5 Party Rentals That’ll Take Your Block Party to the Next Level

The neighborhood block party is a summer staple. Whether your community is celebrating something special or just trying to enjoy the last few weeks of freedom before school starts again, a block party is a great way to get everyone together and make lasting memories. If picturing barbecues and boom boxes, we’re here to help you kick your party up a notch. Amusement Masters‘ rental ideas will get the whole neighborhood out of the house and into the street!

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We have everything you need except the clowns…and we can point in the right direction to get those too! Set the mood with our carnival booths and old-fashioned popcorn makers, then dazzle guests with classic midway games like Roll-A-Ball and Catch the Light. Kids can explore their creativity with bead art before taking a ride on the Kiddie Ferris Wheel. We have options galore when it comes to adding a midway feel to your event – click here to learn more!

Amusement Masters Mobile ZiplineZIPPIN ZONE – MOBILE ZIP LINE
Harness in…and see your neighborhood in a whole new way! Soar 34 feet above your street on one of our 220-foot-long mobile zip lines. Loved by adults and children (46-inch height requirement). Click here to learn more.

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It’s the kid’s turn to pick the movie! Experience favorite films on the big screen with our inflatable mobile cinema. Whether it’s a classic, a kids’ movie, or community filmed movies, we’ve got you covered. Click here to learn more.

Amusement Masters Inflatable ChallengeINFLATABLES
What do skee ball, giant slides, and obstacle courses have in common? We have inflatable versions of all of them (and more)! Let party guests test their skills on our inflatable games or try to complete one of the themed obstacle courses without breaking a sweat. Learn more about our wide variety of inflatable activities by clicking here.

Amusement Masters Live Screen PrintingLIVE SCREEN PRINTING
Every party-goer wants something to take home as a keepsake…and when it comes to block parties, t-shirts are the best! With our mobile screen printing booth, guests can customize their own tee (branded for the party) while also experiencing a live demonstration of screen printing. They’ll get to take home something they love, and your planning committee won’t even have to lift a finger! Click here to learn more. 


Leave it to the professionals to take entertainment for your next block party up a notch. Contact us today for quotes, questions, and suggestions…we can’t wait to help you get the party started!

Create Better Engagement by Adding Virtual Reality To Your Event’s Entertainment

Amusement Masters Virtual RealityThe use of virtual reality for event entertainment is a growing trend and it’s no wonder why. Statistics show that by the end of 2018, there will be over 170 million virtual reality users worldwide. With prices for this entertainment becoming more affordable, now is a great time to start engaging your event audiences by creating a unique brand experience.

THE WHY
Virtual reality technology immerses your audience in your brand’s world, all within a small space. No need for large presentation screens or lots of materials to pack. With limited equipment, this technology provides more impact than a flyer or brochure. Consider these survey results regarding consumer awareness and interaction with virtual reality:

• 92% of survey respondents in 2017 were familiar with the term “virtual reality.”
• 35% of respondents rated their experience with a virtual reality headset as “very exciting.”

As the virtual reality trend continues to grow, so will the statistics as more audiences engage with the technology at events.

THE HOW
You don’t have to be a multi-million corporation to incorporate virtual reality at your events. Just remember the key ingredient to Virtual Reality success is focusing on the user experience. Here are a couple of tips Amusement Masters shares with clients for getting started:

• Keep the Virtual Reality experience short at 2 minutes or less.
• Make the experience easy to do with simple controls.

VR Button Amusement MastersFrom playing games to experiencing destinations, virtual reality is changing the way audiences participate in events. As the technology continues to evolve, more opportunities will become available for brands to develop unique experiences. Virtual reality is fun, exciting, and an available marketing tool no matter the size of your company. If you’re ready to jump into using virtual reality to engage your audiences, contact us. With the latest in virtual reality equipment, Amusement Masters’ professional staff stands ready to help you get started!

Come Play With Amusement Masters at The Special Event, Booth #1501

We’re headed back to The Special Event…this year, in New Orleans!The Special Event Artwork Header

Event professionals, producers and planners around the world flock to The Special Event (TSE) conference year after year – finding it to be an invaluable resource for education, networking and creative conversation with others in the industry. Since 1985 professionals in the field of special and live events have mingled and learned from an array of industry leaders sharing their knowledge. This year, TSE will be held in one of our most favorite client and event cities, New Orleans! Conference education sessions and the much-anticipated exhibit hall will be conveniently hosted by the  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

From January 30 to February 1st there will be over 100 educational sessions, an exhibit floor (where you can stop by to see us!) and several showcase events that attendees won’t want to miss. We’re thrilled to announce that this year Amusement Masters is a leading sponsor for the conference and will have our team both in attendance of the conference and exhibiting on the exhibit floor with many other leading companies in the special and live events industry.

If you’re an event professional attending, we invite you to come see us in Booth 1501 and PLAY!  This year our booth is going Hi-Tech – expect to have fun playing with Spot My Photo, our Giant Etch a Sketch, Calligrams and several LED Collection games! We’ll also have representation from our nationwide gaming experts team in the booth who can speak with you one-on-one and share more about our nationwide event entertainment services.

We can’t wait to see you in NOLA!


 

About The Special Event

The Special Event LogoThe Special Event conference is the world’s premier conference and trade show that is directed at the top decision makers and trendsetters in the event planning industry. The event professionals that attend The Special Event work in a variety of markets, whether they are sporting event planners, caterers designing social events, wedding specialists, event, meeting or festival producers, corporate meeting planners or creators of extraordinary extravaganzas.

The conference mission is to offer experiential education and resources to the Event Planning Industry by offering over 100 event-focused conference sessions, an exhibit hall jam-packed with event products and services, a Hands-on-Hundred learn-as-you-go program, and a week full of showcasing events. Along with the exhibit hall and education conference tracks, The Special Event hosts several over the top showcasing events.

For more information about the 2018 conference or to register and attend click onto The Special Event.

Make Your Event “The Greatest Show on Earth!”

The Greatest Showman HeaderThe Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman as the legendary P.T. Barnum, premiered on December 8, 2017 with all the glamour and style worthy of the Greatest Show on Earth. The musical film tells the story of the world-famous circus and rise of P.T. Barnum from his humble beginnings as the son of a tailor, to becoming the owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. With the movie’s success, we’re seeing that its original music and circus regalia is inspiring a fun trend in party and event themes. Here are just a few ways to incorporate circus inspiration into your next event:

Issue invitations to your event with a “circus ticket”. Encourage guests to join in the fun by wearing bright clothing with large polka dots, bow ties, and tulle skirts. Amusement Masters red and white stripped carnival tents added to the mix are an inviting way for guests to immerse themselves in the experience. Use colorful balloons everywhere, and incorporate performers like jugglers, gymnasts and clowns that add entertainment and engagement to the event’s ambiance.Amusement Masters Carnival Tents

Rent an Amusement Masters snow cone or cotton candy machine. Kids love to create custom snow cones by mixing flavors and spiked snow cones are also a fun twist for adults. Adding cotton candy in fun, fruity flavors is an affordable circus themed treat. 

Add to event staffing, an old-fashioned lemonade vendor in a red striped jacket and bow tie. This vendor serving lemon and limeade drinks with fresh fruit in cocktail glasses is ideal for a circus-themed bar and bat mitzvahs, quinceañera or sweet 16 parties. Use stripped chair covers, and beautiful Lipizzaner stallions or Tennessee walking horses in the event’s circus themed decor.

Watch guests as they enjoy a root beer float bar, hosted by the circus strongman or a wild animal trainer. They’ll enjoy unique creations like Mountain Dew and ice cream with pop rocks. Fresh pretzels with toppings like Jalapeno and chili can be a fresh take on the old favorite.Amusement Masters Concessions Trio

If your event is for adults, including circus themed cocktails is the perfect addition. Substitute the traditional bartender uniform with top hat, bow tie, and bright sequined vest while he or she shakes up ‘Gigi Gourmet Cotton Candy‘ martinis. Serve elevated circus themed treats like mini shrimp corndogs and sriracha-lime popcorn. 

 From games to rides to concessions, we have so many fun and exciting ideas for incorporating circus inspiration into your event. Connect with us, and let’s get to planning! 

Five Advantages of Hosting Team Building Events With Amusement Masters

Regardless of how talented your company’s employees may be, the full advantage of their collective potential can only be realized when they work together as a team. That teamwork potential is realized when team building events turn periodic successes into consistent quality and productivity. Team building activities are proof that individual commitment to a group effort is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work.Amusement Masters Team Building 1Here are five benefits of hosting a team building activity event for your employees:

Cultivate Loyalty
Although a secure sense of company and team loyalty is difficult to accomplish with a group of individuals, members of a tightly-knit team feel like they’re an important part of achieving a common goal.Amusement Masters Team Building 2

Increase Productivity
Once that tight-knit team is formed, the feeling of having a common purpose influences how they work together. That unity comes, in part, from the seamlessly applying lessons employees learned on team-building exercises to situations and challenges.Amusement Masters Team Building 3

Create Harmony in the Workplace
Team building activities offer employees the perfect opportunity to escape from the daily grind of the workplace and to blow off steam while gaining a new perspective on themselves and their team members.Amusement Masters Team Building 4

Promote the Ideal Environment for Creativity
When teams take part in fun challenges, it spurs their creative process. That leads to new and intriguing ways of addressing tasks and challenges in the workplace.Amusement Masters Team Building 5

Create Leaders
Facing unconventional challenges in a team setting enables the opportunity to reconfigure the dynamics of a team. This can often cultivate leaders that may have previously been overlooked.Amusement Masters Team Building 6

From Atlanta to New Orleans to New York City and beyond, we help companies across the United States create unique and goal-oriented team building events for the growth of their employee force. Want to know more about hosting a team building event with Amusement Masters games and amusements for your employees in 2018? Connect with our experienced games team by clicking here.

What Is A DMC And What Can They Do For You?

At Amusement Masters we love working with some of the best DMC companies across the United States. We’re known for providing exceptional event entertainment and amusements to DMCs and their clients – a win-win relationship for all involved. However, when we mention that this type of company is a niche that’s a large percentage of the clients we service we often receive the question, ‘What is a DMC?’. In the spirit of educating today, we’re sharing more about what exactly a DMC is and how using one might just be a great fit for your needs!DMC Blog Artwork BMT


WHAT IS A DMC?
A Destination Management Company (DMC) is a service offered by professionals to help provide you with an extensive array of services including expertise and knowledge on various events, event coordination, tours, trips, and locations to which you are choosing to travel to. They can also help you work out the logistics of you and your group’s trip, such as travel and accommodations as well as events, activities, and things to do once you arrive at your destination. These services can continue throughout the continuation and duration of your stay.

WHAT EXACT SERVICES DOES A DMC OFFER?
A DMC can offer whatever kind of service you as need as a business traveler to make your trip (and the trip of your group) a memorable one. Most DMC companies will provide an array of services including anything from meeting venues to a business group to transportation from the airport to a final destination. Many DMCs will be happy to help book events during your stay if you want to visit local attractions or museums or find other fun activities and excursions to do. Many coordinate for business people the use of conference centers and places to hold their meetings. Others are happy to secure venues for parties and events. They are wonderful resources for finding someone to cater food, provide event design and decor, or entertainment for any event you may be hosting.

HOW MUCH DOES A DMC COST? 
Cost will really depend on the services you need and how much work the company has to do as to what it will cost you to hire their services. Most DMC companies will charge a fee to hire their staff, and this fee will cover their research and booking costs for their time for the workers at the company. You will also have to pay separately for the services you receive based on the vendors or external companies they recommend you use for various services. DMC’s are great at working with budgets for functions and events to find something that meets the client’s price range. Be sure to let them know up front what you can spend so they find activities that fit within your budget.

BE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT YOU EXPECT:
When you are giving the DMC descriptions of the events you want to book be sure to be as thorough as possible. Give details of what exact events you are going to hold or what specific kinds of travel your group requires. Specify the types of transportation and lodging you prefer. There’s no such thing as giving too many details. The more the DMC knows about your needs list the more they can do to meet your specific needs and expectations.

CHECK TO SEE IF MARKUPS EXIST:
It’s also a good idea to check with the DMC to see if their fee for their services is all they charge, or if they charge an extra fee for each individual event they book or service they provide. For example, many services can be marked up much as 10-20% of the cost of the service than if you were to find and book it yourself. This is in addition to the fee that the agency or company will charge on their own to even get them to do the research and booking for you. Be sure you are willing to pay all these fees by reading the fine-print before moving forward.

From Nashville to New Orleans to Austin, Texas and beyond, we work with wonderful DMCs that are accomplishing great things for their clients across the United States. If you’re looking to build a relationship with a Destination Management Company feel free to click and connect with us – we’d love to connect you with a great DMC company or service near you!

Spider-Man Climbs The Ninja Tower Before Hitting Summer Cinemas

The newest film in the series of Marvel Comics movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming opened last week with a successful summer box office weekend…making it the #1 movie in the world. But just the week before Spider-Man was swinging into our Lynchburg, Virginia event and climbing the Ninja Tower! Thanks Spider-Man, we look forward to you dropping in again soon. Next time, check out our Adrenalator!

Spider-Man on Ninja Tower

ABOUT THE FILM:
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second time actor Tom Holland has played Spider-Man. The first exciting time was in Captain America: Civil War where we saw Holland bring the new iteration of this superhero to life. It was thrilling then and even more so in his own stand alone movie. Finally we get to see an awkward Peter Parker turn into the hero we all want to see. The film’s timeline begins directly after Spider-Man’s fight along side the Avengers in 2016’s Civil War. There is a bit of plot that gives the audience some context from eight years before during the Avenger’s NYC fight with Loki.

Peter Parker has some typical teenage moments with his adult mentors Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), who offer advice that Peter follows and also ignores. With the addition of Tony Stark into the Spider-Man franchise fans are given a full dose of the Marvel Universe that they have been clambering about for years. Aunt May played by Marisa Tomei is also fabulous and gives us some of the more family moments of this much needed teenage format. 
 
This version of Spider-Man and Peter Parker is less cocky that some of the other offerings we’ve been spoon fed through the years. Something that Holland latches onto and really makes his own. It is part of what makes the story believable and what makes Holland so lovable. The movie delivers some genuinely effective action/suspense, ranging from the Washington Monument to the Staten Island Ferry to Coney Island and beyond. Director Jon Watts has put together a well crafted movie for the superhero genre. Sure there are bad guys and explosions, but the movie has a lot of heart and just the right amount of CGI.
 
Overall, this is the best of the Spider-Man movies – by far. Actually using a teenage actor in the role of Spider-Man is very pleasing and genuinely needed for believability. As for story, this might be the best superhero story so far to have gotten it so right. If you’re a fan or not this is a good movie on its own merits. Swing down to your friendly neighborhood theater and catch it on the big screen!

Light Up Your Event With Our LED Games Collection

Are you looking to add entertainment to your event that’s an ‘attention getter?’ We have your challenge solved – the Amusement Masters LED Games Collection!

Our LED and glow activities light up any event space and captivate attendees from start to finish. From glowing billiards to radiant ping pong to electric dance floors and more. LED games add unique entertainment to events instead of the traditional. From corporate company events to team building training meetings, if you want to see your guests leave the event with a glowing smile…let us help you LIGHT UP your event!

What type of events do you host? Click here to connect with us and we’ll come up with a plan to LIGHT IT UP!

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Pump Up The Tunes With Our New Jukebox For Events!

Nostalgia is trending and we’re bringing it back in event entertainment by adding a 1015 Bubbler Jukebox to Amusement Masters’ inventory! No waiting on the DJ to play your song…adding our 100 cd jukebox to your event will allow attendees to hear the music they love when they want! A conversation starter, it’s the perfect addition for social events, corporate functions, holiday parties and fundraisers. Also, if you’re looking for an entertainment element to help establish an event theme, the iconic jukebox can take your guests back in time to a great one! Click HERE to connect with our team and find out how to bring the Jukebox to your next event!Amusement Masters Jukebox 1 Amusement Masters Jukebox 2


 

HISTORY OF THE JUKEBOX
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Coin-operated music boxes and player pianos were the first forms of automated coin-operated musical devices. These instruments used paper rolls, metal disks, or metal cylinders to play a musical selection on the instrument, or instruments, enclosed within the device. In the 1890s these devices were joined by machines which used actual recordings instead of physical instruments. In 1890, Louis Glass and William S. Arnold invented the nickel-in-the-slot phonograph, the first of which was an Edison Class M Electric Phonograph retrofitted with a device patented under the name of Coin Actuated Attachment for Phonograph. The music was heard via one of four listening tubes.

Early designs, upon receiving a coin, unlocked the mechanism, allowing the listener to turn a crank that simultaneously wound the spring motor and placed the reproducer’s stylus in the starting groove. Frequently, exhibitors would equip many of these machines with listening tubes (acoustic headphones) and array them in “phonograph parlors”, allowing the patron to select between multiple records, each played on its own machine. Some machines even contained carousels and other mechanisms for playing multiple records. Most machines were capable of holding only one musical selection, the automation coming from the ability to play that one selection at will. In 1918 Hobart C. Niblack patented an apparatus that automatically changed records, leading to one of the first selective jukeboxes being introduced in 1927 by the Automated Musical Instrument Company, later known as AMI.

In 1928, Justus P. Seeburg, who was manufacturing player pianos, combined an electrostatic loudspeaker with a record player that was coin-operated, and gave the listener a choice of eight records. This Audiophone machine was wide and bulky, and had eight separate turntables mounted on a rotating Ferris wheel-like device, allowing patrons to select from eight different records. Later versions of the jukebox included Seeburg’s Selectophone, with 10 turntables mounted vertically on a spindle. By maneuvering the tone arm up and down, the customer could select from 10 different records.

The term jukebox came into use in the United States beginning in 1940, apparently derived from the familiar usage “juke joint“, derived from the Gullah word “juke” or “joog” meaning disorderly, rowdy, or wicked.[6] As it applies to the ‘use of a jukebox’, the terms juking (v.) and juker (n.) are the correct expressions.

Song-popularity counters told the owner of the machine the number of times each record was played (A and B side were generally not distinguished), with the result that popular records remained, while lesser-played songs could be replaced.

Wallboxes were an important, and profitable, part of any jukebox installation. Serving as a remote control, they enabled patrons to select tunes from their table or booth. One example is the Seeburg 3W1, introduced in 1949 as companion to the 100-selection Model M100A jukebox. Stereo sound became popular in the early 1960s, and wallboxes of the era were designed with built-in speakers to provide patrons a sample of this latest technology.

Initially playing music recorded on wax cylinders, the shellac 78 rpm record dominated jukeboxes in the early part of the 20th century. The Seeburg Corporation introduced an all 45 rpm vinyl record jukebox in 1950; since the 45s were smaller and lighter, they soon became the dominant jukebox media for the last half of the 20th century. 33⅓-R.P.M., C.D.s, and videos on DVDs were all introduced and used in the last decades of the century. MP3 downloads, and Internet-connected media players came in at the start of the 21st century. The jukebox’s history has followed the wave of technological improvements in music reproduction and distribution. With its large speaker size, facilitating low-frequency (rhythm) reproduction, and large amplifier, the jukebox played sound with higher quality and volume than the listener could in his or her home, sometimes music with a “beat”.

Jukeboxes were most popular from the 1940s through the mid-1960s, particularly during the 1950s. By the middle of the 1940s, three-quarters of the records produced in America went into jukeboxes. While often associated with early rock and roll music, their popularity extends back much earlier, including classical music, opera and the swing music era.

Styling progressed from the plain wooden boxes in the early thirties to beautiful light shows with marbelized plastic and color animation in the Wurlitzer 850 Peacock of 1941. But after the United States entered the war, metal and plastic were needed for the war effort. Jukeboxes were considered “nonessential”, and none were produced until 1946. The 1942 Wurlitzer 950 featured wooden coin chutes to save on metal. At the end of the war, in 1946, jukebox production resumed and several “new” companies joined the fray. Jukeboxes started to offer visual attractions: bubbles, waves, circles of changing color which came on when a sound was played.

 

Giant Battleship Game Arrives Summer 2017

Giant Battleship GameWe’ve all played it, that wonderful game that pits player against player with warring strategy and tempts us all to throw the board. The game, is Battleship. The goal of Battleship is to hit the opponent’s ships with pegs or ‘missiles’ until you win. Each player is given the opportunity to configure their battle plan however they choose placing their ships around the board. A little unknown fact is that this game was once known as the ‘pencil and paper game’ because it started out as a game that was played with note pads.

Dating back to World War I, the concept of Battleship originated when war games were popular. Beginning as a ‘pencil and pad’ game, it was published in this form by several companies and in the 1960’s was released as a plastic board game by the toy and gaming giant, Milton Bradley. The game was thought to have originated in France and has changed and evolved ever since.

Battleship is played with two players who each have their own fleet of ships. Each player places their fleet on a grid (squares) that are identified by a number and a letter for coordinates. There are five ships that are placed on the grid and include: the carrier, which is five grid spaces; the battleship that is four; the cruiser that is three; the submarine that is 3; and the destroyer that is two.

Once the players place their ships on the grid each takes turns shooting missiles to sink each other’s fleets. If a ship is hit, you put a peg in it to show that it has been hit. The game goes on until one player sinks all the ships of the other player. 

This summer Amusement Masters will have GIANT BATTLESHIP available in our event entertainment inventory. A super fun game – one that we have all played and that is great if you’re looking for a bit of strategy mixed with a bit of luck. This classic is now larger than life, and is perfect for an indoor or outdoor event where you’re looking to add giant synergy, hours of excitement and lasting memories. Click HERE to connect with our team and find out how to bring Giant Battleship to your next event!