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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

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, tenth, twentieth 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.... 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 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

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

Bringing Birthday Smiles with The Confetti Foundation

Chelsea Pellegrino

Throw the Confetti, We’re Celebrating… You’ve probably seen The Confetti Foundation featured on The Today Show and plenty of other media outlets. That’s because they're an organization worth celebrating. The Confetti Foundation aims to help every hospitalized child in America celebrate their birthday, and we're proud to say that GigMasters is joining the party!... MORE

Posted February 02, 2016

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

No Spoilers Here: Surprise Party Planning Tips

Chelsea Pellegrino

SURPRISE – planning a party takes work, especially when you’re trying to keep it under wraps! Before planning a surprise party, you should ask yourself…does the person I’m planning this for actually like surprises? If the answer is no, then you have an entirely different party to plan. If the answer is yes, we suggest you read on for our suggestions on entering stealth mode and putting together a spoiler-free surprise event.... MORE

Posted October 21, 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

Not Just for Breakups: Ice Cream Socials You’ll Love

Chelsea Pellegrino

It’s National Ice Cream Month! The best part about this fact - besides the actual consumption of ice cream - is that you now have one more reason to host a get-together. Don’t worry; we would never suggest a party without providing you with some inspiration to work from…... MORE

Posted June 30, 2015

Dive In! Make a Splash at Your Next Pool Party

Emily Anderson

Are you planning a pool party this summer? Dive in with our guide for a safe and fun summer bash by the pool.... MORE

Posted June 24, 2015

Camping in Style: A Glamping Themed Party

Chelsea Pellegrino

Need a unique birthday, anniversary, or plain old "get-together" theme? Instead of a tent, we're pitching this indoor camping party! Don't worry, you won't need bug spray for this one. Skip the road trip, dirt and uncooperative weather, and host an indoor campout in style. "Glamping" is all the rage, so it's certain that your party will be, too! ... MORE

Posted June 23, 2015

Summer Barbecue Party Ideas

Nicole Steeger

Now that we’ve said goodbye (and good riddance) to old man winter, it’s time to focus on the summer months and the awesome parties that come with them. Let’s talk about everyone’s favorite summer entertaining pastime – the good old fashioned, barbecue! ... MORE

Posted June 10, 2015

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

A Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Vegan Thanksgiving

Marissa Latshaw

My Thanksgiving guest list consists of two diabetics, one vegan, one vegetarian, and my gluten-intolerant mother. For reals. And then there are the few with no dietary restrictions who expect the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, dripping with gravy, cranberry sauce and a nice, plump bird. What's a girl to do? ... MORE

Posted November 07, 2014

7 Tips for Flawless Family Photo Shoots

Terri Zimmer

Family pictures are a time-tested, patience-trying ritual for both family and photographer. GigMasters has tips on how to work with your photographer to make your family photo shoot the best possible experience for everyone. Avoid a disastrous day, and you can look back on your amazing family photos with pure joy.  ... MORE

Posted September 17, 2014

Shameless or Special: The Second Baby Shower

Terri Zimmer

Baby showers for a second baby have long been thought of as faux pas, marking expectant Moms as greedy or showy. However, that standard is changing, and new parents want to welcome Baby #2 into the world with just as much fanfare as the first. ... MORE

Posted August 06, 2014

Get ON My Lawn! 8 things your block party needs

Terri Zimmer

Make this year's block party better than last year. Upgrade from awkward conversation with the guy who steals your newspapers to an actual good time for the whole neighborhood. ... MORE

Posted July 23, 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

Venue Spotlight: Denver Botanic Gardens

Chelsea Pellegrino

When you think Denver, you probably picture the majestic Rocky Mountains and ski resorts. Take a trip to York Street, however, and you'll forever remember Colorado as home to the most beautiful flower gardens you've ever seen! That's all thanks to the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens.... MORE

Posted April 14, 2014

When To Book Your Event Vendors

Nicole Steeger

Booking the perfect vendors for any event is crucial. Knowing when to book is the first and most important step in the search process. The earlier you book, the easier it is to ensure that you will have your first choice in event vendors. Waiting too long can make planning stressful and potentially leave you with a selection you are not entirely happy about. ... MORE

Posted March 06, 2014

80s Themed Adult Birthday Party

Chelsea Pellegrino

When it comes to birthdays, who says kids get to have all the fun? Some of the best themes we’ve seen can only be appreciated by the adult crowd. A prime example is this totally rad 80s birthday party!... MORE

Posted March 05, 2014

Venue Spotlight: The Chicory

Chelsea Pellegrino

Since it’s almost time to break out those Mardi Gras beads, it’s only appropriate to spotlight a venue in good old New Orleans! Whether you’re looking to host a Mardi Gras celebration, a wedding reception or anything in between, look no further than The Chicory.... MORE

Posted February 17, 2014

Latest Trends in Party Design

Marta Block

Whether you're planning a birthday party in your house, your own wedding, or you plan corporate and fund raising events for a living, the trends in event design will have an impact on your event. I was recently lucky enough to hear Diane Butner, the director of Event Design for MGM Resorts speak about the trends in event design for the year ahead. ... MORE

Posted February 12, 2014

Tips for Hiring an Impersonator

Nicole Steeger

Impersonators are a truly a special breed of performer. With an uncanny likeness in appearance and voice, professional celebrity impersonators can make you believe you are truly meeting a superstar. Finding a talented and skilled impersonator can be easy - if you know where to look, and what questions to ask. Here at GigMasters we have hundreds of amazing celebrity lookalikes that are perfect for any event.... MORE

Posted January 30, 2014

2014 Event Trends

Chelsea Pellegrino

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something…called a cragel? This isn’t the traditional bridal rhyme gone wrong - it’s a list of predictions for party design trends in 2014!... MORE

Posted January 24, 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

Glam Baby Gender Reveal Party

Chelsea Pellegrino

Finding out the gender of your baby is so exciting; you might be tempted to shout it from the rooftops! But if you want a more fun (and much safer) alternative, throw a “gender reveal” party!... MORE

Posted January 20, 2014

Tips For Hiring An Acoustic Guitarist

Chelsea Pellegrino

An acoustic guitarist can bring a lovely, unique sound to your next event, but there are many things to consider before hiring one. Member Barry Pollack (Seattle, WA) puts it perfectly when he says, "The musician's role is more than just playing the music- a great musician creates an atmosphere!" At GigMasters, our goal is to match you up with a performer that creates the ideal atmosphere for your event. That's why we have asked some of our own acoustic guitarists to provide tips on what steps should be taken to find the perfect acoustic guitarist for your event. Check out the awesome advice they shared with us!... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

Tips for Hiring a Belly Dancer

Chelsea Pellegrino

Whether you're looking to get your guests off their feet, or provide them with a show they can sit back and enjoy, a belly dancer can be a great addition to any event. Even though the art of belly dancing has been a tradition for centuries, these performers are more popular than ever. That's why we are here to give you the scoop on how to select one for your next shindig!... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

How To Hire A Hypnotist

Chelsea Pellegrino

Only one kind of entertainer can make your guests forget their names, dance ballet and believe they're a famous celebrity all in the same sitting- a hypnotist! Your party is sure to be packed with laughs if you hire this unique performer, but what do you need to know before you book?... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

Party Planning Checklist - Stay Organized

Nicole Steeger

Planning an event doesn't have to be stressful - in fact it can actually be fun if you just stay organized! The more prep work you do in the beginning means the more free time you will have later to enjoy the fabulous event you have put together. To help you keep organized, we have designed a event planning checklist to guide you through from beginning to end. ... MORE

Posted December 19, 2013

Real Event: 1920s Anniversary Party

Chelsea Pellegrino

It's no surprise that the 1920s have made a roaring comeback this year. Movies, fashion and even the occasional Hollywood party have all succumb to the flapper-esque theme. Here at GigMasters, our clients are no exception! We've seen some nifty 1920s themed gigs this year, but we had to stop and share this anniversary party.... MORE

Posted December 19, 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

Sip and See Baby Shower Theme

Nicole Steeger

After you welcome your little bundle of joy into the world it is only natural to want to share the adorable new addition with all of your friends and family. But, caring for a new born and also playing hostess to daily visitors can be a bit overwhelming, not to mention exhausting. So how do you show off baby and greet all guests with an energetic smile? ... MORE

Posted December 19, 2013

Christening Celebrations For Every Budget

Nicole Steeger

Most christening parties involve a get together of those nearest and dearest to celebrate this important moment for baby. Sharing this momentous occasion with friends and family allows time for people to socialize and spend time with your little one as well as offer gifts that will help your child on their new spiritual path. ... MORE

Posted December 19, 2013

Event Planner Spotlight: Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Mary Ellen Skawinski

Weddings, birthdays, corporate functions, and special events across the board are incorporating a wider variety of vendors than ever before. Caterers, florists, servers, bartenders, venue management, live entertainment… and those are just a few of the services we’re seeing party planners seek out. Now with trends shifting toward themed parties, the bar is also being raised when it comes to extravagant décor. But before you start scrambling to arrange all the players at your next event, you might want to consider enlisting in Vanessa Van Wieren and the professionals at Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations (San Diego, CA).... MORE

Posted November 27, 2013

Tips For Hiring A Pianist

Chelsea Pellegrino

The piano is one of the most enjoyed sounds in music. It's elegance and versatility make it the ideal addition to events of all kinds- especially holiday celebrations! With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to pursue a pianist. To ensure you find the perfect performer for your party, we have asked our own piano-playing members for their top booking tips. Read on!... MORE

Posted November 20, 2013

Venue Spotlight: Burr Mansion

Chelsea Pellegrino

Imagine arriving at your event venue to see George Washington at the reception desk, or Samuel Adams strolling through the garden? What if you were told John Hancock and Dorothy Quincy booked the room across the hall for their wedding reception?... MORE

Posted November 18, 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

Venue Spotlight: Signature Grand

Chelsea Pellegrino

Florida is often known for its sunshine, sandy beaches and orange trees. But if you travel to the Signature Grand, you’ll think of Florida in a whole new light. Since 1996, this elegant event venue has been transporting guests back to the Renaissance era. The mansion hosts 40,000 square feet of space, and can seat up to 1,800 guests! Alternatively, it can be subdivided into up to 13 private areas, perfect for hosting a range of smaller events.... MORE

Posted October 14, 2013

Venue Spotlight: Jonathan Edwards Winery

Chelsea Pellegrino

Few settings are as breathtaking as the sweeping hills of Tuscany- but if you’re lacking the funds or travel time to host your wedding under the Tuscan sun, you can still recreate the atmosphere at a beautiful vineyard like Jonathan Edwards! ... MORE

Posted September 09, 2013

Sip-And-See Baby Shower

Chelsea Pellegrino

 When you think “baby shower,” you probably picture a bunch of gaggling females playing games and opening presents before the little bundle of joy has entered the world. However, this mommy decided that her newborn Ryker and the rest of the men in her life should be able to join in on the fun, too! ... MORE

Posted August 05, 2013

Event Planner Spotlight: Make My Day Event Planning

Mary Ellen Skawinski

It's summertime and wedding season is in full swing! So a thank you is in order to event planners Leanne Silicato Prosser and Casey Keiffer for taking the time out of their busy schedules as the owners of Make My Day Event Planning (Rehoboth Beach, DE) to chat with us. They shared some unique insight into what it is they do as event planners, and why, amidst the chaos of planning any event, having one can really make all the difference.... MORE

Posted July 31, 2013

Pretty In Pink Christening

Chelsea Pellegrino

As the saying goes, “Thank heavens for little girls!” Emilia's parents celebrated their sweet little girl’s Christening with a classic pastel pink and white themed party. Guests snacked on every treat imaginable, from cute cookies to beautifully decorated cakes. Bows, hearts and polka dots were sweet additions to the adorable decor, which can be seen in the pictures sent over by A Click For Two photography. Take a peek at this delightful celebration!... MORE

Posted July 29, 2013

Venue Spotlight: 1840s Plaza

Chelsea Pellegrino

Sometimes you fall so in love with a venue, you want to use it for every kind of event. Usually, that’s an unrealistic wish…unless, of course, that venue is the 1840s Plaza in Baltimore, Maryland!... MORE

Posted July 15, 2013

Event Planner Spotlight: Creative Celebrations

Nicole Steeger

This month we are featuring fabulous event planner and GigMasters client, Carolyn Miller of Creative Celebrations. Carolyn's event planning business is based in Portland, Oregon. Creative Celebrations is a full service event planning company that offers services for all kinds of special occasions. We recently got to chat with Carolyn to learn more about her career, passion for planning and the focus behind Creative Celebrations. After you read our interview, you will like hear as much as we do! ... MORE

Posted June 26, 2013