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Choosing the Right Entertainment

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 28.05.2014

If you’re planning an event, whether it’s a wedding celebration, a corporate party, a marketing launch or anything else, it’s important to be choosing the right entertainment. There are many choices available, and which is best will depend on what you want to get out of it, so here’s a quick guide to help you decide.

Choosing The Right Entertainment

An Elegant Affair

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At an elegant wedding reception or corporate banquet, you won’t want loud and rowdy entertainment; you’ll be looking for something subtle that will help to create the right atmosphere. Live music is an excellent choice; you can hire musicians in to provide background music which can be pitched at the right level to entertain your guests without drowning out conversation. A harpist, pianist or even a string quartet, for example, would be ideal.You might also choose to hire a magician – they can circulate through the room and perform close-up tricks to amuse your guests on an intimate and friendly level.

A Straight-Up Party

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If you’re organizing the kind of event where you want your guests to get up on the dance floor, then you’re going to be looking at a different kind of music. You might consider hiring a mobile disco – you’ll get a talented DJ with a wide range of music, able to adjust their equipment to suit the space at your venue and take requests to ensure that your guests’ tastes are catered to. If you prefer live music, then there are plenty of tribute bands for hire who provide all the excitement of the real thing at a fraction of the price tag – after all, not many could afford to book the real Lady Gaga!

A Full-Blown Spectacle

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If you really want people to talk about your event, then you may be looking for something really impressive; a “big box” illusionist show, fire performers, samba dancers – the list is practically endless!

For a real VIP touch, you can even hire a celebrity – ideal for awards ceremonies, promotional events and many other events.
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Top Themes for Kids Parties

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 27.05.2014

They say children speak their mind, so organising the right kid’s party can be the most fun ever and somewhat stressful simultaneously. There are so many party themes you can choose from and here at Costello Entertainment we have top themes for kids parties and a fantastic roster of children’s entertainers that will be perfect for whatever style of party you throw.

Top Themes for Kids Parties

Circus

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We can provide your party with a fantastic circus workshop to teach your little guests the finest circus acts, from juggling with balls and hoops, using the Diablo, Poi sticks and even mini stilts! All the equipment is provided by us as well! For a true circus theme you’ll want to dress up as a clown and put up the coolest decorations you can find, or better yet, make them yourself. Red and white striped fabric and bunting gives an instant circus feel to any party, and you can incorporate some simple carnival-styled games as well. Some ideas for games could include can toss or even a home made hook-a-duck. Oh, and don’t forget the candy floss!

Pirate

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Hoist the sails, raise the anchor and scrub the deck! A pirate themed party is a must for all ages and always a perfect excuse to dress up! We offer balloon modelling for all the inflatable sword fights before the games begin. Why not stick toy pirate hooks to a board and create your own hook game. Make sweet treats such as pirate jelly boats out of orange quarters and a sea-blue jelly, or cannon ball cheese puffs! Don’t forget the stripy t-shirts and all-important eye patches!

Prince and Princess

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For your little princes and princesses a magic show would be perfect for this party, whether you choose a sorcerer or children’s magician your tiny guests will be left amazed. Decorate your party place with magic castle inspired bows and ribbons, balloons and flags as well as serving magical food. Whether you serve pink coloured popcorn or crown shaped sandwiches you mustn’t forget the fairy cakes!

Hopefully now you are inspired to throw the most memorable party for your little ones with one of these top themes for kids parties. Costello Entertainments have the finest children’s entertainers as well as many other entertainment options, such as tribute acts and celebrities to hire for your events.

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The Advantages of Hiring a Professional DJ

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 23.05.2014

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If you have a party coming up in the near future and you are debating whether or not to hire a professional DJ or to try and provide music yourself, this post will explain the advantages of hiring a professional DJ will enhance your party and put you at ease on your night.

The Advantages of Hiring a Professional DJ

When hiring a DJ you get full attention from them for the evening and they are dedicated to providing your party with the right music all night. Although there are party mix CD’s available that you might consider using to run your own Disco they will not provide the range of music or the knowledge and skilled music selection that comes with a professional DJ. Also would you really want to be working rather than enjoying the party yourself?

One of the advantages of hiring a professional DJ is that they know how to read an audience and have good judgement on what to play and when. This is really important for keeping momentum on the dance floor. There is nothing worse than a lull when the wrong song is played and everyone sits down! Plus a DJ will have the correct equipment to allow a mix between songs leaving no awkward pauses in between tracks.

When booking a DJ you can arrange a consultation before your event to discuss which songs you definitely want included as well as those that you may want to be excluded. This time can also be used to discuss whether or not you want your DJ to verbally interact with your guests.

Make the most of your upcoming party or event and hire a mobile disco from Costello Entertainments. Alongside disco hire we also can provide a wide range of tribute bands, celebrities and look-a-likes, comedians and dancers plus much, much more.

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Magicians for Hire-Types of Magicians

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 22.05.2014

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There are a wide variety of Magicians for hire-types of magicians include both male and female, some are young some are older and more experienced, all present magic in many different ways for many different types of audiences.

Some magicians specialise in certain areas of magic for example Close-up Magic for a Wedding Magician, others prefer to be flexible to meet the demands for a variety of different performances. So how do you choose a magician that will be right for your event?

Close Up Magicians for Hire

By far the most flexible form of magic is close-up magic. It can be performed in front of individuals or seated or standing groups of people wherever they may be. The beauty and impact of this type of magic comes from the fact that it is performed close up right in front of the audience, leaving no room for anything but pure skill and of course magic.

Everyday objects are used such as coins, pens, paper money and are available for inspection by individuals. No special arrangements are needed for the magician who will normally carry his or her props in their pockets.

Close up magic is often performed at weddings, or at dinners but is flexible enough to be performed wherever there are people needing to be entertained. The normal performance time is 2 hours, but again this is flexible and can be arranged as required.

Weddings Magicians

Wedding close up magicians for hire are available for different times during a wedding for example during photographs to entertain guests that are waiting or have finished having photographs taken. Alternatively, a close up magician is perfect for a drinks reception, during the wedding breakfast or at the start of the evening reception to break the ice.

These times can be combined and the magician used to good effect to keep everybody entertained during the day, lifting the mood and keeping the day flowing.

Magician for Corporate Events

An experienced close up magician is the perfect ice-breaker for corporate events and is adaptable to all the different kinds of events including corporate parties, dinners, trade shows, exhibitions, entertaining clients and more. The common thread through all of these events is bringing people together in a fun and entertaining way either for pure entertainment reasons, or for increasing contacts and business for the company.

At trade shows and exhibitions close up magicians for hire will not only entertain but leave the visitor with a clear memory of the experience and with promotional goodies to take away designed to build contacts and prospects.

Cabaret Magic

Cabaret magic is normally performed from a stage and often involves a larger more diverse range of props that need to be prepared and set on a stage ready for the show. This type of magic performance is best when the audience require magic entertainment that they can all watch as a group.

Audience members are often invited to take part in the show and it’s an ideal opportunity to make a special feature of someone celebrating a birthday or of the CEO of a company.

The props need to be prepared, transported to the venue and the presentation of a stage show will require a different range of skills and experience if the show is to be entertaining and well presented. The magician may perform with or without an assistant depending on the props being used and performances usually last from 30-45 minutes. Seating is normally arranged theatre style or if the performance is after a dinner, the tables will be set up around the auditorium facing the stage.

Stage Illusionists

Illusion shows are often described as big box tricks performed on a stage, but this description just serves to identify the type of show and is a good starting point because it identifies the larger props involved and the additional transportation needed to present this type of show. An assistant or assistants are integral to the show and there may also be more than one magician depending on the scale of the production. This type of show will take longer to prepare and remove after the show than either of the previous types of magic presentations above.

The reputation and experience of the magician will also have an effect on the fee charged. An award winning magician will charge more than a local magician who is still learning his trade. A famous magician will be at the top of their trade their fee will be higher than for a non-famous yet award winning magician.

All of these considerations play a part in the choice magicians and when the client’s exact requirements are known a recommendation and quote can be prepared.

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How to find The Right Comedian

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 16.05.2014

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The first step to booking a Comedian for your event is to consider what type of Comedian to Hire. Are all Comedians well, Comedians? That’s true, but you need to know how to find the right comedian, each has different experience and ability and if you hire the wrong Comedian for your event it can result in a less than favourable outcome for all concerned.

How to Find The Right Comedian

How to Find The Right Comedian may seem to be a case of find a comedian and book them. However, without some research this could be a disaster. Different Comedians perform for different lengths of time. A Comedian appearing at a Comedy Club for example will typically perform for anything from 5-20 minutes. By contrast a Comedian performing at a party or Corporate Event will typically perform for 30-45 minutes.

In some cases the Comedian that you’ve seen performing at a Comedy Club might also perform at parties and events, but by no means always. Comedians that perform at Comedy Clubs may prefer that type of regular Comedy Club audience or indeed only have sufficient material for 5-20 minutes, which wouldn’t be long enough for a party or event.

Comedy Material-Hiring the Right Comedian

The next consideration in how to find the right comedian is matching the right type of material to the event. There are many different Comedians to choose from that will suit each of the different types of event out there. For example Comedians for family audiences, Comedians for Corporate Events, Comedians for Stag Parties, Comedians for Hen Parties, Comedians for young audiences, Comedians for more mature audiences and so on.

Clearly Comedian hire is a broad subject and a working knowledge of each Comedian’s material, performance length, preferences and suitability are essential considerations in how to find the right comedian for a particular occasion.

It is important to view Comedians in order that you are familiar with their act to ensure that they are appropriate for your needs. It may be necessary to view several Comedians in order that you get the choice just right. If you’re too busy or you’re not inclined to visit different Comedians at different events, another option is to seek an Agent who knows each of the Comedians individually and can recommend a suitable Comedian to match your event.

This is something that a Comedy Agent can help with and a discussion of your needs will usually help to identify a few suitable Comedians and they can offer solutions on how to find the right comedian. The Agent is also the right person to book Comedians because he will have all the relevant contact details for each Comedian and will issue a Contract to secure the Comedian you choose.

Will the Comedian Use Bad Language or Be Offensive?

This is the question I hear most often when somebody enquires about a Comedian, and though it’s understandable it has no real foundation. If a Comedian wants to have a successful career and get re-booked for events, he or she must be mindful of their audiences. Whilst expletives pepper Comedians’ material at Comedy clubs, it is much less tolerated at corporate events or private parties.

The majority of comedians will never write material that is racist, sexist, offensive to minority groups or blasphemous but with the diversity of individuals present amongst audiences it can present a minefield to the comedy writer when writing material that is funny but doesn’t offend someone. A discussion with the Agent at the time of booking will usually highlight the demographics and tolerance of the audience to different types of comedy material.

This is less likely to be a problem when the Comedian is a famous comedian, because their material will be known to the audience and in many cases the organiser will be actively seeking a particular comedian for their audience group.

Fees–What will the Comedian Charge?

After a discussion about types of Comedians and matching the right Comedian to the audience, an experienced Agent will have a clear idea of those Comedians that will be suitable. However, before offering any Comedians a discussion also needs to take place with the client about their budget. They may have no idea about Comedians Fees but will usually know whether they want to spend a few hundred or in the case of Famous Comedians several thousands of pounds.
Once the budget limits have been discussed the Agent will be in a position to offer suitable Comedians within the client’s budget.

Comedians Requirements

In order that everything runs smoothly at your event the Comedian will need a lockable changing room where he can get changed and leave his personal possessions securely during his performance. He will need a microphone and sound system. Most venues will provide these facilities but it’s better to discuss them with the Agent. If the Venue doesn’t have a sound system the Comedian may be able to provide one.

Arrangements Beforehand

I often receive inquiries for Comedians to appear at Bars & Pubs and whilst it is possible to book a Comedian for these venues, the audience should be seated during the performance. To ensure the best possible performance, arrangements should be made for the performance to take place in a functions room separate from the main bar and the functions room bar should be closed during the performance.

Comedy is only effective when the audience are listening and these simple measures will ensure that obvious distractions are excluded. All that remains is for the organiser to relax and enjoy the performance with the rest of the audience.

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Music For The First Dance At Your Wedding

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 16.04.2014

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One of the highlights of your wedding is the first dance. Music for the first dance at your wedding will be remembered by you for many years and is an important choice to make. It is the first dance to open the dance floor to guests, but it has much more significance than that. The choice of song will make a statement about you and your partner as a couple, your personalities, and whenever you hear it on the radio it will remind you of that special day. Such an important song should not be taken lightly, as it will be with you for the rest of your life. In this post, we will look at a few songs that will add something extra to your wedding day.

Music For The First Dance At Your Wedding

Kiss From a Rose by Seal

With its curious waltz time, copious harmonies and sound proportions, this had a very different sound and stood out when it was released in the mid nineties. It is a favorite on the dance floor at weddings because of its classy melody and the rich imagery of the lyrics, which finishes beautifully with:

‘Now that your rose is in bloom A light hits the gloom on the grey’

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

Although Aerosmith are renowned as a hard rock band, the song I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing opened up a new generation to appreciate Aerosmith, and remains a slow dance classic. This ballad has an old and wise feel to it and the lush orchestra arrangement almost overwhelms with romance. Many couples had their first kiss to this song, so it isn’t a surprise to see it become a first dance favorite.

Grow Old With Me by Tom Oddell

Tom Oddell has a way with words, it could have something to do with him growing up listening to the heartbreaking but hopeful music of Tom Waits. The song Grow Old With Me is both passionate and delicate, so much so that you’ll have all your guests in tears if you choose it. Be sure to stock up on hankies.

In addition to choosing the right first song, to get the most out of your music on your wedding day you will need to hire a quality sound system. Here at Costello Entertainments we can provide you with a mobile disco together with a quality DJ, which will be the perfect complement to your wedding day.

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Songs That Your Party Cannot Be Without

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 03.04.2014

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Music is the key to any party, and can turn it from a simple get-together that quickly runs out of steam, into a truly enjoyable event that no one is keen on leaving. Here at Costello Entertainments, we provide our services to those wanting a Mobile Disco, and are well aware of some of the songs that your party cannot be without.

In this post we want to help make sure that your party is not only enjoyable for you but also for people of all ages, so we have created a list of the top five party tracks from the last five decades for your aural pleasure.

Songs That Your Party Cannot Be Without

60’s

The decade of peace, love and these beauties:

1. The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup
2. The Monkees – Daydream Believer
3. Jackie Wilson – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
4. Helen Shapiro – Walkin’ Back To Happiness
5. The Beatles – Hey Jude

Any one of those is guaranteed to get the room dancing and singing.

70’s

The decade that brought us Star Wars and a whole new world of sequined clothing also bestowed this list of classics on us:

1. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
2. ABBA – Dancing Queen
3. The Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive
4. Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
5. Elton John – Tiny Dancer

Less of a sing along decade, but all of these will get everyone onto the dance floor.

80’s

The decade that saw names such as Michael Jackson and Madonna become household names also brought us these party classics:

1. Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
2. Jump – Van Halen
3. Sweet Child o’ Mine – Guns and Roses
4. Thriller – Michael Jackson
5. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

If you want to see every seat empty, then the 80’s is a decade of music that you need to explore.

90’s

The real beginning of the digital age brought us a decade replete with party classics:

1. Love Shack – The B-52s
2. U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
3. Believe (Life After Love) – Cher
4. Around the World – Daft Punk
5. Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai

Cheesy? Yes. Classics? Absolutely!

00’s

The decade of re-unions and solo projects from huge names such as the ‘man known simply as Robbie’, the 00’s really was a bumper decade for party music:

1. Hey Ya – Outkast
2. Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
3. Hot In Here – Nelly
4. Mr Brightside – The Killers
5. I Got A feeling – Black Eyed Peas

The years between 2010 and now have undoubtedly seen many other future classics released, but what you have here are 25 songs that represent the distilled essence of party throughout the last half century, truly songs that your party cannot be without.

If you want to make sure that your party is exciting and fun, then feel free to play any one of these decades; or better yet, play them all!

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Tips and Ideas for Hiring the Best Childrens Entertainers

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

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One of the things I get asked most questions about is for tips and ideas for hiring the best childrens entertainers.

Often questions are fairly straight forward like what will the entertainer do? How long for and what will it cost? Other questions are about more individual tailor made requirements which need more explanation and careful arrangement.

Tips and Ideas for Hiring the Best Childrens Entertainers

When you search Google for a children’s entertainer you will receive thousands of options. Where do you start? I hope these Tips and Ideas for Hiring the Best Childrens Entertainers will help you. Well you should start by looking at Customer Reviews about individual entertainers, or ask family, friends or colleagues at work for recommendations. They will normally either have hired one themselves or be able to put you in touch with someone else who has.

Recommendations are an important indicator of a Children’s entertainer’s ability to entertain and keep children occupied. Another option is to ask a local entertainment agency for recommendations, they will have years of experience and feedback from satisfied clients and several entertainers to choose from.

When you have decided on an entertainer what questions should you ask? You will need to know what services they provide, how long they will entertain, their fee and availability. A professional entertainer will normally have a disclosure and barring document (previously CRB) and a public liability insurance certificate. Some children’s entertainers are members of Equity which is an indication of their professional experience. Does the entertainer have a website and do they have any customer reviews you can see?

Should you choose the cheapest children’s entertainer? When hiring the best childrens entertainers if an entertainer stands out because of their lower fee and is quite a bit cheaper than others in the area, it could be an indication of inexperience or they may have just started, either way you should be wary because children’s entertainers are aware of their competitor’s fees and normally there isn’t much difference between children’s entertainers fees in the same area. It’s more important that you choose on the basis of recommendations or on-line customer reviews.

You should be prepared to pay a deposit to secure your entertainer and can expect to receive written confirmation of your booking and a receipt for your deposit. They will inform you when they will arrive and how they will structure the entertainment during the party.

Things to Look-out for in a Good Children’s Entertainer

The top requirements when hiring the best childrens entertainers are experience, relevant training, professional (full-time preferably), customer reviews, disclosure and barring document (DBS), public liability certificate, they must like children and good customer service.

Experience is a MUST, without experience the entertainer can’t learn what works best and develop their skills and performance. I’d recommend somebody with at least five years practical experience performing at children’s parties and events or developing their skills through magic clubs and personal tuition from experienced entertainers.

There are many part-time children’s entertainers around, some of which are devoted to making children’s experiences at parties magical. It must be said however, that there are plenty of part-time entertainers that see it as a way of earning some extra money and make little effort to develop a good performance. The only real way of telling the difference and hiring the best childrens entertainers is to have seen them yourself or to have a recommendation from family or friends, or a recommendation from a bona fide entertainment agency. Customer Reviews are an indication of quality and ability, but may be misleading when presented by unscrupulous entertainers.

It should go without saying that a children’s entertainer should like working with children, it might be surprising to learn that some tolerate them at best. As a final test in the search for hiring the best childrens entertainers – always be guided by the entertainer’s telephone manner, general responsiveness and customer service.

Magic Shows, Balloon Modelling, Music and Games, Face-Painting

When you’re considering hiring the best childrens entertainers it might be useful to start with a typical children’s party by way of example and these entertainers may be used either individually or in combination for tailor made parties and events. A typical children’s party will consist of 10 to 30 children of various ages ranging from 2-13 years and a children’s entertainer performing a magic show and balloon modelling for an hour. This can be expanded with music and games to cater for 2 hour parties, typically including a break for party food after about an hour.

There is a range of entertainment available for children’s parties and entertainment can include a pick ‘n’ mix assortment of a magic show, balloon modelling, puppet show and face-painting. It should be remembered that each element may be done by a different person, though sometimes there are multi-skilled entertainers capable of providing several different types of entertainment.

It’s an important consideration when arranging a party that you want the children to be kept occupied throughout the party, so for example if you are considering hiring a magician and a face-painter these will normally be two separate people. The magician will entertain, whilst the face-painter paints faces one by one, often whilst the show is in progress. There are individuals with the skills to do both jobs, however they can’t do both jobs at the same time or fully unless the party time is extended to accommodate the time needed. It seems obvious, but it’s surprising how many times I am asked can the entertainer paint faces as well as perform a magic show, balloon modelling and games for 20 children in two hours.

Face-painting and balloon modelling combined is a popular choice for children’s parties and both can be provided by the same person. This combination is probably most appropriate when the majority of the children are quite young about 3-4 years old or when the party is at home where the children can wander around the house and garden as they like and have their faces painted when they like.

Puppet Shows

Different types of puppet shows are available: glove puppets, marionettes, Punch and Judy shows. Any of these may be performed for children’s parties or events of different types and show durations range from 15 mins to 1 hour depending on the type of event.

The puppeteer will provide everything needed including puppet theatre, puppets, lighting, music and sound system. Various themes and stories may be told incorporating children’s stories, nursery rhymes, fables and legends.
For public events the age range doesn’t matter, with adults often watching shows along with children. For smaller children’s parties, adults will sometimes stay and watch the show but the emphasis is firmly on entertaining the children and the age range for puppet shows tends to be age 2-6 years.

Circus Workshops

Entertainers with a variety of circus skills provide circus workshops. These are appropriate for children age 3-13 years.

The items of equipment are demonstrated by the entertainer and then the children have a go themselves with supervision and assistance as needed. Children have fun with this activity, enjoy the various pieces of equipment and come away with a sense of achievement when they have been able to pick-up a new skill.

Equipment Included:

• Juggling Scarves (for very young children)
• Balls
• Hoops
• Clubs
• Plate Spinning
• Diablo
• Poi Sticks
• Mini Stilts
• Peddle Goes

Craft Workshops

This is another activity that is popular for children’s parties and events. Craft Workshops include Craft Supervisors who bring all the materials for the event, demonstrate various crafts and assist children to make items themselves. This activity is appropriate for children age 3-13 years and craft items are provided as appropriate for the age range attending. Craft Workshops at organised events can sometimes last all day or part of a day and children can join in for as long as they like. Alternatively, a craft workshop may be hired for a private party for a couple of hours.

The crafts are absorbing, interesting and get the children involved and quiet! When they have finished they get a sense of pride in what they have made and take the items home to show everyone.

Types of Crafts Available:

• Cookie Decorating
• Decorate Mini Jewellery Boxes
• Decorate a Mask
• Princess And Pirate Crafts
• Cake Decorating
• Make a Greetings Card for Someone Special
• Hawaiian Grass Skirt and Garland
• Create Your Favourite Figures
• Make a Fish Tank
• Grass Head
• Bedroom Door Hanger
• Paint a Glass Picture Frame
• T Shirt Painting
• Glass Painting
• Mask Making
• Design And Paint a Plate
• Make a Colourful Beaded Necklace & Bracelet
• Design and Paint a Mug
• Plant Pot Painting
• Decorate a Glass
• Paint a Light bulb
• Junk Box Modelling

As with all entertainment it’s important to be organized and it pays to take a little time to do some research on the entertainers that can help you make some cherished memories.

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Lookalike Agency – Time To Throw A Great Party

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 17.01.2012

Lookalike Agency

Are you sick and tired of boring exhibitions, trade shows, product launches, charity events, business openings and private parties? It’s high time to entertain all the participants and make it an event to remember with fun, amazement and excitement involved. You can invite musicians, comedians, circus performers, magicians or dancers to throw a truly memorable party or contact a reputable lookalike agency and pick a celebrity lookalike to surprise your guests.

Have a Super Star at Your Party

Having a professional entertainment agency arrange your party or business event will save you a good deal of time and effort. There is a wide choice of programmes but if you want to make something out of the ordinary, entertainment agents can plan a tailored programme to satisfy your needs and requirements.

On the list of recommended performers you will find famous soloists, bands and pop star lookalikes that a good lookalike agency will invite to your party on your request. You can get their profile, video and audio samples and previous client feedback to make an informed decision. An appointed entertainment agent can help you tailor their repertoire to suit all tastes. If you wish to create a relaxed atmosphere, it can be a good idea to hire comedians, jugglers or street performers. If you want to surprise your guests and add a touch of mystery to your event, magicians would be most suitable.

Alternatively, a celebrity can meet and entertain your guests. It could be a TV show or sitcom star. Some agencies provide you with a great chance to hire famous actors starring in Coronation Street, Hollyoaks or Emmerdale. Or you can invite them all to surprise your guests and leave an indelible impression on them.

Celebrate Cost Effectively

If you have a very tight budget, hiring a tribute act or calling a lookalike agency is probably a better option than hiring renowned musicians and celebs. Tribute acts perform repertoires of the world’s Artistes and Bands, so they can tailor their act to suit your needs and budget. If there’s a fan of a particular soloist or band, you can surprise them by having a tribute act perform their music live.

Having a pop star, noted celebrity or TV show star at your party is really great fun but can you afford any of them? A lookalike agency offers you a wallet-friendly alternative; browse through a large database of lookalike Hollywood stars, Royalty, famous TV presenters, sports people and musicians to find an entertainer or a few to give your party a twist.

Throwing a party or arranging a conference might appear simpler than you expect if you hire dedicated specialists. They will take all the work off your hands and let you focus on things you do best. So will professional entertainers. Instead of agonizing over fun activities, you can hire singers, musicians, dancers, magicians or celebrities or if you’re on a tight budget contact a good lookalike agency. So let your imagination run wild next time you have a party, as variety is the spice of life.

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A Few Ideas For A Themed Party

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 03.08.2011

Hosting a themed party is not as difficult as it may seem; you only need to invent a good theme and invite professional musicians. You can arrange a good party without having to spend a fortune if you hire tribute bands and dig deep in the wardrobe. Keep reading to learn a few themes for your party.

Flower Child Themed Party

Do you remember the years when some people wore long hair and called themselves flower children? The Beatles occupied top positions in the most popular music charts and lots of girls wanted to look like Twiggy? It may help you organize a flower child themed party. Ask your friends to make bouffant hairdos or just wear hair parted down the middle. The dress code should include jeans, tank tops, muslin shirts and maxi sun dresses. Pair clothes with sandals or walk barefoot if the surface allows. Encourage your friends to search in their wardrobes – they may find all essentials at home. Invite tribute bands performing songs from The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Jimi Hendrix and other music icons from the 60’s.

80’s Themed Party

Did you wear a big hairdo and bright make-up once? Do you remember what your parents wore when you were a child? It can be a good idea to capture those days with your friends. Nowadays celebrities update their wardrobes with items from the latest fashion collections but a few decades ago it was celebrities who inspired designers. Oversized tops with shoulder pads, mini skirts, leg warmers and parachute pants were the hottest fashion trends of the 80’s. Find tribute bands or artists who can perform songs from Madonna, Culture Club, Spandau Ballet and others. Bright heavy make-up, flip your hair upside down and fix it with hairspray, find a few trendy 80’s items and you are ready for the party.

90’s Themed Party

Planning a 90’s party is rather easy as not so much time has passed. It was the time of overalls, Tamagotchis and The Macarena. Check in your wardrobe for flannel shirts, school girl dresses, baggy jeans, denim overalls and shoes with chunky platforms. Make up a 90’s playlist inviting tribute bands and artists who perform songs from the repertoires of The Spice Girls, Take That, Backstreet Boys, Metallica, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins or Alanis Morisette. To enter into the spirit of your party better, arrange a Super Mario championship or encourage your guests to dress up as celebrities and choose the best costume.

Time Travel to The Future

Are you curious about what awaits you in the future? You can arrange a futuristic party and invite your guests to imagine what is going to be fashionable in a few decades. Use your imagination and creative skills to invent the hottest fashion trends 2030. Fashion trends have a tendency to come back after a few years so your wardrobe may help you out again. Don’t forget to invite tribute bands and artists that will go down well.

These are a few ideas of how to organize a fabulous themed party. This article might also help you come up with your own ideas.

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Hire Professional Tribute Bands

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 03.08.2011

Hire Professional Tribute Bands

When an event is approaching, you have lots of questions to decide. You need to think over who you want to invite and how many guests are going to attend the event. If they work, you need to find a gap in their schedules so that all of them could come. Day, place, menu and other questions await you. And if you want your event to succeed, it’s very important not to let your guests feel bored. There are lots of entertainment agencies which can help you hire professional tribute bands, choosing the best food outlets, and keeping your guests engaged in what is going on.

Whatever the event, you can always fill it with relevant live entertainment. You can decide on your own what exactly you want to arrange yet it is recommended to turn to dedicated specialists who know how to make everything pass smoothly. Entertainment agents monitor the changing tastes of customers and will fine tune programmed accordingly. It is well-known that tastes differ, and if you want to satisfy all your guests, you either need to have good imagination or outsource from professionals from where you can hire professional tribute bands.

You can find lots of entertainment agencies on the web which can make you really confused. Pay attention to the geographical area they are located. Of course, there are agencies which operate internationally and arrange for any artist to come to your venue. But if you don’t want to break the bank, it is recommended that you turn to an agency which operates in your country. So, this can narrow your choice. Then, visit their websites and have a look at lists of services they provide. Some agencies specialist in supplying live music played by the best tribute bands while others have a wide choice of celebrity lookalikes. You can contact entertainment agencies by phone or send a query by email.

You can be really surprised with a wide choice of artists and entertainers who work with agencies. Besides ready programmers which are available upon request, entertainment agents can plan a tailored programmer taking into account your needs and budget. You can get demo materials and previous client feedback which can help you make the final choice. Of course, welcoming staff are on hand to help de-stress your search. If you want to have live music, you can hire tribute bands or solo musicians or solo singers who can create a special atmosphere during your event.

If you are a fan of some particular singers and musicians, there are tribute bands available to suit most tastes and budgets. Besides that, entertainment agencies cooperate with some celebrities, who can attend your event. Or you can invite celebrity lookalikes who can meet and greet your guests. If you want to create a relaxed atmosphere, it can be a great idea to invite comedians, jugglers, street performers or walkabout entertainers. If you want to surprise your guests and lend a touch of mystery to your event, magicians or illusionists would be most suitable.

Of course, your choice is not limited to the above options, and you can find more artists, celebrities and tribute bands for hire. Let knowledgeable experts from a reputable entertainment agency take care of your guests and arrange a truly memorable event.

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Bands For Hire Anything From Soul To Jazz

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 15.07.2011

There’s nothing like a live band to liven things up from birthday parties and weddings to corporate events. Whatever your personal choice, there are bands for hire anything from Soul To Jazz capable of playing the music that you require to high professional standards. There are so many bands around, offering live music at very different prices. And sometimes booking the right one can be a very daunting task. But if you refer to a music agency online, you’re likely to be provided with a wide choice of live bands for every occasion.

Bands For Hire Anything From Soul To Jazz

Acoustic Bands

Acoustic bands deliver intimate and evocative music straight from their souls and strings. Acoustic rock bands blend rock with folk, Americana and other styles to create something entirely new. Acoustic bands also have the advantage of requiring significantly less gear than their electric counterparts. Whether you are looking for a band for your wedding or backyard barbeque, acoustic bands can be a perfect fit for your event.

Pop Rock Bands

No matter if you like southern or classic rock, now you’re able to find rock bands that play it all. Timeless songs originally recorded by legends like The Eagles and The Beatles to those from today’s biggest hits can be recreated by professional performers for your party or event. Whether you’re looking for bands that cover original rock music played by Elvis in the 1950’s or groups that offer an assortment of songs from various artists and time periods, you can find one of the perfect live bands for your event.

Soul Bands

Soul music originated in the Mississippi Delta, U.S., around the time of the Civil War. Muddy Waters and B.B King are considered to be its early pioneers. In later years, rock bands like The Rolling Stones and guitarists like Eric Clapton were heavily influenced by the early soul musicians and incorporated a lot of soul elements into their music. There are many different styles of soul music often based on the place of origin. Bands for hire anything from Soul to Jazz can be hired for any occasion including weddings, corporate events and private parties.

Jazz Bands

Today there are many types of live bands for hire anything from Soul To Jazz that you can choose to perform at your special event or wedding reception. There are small jazz combos which play light dinner jazz and big jazz ensembles which can get everyone dancing after dinner. Latin jazz music has become quite popular as well and many jazz bands have Latin jazz in their repertoires. Jazz bands normally play two sets of live music each lasting forty five minutes with a break in between and afterwards, during which they commonly play recorded music through their PA systems.

Swing Bands

Swing band music is the style of jazz originated in the mid 1940’s. In the 1990’s there was a renewed interest in swing bands fuelled by a resurgence of interest in swing dance. Swing bands can vary in size anywhere from 7 or 8 to as many as 35 musicians. They’re hired to play at many types of events including weddings, dances, concerts, conventions, parties and corporate events.
Hiring the right band can be challenging, but an online music agency can make it fun and easy. They have many years of experience and can assist you in making the right choice and guide you through the organization and scheduling of the performance.

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