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.

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

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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

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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!

5 Unique Ideas to Entertain Your Guests at Your Next Event

When planning any event, your main goal should be to expertly entertain your guests throughout the course of the day or night. From start to finish, your event attendees will be looking to soak in all that your event has to offer, so it’s essential that you’re offering only the best.

Here are a few entertainment ideas that will have your guests encapsulated and make your event an over-the-top success!

Wow them with a bit of magic

Magician in Boston


Whether you’re entertaining families at a community festival, or your employees at your latest corporate outing, a magician is bound to amuse. With slight-of-hand tricks or a mind-blowing performance, a magician is sure to bring the magic to your next event.

Entrance them with a hypnotist

A hypnotist will definitely ensure that everyone is having a good time at your event. Whether you’re the one being hypnotized or you’re in the audience, you won’t believe your eyes as you watch what the power of hypnosis can do.

Test your guests’ knowledge with a game show

Everyone is a sucker for some good competition. With a Jeopardy-style trivia game show, your guests won’t know what hit them!

Bring in the podium, display board and even a game show host. It’ll be as if Alex Trebek was in the building!

Or test your guests’ luck with a casino night

Casino Game Rentals


Let your event attendees try their hand at a few of the most beloved card games and slots when you have your very own casino night! Blackjack, Craps, Roulette and more; a casino night is sure to entertain all night long.

And who doesn’t love food?

Yes, the food at your event is an entertainment factor for your guests. Get creative and make your guests move around by having different food and beverage stations set up around your venue. The food will be scrumptious, and your guests can mingle the night away!

Equipped with these creative ideas, your guests will have no choice but to be entertained. And for all of your entertainment needs, call on Total Entertainment, your one-stop party and entertainment shop!

Give us a call at 888-339-9995 today for more information on our affordable event and entertainment rentals!

Five Simple Event Entertainment Ideas to Wow Your Guests

In 2018, it’s essential for every event to present their guests with a non-stop, interactive experience that will indulge both their short attention spans and their need to be consistently entertained. Whether it’s a corporate outing, a child’s birthday party, a high school dance, or an elegant fundraiser, your guests will be looking for a total entertainment experience.

Keep the kids entertained or the adults amused with these top entertainment ideas for your next event!

Give the event some color with a face painter

Arts and Entertainment Rentals for Your Next EventFace painting is always a hit among kids and parents alike! Whether it’s a small doodle on the cheek or you’re transformed into a full-blown ethereal fairy, face painting can add excitement to any party.

Fake tattoos are all the rage—especially if you add some glitter

Just like face painting, glitter and airbrush tattoos can give your guests a unique opportunity to revamp their look—in a non-permanent way! These artists usually have a collection of designs to choose from and the whole process takes just a few minutes.

Turn anything into a contest and you have their attention

It’s easy to pique the competitive sides of your guests when there’s something worth vying for. Make your entire event a competition by adding a theme and including a costume contest or plan out several little activities that will keep everyone wanting to win.

Show off your guests’ character with a caricature artist

Book a Caricature Artist for Your Next EventYour event attendees are bound to become entranced with a caricature artist. Bringing out their most prominent features and showing their personality in a caricature is a perfect token for them to take away from your event and remember all of the memories they made.

Get creative with music and get your guests involved

It never hurts to hand the microphone off to your audience, but why not plan for it and incorporate some karaoke? Guests can have fun singing along to their favorite songs and dancing the night away.

Your event doesn’t have to break the bank when it comes to entertainment. At Total Entertainment, we’re your one-stop party and entertainment source. Browse our vast collection of party rentals and give us a call at 888-339-9995 to learn more about our services!

Event Planning: How to Prepare for Bad Weather

When you’re planning a party for the outdoors, it’s easy to plan for food, entertainment, invitations, etc. However, one thing that’s not so easy to plan for is the weather.

Preparing for bad weather is essential for planning an outdoor event and we know just how you can do it so your party is ready for that potential rain!

Take cover of your electronics

Most parties have an electrical element to it, whether it’s lighting, stereo systems, or some other technical equipment. When planning an outdoor event, make sure you have plenty of tarps and large garbage bags that you can use to cover any non-water-resistant materials and prevent damage.

Take cover of your guests

Planning an Outdoor Party in BostonProtect your guests from the elements by renting a tent. A tent is always a smart idea, even if the weather forecast shows only sunshine. But sometimes people need reprieve from direct sunlight just as much as they need to shield themselves from rain. Tents with no walls are easy for guests to walk in and out of, but in certain cases, you may want to have siding that rolls down in case your rain pairs up with some powerful gusts of wind.

Have an evacuation plan

Should the weather really pick up and become dangerous, have an evacuation plan ready to share with guests so they can take cover and make it to safety quickly.

Have a backup plan

At the end of the day, severe weather happens and it’s important to have a backup plan if you need to move things indoors last minute. Whatever the venue you choose, aim for one with an inside area that you can utilize if need be.

For all of your party needs, rain or shine, call on Total Entertainment! We make it easy for you to plan for any outdoor party by offering the best and most reliable Boston-area tent and party rentals. Call us at 978-777-2050 today to start planning your next party!

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!