Think about the last holiday party you attended? Do words like blah, snore, or prosaic come to mind? Not everyone can plan that gathering where everyone has an amazing time and the memories last forever.
So, this year you’re hosting the holiday celebration. It’s your time to shine and show off your event planning finesse. You’ve agonized over the theme, the food, and the venue. Don’t forget the entertainment.
Music is always welcome, and when it comes to holiday parties, guests love live entertainment. Whether you hire a string quartet, a jazz trio, or a DJ, here a few ideas to help choose the perfect musical talent to complement your holiday party.
The String Quartet
A string quartet adds a touch of elegance to any event. Even if every guest isn’t a connoisseur of classical music, many string quartets have a repertoire ranging from classical pieces to the latest pop hits. Be aware that some quartets specialize in classical music. If your dream party theme is A Night at the Sock Hop, you’ll want to make that clear when discussing song choices. String quartets are an excellent option for intimate cocktail and dessert parties where guests spend most of the time mingling.
A Jazz Trio
A Jazz trio is the perfect option if you want laid back music during the cocktail hour but want to liven things up after dinner. If you really want to impress your guests look for a trio that not only covers pieces from the Great American Songbook – think Gershwin, Berlin, and Mercer – but can switch over to the Beatles, Nirvana, and songs from the Top 40.
The Versatile DJ
If you’re looking for someone to add a dose of life to your party, an experienced DJ is the one to call. Maybe your gift is coordinating the food and creating beautiful table décor but playing that part of a social butterfly is a stretch. A good DJ is skilled in mic presence – they entertain, they make people laugh, and they announce the next activity on your party agenda. One thing that makes DJs so popular is that they know how to read the crowd and can get people up and dancing or bring the lights down for a more intimate moment.
Whether you decide on strings, jazz, or the fun of choosing your playlist with a DJ, you won’t go wrong if you hire live entertainment. Don’t wait for the last minute. Most quality entertainers are already booking for the holiday season. You need time to interview and see video samples if possible. Start searching today and get set to host the party of the year.