party has its own "personality" that is shaped by a number of
elements. Certainly the atmosphere of the location and the quality
of the food service will have much to do with your party's
success. A guest list that includes experienced party goers with a
well developed infectious sense of fun and an inclination to dance is
one of the secret tricks of successful hosts. But it must be
emphasized that good entertainment can overcome the lack of all those
things (and very often must). If I think my services will not be
suitable for your affair I will not accept your booking
and will advise you of other more suitable possibilities.
Let's look at the fundamentals:
||What kind of party are you having?
I know it
seems obvious to most, but what sounded so great at that
wedding you went to may not cut it for the Bar Mitzvah you're
planning. Look for experience in your type of affair. The
guy you heard perform successfully at a 50th wedding anniversary
may well be even better at your "younger" affair because
of the number of them he has already done. And what was fun
at the office picnic may seem hokey at the club.
Master of Ceremonies
required for this have everything to do with the type of party. A
wedding or Bar Mitzvah almost always should have a good MC with
plenty of crowd material (line dances, games, mixers, etc.) along
with a working knowledge of the traditional requirements of
the affair. The same could be said of the "big"
anniversary parties. Country Clubs and Society Events always
call for a much lower key approach with little MC'ing at all.
This can be
trickier than you think. The 85th birthday party you're
planning may seem to call for music for an 85 year old, but what
if the nearest age group to the guest of honor are those in their
60's? You need music for the grandchildren too. Good
entertainment is versatile! Good entertainers play what
everybody can dance to. The task is to create a
"psychological crowd" of your guests for a shared
Tarantellas, Jigs, Reels - ethnic music where appropriate
(virtually forbidden in Country Clubs). Special Music - most
weddings, for example, have an introduction, first dance, toast, a
dance with Mom or Dad in addition to songs with a peculiar
sentimental value to the new couple. Patriotic & Holiday Music
for those occasions that call for it. These are merely a few
examples of what experienced entertainers must be ready to produce
They can help you anticipate this.