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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

When to Hire Wedding Vendors

Brittany Anderson

Planning a wedding includes a lot of moving parts and for most people, hiring a lot of different vendors. It can be confusing to know who to hire when. What follows below is a rough timeline, assuming a one year engagement. If you have less time, don't panic! You may be a little busier the first few months of your engagement than some people, but it will all work out in the end.... MORE

Posted January 10, 2019

Wedding Tips from the Pros: Getting Organized

Brittany Anderson

Having worked at and attended hundreds of weddings a year, wedding pros have a wealth of helpful wedding info they bring to your wedding. That's why every week we bring you tips from some of our favorite wedding pros.... MORE

Posted January 10, 2019

Ask the Experts: When to Hire Wedding Entertainment

Marta Block

Question: When do I hire the entertainment for my wedding? A: Ideally, you'll begin researching your wedding entertainment options nine months to a year or more before your wedding. It's not that you need to choose someone at that point, but you want to start getting an idea of costs and possibilities. Most people hire their wedding entertainment four to nine months before the wedding. ... MORE

Posted January 10, 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

Parties We Love: Kidsgiving!

Brittany Anderson

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away? Now that the spooky season has officially ended, it’s time to prepare ourselves for endless amount of stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and of course, TURKEY! When we think of Thanksgiving we automatically think food but during that small window of relaxation before indulging in all our favorite dishes, it’s the perfect time to take part in kid-friendly Thanksgiving party activities and traditions. We've put together some ideas for you! ... MORE

Posted November 01, 2018

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

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

Wedding Entertainment That Will Shock Your Guests

Drew Stoga

When you help book as much wedding entertainment as we do, you start to pick up on some interesting trends. Still we were somewhat surprised when, in recent years, we began to see more and more non-musical entertainers — impersonators, comedians, and a variety of other performers — being hired to perform at wedding receptions.... 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

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

Why You Need Engagement Photos

Marta Block

A lot of the recent popularity of an engagement session has to do with social media. In the old days (you know, back in the year 2000 or so), there wasn't much to do with your engagement photos except send them to your hometown newspaper. Today though, with the explosion of social media, your photographs can be seen and shared in so many places. It's hard not to get caught up in the excitement. Like all wedding decisions, whether or not to invest in an engagement session has a lot to do with both time and money. Although you don't have to have an e-session, here are ten reasons we think you should.... 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

Hiring a Jazz Band for Your Wedding

Marta Block

If you're looking to hire a jazz band for your wedding, we can help! This advice from our Jazz members on how to hire a Jazz Band originally appeared on our sister blog, Life of the Party. ... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

Ask the Experts: Negotiating with the Band

Marta Block

Question: Should I try to negotiate with your band? A: Yes. We recommend thinking of this as starting a conversation, as opposed to demanding a certain price. Try and find out a little bit more from the band about why their costs are what they are and what those costs include (travel, parking, set up and tear down?). Be polite, and ask if they have any room to negotiate in their price. ... MORE

Posted June 27, 2018

The Perfect Wedding Cocktail, 5 Tips to Create Yours

Marta Block

Special to GigMasters from mixologist H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir in San Francisco At GigMasters we know it takes two things to make a great party, great entertainment and great refreshments. Unfortunately, it can often seem like your budget makes you choose between the two. That's why one standard piece of wedding advice is to forgo a full bar in favor of a few specialty drinks. Mixologist H. Joseph Ehrmann can help you do just that with these tips.... MORE

Posted June 22, 2018

Ask the Experts: Band or DJ?

Marta Block

Question: Should I hire a DJ or a band for my wedding? A: Here at GigMasters we love bands and DJs equally! A lot of sites will tell you that the decision comes down to cost, but while DJs do cost less than bands, we don't think that should be the only factor for choosing your wedding entertainment.... MORE

Posted June 20, 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

Santa Claus is Coming to Town: 3 Tips for Hiring Santa

Brittany Anderson

Having Santa arrive at a dinner, gift exchange, or community event will make for a truly magical experience! ... MORE

Posted November 24, 2017

Happy Fall 2017!

Brittany Anderson

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The fall season is a special one, as it’s scents and scenes bring great joy and nostalgia. ... MORE

Posted September 22, 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 GigKid-approved Halloween entertainment that will ensure that this party will be like no other!... 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 some fun ideas that will make hosting a Halloween party for kids easy for any mummy or daddy. ... 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

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

How to Style a Hot Cocoa Bar (with recipe)

Bird

A Hot Cocoa Bar is such a versatile, cozy way to entertain in the cold winter months, and ensures your party will always end on a sweet note! It can be a party theme on its own or styled and adapted to suit any event.... MORE

Posted December 21, 2015

3 Ways to Party in Winter

Chelsea Pellegrino

What’s the best way to knock out the Winter Blues?  By turning the season into a celebration! The holidays might be over for now, but there are still plenty of ways to party. From the chilly Northeast to the sunny Southwest, here are three winter party ideas fit for everywhere... MORE

Posted December 01, 2015

Photo Booth Fun: Host a Holiday Picture Party

Terri Zimmer

Soon, your mailbox will be filled with beautiful holiday photo cards. The story behind the card is usually anything but picture perfect. Getting those pictures? The struggle is real. Getting everyone dressed up and silently praying nothing messes up those outfits before the shoot. Waiting in line at the mall and/or fighting with your camera’s timer…it’s all more holiday stress than you need.... MORE

Posted December 01, 2015

A Hanukkah Party to Rock the Ages

Marta Block

If you understand the pun in the title of this post, you've probably been to a Hanukkah party or two. But if you're new to the idea of a Hanukkah party, or are just looking for some ideas to spice up your annual festival of lights, we've got tips.... MORE

Posted November 30, 2015

Hosting a Hanukkah Party: An Easy Guide

Marta Block

The obvious first step in hosting a Hanukkah party is to pick a spelling! Just kidding, but if you aren't that familiar with the Jewish holiday the multiple spellings of the name can be just one of the many things that intimidate you about throwing a Hanukkah party. That's why we have this easy guide. ... MORE

Posted November 30, 2015

Corporate Holiday Party Planning 101

Chelsea Pellegrino

Can you believe it’s that time of year already!? That’s right – it’s time to start planning your corporate holiday celebrations. While there are many things to consider when corporate party planning, you don’t need to panic – GigMasters is here to help you get started. From venue to menu, we’ve covered all the points you’ll need to tackle for hosting the best holiday bash ever!... MORE

Posted November 30, 2015

Holiday Weddings: Do You Dare?

Marta Block

Certain wedding arguments just never seem to get solved. Should you have children at your wedding? Are destination weddings rude or fun? Will the black wedding dress ever really take off? You can add, should you have your wedding on a holiday to the list.... MORE

Posted November 30, 2015

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

20 Ways to Have the Best Halloween Party Ever

Terri Zimmer

Halloween is a holiday of pure fun, magic, and a little bit of mischief. Make 2015 the best Halloween. EVER. Amazing and unique entertainment from GigMasters will bring your Halloween party from standard to super-crazy-fun!... MORE

Posted October 09, 2015

Halloween Party Ideas

Chelsea Pellegrino

Want to hear something scary? Halloween is almost here! While some of you might have been preparing your parties since last November, others may need some help to kick into planning mode. We're here to give you some fresh ideas on how to achieve a Halloween party that fits your style.... MORE

Posted October 09, 2015

Killer Halloween Party Themes

Drew Stoga

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays.  When else can you dress like a pirate and get free candy? Hopefully not that often. Halloween parties can be blast but they can also be, well, a bit lame.  Great Halloween party themes are hard to come by.  Putting a couple Halloween decorations on the wall and playing “The Monster Mash” isn’t enough to keep your guests happy. To that end we have come up with four Halloween party ideas that will thrill your guests... MORE

Posted August 31, 2015

4 Ways to Party in Fall!

Chelsea Pellegrino

All across the country, temperatures are dropping and schools are starting. The summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean the fun has to! In fact, there are tons of reasons to celebrate autumn's arrival. We've picked 4 of our favorite fall ideas to share, so you can keep the party going!... MORE

Posted August 31, 2015

Backyard Beer Garden: Celebrate Oktoberfest at Home

Terri Zimmer

Raise a huge glass of beer and toast fall with a Backyard Beer Garden! Oktoberfest starts on September 19th and runs until October 4th in 2015. For most of the US, the weather is still nice enough to be outside with a very very large beer. Check out our tips for setting up a Beer Garden in your own backyard. ... MORE

Posted August 31, 2015

Fall Party Ideas

Drew Stoga

With all due respect to summer, I have to say that fall is now my favorite time of year. Once upon a time, summer was king.  It used to mean something. Basically summer meant no school. Now that summer means little more to me than having to crank up the office AC, I have a new favorite season - fall.... MORE

Posted August 31, 2015

Party Planning: Back To School Bash

Chelsea Pellegrino

How to prepare for the new school year: Buy new book bag & lunchbox Stock up on pencils, pens and crayons Throw the best Back-To-School bash ever!... MORE

Posted August 31, 2015

Back to School Party Ideas

Nicole Steeger

The end of August usually means that most families are getting ready for back to school time. Shopping for school supplies, new clothes and arranging carpool plans are likely to be at the top of every parent’s list. While you are preparing for another academic year, it’s likely that your kids are hoping that summer will never end. So, why not try and get the kids excited for the school year by throwing a back to school party!... 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

Back to School

Drew Stoga

Can it be?  Is summer really almost over? With Labor Day drawing ominously near, I am sorry to report that only one (1!) month of summer remains - even less for schools that open their doors in late August. Better make the best of it kids, it’s almost time to go back to school! The good news is that there is still time to enjoy what is left of summer.... MORE

Posted July 23, 2015

Live it Up on Labor Day: Party Inspiration

Chelsea Pellegrino

Labor Day weekend is the final hurrah of summer- that makes it a pretty important occasion! Celebrate Labor Day firstly, by not doing any form of labor, and secondly, by throwing a party inspired by these photos...... MORE

Posted July 23, 2015

Allons-y! Celebrate a la France with Bastille Day and Tour de France Parties

Terri Zimmer

Are you a Francophile? Then you must know: Juillet flippe énorme! Translation: July is freaking huge! Celebrate your choice of French festivities and Vive la France all month long.... MORE

Posted July 06, 2015

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