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Decade Bands Are Trending Across the U.S.

Andrea Fowler

Everyone loves a good throwback tune, right? Well, while we were busy pulling regional party entertainment trends, we couldn't help but notice that every big party-throwing city has its own  decade preference for throwback music. From '20s bands to '90s bands, from San Francisco to Philadelphia, we broke down the details behind the most-booked decade band performances across the U.S. ... MORE

Posted September 12, 2019

How to Plan an Adult Versus Kids Birthday Party

Andrea Fowler

If you’re about to plan a birthday party, you may be a little stuck on where exactly to begin. Figuring out the budget, menu and entertainment can all seem a little daunting at first when there are so many options to choose from. We broke down some of the most important party planning elements for both kids and adult birthday parties to help shed some light on exactly that. ... MORE

Posted September 11, 2019

15 Best NYC Restaurants to Celebrate With a Sit-Down Meal

Grace Peisker

Back in the good old Sketchers-wearing, scooter-riding days, celebrating was the best—because it meant food. You know, that good treat yo’ self food. After every ballet recital, little league game, and A+ report card, everyone would schlep to the nearest ice cream shop or burger joint for a congratulatory meal. ... MORE

Posted August 30, 2019

Best NYC Venues to Host a Grown-Up Birthday Party

Grace Peisker

It doesn’t matter whether you’re celebrating 25 or 45, the first time you decide to celebrate a birthday with a proper dress-to-impress birthday party calls for an equally suitable venue. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate dinner party or an all-out elegant rooftop affair, finding the perfect venue is half the battle. Which is exactly why we rounded up some of our favorites from each venue category:  cocktail bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs, just to name a few. ... MORE

Posted August 30, 2019

The Best Grown-Up Party Themes From Celebrity Birthdays

Andrea Fowler

When there’s no cap on a party budget, there’s no cap on creativity. That’s why we keep an eye on the celebrity event circuit. You never know when that sky’s-the-limit budget is going to result in some of the coolest party theme ideas of the year. Get inspired by some of our all-time favorite celebrity party themes, below. ... MORE

Posted August 29, 2019

Checklist: How to Plan a (Grown-Up) Birthday Party

Grace Peisker

When it comes to birthdays, everyone celebrates differently. Some are happy to ring in another year around the sun, others would rather crawl under a rock than blow out birthday candles. Some throw quiet dinners with friends, others go out on the town. Some go to bars and restaurants, and others go home to their parents. Some throw parties. Suddenly, that someone is you! ... MORE

Posted August 28, 2019

5 Summer Party Themes for Kids

Brittany Anderson

Summer is the best time to throw a backyard bash for your family and friends.  Get ready to kick back and enjoy some fun in the sun.  Where to begin with the party planning?  Look no further - we put together our list of 5 summer party ideas and themes for kids to help get your party planning started!... MORE

Posted May 31, 2019

5 Things to Get for a Kids’ Party That Are Totally Worth the Money

Brittany Anderson

Think you can’t afford things like hiring a DJ or renting a bounce house for your next kids’ party? The fact is that some expenses, like hiring an entertainer, renting party equipment, or paying a babysitter to help wrangle kids, can not only be well worth the money but in some cases--like having a sitter--downright invaluable when you’re hosting a party. Here’s a list of the top things you may want to spend some of your party budget on the next time you throw a party for your child.... MORE

Posted May 31, 2019

Kids' Winter Birthday Party Ideas

Brittany Anderson

As a child, it’s easy to be a little bummed to have a winter birthday. But, with a little creativity (and awesome entertainment), winter birthdays can be just as cool as warm weather celebrations. ... MORE

Posted January 02, 2019

Give Your Child the Best Birthday Ever!

Marissa Latshaw

It’s not too soon to start thinking about your child’s next birthday party (even if the birthday is next December!)  When you’re a parent, birthdays spring up quickly, creating a rush to get the details secured and the invitations out. This year, resolve to give your child a memorable party that is as unique as they are!... MORE

Posted August 01, 2018

Add Some Characters!


Nothing makes a theme party more exciting than bringing that theme to life.  And for most kids, nothing is more surprising than seeing their favorite fictional character walk into a party – just for them.  Hiring a costumed character for a birthday party or a community event is a surefire way to make some memories.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

Kids Party Tip: Age Appropriate Entertainment

Marta Block

Not every party for kids has professional entertainment. Sometimes parents choose to hire an entertainer because of a child's interest or special request, a beloved costumed character for example. Sometimes the entertainment is a natural outcome of a theme, a clown for a circus theme for example. But sometimes the decision to hire entertainment is just a matter of trying to make sure the party has some activity. How can you make sure your entertainment is age appropriate? We have some thoughts!... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

Kids Birthday Photos: 5 Reasons to Hire a Pro

Nicole Putorak

Hire a professional photographer for your kids' birthday photos. Why? Let’s face it…you’re not Anne Geddes. And your juggling skills are half that of the clown you booked for your kid’s party. So with all of the responsibility that comes with pulling off the perfect party, why would you even consider being the event photographer, too? We have an idea: You concentrate on the party. Our professional photographers will handle the pictures.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

How to Mix Cocktails and Kids – A Great Bar Appeals to Guests of All Ages

Katherine Lee

Think kids parties and bartenders don’t mix? Think again! When throwing a party where kids will be a part of the mix, hiring a bartender can be a huge help. They can act as entertainer, an extra pair of hands, and even a stealthy assistant who can help you watch over guests’ welfare. ... MORE

Posted June 22, 2018

Kids Party Tip: Choosing Kid Friendly Music

Marta Block

Thanks to artists and entertainers like Dan Zane and Ralph Covert kids' music has become increasingly sophisticated, music that the whole family can listen to together. At the same time, thanks to ipods and other sources of on-the-go music, kids are routinely exposed to much more sophisticated adult music. Sometimes, the music is a little more sophisticated than many adults would like. This can make choosing music for a kid's party difficult. What's a party planning parent to do? We have tips. ... MORE

Posted June 20, 2018

Back to School Kick-Off

Brittany Anderson

The end of summer can be a little disappointing for us all, especially our kids. However, it can be something to celebrate: new things to learn, reuniting with friends, and a little more “me” time for parents. School should be something to look forward too! Here are some tips on how to throw a great back-to-school party: #1 Pick a back-to-school friendly date School typically starts again in August or September. Look up when your child’s school begins session and set the party date within the first couple of weekends from then.   #2 Invite new friends! Send invitations to all your kid’s friends, including: best friends, last year’s class, new classmates, and kids from the neighborhood. Include parents on the invitations to get to know your child’s community; you can talk about upcoming events for the school year, coordinate carpooling and playdates, and exchange contact information for emergency pick-up.   #3 Plan activities Base the day’s fun on school-related subjects, such as art, science, and gym class! The variety will ensure that everyone has a blast doing something they love. Make your party an A+ event by booking entertainment from GigMasters.   #4 Give useful party favors Stick to the “school” theme by handing out practical party favors - crayons, pencils, erasers, stickers and more. This will help everyone kick off the year with a smile and make your party memorable all school year long.   #5 Donate Give any leftover party supplies or favors to your kid’s teacher, they will appreciate it!   #6 Inspiration Follow us on Pinterest to see our “Back to School” party ideas! ... MORE

Posted August 31, 2015

Party Personality QUIZ: What's Your Perfect Venue?

Chelsea Pellegrino

You’re having a party- the real question is, where? Does your vision work best for a banquet hall? Do you need an outside area so guests have room to run around? Or, are you someone who prefers to celebrate from the comfort of your own home? Take our Party Personality quiz to determine which venue will work best for your event!... MORE

Posted July 23, 2015

Kids Party Tip: Emergency Change of Location

Marta Block

I've always been jealous of people with summer birthdays, or people whose kids have summer birthdays. The party options always seemed so much more varied than my December birthday, or my kids' January & February ones. They also seemed so much more secure, since there's no worry of a blizzard canceling you cookout. But, this summer's nationwide string of storms, rain, and power outages have me rethinking that.... MORE

Posted June 24, 2015

Kids' Party Cake Wrecks (and How to Avoid Them)

Terri Zimmer

A specialty cake can be the crowning centerpiece to an amazing kids’ birthday party. Or it can be a lasting reminder of mistakes made…... MORE

Posted May 07, 2015

A First Birthday Only Happens Once: Hire a Photographer

Erika Olson

Tissue alert: There’s probably not going to be another 12-month period that’s as miraculous as the year that just passed. Your little cutie will certainly keep growing and continuing to charm everyone in sight, but there’s simply no more dramatic transformation than the one that takes place between birth and age one. So you already know you’re going to celebrate this milestone in a big way. Now it’s just a matter of making sure you’ll have happy memories to look back on forever. ... MORE

Posted April 08, 2015

Best Kids' Birthday Party Ideas for 2015

Terri Zimmer

Pretty princesses and galaxies far far away will continue to rule the Kids’ birthday party scene in 2015. If you loved it when you were young, chances are it’s making a comeback for your kids too! ... MORE

Posted April 02, 2015

Hunger Games Birthday Party Ideas to Pin Right Now

Terri Zimmer

First the book, then the movie, and now…the party! The Hunger Games is an exciting birthday party theme that has lots to do. While some kids’ party themes lend themselves to interesting decorations and color combos, The Hunger Games has it all: iconic images, fun references, and of course – games! This is a great theme for teen or tween parties, but adults can get into it too. Here are some of the things we’re pinning to plan an unforgettable Hunger Games Kids Party.... MORE

Posted November 19, 2014

We Love the 90s: Birthday Party Theme

Chelsea Pellegrino

Parachute pants, Fresh Prince, MTV, the Gin Blossoms... is there any decade better than the 90s? We say- “As if!” Take a look around, and you’ll see that the era has taken today’s fashion, media and event space by storm (though as LL Cool J would insist, don’t call it a comeback.) You want to be trendy -we know you do-  so a 90s theme is the perfect fit for your next birthday bash! Here are 10 things for a party that Bayside High's cool crowd would rave over:... MORE

Posted November 17, 2014

Top 5 Ways to Get Grandma Involved at Kids' Birthday Parties

Rachel Baron

Whether you call her grandma, nana, bubbe or something else near and dear, know this - grandma probably feels a bit out of sorts at your kid’s birthday party. She’ll stand in the back near the food (you know, and just pick) or maybe sit in a chair if the ol’ sciatica starts acting up.... MORE

Posted October 01, 2014

Planning  Kids Parties for Multiples: 10 Tips to Double (or Triple) Your Fun

Roni Shapira Ben-Yoseph

Parenting multiples can turn everyday tasks into epic challenges – especially when it comes to planning their birthday parties. Reconciling distinct interests and personalities, honoring my twins’ individuality, and maintaining my sanity along with our family’s bottom line all require a bit of ingenuity, mindfulness, and the occasional leap of faith. ... MORE

Posted September 10, 2014

Kids' Birthday Ideas: A Baseball Themed Bash

Courtney Pandolfi

In a pickle trying to plan your child’s upcoming birthday bash? With baseball season at its peak, why not crack open the peanuts and throw a party that your little athlete will love!... MORE

Posted September 03, 2014

I’m an Outrageous Birthday Party Mom (Sorry Not Sorry)

Rachel Baron

My only child, a boy, was born February 27. I began planning his Bar Mitzvah February 28. No, really.  I won’t get into the details as to why I feel a desperate need to soup up my soirees. But I will tell you why I don’t do it: for bragging rights, to play the game of one-upmanship.... MORE

Posted August 22, 2014

Game Time Decisions: Great Party Games for Tweens & Teens

Elisabeth Wild

Regardless of their ages, there are a lot of factors that go into throwing a great kids party. The planning alone can be stressful, especially when it’s for picky tweens or teenagers—and as kids get older it becomes less about the kind of cake and all about the games. But don’t worry, the games we’ve rounded up are surprisingly simple to put together (i.e., you won’t be up all night making it) and budget friendly.... MORE

Posted August 12, 2014

Most Popular Kids' Party Themes: Star Wars Party for Padawans

Katherine Lee

It's hard to believe that Star Wars, the little movie that became a force to be reckoned with, was released way back in 1977. Today, the Star Wars force, (with all its sequels, spin-offs, merchandise, and more) is still strong with kids. That makes it one of the popular kids' party themes with parents and kids alike. Read on for some great ideas for how to host a Star Wars kids' party for a birthday or other kids' bash. ... MORE

Posted July 23, 2014

Most Popular Kids' Party Themes: Frozen Fun for Kids

Katherine Lee

One of the most popular themes for a kids' party today is Disney's Frozen movie. Because this certifed smash hit movie is so popular with kids of all ages (not to mention many adults!), and a Frozen party theme can work for a toddler as well as a school-age child. Here are some great Frozen party ideas to break out for your next bash, whether it's a kids' birthday party or other celebration.... MORE

Posted July 23, 2014

Biggest Mistakes to Avoid When Planning a Kids' Party

Katherine Lee

When you're planning a kids' party, one of the key things you'll need for success is to know what not to do. From overestimating kids' abilities to not having enough activities to entertain kids, here are the biggest kid party planning mistakes to avoid the next time to host a celebration for a child's birthday, holiday, or other special occasion.... MORE

Posted June 09, 2014

Quinceañeras, an Entertainment Guide

Marta Block

A quinceañera is no ordinary birthday party. Celebrated in many Latin American countries and communities, the quinceañera (or 15th) birthday is a special coming of age celebration for girls. Think of it as a Sweet Sixteen crossed with a Bat Mitzvah crossed with a Debutante Ball, with a lot of fiesta thrown in!... MORE

Posted May 02, 2014

Create Your Own Party Theme

Chelsea Pellegrino

We must admit, we’ve seen some pretty creative party themes in our time, everything from mustachioed bashes to butterfly birthday parties to après ski celebrations! With each party we see, it's always impressive how every little detail seems to tie in perfectly with the theme! But, what if you just can’t seem to stumble across a theme you really love. What if your child loves a character, toy or movie that doesn’t have any commercial products fit for parties? Or, what if you just want to put your own fresh take on a common style? Believe it or not, creating a theme is easier than you think. Here are some great tips for turning any idea into a party!... MORE

Posted April 25, 2014

Mustache Birthday Bash

Chelsea Pellegrino

It's no secret that mustaches are all the rage this season- so much so, that even entire parties are being themed around them! Whether you grow one, wear one or paint one on, they bring a fun atmosphere to party decor. Think we're kidding? Check out this awesome 'stache themed bash celebrating guest-of-honor Julian's second birthday.... MORE

Posted March 17, 2014

Pirate Adventure Theme Party

Nicole Steeger

Ahoy, Matey! September 19th is Talk Like A Pirate Day - Arrrggghhhhh. So if your lad or lassie is fascinated with the days of swashbucklers and scallywags, let the little buccaneer sail the seven seas with a pirate themed birthday bash.... MORE

Posted February 12, 2014

Butterfly Birthday Party

Chelsea Pellegrino

Butterflies: they’re a universal symbol of beauty and growth. So, what better theme for a baby’s first birthday than a charming butterfly garden?... MORE

Posted February 05, 2014

Sinatra Themed 70th Birthday Party

Chelsea Pellegrino

Turning 70 is quite the milestone, but The Best is Yet to Come when you celebrate with a Frank Sinatra themed birthday party! Louis celebrated his 70th birthday with his friends, family and Frank Sinatra. The legendary singer inspired Louis' special night and photographer John Argueta of JargaPix Photography captured some great shots that illustrate how you can incorporate Old Blue Eyes into a celebration of your own.... MORE

Posted January 22, 2014

Pink & Blue Princess Party

Chelsea Pellegrino

Every little girl deserves to be a princess on her birthday! But that doesn't mean you have to just think "pink" - throw in some blue so boys feel welcomed, too!... MORE

Posted January 17, 2014

Quinceañera Playlist

Chelsea Pellegrino

A Quinceanera (15th birthday) is a wonderful milestone event for a girl in the Latin community. For many, this coming of age celebration has become quite the social event – some of these parties are almost as elaborate as weddings! One of the most important parts of planning a fabulous Quince is hiring the right entertainment.... MORE

Posted January 16, 2014

Birthday in Wonderland

Chelsea Pellegrino

Most of us are familiar with the childhood tale of curious Alice, who fell down a rabbit hole and attended a ridiculously fun birthday party. Well, this 4th birthday party may not have had mad hatters or lifesize caterpillars, but it certainly had all the amazement and beauty of Alice in Wonderland!... MORE

Posted January 06, 2014

Farm Themed First Birthday

Chelsea Pellegrino

Having a baby brings so many milestones, but few are as exciting as baby's first birthday! Sometimes it's hard to settle on a theme that's appropriate for little ones, yet still fun for all other guests too. If you're having trouble deciding the décor, look no further than this adorable farm theme!... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

How to Hire a Face Painter

Nicole Steeger

Face painters have the ability to transform children and adults into walking works of art. It's no wonder why they are so popular for kids' parties and special events. Face painters add instant fun to any party. Guests big and small love leaving with a fabulous face that makes for a great parting gift. As with any performer, it can be hard to narrow down the professional that is right for you and your event. That's why we asked our face painting members to give us some tips that will help you throughout the looking and booking process. Here's what the experts had to say: ... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

Vineyard 60th Birthday Party

Chelsea Pellegrino

Though fall is rapidly approaching in the Northeast, the sun continues to shine out West! But whether surrounded by palm trees or autumn leaves, a vineyard can always make for a beautiful party setting. Greta's family had the right idea when they held her surprise 60th birthday party at the stunning Still Yards Vineyards in Paso Robles, CA.... MORE

Posted December 19, 2013

How to Hire a Costumed Character

Ryan Levesque

Costumed characters can make a little ones birthday celebration extra special. The look on their face when they see their favorite character come to life is priceless. But, you can never be too careful when selecting a performer - especially when you are inviting them into your home to spend the day with your children. That's why we talked to some of our top costumed character performers to get their advice on how to select the right professional for your event. ... MORE

Posted December 19, 2013

5 Reasons Parents Trust GigMasters

Marissa Latshaw

Not until you're a parent do you understand what "time flies" really means - one minute they're in your arms, and the next they're driving your car. Celebrating special moments along the way gives us a chance to stop time. First birthdays, communions, bar mitzvahs, sweet sixteens, graduations -- these events bring our families together and create lasting happy memories. ... MORE

Posted December 11, 2013

Whimsical First Birthday

Chelsea Pellegrino

Chevron, plaid and polka dots - oh my! Bright colors and eccentric patterns were the ingredients for this fun first birthday bash!... MORE

Posted December 02, 2013

A Spa-ctacular Birthday Party

Chelsea Pellegrino

Days of pampering are usually reserved for adults. We earn those manicures, massages and trips to the hair salon, right!? But whether you're turning 8 or 85, celebrating a birthday certainly warrants a day at the spa. That's why this mom planned a day of indulgence for daughter Molly Gail and her friends!... MORE

Posted November 11, 2013

Monster Birthday Bash

Chelsea Pellegrino

If your little monster is soon celebrating a birthday, you need to check out this adorable monster-themed party! Mom Jessica threw her son an amazing bash full of bright colors, creative crafts and silly games. There was something to keep every little guest occupied - a coloring station, a photo booth, and even a table to create your very own monster. Kids also got the  chance to "pin the eyeball on the monster."... MORE

Posted October 28, 2013

Parisian Birthday Party

Chelsea Pellegrino

The French are famous for their fantastic food and exquisite taste - the elements to any successful party! That's why this Parisian themed birthday soiree was such a hit. With help from GigMasters own mime Marti Cate, the birthday girl and her guests were transported to beautiful Paris for the day.... MORE

Posted October 21, 2013

Pampered Princess Party

Chelsea Pellegrino

Every little princess deserves a day of pampering. That's why we love Madison's 5th birthday party idea, hosted at a hotel and nail salon. Madison and her friends were treated to a day of fun complete with princess costumes, nail polish and a "real-life" Cinderella! ... MORE

Posted October 16, 2013