If you’re in charge of planning a meeting, banquet, or other special event, you may want to make some kind of entertainment a part of your function. Good entertainment that is well planned can make a huge difference in how successful your event will be. In fact, even more than the location, the decor, and other elements, the right entertainment can set the tone for your event and give your guests a unique, memorable, and truly enjoyable experience that they can carry with them for many a day to come. The right entertainment can add atmosphere and class, humor and fun, or inspiration and encouragement to the tone of your event.
Some questions you may want to ask yourself are: “How many people will be attending?", “What kinds of guests will be present?" (For example will it be all men, women only, couples, or families? Do the guests know each other and have something in common, such as working for the same company? Etc.) “Where will the party take place, and what kind of function will it be?" (A sit-down dinner, just hors d’oeuvres, just cocktails, or all of the above? What other activities will be taking place?)
What Kind of Entertainment?
Once you’ve established some of these basic parameters, you can begin to decide what type of entertainment will be most appropriate for your party. Will the entertainment be the main event of the evening, will it be one of several highlights, or will it simply be background to everything else?
If it is the main event, you may want to have some sort of feature performer such as a variety act of some sort; a magician (An excellent choice! Though I may be just the tiniest bit biased!), a comedian, a juggler, a singer, a show band, etc., and you will probably want the entertainment to last somewhere between thirty minutes to an hour or so.
If the entertainment is simply one part of a bigger program or of several highlighted activities, the same type of performer might still be appropriate (yes, magic is still a great choice!), but you may want the length of the performance to be shorter, somewhere between twelve and twenty-five minutes.
And if the entertainment is to be simply background to the party, you may want some sort of ongoing, low key entertainment, such as dance music, strolling close up magic (yes, it works well here too!), strolling musicians, or a small orchestra, depending on your budget. And of course depending on the schedule and time frame, you may decide to use a combination of more than one of the above choices. (Such as strolling close up magic for the cocktail hour and a stand up magic show after dinner!)
Which brings up another important aspect of your planning; how to arrange the schedule of events for your party. If you want the entertainment to be anything other than background filler, such as dinner music, it’s important that you schedule it at some point in the evening when your gu...