Events

What to Consider Before Deciding to Host a Thanksgiving Party

Are you interested in hosting a Thanksgiving party this year? If so, you likely already know that you have a large amount of work in front of you. If you have yet to officially announce that you are planning on hosting a Thanksgiving party, it may be a good idea to step back and give your decision some serious thought. As previously mentioned, Thanksgiving parties aren’t always easy to plan. The difficult planning is one of the many things that may make you want to change your mind about hosting a Thanksgiving party.

One of the most important things that you need to remember, when deciding whether or not you should host a Thanksgiving party, is the time. The holiday season is a busy time. Most families already have plans, when it comes to Thanksgiving. You should keep this in mind. If you are still interested in hosting a Thanksgiving party, it may be a good idea to invite your guests early or have your party the day before or the day after. Doing so may help to ensure that your guests will be able to attend your event.

You will also want to think about food. A large number of individuals incorporate a Thanksgiving dinner into their Thanksgiving party, but not everyone does. You will need to decide whether you would like to do so or not. If you only plan on serving snacks at your party, you will want to keep the time of your party in mind. If you host a party around lunch or dinnertime, your guests might assume that you will be feeding them a whole meal. It might be a good idea to incorporate a Thanksgiving dinner into your party, but you will likely find that it is a lot of extra work.

It is also important that you determine whether or not you will want to have an all adult party or a party for both kids and adults. This, alone, may change your mind about hosting a Thanksgiving party. Adult parties are ideal because they give adults a chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy themselves. The only problem with an adult only Thanksgiving party is that there is a good chance that some of your party guests may have kids. If you are against having children present at your party, it may be a good idea to decide this ahead of time. You will not want to have some guests bring their children, while others do not. If you cannot make a decision or say no to some of your guests, it may be a good idea to hold off on the Thanksgiving party.

Perhaps, the most important thing that you need to consider, before making a decision as to whether or not you want to host a Thanksgiving party, is the cost of it. Unfortunately, it can be expensive to plan a party, even a Thanksgiving party. If you are leaning towards throwing a party, it may be a good idea to make a list of the guests, the decorations, and the food or drinks that you will need. This may help you determine the cost of throwing a Thanksgiving party. If you find it difficult to afford a party, it may be a good idea to cut back on your guests, as well as the food that you plan on serving, or else you might not even want to host a party after all.

Although it may seem as if there are a number of disadvantages to throwing a Thanksgiving party, there really aren’t that many. In fact, there are also a number of advantages to hosting a Thanksgiving party. One of those advantages is that you get to spend the holidays with those that you know and love. Honestly, you will have to make your own decision, but it may be a good idea to keep the above mentioned points in mind.

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Requesting Formal Attire for a New Years Eve Party

If you are planning a New Years Eve party, you might want to consider requesting your guest wear formal attire to the party. Although this is not necessary, it can make the entire party appear more elegant and formal. It can also help to create a more formal atmosphere for the party. When hosting a New Years Eve party in your home, the predominant reason for requiring formal attire is to set a particular mood or atmosphere. However, if you are hosting your New Years Eve party at another location such as a catering hall, there may be other reasons to necessitate formal attire. Some restaurants or catering halls have their own requirements regarding attire. If you opt to host your party in one of these locations, you have to ensure your guests adhere to these requirements.

There are some important aspects to consider when you are planning to request formal attire for your New Years Eve party. One factor to consider is whether or not your guests will object to this requirement. This is an important consideration especially if you have guests will opt to not attend your party because of this requirement. Although this is not a likely scenario since most people already consider New Years Eve to be a formal situation, it should be considered carefully if you believe it will affect attendance at your party. Again, if the party is hosted in your home, there will not likely be ramifications if a guest does not wear formal attire to the party because you will likely still allow them to attend. However, it is important to note that if the restaurant or catering hall where you will be hosting your New Years Eve party is implementing the dress code for your party, your guests may be turned away if they are not dressed properly.

When requesting formal attire at your New Years Eve party, it is important to note the attire guidelines on the invitations to ensure all guests are aware of how they are expected to dress for your party. One of the most popular ways to do this is to create one line on bottom of the invitation which states the attire requirements. Popular language for this statement includes, “Formal Attire,” “Black Tie Event,” or “Cocktail Attire Required.” Most guests will be familiar with this type of verbiage and will understand they are expected to dress formally for the occasion. If you are hosting the New Years Eve party in your home and there are no ramifications for guests who do not follow the attire recommendations, it is sufficient to state the attire guidelines on the invitation. However, if you are hosting the New Years Eve party in a restaurant and catering hall and they are enforcing the attire guidelines it might be worthwhile to make sure each guest understands these requirements. This is important because it could result in your guests being denied entry to the party.

There are a couple of ways you can help to ensure the guests understand the attire requirements. One way to accomplish your goal is to follow up your invitations with a phone call to each guest. During the phone call you can explain the attire requirements and make it clear guests who do not adhere to these guidelines will not be admitted. Another way to make sure guests are aware of the situation is to include a card in the envelop which explains the policies of the restaurant or catering hall and makes it clear that guests who do not follow these guidelines will not be allowed to enter the party.

Since you made the decision to host a New Years Eve party, in which guests will be required to dress formally, you have the responsibility of ensuring the event reflects the attire. For example it would be inappropriate to require formal attire and then serve foods which are difficult to eat and likely to result in a mess.

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How to Plan a Cheap Halloween Party

In just a few days, midnight will struck and your kids will be at it again. Don’t you just love Halloween but hate the days and weeks that come before it? And who can blame you? I think most moms will probably be pulling their hair right now in frustration because of costume problems and other party details. And with the economic crunch putting a sorry spell into the celebration, it will be harder this time of the year to organize a bigger and more elaborate party, what with the limited budget.

But you don’t have to spend big money in order to have a great Halloween party. You just need to use your head and take advantage of things that are already inside your house and look for bargains that will help you stay within your budget. Here are some things that you can do to make sure that you organize one of the best Halloween parties at really low low budget.

1. Recycle the old ones
Who says you cannot use the old costumes that your kids used the other year just because they are too small for you? If your kids are already too big to fit in any of those costumes, you can still use them as decorations inside the house or in the front yard. You can for instance, dress up a mannequin with the costumes and display them in the front yard. This can become a great Halloween mascot in your home.

Parts of the costumes can also serve other purposes. For instance, you can use the cape of the vampire as a table runner or use the witch’s hat as a place where kids can get their candies during trick or treat hours. You can reuse the masks and the baskets that are often with costumes and put them as centerpieces on the table. There are lots of other things that you can do.

2. Make your own
If your kids are only going to use it for the day and will not be going on a party, you won’t really need to buy an expensive costume. It is actually pretty easy to make your own costume. If you have no idea how and you are not so crafty, you can always download instructions from the internet or look at craft books that specialize on Halloween stuff.

You can even make your own Halloween trick or treat bags and Halloween place cards. There are a lot of things that you can make on your own. Make sure though that you compute the cost of all the materials and check if you really are going to spend less when you do the crafts. Sometimes, do it yourself projects can be much more expensive. So computer first.

3. Shop on sale
It will be already too late for this article as most sales have already come to pass. But you can still take advantage of the sales and promos after Halloween. Buy for next year if you have the extra money. If you don’t another option is to rent costumes. It will be vastly cheaper than buying one.

Shopping During the Prime of the Christmas Season

The saying that goes, ‘The early bird catches the worm,’ is in part true for those who get Christmas shopping off to an early start before the season actually begins. Most of us however, are likely to be average shoppers who wait until that time when the season officially begins. Maybe we don’t have any time before then and we have to wait for a day off from work after Thanksgiving. Or maybe we simply procrastinate and can’t get going until the frenzy starts or until when the stores are all fully decorated and Christmas songs and Carols are playing non-stop to put the thrill and magic into the festive season that is Christmas.

Average Christmas holiday shoppers go out in force and are primarily motivated by the sales that occur during the official Christmas shopping season. These shoppers fully believe they are getting good prices and bargains from Christmas and holiday sales. But it is unlikely that retailers will offer the lowest prices during a time that is prime shopping season.

The lesson for the average and for all shoppers during the traditional Christmas shopping season is to carefully evaluate prices and consider if the item is fairly priced when compared to a the price during other times of the year. If items are simply snapped up during Christmas and the holidays because they are being offered in a ‘sale,’ the shopper may end up busting his or her budget or having ‘buyers regret’ about a purchase.

Those who are average and early shoppers have some time however to get over any unwise purchases because such purchases can be returned and a better choice can be made.

There is however another type of shopper. The late or chronically late shopper is stuck with hoping that ‘Aunt Sally’ or Grandma will like the gift selected, even if the buyer had second thoughts about it after the purchase was made. The late shopper is one who realizes that there us a mere five (5) days – less than a week to go – before Christmas and not a single gift has been bought. Worse off than the late shopper is the chronically late Christmas shopper who is in a mad frenzy two (2) days before Christmas and faces a crisis when a desired gift such as a book has to be ordered and won’t be shipped in time for Christmas.

While those shoppers can get comfort from knowing they will likely benefit from the lowest markdowns of the period, they will also find scanty selections and some items, primarily clothing, that appear a bit worn from all the looking over and handling done by the hordes of Christmas shoppers. But even these late shoppers, who are often procrastinators and who can only be spurred into action by a looming deadline, can execute a strategy to make their Christmas shopping successful. Such a strategy involves more don’ts than things to do.

Late Christmas shoppers should try to avoid having lists that have unusual or hard-to-get items that will need to be ordered. While retailers will offer shipping in time for Christmas, orders usually have to be made before a certain time, for example at least 36-72 hours before Christmas. If items aren’t ordered within that timeframe, there is no guarantee that they will arrive for the big day.

Those who do their Christmas shopping late should also be prepared to find items on their own in stores and not expect to get ‘hand-holding help’ from sales clerks. With only days to go before Christmas and with everyone trying to get their last minute shopping done, it is impossible for most retailers to have enough staff to offer expert or even meaningful help to please the majority of Christmas shoppers.

Soon after the excitement of Christmas Day passes, what frequently is the topic of conversations and what remains memorable in the New Year, is what gifts were received and given. So, in the coming days, it may be worth it to assess the type of shopper that you are and create a plan and strategy to make sure you will be a perfect Santa who will deliver the right gifts to friends and loved ones.

8 Ways To Work Successfully With Your Event Venue

You need to find a way to work very successfully with your event venue. You want to make this great event work the best that it cam. You will of course have some problems happen with your event planning, but you want things to go as good as they possibly can.
1. The first way to work with your event venue is to try and reach your goals. You want to set goals for your event and try and make them all happen. You want to use as much information as you can so that you can have the best possible event that you can.
2. You will want to do a lot of research for your event venue. You want to try and reach the maximum potential that you can so that you are not left with a bad event planning process. You want to use the most information that you can so that you can have the right ideas for your party and get a great response as well.
3. You should try to incorporate as much fun and excitement into your next event planning process as you can. There is no sense in having a party if you are not going to include fun. You will want to make sure that you are reaching the most fun that you can for your event planning processes. Find ways to bring life and entertainment to your event without breaking your budget.
4. Make sure that you are on a budget. This is very important. You want to be on a good budget that you feel good about so that you are not spending too much money. You do not want to break your budget and end up losing money in the end.
5. Get all your friends and other members of the planning process ready to work. You will want them to be there for you and ready to pitch in to make this event even better. You cannot have enough help when it comes to planning the perfect event. You will feel better and get to relax a little more when you have more help.
6. Add some flair to your next event. You want to add a little bit of fun and entertainment to your next party. Keeping people interested in your event is not always easy. You want to make sure that you are getting them ready for a night of fun and keep their interest in your event.
7. Advertising up your party is very important. You want to reach a lot of different people so that you are getting the maximum amount of interest into your party. You will have a better response when you are advertising in the newspaper, by mail, email and any other way that you can think of.
8. Do not get worked up. This is the most important thing that you can do to make your great event go better. You will want to make sure that you are putting a lot of hard work into your event, but you do not wan to over work yourself. Remember to have fun and do not be afraid to relax.
Remember, having a great event is not going to be easy, but with the right planning and a little bit of fun, you can have the best event ever.

Thanksgiving Party Invitations: Creative Ways to Invite Your Guests

When it comes to planning a party, even a Thanksgiving party, a large amount of focus is placed on the party itself. While it is important to thoroughly plan out and prepare for you Thanksgiving party, in advance, there are some party hosts who forget the importance of inviting their guests. While guests always end up getting invited, it isn’t in the way that they always wished to be invited. If you are hosting a Thanksgiving party, you are urged to invite your guests with real party invitations; you will find that there are a number of benefits to doing so.

Perhaps, the biggest benefit to inviting your guests to your Thanksgiving party with formal invitations is the fact that your invitations will reflect upon your party. Guests who receive a simple phone call or an email may still be likely to attend your party, but there is also a chance that they may not want to. One of the reasons for that is because guests often feel that they should be invited to a party formally, not in a completely casual matter. A quick phone call or email may make your guests feel as if you do not really want them at your party. That is why it is advised that, whenever possible, you send your Thanksgiving party guests real invitations.

When it comes to party invitations, you will find that you have a number of different options. The most popular option, perhaps, is using store bought invitations. Store bought invitations are nice and they typically come with pre-filled recommendations, such as your Thanksgiving party time, date, and place. What is nice about store bought party invitations is that they come in a number of different styles. If you are looking for a somewhat elegant invitation, you could easily find some at your local department store or party supply store. If you are looking to send out real party invitations, but at an affordable price, you can easily find low-cost invitations at your local discount stores or dollar stores.

As previously mentioned, there is a good chance that you may be interested in purchasing a formal set of Thanksgiving party invitations. These formal, elegant types of invitations are ideal for formal Thanksgiving parties; parties that often have an eveningwear dress code. If you are looking for beautiful elegant party invitations, invitations that you cannot buy in a store, it may be best to search online. Online, there are a number of different individuals and companies who specialize in making elegant party invitations, as well as customized invitations. These invitations, as you likely already know, will cost more than traditional store bought invitations, but if they are the perfect fit for your party, they will be well worth the cost.

As nice as it is to order customized Thanksgiving party decorations, they can be quite costly. If you are looking for an elegant way to invite your guests to your Thanksgiving party, you can still do so, without spending more money than you want to. You can easily do this by making your own Thanksgiving party invitations. In most party supplies stores, as well as craft stores, you can find a collection of blank cards or you could use traditional computer paper. On your computer, you will likely find a number of preset card templates, including party invitations. You can use these templates to create your own, unique party invitations. Depending on your creativity, you may also wish to create your own handcrafted Thanksgiving party invitations.

As previously mentioned, there are a number of benefits to sending your Thanksgiving party guests real party invitations, whether they are handmade or store bought. Since you have a wide array of options to choose from, you are advised to send your party guests real party invitations. There is a good chance that your party guests will not only enjoy the thought, but they may also be more likely to attend your party.

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Preparing Food for a New Years Eve Party

Preparing food for a New Years Eve party can be a great deal of fun or it can be a great deal of stress. It can even be a combination for the two. Those who are experienced at throwing parties may be able to plan a menu for their New Years Eve party and execute their plan with ease while still enjoying the party. However, those who do not have a great deal of experience hosting parties may have difficulty planning a menu and may feel a great deal of stress on the day of the party. In either case, it is wise to begin planning the food for your New Years Eve party in advance to ensure your guests enjoy the food at the party. This article will offer some tips for preparing food for a New Years Eve party.

Whether you are an accomplished chef or a novice cook, preparing food for a New Years Eve party can be quite a challenge. One of the first decisions you will have to make is what kind of food you will like to prepare for your guests. You may opt for offering a sit down dinner early in the evening and light snacks and desserts afterwards. Likewise you may opt to offer a dinner buffet early in the evening and snacks and desserts throughout the remainder of the evening. Alternately you may choose to skip dinner because the party will likely start late in the evening and simply offer an assortment of sweet and savory appetizers throughout the evening. Once you have selected one of these options you can make other decisions such as what types of foods to offer and how much food to prepare.

Regardless of the types of foods you decide to offer, you will also have to make decisions regarding the preparation of the food. The simplest, but also likely the most expensive, preparation option is to have the party catered. In this case you pay a caterer to prepare and deliver all of the food. They will also likely provide the methods for keeping the foods hot or cold if necessary. This is an excellent option for hosts who do not want to spend a great deal of time preparing food for the party and who do not want to have a great deal of responsibility related to food preparation on the evening of the party.

Another option for preparing food for your New Years Eve party is to prepare all of the food ahead of time. With a little research you will surely find a large number of recipes for items which can be prepared ahead of time. These recipes can include items which can be served chilled, room temperature or hot. For items which should be served hot, you will only have to worry about reheating the food on the night of the party. Preparing the majority of the food ahead of time is a great idea and will really help to enable the host to enjoy the festivities on the evening of the party.

Still another less popular option is to prepare all of the food during the party. This helps to ensure the food is all fresh and is served at the appropriate temperature but it is also a great deal of work for the host. The host will not likely have a great deal of time to socialize with the guests because she will likely spend a great deal of time busy with food preparation.

When planning a New Years Eve party, you can also consider hosting a potluck event. This greatly simplifies the food preparation process for the host. If you opt for a potluck, it is important for the host of the party to coordinate with the guests to determine who will bring what to the party. This is important because you do not want everyone to bring a dessert. Likewise you don’t want everyone to bring an entrée either. Ideally a couple of people will prepare entrees and the remainder of guests will bring side dishes, salads and desserts to the party.

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Halloween Preparation Made Easy

Here comes Halloween again and you are probably in pins and needles trying to prepare the house and the food and the trick and treat baskets and the costumes and the… Halloween can be a great event for kids but for their moms, it is a nightmare literally. Not only do they have to cut some things on the budget (which is now harder than before with the recession kicking in), they also have to make sure that everything is in order with the kids’ party get up and decorations at home. Below are some useful tips that moms and dads can check out to make their Halloween more fun and less stressful.

1. Recycle from last year
This is perhaps the secret of all moms who do not really stress out, come Halloween time. They reuse what they have used the last time and simply put them in other places or use the items differently. For instance, a costume that your kids cannot wear anywhere can become a scarecrow right outside the home or maybe a hanging vampire on your wall. A pair of baskets that will not really match the costumes of any of your kids this year can be filled with candies that you can display as a centerpiece. There are a lot of things that you can do with items that you have already used. It is not only less stressful to you but also to your budget.

2. Plan the whole year round
The wise parent will not wait the last minute for Halloween to come. He or she will be on the lookout for items for decorations and costumes for the next year months before. This is actually even better on your budget because you are able to take advantage of sales and discounts that will probably be coming right after the Halloween period. But don’t buy the chocolates in advance. They might get spoiled when Halloween comes.

You can also take advantage of the promos immediately after Halloween. This is the best time to shop as items that were not sold the week before will surely be sold on a discount now. Make sure though that you have somewhere to store the stuff that you bought. Otherwise, don’t buy. They might get destroyed. So weigh in all your options too.

3. Involve the whole family
Nothing beats having the whole family working with you. The job becomes small because it is divided into piecemeal sizes and you also get to hang with your kids and bond with them. Having these kind of activities will also help your kids realize just how hard it is to organize a Halloween party or to prepare their Halloween costumes.

Thus, they will be less demanding when it comes to changing costumes every year and less snooty when things do not go according to schedule. With them working with you, they will learn that it takes a lot of work and not just done with a swish of the mommy wand.

Making an Early Start to Christmas Shopping

Many radio stations have started playing Christmas songs so early in November in the past few years that one wonders if we may soon start hearing Christmas songs around Halloween time. That would be a bit weird, even creepy perhaps. But some early Christmas shoppers likely will have Christmas Carols silently playing in their heads even before then.

That’s because shopping, much like Santa Claus, is a staple of Christmas. Santa never gives away any secrets to shopping for all those gifts, but he must certainly have a strategy to be so successful every Yuletide season. The early Christmas shopper is someone who is very organized and has a strategy to fulfill Christmas shopping before the season kicks into high gear.

The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is the official retail start to a shopping season that is always hoped to be a robust one. The strategy of retailers is to advertise Christmas sales, specials, pre-Christmas markdowns, giveaways, special-hour sales and other promotions. The reason for the frenzy of retail advertising during Christmas season is because it is the single biggest shopping time of the year. Christmas shopping that begins the day after Thanksgiving accounts for well over half – with some estimates of up to 70% — of annual revenue for stores.

Since retailers clearly have a strategy for Christmas shoppers seeking the perfect gift, then shoppers also need to implement their own strategy.The savvy and early Christmas shopper is the one who may start silently singing Christmas Carols and songs very early to get in gear for shopping. Starting from as early as the beginning of October, the early Christmas shopper can begin to make lists of gifts and begin browsing to check the availability, variety, and most important, the price of items.

By browsing before the Christmas shopping season officially kicks off, the early Christmas shopper is more likely to get more bargains, better prices, and is also better able to do comparison shopping when the season officially kicks off.

It’s important to know that retailers won’t offer true ‘rock bottom’ or ‘close-out’ sales, or the very lowest prices during Christmas sales. It’s also important to remember that retailers are likely to offer earlier sales starting in early October to near mid-November.

Two significant pre-Christmas sales are for Columbus Day, which falls on Monday, Oct. 9, and Veterans Day, which will be on Saturday Nov. 11. The early Christmas shopper who already has gifts in mind can benefit from price markdowns during both sales periods. And of course the early Christmas shopper will also have the benefit of shopping during the season, therefore extending the thrill and joy of shopping.

If there is any disadvantage to being an early Christmas shopper and doing Christmas shopping very early, it is that some retailers, particularly makers and sellers of toys, wait until the official start of the season to introduce some new items into stores. The strategy in doing this is to build anticipation for a new toy that they hope will be very popular and to also target and capture a larger majority of shoppers.

During every Christmas season there always is one, or maybe two toys, that are regarded as the ‘must-have’ toys for Christmas. And it has become a present-day phenomenon for shoppers to arrive from the wee hours in the morning to get a prime spot near the doors of some stores so that they can be among the first in those stores to make a mad dash for the ‘hot’ toy of the season.

But being doing or starting Christmas shopping early does not mean that it has to be over before the Christmas shopping season starts. What it means is that most or a significant part of your shopping will be done by the time Black Friday rolls around.

What is most important to making an early start to your Christmas shopping is to get the best deal and to do so with as little hassle as possible, by avoiding a crowded store for example. Both of those will be accomplished for those who are organized and motivated to get into the spirit of Christmas before the season really begins.

8 Ways To Incorporate Entertainment Elements Into Your Events Without Spending A Bomb!

When it comes to entertainment, you should try to provide it without having to spend a lot of money. You can find many ways to incorporate entertainment into the event without spending a bomb by following some of the following tips. These tips should be helpful to either help generate your own money saving ideas or they might be the solution that you seek.

The first option that you have is to ask some of the local celebrities to help host or show up at the event. When you do this, you can ask them to donate their time or even a few minutes to the event. It will help the charity sell tickets and you can find some good entertainment without having to pay a thing. If that doesn’t help, you may want to still take advantage of your local community.

When it comes to the bank or singer, you should look in your local community. You will be surprised at what kind of entertainment that you can find and you will also thank yourself for finding a band or singer with a low rate. Most of the time, the local bands will work events in order to get their name out there and for exposure. You may need to give them a free dinner, but it beats having to spend thousands of dollars on entertainment. You will find plenty of ways to cut the entertainment costs, but nothing like hiring some locals.

If you really do want to get a celebrity you can go about it in two ways. First, you can always have a celebrity come to the event purely to donate a few minutes. This will be a free service for them, but also a tax deduction. Just because they aren’t donating their money, they are donating something of significance. You should also think about raising money to hire someone.

If you get a committee together and have everyone donate some money in order to have entertainment, you will be able to get practically any star to show up. If celebrities aren’t your thing, then you can always just the money you put together to hire some local unknowns or to help out with the event planning in general.

When it comes to hiring a band or a DJ, you need to think about a few things. Not only to you have to pay one guy, but all the band mates. When you hire a DJ you only have to pay for one or two people to set time aside for you. You should also know that DJs usually come with their own permits, if you have a band you may need to find someone to get you a permit for the performance. Usually, a DJ only takes a little bit of your space up too, a band can take a whole room up depending on its size.

However, if you have your heart set on a performer, you should think about paying for them to play for an hour or two. This way you don’t have to pay for the night, but just for a few hours. This will cut your entertainment costs in half. This is a good thing to keep in mind when your budget seems to be getting smaller and smaller. When you rent a band for an hour or two, you can keep things going great and not have to worry about the costs.

If you really want to make things memorable, you might want to think about things like hiring a comedian or some other person to perform an act other than music. This way you can put some humor into the event and everyone will laugh the night away. It will also make things seem more comfortable when it comes to serious matters. A joke can go a long ways, but it may not with every budget.

You may just want to sit down and think about what your resources are and if you have any connections. You may find that someone knows someone who can do you a favor. You never know what you will find when you pull the committee together.