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September Newsletter

September 1st, 2019


The Funny Pages

Welcome to the Fun Enterprises Monthly Newsletter

September 2019

Fall into Events

by AC Anders, CMP

The fall is a busy time for all types of events. Conferences, weddings, holiday celebrations, sporting events, fall festivals as well as the various holidays:

Labor Day, Back to school, College Orientation, The Big E, King Richard's Fair, Rosh Hashanah, Indigenous Peoples Day, Halloween, Veterans Day, Apple and Pumpkin Picking, Hay rides, Thanksgiving, Sleigh Rides, Christmas, Hanukkah, and so many more (please forgive me if I missed one you celebrate)

The point is there is a lot to do in the next four months! 

Some of these events you will be attending as a guest and that is awesome but some of you will need to help plan. For some people that is exciting and they can’t wait to get started. Others dread the planning stage and can’t believe they got stuck with this job.

We are here to help people in both scenarios.  To the excited planners, we have over thirty years of experience in planning and finding the right mix of activities for your event. For the not so excited planners, we are also here to be your right hand at making this a painless process that will make your event fabulous even though this may not be your strong suit.  

When I first started planning events back when I was seven (wait, let’s not go back that far) okay, when I was in high school; planning an event was about basics, food, drink and music. Now, we want to create experiences that your guests will remember.  I must say even back in my early years, I was doing this. For family parties, I would pull out crafts, organize volleyball/basketball games and take tons of polaroid photos.

Creating experience for your guests can be easy if you think about the reason you are having the event, how you want your guests to feel after the event and keep in mind that people may be busier during the fall months. A couple questions to ask yourself are: could my event be moved to the winter when people are craving something to do to get out of the house or should I do my event as part of another event so people do not have to choose which one to go to? If you already know people like to go apple picking, why not plan that as the family fall event or sponsor a group to go to one of the many fairs in the region.

We all have an enormous choice of events for ALL REASONS that we can go to. With so many events going on in the Fall, make sure you plan accordingly.  Do not worry if you cannot do it all, there is always next year. Also, never worry if you’re the one planning the event, just call the experts at FUN we are happy to help.

Have you booked for Halloween yet? 

Our calendar fills up fast!

 

Magazine Photos

 

Scream Scene Photos (Green Screen)

Some of our favorites are:

Magazine Photos:  Choose your magazine cover, create some headlines, and your guests will feel like a star! Full Page Photos (8.5x11) or Mini Photos (4.25x5.5) available.

Green Screen Photos: Green Screen Photos are one of our most popular programs. We take your guests picture in front of the green screen and superimpose it onto a background of your choice. We can capture the experience of your event with this program. With a highly experienced graphics artist on staff, the options are truly endless. Some of our more popular programs are Scream Scenes, and Ghost Photos! 

 Photo Candy Boxes:  Trick or Treating just got so much better! This really fun program allows your guests to take home a box of candy featuring their own photo on the front. With several candy options to choose from, everyone will love one of these in their goody bags! 

Caricatures: Always a great option for your Halloween Party to capture those crazy costumes in a unique way or we can pre-print a Halloween theme. 

Psychics:  Create a FUN experience for your guests with a bit of mystery and intuition. Hire one of our psychic readers to entertain your guests. 

Roving Magician: Are you looking for entertainment that will leave your guests amazed and intrigued? We have magicians who will move around an event and entertain on the spot. This draws a crowd as people watch the interaction of the magician with his participant. If you are looking for instantaneous fun, contact us about our amazing magicians.

Ceramic Pumpkin Decorating:  Pumpkin Decorating is a perfect program for the fall season, without all the mess! From September to November, your guests can enjoy decorating their own pumpkins with a wide selection of crafting supplies - the creativity is endless! Your guests will love bringing their pumpkins home and showing them off.

Great Advice for Parents with children entering 

High School or College

by Ken Abrahams

Stay involved, but not too involved. 

Believe it or not, back to school has already started. In several parts of the country, elementary and high schools are open, along with some colleges. This means big changes for a number of families. Personally, this year marks the last year that my wife and I will have a child in school (at least it appears that way). Our older son will be graduating in May with his MBA. Over the years, from my own experience and from listening to one of our speakers, Michael Miller, I have picked up a few things. Here are some tips that may help if you have a child just starting high school or college.

  1.  You both need some time to figure this out. These are big changes, at both of these levels, there is less hand holding from faculty, more freedom than at their previous academic level and the workload and expectations are greater.
  2. They need time to find their comfort level and that doesn’t get easier with parental nagging. You may feel as if you are being supportive but they may see it as being intrusive.
  3. Ask how they would like to interact with you.
  4. Set expectations but make them reasonable. Hourly or even daily texts may not work for them but you may need something more than a monthly check in.
  5. Have this conversation sooner rather than later, it is better done preemptively than in a reactionary way.
  6. Discuss holiday schedules early. What do you expect from them and what did you have planned. For example, for Thanksgiving you may think that your student will relish the thought of 3 or 4 fun, family filled days, while they are planning every waking hour outside of Thanksgiving dinner catching up with friends. Having this conversation as they are walking out the door is a bad idea.
  7. If your child is going away to school, unannounced drop ins are ill advised. Let them know that you trust, respect and support them. This goes a long way to making a smooth transition.
  8. If you want to find out about Family Weekends, look at the website. More often than not, asking your child results in “I dunno what is happening.”
  9. If you are attending Family Weekend and you live out of town, make hotel and dinner reservations early.
  10. If you are dropping your child off at school, the car ride is a great chance to discuss this with them.
  11. You will probably pack way too much stuff for their rooms, don’t be afraid to take a few things home with you.
  12. Enjoy this time, it is awesome and goes by way to fast.

Have you booked yet?  

Call us at 781-436-3187 today!

This Month

Coming Up: 

Blog Spot

Check out our latest blogs

An Argument for Honest Feedback - It can be uncomfortable to give a vendor honest feedback, but your experience - whether good or bad - can help us grow.

Apple Took A Bite Out of Me - I've long been a loyal customer to Apple, but the latest recall and resulting customer service has me questioning my love of the brand.

After more than a week, the Apple still tastes bad - We aspire to be a lot of things, but a number isn't one of them.

See all of our blogs on our website at www.funent.com/blogs

Do you have kids heading off to College?  Check out Michael's latest #3things on Better Connecticut

Michael Miller is sharing 3 things to talk about with your children before they head off for college! Visit Speak Educators to learn more.

Cherry Blossom

by Anna Ginnetti-Ricci

If you have any questions about the artist, want to hire her for a commission project, or purchase any prints or note cards, please contact Anna via email:  [email protected]

Visit her website @annaginnetti.com 

We need FULL TIME Event Staff - Pass the word!

We are looking for full time event staff in our Stoughton, Massachusetts location. Candidates should be personable, enthusiastic individuals with a strong work ethic and a commitment to customer service.

  • High School Diploma or GED Certificate is preferred.
  • Must be personable, hardworking and able to work independently.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Strong attention to detail and follow through.
  • Proven proficiency in the use of computer equipment/applications.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in written and verbal formats.
  • Punctual for all jobs and assignments.
  • Be able to lift 40 lbs. and stand up for prolonged periods of time.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and a clean driving record.

Please send resumes to: [email protected]

Really Random Trivia 

What is the name of the woman Mario is attempting to save from the giant ape in the original Donkey Kong?

See below for the answer 


I Scream, You Scream

Thanks Perfect Parties USA

for treating our staff to your Ice Cream Truck! 

We loved it!

Fun Facts

In July we were a part of 105 different events with 174 programs. Our best selling program still hasn't wavered for seven consecutive months - Caricatures - with 58 individual artist programs.

Wow that's a lot of Caricatures!

 The History and Origin of the Caricature

 

 

Word Search - Fall Fun

Crossword Answer:

Trivia Answer: 

Answer: Pauline 
More information: Though Princess Peach has come to be known as Mario's primary love interest, in his first appearance he risked life and limb to save Pauline from Donkey Kong.

 

 

 

  Newsletter written and edited by Debra Holland  - September 2019

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