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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

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

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 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 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

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

Kids' Holiday Parties - Fun for All!

Brittany Anderson

It’s the most wonderful time of the year - especially for the little ones! We’ve put together our top ideas to throw a kids’ holiday party that’s guaranteed to bring joy to all. So, let's get into the holiday spirit and give your friends and family the gift of a memorable holiday party! ... MORE

Posted November 01, 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

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

Oktoberfest Party Ideas

Chelsea Pellegrino

Beer, brats and music – that’s the recipe for a successful Oktoberfest party! If you haven’t started planning, there’s no time to waste; it may be called Oktoberfest, but the celebration actually takes place during the last two weeks of September. Have no fear; GigMasters is here to help you get going. ... MORE

Posted August 31, 2015

Better Team Building: Do’s and Don’ts from the Pros

Chelsea Pellegrino

Closing your eyes and falling into the outstretched arms of a coworker is one way to create a closer company culture. However, there are plenty of team building options that don’t risk your employees filing for worker’s comp. We reached out to some top professionals who specialize in corporate team building, and they’ve given us do’s and don’ts for your next company bonding session... MORE

Posted June 11, 2015

12 Favorite Summer Party Tips

Chelsea Pellegrino

As summer draws to a close, we’re rounding up all the tips that made this season’s parties a breeze. Check out our favorite hacks from across the web:... MORE

Posted June 10, 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

Prom Party Planning

Nicole Steeger

Prom season is here, which means it's time to plan the biggest social event of the school year. Whether you are part of the faculty overseeing prom or a student on the events committee, we can help with the planning.... MORE

Posted April 02, 2015

Event Transportation Guide

Nicole Steeger

Whether you want to get guests to and from an event safely, or simply want to arrive in style, the right vehicle can add the perfect finishing touch to an event. Let's look at some popular event types and some fabulous rides that would make a statement.... 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

Holiday Party Drinks: 5 Celebratory Cocktail Recipes from GigMasters Bartenders

Terri Zimmer

Spread good holiday cheer with fun, festive signature drinks and cocktails. Hire a bartender for your holiday party. A great bartender will allow you to enjoy your own party with less stress. ... MORE

Posted December 12, 2014

Exclusive Interview with Santa

Peter Gavin

Santa's a busy guy this time of year, but we have his private number. Santa doesn’t do many interviews so this was a rare opportunity! We sat down with him recently and got the inside scoop on everything from his favorite Christmas song to his preferred kind of cookie.... 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

The Right Way to Request Vendors for Charity Events

Mary Ellen Skawinski

The following is a guest article written by Jacob Weiss, PhD, of Playing By Air Productions: When organizing a charitable function, consider event professionals to be valued donors and sponsors. Focus on building long-term relationships with vendors who are passionate about supporting your organization. These professionals will continually exceed your expectations and can be an advocate for you throughout the year (not to mention you’ll be able to support them as small business owners in the process!)... MORE

Posted July 28, 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

Starting the Search for Event Vendors

Chelsea Pellegrino

Whatever your event may be, one thing is for certain - you want the best vendor possible. Well, you’re off to a great start by choosing GigMasters! With over 25,000 vendors in categories like Musical Entertainment, Variety Acts, Speakers, Party Rentals, Transportation and Event Services, we’ll help you find the perfect match for your special occasion.... MORE

Posted March 06, 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

How To Hire: Halloween Entertainment

Chelsea Pellegrino

Halloween is just around the corner! If you're throwing a spooky soiree, you'll need entertainment that adds a mystery of element and surprise. What's our recommendation? Book a magician, hypnotist, fortune teller or tarot card reader! Any of these vendors are sure to bring something special to your party that will thrill and amaze guests.... 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

St. Patrick's Day Party Tips

Nicole Steeger

St. Patrick's Day is one of the biggest party holidays of the year, after all, on March 17th everyone can be Irish for the day! If you're going to celebrate Paddy's Day with a party - you have to do it right. That's why we're here to help you plan an awesome and authentic St. Patrick's Day party!... MORE

Posted January 17, 2014

Tips for Hiring a Soloist

Nicole Steeger

Hiring musical entertainment for your event can truly help make your celebration more magical. Soloists are great entertainers for a all kinds of special events. From singers and acoustic guitarists, to violinists and flutists, GigMasters offers a wide variety of solo acts to help you find the right fit for your event. But, sometimes finding the perfect performer can take time. Knowing what criteria to look for, and asking the right questions, can really help you save time.... MORE

Posted December 23, 2013

Tips for Hiring a Harpist

Lindsay Megale

Are you looking to add a stunning touch of grace and elegance to a memorable celebration? GigMasters' Pro harpist Jessica Frost (Winchester, VA) explains, "The harp itself naturally adds elegance and sophistication to an event." To ensure a successful and stress free event, you must know what to consider when choosing a harpist. That is why we have asked our top harpists for important tips and advice to guide you through the selection process to guarantee that you will be satisfied with your entertainment." ... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

How to Hire a Live Band

Drew Stoga

By Carey Kleiman of CK Band Booking a live band for your special event is always a great idea. Live music adds atmosphere to any gathering and can make your event the one that people talk about for years to come. If you aren't yet sure whether or not you should hire a band for your event - try this test:  Ask yourself how many run-of-the-mill office parties you have been to.  They are all the same - you and your co-workers all put in an appearance, force a little conversation and then leave as soon as the boss looks the other way.... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

Tips on Hiring a Rock Band

Lindsay Megale

A live music performance creates a unique atmosphere and fun vibe at any event. If you want your event to really rock, then you should hire a rock band (obviously!). But, how do you know which rock band to choose? Well, that's where we can help. We interviewed our top Rock Bands to find out what tips they have for selecting the right band  for your event. So, let's get to it...... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

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

Valentine's Day Party

Drew Stoga

It seems there truly are only two types of people: those that can't wait for Valentine's Day and those that can't be bothered. February 14th can bring many things - an intimate night with your sweetheart, a couples dinner with a few of your closest friends or our personal favorite: The Valentine's Day Party.... 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

Tips for Hiring a One Man Band

Lindsay Megale

Hiring a One Man Band is a great way to add live music entertainment to a special event, especially if you have a limited amount of space. These talented individuals know how to put on a great show on their own. We talked to our top performers in this category for their advice for clients looking to hire a One Man Band.... MORE

Posted December 20, 2013

Tips for Hiring a Clown

Nicole Steeger

Clowns are very popular kids' party performers. They are perfect for children's birthday parties, community events and family get-togethers. When looking to hire a clown, you will realize that there are many different types of clowns to choose from, each offering different specialties, costumes and routines. With such a wide variety of options out there, it pays to do your research before hiring a clown. So, how do you find the right fit? Glad you asked! We have spoken to some of our top clown performers and asked their advice on how clients can select the perfect performer. Here's what they had to say:... MORE

Posted December 19, 2013

Hiring Elvis

Marta Block

Happy Birthday Elvis! Today would have been Elvis's 78th birthday and people across the country are celebrating. Although I've always liked Elvis and his music (and have even been to Graceland twice), I didn't always understand the appeal of an Elvis impersonator. Then, I hired one.... 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

How to Hire Stand Up Comedians

Drew Stoga

By Comedian Robin Fox of Bridgewater, NJ and Tampa, FL The right comedian can liven up any party. Too often party planners overlook comedians, but hiring a comedian can be a great way to make your party fun, memorable and unique.... MORE

Posted December 19, 2013

Tips for Hiring a Caricaturist

Nicole Steeger

Caricaturists are wonderful artists that can create beautiful, creative, funny drawings in a matter of minutes. It's no wonder why caricaturists have become a popular entertainment choice for a wide variety of events. We've seen a rise in caricaturist bookings for everything from corporate events and birthday parties to weddings and mitzvahs. When you are interested in hiring a caricaturist, it may be hard to figure out exactly what kind of artist you want to hire. That's why we've asked some of our top caricaturists to help guide you through the selection process. Here's their advice:... MORE

Posted December 19, 2013

Unique Father's Day Gift Ideas

Nicole Steeger

Father's Day is right around the corner which means it's time to start thinking about a gift for the Dad in your life. If "What do I get the man that has everything" is the question you face each year, then you have come to the right place. Whether you are shopping for your father, husband, grandfather or a friend that's a proud poppa - we can help you find a unique and thoughtful Father's Day gift.... MORE

Posted December 19, 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

Tips for Hiring a Magician

Nicole Steeger

There's one way to make your event truly magical - hire a magician! Whether you are planning a kids' party, corporate function, or wedding, magicians can truly add something special to your event. But, there are lots of magicians out there - each with different styles and specialties. Finding the right fit for an event certainly takes time.... MORE

Posted December 13, 2013

Host a Murder Mystery Halloween Party

Nicole Steeger

Halloween is a unique holiday that allows for dress-up, make-believe and lots of fun. It's no wonder why each year, more and more adults get into the spirit of this holiday by dressing up and planning a Halloween celebration. If you are getting ready to plan a private or corporate Halloween event this year, why not try something different by hosting a unique Murder Mystery Halloween party?!... MORE

Posted December 11, 2013

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