Over the years I’ve done all sorts of birthday parties; kids’ parties to 80th birthday celebrations and everything in between. (Well, not a 73rd birthday party – still haven’t done one of those.)
Here are photos from Ann Marie’s 40th birthday party at The Venue in Tacoma recently. Thanks to Jan Domek for the super pictures.
See more photos at my Flickr site.
Learn more about entertainment for private parties at http://www.amazementproductions.com/parties.html or call Jeff Evans in Olympia at (360) 412-5064.
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When you are planning an event, especially a large event, make emergency and contingency plans in case of disaster, illness, or any other emergency.
I’ve mentioned several “lists” in this series of Tips and this is another place where a list can really shine. Have a list of all of the contractors you are working with, their contact information, and their cel phone numbers for that evening. This way if someone is late, there’s a problem with the cake, or anything you can get in touch with someone who can help.
Having your schedule of events and game plan written down makes it a little easier to delegate responsibilities to others if something unexpected happens.
Your contingency plans will vary depending on the particular situation. Here are a few possible scenarios. What if…
- Your associate forgets to bring the LCD projector.
- The weather forecast predicts a windstorm with possible power outages.
- Snow and ice is expected later in the evening. Even if the party begins on time, guests may have difficulty driving home. Do you cancel or ???
- Your guest of honor – and presenter for the evening – is unable to attend.
- You are busy taking care of another emergency and won’t be able to attend.
Stuff happens, and thinking ahead to what might derail your grand affair gives you resources to make the best decisions and ensure that the event is a success.
The Tyee Grill in Tumwater had me perform tableside magic for their Easter brunch. It was a hit, and they immediately re-booked for Mother’s Day.
Here’s the story: in the morning a server told me that a party made a reservation and specifically requested that I NOT perform for their table. That’s fine; I figured it was some religious group. Later Danni, the manager, tells me that the client is an elderly lady and their family came in for brunch on Easter. Everyone had enjoyed my magic, but she didn’t want me performing for their table because – and I am not making this up – the people at her table were laughing and clapping so much that she wasn’t able to talk to her friend!
Huh? You can’t please everyone! Not wanting to rock the boat, I heartily agreed not to perform magic for this group.
Said group arrived. I was informed by the hostess and had plenty of tables in the dining room area to keep me busy without going into the restaurant where they were. A half hour later Danni comes up and says, “Well, they changed their mind and would like to see some magic.” We both laughed ourselves silly over this turn of events. I performed for them, and they had a great time.
(Well, most of them did. One older lady didn’t crack a smile. And she wasn’t able to carry on a conversation while I performed. This may not have been her best Mother’s Day ever…)