The Ultimate Post Prom Party Checklist

You’ve spent the school year planning out junior or senior prom. From the theme choice and prom song, to the venue and decorations, you haven’t had a moment to think about anything else. But what happens once the dance is over? That’s right – the after-prom party! Here are a few essentials that will help you plan the best after-prom party for your school.

Make sure there’s a way to capture the memories

Entertainment for Your School After-Prom PartyEveryone will be having so much fun and it’s almost a guarantee that they’ll forget to take pictures. Fortunately, there are plenty of options when it comes to providing fun photography for students (and teachers) to enjoy on prom night.

Any party becomes more memorable with a photo booth rental. Students can have fun with props and will only have to wait a few minutes for the results. A photo booth provides you with unlimited photos throughout the party. A different avenue you can choose could be green screen photos! This photo attraction is becoming a popular must-have at every event. Transport your students to the beach or next to their favorite celebrity.

Plan exciting activities

Keep them entertained throughout the night from dance till dusk. Many schools in the Boston area take advantage of carnival games for their events, like arcade games, a ring toss, air hockey, mini golf and more. Make it a more elegant soirée by throwing a casino night! With interactive entertainment and lively themes, a casino night will make your after party just as spectacular as the prom.

Give them a parting gift

A truly awesome after-prom party definitely needs a few things that will entice students to attend. Consider hiring a Caricature Artist to that will give each student a take away from their prom night. Also, be sure to have prizes that they can win. Many students will be going to college in the spring, so there are many essentials that you could have as giveaways.

At Total Entertainment, our main goal is making sure your night is one to remember. We’re your one-stop-shop for all of your after-prom party entertainment. Give us a call at 978-777-2050 today to get a rental quote!

Four Tips for a Successful Outdoor Fundraiser

An outdoor fundraising event is the perfect way to bask in the nice weather while also raising money for a good cause. Here are a few tips to help you plan a fun and successful event this season!

Plan the fundraiser early

PLanning a Fundraising EventIt’s important to start the planning process as early as possible due to the many elements that go into an outdoor event. For some events you’ll have to book your venue and take care of the necessary permits, usually months in advance. Also, solidifying a date early on will give you more time to promote the fundraiser and give people in the community more time to plan to attend.

Look to the forecast

One of the biggest reasons for planning an outdoor fundraiser early is the fact that you have to be ready for any type of weather. You have to plan for the event you want to have and then also develop a back-up plan. This secondary plan includes a rain date for the event if the weather is too harsh on your original date. You can also plan for an alternate venue if the weather misbehaves. Both options will allow you to still hold a successful event without scrambling at the last minute!

Entertain throughout the day and night with…

Outdoor activities

There are several options for entertainment with an outdoor event and you’ll want to make sure your attendees have multiple reasons to stick around. Entertain children with a face painter or a Bubble Zone where they can create bubbles as large as six feet across! Maybe consider having activities for the whole family to take part in, like a caricature artist or inflatable obstacle course.

Fun at the carnival

Another idea that many families enjoy is a fun-filled carnival day! Easy to learn and easy to play games that everyone can try gives event attendees plenty to do. Have an arts and crafts sections for the whole family to enjoy, or rent some classic carnival games that guests will remember from their childhood and share these favorites with their own kids. These games make a great addition to any fundraiser that’s looking to entertain guests of all ages.

Casino night

Add some flair to your next fundraising event with a casino night! Casino night rentals bring interactive entertainment and lively themes to any fundraising event and it doesn’t matter if you’re new to the activity, or an experienced gambler. Your attendees can enjoy slot machines, card and table games, and maybe even some casino themed decor. A casino night has all the makings for a glamorous fundraiser.

Consider the time of day

Most fundraisers take place over the course of a day, so you have to plan accordingly for your guests to be the most comfortable during the event.  If you’re planning a run or fun walk, then it’d be beneficial to start in the cool morning air and leave the other elements of entertainment for after. Be sure to have some shelter from the sun, whether that means natural shade from nearby trees, or utilizing a tent rental to provide shade and protection from the elements.

Total Entertainment has everything you need to make your outdoor fundraising event a success! We are Boston’s one-stop-shop for all quality rentals and entertainment needs. Call us at 978-777-2050 to learn more about our services and start planning your fundraiser!

Planning the Perfect Team Building Corporate Event

Tips for Planning Your Company OutingWhen planning a corporate event, you must have a goal in mind that you would like your employees to achieve by the end of it. This goal could be anything from solidifying a reorganization or merger, to celebrating a group achievement. However many times, a corporate outing is planned to improve employee relationships and boost collaboration company-wide.

Leave your work back at the office for a day and plan a fun and engaging team building event.

Your team building exercises should reflect the goal you would like to achieve and should be based on your company. Factor the demographics and interests of your employees so that they will genuinely be excited for your corporate outing.

These elements will help you choose an appropriate activity for your goal as well as your group dynamic.

There are many avenues to consider when choosing a team building activity, such as taking on an inflatable obstacle course! This offers a safe way for your employees to enjoy their time and engage is some friendly competition. Another option would be a rousing game of bubble ball soccer, where employees can play soccer but with the added element of being secure inside an inflatable bubble ball.

The most important part of a team building corporate event is the team!

No matter what activity you choose, it’s vital to your goal that you have the right sized teams. If there are too many people per team, you risk the chance of someone not participating or detaching from the group. A solid team size is between six and 10 people depending on the size of your company and the exercise.

At Total Entertainment, we understand the importance of your team building corporate event and are equipped with the planning expertise and party rentals you’ll need to accomplish your goal. We have everything from casino night rentals to carnival games and more. Give us a call at 978-777-2050 to learn more about our full service event planning and available party rentals for your next event!

Band vs. DJ: What’s Right for Your Wedding

You picked out beautiful flowers that match your color palette perfectly, constructed over 100 unique centerpieces with your own hands, and yet the fate of your big day relies on the music you choose for your reception. So you need to ask yourself:

Should I hire a live band or a DJ for my wedding reception?

What’s your taste in music?Choose The Right Music for Your Wedding Reception

First, consider your music preferences and the ambience you want for your reception. Will you want to put on your dancing shoes or keep them tucked away in the back of your closet? Do you want a more romantic setting with a string quartet or is it your goal to do the Electric Slide immediately after cocktail hour?

Figuring out the type of vibe you want to create for your reception is essential when choosing your music maker.

Benefits of a live band at your reception

A band is more commonly used when you want to experience a live performance, but make sure you have a large enough venue and that they’re able to play the songs that are important to you. A band also gives guests the opportunity to connect with the performers and you can easily find a band with the repertoire that fits your theme.

Benefits of a DJ spinning on your wedding day

If you have a long list of songs you want to hear, then a DJ might be what you need. They usually are able to pull from an online database and can easily locate a track that you’ve been dying to hear. This also means that your guests can make requests throughout the night, which they’ll appreciate you for.

What’s your budget?

Prices vary for both depending on equipment, day of the week, and how long you want them to play for. Typically, a band is more expensive than a DJ. Check first if the band charges a flat rate or if it would be per musician. No matter which option you go with, be aware of any overtime fees that could be added for lodging or extra time.

Total Entertainment knows how to make your day special and bring the right kind of music to your ears. We have professional DJ’s equipped with an impressive repertoire and talented live bands that will be sure to give you the experience you’re looking for! Call us at 978-777-2050 to make your reservation today.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Event Catering Service

Event CateringPlanning a corporate event, a personal celebration or fundraiser can be fun, but it can also present some unique challenges. Figuring out how to feed a large group of people can be a particularly daunting task, for example. That’s why many people choose to hire a professional catering service to take care of the food and refreshments for the event. Today we’ll look at just a few of the many benefits of hiring a catering service for your next event.

It’s Cost-Effective

Preparing food for 50+ people is an entire job in and of itself. Unless you have access to an industrial kitchen, preparing that much food can be downright impossible. A professional catering company can assess your guest list to determine exactly how much food you’ll need for the event. This way, you won’t have to pay for surplus ingredients or run out in the middle of the event to pick up more food. Instead, you’ll know exactly how much you’ll be spending on food and beverages in advance.

It Never Hurts to Have Culinary Knowledge

Serving food might seem pretty straightforward, but have you thought about food allergies? Food safety requirements? The permits you might need to serve food in a public setting? A professional event catering service will come equipped with the knowledge and experience to handle all these considerations and more. Plus, you won’t have to worry about an amateur chef serving food that hasn’t been properly cooked or handled to your guests.

You Can Make a Good Impression

Investing in professional food service can go a long way towards making a good impression on your guests. This might be particularly important during a corporate get-together or other professional event. When your organization’s reputation is riding on the success of an event, it’s always worth investing in a qualified catering service.

At Total Entertainment, our talented team of caterers can work with you to design a menu that your guests will be sure to love. We can accommodate a wide variety of cuisines and dietary restrictions, from southern barbecue to vegetarian options and more. Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more!

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!