Carnival of Curiosities – Not Just For Kids!

It’s true that many carnival themed events are targeted for a younger audience and categorized as outdoor, picnic-type events. However, we’ve proved over the years that alternative carnival themed events geared for adults can be just as much, if not more, fun! Carrying the theme of carnival throughout your event gives a planner plenty of adult-oriented opportunities for games and activities. In reality, it’s a theme that has a magical way of taking the ordinary and making it fun with many versatile options for fun details. Guests are made to feel like they are at the greatest show on earth with a multi-sensory experience with colorful décor, customized fun and games and the smell of fun foods that transport them right to the midway. For Spring and Summer corporate events there’s nothing more fun than an authentic and reinvented carnival event.

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In 2014 we had the opportunity to work with a client in creating a custom event called ‘Carnival of Curiosities’ for their corporate guests. By embracing a black and red color scheme it gave a darker and more mysterious twist to the standard red and white carnival palette. Throughout the event we created custom midway games. As guests won games they were rewarded with tickets that they could then redeem for a multitude of prizes at the Prize Booth. In addition to midway games there were also interactive amusement games, like ‘Whack-A-Mole’ and jumbo ‘Connect Four’ to keep guests entertained and mingling. It was a custom experience that those that attended won’t forget any time soon!

When planning your company’s next event we encourage you to consider the fun of a carnival themed event. Connect with us and let us add a creative twist!
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Event Producer:  Destination South Meetings & Events
Games Provider:  Amusement Masters

Gourmet Cotton Candy Is One Sweet Treat!

Brown Shoes (HI RES)It’s been an exciting fall season at Amusement Masters as we expand into a new market with Gigi’s Gourmet Cotton Candy! A sugary treat that’s perfect for all ages – we just had to add our very own Amusement Masters’ gourmet twist to it. Our cotton candy is made in a wide variety of flavors (some very unique) and each made from air-spun organic evaporated cane juice, using only 100% all-natural flavors and colors. Fat free, Gluten free and pesticide free – the cane juice we use is also produced in a nut-free and dairy-free facility. Cotton candy stations can be incorporated into all types of events, from holiday parties and weddings to bar and bat mitzvah celebrations. Whatever your celebration we have a cotton candy station for you! But before we gush anymore about our sweet treats let us delve into the intriguing history of cotton candy and find out how this treat became so popular.

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Electric “Fairy Floss” Candy Machine Advertisement (1905)

Once called ‘Spun Sugar,’ cotton candy dates as far back as the 15th century for the social elite in Italy. The creation process back then was long and the ‘sculptor’ would literally melt the sugar and then drizzle it over an object, spending hours creating spectacular table centerpieces paired with fruits. In 1897 a dentist named William Morrison and a confectioner John C. Wharton created the first electric-spun cotton candy machine, coining the name “Fairy Floss” (in Australia they still call cotton candy that!) William and John introduced it to a large audience at the 1904 World’s Fair, selling it for just .25 cents. In 1921, a dentist named Joseph Lascaux invented a similar confection machine but instead of calling it “Fairy Floss” he referred to it as Cotton Candy, which was an instant hit. Slowly the old name faded away and the rest is history!

Cotton Candy ConesOne thing that client’s particularly love about Gigi’s Gourmet Cotton Candy is the variety of delicious flavors that Amusement Masters exclusively offers. Mouth-watering flavors like: Raspberry Rush, Fabulous French Toast, Cookie Dough Delight, Mango Madness and over 20 more flavors! These flavors make for endless opportunities to customize a candy station that’s unique to your event. Every station is manned by a skilled Amusement Masters candy technician – this allows clients and their guests to enjoy fresh spun and individual servings. Our manned cotton candy action stations can be placed indoors or outdoors for an event with the magic done right in front of your guests, creating a sweet interactive experience! For clients that want to offer guests a cotton candy take-away we also offer pre-packaged that is ‘grab n’ go.’ These pre-packaged treats are perfect party favors to handout to guest because they are so easy to store or put into a gift bag.

To book a Gigi’s Gourmet Cotton Candy station for your event just connect with us on our website or email: ksmink@amusementmasters.com.

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Spring Fiesta At Amusement Masters

At Amusement Masters we always have a reason to party and PLAY! But last Thursday we had an extra special reason…our annual open house! And for this year’s theme we decided to continue the celebration of Cinco de Mayo with our own “Spring Fiesta”!

Clients, our favorite vendors, friends and family that attended were showered with games, prizes, food and fun. For guests visiting the Amusement Masters warehouse for the first time the visit afforded them a chance to take an expanded look at the range of entertainment and amusements we offer for special events. Inventory we highlighted during the event included our Zippin Zone Zip Line (200 feet long), Hit the Hero lounge, Mind Winder, Fruit Ninja, Buck Hunter 3-D, Black light billiards, air hockey and foosball, our newest Instagram booth, a carnival trailer and our Golden Tee Unplugged.

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Keeping the party energized was music by DJ Flu. And throughout the warehouse and backlot we had beautiful decor provided by Eventscapes, CCP Events, Inc., The Mants Estate & Added Pizzazz and Plant Peddler. The backlot guest seating tent and tables were provided by Classic Tents & Events and chairs by Peachtree Tents & Events. The really fun spandex table linens were provided by Spandex Rentals. And in keeping with our Cinco de Mayo theme, a delicious spread at Mexican “small bites” stations was served by Simply Catering. Complimentary to their catering menu was Sangria and Margaritas served by Cool Daddy’s Frozen Drink & Entertainment. And to top it all off was an additional treat for guests…a Dippin’ Dots ice cream station. If you haven’t heard, we now offer Dippin’ Dots with our carnival and festival event services!

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For anyone that missed attending the open house we invite you to come visit and PLAY! Just email us at Events@amusementmasters.com and we’ll get you scheduled for a time to come tour the warehouse and see the inventory in-person. We promise, you’ll be amazed at just how many event entertainment options we have in-house.

ABOUT AMUSEMENT MASTERS:
Founded in 1999, Amusement Masters has become a leader in the arena of amusement and interactive entertainment for the special events and hospitality industries. Positioning ourselves as a strategic partner, we work one-on-one with event planners, destination management companies, schools and military event planners to create memorable and unique event experiences. Leading the charge is our mascot Game Girl Gigi – who in the youthful likeness of Amusement Masters’ owner Kelly Smink keeps clients up to date with the latest interactive and event game trends. It’s true, we’re the luckiest bunch of event professionals because our work IS play!

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Game Girl Wins An ISES Esprit Award

2013 Esprit Win

Amusement Masters is proud to announce that we are a recent recipient of a prestigious 2013 Esprit Award from the International Special Events Society (ISES) in the category of Best Entertainment Production Budget Under $25,000. Since 1999 we’ve been a special event company providing amusements and interactive event entertainment. While having been nominated for an Esprit Award many times over the years we’ve considered ourselves the “Susan Lucci of Esprits” until finally winning and bringing home an award this August at the Esprit Awards ceremony held at ISES Live in Nassau, Bahamas.

Providing comprehensive interactive solutions for a diverse range of clients nationwide is what we do. We’re still beaming from ear to ear having won this 2013 Esprit for the Texas corporate event titled “A Texas Sized Grand Opening” that we participated in planning and providing signature entertainment for. Owner, Kelly Smink shares “Our team has proven expertise in creating great experiences through an approach of fun and professionalism in the special events industry. We are so very proud to be adding this Esprit Award to our other accomplishments. Now we’re looking forward to adding a few more to our shelf!”

All About Us –

Founded in 1999, Amusement Masters has become a leader in the arena of amusement and interactive entertainment for the special events and hospitality industries. Positioning ourselves as a strategic partner, we work one-on-one with event planners, destination management companies, schools and military event planners to create memorable and unique event experiences. Leading the charge is our mascot Game Girl Gigi – who in the youthful likeness of Amusement Masters owner Kelly Smink keeps clients up to date with the latest interactives and event trends. Keep up with the fun and games by following the Amusement Masters Facebook page!

About the ISES Esprit Awards Program –

Since 1995 the International Special Event Society (ISES) has acknowledged the achievements and creativity of its membership through the ISES Esprit Awards program. The 2013 ISES Esprit Awards was held on August 24, 2013 in conjunction with ISES Live 2013 in Paradise Island, Bahamas at the Atlantis. The awards recognize ISES members who have excelled in their respective event field throughout the year. The awards offer multiple categories that represent the different disciplines within the events industry. To view all 2013 winners watch this video.

Carnival Themes – not just for picnics anymore!

So I am sure a lot of my followers think that the carnival them is limited to outdoor, picnic-type events.   Well, I am here to tell you that is absolutely not true!  In reality, the carnival theme is one of the most versatile options out there…suiting everything from amazing Mitzvahs to Grand Opening Celebrations to a Vendor Fair.   So the next time you are planning an event, consider the fun of the old fashioned carnival theme!

Check out highlights from some of our recent non-traditional carnival events.

Special thanks go out to the awesome team at Caplan Miller Events for including us in the awesome Bar Mitzvah pictured below:

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Overview of the games

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And here’s a glimpse into an old time county fair in a hotel ballroom:

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Skee Ball

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Roll A Ball Derby

If you haven’t already heard, we have a new carnival trailer! We added this to our inventory just in time for your carnival planning. You will want this at your event! It is called Roll A Ball Derby and I can’t wait to play it!

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”And they’re off!”… the starting bell blasts, the rolling frenzy begins and the crowd goes wild. Easy and compelling game play that is enjoyed by people of all generations. Competitors roll a ball at a series of coloured scoring holes. The higher you score the faster your frog jumps. First to the finish line is the winner.

You have probably seen this game at carnivals and fairs before. It is always popular when I pass by this game at fairs! This game is sure to attract a crowd at your next event.

For more information, contact one of our sales representatives here.

I hope you enjoyed reading about our new game… I am going to go play with it! Until next time,

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Game Girl’s Game of the Week: Carnival Time!

Do you remember the magic of a carnival or a special theme park that just made us incredibly happy! Eating my favorite sweet sticky cotton candy, playing silly games to win huge stuffed animals, the rides… spinning round and round or being tossed from side to side.  This is the life!     Bring out the kid in your guests with a carnival theme for your next event with the Tea Cups ride.  Your guests will squeal and laugh in the six tea cups that are spinning round and round. And for added excitement, they can speed up the spin of the Tea Cup.  This is the coolest game for all ages, families, and makes for a memorable kids birthday experience.  So my pick for Game of the Week – Tea Cups!

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Tea Cups and Carnivals!!

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The magic of the carnival comes alive at your next event with Tea Cups.  Thrill your guests with the nostalgia of Tea Cups.  Spinning round and round delighting your guests to no end!   Just like you remember, there are six tea cups on the moving platform.  And there’s a new twist to this traditional ride with individual Tea Cup controls.   Your guests can even make it go faster, their new experience with Tea Cups!

Amusement Masters is excited to make this option available at your next corporate event, family reunion, or kid’s birthday party.  The Tea Cups are perfect for all ages.  

Your next event can be a carnival theme with cotton candy, funnel cakes, and Tea Cups.   Amusement Masters will customize your event with personalized gifts and prizes.  The sky’s the limit.  Visit www.amusementmasters.com to book Tea Cups and other amazing carnival themes.   carnivalbooths

Carnival Prize Examples

Carnival Prize Examples

 

 

Perfect Additions

Dunk Tank

High Striker

Skeeball

Concessions

Coney Island Boxer

Clowns

Face Painters

Game Girl’s Game of the Week: Team Building

 Summer is the perfect time to build team spirit and increase morale!! Believe me, we know this at Amusement Masters.  Boss Lady just treated us to some fun and games and now I am bouncing in to work – can’t wait to get here to work with my TEAM!   My team members feel the same way – we are energized and ready to go the extra mile (or two!)  Treat your team to a little fun and lot’s of excitement with my picks for games of the week.

 

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On Your Mark…Get Set…  

LET’S TEAMBUILD!!!!

 

Giant Trikes

Adult size tricycles make for great fun. How can you incorporate this into your Team Building Event? Eachgianttrike_03 team player will be challenged to complete the designated course and pass off to their next team member until all team members have completed the course. Points are awarded to the winner.

 

 

 

  

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

Pedestal Joust

The ultimate Team Building competition. See who rules their pedestal. Two players from each teampedestaljoust joust – only one team can win. And the only way to win is to play as team! In the end, the one still standing is victorious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Foot Races

Working together with a common goal; the Big Foot Race is the perfect item for any event that calls for a Big Foot Raceslot of fun and a little bit of wacky. Bringing your team together and getting them farther…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER GREAT TEAMBUILDING ITEMS:

 

Human Foosball  

 PVC Pipe Challenge  

 Game Show Mania  

Tire Change Challenge

 

 

 

 

Game Girl’s Game of the Week: Circus Fun!

Don’t you just love the circus?  Well this week, I am going to show you how you can bring a circus theme to YOUR event, without the animals!  Check out my picks for Games of the Week!

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Circus City

Put your event over the BIG TOP!  Filled with excitement, Circus City is where the fun begins and never ends!  Release circus-cityyour inner child and join the kids as you climb, slide and bounce in this colorful circus and carnival themed inflatable.

 

 

 

 

 

Barrel of Monkeys Bounce

A Circus just isn’t complete without a little monkeying around!  bouncer-of-monkeys-outdoorsA great accent to the Circus Train, the Barrel of Monkeys Bounce is the welcome effect of jump and bounce overload!!

 

 

 

 

 

Circus Train

 All Aboard!!  Who doesn’t LOVE when the circus comes to town?  This obstable course inflatable adds a theme of purer fun to any event and features a slide and lots of bouncing to boot!circustrain