Essential Event-Planning Safety Tips

Exit SignHosting a party for your friends or colleagues can be a great experience, but it’s important to keep safety considerations in mind anytime you get a large group of people together in a confined space. After all, the last thing you want is for someone to get injured at your event. With a little care and preparation, you can make sure your next party is every bit as safe as it is fun.

Make Sure Exits are Clearly Marked

In the event of an emergency, it’s important that everyone is able to exit the building in a calm and orderly fashion. If guests have trouble finding an exit, however, anxiety can quickly give way to panic. Make sure all exits are conspicuously marked, preferably with illuminated signs, and avoid blocking doors with things like tables and chairs.

Make Ride Arrangements Beforehand

This is especially important if you’re going to be serving alcohol at your event. Thanks to ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, it’s easier than ever to make sure all your guests have a safe ride home. Some of your guests may also be willing to volunteer as designated drivers. If your event isn’t too big, you may even be able to arrange for a bus to drop everyone off at their destination.  The important thing is to take care of these arrangements in advance.

Have Food Professionally Catered

Asking for guests to bring potluck-style dishes might seem like a fun idea, but it can also be an invitation for foodborne illnesses. Working with a professional catering company is not only convenient; it can also minimize the chances of anyone at your event getting food poisoning.

Keep a First-Aid Kit on Hand

Last but not least, it never hurts to be prepared with a first-aid kit. Make sure it’s stocked with all the basics like bandages, aspirin and antiseptic. A first-aid kit can be particularly useful if there will be children at your event who are prone to scraped knees and bruises.

How to Find the Right Venue for Your Next Big Event

Corporate EventAre you in the process of planning a big corporate event or party? If so, you may be concerned about finding a venue that is well-suited for what you have in mind. Finding the right venue is an essential part of the party-planning process, and it’s not always an easy task. By keeping a few important considerations in mind, however, you can make sure you find an ideal venue for your event.

Find an easily-accessible location.

The location of the venue is arguably its most important feature. Ideally, the venue should be in a well-trafficked, conspicuous location will be easy for people to find. It should also be centrally-located so that no one has to travel too far to get there. A venue in a prime location might be a little more expensive, but it will be well worth the investment.

Make sure there’s plenty of parking.

If you have a long guest list for your event, you’ll need a parking lot to match. On evenings and weekends, on-street parking could be next to impossible to find. Before you settle on a venue, be sure to ask the owner how much parking they have available. If they don’t have their own parking lot, you might be better off looking elsewhere.

Be mindful of the fire code.

The maximum occupancy of the venue should always be higher than your anticipated attendance. Not only can an over-crowded venue be uncomfortable for guests, it can also constitute a fire code violation that comes with a stiff fine. Make sure the venue has enough restrooms to accommodate everyone at your event as well.

Looking for the right gear to make your next event a success? You can find lighting, DJs and more right here at Total Entertainment. Give us a call or contact us online to learn more about all our party rental options today!

How to Host a Great Party for the Big Game

Football championship parties come in all varieties. When hosting a party for the big game, the game itself will entertain the crowd.

However, you have to make watching the game a good experience and you have to have a way to keep spirits up if the game isn’t going in your favor.

Even if your team isn’t playing in the big game, it’s a good excuse to get together, eat some great food, spend time with family and friends, and throw a party.

Here are some great ideas to make your next football championship party a success:

Rent a Caricature Artist

If the game isn’t going in your favor, it’s a good idea to have a way to make the crowd laugh. Consider renting a caricature artist as some “side entertainment” for people that need a timeout from the game.

A caricature artist is an affordable rental that can provide kids and adults alike a whimsical break from starting at the scoreboard!

Rent a DJ for Big Events

Music can improve any party. If you have the food in a separate room from the snacks, play music in that room to keep spirits up and provide a little bit of background noise.

If you’re having a big blowout, consider renting a DJ to keep beats bumping during commercials and downtime.

Rent a Photo Booth

Want your guests to have some solid proof of the fun that they had at your football party?

A photo booth will entertain guests of all ages! And since the photos only take a few minutes, no one will have to worry about missing too much of the game – or the commercials. 

You can also gather some props, from football helmets to footballs themselves, to highlight the event.

Rent a Sound System

A good sound system can really ignite the excitement of the big game!

Professional sound equipment will help you and your guests feel as though the game is right in front of you. You can’t go wrong if you decide to rent a professional sound system.

From the game to the commercials, guests will appreciate it being loud and clear.

Total Entertainment can provide a variety of entertainment options for any party you might be hosting, the big game included. Contact us to start planning your party, the game is just a month away!

Don’t Make These Common Party Planning Mistakes

Don’t Make These Common Party Planning MistakesAre you in the process of planning a birthday party, casino night or other event this season? Putting together a party is a big undertaking, and if you don’t entertain often it can be easy to overlook some important aspects of the planning process. The good news is, these mistakes are easy to avoid once you become aware of them. Today we’ll look at a few of the most common party planning mistakes we see at Total Entertainment.

Forgetting to Request an RSVP

Requesting an RSVP isn’t just a polite formality; it’s a great practical consideration as well. RSVPs can help you get a realistic estimate of just how many people are going to attend your party. This, in turn, can help you determine the amount of food, beverages and other supplies you’ll need for the event.

Neglecting to Find the Right Space

Your living room is probably great for entertaining a few guests, but is it large enough to accommodate your entire party? Finding the right setting is an essential part of the party planning process. If your own home isn’t cut out for what you have in mind, consider looking around for a local event space. You can often rent these spaces by the hour at fairly reasonable rates.

Not Asking for Help

Party planning doesn’t have to be a solo endeavor. Chances are, there are a few people on your guest list who would be more than happy to lend a hand. Try to delegate small tasks to different people based on their unique interests and talents. Just a little help here and there will go a long way.

At Total Entertainment, we’d love to work with you to design and execute your next big event. From photo booths to live DJs and lighting equipment, we have everything you need to throw the party of the year. Give us a call today at our toll-free number to get started!

Tips for Planning an Office Holiday Party

Tips for Planning an Office Holiday PartyYour employees work hard all year long, so when the holidays roll around, it can be nice to treat them to a party to show your gratitude. If you’ve never hosted a holiday party for your office before, however, you may be wondering where to begin. Check out a few party-planning tips below!

Pick a date that will work for everyone.

It may be impossible to plan a date that will be ideal for all of your employees, but you should try to pick one that will work for the majority of them. Whether you plan to hold the party during the day when everyone is already at work or pick a night during the week, the date shouldn’t be too close to Christmas since many people will be busy with their own plans at home. Instead, shoot for a date in the middle of December when people are more likely to be available.

Create a party-planning committee.

There are many different elements of a successful office holiday party—from food and drinks to gift exchanges and games, it can be hard for one person to tackle it all. Rather than try to do everything yourself, it’s a good idea to put together a small committee that can come up with ideas and lend a hand with the event. This can make the planning process a little easier for everyone.

Consider renting equipment to bring the party to life.

Want to make your office holiday party extra special this year? Consider renting things like DJ equipment, table and chairs, and even holiday-themed activities for your guests. These items can put the finishing touches on your party and demonstrate your appreciation for your employees in a fun and creative way.

At Total Entertainment, we can provide you with all the rentals you need to throw a great office holiday party this year. Give us a call at (978) 777-2050 today to learn more!

Make This Halloween a Memorable One With a Costume Rental

halloween party rentalsThe spookiest night of the year is just around the corner. Do you have your costume ready?

Designing and making your own Halloween costume might seem like a fun project, but it’s often easier said than done. In some cases, you might even have to resort to a backup costume at the last minute. If you’ve found that making your own costume is more stressful than fun, Total Entertainment is here to lend a hand.

We offer an extensive selection of costume rentals that are perfect for ghosts and ghouls of all ages!

From scarecrows to Disney princesses, you can find a variety of Halloween favorites in our costume closet. We even offer ensemble costumes so you and your friends can dress up as the cast of your favorite movie or TV show. If you’re hosting a Halloween Party, we can also have one of our professional costume character entertainers come out and entertain your guests. These characters will be especially fun for the kids at your party.

Halloween is approaching fast, but there’s still time to find the perfect costume!

When you come visit us at Total Entertainment, we can help you find great costumes for the whole family. Just stop in to browse our costume closet, or give us a call to ask about any specific costume ideas you might have. Our collection is always growing, so you never know what you might find! Once Halloween is over, just bring the costume back and we’ll take care of the rest. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Host Your Own Casino Night This Fall

Casino Party Night RentalsAre you looking to throw a fun, entertaining party for your family and friends or employees this fall? Total Entertainment can help by designing a customized casino party that will put a smile on everyone’s face. Casino parties are a blast, and when you work with us, you’ll find out first-hand just how exciting it can be to spin the roulette wheel or take part in a few hands of blackjack with friends. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your casino night.

Offer plenty of different games

When people come to your casino party, you want them to be able to try out a bunch of different gaming options. From slot machines and blackjack tables to roulette wheels and craps tables, you should offer a wide array of games to play. Your guests will enjoy jumping from game to game to get the full casino experience.

Decorate your venue to look the part.

Hosting a casino party is about more than just bringing in a bunch of games. While the games are important, you want to make your entire venue looks and feels just like a casino as well. That means hanging decorations, providing casino sound effects, and bringing in professional dealers to work the card tables. This way, you can make people feel like they’re actually at the casino.

Work with a full-service entertainment company.

If you need help organizing your casino party, you should work closely with a company that has hosted these parties in the past. Total Entertainment can see to it that you and your guests have a great time by providing everything you need to throw an authentic casino party. We can even take care of the setup so you can enjoy yourself without worrying about a thing.

This month, we’re offering special discount pricing on all of our casino night packages! Give us a call at 978-777-2050 to reserve yours today.

Check Out a Few of Our Favorite Fall Party Themes

Fall is a season of renewal, making it an ideal time to host a party for friends and family you haven’t seen in a while. Maybe you guys don’t spend as much time together as you’d like to. So don’t wish; do! Bring the gang together for a fall celebration like no other with some of these seasonal party tips.

Tailgater’s Party                                               

Most people gather in the living room to watch their favorite sports teams compete, but let’s think outside the box. The outdoors allows more room for guests and better yet, more room for snacks! Inflatable footballs and football clackers make excellent party favors that your guests can take home with them. If you want to get really creative, try hooking your TV up in the garage for maximum enjoyment.

Oktoberfest Party

Invite your family and coworkers to an authentic celebration of autumn. Many local grocery and liquor stores sell German beer, so pick your favorite to enjoy with friends! For dinner, try serving German potato salad and bratwurst, and apple strudel for dessert. You can even surprise your guests with caricature sketches drawn by one of our talented artists!

Apple Picking Party

This is a perfect theme to go with if you have children. Follow a trip to the local orchard with an afternoon of autumn activities! While they’re playing, take their freshly-picked apples and dip them in your favorite caramel syrup flavors. You can save the candy apples for later consumption, or cut them up and serve them with peanut butter for an immediate sweet tooth satisfier. Provide crafts for the kids to make scare crows with. Don’t want to make a big mess? Take the party outside and add a bounce house so the children can burn off some energy!

Total Entertainment wants to make sure your fall party goes as smoothly as possible. Call us today at 888-339-9995 to learn more about all the services we can offer.

We’ll Bring the Party to You in Our Game Truck

One of the hardest things about throwing a party for a group of kids is cleaning up after everyone goes home. Between snacks, stray party favors and decorations, these parties can create a bit of a mess in your home. That’s why we’ve come up with a great party option for parents who want to treat their kids to a memorable experience, without having to worry about spending hours cleaning up afterwards.

Our Game Truck is a self-contained party on wheels.

Featuring an extensive library of multiplayer video games on today’s hottest consoles, the Game Truck is guaranteed to please kids of all ages. And thanks to its climate-controlled environment, you can host a Game Truck party any time of year, rain or shine.

When you throw a party in our mobile video game lounge, we’ll also send one of our certified Game Coaches to emcee the event and ensure everyone has a good time. They can introduce you to a variety of exciting new video games, and offer insider tips from the pros to foster a lively competitive environment.

Best of all, you won’t have a thing to worry about once the party is over.

We’ll pack everything up and take the Game Truck to its next destination. Whether you want to host an event at home, at school or somewhere else, the Game Truck can bring the party right to your doorstep. Give us a call today or contact us online to learn more about this fun, stress-free option for your next party!

Treat Your Guests to a Green Screen Photo Session

Thinking about renting a photo booth for your next big party? This is a great way to commemorate the event and give everyone a chance to cut loose and take some fun photos with their friends. But rather than limit your photos to one monochromatic background, why not let your guests exercise their imagination with a green screen?

Our green screen photo sessions feature more than 100 background choices—from the Eiffel Tower to Fenway Park.

Whether your guests want to travel to an exotic location, visit their favorite city or see themselves on the cover of a magazine, a green screen can make it all possible. Your guests can take home up to two 5X7” prints of their photo session with custom text on each print. The green screen photo sessions include two attendants, a lighting rig, photo printer and a Nikon DSLR camera for crisp, professional shots. For an additional fee, you can also receive extra prints, flash drives with digital copies of your photos, social media shares and even props and costumes for your guests to use during their photo session.

Thanks to the magic of green screen photography, the possibilities are virtually endless.

These unique attractions are perfect for corporate events, graduation parties, carnivals and more. No matter the event, you can find a great selection of custom green screen backgrounds to match. To learn more about what’s included in our green screen photo sessions, give us a call at our toll-free number or contact us online today!