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Saving Tips for a Sweet Sixteen or Quinceañera Party

June 13, 2010

Everybody is talking about the economy, it’s in the radio, on the news, everywhere…

But your son or daughter is hooked on the ipod choosing which songs are going to be played at his/her party.

Sweet sixteen and Quinceañera’s can cost a lot, here are some tips to get creative and cut on costs.

The first thing you need to do is create a budget and discuss it with your son or daughter.

To stay on a budget you must have a budget right?  It sounds silly but it still amazes me how many clients still come to us without a clear budget.

Following is a list of things you must think about while creating a budget and cutback tips for each.

Prepare to enjoy the best Sweet Sixteen or Quinceañera Party.

HEAD COUNT.

Hmmmm this is one of the most difficult decisions but it must be made. Who are you inviting and how many are they?

Cutback tip: Make up your mind early on and have all the interested parties: other half, birthday boy or girl be on agreement.

MUSIC

DJ’s  and live bands can be downright expensive!

Cutback tip: Use a DJ. Still too expensive? Ask a family member to volunteer as a DJ and use your ipod with speakers. Remember music will set the mood, you can choose ahead of time what to play while cutting down expenses.

THE RECEPTION HALL

Reception Halls can be expensive. It really depends on how many people you need to accommodate at the party. Make sure you have enough tables and chairs and that they fit perfectly in the space, you don’t want the place to look cramped.

Cutback tip:

You might also want to consider having the party at your house or at a dear friend’s place.

SWEET SIXTEEN/QUINCEAÑERA CAKE

For some people this is the best tradition and will not cut out on this part.

Cutback Tip: Have some close relative or friend bake you the cake or ask them if they can be the padrino/madrina and give you the cake as a gift for your quinceañera.

TRANSPORTATION/LIMO SERVICE

Cutback Tip: If you must have a limo, go with the standard stretch limo, the Hummer is a little more pricey. Get quotes and compare.

Another option is to have a transportation padrino/madrina. Ask a friend or family member with a nice SUV and have them transport you and your guests.

PHOTOGRAPHER

Unless you have a photographer in your family, do not designate this to any casual friends. Don’t get us wrong, family pictures are nice but a professional video and photographs are memories that will last forever. So our suggestion: Do not cut on this.

DECORATION

Decorations are time consuming and it is better to hire a professional than to do it  yourself.

Cutback Tip: Designate very creative friends to help out. The day of your child party, you want to be relaxed and not rushing so designated trust worthy friends are your best option if you can not pay for professionals.

We wish you the Best time ever for you and your teens at their Party!!!

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Hollywood style Party

June 12, 2010

A Hollywood party theme is so attractive and fun. Here, we transformed a cafeteria into a Hollywood style theatre for a fifth grade celebration.

At the back, a Hollywood sign to set the whole mood. Popcorn base centerpieces…On the first pic, the lilghts went off we used our own ambiance lighting for a better effect.

At the end of each table Oscar statues…

WHAT ABOUT THE FOOD CHOICES FOR A HOLLYWOOD THEME PARTY?

YOU ASKED, WE ANSWER……

Can’t have a Hollywood night or Academy award ceremony without pop-corn!

Of course, your food choice will depend on the kind of ceremony you are having, food preference etc.  We will help you with your food and Menu choice, and of course table and buffet decoration. Remember to work with the menu names also, you can give Hollywood  or celebrity names to different food like Chicken a la Monroe or Tequila shots a la Elvis or fun movie names… Check out these Singing in the Rain Fun Hotdogs…..

Check out our Picture Opportunity backdrop! It comes with lights and it can be easily assembled and customized with the name of your institution, here  with the name of the School, Sunset Park Elementary 5th Grade Celebration. and the year ’10.  We can ship internationally too. It comes with assembly instructions. The cost for this fun photo opportunity backdrop $250 plus shipping and handling.

For a Super Hollywood style party and decorations…

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How to choose the Best Event Planner

May 18, 2010

hippo joy power point presentation

1. Budget. Cost -Effective. Many people think that by doing things themselves, they will save a lot of the expenses on their nest event. Truth of the matter is, hiring an event planner is better in the long run if you value your time. Event planners also have special discounts at venues, know places to go and get the best stuff and will be most cost-effective in the long run.

2. Creativity. Not all event planners are creative. And by creative I mean: budget wise but also that have ideas that will wow your guests at your next event. On the first interview, think… Are you in sync with their ideas? Do they listen to what you have to say. All this is important.

2. An Eye into Detail and organization. An event planner should see the things that you don’t or don’t have time to be watching. Their eye in to detail, organization skills and leadership are all factors that must be taken into consideration when hiring your event planner.

Give us a call and let us help you with your next event!

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Talent Show Party

May 13, 2010

This awesome and talented kid performed “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga at Edmond’s Sixth Grade Festival.

Talent show parties are becoming very popular, not only at schools but as private birthday party celebrations. You can have an all the way type of thing where you can even hire look alike performers to hang out with your friends or have special appearances or keep it simple.

If you gave us to choose where to spend the most at this type of party, I would have to say decoration and the stage.  Also a character host/DJ who acts as a presenter like in the Oscar’s or Academy Awards!   Remember the focal point is the stage where you can set up the DJ and/or karaoke machine. We have developed a pop-up type of stage that we rent or have a more elaborate one that can light up and change colors. Our decoration also includes a mood set up high-quality banner of the Hollywood sign in California. It is an awesome setup that can include red carpet picture opportunity. Your friends will sure feel like the stars of the night.

The DJ creates fun games for the kids to follow. It is funny how kids get shy around other friends but will follow fun directions from a stranger. The truth is that a professional DJ for kids knows how to make everyone participate and get the energy going so they all  have a great time. Ours even has everyone warm up their voices, form group and have intermission games where everyone wants to jump in and participate.  Combine Karaoke with dance shows, this way you have a better opportunity for participation.  Have solos but also duets and group singing and dancing. You can even plan this ahead of time creatively so your friends form in groups for the party.

These talent show, karaoke or fun parties can be theme related with Western or Hannah Montana, Camp Rock, the Grammies, America’s got talent, American Idol, and so on.

Have someone impartial be the judges at your party and have the DJ make a fun introduction. At the end of the party you can award them categories and give them small Oscar statues or prizes. Everybody should be a winner. Some categories: Best acting performance, best dressed, best singer, etc.

To save on the cost of  food, keep it simple with dips,  chip, pop-corn, pizza and hot dogs like in the movies and have everyone stadium style seated surrounding the stage. If you want to go high-end on food, go with mouth bites and hors d’oeuvres, again your choice of mini-pizzas or shrimp and caviar!

This party screams fun! If you choose this party, call for a free consultation. We can work with you for your partial needs or create the whole party. This event will be something you and your friends will enjoy and talk about for years!

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Quinceañera’s Princess Day

May 5, 2010

Remember this castle? Remember the feelings you experienced when you first saw it?

That huge sigh that come to children when they experience their Magical dream come true.

If ever since you were a little girl you have been dreaming of being a Princess for one day.  This might be the perfect theme for you.

Watch this video to see how many lights took to set up the Castle in the park……. A lot!!!!!

200,000 lights!!  Yes, that many lights!

This is what makes it so magical. If you are considering this theme for your Quinceañera, theatrical lighting is a must!  The light effects is what sets the mood to the party. You can add a very special effect with candles and a variety of  flowers on the Centerpieces or on hanging ornaments and arches. Soft fabrics and a tent effect will also give it a special touch.

We are not too fond of working with balloons for this theme, but if you absolutely love them, recreate arches and add Christmas-like net lights to create a more dramatic effect.

Recreate your entrance on a Magical Carriage or have one staged near the cake. You can also project your favorite childhood memories with your parents or friends and have this projection at a Stage Castle.

Your cake can be in the form of a Cinderella style Carriage or a castle.  You can also recreate your favorite scene from a Princess Movie like a magical garden with enchanted trees or a flower trapeze. Another favorite is a Far east castle with genies and magical carpets.

If you love the Princess idea, but have a more contemporary taste, have stars dancing around on the dance floor and concentrate on the Centerpieces for the wanted effect; this can be a combination of high candelabras or vases and low for some tables. The table cloth must have a dreamy cover with big decorated laces on the chairs.

Remember the color of your dress can also set the tone with the decor.

Music will also be important. Choose the tunes you want to be played by the band or DJ and give your planner the list so she can coordinate ahead of time. Mention your favorite flowers, colors and show her your dress choice.

Your party must entertain and be fun to your guests but most importantly, it will display your taste and personality and you must have fun before, while planning the details, during when you and your family and friends enjoy it and after, when you review the pictures.

Good photography and video is a must and it is better done by professionals.

For more Princess ideas and fun contact us www.hippojoy.com

Sweet Sixteen Party Ideas

April 28, 2010

The traditional sweet sixteen or quinceanera parties have taken a huge turn!

If you are mom or dad you might be thinking about the traditional ball and your son or daughter might be thinking about a beach party. You may be already rehearsing the waltz in your head while he or she is thinking rave or no music. Or even worse, neither of you can make up your mind or have no idea whatsoever.

That is why it is a good idea to hire a planner to help you set your goals.

First things first. You will need to give them a budget to work with. This is very important because you set the base and limit of what you can have at the party. Also important is an approx. guest list and age range. If you have an idea of what you want, you can bring in pictures, videos an inspirational piece to the first consultation, but in case you have no clue of what you want, have a prior phone interview so the planner can help you figure out what you are about, likes and dislikes. Sometimes it just takes a little push in the right direction for a wonderful party. Some planners even have a form or RFP that will help you understand the direction that the party will take.

Here are some popular ideas for Sweet Sixteen Themes and some key points for each:

THE FORMAL BALL.

A formal Ball can also have many twists…

Do you want to be the princess of the night or make your guests feel like royalty? This is the theme for you.

A formal Ball can also have many twists…

Have the set up resemble an enchanted garden or a set on Paris, China or some exotic location. Or you might prefer a masquerade ball with a mardigrass carnival and all. Make sure that whatever the theme you need to let your guests know so they have the right attire.

Always remember that you should include music theme related and for all ages! Yes that also means some that mom or dad can dance to and enjoy!

MASQUERADE BALL

This is a cool version of a formal ball. Provide your guests with masquerade masks or ask them to create one themselves for your party, you may have a parade or carnival.  In the middle of the ball the unexpected may happen and your guests can be involved on solving a mystery disappearance…

RETRO

Would love to experience what it would have been like if you had been born in another era?

How about a Back to the Future at your party? Go to the fiftees, the 80’s, 70’s, 20’s the gangster era…

This is your special day, make it fun!

PROPS and appropriate lightning and music are a must for this themes. It is all about the details!

OSCAR NIGHT

Love movies and cinematography? Why not recreate an Oscar / award night with red carpet, trophies and papparazzis?

If you just want a few guests and family, you can have a karaoke night or enjoy one or two of your favorite movies. Make it special for them too by giving some awards at the climax of the party. Some idea categories are: best dressed, best hair, best smile, best dancer, best singer…

You can make a grand entrance arriving with a limo to the party, have posters made of your favorite movies and substitute their faces with your friends.

VAMPIRE OR GOTHIC NIGHT

If you are into goth , why not celebrate your party in a total different setting.

Invitations must set the mood for your guests so be creative!

How about sending your invitations on a mailable coffin box. Recreate a cemetery at your party with props and black roses for center pieces. Oh yes, Fog is a must!

AMAZING RACE, SCAVENGER HUNT

What about a scavenger hunt with Hummer limos driving you and your friends around, You have two or three teams with a team leader on each. They will be given identical lists with objects to collect doing assignments and riddles driving from point to point.

A WESTERN NIGHT

Yeeeeehahhh!!!

Who said no Cowboys at this party?

Bring in the horses and the mechanichal bull because we are ready to square dance our night out!

MY FAVORITE MOVIE OR TV SHOW

Resemble one of your favorite movies or TV Shows and have the set up for your party décor create the mood. Some popular movies, Alice in Wonderland, Moulin Rouge,  Old West movies, AVATAR, The Vampire Diaries. Anything is possible, remember this is  a night you and your friends will always remember.

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