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Summer is just around the corner and almost no one is thinking about the holidays. This is the BEST time for you to start planning your family or company holiday party! Why? Because no one else is doing this and this is a great advantage for you! Let's discuss a few reasons why.
1. Book the Perfect Venue and Save!
If you're planning your holiday party early, you won't have to worry about the mad rush to find an open venue. The early bird gets the worm, is definitely true in this case. If you start planning before Labor Day, you'll beat everyone else and you may be able to save some money doing it! Venues and event vendors like to fill up their calendar early, so they may be more willing to work with your budget if they have nothing else booked, yet! We already booked 2 holiday parties, 2 months ago! Kudos to those early planners! :)
2. Plenty of Planning Time
Holiday parties are a big deal and they take a lot of planning. Sure, you can certainly plan a holiday party at the last minute, but you'll be forced to book the only venue, catering, entertainment, etc., that are open. This puts you in a bad spot. For one, they may be open for a reason (they may not be everyone's first choice) and two, they can pretty much charge you any rate they want, since they know you are planning at the last minute and need to book someone ASAP! This gives them full control of the situation, and you don't want that!
3. Book the Best Entertainment
When it comes to holiday parties, the entertainment you book is very important. Whether you're booking a DJ, photo booth rental, or whatever your needs are, the earlier you book, the better. You've spent months planning this party, and once dinner is done, you want your entertainment to keep your guests happy and entertained, all the way until the end of the night! Nothing is worse than having everyone leave early! Book great entertainment to be sure that your guests have a great time!
4. Save Money
As we mentioned earlier, businesses like to fill up their calendars, so if you approach them in June, about a December event, they will be much more likely to work with your budget. Not many weddings are happening in December, so vendors usually book mostly holiday parties during December. Again, the earlier you book, the better chance you'll have to save money! Speaking of savings, let's discuss the last topic that is a very frequently asked question.
Are Holiday Parties Tax Deductible?
When it comes to taxes, we're certainly not the experts. However, we do our research as it applies to our field. The tax code was recently revised, and it can certainly be confusing. It's hard to tell what is tax deductible, what is not, and if some things are only 50% tax deductible. Here's the latest info, as explained by Bench.co website. Basically, a company wide party is 100% tax deductible! Here's a picture with the new tax code changes, as they relate to holiday parties.
We hope this article has been helpful. As always, please feel free to leave us your comments, feedback, or ask any questions, and we'll be happy to help!
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So we're updating this article, since it's been a bit since we wrote this. If you're on your company's holiday party planning committee, it's REALLY time to book your DJ, photo booth, Karaoke, games, or whatever other entertainment you're considering for your Austin or central Texas holiday party!
It's mid-October and time is running out. Even though the weather may not feel like the holidays are approaching, they are! Though this cool front sure is nice1 :) We have right around 6 weeks until Thanksgiving and a little over 10 weeks until Christmas! At the time of this writing, we have about 73 days until Christmas. Yes, we even included a countdown timer for those of you who are super organized and want to know exactly how much time you have left. It may make many people nervous, too (sorry). :)
With that being said, people will start booking their holiday party entertainment around early September. This week we were flooded with calls and emails for holiday parties and fall festivals! We're always happy to help, if we're open. Remember, there are only 4 weekends to have your holiday party, until Christmas, if you're doing it in December. We've actually even booked Friday 11/30/18, for two holiday parties, already, too!
Oh, and by the way, you don't have to book your holiday party before the holidays. We've even done holiday parties in mid to late January! Judging by the pictures and attire, you would have never known it was after the holidays! Everyone wore similar attire, there was Christmas decorations, and we even added "holiday party 2017" (and 2018), on the photo booth strips!
Perhaps these companies wanted to have a holiday party that celebrates Christmas and Chinese New Year, in between both, but we're not 100% sure. One thing we are sure of, is that they saved a TON of money, waiting until after the holiday rush and they didn't have to compete with others, for a Saturday spot! The "off-season" is in January, so they likely saved lots of money on the venue and perhaps on their vendor fees, too! It's a pretty smart move and it allows you to get more for your budget! We're not trying to persuade you by any means, but we just wanted to let you know that this could certainly be an option.
So be sure to figure out your event date, and book your venue, ASAP! After you've booked your venue, be sure to book your catering or food service, next. After this, book your entertainment. Those are the 3 essential things for a great party: a great place, great food and drinks, and great entertainment.
Regarding entertainment, we have a variety of great holiday party DJs, we also offer photo booth rentals, lawn and giant game rentals (giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, cornhole, and other games), Karaoke DJs, and more! Whether you're entertaining 10 employees or 1,000 employees, we will work hard with you, to ensure you and your fellow employees will have a great time! Contact Jason or Diana, today, and let's celebrate, together!
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"Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the wa..." wait a minute, it's already almost the holidays?? Yes, it is! We're getting a lot of holiday party DJ and photo booth inquiries, and kudos to those early planners! Most people, however, wait until October and are scrambling to find a venue, entertainment, catering, etc. If you're reading this, then you're already planning and that's great! :)
Most of the time, by the time we get booked, the holiday party committee has already made the major decisions, such as where the party will be and the food that will be served. Sometimes, the planning committee already has a theme, too! We just got booked for a James Bond themed event, recently. We're looking forward to that one! :) For those of you that do not have a theme, or entertainment ideas for the holiday party, we're writing this article to help give you some great ideas! So, let's get to the list!
These are just a few ideas that you can add to your next holiday party or event. You can actually add many of these ideas to your wedding, party, quinceanera, or event. Be sure to plan early, since there are hundreds of other companies and people, planning their holiday parties and events, too!
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It's summer and that means a few things for us in the Austin and central Texas area. First, it means really hot weather, although this July has been rather rainy, which we'll happily take! :) Second, it means vacations and lots of time on the water. Finally, it also means one thing that you may not be thinking about: it's 4 months away from Thanksgiving, and 5 months away from the holiday festivities, parties, and fun!
Yes, five months seems long, but it goes by quickly! Get ahead and start planning for your company holiday party! As you may already know, there are simply not enough venues in the Austin area to keep up with the demand for parties and events! There is literally an 18 month waiting list for a Saturday event nearly anywhere in the Austin and central Texas area! Additionally, along with the perfect venue, you need great food, and of course, great entertainment! it's time to book your DJ/band, and/or photo booth for your company holiday party. So if you're on the planning committee, start getting your quotes, now!
We already have a few bookings for December weddings and holiday parties, but we have a few open DJs and photo booths left! Don't wait, or you won't be able to book a great DJ for your event! We look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully, working with you to ensure your holiday party is a blast!
- Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths Team
Kasasa Holiday Party, With a DJ, Karaoke & a Photo Booth!
Saturday, we provided a DJ, photo booth, and two Karaoke DJs, for an awesome holiday party at Hotel Van Zandt, in Austin, Texas. Yes, you read that correctly, a holiday party. We weren't sure why they chose to have a holiday party in late January, but we didn't question it. Who says you only have to have holiday parties near the holidays? We were happy to help over 400 of the Kasasa employees have a blast! Celebrations can happen any weekend, all year long! We know this, since we're busy with weddings, quinceaneras, parties and corporate events, all year long! :)
For this party, we provided 2 Karaoke setups, a DJ/KJ in one room, and just Karaoke in the other room. We also provided a photo booth and lighting. Jason personally worked this event and was in the main room as the DJ/KJ. Jason kept everyone dancing, all night! Everyone had a great time and did NOT want the party to end. That's how we like all our events to be, of course. David was at the photo booth, keeping guests entertained with selfies and our fun props! Joe ran karaoke in the smaller room and it was a hit! There was a line of people wanting to sing the entire night! Diana helped coordinate the entire event and ensured that the night flowed smoothly. Thanks to our entire team for a job well done!
Besides our entertainment, they also had giant games, a game room that also included everyone's favorite "Cards Against Humanity" and a casino! This party was so much fun. Thanks, again, to the great team of vendors and staff of Hotel Van Zandt, and of course to Kasasa, for allowing us to be a part of this special event. We can't wait for their next event!
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Holiday Party at Austin Trail of Lights, With ABDJs
Friday, we had the pleasure of providing a DJ for another fun party at the Austin Trail of Lights! Our DJ, Jaime, kept the party fun, playing their favorite music to keep people dancing all night! We had a blast providing music for the last 2 weekends at the Trail. We can't wait until the next one!
Southwest Key Holiday Party, With ABDJs
Friday, we provided a DJ for the Southwest Key holiday party! This was also their 30th anniversary. It was great to see all the awards given out to their amazing, dedicated employees! SWK had many dedicated, passionate people on their team! Everyone had a blast dancing and singing karaoke! Jason & Diana mixed the music, and Roger helped the guests sing their hearts out, with Karaoke! We look forward to the next event with Southwest Key.
Steiner Ranch Community Holiday Party, With ABDJs
Friday, we had a blast at the Steiner Ranch holiday party. Our DJ, Gabe, did a great job playing lots of great music and keeping the guests warm, by dancing all night! This is our 3rd year providing music for the Steiner Ranch community holiday party and we certainly look forward to the next event!
SWM Holiday Party, With ABDJs
Saturday, we had a great time providing a DJ and photo booth for the SWM holiday party. Jason personally DJed this event and Diana helped entertain the guests at the photo booth! We're glad that we were able to help SWM and their staff have a fun time!
An Awesome Wedding at Rancho Mirando - Fischer, TX
Saturday, we provided a DJ for a fun wedding at Rancho Mirando, in Fischer, TX. This was our first time out here, but won't be our last. The guests had a great time dancing to the music played by our DJ, Jimmy! The dollar dance was fun to see, since everyone literally pinned money onto the bride and groom's clothing! Congrats, again, to our couple, Beatriz& Tyler!
A Fun Ranch Wedding - Austin, TX
Saturday, we had a good time providing a DJ for a wedding at a private ranch, in Austin, TX. Our DJ, Ben, played some great music to keep the guests dancing all night! Congrats, again, to the newlyweds, Julenny & Roderick!
Wedding at Hotel Ella - Austin, TX
Saturday, we provided a DJ, photo booth, and uplighting, for a fun wedding at Hotel Ella, in Austin, TX. Our DJ, Jaime, kept the party fun and the dance floor packed, all night! Eliza, kept the guests entertained at the photo booth all night, too! Congrat, again, to our newlyweds, Robert & Addy!
Overall, we had so much fun with a very busy weekend of weddings and parties! We look forward to doing it all over again, this weekend, in the Austin and central Texas area.
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An Awesome "Beauty & the Beast" Quinceanera, With ABDJs
So this Quinceanera was actually Saturday, but we couldn't wait to tell you all about it! :) We had a blast providing a DJ & uplighting, for an awesome Beauty & the Beast themed Quinceanera! The chambalan (person who escorts the birthday girl) even dressed up with a "Beast" costume! (You can see him in the picture, above).
The quince took place at Onion Creek Ballroom, in South Austin. We also provided wireless uplighting to bring the Red & Gold theme colors together! Our DJ, Ruben, did a great job making all the ceremonial announcements in English & Spanish and playing a variety of music to keep everyone dancing, all night!
We look forward to many more parties & events with this family. They said they had such a great time and will recommend us to everyone they know and are ready for the next party! Happy birthday, again, to the quinceanera, Calista!
A Great Holiday Party at The Sheraton, With ABDJs
Friday night, we had a great time providing a DJ for the Texas Workforce Commission's holiday party, at the Sheraton in downtown Austin. Our DJ, Jaime, did a great job playing a variety of music to keep the staff dancing, all night! We even had legendary Tejano singer, Ruben Ramos, attending this party and dancing, all night, too! :)
The staff enjoyed a great dinner and gave out lots of great prizes to the employees! This is our 3rd year doing their holiday party and we look forward to many more!
Live Earth Holiday Party, at Omni Downtown, With ABDJs
Friday, we provided a DJ & photo booth for a fun holiday party, for Live Earth, at the Omni Downtown, in Austin, TX. This was a smaller party, but they had big fun! They warned us that they probably wouldn't dance. They were completely wrong! Our DJ, Gabe, played lots of great music and kept the staff dancing throughout the night!
They also had so much fun with Diana, at the photo booth! We're glad we proved them wrong and that they had a blast! :)
Another Fun School Dance, at Westview MS, With ABDJs
Friday, we also provided a DJ for another fun dance at Westview Middle School, in Pflugerville! We've been providing DJs & photo booths for WMS for several years. The students are always so much fun! They literally dance, non-stop, to every song, every time! Thanks to our DJ, Tommie, for doing a great job keeping the students entertained! We really enjoy their events and look forward to the next ones, next semester!
We also provided a DJ for Live Oak Real Estate Development's holiday party, Friday, at Graceland Oaks, in Austin! The holiday party was a lot of fun! The staff enjoyed drinks and great food, from Stubbs BBQ! Though it was cold, Jason, personally DJed this event and played a variety of music to keep the guests dancing the night away and staying warm! :) Thanks to the C.O.O., Mike, the President, Scott, and Administrator, Stacy, for having us out there! We look forward to the next event!
This was our first time at Graceland Oaks. The staff were great to work with and we look forward to the next events, there!
Roger Beasley Holiday Party, With Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths
Last Saturday, we had a blast providing a DJ and photo booth for Roger Beasley Automotive, of Austin. This holiday party had a huge turnout of over 500 employees! Roger Beasley did not skimp on entertainment options, either. Besides our DJ and photo booth, they offered a casino, a fortune teller, and even a caricature artist, all on-site, at the Omni Hotel in Austin Southpark. Jason, personally DJ'ed the event and kept people dancing throughout the night! We ended up staying later, since the employees weren't ready to end the night and wanted to keep dancing.
Diana also personally worked the event and kept staff and guests entertained at the photo booth, taking selfies for four straight hours! We provided lots of fun props, including holiday themed props, as well as unique props that no other photo booth in town offers! The staff and guests were so much fun!
Towards the end of the party, the employees had a great time with the prize giveaways. The final prize was a huge cash prize, which was a great incentive for everyone to stay until the end! We had so much fun! As soon as the event was over, the event planning staff came up to us and said, "this was the best party we've ever had! We've never had so many people dancing at any of our parties. The photo booth was so much fun! We want to book you, right now, for next year!" :) We look forward to the next holiday party!
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Book your holiday party DJ and/or photo booth, today, for your Austin, San Antonio, or central Texas holiday event! With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, that means the holidays are just around the corner! We love the holidays and we love helping our clients celebrate with their co-workers, friends and families! That being said, here's an update of our super-busy holiday calendar!
As of today, November 7th, the following dates are closed: 12/2/16, 12/9/16, 12/10/16, 12/17/16 & 12/18/16. We have every weekend booked with DJ and/or photo booth services for weddings, birthdays, and holiday parties, but we do have a limited number of open DJs and photo booths left, for weekend events. Also, we have a very limited number of open DJs (no photo booths) for New Year's Eve! So if you need a DJ and/or photo booth for your upcoming company party, wedding, quinceanera, or NYE party, contact us, today!
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