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12 Killer Ideas to Throw The Best Harrisburg Holiday Party Ever!

As the temperatures cool the inquiries for a Harrisburg DJ Services heat up as companies secure venues and entertainment for their Christmas and New Years Eve parties. If you are looking for tips on finding the best DJ Service for your event in the Central PA area including Harrisburg | York | Lancaster, you can find that article here:

6 Tips to Book the Perfect DJ for Your Harrisburg Holiday Party

If you are looking for ideas for your party that will engage and entertain your party guests we have some here. Pick a few and make them your own. No one will take the early bus and your party will be legendary.

1. Karaoke

Allow your guest the opportunity to be the stars of the show. We have been involved with karaoke and we know that adding this to your event can be terrific and it can be a train wreck. Make sure that the Harrisburg DJ Service you hire is actively involved in karaoke. An easy way to weed out the posers is by asking them: where is a karaoke show that you host that I can attend. If they don’ have one that is a red flag. Ask how many songs they have in their karaoke library. If the answer is not in the tens of thousands, I would pass.

A couple of thousand songs sound like a massive amount of music. A few thousand means they have a lot Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and the Beach Boys but no a lot of much else. I can assure you that any Central PA DJ Service that doesn’t invest in karaoke music doesn’t invest in quality vocal microphones either. Can you think of a worse combination than terrible sounding microphones and limited songs for a karaoke party?

We have a passion for this musical segment and we know how to incorporate it in a way that entertains the performers and non-performers alike.

2. Add Games

We offer a variety of games so that you can set of a lounge at the venue where guests can enjoy a game or two on their break from the dance floor.

3. Food Truck

We all like a seated and served dinner but ask yourself, how many times in your life has a seated and served dinner been fun? It never has! Our parents taught us not to play with our food and that the dinner table is no place for fun.

Casual dining where your guests are encouraged to mingle is a recipe for a great Harrisburg Party!

4. Throwback Attire

Loosen up and create a theme night. If you want more formal fashion have a roaring 20’s party with a speakeasy theme. If karaoke is on the menu make it an 80’s theme when MTV actually played music videos. If you are looking for cool and hip perhaps a Miami Vice or James Bond theme is in order. Make it fun and be sure to include a photo booth to capture all of cool outfits and perhaps a few blackmail photos!

5. Luck be a lady tonight!

Give your Harrisburg Party goers a raffle ticket as they enter. Stop the party a few times during the evening to announce winners. Create a prize box with gift cards, tickets, and to make it even more fun; include a few booby prizes.

6. Fun Foods

Spice up your event with foods decorated to match the theme. Having a casino or Vegas theme? Cut veggies to look like poker chips or cut brownies into squares and decorate them with frosting to make them look like dice.

Adult snow balls or our very popular mini donut bar are a couple of other suggestions. What’s better than an endless amount of tasty sweet treats ready to be eaten? Sweet treats with your preferred toppings. We serve up piping hot dough rings and set out a smorgasbord of toppings choices for your guests to enjoy.

By adding a few themed foods or drinks with a catchy name or two you can make your party much more casual and fun.

7. Add a Photo Booth

This is the selfie age! A photo booth not only creates lasting memories of the event, it encourages interaction. Think about it, are you more likely to dance with your supervisor or have a fun photo taken with them?

No one leaves early when there is a photo booth!

8. Have an Ugly Sweater Theme

Ugly sweaters are something most people have received and deep down inside they love the opportunity to show off just how hideous theirs is. Ditch the “corporate casual” attire that the staff wears every day for something less stuffy and fun.

9. Have a house building contest

We are talking small scale here folks. Stock up on sugary decor like candy canes, cinnamon hearts, gummy bears, M&Ms, Starburst, jelly beans, sprinkles, icing, and of course, gumdrops, and let staff create their own gingerbread houses. When everyone’s done building their masterpiece, hold a vote to see who wins for best curb appeal.

10. Break out the blindfold

In Mexico, piñatas are not just for birthdays. Buy a safe for work-themed piñata and stuff it with goodies like airplane-sized shooters of booze, candy, and toys even adults would love, like sticky hands.

11. Give them a lift

If your Harrisburg Christmas or New Years party has really taken it to the next level, some of your guests may need a ride home. Save your employees the burden of figuring it out and provide a free ride service.

12. Always make the invite a plus one!

Besides the pure entertainment factor of seeing what guests show up, allowing employees to bring a plus one to your corporate holiday party is a nice gesture to include everyone. Also, people are more inclined to attend if they can bring their spouse or significant other along.

There you have it! A dozen ideas to create a killer holiday party!

No party is great without killer tunes and our team of DJs would love to craft the perfect soundtrack to your Christmas or New Years Party! Our team of five star rated professionals serve clients in Harrisburg | York | Lancaster as well as in Frederick MD | Leesburg VA and the surrounding Northern VA area.

Text, call, or email and let’s discuss your vision and how we can make it a reality. We are not the smallest company in the market nor or we the largest. Our calendar does fill up quickly so don’t delay. Christmas always seems to arrive sooner than you think!

Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Professional DJ for Your Frederick Wedding

Congratulations, you did it! You are engaged to the love of your life and have started the planning process for your Frederick wedding. There are so many things to do now and a lot of choices to make. One of the choices you will have to make is deciding on what kind of entertainment to have. While bands were once the popular choice of entertainment for weddings, most couples in the Frederick MD | Leesburg VA have a DJ | MC Service perform for them on their big day. When selecting a DJ for your Frederick wedding, you must be very careful on picking the right entertainment company for the job; You will want a group that has a great deal of wedding experience, quality sound equipment, and music knowledge. You also want your Frederick DJ to have the talent and personality to make sure one of the most important days of your life goes exactly as you have planned and that all of your guests regardless of ages, has a fantastic time!

If you want your night to be a magical night to remember, using your cousin’s high school band, your best man’s iPod, or hiring the cheapest DJ on Craigslist is not going to cut it. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. There are times to be frugal and there are times to get what you’ve paid for rather than crossing your fingers and hoping you’ve found a great deal.

You shouldn’t discount Bungee jump, take a chance on a new seafood restaurant for your anniversary dinner, or put your wedding day in the hands of an amateur DJ.

Here are 10 reasons why hiring a professional DJ for your Frederick wedding will be a sound investment:

1. EXPERT PLANNING

If you are looking for a DJ Service you are likely ankle deep in the planning stages of your Frederick wedding and are seeing just how much work is involved. Even what you might describe as a “cozy, quaint little wedding” can be a part-time job!

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A professional wedding DJ will walk you through the process and make sure you aren’t missing any important details like song selections, when songs get played and for how long, what songs not to play. A DJ who is active in the Leesburg VA | Frederick MD area knows what songs are hot and what songs are not. They know how to work a dance floor and keep your guests partying until the last song is played.

A professional wedding DJ Service doesn’t simply play songs. A DJ just plays songs. A professional wedding DJ helps you craft a timeline, serves as the Master of Ceremonies. Works with all of the other professional vendors that you’ve chosen to ensure the day goes off like a well choreographed event.

2. SELECTING THE RIGHT MUSIC

There are seemingly millions of songs in this world and selecting the right songs for your wedding is a huge task! There is an average of 15-18 songs an hour that get played during the dance portion of your reception and in order to keep everyone happy and excited, they all have to be killer. Most weddings have a wide range of ages and it can be difficult to please everyone at the same time since each generation has their favorite dance tunes. A professional Frederick wedding DJ can take your requests and weave them into crowd pleasing favorites that bridge your group together. This is the difference between a packed dance floor and a sparse dance floor with only a handful of people on it. Which one do you want in your wedding photo album?

3. EQUIPMENT

There is nothing worse than going to a wedding where the wireless microphone keeps cutting out, the speakers sound like they are blown, or your guests in the back of the room can’t hear a thing because the sound system is weak. A professional wedding DJ Service will arrive early to your venue and setup the right gear in the best location for optimal sound. We only use top of the line sound equipment, brands like Denon, Shure, and Electro Voice, to make sure it creates the perfect audio atmosphere for your guests.

True pros also have backup equipment available in case something were to go wrong on the day such as a guest spilling a drink on the equipment, etc. Perfect Harmony Entertainment has something you’ll never get from the guy on Craigslist, back up DJs in case of an accident or something unfortunate on the day of your wedding.

4. PROFESSIONALISM

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Sure, you could have a family friend setup some speakers and play some songs off an mp3 player, but there is no substitute for a real DJ. A Professional Frederick DJ Service will have DJs can read a room and play the right song, at the right time. They’ll have experience in keeping the night moving along and making necessary announcements to let people know what is happening and when. A professional DJ organizes guests for speeches, wedding entrances, and traditional formalities.

Weddings can be an occasion where people drink, party, and get loose, and it’s good to have someone who is all business and not participating in the festivities.

5. VALUE

No matter what you are shopping for you can find a wide range of prices. Are you looking for a new hand bag? You can find dozens at WalMart for $29.99. The cheapest one at the “Coach” Store will cost many times that. Looking for a car? A used Kia Sedan at Carmax can be had for less than ten grand. A new BMW will likely be five times that amount.

The old saying “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be truer when it comes to hiring the professionals for such a special occasion. You can find cheap food to feed your guests. You can find a cheap photographer to take the pictures. And, you can certainly find a cheap DJ. Most likely you would be sacrificing experience, equipment, and peace of mind of having someone who won’t disappear a week before the wedding day.

The average wedding in Frederick MD and Northern VA is in the neighborhood of $32,000 according to the latest data available on line. The Knot and Wedding Wire, two of the most widely respected sites in the wedding industry recommend allocating 8 – 10% of your wedding budget for your entertainment. Our quotes are customized to the wants and needs of our couples so you will not find our prices in this blog however, we are less than those percentages and represent a tremendous value.

Don’t take my word for it. Read our reviews!

6. DJ SKILLS

There seem to be two types of wedding DJs in this world. I’m sure you’ve seen the first type…the “Cheesy” traditional wedding DJ that talks heavily on the microphone and continually creates crowd interaction by announcing songs, playing games, talking to guests, cracking jokes, and generally over-using the microphone in a lame attempt to help move the night along.

The second type of wedding DJ is a contemporary-styled DJ that is more reserved on the microphone. This DJ makes announcements only when necessary. This DJ will play a seamless mix of classic and current hits, and tends to blend into the background of the wedding and not be a focal point.

Our DJ team at Perfect Harmony Entertainment takes pride in being the latter type of wedding DJ. Our DJs have years of experience not only playing private events, but also playing in public venues where it is frowned upon to be a “Cheesy” DJ. They are used to mixing songs and creating a soundtrack for listeners to focus just on the music, and not the person playing it.

We let the music do the talking!

7. APPEARANCE AND ATTIRE

You will spend countless hours picking the perfect colors, the perfect flowers, the perfect lighting, and the perfect pair of shoes for your big day. Why shouldn’t you also pick a DJ that cares just as much as you do about the “look” of your event? A professional wedding DJ will be groomed and wear the appropriate clothing to match your wedding.

If your wedding is a beach theme and you want us in shorts and flip flops, no problem! We can do that too!

The appearance of the DJ’s equipment should also be import. The equipment is should be clean, with little or no wires in site, and their DJ area is clutter free. We care just as much as you do about how our DJ area looks in your photos!

8. MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

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Unless you are having your ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing, all in the same room, you are going to need someone with the experience and the right equipment to handle multiple areas at your wedding. Music, lapel, and handheld microphones need to be available on cue as guests get shuffled from one area to the next and having everything setup by a professional is really the only way to handle this.

Good microphones are critical. Good microphones are in a word EXPENSIVE! A cheap DJ will not have good microphones I can promise you that! Don’t take my word for how important this is. Ask your officiant or ask your videographer how important quality microphones are. A cheap and good microphone is a unicorn— they don’t exist.

9. RESULTS

You want the perfect day? We want it too. We understand the importance of making sure each and every detail is taken care of. We spend hours prior to your wedding compiling music, testing equipment, contacting vendors, going over the timeline, rehearsing announcements, etc. so that there are no surprises. Because we have spent so much time organizing your wedding before hand, there will be no need to bother you on the day of with questions or issues and you can kick back and enjoy every minute. Just like a firework, your Frederick wedding will be over in a flash!

10. MEMORIES

While no one forgets an amazing weddings. Nobody forgets really bad weddings either! A professional wedding DJ Service can help make a good wedding great. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve been told: ” You guys were incredible! Everybody was on the dance floor the whole time!” “Everyone kept talking about how good you were at the wedding!” Our reviews don’t lie. Make your night a night to remember (in a good way!)

6 Tips to Book the Perfect DJ for Your Harrisburg Christmas Party

Are you planning a Holiday, Christmas, or New Year’s party and planning to have a DJ provide the entertainment? Perhaps you want to know how to get the best value for your party budget. If your Christmas or New Year’s party is taking place in Harrisburg | Lancaster PA or even in Frederick MD | Northern VA, you have come to the right place! Listed below are some tips to find and hire the best DJ for your celebration and make your party legendary!

1. Get an early start on securing your Harrisburg DJ!

There is a reason that this is the first tip in throwing the perfect Lancaster Holiday Party. To summarize the world of Harrisburg DJs using the words of Yogi Berra: “It gets late early around here!” Look at the calendar. Can you believe summer is over already?

Not only does time “fly” there is a supply and demand issue at work here. Not only are there a limited amount of great DJs you will want to host your Frederick Christmas Party, there are a finite amount of dates in which to have it.

There are only 4 Friday’s and Saturday’s available between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That is a total of 8 days if you want your party to take place on a weekend. Of course is you are looking for a DJ for your New Years party in the Harrisburg area, there is only a single day for that event.

With so many companies large and small as well as individuals and communities throwing a Christmas bash and searching for the best DJs for their budgets, time is not on your side. The earlier you get started the better your selection and potential value will be.

2. Paralysis by analysis is a very real thing.

If you have read many of my prior blog posts you know that I am a frugal person. I am not cheap; I just simply want to get value for my money. I encourage you to do your research. You are reading this blog post so you are doing research at this very moment.

What you shouldn’t do is spend so much time trying to decide what to do that you miss the opportunity to get who you wanted. Do your research, interact with potential DJs and go with your gut instinct. Your instinct will generally lead you in the right direction.

3. Decide on what things are most important to your Frederick Holiday Party success.

There are two ways to make any purchasing decision. You can predetermine a budget for every aspect of the Frederick Holiday party including the DJ and then try to find a DJ Service who will work for that amount, or you can prioritize all of the things that make up a successful event and hire them in the order of importance. As you allocate your total party budget there will be less funds available but these are the items that are less important. Who knows, you may actually decide you don’t really need them are all to make your event a success.

By prioritizing your list: DJ, Venue, Food, Décor, etc. you will never have the regret of: “I can’t believe I spent $300 on party favors that no one took home! For $300 I could have hired that DJ Service I really liked instead of settling.”

4. Book with a Harrisburg DJ Company that has experience.

This can’t be emphasized enough. This is a professional event that reflects not only the company but the people who planned it. Don’t spend your time comparing rates with the mom and pop DJs of the market, make the booking process easy by sending a email to Perfect Harmony Entertainment and we’ll start the headache free process: john@perfectdj.net.

What’s perhaps more important is when you invest in Perfect Harmony Entertainment, you’ll find our company is a multi-op, meaning there’s no wasting time trying to find the perfect DJ for your needs. We use a state of the art planning tools that will make creating the perfect custom event stress free and easy.

5. Explore off peak Frederick DJ Service options.

Need to stretch your budget or want to get even more value from it? Think about throwing your bash on a day other than Saturday or Sunday.

The event business is a supply and demand business like many other businesses are. Looking to go to Ocean City MD during in July? Plan to spend triple what that same condo will cost to rent in October. Planning a wedding? Expect to pay considerably more to host it at Moonstone Manor in September versus February. The same is true of days of the week. Given their choice, most people will want their Frederick Christmas Party to take place on a Friday or Saturday.

Due to simple supply and demand, the holiday season necessitates a premium due to the sheer amount of Christmas parties going on all around one month. It never hurts to explore different dates and times. You may get a better rate or you may get way more for the same money such as additional hours, lighting, or other services that you couldn’t fit into your budget otherwise.

6. Book your Harrisburg Christmas or New Years party DJ with Perfect Harmony Entertainment!

Yes, it is shameless self promotion, but we like to think we know almost everything when it comes to booking the right DJ for any event of any size. We would love to celebrate with you, your co-workers, and your friends!

Contact Perfect Harmony Entertainment today and let us help create the perfect holiday party for your business.