Tips and Tricks for Your Themed Event

So you’re taking a step into the world of Orlando event planning! Whether you’re planning sorority bid day or an office celebration, you want your party to be memorable, exciting, and most importantly — on the theme! Hosting an unforgettable experience is easy when you pick (and stick) to a creative theme. Fun Planners has some tips on how to give your guests a night to remember.

Picking the Perfect Theme
This is the most important step. You want your theme to be original and entertaining. General themes like western and decades are fun, but don’t be afraid to get specific! How about a night under the sea in a mermaid-filled coral reef? Or a glow-tastic blacklight shindig? You could even throw a sweet Candyland birthday bash! Whatever you choose, make sure everything that follows is consistent.

Party Decor
When setting up for your big blowout, details matter. You don’t have to be a big spender to create an immersive environment. Party decor can be inexpensive and should fit the theme. You can get anything from futuristic events with color-changing tables to wild west sets with a western stunt show.

It’s All About the Food
A guest can tell if it was a good party by how happy their belly is when they leave. Making sure that your guests have enough to eat will ensure a successful affair. Food is another opportunity for you to showcase your theming expertise, too! Try making “cannonball” meatballs for a pirate crew, or have a steady supply of Sun Chips and Milky Ways for your intergalactic adventure. Cupcakes are also an easy canvas to make an impressively themed dessert.

Make a Big Purchase
You don’t need to blow your budget in order to have a good time, but consider splurging on a main attraction. Casino night? Have some card tables set up. Carnival? Hire a juggler, face painter, or even a fortune teller. Rent an inflatable to amp up the hype, or a photo booth for your guests to keep a reminder of the greatest party of all time.

Whatever theme you settle on, if you let your creativity shine, your party is sure to succeed. For more ideas on Orlando event planning or to get a quote, contact us online or call 407-955-4949.

Why Themed Events Are Your New Best Friend

Think themed parties are just for kids? Think again. Themes are a rising trend, changing the game for Orlando event planning and helping people plan better than ever before. Think back to Halloweens when you were younger — there’s no denying that the best parties were the ones where you could dress as fancy, funny, or spooky as you wished. Choosing a theme gives your guests a chance to get excited about your event and prepare for it with a costume, making it magical and memorable for all who attend.

Conversation Pieces
We’ve all been to that event where the crowd stands awkwardly still for hours, making painful small talk until the party’s over. Themes are the perfect excuse for people to strike up conversations, whether it’s by giving a compliment or laughing about each other’s costumes. Themes open the forum for new conversations and instantly make bonding between guests easier.

Beyond The Costume
Dress-up themes are great, but coordinating them with themed activities makes for a truly exciting event! For some friendly competition, you can host a Survivor themed event and assign team colors for guests to wear while being challenged to inflatable race courses or carnival games. For a more mysterious theme, you can host a Masquerade Casino where guests are encouraged to tap into their creativity and sport their most extravagant masks and apparel. Whichever form of entertainment you choose, there’s always a great theme to go with it.

Did We Mention The Photo-Ops?
Do you want people to keep chatting about how great your event was, even long after it’s over? Games, activities, and food are always highlights of an event, but the photos your guests capture will really make the memories stick. Before you know it, guests will be snapping and sharing all of their favorite pictures from the night, which is a great way to use social media to your advantage and get your brand and event out there.

Whether you have a birthday, company picnic, or other occasion coming up, be sure to use these tips to make your next Orlando event planning experience one to remember.

Give Thanks to Your Employees This Thanksgiving Season

The Thanksgiving holiday season was meant to celebrate unity and giving thanks for all the things we have in the world. What better way to say thanks to your staff than by hosting a Thanksgiving themed Florida corporate event or luncheon for your employees?

Use these Thanksgiving corporate event tips when hosting your office’s turkey-day celebration:

  • Who: Invite your entire staff for a fun-filled day of eating, playing, and conversing. Use this event to give your employees some time away from their desks to unwind and recharge their batteries. Consider incorporating fun, themed games so everyone can get to know one another a little better. You can also have everyone share what they’re thankful for and it’ll double as a team building exercise.
  • What: When planning a Thanksgiving-themed Florida corporate event, it’s important to incorporate the right food. Have a potluck-style party or make it a big surprise and have it catered. Incorporate all the traditional delights and some not-so-traditional alternatives for those who aren’t as appreciative of the traditional meal.
  • When: It’s always a good idea to host Thanksgiving parties a day or two before Thanksgiving if your offices are closed on Thursday and Friday. If your office must remain open on Thanksgiving day, you can always surprise those who are working with a thankful gesture.
  • Where: No need to rent a venue, just host it in your office. Hosting it in-office will help your staff see the office as more than just a 9-to-5 paycheck, and they’ll start to see it more as a secondary home if they already don’t.
  • Why: Because employees make the organization function–duh! Office celebrations increase motivation and morale. It also gives them recognition for accomplishments and noteworthy milestones. As an added bonus, team building is easily added to the festivities and, oftentimes, occurs without anyone trying to host a full-fledged team building event. While holiday corporate parties seem like fun and games, they actually hold a significant purpose in creating a unified and functioning workforce.
  • How: If you’re on a budget, make your own decorations for the event, or keep it really simple and don’t worry about decor. Also, hosting an office potluck will significantly reduce the price of the event. It doesn’t have to be an overly complicated or expensive affair. The most important thing is to recognize and celebrate your staff and show them how much they mean to you and your organization–that’s what in-office holiday parties are all about.

 

Some organizations can’t afford to be closed for all the Thanksgiving festivities. To increase morale and show them how much you appreciate their hard work, bring the festivities to your team. If you’re looking for some help with your Thanksgiving Florida corporate event, contact the experts at Fun Planners today.

What’s your favorite holiday game that you play at your work parties? Share your ideas and experiences with us and we’ll share them with our followers.

 

Things to Remember When Throwing Your Next Florida Casino Night

For the past three years, Las Vegas has worn the crown as the most popular travel destination for American adventurists in the United States. Glitzy shows, blackjack tables, lavish hotels and the promise of unforgettable night life are enough to lure in any traveler. However, in today’s busy world, finding the time and the funds to travel to Las Vegas to try your luck on the card tables can be extremely difficult or outright impossible.

So, what do you do if you can’t go to the Las Vegas casino? Bring the casino to you! Casino parties have become a national party theme phenomena. For hosts who want to divert from the ordinary and push for the extraordinary, throw a Las Vegas casino-themed party. When planning your next Florida casino night, don’t be a minimalist, do it right! Here are some important things to remember when planning your next casino party.

  • Staff your party with the real deal. Hire experienced dealers to run the tables. The last thing any Las Vegas casino enthusiast wants to deal with is an inexperienced or clueless dealer. While some guests may find it amusing to play dealer, the event will be much more authentic if you hire an event company or professional dealers.

  • Go big or go home. If you’re going to commit to the real Vegas experience at your Florida casino night, make sure you have all the appropriate equipment, such as craps tables and roulette wheels. Give your guests some options and try to offer a minimum of three or four different games to chose from.

  • Experiment with themes. To authenticate the experience, consider theming your party to match popular themed Las Vegas casinos. You have the option to establish one central theme or to divide your gambling rooms into separate theme zones. When choosing a theme, make sure to go all out with staff wardrobe and decor.

  • Help your community. A Florida casino night is a great way to raise money for a good cause. Partner with a local charity and help make a difference within your community. Charge admission and allot each guest a certain amount of gaming chips, or allow free entrance but make guests buy in to get their chips. Rather than taking home the big pot at the end of the night, the ultimate winner will get bragging rights and the knowledge that their winnings went to a good cause. You could also offer prizes for certain winners so they have something tangible to compete for.

  • Set a strict budget. With the amount of detail and glamour they bring, Florida casino parties are not cheap. Deciding what you are willing to spend while in the planning stages will save on unexpected rental bills. Prioritize what your party needs and what can be excluded.

 Hosting a Florida casino night will help Las Vegas lovers get a taste of the real deal.  Leave the planning to the experts–partner with Fun Planners for all you see above and more! We have the experienced staff, the games and the ability to theme your event to fit even your wildest dreams. Contact us, your Florida casino party experts, at 1-866-511-4FUN, or visit our website today for a free quote.

 

What can a Celebrity Impersonator do for Your Casino Party?

A celebrity impersonator is a person who dresses, and behaves like a living or deceased celebrity. The first step in seeking a celebrity impersonator for your Florida casino party is seeking someone with a physical resemblance to your intended star. This resemblance is a stepping stone for the impersonation, as the persona of the celebrity is reached by mimicking language, speech patterns, dress and behavior.

Celebrity impersonators can liven up any event. Here’s a short list explaining why celebrity impersonators should be a top priority at your next casino party in Florida:

  • They are often unexpected – The shock and awe of seeing renowned celebrities or characters being impersonated is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. It’s uncanny how well a professional celebrity impersonator can portray their celebrity persona. The addition of celebrity impersonators creates a fun atmosphere where people are encouraged to relax and enjoy themselves.

  • They are the center of attention – When they arrive, they’re sure to draw in ALL of your guests. An impersonator’s charisma will fill any room with an air of excitement and laughter. Your guests will love playing along with the impersonator’s high-energy performance.

  • Celebrity impersonators are perfect for promotional purposes – Celebrity impersonators are also a fantastic marketing tool if your event is promoting a product or service. Pairing the appropriate impersonated celebrity with the promoted commodity is not always easy, but when done correctly it is extremely  memorable.

  • Impersonators offer a personalized experience – No matter what your vision, the opportunities are endless. A professional celebrity impersonator will create an experience that your guests will be talking about for years to come.

  • Celebrity entertainment value – Many impersonators have trained in theater, stand up comedy or vocals. While live bands are expected, celebrity impersonators bring an unexpected touch to the entertainment.  If you are hosting a casino party in Florida, you could look into bringing Elvis’ soulful crooning to the event, or maybe even Britney Spears’ pop act, as she is Vegas’ newest resident.

  • A photo opportunity you’ll never get with the real thing-  If you happen to meet your favorite celebrity on the street, what is the likelihood that they’ll stop and have a fun photoshoot with you? Impersonators love interacting, and staging the greatest cover worthy photos with your guests.

Finding the perfect impersonator to enhance your Florida casino party isn’t always easy. At Fun Planners we are dedicated to providing exceptional special events, corporate parties, fundraisers, themed parties and much more. We can help provide you with world class entertainers and celebrity impersonators. Call us today at 1-866-511-4FUN to learn more about our services and what we can offer your next event.

 

Choosing the Theme and Entertainment for Your Event

Planning a fundraising event can be pretty stressful, especially if you’re the one in charge! One way to make sure your event is a total success is by having a theme and quality entertainment. Fun Planners can give you both, no doubt.

Why does my event need a theme? Having a theme for an event is an easy way to unify the diverse groups of people that will be attending said event. Themes provide familiarity in a room full of people you may not know, and they’re a lot of fun too. Dressing to theme isn’t necessary, although you should definitely encourage it. Having a theme also helps you when it comes to decorating your event space. A theme gives the event a clean, organized feel and makes attendees feel immersed in the world your event is attempting to create for them…just for that night anyway! Casino nights and poker tournaments are among some of the common and extremely fun themes that are appropriate for most fundraisers. Casino gaming not only keeps everyone entertained for long periods of time, but also provides additional opportunities for sponsorships and revenues from guests. Poker Tournaments attract all sorts of crowds at fundraisers. They are a great way to get guests to meet each-other and converse, while playing a fun game. Fun Planners produces the most professional tournaments, impressing the seasoned players yet still catering to the novice.

Entertainment is a must at any event. Whether it’s big or small, an event will be more successful if there are enough elements that will amaze the guests. Acrobatic performers, caricature artists and illusionists are among the most common entertainers at events. The entertainment can also tie into your theme. If you’re having a casino night, turn it into Vegas night and have some Vegas Show Girls and Fire Performers. Most planners use the hired entertainment to blend the night’s theme into one spectacular experience.

If you are looking to turn your next Orlando event into an unforgettable occasion, give Fun Planners a call at 407-880-3251.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday held on the fifth of May every year, is celebrated in Mexico (primarily in the state of Puebla), as well as in the United States. In Mexico, this holiday commemorates El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla). In the US, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated to commemorate Mexican heritage and pride. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music and street festivals in cities across Mexico and the United States.

Celebrate this historic Mexican victory with a grand fiesta. At Fun Planners, we have a comprehensive online store dedicated to all of your party supply needs, even Cinco de Mayo party supplies! Choose from our great selection of paper goods, decorations, candy bar wrappers, and accessories. Don’t forget the sombreros and maracas so that you can dance the Mexican Hat Dance!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Hunger Games Themed Party

The Hunger Games movie premiered last night at midnight, and has already become a sensation. In fact, the movie, which is based off the trilogy created by Suzanne Collins, broke box office records before it even hit the theaters; statistics from Fandango claimed that over 2,000 theaters sold out during their midnight showings. If you’re a Hunger Games buff, celebrate the release with a Hunger Games themed party!

Before purchasing supplies from our online party store for your Hunger Games party, think about the color scheme you wish to use. We suggest using black, red, orange, and yellow (see Figure 1). decorations as these colors symbolize fire, a major theme of the trilogy. We offer these colors in various decorating accessories: plastic plates, square plates, paper plates, plastic cups, napkins, silverware, table covers, and table skirts (see Figure 2). Mix and  match these colors to your choosing for a unique party. Also, don’t forget the balloons! Our party store has a wide variety of any color balloon imaginable.

Figure 1: Yellow Square Plate
Figure 2: Red Table Skirt

For party favors, consider dimming the lights andusing glow decorations: our party store sells glow bracelets (see Figure 3), necklaces, cups, and even straws! Don’t forget to give your Tributes a gift bag to take home—we have black gift bags (see Figure 4) that would be perfect for your guests.

Figure 3: Orange Glow Bracelet
Figure 4: Black Gift Bag

In regards to games, you could even throw your own version of the 74th Annual Hunger Games, albeit a little more friendly. As always, Fun Planners is your destination spot for hot parties. If you are thinking about planning your own party, be sure to check out our online party supply store. If planning a party isn’t necessarily your forte, our trained event planners are experienced in creating your vision into a themed event. To schedule your next event today, give us a call at (407)880-3521.

Are You an 80s Kid?

The 1980s was a time of development for our nation. We saw great social, economic, and general change as wealth and production migrated to newly industrializing economies. However, chances are that if you were a true 80s kid, you probably rarely thought about the economic change and more about catching up with the newest Saved by the Bell. Here are some other ways to see if you’re a real 80s kid:

  • You remember the snap bracelet craze, followed soon by the snap bracelet ban.
  • You remember the theme to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air word-for-word.
  • Oregon Trail day in computer class was easily your favorite day.
  • You’ve prank called 867-5309 just to remind Jenny that you’ve got her number.
  • You kept a Trapper Keeper on you at all times.

Of course, these are only a few of the ways to test if you’re a true 80s kid. Why not bring a reunion together with all of your 80s friends to reminisce? At Fun Planners, we have a comprehensive online store dedicated to all of your party supply needs, even decade themed party supplies! Shop today for 80s party items, 80s favors, personalized banners, and 80s decorations. If planning an entire event seems like too much, the professionals at Fun Planners are highly experienced in Central Florida event planning, including planning 1980s decade parties!

St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner—are you ready for the festivities?

Saint Patrick’s Day, or perhaps more commonly known as St. Patty’s Day, is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated all across the globe on March 17th of every year. This holiday commemorates Saint Patrick, perhaps the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. St. Patty’s Day was made an official holiday in the early 17th century, and has gradually become less of a religious holiday and more of a celebration of Irish culture in general.

Today, St. Patrick’s Day is quite possibly the most widely celebrated saints’ day in the world. Even though it is not a legal holiday anywhere in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day is still widely recognized and celebrated throughout the country. Celebrations include prominent displays of the color green, feasts, numerous parades, and, of course, copious consumption of alcohol.

So now you know the history behind the holiday, but how are you going to celebrate? Fun Planners is dedicated to making your Orlando special event a success. We do the hard work to make your Orlando themed event WOW your crowd, so that means no stress for you! Are you across the country? Check out our online party supply store for all of your Saint Patrick’s Day accessories. To schedule your next event, call us today at (407)880-3521 or toll-free at 1-866-511-4FUN.