Corporate holiday parties can be a lot of fun, or they can be terribly awkward. So, how do you make sure you plan a great party that makes everyone happy? You book fabulous entertainment. Booking corporate holiday party entertainment can be easy; all it takes is envisioning how the entertainment will fit into the overall event.

Since we know a thing or two about entertainment, we’d like to give you an early holiday present by offering you some tips on booking corporate holiday party entertainment:

Sounds of the Season: Every party needs music and corporate events are no exception. That’s why year after year live bands, DJ’s, acoustic guitarists, and soloists remain on the top ten list for GigMasters most booked corporate holiday entertainment. When booking musical entertainment you should keep your audience in mind, as well as what function you want the band or soloist to perform at the event - will they be background music? Or do you want them to be the main event?  Once you answer those questions, and take into consideration theme and venue, you should be able to narrow down the best musical options for your party.

Cocktails and Conversation: Sometimes corporate holiday parties can get off to a slow start, or worse, they feel like a meeting with food. If you think this could be a problem at your holiday party, then you should look to hire a variety entertainer. Magicians, impersonators and jugglers can help break the ice and get conversations started between guests. Variety entertainers are great for corporate functions because they steal the show, taking pressure off guests to come up with bland conversation. Instead of uncomfortable small talk, guests will naturally be talking about the amazing entertainment!

Dinner and a Show: When you want to host more of a dinner style affair you may want to consider hiring a hypnotist or comedian to put on a show while guests dine. Comedians and hypnotists are tied for our second most booked corporate holiday party entertainers of 2011. While these acts are sure to put on a great show, remember you also have the option of hiring our most booked corporate party entertainment – a live band act.

Celebrating the Christmas Spirit: If you are hosting a corporate Christmas bash, then you should absolutely invite Santa Claus to join in the fun. Having this jolly old soul on the guest list will allow guests to get their own pictures taken with Santa while he spreads holiday cheer. We all know you can never be too old for Santa!

Creating Keepsakes: Guests love taking home a present from a party, and that holds true for corporate events as well. You may want to consider hiring a caricaturist or renting a photo booth so guests can leave with some fond memories in hand. It could also be fun to ask the caricaturist if drawings could include a festive holiday background. Perhaps the photo booth rental company could include your company logo on the photo strips. For more ideas and resources to help you plan a successful corporate holiday event, check out our new Holiday Party Planning pages.

If you need help booking your holiday party entertainment, our Customer Specialists are here for you.  Simply give us a call at 866-342-9794 or email info@gigmasters.com.

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