Unique entertainment ideas for an event without a DJ

We’re all familiar with the lively and fun atmosphere created by a DJ – they get everyone involved and there’s plenty of dancing and fun created with all the interactive novelties! But what if you don’t want a DJ at your event? This could be for many reasons such as preferring to have a daytime event, your child isn’t a fan of dancing, loud music or you are on a tight budget. Whatever the reason is, we can help you create a fun and unforgettable celebration without a DJ!


Unusual Entertainment Ideas and How Much should I expect to pay? So you have found your perfect venue, confirmed your caterers and breathtaking centrepieces. And now the big question has turned to entertainment. The DJ will get everyone onto the dance floor and MC the evening, but what about the rest of the time? Who will keep those kids from destroying the centrepieces and having a food fight? What will the guests do in between courses if they are not dancing, you need entertainment!

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Exceed Expectations with your School Prom…

With prom season just around the corner, it’s time to start planning! Prom is one of the biggest and most talked about events in the school year, so how do you make sure that it will meet everyone’s expectations and create the best night ever? We would advise to start by choosing a theme for your prom. Our top three prom themes are Masquerade Ball, Winter Wonderland and Hollywood. Make sure you also pick some exciting entertainment! Keep reading to see our top entertainment and theme ideas… Masquerade Ball Masquerade Balls are an extremely popular theme for a party. If you are looking for a theme where your guests can dress up, a masquerade ball is perfect! Imagine your guests turning up in their Venetian style masks and beautiful dresses and suits. The room can be filled with feathered centrepieces and decoration. Hire in some casino games that will keep your guests entertained! You could also have an aerial performer to show your guests some cool tricks. Winter Wonderland Magical winter wonderlands make a brilliant setting for a prom and can bring elegance, style and enchantment to your night. Take this theme the extra mile and make it a Narnia themed prom. Imagine everyone walking through a wardrobe into prom night! Fill the room with blue and white lighting to really set the scene! The room can be decorated with fake snow, white trees and draping. How about an igloo photobooth and …

Children and Weddings – 3 Ideas for Peace and Harmony

Your mattress sized Wedding Diary has a reassuring column of ticks under the heading SORTED! It’s very satisfying to watch your plans progressing, but there is one area that needs attention and is often missed, namely, how do you keep the youngsters happy and under control at weddings, parties and other celebrations? 

25 Popular First Dance Songs for Weddings

Wedding preparations involve making many decisions in common. Keeping in mind about what your spouse would like and what works for you as a couple is important. You will have to agree on many things like which wedding invitations to choose, your venue or your perfect wedding dress. But something very important to agree upon is which song you will have your first dance to.

When should I do what at my celebration?

As fun and exciting planning a function can be, we also know that sorting timings out can be very stressful! We often get asked how to time a function to make sure guests will enjoy themselves, not feel bored by the speeches and ensure there is enough time to fit everything in so that their celebration goes as smooth as possible. Common questions that we get asked are how to alleviate the long queues for food, when the different entertainment options should be open, and how many speeches should be included together, so that guests will not loose interest. We have created this interesting blog to help you with preparing the schedule for your function, as well as answering other popular questions…

Our top DJs and Bands

There are thousands of DJs and Bands out there but how do you know which one is right for your function? Do they know how to MC? Have they got a great stage production? Do they offer a DJ live service or a full band?So many questions! We have created this blog of our top DJs and Bands and what makes them unique. Hopefully you will find someone perfect for your next event!

Jewish gifts

Jewish Gifts

There are so many lovely Jewish festivals and Simcha’s we get to celebrate every year with family and friends. A special Simcha where we get to have fun, enjoy great entertainment and delicious Kosher food. Apart from planning and organising these events, one of the most popular questions we get asked are for suggestions of unique Jewish gifts ideas!

Corporate Event Branding and Theming

When you’re lost in the midst of planning every minute detail for your event, chances are you could overlook the most important aspect of all – building a powerful brand that speaks volumes about who you are. In a nutshell, branding is what your events look and feel like. To brand your event is to inject the personality or heart of your company through primarily a visual medium.  By building a strong brand that works across all of your communication channels, you share a cohesive message about the core components of your business – who you are, what your event is about, and the benefits your audience will get by attending. Once we have helped with sorting out the logistical items on your to do list, like finding the perfect venue, caterer and entertainment we then start to focus on incorporating your brand into the event. How do we do this? Well we start of with ensuring all the stationery at the event has your colour scheme, logo and images that connect. This would be on the seating plan, menu, programme, place cards and of course your promotional gifts. If we have a presentation planned on the day, the stage and screen can be colour coordinated to fit in with your company’s colours.  With the centrepieces, we can further develop your company’s brand by incorporating your logo as part of the design.  If you have a theme in mind for your …

Fundraising Events

You take care of your donors, we’ll take care of everything else with your Fundraising event! Whether you are raising money for a non-profit organisation, a local school, or a church, hosting a fundraising event is one of the most effective and popular fundraising methods. But pulling off a successful fundraiser requires careful event planning, which can be a huge undertaking.  Dash of Sparkle has over 20 years of event planning experience, so we know what it takes to pull off a successful fundraiser. Before you start organising your fundraiser, be sure to follow these tips from our expert event planners. Set a Fundraising Goal Successful fundraisers have a set goal. This provides focus and purpose for your event and motivates your guests to contribute to your cause. Before you begin the event planning process, get together with your committee or staff and determine the amount of money you want to raise at your event. Budget Budgeting is one of the most important aspects of event planning, and it is particularly important for fundraisers. After all, if you go over budget, you will not raise enough money for your cause. A budget should include any expense for the event, including invitations, rental space, decorations, catering, and entertainment. With any budget, leave a little wiggle room for unexpected costs. Entertainment An important component of fundraising events is entertainment. It draws people to your event and encourages them to contribute their support to your …