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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

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

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 Choose a DJ


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

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

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

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

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

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

Not Your Mother's Wine Tasting

Chelsea Pellegrino

This isn’t your mother’s wine tasting. There are no sniffs, swirls and sips required, and you certainly don’t have to be on your best behavior. Welcome to wine tasting 2.0, where jeans are welcome and shoes are optional. Why? Because these wine tastings du jour take place in the comfort of your own home. That’s right, we’re pouring you a glass full of unique new ways to host the perfect night of wine, food and entertainment. Bottoms up!... MORE

Posted June 23, 2015

Summer of 2015 Party Playlist

Erin Freed

Ah, summer- the season where the weather is warmer, the days are longer, and your calendar is filling up with parties. Good company and great entertainment go hand-in-hand when throwing a memorable bash. Since music plays a key role in setting the mood of the party, we’ve put together a playlist to keep your guests happy and upbeat! ... MORE

Posted June 04, 2015

Hosting Your First Beer Tasting? American Beer Day is October 27th

Rob Inconstanti

(Photo by - Chris Weiss) Snap-a-do! National American Beer Day is upon us and I can’t think of a better time to drink beer! To officially toast this important holiday, host a beer tasting event that will impress even the biggest beer geeks.... MORE

Posted April 07, 2015

Must-Ask Questions for the Perfect Graduation Party

Emily Anderson

Schools out! You want to throw a party suitable to celebrate your high school graduate. Go beyond the boring and make it a safe but enjoyable party for everyone!... MORE

Posted April 02, 2015

Post Prom Party Entertainment

Chelsea Pellegrino

Prom: one of the most memorable events of a high school career! But it doesn’t have to end with the last dance - “post prom” events are growing increasingly popular at high schools across the nation. Whether they’re hosted by the school or a group of parents, they’re a great way for teens to continue the fun while staying safe. Often, these nights are themed, with all of the decorations, food and drink following suit. Some popular themes we’ve seen are Mardi Gras, Casino Night, Tropical Island, New York City & Hollywood. Booking a variety of vendors is the best way to ensure that the night will be a hit! Here are a few of our suggestions for post prom entertainment that will fit any theme:... MORE

Posted April 02, 2015

15 Cult Movie Party Ideas

Terri Zimmer

Some movies are so amazing, you can watch them again and again and again - until you start quoting them in casual conversation. You're not alone. These movies are called cult movies for a reason - those who love the same movie have a similar (maybe slightly warped) shared mindset, heavily influenced by the film.  ... MORE

Posted October 29, 2014

Strip Down to Celebrate: Divorce Party Boudoir Photo Shoot

Terri Zimmer

Almost 900,000 couples say “I Don’t” every single year, and some of them see their divorce as a reason to celebrate.... MORE

Posted September 24, 2014

Food Porn: Football Party Food

Nicole Steeger

All across the country, people are gearing up to watch their favorite teams compete for gridiron glory. That’s right folks, football season is back, and with it comes game-day watch parties, tailgating and the battle for bragging rights. We’re excited for weekend-long pigskin parties, which is why we’re bringing you our round-up of football-inspired food porn - or in other terms - delectable delights that will make your mouth water at the mere sight of them.  ... MORE

Posted September 05, 2014

Im'a Let You Finish, But My VMA Party is the Best of All Time

Chelsea Pellegrino

If award shows were people, we’d want to be friends with the VMA’s. Why? Well, where the Oscars are elegant and the Country Music Awards are sassy, the Video Music Awards are frankly the life of the party.... MORE

Posted August 19, 2014

#MyPartyFail: GigMasters Wants to See Your Favorite Fails!

Terri Zimmer

GigMasters knows how to throw a great party. But we also know that sometimes things go wrong. So very, very wrong.... MORE

Posted August 14, 2014

Real Event: Bonnaroo Fun with Alex and Ani

Chelsea Pellegrino

On the 12th of June, Manchester, Tennessee was transformed into a whimsical land of music, art and fun- all for this little thing called Bonnaroo (maybe you’ve heard of it?) This year, the famous festival brought a lineup of stellar acts, from Elton John and Kanye West to Ben Folds and Kaskade. While these artists were all amazing, our favorite came in the form of a face painter. GigMasters member Kira of Happy Cat Face Painting was asked to work her magic for festival goers by none other than rock star jewelry gurus, Alex and Ani!... MORE

Posted August 13, 2014

Naked is the New Black: Why Nude Events Are Trending

Chelsea Pellegrino

Imagine:  you show up to a party, ready and excited to have a good time. You enter through the front door into a room full of strangers – completely naked. No, this isn’t a bad dream- it’s exactly what happened to GigMasters member Joe Anderson of the VIP Comedy Show when he unknowingly accepted a gig at a nudist colony!   While wearing your birthday suit to a birthday party at a nudist colony isn’t so unusual, what about the other clothing-optional events taking place in fully-clothed communities across the United States? Don't scoff – it really is a thing.... MORE

Posted August 04, 2014

3 Tips for Choosing Grad Party Entertainment

Chelsea Pellegrino

Years of studying, reading, hard work, and homework all come down to two things: a diploma and an awesome graduation party! Ok, so the party is optional, but we think celebrations are in order after such a great accomplishment! While we can't help with the bachelor's degrees, we can assist in finding vendors for the perfect graduation party. Here are the top 3 things to keep in mind when booking graduation party entertainment: ... MORE

Posted May 23, 2014

The Kentucky Derby, Party Like a Native

Marta Block

This time of year I get a lot of calls from friends going to my hometown of Louisville for the Kentucky Derby. They always want to know what "locals" do for Derby, where they should go, etc. Here's the thing though, us locals know that Derby is the best time of year to stay home and throw a party. ... 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

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

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

Winter Olympics Party Tips

Chelsea Pellegrino

From February 6th through the 23rd, Sochi, Russia will transform into world of winter sports. While the top athletes in the universe are lacing up their skates and warming up their ski jumps, we’ll be earning our gold medal in party-throwing! You can too: check out all of these fantastic ideas for a Winter Olympics celebration!... MORE

Posted February 10, 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

First Communion Celebrations

Nicole Steeger

First communion is a very special occasion for both parents and their child. Most families choose to celebrate this wonderful time with a gathering of their loved ones and friends. Whether you are hosting a simple, intimate party or a lavish affair, you have to consider your budget carefully. ... MORE

Posted January 17, 2014

Creative Collaborations at The Special Event 2014

Mary Ellen Skawinski

With our bags packed days in advance, it wasn’t hard to tell just how excited we were for our big trip to The Special Event Show in Nashville, TN. Joined by GigMasters Co-Founder Michael Caldwell, our crew braved sub-zero wind chills and frozen roadways on the first leg of our journey to the one and only Music City, USA. Little did we know we’d go on to face cancelled flights, standby miracles, and a whole lot of airport shenanigans.... MORE

Posted January 15, 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

5 Tips for Hiring a Public Speaker

Nicole Steeger

Whether you are looking to inspire an audience, motivate employees or address a graduating class, hiring a public speaker is the perfect way to encourage and engage any audience. Hiring a public speaker is a great idea for everything from a corporate retreat to college orientation. There are many types of public speakers and typically each one will have their own distinct style and message. With such a wide range of talented individuals to choose from, finding the right person to connect with your guests can sometimes be a bit challenging.... MORE

Posted December 19, 2013

Entertainment Checklist - Before the Event

Drew Stoga

The days just before your event can be among the most stressful you'll ever experience.  From the most extravagant wedding to a simple backyard barbecue, so many things go into planning a great party that the days before the event can be a truly crazy time.... MORE

Posted December 18, 2013

Graduation Parties: An Entertainment Guide

Nicole Steeger

As the school year draws to a close, students and parents all over the country are making graduation party plans. Many of them have turned to GigMasters for their entertainment needs, and of course we are happy to help. Whether you are planning a huge bash or a small intimate graduation celebration, we can help with your party checklist.... MORE

Posted December 18, 2013

Class Reunions: An Entertainment Guide

Ryan Levesque

Class reunions are one of those events that seem like they were invented to make people feel awkward. Sure, it's great to reconnect with those you lost touch with, but it can also be quite uncomfortable attempting to make small talk with people that you haven't seen in 5, 10 or 20 years. So, how do you cut the tension and make everyone feel more at ease?  You hire the right entertainment!... MORE

Posted December 18, 2013

Real Event: A Grape Affair at Cellardoor Winery

Nikki-Lynn Boath

Lincolnville, Maine is home to an extraordinary, century old treasure, known as the Cellardoor Winery. The 68 acre farm has been in the passionate hands of owner and caretaker, Bettina Doulton since 2007.  She and Cellardoor's team of wine experts are there to share their passion for wine making and tasting with anyone who walks in the door. Sounds like heaven for any wine enthusiast, right?... MORE

Posted December 18, 2013

Olympic Party Fever

Marissa Latshaw

The summer Olympics is so soon! When else do you get to see people compete seriously in badminton, trampoline and synchronized swimming? Our office events committee is planning our first GigMasters Office Olympics - complete with coffee cup races and synchronized chair dancing. So, as Formula One driver, Lewis Hamilton put the Olympic flame in position earlier this week, I've been searching high and low for awesome Olympic party ideas and inspiration! So much great stuff out there, but only a few deserve the gold. And the medals go to...... MORE

Posted December 18, 2013

Divorce Parties, a New Wedding Trend?

Nicole Steeger

It's a sad but true fact that while every wedding starts off as "forever," not all of them make it. While most divorces are personal tragedies, they've actually turned in to big business for more people than just lawyers. It started with divorce cakes, divorce rings, and even little coffins for wedding rings. The newest trend may be divorce parties.... MORE

Posted December 18, 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

How To Hire A String Quartet

Chelsea Pellegrino

Members of the Romanza Music quartet in action! If you want entertainment that brings ambiance and elegance to your event, choosing a string quartet is a no-brainer. But what if you want modern hits? Some rock n' roll? Maybe even a little dancing? A string quartet can still be the way to go! ... MORE

Posted October 23, 2013