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    Recently we have come across a few apps that we find can be super helpful in planning any party. Planning a party can be difficult and with all the factors to consider from food to entertainment it would be nice to have something that organizes all that information for you. Good news, here at Executive Events & Entertainment, we sent our cronies out onto the web and found some awesome party planning apps. Check out the following apps and who knows, perhaps one will help you plan your next party or event. Also, all these apps can be found in the Android and Apple App stores. 

Pro Party Planner

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Perhaps one of the more complete party planner apps; Party Planner Pro will allow you to enter in all the details from the amount of guests to the floor space of the room you are throwing the party in. This app will calculate how much food you will need and will even offer suggestions on how you can save money in different areas of the party like food and venue selection. Party Planner Pro even has a holiday section which will help you plan gift giving, thanksgiving dinner, and new years intoxicant acquisition.  Check out the video below.

PitchIn

It is nearly impossible to have busy people step up and help, get your party started even if they’re your friends. The PitchIn app makes it easy to split up and delegate tasks.  You’re notified when someone accepts a task and also when the task is completed. If you’re planning an event for which you aren’t footing the bill, PitchIn will send automatic payment reminders to guests! This app really makes setting up your own party fast, easy, and a little less stressful.
For the sake of ease we will stop our list of party planning apps there. We urge you to check out all of the available apps on your app purchasing platform. Who knows, perhaps there will be a party planning app from 3E in the future. In any sense, having an electronic application that helps keeps all your party information in one place is a priceless tool. Watch the videos and see how these apps can alleviate some stress when you plan your next party or event. Or, you can give us a call and we will bring the party to you with some of our awesome Bouncers, Carnival Games, Photobooths, or Mechanical Bull Rental
 
 
Planning a party for kids can be tough. Children nowadays are not satisfied with a simple party laden with cake and presents, they want something more. They want themes!  Planning a themed party is not easy. You have to consider the likes and dislikes of the party attendees. You want to choose a theme that will be inviting to all the kids at the party not just a select few. Planned appropriately, a themed party can transport your guests into an entirely different world full of wonderment! How do you achieve this effect? Follow our Checklist to planning an awesome themed party.

Themed Party Checklist

  • The Theme: Choose a theme that best fits the crowd attending the party.
  • Simplicity: Keep the theme simple. No one should have to ask what the theme of your party is.
  • Props: Props are very important. They can set the tone for your party and are the main component that conveys your theme to the guests. Incorporate props where you can. A few good places to place props are the food tables, dining tables, corners of the party room, party room entrance, and on the stage (if one is available.) Props can be anything from furniture to unique serving dishes.
  • Party Favors: Nothing helps bolster a theme more than party favors. Party favors can be anything from candy & toys to gadgets & literature.
  • Maintain the Theme: This is perhaps the most important part of planning a themed party. Keep the theme consistent across all areas of the party from the party favors & fun activities (like Themed Bouncer Rentals like those featured above) all the way down to the food.

Overwhelmed?

Is the magnitude of your party overwhelming your attempts at planning? Do not worry there is help. There are three kinds of rental companies.services all of which have different ways of planning parties and charging for their services. Check out the list below to see the advantages and disadvantages of the different rental companies.
  • Party Rental Companies: These are companies which offer various fun activities and party supplies. The fun activities usually include carnival games, inflatables, and digital gaming. You have to be careful which party rental company you choose. Many of them are just rental companies which offer a list of items which they will drop off at your party and that is it. They key to using a party rental company is to find one that provides free party planning services. Places like Executive Events & Entertainment (shameless promotion) will take your event details/needs and discuss what they can do to achieve the level of "party"  you want. The most important and perhaps most pertinent point worth mention is that party rental companies own the equipment they are bringing to you. This means that they can keep the cost to you very low.
  • Party Planning Companies: Party planners are in a category all their own. They can be the most stress free way of throwing a party because they will try and take care of as much of the details as possible for you. They will book entertainment, foods, and party props. Some party planners will even help decorate for the party! The advantage to a party planner is that they have exposure to a multitude of themes so their expertise can help you expand on yours. The major disadvantage to using a party planner is the cost. Many party planning services do not own the items they offer. Instead they use a network of companies which provide the items to the planner or deliver them directly to the party. This translates into more cost for you. Since the planner is being charged by the party rental company, the planner has to inflate their prices slightly in order to turn a profit off of the party. While you cannot blame the party planner for this (this is just how the industry works, not everyone has space to store a bunch of props and bouncehouses) it does end up raising the cost of your party.   

Ultimately, The Choice is Yours!

 
 
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Every so often we find it necessary to feature one of our products that has been seeing a lot of play recently. This week we are featuring our Tiki Bar Facade. Turn any 8 or 10 foot table into a tropical tiki hut. Our hut is complete with bamboo poles, grass skirting, and an awesome cabana roof. This is not all, we offer a whole host of tropical related props which will turn any ordinary event into a tropical fun fest that everyone will remember. Call today and see what kind of props we can bring to your next beach or tropical themed party.

 
 
Cleveland Photobooth Rental
No party is complete without a photographic memento for the guests to take home. The question arises, what kind of photo gift will you offer? There are two main kinds of Photobooths; the Photobooth and the Photo Station. You may be asking, "what's the difference?". Check out the following article for the pros and cons of both types of photo gifts and how you can use them to generate more buzz about your party.

The Photobooth

    A Photobooth is a self standing machine that usually has a privacy curtain.  The first commercial photobooth was made by Anatol Josepho in New York City. For 25 cents a citizen in 1920s New York can enter Josepho's private booth and take quality photos on an 8 x 8 strip. The photo developed and printed right inside the booth. Josepho's design was later replaced by the 900lb behemoth from the Auto-Photo company. Since Josepho Photobooths have gained in popularity and can now be seen at many weddings, bar mitzvahs and other celebratory events across the world.  

Pros

  • Privacy
  • Simple User Interface
  • time tested methods of printing
  • Uses an actual camera

Cons

  • Small camera frame
  • prints only in strips
  • Bulky & Heavy (up to 900lbs)
  • Cannot be used Outdoors!
  • Print time is up to 2 minutes

The Photo Station

Recent developments in computer technology have allowed for vast leaps in the area of photobooth technology. We no longer can simply refer to them as just booths. Now there are many more options when taking a photo that it would be more accurate to refer to them as Photo Stations. A standard photobooth now consists of a collapsible, lightweight, and completely private booth made from either pipe and drapes or a small custom made tent. The real camera has been replaced by a webcam and HD printer. Another added feature is the use of a computer interface that changes the effect on the photo. There are many more options now than just plain color or black & white. For a few extra bucks you can even have a green screen where you can put your own background in the photo. Have your guests taking their pictures in front of the eiffel tower or standing at the feet of the great sphinx.

Pros

  • Lightweight (200lbs total)
  • Full HD Camera
  • Simple User Interface
  • Quick Printing (about 15 seconds)
  • Multiple Effects: Pop Art, Sepia, Color, Etc..
  • Customizable Background

Cons

  • More Setup Required
  • Requires more cording
  • Requires more electricity to operate
  • Printer and Booth are Separate Units.

Our Photobooth

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Here at Executive Events & Entertainment we incorporate the best of both worlds. We use the Photobooth style leaving all the privacy the customer requires with the photo station which allows for multiple photo effects and custom backgrounds. We use this setup because it keeps printing times quick and it give the photobooth user all the options available. We even have social media uploads so you can share your photos on your favorite social media engine directly from the booth! We even include a whole box of wacky props for your guests to enjoy. So if you are looking for a Photobooth Rental in Cleveland. Look No Further! Call Executive Events & Entertainment and get the best booth around.

 
 
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We are proud to introduce a new item that has been taking the party rental scene by storm, the Hydroblaster! This versatile game will have your party guests competing for hours. The object is to, using the pump, pump up the balloon over your opponent's head until it pops. First one to soak their rival wins! This is a perfect summertime game that will fit into any backyard r party space.

You may be asking, what if I want to use it indoors? Do I still have to hookup to water? While having the balloons fill with water and pop all over the opposing team, this game does have a dry option. You can fill the balloons with anything from confetti to glitter. The game works the same whether hooked up to water or not! This means you can take this game virtually anywhere.

 
 
Eiffel Tower Gay Games 9
We are excited to announce that we will be bringing a little bit of Paris to downtown Cleveland. We have been in contact with the directors of Gay Games 9, a large multi-day series of events. The Games Kick off on August 6th and runs through August 17th. The events range from comedy shows and athletic events to drag bingo and a variety of plays.  We are scheduled to deliver our 9ft Eiffel Tower replica (See Left). So if you are in Cleveland in August check out the Gay Games & our awesome Eiffel Tower!  

 
 
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Have you ever noticed the sales tax on virtually all of you day to day transactions. From going to the gas station to buying a book online you will undoubtedly run across sales tax. Did you also know that services like Bouncer Rentals or carpet cleaning also charges sales tax? With taxes being charged to many of your transactions it is important to become tax savvy with regards to larger charges.  What do we mean by tax savvy? Read on to find out! 

Location, Location, Location!

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What you may not be aware of is that sales tax changes depending on what county you are in. Sales taxes in Ohio can range from 5% to 9%. This means that you could potentially pay more for the same service depending on where your party is held. Plan to have your party within a county that charges low sales tax. it could even be as close as the next county over.

Insurance?

Another little known fact about renting a bouncer is the requirement for insurance. If you are holding your party in a city or metro park you are required to have the park labeled under the party rental companies insurance policy. Most rental companies will do this free of charge. Parties can be shut down by a park ranger if a certificate of insurance is not filed with the park offices. So overall, whether it be taxes or insurance with a little bit of ingenuity or tact you can save yourself quite a few dollars on your next party or event.
 
 
   Rain can  put a damper on any party. Even more so when you have an expensive inflatable rental for your guests to enjoy. Why let the rain ruin your party? There are plenty of rental items that you or your guests could enjoy in the rain. With a little bit of ingenuity you can turn a rained out party into a splashfest that everyone will enjoy. Check out the following article for great ideas for when your party gets rained out.   

Water Games?

Water Tag Rental
 To avoid a wasted party rental. Check the weather for your party date up to seven days beforehand. This will ensure that if you have to use substitutions the rental company will have plenty of time to come up with some comparable inflates or games that will fit a rainy day. Water games are perfect for wet weather parties. Here at Executive Events & Entertainment we offer Water Tag. Have your party guests face off and see which team can soak the other the fastest. Since your guests will be getting wet anyways, water tag is the perfect solution to rainy weather.   

Are there Water Inflates?

Slip n Slide Rentals
Good News! There are inflatables that can handle getting wet. We offer a large inflatable Slip n Slide that can operate all day in the rain as long as there is no lightning. In fact we also offer Dunk Tanks & Big Kahuna games that can run all day in the rain. The key here is to avoid lightning. Unfortunately lightning is the only thing that can put a damper on 3E's ability to produce a memorable party. So call your party rental company and if they don't offer any wet weather items; then call us here at Executive Events & Entertainment and we will be more than happy to bring you some of out wet weather fun!

 
 
Here at Executive Events & Entertainment we try to make the party rental experience fast and stress free. The important part is to enjoy the party and not sweat the small stuff the day of the event. To help bolster this fun and stress free rental process we have produced a small article (below) that outline the 3 things you should consider before renting a bouncer. While this list is not all inclusive it will save you time when contacting a party rental company like 3E. Follow this checklist and you will already have most of the information that the rental company will ask you for. This makes it easy for the rental company to quote you and it makes it much less stressful for you knowing that all your bases have been covered. 

Power

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All inflatables require power. Look around the area you intend to setup the bouncer. Is there an available electrical outlet? If so, is it a standard 110v independent circuit? If not, don't worry you can always rent a generator from the company your are getting the bouncer from. Each bouncer must be inflated by an air blowing machine (commonly referred to as a "Blower") and the blower must stay on throughout the duration of the use of the bouncer. Some larger inflatables require more than one blower this means you will need more than one outlet. Be sure to check all the available power before calling the rental company and do not be afraid to ask for a generator with your order. In some cases like at 3E you will not be charged for the gas to fill the generator! 

Spacing

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Spacing is key. Having enough room for your food items, entertainment and, of course, the guests is an integral part of a successful party. Be sure to check with your rental company for the dimensions on any piece of equipment you are planning on renting. It never hurts to over-estimate your space needs. Having too much space as opposed to too little is not necessarily a bad thing. With bouncers for instance, including a little extra space in front of the inflate will allow room for a line of people to form. It is much easier and safer for the kids to enter and exit the bouncer if there is additional room in front. 

The Kids

Inflatable Amusement Rental
The most important thing to consider is the kids. What size are they? What is the average age of the kids? How many girls are there as opposed to boys? The answers to these questions will help you determine what type of inflatable amusement rental is appropriate for your party. Remember there are also obstacle courses, giant slides, mechanical bulls & surfboards and a whole host of other inflatables out there. The sky is the limit when planning fun for your party so go all out and hold nothing back. Inflatables were made for everyone to have fun on!

 
 
Cleveland Cavaliers Checkers
Everyone remembers those fun family game nights. Playing monopoly, Life, or Jenga leaves lasting memories of fun and family togetherness. While family game night is an enjoyable experience every time, don't you think it is about time to switch things up a little bit? Try having your family game night outdoor and with some of our awesome over sized games. We offer giant versions of Jenga, Checkers,  Connect Four, and operation. Take the fun outside and enjoy the summer air.  

 Is your family fun night running a little stale? Try inviting the neighbors over and holding tournaments. We have multiple units of each game so the sky is the limit. You can even involve the whole neighborhood and obtain the ultimate in bragging rights. We also offer a life sized version of the classic  operation board game. Race against your friends and family and see who can remove the most body parts at once. We offer a game board with the classic parts and some new ones we have added.