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 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!

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.

How to Host an Easter Egg Hunt

If you’re in charge of the EastHow to Host an Easter Egg Hunt er egg hunt for your school, church, neighborhood, or otherwise, it’s important to make sure that it is both well-planned and entertaining.

Planning an Easter egg hunt can be a difficult task, especially if you’re planning for a large crowd. The hunt itself can’t be too challenging for younger children but also can’t be too easy for older children. It’s important to cater the event towards your entire audience and make it a memorable experience for all.

Please Go Plastic

You might be convinced that the only way to host an Easter egg hunt is to hide hard-boiled eggs but we highly encourage you to hide plastic eggs. Although it might be considered “traditional” to hide hard boiled eggs, doing so can be a major risk. Children, regardless of age, tend to throw eggs around carelessly. With cracked shells and split eggs, hard-boiled eggs can quickly get messy. Plastic eggs are just as colorful and vibrant and they don’t leave messes or smells behind. You can fill them with candies or coins to make them a bit more exciting.

Offer Other Activities

For teens, or even ten years old and up, Easter egg hunts can get dull quickly. Even if you put in a tremendous amount of effort to find the best hiding places possible, older children might not appreciate them. Consider offering other activities to keep older children, and even adults, entertained while the little ones hunt. We have a variety of carnival games available for rent that will help to entertain people that might not be interested in hunting for eggs. We also have face painters available that can paint flowers, eggs, butterflies, and much more.

Provide Tasty Treats

If you’re going to be hosting a decent sized hunt, it’s important to provide snacks for attendees. Whether you are hosting an inside or outside event, you can provide small snacks such as cupcakes, cookies, and other sweet treats for guests. If you want to provide some healthier options, consider serving vegetables or fruits that are easy for big and little hands to grab. Some popular choices also include jellybeans, mini chocolate eggs, fruit popsicles, and fresh finger sandwiches.

Total Entertainment can help you start planning your upcoming Easter egg hunt to make sure that all of your guests leave “hoppy!”

Throwing a Stellar St. Patrick’s Day Party

Whether you are Irish or noThrowing a Stellar St. Patrick's Day Partyt, St. Patrick’s Day is ultimately an excuse to throw a party. Between green decorations, casino themed celebrations, and festive foods, there are plenty of options on how to throw a St. Patrick’s Day party.

Focus on Food and Drinks

Food and beverage should be a major focus of your St. Patrick’s Day party, or any good party for that matter. “Paddy’s Pudding” is such a fun sweet treat that guests of all ages will enjoy. If you are looking for something savory, an Irish stew is easy to put together and to serve. You should also make beverages a focus of any St. Patrick’s Day. From Guinness to Bailey’s, there are plenty of Irish classics that can be served in multiple ways. Keep foods

Go As Green As Possible

Decorating for a St. Patrick’s Day is simple, go as green as possible. This is your opportunity to throw a themed party that you’re absolutely allowed to go “overboard” on. Hand out green beaded necklaces, put chocolate gold coins in bowls, display, hide shamrocks within your home, etc. There is no such thing as “too much” green when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day parties; the more, the merrier!

Get Guests Feeling Lucky

The Irish are often associated with luck, and so are casino themed events. Put a unique twist on your St. Patrick’s Day party by hosting a casino themed night. Total Entertainment has a variety of casino rentals available that can help liven up any event. If you’re looking for a way to set your party apart from the rest, this is a guaranteed way to do so. From Vegas slot machines to roulette tables, we can provide you with your casino games of choice.

For more information on all of our services and how we can help make your St. Patrick’s Day party a success, contact Total Entertainment.

Hosting a Couple’s Valentine’s Day Party

Many people typically think of Valentine’s Day as a day that you should spend alone wHosting a Couple's Valentine's Day Partyith your spouse or significant other. However, if you’re tired of spending money on a big dinner that you barely touch or earrings that you’ll never wear, consider hosting a couples Valentine’s Day party instead.

With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, give your friends a reason to put down the takeout menu and get out of the house. Enjoy one another’s company and celebrate the holiday together. Hosting a Valentine’s Day party is a fun and unique way to get friends together in cold winter months after the standard holiday season has passed.

Pretty In Pink

We can’t deny that pink and red are still the classic Valentine’s Day color. However, you can incorporate pink and red into your party without creating a juvenile feel. Decorate with muted color palettes in soft pinks and reds, and pull colors that are “creamy” versions of these colors to romanticize the atmosphere. Use copper accents to highlight rosy pinks and bright reds, and consider using cream tablecloths to make your décor standout.

All Things Sweet

Fondue is a great food option for a Valentine’s Day party. Chocolate is often associated with love and romance, and fondue is an easy party “finger food.” Serve fondue with a variety of fruits, marshmallows, pretzels, and nuts to give people options. Seafood, such as oysters and caviar are known aphrodisiacs. Although they can get expensive, they are a “go-to” option for a romantic meal. Serving cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and other sweets is always a good idea, especially for Valentine’s Day. Use sweet treats as part of your décor, and display them on cake stands for guests to admire.

Pass the Bubbles

Champagne is a great drink for a Valentine’s Day party. It is classic and timeless, and many people enjoy it. However, if you want to try something new, consider mixing up some signature Valentine’s Day cocktails.

Signed and Sealed

A big part of being a good host is offering a good takeaway gift for your guests. Consider sending your guests home with a sweet favor of chocolates, homemade cards, scented candles, sweet treats, or otherwise. Some creative options could be confetti tubes, chocolate covered strawberries, or pre-made cocktail mixes.

Total Entertainment is a full service party planning and event rental company. As you prepare for spring events, keep us in mind for carnivals, casino nights, outdoor parties, and more.

Hosting a Single’s Valentine Party

If you have ever been single on ValHosting a Single’s Valentine Partyentine’s Day, you’re probably familiar with wanting something to do so you don’t end up sitting on your couch eating a pint of ice cream. (Although, that can be fun!) We all deserve to have a little bit of fun on Valentine’s Day, regardless of our relationship status. If you are considering hosting a single’s party in place of an overpriced meal at a fancy restaurant, we have some advice to offer.

Get Guests Laughing

If you want guests to be grateful for your event, we encourage you to get them laughing. Instead of Netflix bingeing, not that we don’t encourage that here and there, consider hiring a professional comedian to entertain your guests. It will take up some time so you don’t feel obligated to entertain throughout the party, and it can be done easily in a large or small space so whether you are at a large scale venue or getting cozy in a living room, it can work.

Get Guests Dancing

We all have “feel good” songs that make us feel on top of the world, and it’s important to stream a few of the go-to classics. If you have a bit of a “single mingle” vibe going on at your party, this can be a great opportunity for people to connect over good music and dancing. Consider renting a professional DJ to play the artists that will make guests feel fiercely independent. Beyoncé, anyone?

Get Off-Color Décor

A big part of Valentine’s Day is frequent decorations that are colored in various shades of red and pink. Most Valentine’s Day decorations are sparkling, and if you’re trying to achieve an “anti-valentine” theme, sparkles and conversation hearts aren’t going to cut it for your guests. All good parties have decorations. Consider decorating with “unexpected” valentine decorations such as black hearts, sassy signs, and foods that are sweet with a sour appearance.

Get a Photo Booth

If you’re hosting a pretty big bash, guests are likely expecting some sort of party favor. We suggest giving guests some sort of photo montage from the event. In fact, consider giving your guests a flip book photo favor to really impress. These flip photo booths are a perfect customized party favor. Our package comes with costumes, wigs, accessories, and more to make photos fun. Total Entertainment can send your guests home with their flip book before they leave so they have something to laugh about for weeks afterwards.

If you’re thinking about hosting an “anti-valentine” party, rent what you need from Total Entertainment to make it an absolute success.