Monthly Archives: April 2013

The LJ Productions Gang Shares Their Biggest Cliché Proposal Scenarios…And We Want to Hear Yours!

Round three! And the fun continues… We asked the LJ family to share some cliché proposal scenarios. Read on to find out what they had to say. Be sure to share your answers with us here or on our Facebook and Instagram! Let us know who you agree with the most or just share your own stories!

Jorge V. – LJ Productions Manager/MC

“I really hate the cliché holiday proposals. There is no creativity there and most brides-to-be almost come to expect it anytime between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. My proposal was done about 4 hours before we got married. Blame it on Vegas. While my wife and I prepared the paperwork, my friends scoured Las Vegas searching for baby blue tuxedos with ruffles ala The Hangover. And they found them.”

 

Nick S. – LJ Productions DJ/MC

“My favorite cliché proposal is when people propose to their fiancée on Christmas Eve.  It’s so cliché, but in my opinion, proposals should be done in front of family and friends. So what better time to pick than Christmas Eve?  After all, it is the ‘Most Wonderful Time, of the Yearrrr!’”

 

Jack Bermeo – Founder and Owner of LJ Productions

“I am so tired of hearing brides that wake up to a ring on their finger. I mean, be original. Also, I can count on my two hands, your two hands, and my dog’s four paws how many times I’ve heard about the family dog bringing the ring to the bride. Not very original.”

 

Kristen Griffie – LJ Productions Public Relations Coordinator

“Nothing annoys me more than when people get engaged on a holiday, especially Christmas or Valentine’s Day. I feel I would want my own day to celebrate my engagement, not a national holiday. Plus, if it doesn’t work out, you’re stuck with a forever ruined holiday!”

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Post by Izabella De Souza

The LJ Productions Gang Shares Their Biggest Party Pet Peeves…And We Want to Hear Yours!

Round two! A few weeks ago, we asked the LJ family to share their favorite wedding moments from a movie. This week we’re asking for their biggest party pet peeves. Read on to find out what they had to say. Be sure to share your answers with us here or on our Facebook and Instagram! Let us know who you agree with the most or just share your own favorites!

 

Jorge V. – LJ Productions Manager/MC

“My biggest pet peeve at a gig would have to be when a guest walks up to the booth while the dance floor is packed, and asks us to ‘Play something good…you know, something people can dance to.’ Irks me everytime!”

Nick S. – LJ Productions DJ/MC

“My biggest pet peeve is when, at a wedding, that one person comes and tells you what song or genre of music he/she thinks would make the crowd go crazy even though the dance floor is already completely packed. The worst part about it is that not only do they give you their ‘insight’, but they come and tell you ALL NIGHT LONG.  We are DJs for a reason and we are experienced in reading and catering to crowds.  Advice:  Mr. ‘Drunkle’ (drunk uncle), please trust the DJ a little more!”

Kristen Griffie – LJ Productions Public Relations Coordinator

“I hate during cocktail hour or dessert when people ignore the serving spoons or forks and use their fingers! It looks tacky and classless. Plus, it’s unsanitary for the other guests! If they lick them after it’s even worse! A big NO all around for me.”

Jack Bermeo – Founder and Owner of LJ Productions

“I really don’t like working with unprofessional vendors. It can be the videographer, photographer, and at times, even the very staff at the venue. They need to remember that the day is not about them and how frustrated they are. The reason they are there is because a couple wanted to include them for their wedding day and some vendors ought to be more appreciative about that. If they are jaded because they do this every weekend, maybe they should find another line of work.”

Anthony “Boch” Boccino – LJ Productions DJ/MC

“Oh man pet peeves! There are so many! The one that probably kills me the most is waiters or guests walking behind the DJ booth. They trip a wire we look bad. Hate it!”

Crystal V. – Percussionist

“While I enjoy interacting with guests and allowing them to sometimes jam with me on the drums, it is not a free pass to walk passed my instruments and slam your hands or drinks on them!  That’s like going up to a DJ and twisting all of the knobs on his mixer without asking.  Needless to say, I’ve had to replace some expensive cymbals and drum heads.  No Bueno!”

Ryan M. – LJ Productions DJ/MC

“Something that really gets to me when I am working is when people walk up to me and want to talk about my equipment mid-song! I don’t understand why someone would ask that during a set. Just really gets to me. And I don’t want to be rude so I of course always attempt to answer the questions the guest has for me.”

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Post by Izabella De Souza

Tips for Throwing a Kid’s Party

Most people think throwing parties is all fun. The truth is, the people planning the party tend to enjoy it the least because of all the stress that comes with the preparations. That may be why planning a kid’s party can be one of the most all-around enjoyable parties for everyone involved.

Regardless of the age or season, kid’s parties offer the most potential for details like themes, refreshments, entertainment and overall fun. With years of experience behind the LJ Productions team, we’ve put together some helpful tips to keep in mind when finalizing the specifics of your fabulous kid’s party!

Keep Your Audience in Mind Although parents usually attend children’s parties along with their sons and daughters, it’s important to remember who the party is really for− the kids. It’s no secret that the attention span of most kids is short, so keep the party to around 3-4 hours at the very maximum.  The same goes for food and drinks. Kids tend to take a couple of bites out of something and move on to the next thing. So be sure to offer small foods and keep the sugary drinks to a minimum.

 

Themes It’s rare to find a kid party nowadays that is not centered on some sort of theme. That’s because kids love themes and it elevates the excitement factor of the party. Parents shouldn’t be afraid to go beyond decorations. Asking the other kids and parents to come dressed up as a character that pertains to your party’s theme will help to make the party much for fun and memorable. Besides, when else are you going to get throw an underwater or pirate ship themed party?

Entertainment A kid’s party would be nothing without entertainment; however, it’s important to decide what kind of entertainment best fits the party. The safest and most convenient bet is to hire a DJ. Not only do they supply the music for the entire party, but a good DJ will actually play games with the kids. If you’re thinking about hiring additional entertainment, such as a clown, magician or face painter, be sure to schedule them at a specific time that does not conflict with other hired entertainment− like the DJ for example. To get the most out of your money, have the clown or magician do their act at the very beginning or end of the party. This allows you to get the most for your money by having each entertainer perform at separate times, rather than having the DJ stop the music to sit and watch the magic show with everyone else.

Budget As with any other event, it can be tempting to go above and beyond your means to impress yours and your children’s guests. Remember, because of kid’s attention span and habits with snacks, it won’t be necessary to have a long party with excessive amounts of food. Sticking to small, inexpensive treats will save you money. If you’re worried about spending money on decorating, choose a theme that matches what you already have so you don’t have to go out and buy a lot. For example, if you have a pool in your yard, why not go with a beach or tropical themed party? A few tropical flowers and brightly colored table cloths will set the right mood. As for entertainment, if you’re worried about paying for a clown or magician, spend a little more on a DJ that is willing to play games with the kids. All of these tips should make for a successful and inexpensive kid’s party!

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Post by Izabella De Souza

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4 Tips for a Successful Graduation Party

With summer around the corner, you may know someone who is planning their graduation party, or that someone may even be you! Graduation parties are celebrations dedicated to all of the hard work you put into your high school or college education. It’s a day that celebrates this pivotal moment in your life, and a day where you enjoy your time with friends and family. The best part? Graduation parties could be anywhere! However, whether it be in your home or in a hall, we’re sure you’d like it to be memorable and fun. Here are some tips to consider when planning your graduation party:

1. Plan Accordingly. Because many of your friends may also be planning graduation parties, plan in advance to make sure that yours doesn’t fall on the same day as one of them. For high school, graduation parties begin around the end of June and go until the end of July. For college, graduation parties may begin at the end of May and could also go until the end of July. An important factor to consider is that weekends tend to get busy for everyone in the summer. Aside from graduation parties, many people go on vacations, attend weddings, baby showers, or spend time with relatives. Why not throw a party during the week? You could possibly get a better deal at a hall, or it could be the only sunny day of the week if you’re throwing it at home! Plan in advance to allow your guests to make sure they’re free that day.

2. Choose a Theme. A great way to make your graduation party memorable is by choosing a theme. Since it’ll be summer and all about you, choose a theme that’s easy to work with and that you love! Certain themes are best used depending on where you’re throwing your party. Why not try a Hawaiian Luau theme if you’re throwing your party at home or outside? If you’re throwing your party at a restaurant or hall, why not go for a Nightclub theme? If you’d like to go for a more simple approach, why not make it a School theme with your school’s banner, colors, and graduation hats as centerpieces? Another theme is to simply use fun, summer colors in your party favors and decorations. Whichever theme you choose, it’s important to choose it early to have your invitations match them.

3. Play Games. Whether you’re graduating from high school or college, playing short, fun games can make your party more enjoyable for the mix of friends, adults, and family members you’ll have there. Pass around trivia questions about you to your guests, and whoever answers the most correctly wins a prize. Make the questions fun and tricky to get your guests thinking. Another game that’s great for guests is to answer a series of questions that involve two truths and one lie about you. Make the incidents funny and interesting, and whoever answers the most correctly could also win a prize.If you’re having your party outside, karaoke could be fun for people of all ages. If you decide to have games at your party, make sure to hand out prizes to the winners to make your guests want to play. A fun idea for a high school graduation party is to have a time capsule there, and have your classmates fill it with something from their high school years to only open up on your 10-year reunion.

4. Food and Drinks. When serving your guests food and drinks, make it as simple as possible. Finger food or food on a stick such as fruit kabobs are the most convenient and easy to eat. If you aren’t having your party at a restaurant or hall, most people aren’t expecting to be served a meal. Why not try out a cotton candy machine or a popcorn machine? Instead of a cake, why not have cupcakes? Having an ice cream bar would be a hit with guests as well; especially if you rent a soft ice cream machine that can be outside without worry of melting desserts. If you’re going to have a theme such as BBQ or Luau, stick to that theme when it comes to the food also. If you are having a high school graduation party, it is best to not serve any alcohol whatsoever. Because it’ll be summer, have plenty of bottles of water. If you’re having a college graduation party, the majority of the people there will be over the age of 21, so it is acceptable to serve alcohol. A fun idea would be to have someone mix drinks behind a bar.However, be thoughtful of the people who do not drink alcohol and have plenty of options for them as well.


No matter where and when you decide to throw your graduation party, it could be a success on any budget. Before planning, make a budget and stick to it. This will allow you to do your research on different prices for things. Write it down, make a checklist, and include all of the bills so you won’t forget. Choose what is most important for you during your party, and spend more on that. Remember, this is your day, and you should celebrate it the way you want to!

 

Post By: Izabella De Souza

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