Are you looking for unique entertainment at your next event? Why not hire a DJ and Percussion Package? It’s the best of both worlds! The DJ can play any song you want and the Live Percussion will make all the music sound live, just like a band. There are three key components to make this work….A DJ that is great at beat mixing, a Percussionist that is awesome, who knows all the music, and a great sound system. We know the right people for you-Inpulse Entertainment!! They have a package that includes 3 guys (a DJ, MC and Percussionist) it really does look like a small band!
Here is one star studded foreign policy discussion event we have been planning. Take a peek at the lineup! It has been an honor working with the International Republican Institute, U. S. Global Leadership Coalition, and ONE on this event.
In just a few short days this event will be steaming live on U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s website!
Looking for something new and unique at your next event? Why not hire a Speed Painter?! Tim Decker is a performance painter who paints celebrity and patriotic portraits live to music in roughly 5-7 minutes.
Tim’s performance can be used at charities to help raise thousands of dollars. What a unique way to incorporate a performance into a live auction.
Another way to utilize his talents could be through a reveal on stage at a corporate event, or even hire him at a trade show. He has painted at trade shows helping draw customers into booths. Then, you can collect business cards and raffle off his painting.
Take a look at this video of his awesome work!
Here are a few ways to do this!
Make Staffers Wear it!:
Staffers are a common sight at events, and some event producers have put hashtags on the outfits worn by greeters, caterwaiters, or even hosts. In February, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival advertised its official Twitter phrase on the T-shirts worn by participating chefs like Rocco DiSpirito.
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Add it to the Red Carpet:
The arrival areas of events involving celebrity guests tend to draw large crowds. To turn that to their advantage, the planners behind USA Network’s upfront in New York placed a large canvas emblazoned with the official hashtag high above the carpet where passersby could see it.
Photo: Brian Brooks/MB Productions
Mark it on Tickets:
The colorful plastic and paper wristbands used at concerts, festivals, and other big events can be customized to show a designated hashtag. To encourage guests at its Party in the Gardenfund-raiser to upload photos via Instagram, the Museum of Modern Art in New York handed out entry bracelets printed with the hashtag #PitG2012.
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Print it on Functional items:
A more subtle approach is to use the hashtag on the cocktail napkins. The organizers ofTravel & Leisure‘s first Social Media in Travel & Tourism Awards (the Smittys) in New York on June 7 made sure attendees saw the hashtag when grabbing a bite from a passing waiter or when taking a cocktail from the bar.
Photo: Anna Sekula/BizBash
Put it Where Guests Gather:
Bars are almost always the most crowded areas of an event, and in addition to displaying the affair’s signature cocktails, drink menus can be marked with a hashtag.
Photo: Anna Sekula/BizBash
Turn it into an Activity:
A playful, original idea created by the planners behind Travel & Leisure‘s Social Media in Travel & Tourism Awards replaced entrance bracelets with sweatbands and invited guests to embellish them with quirky pins, one of which displayed the hashtag.
Photo: Anna Sekula/BizBash
Earlier this year we had the pleasure of coordinating Nathan’s Rock n’ Roll themed Bar Mitzvah. Nathan loves music and plays the piano as well as the saxophone, so Rock n’ Roll was a perfect theme for his event.
Some details from the event… the guest tables were named after classic rock n’ roll bands. The table numbers were photos of the old album art for each artist/band. The escort cards were made to look like concert tickets.
Nathan even played a little sax and keyboard for all the guests! It was a fun event had by all.
Take a look at some of the photos below from the evening. Thank you CR Photo for documenting this special day!
A huge thank you to all the vendors involved:
Planning and Coordination: Lori with Simply Divine Events
Lighting, Floral and Decor: MMD Events
Photography and Photo Booth: CR Event Photography
Videography: Razz Productions
Gaming tables: Apollo Amusements
Dancers: Event Show Productions
Entertainment/Band and DJ: DeLeon Entertainment
Please take a look of some of the photos from the event.
Brilliant Branding: Event Designers Share Secrets of Best Branding
It takes a deft hand to handle a brand. Corporate event experts use many tools to share their client’s message at events. But they caution against the impulse simply to plaster the brand all over the event.
“I think it is important that a brand be incorporated into an event in an organic way and not staged,” says Gary Levitt, vice president of Los Angeles-based Sequoia Productions. “Otherwise, it will feel like a ‘paid’ advertisement.”
Powerful branding can be as simple as a color choice, Levitt says. “There are instances, mostly with private events, where the ‘brand’ is simply a color palette or design that will be incorporated into the invite and be carried throughout the elements of the event,” he explains.
Sequoia created an elegant branded event for client Revlon with the “Revlon Ice Cream Bar and Lounge.” Custom ice creams — inspired by the latest Revlon spokeswomen and lip-gloss flavors — were served in cones topped with a branded chocolate medallion, “perfect for a late summer party,” Levitt says. “Cigarette” girls tray-passed Revlon’s latest lipsticks in the lounge, which was branded with pillows and oversized photo backdrops.
“When guests walk into a branded space and want to hang out there all night, we acknowledge that as a job well done,” Levitt adds.
LIGHT ON LOGOS
Jodi Wolf recommends using a light touch with logos.
A common branding mistake is “overexposure and saturation” of the client logo, says the president of Chicago’s Paulette Wolf Events & Entertainment. “Putting your logo on a wall is not branding. PWEE does not like to do themed events; we create environments instead, and oversaturating your logo is to branding the way a theme party is to creating an exciting event. It simply isn’t the most effective, interesting way to do things.”
While tools such as gobos and banners will “always be a staple for events,” Wolf says, she suggests putting graphics in other places, such as on the aprons of catering staff or along the edges of lounge furniture. For one event, she and her team turned the client’s product into decor — literally. “Recently for fixture-maker Grohe America, we used their colorful showerheads in our floral arrangements and food station decor,” she explains.
In a chic spin on branding, PWEE stressed the high-end designs of faucet-maker Brizo by commissioning fashion designers including Michael Kors and Tory Burch to create garments made from special fabric printed with subtle patterns of the faucets. “The one-of-a-kind collection was then presented across the country to industry and media audiences, and got national media attention,” Wolf says.
Kristjan Gavin, CMP, president of San Ramon, Calif.-based In Good Company, urges event designers to push their imaginations when creating branded events.
For an event series for client Microsoft Ltd. at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, held in July in Los Angeles, In Good Company started with a wide array of standard branding tools — step-and-repeats, banners and the like. But the event team did much more.
“Every vendor was asked to work from Microsoft Windows 7 platforms, and to make all technology visible,” Gavin explains. “This included our CGI 3D mapping — by Ernie Ernstrom from [San Francisco-based] DaVinci Fusion — done to the stage backdrop wall.” The 3D mapping “integrated pictures taken on-site and driven through a product using Microsoft ‘Deep Zoom’ technology,” Gavin adds.
With the thrust of the event the client’s push toward “cloud-based” services, the event team developed a airline-themed “first-class in the cloud” brand, carried through the event series in everything from an inflatable “cloud” meeting space to Microsoft-branded wing pins.
Designers can do more if they “think of the brand experience at a subconscious level,” Gavin says, “such as integrating the client product in a new, innovative way.”
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