Music is a must for every party. Even if it’s only background music (also known as incidental music), your guests will appreciate the emotional lift that music provides. I always recommend live music whenever the occasion permits. A music DJ is also a good way to bring in great sounds.
Make sure the music you choose suits your guests and not just you. You may love classical music but if your guests would rather hear Top 40, you’d be better off playing what they want to hear.
Want real fun? Consider booking a novelty music act. Imagine the surprise your guests will have when the waiters suddenly burst into song. There are a number of great acts that can be disguised as fellow guests or serious lecturers who suddenly break into a musical act.
Here’s an idea worth considering. Hire a professional comedian to perform at your next event. Many people hire a stand-up comedian when they want to roast an honoree. The comic can create customized material around the guest of honor. With the right comedian, your guests will have the time of their lives.
A word of caution. Be sure to match the comedian to the audience carefully. Comedy club comedians are not always the best choice for corporate events as their language is often too strong and their material is skewed towards the average comedy club audience, which is usually in their early twenties. Look for a comic who has worked for many corporate events if that’s what you’re planning.
One of the best types of entertainment is a professional magic show. Now, a lot of people have the wrong idea when they think of a magic show. They picture a guy in a top hat sawing a fat lady in tights in half. Today’s magicians are far different. Some magicians are more like stand-up comics. The tricks are amazing and the jokes are hilarious. Others are more dramatic and perform mental mysteries like mind reading effects.
Not all magicians work from the stage. Some specialize in “walk-around” or “close-up” magic. The magician mingles with guests at the cocktail hour or goes table to table between courses. It’s a great way to add exciting and intimate entertainment to an event without having to stop the music and quiet the crowd.
A good talent agency can help you find the perfect entertainer for your event. Hiring talent through an established talent bureau means you’ll get more choices and advice. Entertainers are available at all different price levels.