Fun

If it is fun, it lights joy, it brings a spark to your being, a sparkle to your eye, a grin, a smile, a chortle, a feeling of being alive, of being happy. Fun is what we experience when we engage whole-heartedly with our world, our surroundings, our environment, and our people.

Lip Print with Pop-Up Pop out printed on it

What is a ‘Pop Up’ ?

What is a Pop Up?

What is a Pop-Up and why do you need to know?

A Pop-Up is a simple name for an event that is unexpected, of short duration, a surprise, uses an unusual space as a venue, or any combination of the above.

What’s the difference between a Pop-Up and traditional events?

In essence, a pop-up is your rowdy teenager (novel, fun, rule breaker) and a traditional event, a Thanksgiving Dinner (you know what to expect, when to expect it, and you have a good idea of who’ll be there and what they’ll be doing and wearing.)

Why create a pop-up?

Could it be about novelty? Or better yet, surprise, intrigue, fun, or uniqueness? Show off your space, the activity, or even the exclusivity of the event. Looking to drive sales, donations, or build your client base quickly? Host a Pop-Up!

What are some examples of Pop-Ups?

Flash mobs, temporary Halloween stores, holiday markets are all versions of pop-ups.

Spread your party out by doing pop-ups—instead of one big bash where everybody feels overwhelmed, break it up into several small segments, mixing and remixing guests and elements—switching them out.

Or use a pop-up to showcase a new space, product, equipment, or way of doing things. Better yet, turn your pop-up into a road trip with dedicated vehicles that transport attendees from one unexpected stop to the next. Want to take it a step further? Deck out each bus with it’s own ‘costume’—decor + entertainer!

What kinds of entertainment do you want?

A Concessional Booth, (similar to our Zoltar Fortune Teller Booth) is the perfect place to a) tell your story to someone who’ll listen; b) get unqualified, but heartfelt advice; grab a little nosh on the side.

Great for holiday parties (Halloween!), corporate events, wedding receptions, family reunions, retail events, new business launches, openings, or just a way to see your people, and have a blast!

What’s not to love?

Contact us today and let’s get this party going!

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Four Seasons Glamping

Four Seasons Glamping

Four Seasons Glamping

Wedding Event with Giving Skirt and Lip Print Analysis!

Lip Print Analysis and Domes on the Roof

Glamping on the Four Seasons Atlanta‘s  rooftop terrace with their cozy, spacious domes, and spectacular views was a treat! The Giving Skirt shared drinks in 93 – three-ounce test tubes. We gave guests Lip Print Analysis with insights into their traits and gifts. The best part was watching people positively glow when they got their analysis! Then, seeing them sharing and comparing what they’d found out with each other was so much fun! Some of them knew each other; other times their lip prints gave them common ground, a little something to share and break the ice.

Four Seasons Glamping with the Giving Skirt

The Giving Skirt gives guests the opportunity to move and be moved. Huh? Let’s say you want to get your people into the ballroom for the keynote presentation, but the bill ringing and announcements just aren’t cutting it. What can you do? Cue the Giving Skirt! The great part about it is giving out unusual or useful items–for example, flowers, wedding escort cards, or guest favors.

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How to Build a Contact-Free Booth

Build a Contact-Free Entertainer Booth

What Are You Building Your Booth for?

To build a contact-free entertainer booth, decide if it’s for one-time use or if you’re building it to last. Ours is built to last. It’s solid and structurally sound, easily assembled and disassembled, and made of high-quality components. The panels are solid wood and the entire structure is built on a base with casters. That makes it simple to easily reposition during an event.

Who Is It For?

Take into consideration the height of the booth. Who is your target audience? Can they access the secret trap door and see the entertainer? If you’re traveling with the booth, consider the average height in different countries. The window height in Scandinavia will be different then in Japan. Not generalizing, but we want to be specific to our clients’ needs and demographics when we show up.

Lighting can make your booth stand out. On a trade show floor, we’ll set the LED colors to differentiate ourselves from the other booths and the overall design of the hall.

It’s All in the Details!

What size booth are you aiming for? We’d recommend enough space for one entertainer to be able to move or sit comfortably in the booth. Ours is 84.7″ h x 35″ w x 21″ d, which keeps it pretty Handy😁!

To make your booth contact-free, you’ll need a communication system, a barrier of some sort, and a way to share items with attendees. Even though there are lots of options, we built a trap door into the booth base, about 2 feet from the ground. This lets us surprise guests and make sure our smallest guests can be part of the action!

Other Things to Consider

How fragile is your booth in terms of shipping? Is shipping necessary for long hauls? How much does it weigh? Will it safely fit into a vehicle and be protected from the elements? How long will it take to set up and break down? How much power will you need? Is a step stool necessary to set it up? Will you use curtains? Signage? What materials will you use? How will you suspend or attach them? Will you make general announcements from the booth? Do you have a microphone? How about an air purification system? Sunshield? Sandbags? Will your costumed entertainer need heating or a fan?

Even More Details

Word to the wise: If you are working in the great out-of-doors in the Southeast from March to October, don’t forget your insect repellent, sunscreen, and water! Cooling vests and cooling cloths are also really helpful.

Oh, and as you can tell by the video, setting up the booth is very quick😉!

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Tips for Creating Successful Virtual Events

What are the most important elements for producing successful virtual events?

Keys and tips for producing successful virtual events are similar to those used to produce successful live events. However, even the simplest virtual events require different skills than those used to produce traditional events.

It’s not easier to create virtual events

That being said, producing any kind of event is not for the faint of heart. At least one team member should have a fairly robust knowledge of technology, sound, lighting, and event production. Each team member should, at the very least, have a rudimentary working knowledge of the key elements needed for the virtual event.

Essentials for virtual events

Make sure you have access to electricity and a stable internet connection.

  • Simplify every element of your event.
  • Streamline your processes in as many ways as possible.

The key for us was to focus on a detailed understanding of what we needed to be able to do, when we needed to do it, and how to execute it. Live event and virtual event production share fundamental requirements for success: We produced several small events during a power outage. Because we had done several large and medium-sized events beforehand, we knew the drill.

Learning from experience

After experiencing an internet outage that lasted more than five hours, we knew to create backup plans and to test them extensively. Luckily, the outage started hours before the event and we were able to reroute everything before going live. But when the power came back on and we switched back to our regular ISP, the password that had been previously issued to participants did not function and we had to quickly get new ones to them. Since we hadn’t practiced a power outage and the effects it would have on our system, we had to improvise.

The lesson

There are fun improvisations and there are those improvisations that are somewhat less fun. This was one of them. Despite the difficulties we encountered, we made the most out of these situations. Key participants and team members were able to access information quickly and immediately share it with participants.

Be sure to deliver the stated mission of your event.

What is the event’s goal? Is everyone clear about it? Even if your delivery is flawless, the most important goal should be to support the event’s overall mission. Keep that goal top of mind and work to deliver it. What is the use of a ‘perfect’ event if it falls short of meeting its mission?

How do you help your clients understand how you can support their mission?

An example: a children’s charity fundraiser. Help your client by letting them know what will communicate their mission most effectively. Not everyone knows which elements work best for virtual events. Our job as event producers is to share information with our clients about which elements and tools will best serve them in achieving their particular goals.

Treat your people well

A labor saving piece of advice from several of our non-profit clients: use an automated bidding platform. They are worth the investment. Share your auction items in advance, track bidding, accept payment, and capture transactions, inventory, and delivery without investing more staff or volunteer time.

As a parting piece of advice: when deciding on project assignments, treat your volunteers’ time as sacred. Let them take on tasks they find fulfilling that support your organization’s mission. Most importantly: enjoy your event!

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced with producing virtual events? What solutions did you find? Tell us!

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