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Long Island Communion Entertainment and DJ Hiring Guide.

January 13, 2017

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The following article was written by Allstar DJ Long Island. Contact (631)566-2045

Hiring a communion DJ can be challenging so we decided to take years of experience and networking and came up with a guide to help you in the process of hiring a great DJ entertainer that can not only play great music, but also entertain a group of up to 50 kids at the same time. A great communion DJ is a combination of game show host and great selector of kids friendly music. Most communions occur in April and  May and generally are at the same exact time (12pm, 1pm 2pm or 3pm start time) on either a Saturday or Sunday. Because a DJ can only do one 4 hour time slot per day  its a great idea to start the booking process 6 months to  one year prior to your event to ensure you get a great DJ. Here is a list of Long Island Catering Halls.

EXPERIENCE MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE !

The first thing you want to ask the DJ is how much experience they have doing communion’s and kids parties. A good DJ should have at least 10 years experience of entertaining at kids parties and have a good understanding of how to interact with children, know how to play interactive games and also understand that he should play kid-friendly radio versions as to not offend any of the adults at the party.Ask the DJ to provide at least three references that you can call to see how his previous clients will review him.

TIME TO PLAN YOUR EVENT

Once you’ve secured a great DJ it’s time to start the planning process you should be able to go over different game ideas with him and give an idea of what you are looking for in terms of energy level music style  and individual needs based on your child.
Most DJ companies will play great music and provide games during the course of your event. Also consider other add-on features such as photo booths as they will keep your guests occupied and also give them a Keepsake to take home. Photo Walls are also popular and can be purchased here http://www.stickersbanners.net
Coming up with a theme for your communion is also a nice idea and we have seen everything from Disney, Hollywood and Under the Sea themed to name a few. For more information on party themes please visit Sherman specialties party company or Rhode Island novelty both companies have great theme ideas and giveaways.
Some DJs offer Live Zap Photos and Photo montages, both would be shown on flat screen TVs and come with a keepsake of all the jpegs that the photographer takes during the course of the event. A photo montage is a nice touch as it shows the audience all the growing up pictures of the guest of honor. Cotton Candy Machines at dessert time are also very popular.  For DJ’s, Photo Booths,Zap Photos and more contact Paul at Allstar DJ Long Island. 631-566-2045

GAMES DJ’S PLAY

Outdoor Games Include : Tug-o-War , Water Balloon Toss, Hula Competition, Sack Race, Big Boppers Race.

Here are Games Everyone Knows

The Limbo Lip Sync Air Guitar
Dance Contest Spot Dance Simon Says
Scavenger Hunt* Duck, Duck, Goose Twenty Questions


Huggy Bear:
The guests dance during a song.  At some point, we stop the music and call out a number.  The guests must hold hands or hug to form circles with as many people as the number called.  If we call “5” all people who did not get in a circle or do not have 5 in their circle are out.  This continues until there are just 1 to 2 people left.

Reverse Musical Chairs: Everyone spreads out in a huge circle about arm’s length apart.  A basketball or other small object is passed around the circle while the music is playing.  When the music stops, whoever has the ball is out.  Then we start the music again.  This time when we stop it, we make announcements like these:

The person to the left (or right, or both) of the basketball is out
The person holding the ball picks someone to be out (or picks between the two neighbors)
The last two people to touch the tennis ball are out
Play continues until there are just one or two winners.

Elimination Dance: We start by having the guests dance to a song.  Periodically, we stop the music and call out a description.  If the guest fits the description, they must leave the dance floor.  The song continues until you have 1 or 2 winners.  Examples:

Anyone wearing red       Anyone wearing a watch       Anyone with a hat one
Twisted Musical Chairs: This starts out like traditional musical chairs.  You have one less chair than people playing.  The music plays and contestants walk around the chairs.  When the music stops, the DJ also calls out something that the contestants must find and bring back before they can sit down. For example, the DJ might call out, “a set of keys.”.  Everyone must find a set of keys and bring it back to a chair.  A player is eliminated and then a chair is removed.  This time when the music stops and the DJ calls out an item to find, the players must return the first item before locating the new item.  Play continues until there is just one or two winners.

Tip Your Hat*: Needed: a large hat for each team or 5 to 8 players.  The players are in 2 circles: an inner one and an outer one. One player in each circle has a hat on his or her head. The object is to pass the hat round the circle. But the players cannot use their hands while passing the hat from head to head. The team which passes the hat round the circle the first wins the game.

Frankenstein*: Needed: thick string and any object roughly the size of a shoe box.  Two pairs participate in this game. Each pair stands hand in hand with their adjoining hands tied together. With their free hands (one with the right hand and other with the left one) they must wrap up a package, bind the rope round it and tie it in a bow. The pair who finishes the task the first is the winner.

Funny Phrases*: Needed: Twice as many index cards as players.  On those cards write various words.  Have lots of conjunctions and common words: the, but, of, a, and or.  Also, have lots of verbs.  You may want to write out actual sentences and then shuffle the cards.  Each player gets one card.  They must then go out in the group and form sentences with others.  When a group reports with a complete sentence, they get a small piece of candy or other simple prize, new cards, and they go out and make different sentences.  Shuffle the returned cards in the pile and hand out later.  The winner is the person with the most candy (i.e. the person in the most sentences).

Telephone Line: Guests line up one behind the other.  Starting at one end, whisper a detailed sentence or two into the first person’s ear. You can only say it once, no repeating.  Then, that person whispers it to the second person in line, and so on until the last person in line hears the sentence.  That person announces the sentence they heard to the group.  The miscommunications are usually very funny.

Centipede: Needed: a large room and a chair for each team. Each team forms a line with their hands on the waists of the player in front of them. Near the opposite wall there stands a chair or a flag. The teams run around the chair or the flag and return back. While running no player can take his/her hands off the waist of the person in front of them. If the chain is broken the team loses the game. The team also loses the game if it overturns or does not go around the chair or the flag.

Puzzle Pieces*: Preparation: using large letters write a word or simple picture on a 3″X5″ notecards.  Cut the cards into 4 pieces using unique cuts.  Then randomly pass out the pieces to the each puzzle.  The winners are the 4 people who find their complete puzzle.

Lily Pad Leap*: Needed: lots of old newspaper.  Each contestant gets two pieces of newspaper.  The object is to cross the room by only stepping on the two pieces.  If they fall off or step directly on the floor, they must start over.

Yes and No*: Needed: 2 or 3 tokens, buttons, or small objects for each contestant.  Each person is given the same number of tokens.  They must go out in the crowd and talk to the other guests.  If one guest tricks another into saying, “Yes” or “No” or shaking their head “Yes” or “No”, they get one token.  The player at the end of the time wins.  As an alternative, you can give each person identities (like Abraham Lincoln, Shania Twain, etc.) They must answer all questions about their character.  If the person’s identity is guessed, they are out of the game.

One Handed Race*: For each player there are a few small and big objects. The object is to carry all of them in one hand across the finish line approximately 15 feet away. The players must not use their other hand or drop the objects. The player who covers the distance the first becomes the winner.

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KIDS DANCE DJ OF MINNESOTA HIT IT ON THE HEAD WITH FIVE STEPS TO PLANNING A GREAT KIDS PARTY – SEE BELOW

  1. Be sure to motivate.

In a video game age where multi-media are coming to them from every direction, kids need to be thoroughly entertained.  Kids of all ages are sophisticated, they are looking for the “wow factor” that grabs their attention and doesn’t let them go.  Creating a buzz is essential; make sure your audience knows that your party will be something special, an event not to be missed.  An exciting event establishes a track record of success and draws attention to your future events. We suggest you download a poster and use it to create more anticipation for your upcoming event.

  1. Pick the right performer.

Unlike some kid’s performers, a Kidsdance DJ has the ability to balance “cool” with “clean”. Pick a DJ that has a good track record for performing at family, friendly events.  Showmanship, timing, and choosing the most optimum music selections aren’t talents one picks up overnight – Do you really want a practice DJ at your event?  Although you may personally know a friend who can DJ your event, that choice may not be your safest or least expensive option.

  1. Plan early.

Your guests will have a better chance to earmark their calendar and plan to be at your event with more advance notice.  DJ services tend to have a run on certain dates because of the demand of the date.  Be especially mindful of weekend dates before Halloween and Christmas as well as the last week of school for year end or graduation parties.  What this means is that most DJ services may have a limited amount of staff or equipment availability on the dates that are in demand.

  1. Plan smart.

If you pick an off-peak date like a Thursday night or Sunday day, you may find that not only will you have a better turn-out for your event because of less competition, you will have a more experienced and talented DJ available for your event.  Most DJ’s in demand charge a premium for a Saturday because that date is competing against major events in the community such as weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.

  1. Pick a theme.

By picking a theme for your event you use a strategy to divert attention away from a more questionable music selection to many more choices of songs that are proven to work. This allows the DJ to balance potentially less effective marginal hits of today (as well as ones with a less positive lyrical content) with traditionally more danceable music choices throughout your event.

It allows the DJ to select only the very best of the popular tunes of today.  This strategy also allows you the ability to have each event uniquely different than the last event.

OTHER EVENT LINKS

DJ’s, Lighting, Photo Booths

Below is a list of Long Island Decoration Vendors

Balloons  Uplights Centerpieces Face Painting

Long Island Catering Halls

www.longislandcateringhalls.com

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