Top 5 Themes for Your New Year’s Eve Party 2018

Can you believe that another year has come and gone in the blink of an eye? We guess it’s true what they say: time flies when you’re having fun!

So, now it’s time to start planning how you’ll be ringing in the new year. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are a few of our favorite New Year’s Eve party ideas to help you plan!

Great Gatsby

Bring the glitz and glam with the Roaring 20’s! A Great Gatsby-themed party is perfect for ringing in the new year. All you have to do is dress in your classiest attire, turn up the jazz and pop those champagne bottles at midnight!

“The Best of…”

New Year's Eve Party IdeasWe celebrate the new year for two reasons:

1. To welcome a much-needed start that is like a breath of fresh air, especially after the holiday season and

 

2. To bid farewell to all of the good and bad that came with the previous year.

 

So, why not cherish your favorite cultural moments from the past year with a “Best of…” party! This is easy to do; brainstorm all of the social media memes, events, and crazy things that happened throughout 2018 and use that in your décor and wardrobe theme. From the royal wedding to celebrating the life of Anthony Bourdain, to most recently the “Thank U, Next” track released by Ariana Grande, there is no shortage of ideas for this party!

Decades Party

If this is just not your decade, consider going back to the one you love with a decade party!

Dedicate your entire event to one decade, like a rad 80’s party or have your guests come dressed as their personal favorites. We don’t know about you, but a decade party is nothing without the music. Why not add a karaoke battle to the itinerary? See what decade’s tunes win!

Casino Night

Casino Night PartyWho wouldn’t want to enter 2019 with a little more money than they had in 2018?

Plan a casino night to end the year right, having fun with friends and family, and testing your luck at some high-stakes games (without the high-stakes).

Masquerade Party

If you’re trying to bring a hint of mystery to your New Year’s Eve celebrations, consider planning a masquerade. No one will ever turn down an opportunity to dress up and show their own unique flare with their masks!

Need a helping hand? Total Entertainment has you covered! We have everything from karaoke supplies to Casino Night décor and games. Consider adding a DJ to your event or providing a green screen photo session to remember the night! Browse through our entertainment rentals and give us a call at 888-339-9995 today to learn more.

5 Creative Themes for Your Holiday Party This Year

Forget ugly sweaters and cookie swaps: this year, give your holiday party a boost with one of the following five unique, creative themes!

Christmas karaoke

Creative Holiday Party ThemesBust out the microphones and the classic carols: it’s time for Christmas karaoke!

Bring traditional caroling indoors for a relaxing, entertaining holiday party theme.

Let everyone take turns belting out their favorite holiday songs and provide holiday cocktails or coffee beverages and plenty of sweet treats to keep the energy up. Include a DJ to help keep the party going.

Cheery circus

Nothing gives us childlike joy quite like the circus. Jazz up your holiday party with a holiday circus theme featuring specialty acts and bright red and green décor.

Recruit some friends to act as clowns and jugglers, or hire professional entertainers with skills in aerial acrobatics or caricature art to give guests a memorable experience.

Casino celebration

Casino Night RentalCelebrate the holiday season with an unexpected twist and host a casino night. Offer classic slot machines along with high-stakes card and table games like blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps.

Decorate with a mix of casino décor and holiday magic!

Add some music to the party and blast everyone’s favorite holiday tunes.

Merry movie marathon

Gather up partygoers for a movie night packed full of classic holiday movies. Focus on a theme, like holiday movies starring a particular actor or timeless animated films. Provide plenty of comfy seating and traditional movie snacks along with holiday treats. For large parties, go big with a projector or inflatable movie screen.

Winter workshop

Focus on charity with a winter workshop theme. Set up your venue to resemble Santa’s North Pole workshop. Include stations where guests do activities that fit the theme of giving back.

For example, maybe each guest brings a gift to donate and at one station they wrap the gifts. Perhaps another station includes a silent auction where all proceeds go to charity.

Find everything you need to make these holiday party themes a reality from Total Entertainment, your full-service party planning company offering entertainment rentals, décor, and pure holiday magic for events across New England. Give us a call at 888-339-9995 to learn more today!

The Ultimate Company Holiday Party Planning Checklist

Call it Christmas magic or simply the spirit of the season, but nothing gets us into a cheery mood quite like the string of holidays falling from November to January. Something about these holidays gives employees that extra push of motivation, making it the perfect time of year to plan something special for the office!

Fun and creative holiday parties are one way to get employees in the holiday spirit while simultaneously thanking them for their hard work. To make your company holiday party a hit this year, follow our ultimate party-planning checklist below!

Solidify a date early

Office Holiday PartyMost calendars during the holidays consist of a myriad of colors highlighting different events and tasks to complete. Thus, picking the perfect date is tough when there are so many obligations to plan around.

You could consider sending out a poll to employees to find the best time for the majority of people. Try hosting the party on a Friday night a few hours after the workday concludes to increase likelihood of attendance.

And give out the date of the party in advance to allow everyone time to plan, of course!

Choose a holiday theme

Come up with a fun holiday theme for the party where employees can show off their creativity. Encourage them to come dressed in ugly Christmas sweaters or Christmas pajamas. Once you pick a theme, choose decorations and goodies to match. Plan your menu around the theme and include foods and treats for diets of all kinds, like gluten-free and vegan.

Select an intriguing venue

Your employees deserve a special treat during the holiday season. Transform your annual company holiday party by selecting a unique location employees will be actually excited to visit.

Take the group out to a rock gym, an arcade, a laser tag maze, a trampoline park, or a stand-up comedy show. Choosing a fun location that allows employees to let loose and enjoy their time outside the office makes for a more memorable holiday party.

Spice up your activities

The holidays should be fun and engaging; people like to set time aside this time of year to do things like see Christmas lights, go sledding, watch movies, and make cookies. Your company holiday party should be no different.

Offer a wide range of activities to satisfy employees of all types, from group carnival games to your very own casino night!

Include music, as well as fun surprises that guests won’t be expecting, like inflatables or arcade games.

Find all the rentals you need to host the ultimate company holiday party from Total Entertainment, your source for truly one-of-a-kind event planning. From inflatables and arcade games, to DJs and caricature artists, we have everything you need to create a memorable party that employees will rave about for years to come! Call us at 888-339-9995 to learn more today.

How to Throw a Rad 80’s Themed Party

Your hair is in a side ponytail and your spandex are in place. Seems like you’re all ready for your 80’s themed party!

Before you send out the invites however, check out a few essentials you’ll need to ensure that your 80’s soiree, is the freshest yet.

Dress with the 80’s theme

80's Theme

 

Who wants to attend a retro party in clothes from the 21st century? If your guests are truly lovers of the decade, they’ll be dying to dig up their favorite neon apparel and dust off those legwarmers to assemble their most favorite 80’s getup.

From jazzercise fans to 80’s glam, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the looks of the decade and perhaps hold a contest for best 80’s garb!

Cue the 80’s music

You can’t relive the 80’s without your favorite tunes! From Michael Jackson and Madonna, to Whitney Houston and Prince, there’s no question as to what your party playlist should consist of.

Bring some of your most beloved music icons back with a killer 80’s DJ that has all of your favorite songs from that decade. This will take some of the pressure off of you to throw together a rad 80’s playlist (phew!) and also allow your guests to request their favorite artists of that time.

Plan the perfect 80’s games and activities

The goal of your party should be to send your guests back in time for the night, and what better way to do so then with nostalgia?

Who knows their 80’s tunes the best?

Have a contest to see who can match the popular 80’s songs with the appropriate artists or have a lip-sync battle.

Host an old-fashioned dance-off

Maybe even throw a moonwalk competition in there to get everyone up and moving.

Arcade games and pinball machines

Galaga Arcade GameAnother rad idea is to rent out a few arcade games and pinball machines! Trying their hand at Donkey Kong and Galaga again might be just the thing your guests need to re-enter their 80’s glory days.

For all of your retro party needs, call on the team at Total Entertainment! We’ll help you celebrate the decade the right way with the freshest DJ and fun-filled activities. Give us a call at 1-888-339-9995 today for more information on our event packages and rentals!

Planning a Successful Karaoke Night

You know what time it is—time for karaoke!

Your karaoke night needs to be a hit, but that doesn’t happen by itself. It takes a few key ingredients to plan a successful karaoke night!

Set a theme

Karaoke Night PartyWe’ve all been there before: the karaoke list is all over the place, with some hits from the 60s, followed by a slow song from the 90s, and then ending with a current Top 40.

While fun to variate, it can be worthwhile to set an overarching theme, like 1960s classic rock, or 1980s club music. That way, you can design the room and layout accordingly, and belt out some of your favorite tracks.

Light it up

Speaking of designing the room, lights go a long way. Setting up some basic lights in your karaoke lounge can really tie the place together and bring that next level of entertainment that will have people rocking all night long.

Cue up the list

Rather than having those awkward pauses between songs, while someone’s anxiously looking at what to play next, it’s worth pre-setting a song list in advance, that covers your theme and includes some good foundational songs to get the party going.

Incentivize your karaoke night

And the best singer goes to… You!

Having prizes and rewards for people compete for will get people out of their shells in no time.

With these four ingredients, you’re ready for a successful karaoke night. Need some help? At Total Entertainment, we have the equipment and DJ talent that you’re looking for to get the party started. Give us a call at 1-888-339-9995 to learn more about our karaoke rental packages and start planning your event today!

Why Your Next Event Needs Arcade Games

Space Invaders, Mortal Kombat, Ms. Pac-Man: the names of these timeless games alone are enough to take us back to the arcades of yesterday, where we spent hours playing games in order to earn enough points to type our initials into the coveted “top score” spot.

Arcade games are an instant crowd-pleaser, and this, among a few other reasons, is why your next event needs to include these coin-operated classics!

Bring your event to the next level with arcade games

Arcade Game Rentals in BostonParties and entertainment go hand-in-hand, and the most successful parties offer an exciting and unique guest experience.

From birthday parties to corporate gatherings, events offer an escape from everyday routine and encourage guests to get out of their comfort zones to try something new.

Spice up your next event with something a little out of the ordinary: arcade games!

Arcade games result in friendly competition and the chance for guests to show off their mad gaming skills. The variety of arcade games on the market offers a game for every skill level and interest. Switch up your average annual event and reach a new level of festivity amusement.

Drum up the nostalgia with Ms. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong

Ms. Pac-Man

 

 

What better way to drum up some nostalgia than with classic arcade games?

Whether you’re catering to young children, or adults, arcade games are the perfect entertainers. Older guests will love remembering the last time they played these games as kids and will be grateful to experience them again.

Reinvigorate your team to work together and have fun

Whether a corporate team of employees or a high school football team, groups of people working together benefit from a little fun and creativity. Games encourage people to unleash their true personalities and show a new dimension to their character. Competing to win the highest score on an arcade game inspires positive sportsmanship and lets players show off their individual strengths and talents.

Games resulting in collaboration and fun work to reinvigorate teams, giving them some time to unwind and think of new ways to work together.

Take your party to the next level and let Total Entertainment bring some classic arcade games to your next event. Give us a call at 1-888-339-9995 today to learn more about our arcade game rentals for your next event!

5 Unique Ideas to Entertain Your Guests at Your Next Event

When planning any event, your main goal should be to expertly entertain your guests throughout the course of the day or night. From start to finish, your event attendees will be looking to soak in all that your event has to offer, so it’s essential that you’re offering only the best.

Here are a few entertainment ideas that will have your guests encapsulated and make your event an over-the-top success!

Wow them with a bit of magic

Magician in Boston

 

Whether you’re entertaining families at a community festival, or your employees at your latest corporate outing, a magician is bound to amuse. With slight-of-hand tricks or a mind-blowing performance, a magician is sure to bring the magic to your next event.

Entrance them with a hypnotist

A hypnotist will definitely ensure that everyone is having a good time at your event. Whether you’re the one being hypnotized or you’re in the audience, you won’t believe your eyes as you watch what the power of hypnosis can do.

Test your guests’ knowledge with a game show

Everyone is a sucker for some good competition. With a Jeopardy-style trivia game show, your guests won’t know what hit them!

Bring in the podium, display board and even a game show host. It’ll be as if Alex Trebek was in the building!

Or test your guests’ luck with a casino night

Casino Game Rentals

 

Let your event attendees try their hand at a few of the most beloved card games and slots when you have your very own casino night! Blackjack, Craps, Roulette and more; a casino night is sure to entertain all night long.

And who doesn’t love food?

Yes, the food at your event is an entertainment factor for your guests. Get creative and make your guests move around by having different food and beverage stations set up around your venue. The food will be scrumptious, and your guests can mingle the night away!

Equipped with these creative ideas, your guests will have no choice but to be entertained. And for all of your entertainment needs, call on Total Entertainment, your one-stop party and entertainment shop!

Give us a call at 888-339-9995 today for more information on our affordable event and entertainment rentals!

Three Essentials for a Successful Movie Night Event

There’s nothing better than spending a night with a bowl of popcorn, your favorite movie, and a hundred guests!

Make your next movie night a success with these three essentials!

Bring the movies to you

Movie Night RentalsThere’s no need to get everyone to the theater when you can bring the theater to you!

Gathering around one television set for your weekly movie night with friends might be fine, but when it comes to planning a large event, one small TV screen just won’t cut it.

For a jumbo guest list, you’ll need a jumbo movie screen! An inflatable movie screen will ensure that all guests can watch and enjoy your movie double feature, as if they spent a night at the drive-in, but indoors!

If you’re planning to have your movie night event outdoors, taking in the bit of nice weather we have left before winter comes, then perhaps you’ll want to add a tent to your event. This will offer protection from the elements for your entire event and keep your guests cozy on a brisk fall night.

There’s no movie night without movie-watching snack

It doesn’t matter if you’re watching a horror film or romcom; snacks are essential! Popcorn and cotton candy are staples for any movie night and your guests will be so grateful to have something to much on as they watch the action-packed film from the edge of their seats.

Make your guests feel like stars with custom movie posters!

Custom Movie Night PostersSo, you have your movies and snacks, but there’s still something missing. Oh, that’s right—custom movie posters!

If you want to make your movie night event more memorable for your guests, why not make them the stars?

In just a few short minutes, your guests will be able to craft their own movie poster, taking a photo of them and merging it with an incredible theme. Their name on the poster will be the finishing touch and your guests will instantly be able to share on social media!

For all of your movie night needs, trust in the Team at Total Entertainment. Give us a call at 888-339-9995 today to learn more about our affordable movie night packages and custom movie posters!

Unique Fall Party Games for Kids

DIY Halloween Activities for KidsFrom leaf-themed birthday parties to spooky Halloween extravaganzas, your fall events deserve some special attention this year. One of the best ways to celebrate the autumn season is with some unique fall party games to delight and excite kids of all ages.

Check out some easy-to-duplicate party games below!

Candy Corn Ring Toss

The familiar white, orange, and yellow corn-shaped Halloween candy meets glow necklaces in a fun fall party game called Candy Corn Ring Toss.

To create the candy corn, start with some orange plastic safety cones and spray paint the yellow and white colors on the cones to match the famed candy. Grab some glow necklaces in a variety of colors that are large enough to ring around the cones.

To play, separate kids into two teams. Choose an acceptable distance away from the cones and mark this off as the point to stand behind when tossing.

Award two points to any rings that fully round the cones, and one point for any that lean on or touch the cones.

The first team to reach 21 points wins!

“Feed the Monster”

Ghosts, goblins, and monsters haunt Halloween night! Get into the holiday spirit with the “Feed the Monster” Halloween game.

First, obtain a large cardboard box and cut a mouth shape into one of the corners. Cover the box up in fur-like material, folding the material into the mouth section to leave that section open.

Create some teeth from white craft foam and glue around the mouth. Make your monster some eyes and arms and add some decorative elements as desired. Use some small foam balls painted to resemble eyeballs as the items to throw into the monster’s mouth.

When your monster is complete, it is time to play.

Line up the kids and let them take turns “feeding the monster” with the eyeballs!

Poke-A-Pumpkin

Easy and fun for all ages, the Poke-A-Pumpkin game is the perfect way to surprise players with treats and sweets. The goal is to use plastic cups and construction paper to create a pumpkin that rests against a poster board.

Begin by cutting orange and green tissue paper into squares big enough to cover the tops of your cups. Put a prize into each cup and secure the square of paper over the cup with a rubber band. Assemble your cups into a pumpkin shape and glue onto a poster board.

Once completed, allow children to take turns poking their finger through the paper into the cup of their choice to claim their prize.

Classic Carnival Games

Carnival Games Rentals for Fall EventUnique fall party games move your fall event from average to spectacular!

Kids love classic carnival games like duck pond, balloon toss, miniature golf, and darts. Giant board games, like checkers, chess, and Jenga, are the perfect outdoor activity in the cooler fall weather.

Add some arts and crafts to your event like bead making or frame making. Let each guest create their own stuffed animal complete with a heart, birth certificate, and outfit. Delight kids with candy art and custom shirts.

For all your fun fall needs, call on Total Entertainment! We’re a full-service party planning and rental company offering easy-to-play games for children of all ages. Call us at 888-339-9995 today for more information about our party rentals!

How to Make Your Casino Night a Success

There’s a lot of fun to be had with a casino night, but only if you do it right.

Here are a few essentials that will ensure your casino night is a success!

The necessary casino games

Casino Night Rentals

Your “casino night” can’t just be a makeshift poker party. Your guests will be stunned, and not in the way you want them to be.

Whether you’re hosting a fundraising gala, or throwing your annual corporate party, it’s vital to guest experience and your event’s success that you have authentic casino activities!

Blackjack, craps, roulette and poker tables at your disposal

You can’t have casino night without the proper equipment: tables, chips, and a dealer who knows what they’re doing. Be sure to rent these beloved games to ensure that all of your guests have several options to choosing from when gambling.

Slot machines are a must

It won’t sound like the casino unless you have party-goers testing their luck at the slots! From Double Black Tie to 5 Times Pay, slot machines will have your guests completely captivated as they gamble the night away.

The necessary décor

Casino Night Rental in BostonIf you really want your guests to feel like they’re spending a luxurious night at the casino, then you—and more importantly your event—must look the part!

What we mean is, your décor will set the mood for the night, and when you think of a casino, you think flashy and classy, all rolled into one.

That means you’ll need:

  • A red carpet to welcome your guests
  • Giant cards and dice to match the games
  • Up-lighting and search lights to bring the drama
  • Entertainers if you wish to make your night a true casino experience

For all of your casino night needs, trust Total Entertainment. Our team will make sure that your casino night goes off without a hitch. Give us a call at 888-339-9995 today to learn more about our casino night rentals today!