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Hiring a band: live music for events

What's a party without great music? If you can't imagine that scenario, then you know how important the musicians you choose are to the success of your event. Select the right band is one party-planning task that's well worth the time and effort it takes, since entertainment can comprise a big portion of your special occasion budget.


The cost of a band generally ranges from $2,000 to $8,000 depending on where you live, how many members are in the band, their popularity, and the time of year. Here's a rundown of what you need to consider to hire the right band for your celebration.

Experience is essential

References are important, but they're not enough. You need to ensure that any group you are considering suits your family, or your business, or the nature of the fundraiser your organization is planning.

The first questions to ask should be about the band's experience: How long has the group been together? Is there a full-time band leader? How many events do they perform at each year that are similar to the one you are planning?

"A band has to comply with all the requirements of a specific event," stresses Helena Wolfand, manager of the five-piece Grand Avenue Band in Cleveland, OH. For example, she notes, it's helpful if they've worked at your chosen venue and with other participating vendors. They should be familiar with music to play before and after any entertainment, speeches, or announcements.

Choosing a band that's experienced in special events is also essential if you want guests to be able to have conversations! Club bands often blast music so loud that people have to shout directly into each others' ears to be heard. "An experienced party band knows how to position amplifiers to help ensure that the music is aimed mostly toward the dance floor and doesn't overpower the rest of the room," says Wolfand.

Watch them perform

Many bands hand out performance DVDs or audio CDs with their promotional packets; that's not enough to make an informed decision. "Go see the band perform," stresses Wolfand. "Sometimes the CD or DVD doesn't tell the whole story. You want to see them in the room's environment." This is especially important if the environment happens to be your venue.

Make sure they are versatile

Most of us have distinct music preferences. For large events, however, it's important to consider the tastes of all guests. "It's crucial to hire a band that plays hits from the Big Band swing era of the '40s as well as today's h...

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DvGreen Sustainable products, such as bamboo plates, in the beautiful table décor designed by Danielle Venokur, of DvGreen, for a recent "EcoChic Entertaining" exhibit.

Photo courtesy of treehugger.com

Cool, green party elements

Danielle Venokur is owner of DvGreen, a Manhattan-based company that specializes in sustainable event design.

"I started the business a year and a half ago," says Venokur, who creates events throughout New York and other areas. "At that time, clients still questioned the green concept in catering. But there's been so much more awareness since then," she explains. "Now people understand what it means and we are getting tons of interest from corporations as well as private clients."

Venokur shares examples of how her personal commitment to sustainability translates into trendy event design.

  • Her company doesn't use any paraffin candles—only soybean and beeswax candles with organic cotton wicks.
  • She also uses only LED bulbs, which draw much less power than traditional bulbs.
  • Many of the generators used at her events run on vegetable oil.
  • Natural, biodegradable tabletop products such as bamboo or sugarcane plates are also used at her trendy events (see photo of table display, above).
  • Flowers are from local farms, whenever possible; if the flower of choice is not available from a local farm, Venokur says certified organic flowers will be brought in. [Note: Potted plants are another beautiful alternative.]
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Food choices for a multicultural party—Deciding on the party menu for a holiday party simply calls for a bit of consideration. For example, due to religious requirements, beef, pork, and shellfish may be off limits for certain staff members. Similarly, alcohol and even caffeinated drinks may be unwelcome. Just be sure that the party menu is broad, and includes a number of vegetarian options. And have soft drinks, juices, and possibly non-alcoholic punch on hand.

Music—Music contributes to the atmosphere of any party. Keep the party playlist classic and neutral. Light rock or jazz are always safe.

Under-$15 gift exchange—The exchange of relatively inexpensive gifts is a holiday tradition at many companies. Of course, working in a small business makes it easier for employees to select items for people they know .

Here's a fun way to run a gift exchange for people who may not know each other. Have everyone bring a wrapped, holiday-neutral and gender-neutral gift in the $5 to $15 price range.

Some good choices: Coffee or soup mugs; seed packets in a planter; coffee or tea; dried fruit; nuts; book; gourmet jam; a set of coasters; small bowl or candy dish; 2009 calendar; carefully-wrapped cookies; scented candle; picture frame; candy; note paper; vase.

Put all the wrapped gifts on one table or in one section of the room, with a numbered sticker on each gift. The Gift Grab-bag will contain identically folded pieces of paper; each will have a number written on it. At some point in the evening, or at the end of the party, every participant reaches into the Gift Grab bag to get a folded number. The number each person picks is the number of the gift he or she gets.

Focus on what matters—More important to a multicultural office holiday party than food, decorations, music, or gifts is the attitude of company executives. "Put the emphasis on celebrating," advises Thiederman.

The ho...

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