is a great drink for a Valentine’s Day party. It is classic and timeless, and many people enjoy it. However, if you want to try something new, consider mixing up some signature Valentine’s Day cocktails.

Signed and Sealed

A big part of being a good host is offering a good takeaway gift for your guests. Consider sending your guests home with a sweet favor of chocolates, homemade cards, scented candles, sweet treats, or otherwise. Some creative options could be confetti tubes, chocolate covered strawberries, or pre-made cocktail mixes.

Total Entertainment is a full service party planning and event rental company. As you prepare for spring events, keep us in mind for carnivals, casino nights, outdoor parties, and more.

Throwing an Elvis Themed Party

Elvis Presley, commonly referred to as The King of Rock and Roll, has been rightly famed as Throwing an Elvis Themed Party one of the most important cultural icons of the 20th century.

During his career as an artist, he created a movement of instituting a freestyle approach to rock and roll music as well as his famous dance moves. Many years have passed since his death in 1977 but his legacy still lives on.

We celebrate his life each year by listening to his famous albums or swooning over pictures and memorabilia that we’ve held onto for years, but why not celebrate him with an Elvis themed party?

Throwing an Elvis themed party is a great way to create excitement, entertain a crowd, and pay tribute to the king. There are many ways to host an Elvis themed party and we have outlined a few:

Photo Booth Props

Elvis was famous for his signature sunglasses, slicked back hair, bell bottomed jeans, and scarves. If you plan on having a photo booth at your party, be sure to include some Elvis accessories to get your guests laughing.

Must-Have Karaoke

Karaoke will always get a crowd pumping, and Elvis themed karaoke is guaranteed to get your guests moving. Host a little karaoke competition of Elvis’s most popular songs and watch the crowd come to life.

Costume Characters

Total Entertainment has costume characters for rent which can liven up a party from the minute they enter the room. Our Elvis costume character can bring personality to your Elvis themed party and guests will be impressed by the effort you put in.

Casino Night

Elvis loved Las Vegas, in fact, he had a song themed around the famous city titled, “Viva, Las Vegas.” Pay tribute to Elvis and Sin City but hosting a casino night party with Elvis music and rhinestones galore.

Here at Total Entertainment, we have a variety of ideas and products for you and your guests to enjoy. To start planning your Elvis themed party, contact Total Entertainment today.

Starting to Think Spring

Here at Total Entertainment, we are starting to think spring. We loveTotal Entertainment Rentals when the weather gets nice enough for our bounce houses, carnival games, and outdoor fun. We have a variety of outdoor rentals that can entertain guests. Although the weather hasn’t cleared up yet, it’s time to start planning spring events.

Many churches, schools, offices, and communities throw spring carnivals to celebrate warm weather and spring holidays. With spring being just a few months away, it’s time to start planning. Here are some must-have rentals for your upcoming carnivals:

Dunk Tank

A dunk tank is the prefect addition for any spring event. It is a great source of entertainment for guests of all ages. If you want your carnival to make a splash, having a dunk tank available for guests is a must.  You can use the dunk tank to fundraise money for a good cause or you can just use it for some good old fashioned fun. Send someone into it that that is willing to be a good sport and let the laughs begin.

Dart Game

If you are hosting a spring carnival, you have to have some of the “classic” carnival games available to guests. People love playing carnival games and they’ll always draw a crowd.  A dart game option can be fun for adults and kids. A dart game is pretty simple for young children to play but it can also serve as a challenge for adults if you make them throw from a distance. These classic games will have the adults feeling nostalgic and the children feeling eager.

Inflatable Obstacle Course 

If you are planning an outdoor carnival, an inflatable obstacle course will tire out the children without fail. (Plus, they look freaking awesome!) Inflatable obstacle courses will challenge children and help keep them active throughout the party. Consider providing small prizes for the winners of each race and turn the obstacle course into a healthy competition among guests.

Planning for Purim

Many people of the Jewish faith are starting to plan their Purim celebrations. Purim is a Jewish holiday that is a time of celebration for people of that faith. Purim is a holiday where the Jewish population remembers the defeat of a plot to exterminate the Jews, celebrating their faith and their survival. Many Jewish families and synagogues celebrate this holiday with carnivals, foods, and games.

If you are looking for rentals for your spring carnival or event, contact Total Entertainment to start booking the necessities now.

Hosting a Single’s Valentine Party

If you have ever been single on ValHosting a Single’s Valentine Partyentine’s Day, you’re probably familiar with wanting something to do so you don’t end up sitting on your couch eating a pint of ice cream. (Although, that can be fun!) We all deserve to have a little bit of fun on Valentine’s Day, regardless of our relationship status. If you are considering hosting a single’s party in place of an overpriced meal at a fancy restaurant, we have some advice to offer.

Get Guests Laughing

If you want guests to be grateful for your event, we encourage you to get them laughing. Instead of Netflix bingeing, not that we don’t encourage that here and there, consider hiring a professional comedian to entertain your guests. It will take up some time so you don’t feel obligated to entertain throughout the party, and it can be done easily in a large or small space so whether you are at a large scale venue or getting cozy in a living room, it can work.

Get Guests Dancing

We all have “feel good” songs that make us feel on top of the world, and it’s important to stream a few of the go-to classics. If you have a bit of a “single mingle” vibe going on at your party, this can be a great opportunity for people to connect over good music and dancing. Consider renting a professional DJ to play the artists that will make guests feel fiercely independent. Beyoncé, anyone?

Get Off-Color Décor

A big part of Valentine’s Day is frequent decorations that are colored in various shades of red and pink. Most Valentine’s Day decorations are sparkling, and if you’re trying to achieve an “anti-valentine” theme, sparkles and conversation hearts aren’t going to cut it for your guests. All good parties have decorations. Consider decorating with “unexpected” valentine decorations such as black hearts, sassy signs, and foods that are sweet with a sour appearance.

Get a Photo Booth

If you’re hosting a pretty big bash, guests are likely expecting some sort of party favor. We suggest giving guests some sort of photo montage from the event. In fact, consider giving your guests a flip book photo favor to really impress. These flip photo booths are a perfect customized party favor. Our package comes with costumes, wigs, accessories, and more to make photos fun. Total Entertainment can send your guests home with their flip book before they leave so they have something to laugh about for weeks afterwards.

If you’re thinking about hosting an “anti-valentine” party, rent what you need from Total Entertainment to make it an absolute success.