Planning the Holiday Party

The biggest mistake we can make as party planners is to wait too long to plan our events.  We have several clients that have worked with us over the years that always wait till the last minute to plan their holiday event.  Sometimes they call us a week before their party.  Because of their delinquency we can’t always  book the band they wanted or the professional Santa they saw at one of our other events.  Often times we are scrambling to give them a list of options that will fit into their team’s goals and objectives.


It is October 18, 2016 and depending on your date or day of the week you need to get started now booking the hall, the band, the comedian, the casino games, a murder mystery or what ever your team is interested in having at this year’s party.


We have clients who have been working with us for over thirty years and they are planning their holiday parties in the summer.  So if you have been dragging your feet now is the time to speed up the process by contacting the Carey and Paul Group TODAY to plan your holiday event.

Some new items this year: Journey Tribute Band, Jersey Boy’s Tribute, Circus strolling entertainment and more!!

C. Carey

Carey and Paul Group



Sticking to the Theme

When booking your entertainment for your festival/event you need to really keep your theme, goals and objectives.

Many years ago I was the entertainment provider for a Fifties Festival.  My client and I would brainstorm ideas for entertainment that would fit in with their theme.  Everything from the bands, kid’s acts and walk around entertainers had a 50’s flair to what they did.  They even required volunteers and staff to dress the in stylings from that decade.


Because of this attention to detail, attendees and participants actually felt as if they stepped back a few decades. People used to come from all over the USA and Canada to be part of this experience.

Because of the strength of the brand there was not a need to pay high dollar for national acts. Many of the head lining acts were local or from neighboring states keeping the cost down to fit within the budget.

Unfortunately new people joined the board with different thoughts, different ideas and took away the uniqueness of the event. The attention to the theme was abandoned and this eventually brought an end to the festival and all the family fun.



If you want to have a successful event that sponsors will be happy to be part of, you should create a theme and stick to it.  Walt Disney after all his success beyond Mickey Mouse warned his board that “We should never forget about the Mouse.” Every festival has a Mouse or a key component that brings your attendees back again and again.  It could be a cheeseburger, a potato or a special decade.  This should be the foundation on which your festival/event is built.

Richard Paul CEO Carey and Paul Group

Dynamic Events & Entertainment Concepts