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The 18 Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for 2019

Andrea Fowler

Mother’s Day can be a tricky occasion when it comes to gifting. You want to give mom something unique that will make her feel special (especially if it’s her first Mother’s Day!) and you want this particular gift to stand out from all the years previous—Mother’s Day 2019, here we come. ... MORE

Posted September 12, 2019

Party Entertainment Trends By City

Andrea Fowler

From fire dancers to caricaturists, there are a lot of amazing options when it comes to booking entertainment for a party. And as it turns out, there are some unexpected local favorites across the U.S. ... MORE

Posted September 12, 2019

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

10 Surprisingly Affordable Party Performers and Entertainment

Andrea Fowler

When planning a party, no matter how many afternoons you spend crafting decorations or hours dedicated to curating the perfect playlist, there’s one lingering question that always hangs over the host’s head: Will my guests have fun? ... MORE

Posted September 12, 2019

10 New Ways to Decorate Your Party With Balloons

Andrea Fowler

Like the birth of any new décor trend, it only takes one really unique idea to get the wheels turning. Then before you know it, you’ll see similar versions and creative remixes sprouting up from all over. Balloon garlands are no exception. The recent explosion of these garlands have made balloons the hot décor item to include at your event, and the more creative you can get with it, the more Instagram kudos your party will get. ... MORE

Posted September 12, 2019

The Best (Bookable) Rooftop Bars in NYC

Grace Peisker

As the sky turns from bright orange to inky blue, watching the city change and pulse with light is shockingly stunning—even better with a drink in your hand, surrounded by friends. Once spring hits, it’s impossible to escape the rooftop bug: The skyline views, sunlit terraces, chic décor and cocktails with the sunset—it all comes together for an enchanting ambience that can take a party to the next level. ... MORE

Posted September 12, 2019

Do People Actually Stick to Party Budgets?

Andrea Fowler

When you’re getting ready to celebrate a special occasion or holiday, the first step in party planning is establishing a budget. Okay fine, the first-first thing you do might be to look through Pinterest, but the real check-list starts with budgeting. ... MORE

Posted September 03, 2019

What the Helium Shortage Means for Your Upcoming Party

Andrea Fowler

In case you haven’t heard—and we’re guessing you haven’t, because no one has a Google alert set for balloon news—there’s a helium shortage that’s doing some far-reaching damage. This isn’t just a temporary out-of-stock issue at your local party supplies store, it’s a global deficit. ... MORE

Posted August 30, 2019

Best Gifts for Father's Day 2019

Grace Peisker

Father’s Day has snuck up on us again, and this summer, fruitless gift research has yielded lists of borderline alpha male-driven results. Sure, dads may enjoy things like gourmet beef jerky/extreme outdoor camping gear/expensive electric screwdrivers (?), but if that’s not his jam, it’s hard to find a gift that is both touching and fatherly. It wouldn’t hurt to buy something he needed either. ... MORE

Posted August 30, 2019

GoT-Inspired Cocktails for Your Finale Watch Party

Andrea Fowler

Winter has come and gone, the long night ended with a bright sunrise, and we’re down to the final episode of Game of Thrones. It took eight years and 73 episodes, and the world is now left with a deeply rooted sense of distrust toward anyone who doesn’t hail from The North and a suspicion that the proverbial bus or Red Wedding could be around any corner. However, we’re also left with an infinite amount of meme content so it balances out in the end. ... MORE

Posted August 30, 2019

The Top Party Trends for 2019

Andrea Fowler

When it comes to trend forecasting, we have a pretty good idea of what’s about to top the trend charts. How, you ask? Because we roll deep in the party scene. That being said, we are not without journalistic integrity. We do our due diligence and tap industry professionals for their opinions and look at search data (yes, search data) to determine what’s what. We take parties very seriously. ... MORE

Posted August 30, 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

The Most Common (and Cringe-Worthy) Party Fouls—and How to Avoid Them

Andrea Fowler

No matter how many parties you’ve thrown, or how hard you try to predict the unpredictable, some party fouls just can’t be avoided. Maybe a guest forgets to turn off the bathroom sink and you now have a flood in your basement. Or the private wine fridge was raided and you’re out a few very expensive bottles of vino. ... 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 Apps for Party Planning (for iPhone and Android)

Grace Peisker

Even the most experienced party planners can agree that organizing an event can get... stressful, to say the least. Playing phone tag with different vendors, fielding questions from guests, coordinating catering orders and selecting the perfect signature cocktail; there are a lot of moving parts. The good news is, there are so many ways to stay organized. ... MORE

Posted August 30, 2019

How to Consciously Celebrate Pride in NYC this Month

Grace Peisker

Happy June! New York’s colors are flying this month, as a record 6 million people will be celebrating LGBTQ pride. Whether you’re partying the entire month or planning a get-together to watch the June 30 Pride Parade from a rooftop, this month is about celebrating the movement’s progress, because this year is especially meaningful. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots: The night when escalating tension between the police and the gay community in the West Village exploded in the form of  brick-to-glass, starting one of the biggest revolutions of the century. ... MORE

Posted August 30, 2019

The Most Popular Entertainment for Baby Showers

Grace Peisker

The crane-carrying-baby invites have been sent out, the gifts have been registered, and finally, everyone has arrived, pastel parcels in hand. A baby shower is the ultimate way to equip parents with everything they might need when the baby arrives, whether they’re first-time expecting or onto their third. And thanks to the invitees, the baby will have a pretty great set-up. Now that the guests are here, it’s time to say thanks by showing them a great time. ... MORE

Posted August 29, 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

Surprising Facts About the Most (and Least) Celebrated Occasions in the U.S.

Andrea Fowler

In honor of World Party Day, The Bash took a look at how people celebrate their favorite holidays and occasions. What’s that? You haven’t heard of World Party Day? Allow me to elaborate: This particular holiday is observed by everyone, everywhere. It’s meant to be a day of joyful celebration to acknowledge everything that’s good and optimistic in the world. ... MORE

Posted August 29, 2019

How to Host an Awesome World Cup Viewing Party

Grace Peisker

Need something to root for? The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is here, and it this year it looks like the United States has a shot at winning big. FIFA ride-or-die viewers are getting ready to tune in to keep tabs on their favorite teams, or plan their own at-home viewing parties so they don't miss out on any action. ... 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

Bring the Outside In with Indoor Party Themes!

Brittany Anderson

Do your winter-born kids have summer birthday party envy? Perhaps they’ve always dreamt of having a barbecue or pool party for their special day. Luckily for them, you could bring the outside in with these fun party themes! With these theme ideas, your kids will want it to be winter all year long. ... MORE

Posted January 02, 2019

6 Kidsgiving Party Theme Ideas That We're Thankful For

Lilly Blomquist

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner? It’s time to set aside our Halloween candy to make room for more sweet treats. Now that spooky season has officially ended, we can prepare ourselves for endless amounts of stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and turkey. But before we indulge in all of our favorite dishes on that delectable day, we can celebrate the weeks leading up to the feast with fun activities and traditions, such as a kid-friendly Thanksgiving party. We’ve put together a list of Kidsgiving party theme ideas that young guests will be thankful for this year. 1. Charlie Brown Celebration  Throw A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving viewing party! Kids can come to the get-together as their favorite movie characters, such as Snoopy or Linus, to watch the film and eat a delicious potluck dinner of popcorn, buttered toast and more. During the party, you can pass out a Peanuts quiz for kids to take, and you can set up a T-shirt making station where the youngsters can create a Peanuts character on the shirt. To take the party to the next level, invite Snoopy as a special guest by hiring a costumed character. 2. Countryside Venture If you want to throw a Thanksgiving party that both kids and adults can enjoy together, plan a rustic Thanksgiving celebration. Decorate your home with pumpkins, pinecones, white candles, sunflowers and gold accents. The simplicity and elegance of the decorations will provide a beautiful aesthetic and an easy cleanup. Serve a fresh, simple and comforting country-style Thanksgiving meal with dishes, such as a roasted turkey, green beans, mashed sweet potatoes and apple pie. To really set the scene, hire a folk singer or acoustic guitarist for kids and adults to dance to. 3. Pumpkin Patch Party Autumn means an annual trip to the pumpkin patch, so why not replicate this festive experience with a pumpkin picking party? Arrange bales of hay, gold flowers, straw and mini pumpkins around your yard to make a pumpkin patch. Set up tables with washable tablecloths and art supplies, like markers, glitter glue and stickers. Once kids arrive, they can make their way over to the pumpkin patch to pick their own pumpkin, decorate it and take it home as a party favor. For more of a farm feel, give kids a hayride around the outdoor area. 4. Football Fest Organizing a Turkey Bowl to play with family or friends and watching pros throw around the football on TV are essential Thanksgiving Day traditions. For some fresh air and exercise, host a tag football party for kids. Divide the group into two teams, and have two adults, either one of the kids’ parents or a member of your own family, volunteer as captains or coaches to make sure things are running smoothly. Remind the kids that the game is touch football, not tackle. The winning team will get to help themselves to a piece of a football-shaped cake first.  5. An Apple a Day This adorable theme idea is from Melissa Johnson, founder of Best Friends for Frosting. Johnson says an apple-themed party will give kids a taste of fall without sacrificing the fun. “Do crafts by cutting apples and using paint and paper for stamping, and incorporate apples into the dishes, like stuffing or even apple cinnamon yogurt parfaits with cute candles for dessert,” suggests Johnson. Don’t feel like baking? No problem. You can also set up a caramel apple bar. All you have to do is cut up apple slices and fill jars with caramel and other crunchy toppings, such as sprinkles, candy corn and peanuts. Bobbing for apples is another party favorite that fits the fruity theme.  6. Giving Thanks Party For a more mindful appraoch, Johnson has another theme idea that's fully focused on gratitude. "This is all about teaching the kids to say thank you and to think about what they're thankful for," says Johnson. After all, gratitude is more than just a buzz-worthy self-care trend on Instagram. This theme reminds kids—and adults too!—to count their blessings. For a kid-friendly craft activity, set up a thank-you card station. “Let the kids make handwritten thank-you notes for their family, friends and everyone at the party.” If you want to add a little show and tell action, ask everyone to go around the table and share one thing they are thankful for this holiday season.... MORE

Posted November 01, 2018

Throw a Fall Festival in Your Own Backyard!

Brittany Anderson

Hay bales, pumpkins, and gourds galore! Get everyone in the fall mood when you bring your favorite fall festival activities to your own backyard - the kids will love it! Keep reading for our top vendors to book, food & drink ideas, and tips for decor & extra fun activities. ... MORE

Posted September 19, 2018

3 Kids' Party Themes for Fall

Brittany Anderson

The summer is winding down, and it’s time to start planning for fall kids’ parties! ... MORE

Posted August 29, 2018

Throw the Ultimate Back to School Party

Brittany Anderson

The days are getting shorter, the Staples parking lot is impossible to get in and out of, and you’re buying ingredients for lunch in bulk - back to school season is officially upon us! Get your kids in the school spirit by throwing the Ultimate Back to School Party! ... MORE

Posted August 01, 2018

Add Some Characters!

Amy

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

Who to Hire for Corporate Events

Chelsea Pellegrino

Corporate event planning can be meticulous: from décor to dining options, you go above and beyond to make sure everything “fits.” Chances are you wouldn’t want a cheeseburger at a stand-up cocktail hour or folding chairs at a formal dinner party. Selecting a vendor is no exception! You’ll want to make sure they meld with the style and audience of your event.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

What's so funny? How to hire a Comedian

Marissa Latshaw

Turn on the news, pick up the paper, pretty much wherever you turn, you’re hearing about the plummeting stock market, the dried-up real estate market, or the latest job cuts. In times like these, we all need to laugh, which is probably why movies like Madea Goes to Jail and He’s Just Not that Into You are tops at the box office.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

Tips for Hiring a Comedian

Chelsea Pellegrino

If you're looking for a night of laughs, hiring a comedian for your event is the way to go! According to Rick Lewis (Scottsdale, AZ), comedy is a bonding experience. "Comedy is the most painless team building exercise there is." A comedian can offer a great way to break the ice, lighten spirits and get guests talking at an event. There are a few things to consider when hiring a comedian for an event. That's why we asked our top comedians for their advice on how to choose the right jokester for your function.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

Why Hire an Anniversary Party Photographer

Rachel Baron

Happy Anniversary! Whether it's your first wedding anniversary, 10th, 20th or the big 5-0, it’s a reason to celebrate! Plan an event to mark the occasion. Get a pro in there to commemorate this special event in pictures. Here are four reasons why it is so important to hire a professional photographer to shoot your anniversary party. 1. Get In the Picture Whatever anniversary you’re celebrating, leave the permanent memories to the professionals. I don’t know about you, but I’m never in any pictures at any party I throw. Ditto vacations. I want proof I was there. Don’t you? A professional photographer is more reasonable than you think, and hiring one frees up the entire family from snapping away on their smartphones. Trust us, the quality when you print pics from a phone is NOT on point. Plus, there’s a good chance your friend/parent/great aunt won’t know how to properly share these pictures, so you’ll never lay eyes on them. 2. A Pro Just Knows Blaga Ditrow of Lush Life Photography & Film, a 2017 Best Of award-winner, has plenty to say about hiring a pro beyond the usual photography-worthy events (weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc). She agrees that you should put down the point-and-shoot or the DSLR you got for Christmas last year (and still haven’t figured out). Yes, a professional photographer “captures the moment,” but he or she also knows how to shoot in low light, sunlight, a crowd, a big hall or a tiny space. “I always go to the venue earlier,” says Ditrow. “I like to know the place and the people working there besides the clients. I have cancelled events if I have the feeling I won’t provide what the clients expect.” 3. Time Flies When You’re Having Fun Ditrow says what we all know to be painfully true, “Time goes by so quickly. If you don’t stop and capture the moments for the future, it’s like they’re lost.” A professional photographer gets those candid shots while you’re naturally smiling and interacting with family and friends. You can spend some time gathering the ones you love for some posed pics, but enjoy the majority of the event knowing a photographer is capturing every moment. When you receive the photos, you’ll marvel at how much of the party you spent smiling and not snapping away. 4. Let the Photographer Tell Your Story Ditrow approaches jobs just as a filmmaker would. “Stick to the Five Ws,” she says. “Who is the event about? What happened? When did it take place? Where was it? Why did it happen?” Any shots taken should be in favor of answering these crucial questions. So the story of your event could be: You and your significant other are celebrating 25 years of marriage at the restaurant where you met, and you hire an expert to commemorate this most auspicious occasion. Why? Because you love each other. On your 50th anniversary, you’ll take out the decades old photo album and be happy you had someone there to memorialize the day. Have an anniversary event you want to capture? Find your photographer today! ... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

5 Tips for Hiring an Event Photographer

Nicole Steeger

Life's special moments deserve to be preserved with beautiful photographs. Wedding and Event Photographers are the talented professionals who can help make that happen for you. From weddings and birthdays to graduations and christenings, an event photographer can capture the beauty and importance of all occasions, while creating memories that will last a lifetime.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

Party Tip: Estimating Drinks

Marta Block

It's one of the central questions of party planning, how much will people drink? How much should you buy? The most common estimate given for adults is 1 drink per hour, per person. So, if you're having 20 guests for a three hour cocktail party you'll need a total of 60 drinks.  Of course, you know your friends and their drinking habits best, and there are other things to consider.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

How To Book A Band

Drew Stoga

Contrary to what some may say, you really don't need a professional event planner or booking agent to book a band. Event planners are very helpful folks for very many things, but they aren't the only ones who can hire entertainment. GigMasters has helped book entertainment for over 400,000 events, the majority of these clients were ordinary people looking to hire bands, entertainers or vendors for their party.... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

How To Choose a DJ

Amy

Most people's personal DJ experience does not range much farther than their desk at work, or in their car. While at my desk, I only take on the responsibility of choosing songs on Spotify or Apple Music as the background of my workday.... MORE

Posted June 20, 2018

Helping Your DJ Create A Memorable Event

Nicole Steeger

What can you do to ensure the success of your event? Hiring the right DJ is the key. The right DJ takes responsibility for your event’s success and will gladly work with you to create a fun and unique reception that is tailored to you and your needs. (GigMasters has some tips on how to choose your DJ). The following tips (from some of our own GigMasters DJs) will help you work with your DJ to put together an event to remember:... MORE

Posted June 19, 2018

Top 5 Entertainers for Summer Parties

Brittany Anderson

Throwing a kids’ party in spring time means the options are endless when choosing a theme, venue, and entertainment. We have plenty of local kids’ vendors that will create an unforgettable experience at your child’s party. ... MORE

Posted April 04, 2018

Spring Party Themes for Kids' Parties!

Brittany Anderson

The birds are singing and the sun is shining; spring is right around the corner! It’s a time of renewal and growth, and there’s plenty to celebrate! Kids love this season because they can finally get out and play! That’s why we’ve hand-picked these kids’ party themes that will make them spring with joy. ... MORE

Posted February 21, 2018

Party Theme Inspiration: Winter Olympics

Brittany Anderson

It’s 2018 and you know what that means: time for the Winter Olympics! They begin on February 9th, and are the perfect opportunity for a fun and unique kids’ theme party. ... MORE

Posted January 12, 2018

5 Fun and Kid-Friendly Holiday Party Ideas

Lilly Blomquist

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially for the little ones! The holiday season is a magical time when kids are making wish lists, singing carols, building snowmen and drinking hot chocolate by the fire. To make the magic last for a lifetime, throw a kid-friendly holiday party with memorable activities and entertainment. We’ve compiled a list of our top kid-approved holiday party ideas that will bring joy to all of the young guests. From tasty treats to meeting jolly old St. Nicholas himself, these ideas will get the season started. Let’s get into the holiday spirit by giving kids, friends and family the gift of an unforgettable holiday party.  1. Assemble a Cookie Decorating Station  Nothing says “the holidays” like baking! It makes for a great winter break activity on chilly days, so a cookie decorating station is the perfect addition to any kids’ holiday party. Bake gingerbread cookies and sugar cookies ahead of time, and use cookie cutters to cut them into different shapes, like snowmen, snowflakes, mistletoe for Christmas or dreidels for Hanukkah. Place tubs of icing, holiday sprinkles and plastic knives on the tables so that the kids can create their delicious masterpieces. Everyone can take home a goody bag full of their cookie creations to savor the taste of the holidays a little longer.  2. Invite a Surprise Guest Turn up the holiday cheer with a surprise visitor. Bringing in a costumed character will make the party extra magical. If you’re planning a Christmas gathering and want to transform your home into the snowy North Pole, book Santa Claus as your VIP guest. The kids will be excited to tell Santa what they want for Christmas, and they can take a picture with him as a token of remembrance. You can also ask Santa to sing, tell jokes or recite poems for an even more lively performance.  If you’re throwing a party that's bringing different traditions and holidays together, like Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, you can hire professional entertainnent to astonish every young guest with their phenomenal performances. Consider choosing one of our most-booked holiday party vendors, such as balloon twisters, hypnotists, fire dancers, magicians and acoustic guitarists. 3. Give the Gift of Community Service  Since kids usually spend the holidays unwrapping piles of presents, they can learn the importance of giving to others by partaking in a charity project. Send out invitations for the holiday party with a request that the young guests bring a gift for Toys for Tots. Before the event, set up a gift wrapping station with festive wrapping paper and ribbons (or gift bags and tissue paper) and let it double as a craft station where kids and adults can wrap the donated presents. You can also keep an eye out for local food drives at a nearby church or school, and ask the kiddos to bring cans of nonperishable food to the get-together instead of a hostess gift. At the party, stack the cans on the kitchen table, pass out paper grocery bags and ask the children to fill the bags with the canned goods. The kids will enjoy working together on a project, and they’ll feel proud for making a difference.  4. Open Presents Early The holiday season is a time of giving and receiving gifts, but why not liven up the process with a little competition? Kids love a fun game, so throwing a holiday party with a White Elephant gift exchange, or a Yankee Swap, will be a great party activity. Ask the kids to bring a wrapped present to the party. After all of the guests arrive, arrange the gifts in a pile on the floor. The players will sit in a circle around the gifts, and each of them will pick a name out of a hat to determine the order. The first player will pick a present and open it, and the next player can either choose an unwrapped gift from the pile or steal the gift from the previous player. The competitive edge will make the party entertaining, and the kids will get to enjoy a brand new item.  5. Craft Holiday Cards  There’s no better way to capture magical moments and share the holiday cheer than by sending out holiday greeting cards. For an unforgettable holiday party, book a photo booth. Ask the vendors to bring holiday props, such as scarves, hats, antlers or Santa hats, to create a wintery wonderland setting. Arrange a DIY holiday card craft station with markers, stickers and craft paper. After the kids print out their photos, they can make their way over to the craft table and transform their photos into festive cards. They can share these cards with their loved ones, or they can hang them up as holiday decoration.... MORE

Posted November 01, 2017

Real Event: 9/11 Heroes Run - San Diego

Brittany Anderson

On September 10th, 2017, one of the 9/11 Heroes Runs were held at the USS Midway in downtown San Diego.  The event is a 5K race that honors all first responders, active duty, veterans, and families of the fallen.  There are over fifty 9/11 Heroes Runs that take place nationwide each year and all are organized solely by volunteers.  All proceeds from the Heroes Runs go to the Travis Manion Foundation, whose mission is to empower veterans and families of the fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.... MORE

Posted September 20, 2017

Kid-Approved Halloween Party Entertainment

Brittany Anderson

Each year, kids look forward to Halloween: the costumes, the candy and all of the fun. Sometimes, our holiday traditions may seem a little predictable. We’ve compiled a list of kid-approved Halloween entertainment to ensure that this party will be like no other. These are some of the most popular Halloween party entertainers for kids. 1. Mystical expereinces: Fortune Tellers, Psychics or Tarot Card Readers There are plenty of kid-friendly entertainers that any guest will love. Believe it or not, a fortune teller, psychic or tarot card reader would make a great addition to a Halloween party geared toward kids. The kids (and adults) will be amazed to hear what’s in store for their future! 2.Spooky songs: DJ  What’s a party without music? Put your iPhone down and leave the playlist up to the professional. They’ll be able to provide a variety of Halloween favorites (We’re talking “The Monster Mash” and The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack.) as well as today’s top hits. 3. Magical moments: Magician  As if Halloween isn’t magical enough, book a magician to kick it up a notch. A mysterious magician can provide some tricks and treats on the spot to keep all guests engaged. 4. Point and shoot: Photo Booth  This is the perfect way to capture a boo-tiful photo op. Don’t forget the Halloween-themed props. The photo booth printouts are a great keepsake for guests to take home too. 5. Costume upgrade: Face Painter  Face painting is always a party favorite with kids. Set up a time for a face painter to make everyone’s costumes complete by matching face designs with their attire. 6. Perceptible party favors: Caricaturist  Having a caricaturist is a fun way to remember any event. A caricature from a Halloween party will be even more festive with all guests in costume. If you are interested in booking entertainment for your Halloween event, remember our top-rated entertainers and vendors books quickly. Everyone just loves Halloween! The earlier you book, the more likely you'll be able to hire your first choice of an entertainer. We can help you with everything from looking to booking. Get in touch with us, and one of our account specialists can help you find the perfect Halloween party entertainment to captivate every kid. Having trouble choosing a Halloween party theme? We can help with that too. Just take a look at our Halloween Pinterest board for some inspiration. Don’t forget to include your theme on your invitations so that your guests can dress their best for your spook-tacular event.... MORE

Posted September 13, 2017

Fall Parties for the Family!

Brittany Anderson

Fall means back to school for the kids and busier schedules for the family - but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop! Get ready for the crisp air, sweatshirts, bonfires, foliage, and start planning for some great fall parties.  ... MORE

Posted September 12, 2017

Kids Halloween Parties Made Easy

Brittany Anderson

Halloween is upon us, and it’s time to get spooky! We’ve thrown together a list of fun ideas that will make hosting a kid-friendly Halloween party an effortless task for any mummy or daddy. Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet, Give Me Something Good to Eat The number one reason why kids love Halloween? The candy! A simple yet delicious holiday-themed snack you can make for your little ones is witches' brooms. These tasty treats require no baking! Just stick pretzel sticks into upside down mini Reese’s cups, and you’re done! Another wickedly tasty treat you can make is Halloween candy bark with sour worms and gummy eyeballs mixed in. Creepy and delicious! If you’d rather stay out of the kitchen completely, stuff a Halloween piñata, such as a Frankenstein, ghost or black cat, with loads of fun-size candy. Witch Crafts Besides treats, we’ve got some tricks that’ll make your party stand out. The “guess how many pieces of candy corn are in the jar” game is so overdone. For a unique activity, make haunted houses out of popsicle sticks. You can use black, purple and grey paints for an eerie color scheme. For a finishing touch, adorn the artwork with cutouts of ghosts and pumpkins. The kiddos are also going to need something to hold all that candy in! Why use store-bought bags when you can make personalized ones? Use canvas totes or brown paper bags, some paint and a variety of stickers and stamps to create boo-tiful trick-or-treat bags. Make your party frightfully fun by bringing in a kid-friendly fortune teller or psychic to provide some in-house entertainment for all guests! Spooktakular Soirée Take advantage of the many free printables that are available online, and custom design your very own Halloween party invitations. While you’re at it, download some photo prop printouts, such as bat eyes, witches and monsters, for an Instagram moment that will make your event hauntingly memorable. For a longer-lasting disguise, book a face painter who can sit down with each guest and match artistic designs with their costumes. Lastly, your party would be incomplete without a scary good playlist. You can find premade Halloween playlists online. To make it even easier, leave it up to the professionals, and hire a DJ. ... MORE

Posted September 12, 2017

Real Event: Christmas in July

Brittany Anderson

The Party Starts Here at GigMasters and our clients sure do know how to party! It may not be Christmas just yet, but it’s never too early to get in the holiday spirit.  How do you do that, you might ask?  Well you throw a Christmas in July party with 12 of your best friends!  And, no Christmas in July party is complete without a visit from the big guy in red. ... MORE

Posted July 25, 2017

Ten Questions Vendors Have About Your Event Venue

Chelsea Pellegrino

It's no secret that event planning can be hectic, especially when it comes to coordinating with vendors. The best way to avoid potential mishaps? Tackle troublesome situations before they occur. By discussing these ten questions with your vendors, you'll bypass the problems and skip straight to a successful event! ... MORE

Posted January 11, 2016

New Year's Eve at Your Place

Chelsea Pellegrino

The countdown to "the countdown" has almost begun - but before you chill the champagne and break out the noisemakers, you have to decide which New Year's Eve party you're going to attend! To this, we say: "there's no place like home." ... MORE

Posted December 21, 2015

9 Ideas for a Holiday Hot Chocolate Bar

Lilly Blomquist

The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means that everyone is starting to prepare for the upcoming festivities with holiday music, gingerbread houses and mistletoe. But, the excitement of the holidays also means dropping temperatures and falling snow. There’s no better way to warm up on a chilly evening than with a big glass of hot cocoa and a get-together with friends. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or you’re just trying to bring your family and friends out of their winter hibernation, adding a hot cocoa station is perfect for setting that ambience.  Preparing a hot chocolate bar is an easy and festive way to entertain and satisfy any crowd. Kids and adults alike will love getting creative and customizing their own drink, and really, who doesn’t love hot chocolate? Hot chocolate bars can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like, but to help you get some ideas flowing, these hot chocolate bar tips are a great place to start. From festive toppings to flavored infusions, these trending hot chocolate bar ideas will make the winter chill much more enjoyable. So, grab a mug and enjoy a glass (or a few). 1. Custom Marshmallow Shapes Photo Credit: White Poppy Weddings Jazz up your usual hot chocolate beverage with an assortment of marshmallows in various shapes, such as snowflakes, snowmen and Santas. If you’re feeling crafty, you can buy a bag of Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows and make your own festive treats: Try dipping each marshmallow into melted chocolate, and layer it with crushed candy canes.  2. Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice Photo Credit: Melissa Fe Chapman Photography Spice up the taste of your hot chocolate with cinnamon and just a dash of cayenne pepper for a Mexican hot chocolate twist. It doesn’t matter if you’re making the hot chocolate from scratch or preparing a big batch of store-bought cocoa mix. In either case, just add the two ingredients into the batch until it has the level of flavor you’re going for. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, and voilà. If you want to offer even more flavors, create separate batches made with peppermint extract, caramel or butterscotch. 3. Frozen Hot Chocolate Photo Credit: Ivory Door Studio If the temperature is warmer where you live or if you just want to savor the chocolatey goodness for a little longer, frozen or iced hot chocolate is a tasty option. The rich, creamy and smooth texture will taste more like dessert and less like a drink. Plus, if you’re throwing a family holiday party and don’t want the kiddos to burn their tongues, frozen hot chocolate is an equally delicious drink at a milder temperature. For toppings, you can set up whipped cream and chocolate shavings as garnishes.  Bartender: Concoctions Bartending 4. Edible Straws and Stirring Spoons Photo Credit: K. Lenox Photography Replace plastic straws and spoons with an edible substitute that tastes a lot better and still gets the job done. You can stir your hot chocolate or sip the tasty drink with a cookie straw in chocolate, hazelnut or cinnamon flavors. The hot cocoa will soften the cookie, and the melted dessert will sweeten the drink even more. Plus, no spoons means means less dishes for you.  5. Gourmet Whipped Cream Photo Credit: Penelope L'amore Photography What’s hot cocoa without a swirl of whipped cream? Consider serving a few different flavors—in case you haven’t visited that section of the dairy aisle in awhile, you’d be surprised how many new flavors are adorning the shelves. Think: Hershey’s caramel whipped cream, Reese’s peanut butter whipped cream or Reddi Wip chocolate whipped cream. Guests can top off the whipped cream with chocolate syrup, holiday sprinkles and mini marshmallows. 6. Spiked Hot Cocoa Photo Credit: White Poppy Weddings People of all ages love hot chocolate, but if you’re throwing a holiday party for a crowd of adults, up the ante with boozy hot cocoa. Supplement the hot cocoa station with options like coffee liqueur, peppermint schnapps, whipped cream vodka or whiskey. 7. A Smorgasbord of Toppings Photo Credit: Elevate Photography Sure, hot chocolate is delicious on its own, but piling on the toppings takes the drink to a whole other level. Think: Sundae bar meets hot cocoa station. Set up a platter with a variety of candies, such as chocolate chips, chocolate shavings, coconut shavings, candy canes, mini marshmallows, caramel squares, red and green sprinkles and crushed M&M’s. Everyone can select their favorite toppings and have fun creating their own chocolate masterpieces.  8. A Drink That Fits Your Color Scheme Photo Credit: Ashton Kelley Photography If you’re having a themed party, your hot chocolate bar doesn’t have to deviate from your color palette. Choose a festive color, and gather mugs and candy toppings in that same hue. If you’re going for a red or green color scheme, fill bowls with holiday Hershey’s Kisses, M&M’s and gumdrops. The color-coordinated party will be an Instagrammable scene that everyone will want to capture.  9. Sweet Treats for Dipping Photo Credit: White Poppy Weddings Dipping cookies in milk is a classic, but have you ever tried dipping cookies in hot cocoa? Before the party, bake sugar cookies, cut them into holiday shapes like snowmen or stockings and decorate them with red and green icing and sprinkles. The holiday cookies will be a festive way to celebrate the season, and no one will go hungry. ... MORE

Posted December 21, 2015

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