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The best entertainment for carnival themed events

 

Here's our quick-fire guide to planning the best carnival themed bash, whatever the weather.

Never has summer looked more diverse and colourful than in 2018, when we've been challenged with producing event entertainment for numerous world carnival theme bashes, from Rio parades to masked Venetian, Dia de los Muertos, New Orleans Mardi Gras and London's infamous Notting Hill Parade.

1. Plan for rain or shine
When choosing your venue consider that you may not get the Brazilian sunshine you hope for - a marquee or covered area will be put to good use whether it's sunny or not. And any good decor company will make sure it fits your theme perfectly. We work with some gooduns!

2. Make an impression
Impressive meet and greet entertainment will set the tone of the event, and encourage your guests to get stuck into the theme. This could be steel pan bands a la Trinidad & Tobago Carnival, costumed Day of the Day stilt walkers for Mexican fiestas, or human statues for Venice Carnival.

3. Cater it right
Nobody expects a costly sit-down meal at a carnival themed bash - it's all about the street food. And don't forget to cater for your veggie and vegan clientele. Many events we work now are entirely meat-free.

4. Put on a show
From authentic Samba dancers to Mariachi bands, African drummers, limbo shows and everything in between, your theme is all about colour and energy and fun, so get your guests involved for that authentic carnival experience.

5. Document the memories
We can supply photographers and videographers, but if you're after something a little more unique why not consider a photo booth, a selfie stand, or one of our amazing LED photo frames hosted by our costumed performers - the rainforest tiger goes down particularly well at these bashes.

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2018 top wedding trends on a budget

In the events world we used to label certain months of the year as 'wedding season', but times are changing and so are wedding trends. Here's our quickfire guide to planning the wedding of the year but on a budget, so that you're spending savvy and not just scrimping!

Mid-week, off season
Spring and Summer Saturdays are high demand for venues and suppliers alike. If you can save a few pennies booking a venue on an Autumn Thursday or a January Tuesday, you can bet your bottom dollar that your suppliers will be happy to do you a deal too - that's flowers, entertainment, caterers, cake makers, decor companies and so on. Your friends and family will be there whatever day you choose.

Think outside the box
If you're struggling to find a wedding venue and package in budget, why not approach a party planner and ask them to build you a bespoke event in a marquee or garden? These guys are experts and will be able to advise you on all your options for timings, decor, theming, catering and entertainment. Their events know-how is invaluable - you're doing this once but they do this day in day out.

Clever food choices
So many venues now are charging upwards of £100 a head for a sit down meal - for 80 guests that's an eye watering £8000! Ouch. Why not consider a luxury hot buffet experience instead? There are lots of amazing suppliers to choose from serving everything from hog roasts to vegan feasts.

Prioritise
Hand-crafted, personalised invitations are a nice touch, but do they actually make your day enjoyable for guests? No. Prioritising your spending is hugely important when planning a budget wedding. Think about the most important parts of the day - the first dance? The meal? The evening party? The bit which often gets forgotten is the gap between ceremony and meal, where the happy couple disappear off for photographs, and guests are left to their own devices. And we can't emphasize enough how important it is to entertain your crew at this point. Consider live music, or something interactive such as strolling champagne tables, caricatures, silhouette cutting, street magic, or even something family-friendly like balloons or bubbles.

Make the evening an actual PARTY
British weddings can be so cookie cutter: ceremony, meal, disco and a buffet. So why not surprise your guests with something wow factor like a choreographed first dance, mini security dwarves to frisk your guests upon arrival, aerial champagne pouring, a live saxophonist playing along with your DJ, lookalikes, or even our amazing LED frames and costumed hosts. People talk about them for years to come because they genuinely add to the experience of the day.

Do you have any top tips for planning an epic wedding on a shoestring budget? We'd love to hear from you: +447909 951604 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Banning grid girls - is this 'equality for women'?

With the recent announcement of F1 banning grid girls from its events in a bid to rid the sport of inequality, models and feminists remain divided over the great grid girl debate. Even amongst so-called feminists, there's disagreement over whether this ban empowers women to 'aim higher' - as if to suggest that those models would strive to become F1 drivers, should the opportunity to model no longer present itself - or whether in fact this ban just removes a potential job role from a woman's grasp, and all in the name of 'protecting her from exploitation'.

There is perhaps merit on both sides of the argument, but as usual it seems that the opinion of the 'dumb, exploited model' is the lesser valued opinion of the two. And we say this because grid girls have been publicly voicing their disgust at this move, and yet they remain unheard by the male powers that be. Ironic, wouldn't you agree?

Here at Daze Entertainment, we make no apology for celebrating female beauty in all its diverse glory - be it showgirls at Vegas events, dancers in giant martini glasses, or even half-naked Burlesque beauties twirling nipple tassels for fun. We find these ladies interesting to watch, as do our fellow female performers, female audience members, and even - dare we say it - male audience members too. What is wrong with finding men or women attractive? Why should we be ashamed to enjoy the beauty of others? And more importantly, why should we be ashamed to be those beautiful men or women that people enjoy?

This move sends a powerful message to women that if they cannot be F1 managers or drivers, they cannot partake in the sport at all. Would you call this 'female empowerment'? We certainly wouldn't.

In our decade or more of trading in beautiful women (and men too, we add) we cannot recall a single occasion when we had to shackle our performers to chains, traffick them into an event and force them to perform. We promise you, they do go willingly. And you know what, not only do they enjoy working the gigs, they also get paid good money for them. We call that empowerment.

So F1, rather than getting rid of grid girls and creating a smokescreen for the real inequality in your organisation, why not address the lack of female bosses and managers within F1. That is equality, and that empowers women.

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