Top Event Planning Trends of 2018

Event attendees hold new expectations each year when it comes to the venue, experiences, and activities. Give your guests something to remember by staying attuned to the biggest event planning trends of 2018!

Holistic activities

Event attendees are consistently seeking out new, unique activities to experience. Guests appreciate a wide array of options for spending their time and offering only one simple activity or event is unlikely to capture the interests and passions of each individual person. Offer fun and exciting things to do at your event that go beyond the basics.

Guest experience is one of the most important aspects of your event. Allow guests free time where they can choose between multiple events and activities; this allows attendees to pick and enjoy their favorite forms of entertainment or education.

Play on emotion

Planning a Successful Event in 2018Event attendees in 2018 seek out events that make them feel known and understood. Personal experiences prove successful, where attendees can express who they are and show off their skills and talents. Make your event a must-attend attraction by paying special attention to your guest list and catering the décor, activities, and favors towards your audience.

Events in 2018 require engaging experiences that draw the audience in and play on the five senses. Include multi-sensory areas and hands-on displays, and try integrating scents and mood-setting soundtracks. Attendees will appreciate your efforts to give them this experience and make them feel comfortable.

Imaginative venues

Nontraditional and bold venues create lasting memories for attendees, and in 2018, the bigger, the better. Move beyond the conventional four-wall layout and inspire attendees with fun and unique event layouts that invite interactions and reflect the personality, values, and statements of the event.

Make an impression with your venue by considering extraordinary places for your event’s backdrop, like castles or museums. Customize and transform your venue with special elements like photo booths or inflatables. Keep your event the talk of the year with a versatile venue certain to turn heads.

Find holistic activities, stir up some happy emotions, and make your venue pop with amazing and affordable event rentals from Total Entertainment, your one-stop party shop and entertainment source for keeping up with the 2018 event planning trends! Give us a call at 888-339-9995 today to start planning!

Four Fun Water Activities for a Splashing Good Time This Summer

Inflatable Water Slide


Summer means that school’s out and the kids are taking to the outdoors to soak up the sun! What better way to comfortably enjoy the heat than with a few exciting water activities that will keep them cool and refreshed when playing the day away?

Start small with water balloons

Filling up a couple dozen water balloons may be a task, but the results are worth it! Water balloons make a great addition to any backyard party, whether it’s a full-blown water balloon fight, or an organized water balloon toss.

Get soaked with water-guns

Water-guns offer a little less clean up than the water balloons and are easily refilled. Get into a rousing game of water-gun tag or see what team gets soaked first. No matter what, these water-guns will allow your family to be active out in the summer sun, without sweating the heat.

Break out the sprinkler

Who knew something so simple could be so much fun? Set up the sprinkler in the middle of your yard and almost instantaneously, your kids will be jumping through the streaming water for hours on end. Add a twist to this classic activity with a game of Twister!

Go big: inflatable water slide big!

Outdoor Water SlideAn inflatable water slide is perfect for any occasion. It’s easy to entertain however many young ones you have running around your backyard party and is one of the more fun ways to beat the heat. Make your party a hit this summer with a water slide!

For all of your summer party rental needs, look to Total Entertainment, Boston’s one-stop party source for every occasion! We have tents to shade your guests, a full catering service, and most importantly, a plethora of inflatable water slides to choose from. Give us a call at 978-777-2050 to start planning your summer activities!

Designing a Successful Layout for Your Next Event

Event attendees deserve a comfortable seating arrangement that helps conversation flow and encourages focus and attention. Choosing a successful layout for your next event depends on your event purpose, activities, venue, and guests!

What’s the purpose of your event?

Hosting a networking conference or a company retreat requires different layouts from hosting a new employee orientation or higher-level board meeting. The type of event you need to conduct instructs you on which layout you need for success.

Classroom-style layouts that include rows of tables with chairs pointed towards a central presentation area would allow new employees to take notes, while a cocktail style layout with high tables placed around the room provides networking conference attendees a chance to mingle.

Take into account your guests

The number of event attendees also encourages one layout over another. Remember that some layouts require extra space while others waste space and thus prove impractical for large groups.

Banquet layouts allow you to place tables efficiently and use them at maximum capacity with seating around the entire table. Similarly, cabaret layouts include round tables, but they only make use of half of the tables so no one has their backs to the central presentation area. Such a setup may not work with larger groups.

Consider your venue

Conference Speaker Talking to a Room of PeopleEvent venue already booked? Consider the space offered by the venue before choosing your layout. Take note of any heavy furniture or other items that venues may not be willing to move and factor these things into your event spacing.

Does the venue offer multiple rooms for different events throughout the day? How much furniture is available to you? If you need a stage for presentations, does the venue include one? Visualize your event occurring in the venue and plot out the uses for specific areas in your layout.

Did you leave room for activities?

Another factor to keep in mind when designing your layout is the event’s activities. Consider where guests will be most comfortable and successful during the activities you’ve prepared. If a day full of presentations is in store, a theater style layout offers rows of chairs facing a central point. Boardroom layouts prove perfect for breakout sessions, where everyone sits around one large table and faces inwards.

Thinking through your event activities will help you land on a successful layout. Time and manpower permitting, consider switching up the layout throughout the day during longer events to match activities.

Need some help picking the perfect layout? Let Total Entertainment make your next event memorable and stress-free; we offer full-service event planning along with a large array of event rentals to choose from. Give us a call at 978-777-2050 today!

How to Throw the Ultimate Fourth of July Party

With the start of summer, the Fourth of July is right around the corner. Whether you’re planning a small get-together or a block party, there are a few essential things you’ll need in order to throw the ultimate Fourth of July celebration.

Pick a good theme – patriotic, of course!

A party to celebrate the Fourth makes it easy on you when it comes to theme. You can include red, white and blue everything into your decorations, tasty treats, and refreshing drinks! It won’t be difficult to achieve the look you want when all of your guests show up in their patriotic attire.

Add some sparkle to your Fourth and provide a plethora of entertainment

Fourth of July Outdoor Party IdeasIt’s only right to celebrate the Fourth with some sparklers and firecrackers! Be sure to keep a close eye on children with these celebratory items and if you plan on putting on your own display of fireworks, remember to keep your audience a safe distance away. Better yet, leave it to the professionals and take the group to a public firework show in the neighborhood.

The fireworks don’t start until the sun sets for the day, so what do you have planned for the rest of the time? We suggest having an array of lawn games that guests of all ages could enjoy or kick it up a notch and rent some carnival games that will guarantee a good time for your party-goers.

Consider adding a waterslide to your party that will have your guests beating the heat in no time. Just be sure to warn them on the invitation that they’ll need their bathing suits and towels!

A July party calls for July heat, so make sure your guests stay cool

Your patriotic celebration could turn south if you’re not properly prepared for the hot summer sun. In a previous blog post, we mentioned a few ways to keep your guests cool during your outdoor party this summer; some items you’ll need are sunscreen, cold beverages, and some shade!

Create your own shade with one our tents at Total Entertainment! We just added a few patriotic tents to our line-up that will be perfect for your Fourth of July festivities. Give us a call at 978-777-2050 or toll-free at 888-339-9995 today to learn more about our tents and various party rentals!

Choosing the Perfect Theme for Your Next Party

From celebrating your company’s success to throwing your child’s first birthday party, choosing whether or not to have a theme is a task. If a themed party is chosen, the challenge is now choosing a theme fit for the occasion.

Here are few things to keep in mind when deciding on a theme for your upcoming event!

Consider your occasion and audience

It’s important that you keep the reason for your celebration and the guests that will be in attendance in mind when choosing a theme because you wouldn’t want to host a casino night at a child’s birthday party. Corporate events that’s main purpose is networking should be kept simple and elegant. A company party or team building event could thrive with a casino night and a child’s birthday party would find success with a theme that was interactive and fun with several games and activities to keep the young ones occupied!

Date, time, and location of your party

Group of Friends at a Themed Party in BostonThese basic party planning details come into play when deciding your theme. Think about the days surrounding your event. If it’s near a major holiday, then your theme is easily picked for you! Patriotic décor around the Fourth of July and everything glitter to reign in the new year.

Time and location are vital to your theme as well, because some locations are your theme. Whether your event is at the zoo, or at a whimsical garden, your theme is in your setting. Be sure to keep your timing in mind too so that you’re not serving adult beverages at an inopportune time.

Don’t forget about the most important part: you!

If you are crowned as the personal party planner, then you and your vision must be trustworthy. Research what’s on trend for corporate outings or children’s parties, then once you’ve compiled some ideas, ask the public. Involve your employees in choosing the theme or leave it up to the imagination of your child.

At Total Entertainment, we work with you to bring your theme to life! With inflatable bounce houses of varying themes and a full package casino night to take advantage of, we have everything you need to plan a perfectly-themed party. Give us a call toll-free at 888-339-9995 and start your planning today!

Things to Avoid When Planning a Corporate Event

Corporate events require proper planning in order to be successful; your employees work hard all year and deserve a little fun thrown into the mix!

Often, the key to planning comes down to what to avoid more so than what to focus on. Here are some simple “don’ts” of planning a corporate event.

Don’t skimp on details

If you plan to host a sophisticated corporate event, cutting corners is the first thing to avoid. Focus your spending on the most important elements of the event: the venue, the food, and the entertainment. Guests will typically remember these three aspects more than the smaller specifics of the event, so invest in the important event details and leave the rest of your budget for the smaller particulars.

Don’t be cheesy with the theme

Drinks and Food at a Succeesful Corporate EventOften, the theme for a party is one of the most important elements that will guide the rest of your planning; from the food and decorations to the favors and games. However, themed corporate events could come off as unprofessional and lack the class and touch of elegance associated with business parties. Instead of cheesy themes for your event, focus instead on creating patterns of color that best represent your business. Consider a custom casino night that will bring your employees and guests together for a glamorous night of fun and team building!

Don’t schedule the event at an inconvenient time

If you want your employees to attend your corporate event, avoid scheduling it over holidays or holiday weekends. Many employees go out of town or desire to spend time with family during these times, leading to poor attendance at your event. Additionally, leave Mondays and Fridays out of the mix when picking a date; fewer people want to start or end their workweek with a large work event.

Remember to schedule your affair at a location away from the office! Pick a popular in-town destination, travel to the nearest major city, or get outside for a unique corporate experience.

Don’t plan the event alone

This is a corporate event, meaning you have plenty of other worker bees to help you plan your event. Create a committee, ask for volunteers, or consider full-service event planners to produce the perfect party. Delegate tasks as needed and assign people to take care of each detail as you oversee the planning group and keep everyone on task.

Need a hand? Total Entertainment has the experience and supplies necessary to plan your next corporate event! We’ll help you impress and wow employees with a casual affair or a sophisticated occasion. From planning and renting to catering and entertainment, we are a one-stop shop here to make your event the best in the area!

Five Ways to Keep Your Outdoor Party Cool This Summer

Outdoor parties under the summer sun require a bit more time and attention to detail in order to keep your guests cool and comfortable. Make your celebration a success this summer with the following outdoor party tips!

Utilize and create shade

The most coveted spot at an outdoor party is the seat soaked in shade. One of the top ways to beat the summer heat is by taking a break from the sun, so it’s crucial to offer your guests plenty of shady, covered areas to relax in.

Start by placing some seating in shady areas around your yard, such as covered patios or under large trees. Look for structures in your yard that create shade throughout the day and utilize these areas for your guests. Next, add shade where it is lacking by using tools such as umbrellas, canopies, shade sails, or rental tents.

Supply sunscreen and bug spray

Sunny outdoor parties require protection from the elements. Be the perfect accommodating host and provide guests with sunscreen as they attend your outdoor party. Have sunscreens of different types on hand, such as lotions and sprays, and be prepared for a variety of age groups, from kids to adults.

Hot, sunny weather also tends to draw unwanted bugs and pests to your party, so have some bug spray at the ready to help guests avoid irritating bites.

Whip up some cold drinks and treats

Nothing helps guests stay hydrated and refreshed like ice-cold water. Sitting in the hot sun all day leads to dehydration, which doesn’t exactly scream “fun in the sun.” Fill all coolers with bottled water, iced tea and lemonade, which will guarantee relief from the heat.

Remember to serve hydrating treats such as frozen grapes or frozen melon balls. Fresh fruit, crisp vegetables, and other cold finger foods are the perfect treats for munching on during an outdoor party.

Consider the location of the grill and fire pit

Lighting a fire during the hottest part of the day may sound unappealing at first, but don’t give up on creating the desired look and ambiance of your outdoor party just yet. A simple way to keep guests comfortable while keeping your fire pit roaring throughout the day is by setting up seating further away from the heat. Likewise, keep the cooking and grilling away from mingling areas to help guests stay cool.

Focus on entertainment

Happy Child Having Fun on a Water Slide at a Summer PartyEntertainment makes or breaks a party, and with outdoor parties, providing a way to cool down could be the difference between a success and a flop. Go big and be the talk of the town by renting a water slide for a unique and fun way to beat the heat! No matter the size of your outdoor party, there are so many water slides to choose from, accompanied with your favorite fishy characters—some that you may recognize from Finding Nemo!

Find water slides and other fun outdoor party rentals from Total Entertainment, your full-service party-planning and rental company dedicated to transforming your average get-together into an unforgettable bash! Give us a call toll-free at 888-339-9995 today to start your party planning.

How to Plan the Perfect Memorial Day Party

Memorial Day is right around the corner, providing you with the perfect opportunity to entertain outdoors! We’ve rounded up some things to consider when throwing a BBQ for the occasion.

Decorate wisely with a color scheme

Picnic Table with Memorial Day Decorations on itLucky for you, your color scheme is built in to this party! Stick to red, white and blue for lots of patriotic pride. Order colored balloons and display an American flag that will wave proudly throughout the day. Spread the theme across tablecloths, disposable plates and silverware, as well!

Plan activities galore

During your Memorial Day party, make sure you have an array of fun activities to do for both adults and kids. Corn Hole and other backyard games provide classic fun for both parties. Rent a photo booth, or inflatable bounce house to really kick it up a notch!

Prepare for any type of weather

Unfortunately, the possibility of rain is ever-looming when planning a backyard party during the warmer months. Consider investing in a tent that guests can gather under in case of poor weather. It also proves beneficial to keep food safe and dry, out of the sun and rain so it can maintain its freshness.

A festive holiday needs festive food

From BBQ chicken to American flag cupcakes, there are a ton of fun options for food and treats to serve your guests. Decide what kind of food you want to be serving up in advance so you can determine if you want to cook or hire a catering service.

Total Entertainment can make your party planning experience a breeze. Browse our party rental options or give us a call at 978-777-2050 to discuss how we can make your Memorial Day party the best BBQ in the neighborhood!

How to Bring Your Classic Movie Night to the Outdoors

The weather is heating up and everyone wants to spend time outside after a long winter spent hibernating. However, we don’t want to leave behind those cozy movie nights! Read on to learn how you can enjoy your classic movie night during the summer season.

Think about your setting

An outdoor movie night is the perfect way to have a fun night out while still having the comfort of your own home. Make sure you pick the right spot on your property that is both well-lit for safety, but dim enough for your movie viewing. You can set up an outdoor TV or have a true theater experience with an inflatable movie screen. Regardless of your plan, check the weather and pray for no rain!

Prevent uninvited guests from crashing your party

By uninvited guests, we mean pests! Be sure to take preventative actions to rid your movie spot of bugs by either providing bug spray or lighting citronella candles around the area.

Up your seating game

Just because you’re not lounging on your couch doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your comfort! Make sure your outdoor movie night is fully stocked with comfy chairs, pillows, and cozy blankets for when the sun goes down.

No movie night is complete without snacks!

Half the reason people go to movie theaters is for that heavenly movie theater popcorn and other concession favorites. So in order to have a successful outdoor movie night, delicious snacks need to be in attendance. Get together an array of chips, popsicles, fruit, etc. and make sure there’s something for everyone!

Let Total Entertainment make your outdoor movie night a hit this summer. We have plenty of movie night packages to choose from, all for one low price! For more information about our movie night services, contact us via our contact form or give us a call toll-free at 888-339-9995.

Planning a Memorable Graduation Party


Graduation day is finally here, can you believe it? This calls for a celebration! Here are a few tips to help you plan the most successful graduation party that will both honor your hard-working grad and create lasting memories.

Who’s on the guest list?

Make sure you work with your grad on the guest list, inviting all of their friends and family to celebrate this exciting achievement with them. Then make sure to send out the invitations as soon as possible so that attendees can plan accordingly.

Use photos to decorate

In order to have a successful graduation party, you want to be able to share memories while also making some in the process! That’s why it’s essential to incorporate photos in your décor. Create a photo display of your grad’s accomplishments from childhood up until graduation day. This will serve as a wonderful timeline that will both celebrate your child and give you a perfect reason to pull out those adorable baby photos again.

Capture memories at the grad party

Graduates throwing their caps into the airDon’t forget about capturing new memories at the graduation party as well, which your grad and guests will appreciate. Consider renting a photo booth where guests can use props and fun themes to create memories and the ultimate party favor. You could also rent the hottest photo attraction on the scene: green screen fun photography! Your guests can choose from a variety of backgrounds like surfing on the open waves, or dancing the night away at a Disco party.

Pick your entertainment

There are plenty of options when it comes to keeping your guests and grad entertained. Don’t worry, we have a few ideas to consider that will be perfect for celebrating your graduate!

  • Carnival Games
  • Caricature artists
  • Karaoke
  • Inflatable bounce houses (although they’re entering adulthood, no graduate would turn down a day spent jumping around with their friends)

No matter what entertainment you choose, Total Entertainment can help make your graduation party one to remember! We have tent rentals, bounce houses, and everything in between. Give us a call at 978-777-2050 to learn more about our party and event rentals!