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Planning the Perfect Prom: 2019 Edition

Girl in prom dress

Students crave an exciting prom that they can remember for the rest of their lives.

They want a theme that is memorable, music that they can dance the night away to, and unforgettable entertainment.

Here are a few tips to help you plan the perfect prom this year!

Choosing a theme

The perfect and most memorable proms are the ones with the best themes.

Basing your event around a centralized theme pulls each detail together, from the decorations and music to the food and atmosphere.

Casino Night Prom ThemeFind inspiration by focusing on popular movies, video games, exotic locations, or decades to start.

Consider a casino night or popular under-the-sea theme! Once you choose your theme, the rest of your planning will get a little easier.

Picking the music

You can only dance the night away and make epic prom memories when you play the right music.

Based on your budget, choose a DJ to spin the latest hits throughout the dance, or spring for a live band that can bring the house down. Have students submit some of their most favorite songs they want to hear and mix in the classics (Electric Slide, anyone?) to get the party started.

How best to entertain

Next to the music and theme, proms must offer amazing entertainment that keeps the fun going all night long.

Go beyond dancing by offering other fun activities throughout the night, including things like giant inflatables either at the dance or at the prom after-party.

Add in some caricature artists or carnival games to help partygoers make the most of their night.

Total Entertainment offers the complete planning experience for those organizing the perfect prom in 2019. Contact us today to see how we can give your prom that extra wow factor!

How to Plan the Ultimate Mardi Gras Party

A holiday full of colors, costumes, and mayhem, Mardi Gras is one party not to be missed!

This year, Mardi Gras falls on March 5th, so it’s time to get planning! And the best place to start for the ultimate Mardi Gras party is décor, costumes, and entertainment.

Let us help you plan your Mardi Gras party this year!

Go big with décor

Mardi Gras is nothing without extravagant parades, parties, and bold colors. Everything about the celebration is large and over-the-top, meaning you have some work to do to level up your event.

Mardi Gras Mask and BeadsThe holiday is associated with purple, green, and gold, symbolizing justice, faith, and power respectively. Using the three colors of Mardi Gras will make your decorating a breeze, just be sure you’re thinking big when choosing your different design elements.

Cover your tables with bright, patterned fabrics and exaggerated centerpieces. Add life to your space with balloons and garlands.

Hang up colorful Carnival masks and streamers and include glitter and confetti in the décor.

Go crazy with strands of beads, using them as both a decoration and party favor for guests to wear.

Put on a new face

Beautiful masks and courageous costumes symbolize Mardi Gras, so what would be more fun than having your guests create their own masks? Set up a station where guests can create their own holiday mask to wear for the night. Stock your station with feathers, sequins, glitter, and paint, and let your guests have some fun with their imaginations.

Encourage your party goers to dress up in their Mardi Gras best, and hold a costume contest to celebrate everyone’s creativity.

Offer some dress-up items at the party such as wigs, tiaras, boas, mustaches, hats, and oversized glasses. Include face paint and gems to allow party goers to really get into the spirit of Mardi Gras.

Embrace the carnival essence

Carnival Game RentalsLarger than life parties and huge celebratory gatherings are the epitome of Mardi Gras, where people come together to indulge before the Lenten season begins. Guests expect exciting, fun entertainment at Mardi Gras parties to match the essence of the holiday.

Turn your party into a carnival-like celebration with some one-of-a-kind entertainment!

Face painters and balloon artists take your party to a completely new level, while carnival games turn your event into something spectacular.

Invite your guests to indulge in a bit of gambling with some casino games and then to top everything off: provide them with foods famous to the holiday, such as the King Cake!

Total Entertainment understands the spirit of Mardi Gras; with unique entertainment rental options, we take your event from average to New Orleans-level. Let us help you celebrate Mardi Gras the right way with our attention-grabbing rentals at affordable prices!

How to Plan a Big Event on a Not-So-Big Budget

Hosting a big event on a tiny budget may give you pause; can you plan a large-scale party without unlimited funds? The answer is yes!

It is possible to host an awesome event with a small budget, but the success comes with lots of planning and creativity.

Here are some tips for planning a big event on a small budget!

Think about your event catering

Company Trying to Plan a BudgetTo make planning a big event on a small budget work, you need to decide where to cut costs. There are many ways to do this, but a big area to consider is food.

Time your event so that it falls after larger meals, such as in the evening after dinner or after lunch. This way, rather than serving a full meal, you can focus on smaller snacks or desserts, which brings costs down.

Budget décor

If you are hosting an event with tables, go for simple centerpieces rather than splurge on expensive decorations. Group together a few candles or place some ornaments in vases in the center of each table.

Base your event theme on what you already own and decorate with these pre-owned items.

Prioritize entertainment

One of the most important aspects of a party is guest experience and that’s usually determined by your entertainment. The memories partygoers make at your party are not typically from the food they ate, but from the activities they participated in. Keep the bulk of your budget for entertainment and your party is sure to be a success.

Save money with party and entertainment rentals from companies that offer reasonable packages. Find packages that offer décor options to make your event even more affordable! Reliable rental companies take the stress off of your party planning and allow you to save money on your big event.

Plan your next big event with the help of Total Entertainment, New England’s one-stop party and entertainment source. Let us take care of everything to make sure your event is truly a memorable experience. Call us at 888-339-9995 today to learn more!

The Hottest Event Planning Trends to Look Out for in 2019

From unexpected venues and activities to an emphasis on social media, new and vibrant event trends are on the rise in 2019.

Time to level up your party or corporate affair—here are some of the hottest event-planning trends to focus on this year.

Say goodbye to traditional venues

In 2019, guests expect event planners to go above and beyond in their choice of venue.

Company Party at a CafeNew and unique locations take your event from sub-par to spectacular by creating significant memories and adding excitement to the weeks leading up to your event.

Skip the hotel lobby or conference center and hold your event in an aquarium or at the local trampoline park. Hold an outdoor event in your city’s most exclusive park or schedule some time at a paintball arena.

This year will see some wild and crazy venue ideas worthy of talking about.

Say hello to social sharing

Pairing your large-scale event with a strong social media campaign is a hot trend in 2019.

Especially for corporate events, creating hashtags to accompany your event builds excitement and a sense of togetherness. Event hosts will use playful hashtags and suspenseful images to entice people to attend their event.

Additionally, hosts will share videos and images of the event to their social media pages as the event progresses.

Guests will also be encouraged to participate in the social sharing! Sharing your event on social media is an effective branding tool that paints a picture of your company or organization.

Get on board with hands-on activities

Company Casino NightYour guests no longer want to simply sit through long lectures or talks from keynote speakers; instead, they wish to participate and get their hands dirty.

Guests in 2019 crave events where they can fill their time with activities, creating memories and a bonding experience. They want to play around at an indoor arcade or do some volunteer work.

Events in 2019 will be full of hands-on activities that get guests up and moving as opposed to stagnant events where the action falls on one lecturer.

At Total Entertainment, we have an expert handle on making your next event unique and memorable, transforming your party with bounce house rentals, carnival games, casino nights, and more.

Let us help you get trendy in 2019! Give us a call toll-free at 888-339-9995 today to receive your free estimate.

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!