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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

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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!

 
 
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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.
 
 
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There are few enemies to the Bouncehouse but one of the worst is Silly String. That colorful party favor has wrecked more bouncers, cars, and concrete than we can remember. You may be asking what is so dangerous about Silly String? How can this little aerosol can of fun cause so much destruction and devastation? Grab a loved one and sit back while we tell you of a true tale of horror. The story of Silly String.

The Story

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Silly String was invented in 1971 by a couple of scientists (Leonard Fish & Robert Cox) looking to create a spray that will instantly create a cast for broken bones and sprained ankles. After testing a series of nozzles for the string can; the scientists discovered that one nozzle would shoot the string over 30 feet across the laboratory! Cox then suggested that they lessen the stickiness and add multiple colors and start selling it as a toy. They then took their idea to Wham-O in California and Silly String was born!

The Culprit

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 You might be asking. Why is silly string so vehemently hated by Bouncer rental companies. The answer lies in the chemical makeup of Silly String itself. It is a polymer-based, 11%  polyisobutyl-methylcrylate and 0.5 to 4% sorbitan trioleate dissolved in a solvent that evaporates and acts as a foaming agent. It is the methylcrylate that is the culprit. This chemical reacts when it touches vinyl which is what most commercial bouncers are made of. The result of the chemical reaction is a scorched pattern left into the vinyl after the silly string is removed. The reaction literally eats away the bouncer right before your eyes! This type of reaction is not restricted to bouncers. It can also occur on car seats, car paint, concrete and a whole host of other vulnerable materials. 

A Solution?

The solution is simple. Keep the silly string away from Bouncers, Cars, Concrete or anything else you would like to keep looking nice. Some bouncer companies may flat out ask you if you intend to have silly string at your event and they will steer away from any events in which silly string is used. Silly String can be a fun and unique party favor but it does not come without risk. Risk to the property in the area the string is being used and the wildlife that may potentially ingest the leftovers. If you are unlucky enough to have silly string get on something you hold dear; then spray a little WD-40 on a rag and gently wipe off the string. You can also use Goo Gone or Goof Off but those cleaners come with their own individual risks. 
 
 
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Accountability is a hot topic when dealing with party rental companies. Our top priority is providing the consumer with a product that is amazing, affordable, and safe. When renting a bouncehouse accountability is of the utmost importance. Bouncer rental companies like Executive Events & Entertainment have to (by law) remain accountable to the state (department of agriculture). Each bouncer rental company must submit an itinerary and training log to the state for review before each and every rental. 

The Process

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In Ohio, there is a set of laws that govern the use of Bouncers (on a commercial level). Those laws include:

1. Every Bouncer must be inspected and licensed by a state inspector once every year.

2. Every Bouncer (other inflates too!) must be insured with at least a 1 million dollar policy.

3. Do not operate in winds exceeding 15mph.

4. Riders must follow all the directions of the operator. Failure to do so constitutes a misdemeanor and the rider/ rider's parents can be fined.

What you Should look for

Licensing! All inflatable rental companies must have their pieces licensed and inspected by the state. At the end of this process each inflatable is assigned a license plate number. Much like on your car, the number is used to identify each specific piece. According to state law that bouncer company must have that licensed plate readily available to be seen upon request. Always Ask your bouncer company to show you their license plate number for the bouncehouse you are renting. If it has a number that means that it has passed all of the rigorous safety standards that state puts forth.
Training! Bouncer rental companies are required to keep training logs. This means that whenever you have a bouncer dropped off at your party, the bouncer company should take you aside and run a short training session so you are informed on the do' s and don'ts of bouncer operation. at the end of the training session you should be requested to verify and sign the training log for that inflatable. Training logs are important, the state needs to be able to verify that each and every operator has been trained. This relates back to accountability. Training is an important factor in keeping everyone safe inside the inflatable. If your bouncer company does not offer training or furnish a training log then do not use them! They lack the accountability needed to keep you and your guests safe.  
Cleanliness! Cleanliness to another important thing to look for in a bouncer company. Do not be afraid to ask how often your bouncer rental company cleans their inflates. You should look for a company that cleans their inflates after every use. This ensure that you are getting a sanitary product and something that will add some aesthetic appeal to your party. Nobody wants to allow their children to bounce in a dirty looking bouncehouse. Remember cleanliness is a factor that state looks at when inspecting inflates.    
 
 
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Social Media plays a large role in modern society. People are now able to stay connected via Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and more. Social Media is important to businesses too! Businesses can use social media engines to promote their products or build a larger customer base. Here are Executive Events & Entertainment we use social media to keep our customers informed about new rental items and offer some photos from their event that they can download or share on their own perspective social media pages..

Update Your Customers!

 Keeping in touch with your customers or fan base on social media engines is key to keeping your business fresh and relevant. Use the engines to send out loyalty discounts or special promotions that will stimulate your existing customers to order again and may even generate some new ones. Posting often also shows that your business is continually active and keeping in contact with your customers. 

Build an Audience

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Social Media posts are self optimizing. This means that google will automatically assign keywords to your post based upon it's content. This means that if your content is fresh and relevant then google will promote your posts for you. This will eventually lead to larger audiences and more new customers! Run special promotions that will lead your customers to your social media sites. Do not limit yourself! Sign up for as many social media engines as possible. Here at Executive Events & Entertainment we use the big 3 along with a few others; Facebook, Google Plus, & LinkedIn. Remember there are thousands social media sites out on the web. It is up to your to sift through them and determine which ones will be beneficial for promoting your business.

Check Out Our
Social Media Pages

Visit us on Facebook HERE

Visit us on LinkedIn HERE

Visit us on Google+ HERE

 
 
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Planning a party or special event? Are you considering hiring some entertainment for your guests? Look no further, our guide to performance artists will give you everything you need to make the right decision when it comes to entertaining your guests.  Before making a decision it is important to figure out whether you want a stationary performer such as a stage show or would you prefer a roaming artist who will travel around the party and interact with the guests.

Stage Shows

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Stage shows are stationary performances and require a stage or cleared area in which to commence. Stage shows can include, Magicians, Clowns, Actors, Jugglers, Animal Performers and musicians. Each of these artists work better using stages due to the amount of room needed to adequately perform. This type of performance also gives you a captive audience. If you are fundraising, having a stage show is a good way to get all your guests into one area so you can make announcements or ask for donations. The stage show also makes donations a little easier to obtain. A guest will be more willing to donate to your cause if they feel like they are getting something in return...like an awesome stage show!

Roaming Performers

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Roaming performers are perfect for large scale events. The artist will delve right into the crowds and interact with the party goers one on one. Artists that fit this need perfectly include, Balloon Twisters, Clowns, Face painters, & Magicians.  Having roaming performers will spread the fun around your entire event and keep your guests engaged. An added benefit to a roaming performer like a face painter or balloon twister is that they offer small mementos for your guests. Everyone loves balloon animals and painted faces! 

Be Picky

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Don't be afraid to be picky regarding your performers. There are a million clowns, face painters, and magicians out there. It is your responsibility to ensure you are hiring a quality performer. Here at Executive Events & Entertainment we use only the best and most highly rated performers like the Famous Flower Clown. Be sure to use an entertainer agency that has taken the time to sort through all the performers offered. We have spent years acquiring a list of performers that produce memorable and amazing shows every time they perform. Don't take our word for it. Do a little research and see what kind of performers the Cleveland area has to offer and you will see that we only contract the best performers Cleveland has to offer.

Announcing:
We are now offering the Dr. U.R. Awesome Amazing Bubble Show! The good doctor is currently the Guiness World Record holder for largest outdoor soap bubble! 

 
 
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Here at Executive Events & Entertainment have noticed a disturbing trend in the Amusement insurance industry. As a disclaimer let's start by saying that all parties will remain nameless is this article but rest assured with a little research on google, you will find the same results as us. First, it is important to go over why there is a need for insurance in the Party/Bouncer Rental industry.

Why Carry Insurance?

You may remember last month we did an article on Bouncehouse safety. This was in response to an alarming number of injuries occurring in privately owned bouncers that were being blamed on commercial bouncer rental companies. We have already pointed out that in many of the injuries you are seeing on the news, the bouncer was a privately purchased one (usually sold at larger retailers like Sam's Club or Walmart) not a commercial bouncer. Please refer to our article " Bouncer Rentals : A Dangerous Game?" 
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In the state of Ohio where we operate, we are required by law to carry amusement liability insurance for up to 1 million dollars (per claim). Insurance is essential because in the event that an injury does take place the insurance assures that the injured party will have all of their medical expenses paid for and then some.  

The Offense

As we said before the guilty parties will remain nameless but when we went to re-new our amusement insurance this year, there was a 728% increase in the cost of the plan. This increase in cost was due to...........? Actually we have no idea why they would increase our insurance cost without there ever being a single claim on our policy. This trend has been replicated by all the amusement insurance companies across the United States and Party Rental companies are suffering all over. The insurance companies claim that there has been a rise in Inflatable Amusement injuries last year which caused more claims, ergo causing the rates to rise. We are calling that malarkey. After some research you will find that there was no significant increase in bouncer related injuries and that this hike in prices is an attempt by the insurance companies to put a stranglehold on small businesses and take them for as much money as they can. 

The Solution

In all honesty there is no clear cut solution to this issue. If the insurance companies continue this trend, then you may see bouncer and inflatable rental companies disappear all together. You have to remember it is not major corporations that own the bouncer and party rental companies. It is local people, your friends and neighbors that own these rental companies and by allowing the insurance companies to rake them over the coal so to speak, we are effectively destroying another avenue by which small local business can flourish.  
 
 
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Are you part of a charitable organization? Looking for donations can be a nightmare of a job. Whether it is the uncomfortable feeling that comes from asking or receiving, or the embarrassment of being turned down, no one likes to ask for money. There are several tips you can use when contacting a company to  try and wrest a charitable donation from them.

Trade

Companies usually do not just give money away. That would defeat the purpose of being in business.  The trick is to convince the company that giving money away will in fact bring them in more money or save them money. We suggest pooling your resources within your organization. Do you have any professionals like lawyers or accountants that would be willing to trade their services for a donation? This would provide a worthwhile service to the company without the risk of losing money.

Public Relations

    If you do not have any services to trade perhaps you can use the charity's social media and public reach to help boost the "PR" of the company you are trying to get to donate. A company may donate and ask to be featured in the event program as a donor. Offer sponsorships to the companies you are asking donations from. This gives the company a tangible resource they can measure..

Paperwork

Be sure to have the paperwork ready! Every legitimate company will ask you for a record of the donation for tax purposes. Have that paperwork ready to hand over when you ask for the donation. This will increase your chances of having the company donate more than you asked for. Companies want to help their local communities especially smaller companies like Executive Events & Entertainment. Check out the photos below to see some of the items we have donated to charities in the past.
 
 
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Renting a Bouncehouse for your next backyard party? With all the recent news and the announcement of a federal investigation into the safety of the Bouncer Rental Industry; here at Executive Events & Entertainment we have decided to release our Bouncehouse Safety Guide. A guide which outlines all the appropriate safety measure that we take and you need to take when setting up and operating a bouncehouse. For sake of ease we have decided to forgo the classic blog post setup and present you with a numbered checklist which will ensure that your bouncehouse rental goes off without any injury.   

Bouncer Safety Guide

Review the following checklist to ensure that your Bouncehouse rental is ready and safe to use. Remember over 50,000 Bouncers are rented everyday during the summer months and 96% of them go off without a single incident. That is due to vigilant Bouncer rental companies like 3E ensuring that every single customer is trained and well versed on all the safety rules and features of the Bouncehouse. 
  1. Inspect the Area you are placing your Bouncer
       -Make sure that the area is level & free of debris such as wood, glass,
       or other garbage. Sweeping the area with a bristled broom before setup
        is the best way to ensure all debris is clear. If need be lay down a 
        protective tarp (provided by the bouncer rental company) and place the
        bouncer over
that tarp.

   2.. Check the Weather!!!
       -There is nothing worse than a rained out party. Checking the weather
         is essential for the proper planning of any inflatable (bouncer) rental.
         Be sure to check the precipitation chances and the
wind speeds. If the
         wind speed exceeds 15mph your bouncer rental company should
         suggest that
you schedule an alternative date. Too high of winds
         make the Bouncer unsafe to operate and
here at 3E we will NOT
         operate in winds exceeding 15mph. It presents a clear risk to the riders.
         If
need be consult an aerometer for precise on site winds speeds.

   3. Make sure the Bouncer is Anchored.
       -The recent stories of Bouncers flying off into the air and injuring kids
         are a direct result of poor anchoring. At 3E we provide each bouncer
         rental with either 4- 18inch steel stakes or 4-100lb sandbags to
         ensure that bouncer will not mover once it is setup. If setting up a
         bouncer by yourself, Be sure to pound the stakes into the ground until
         only the very top of the stake is showing. Ideally you will drive 17 of
         the 18 inches of each stake into the ground. Using sandbags, be sure
         to strap each bag to the anchor points on the bouncer. Finally, Check,
         Check, and Double Check each
anchor point to ensure that it is
         secured to the ground. DO NOT let anyone in the bouncer until

         you are 100% positive that is it anchored to the ground.


   4. Check the Blower Connections
       - Every inflatable whether a bouncer, obstacle course, or mechanical
         bull is inflated using a electronic
blower. The blower requires 1
         independent outlet, meaning it needs its own electrical circuit to
         operate
. Nothing else can be plugged into the same outlet as the
         bouncer blower. Visually inspect that the
electrical connection is secure
         and that the extension cord is tucked out of the way so nobody will

         trip over it. Also, inspect that the blower is firmly secured to the
         bouncer inflation tube. Each tube
strap sewn to it so it can be secured
         to the blower. Remember, the blower must stay on in order for the
         bouncer to remain inflated.


   5.
Visually Assess Each Rider.
      - There is always a wide age range of riders with any bouncer rental. It
         is the responsibility of the
operator to ensure that the kids bounce
         safely. We suggest separating the kids by age and size. Have similarly
         sized kids ride together. With similarly sized kids, the chances of any
         injury are greatly
reduced. You DO NOT want to put big kids in
         with little kids. Also, keep in mind how many kids
you are letting in
         at once. Unfortunately there is no magical number so you will have
         to visually
make sure that each set of riders has enough space inside
         the bouncer to bounce without running into one another.


   6. 
Manage the Behavior.
        - Beyond ensuring that the bouncehouse is setup correctly, it is of
          extreme importance to manage the behavior of the riders once they
          are in the bouncer. As a general rule, stick to bouncing only. NO
          flipping, somersaults, cartwheels, wrestling, or any other contact
          behaviors. 9 times out of 10 when an injury occurs in a bouncehouse
          it is because the rider is doing something other than just bouncing.
          Ensuring your riders do nothing but bounce in the bouncer will not
          completely eliminate the risk of injury but it will greatly reduce it. 

Disclaimer

This is not a definitive manual on bouncehouse safety but it will help ensure that you can prevent injuries at your next party or event. For a complete guide please refer to your bouncer rental company. They should have a training/licensing book which outlines all the safety rules, regulations, and laws regarding bouncer rentals in your area. PLEASE NOTE!! If your bouncer rental company does not have a training/inspection book for you to see, do not use them! If they have no training/inspection book then there is a good chance they are not licensed and insured for bouncer rentals and will have NO recourse for you in the unlikely event that there is an injury.
 
 
Organizing a party can be tough. You would be surprised how much stress party invitations can take off of you during the planning process. Having a well crafted invitation can present you with vital information that is needed when buying supplies for your party. There is nothing worse than not having enough supplies for everyone at your party or having too much left over which translates into wasted dollars.
Did you know that if you choose to use a party rental company like Executive Events & Entertainment you may have access to free party invitations! Check out the invitations below and feel free to print them up and send them out. When printing party invitations, it is important to use a thin card stock paper. This will ensure that the invitation will look nice when printed and be a little more durable than a single sheet of printer paper.  The templates offered below are generic but feel free to download them and alter them as needed.  While you are at it, perhaps you may want to add a Bouncehouse or Popcorn Machine to your next party or event.