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October Newsletter

October 1st, 2019


The Funny Pages

Welcome to the Fun Enterprises Monthly Newsletter

October 2019

Have you booked your Holiday Party Yet?

We’ve all been to holidays parties where you stand around with a drink in your hand, bored out of your mind, waiting for either something to happen or for the clock to tell you enough time has passed, and you can slip out the back. Perhaps your company does the same old thing every year and your employees are left feeling unappreciated and undervalued.  Whatever the case may be, many companies, despite their best intentions (and often a substantial amount of money) fall flat when it comes to holiday parties and knowing what will make their employees feel valued. Hosting a holiday party is more than gathering your workforce and ordering food and drinks. With employee engagement trends on the rise, many companies are feeling the pinch to make holiday parties (and dollars) count more than ever.  But, figuring out the type of party your employees will appreciate is trickier than it looks. If you don't know what your workforce wants, then you may be feeling disconnected. One option is to reach out to your people - perhaps give them three options that the budget allows and ask them to choose one. If your workforce is large, maybe asking managers to poll their departments and cast 1 vote for the entire department. By reaching out, you not only gain insight, but people also like to know their opinion is valuable and wanted. Seems like a win-win!   Another option is to consider a theme - our holiday party last year was an 80's theme and it was awesome! We had glow sticks, a disco ball, arcade games and even hosted a game show. The year before we went traditional with gingerbread cookie decorating, Victorian carolers and presents under the tree. We had a traditional holiday dinner and our staff were asked what foods they have for their own holiday dinner traditions and the company made sure every one of them was represented. Many companies are opting to do away with the traditional holiday party and moving toward more of a Winter Wonderland type party.  These types of events are typically non-denominal and  can be held outside the holiday time line possibly allowing a higher attendance rate as time constraints aren't as tight.

 

Whatever you decide to do, one thing that holds true through any type of holiday party is having fun!  Entertaining your guests during the party is key to a successful holiday event. Below are some of our more popular holiday programs that consider all budgets:

Photo Ball OrnamentsSnowflake OrnamentsMetal Ornaments: All of these ornaments are great keepsake for your guests to hang around the office or at home.

Snow Globes and Snow Globe Frames: We put your photo inside a snow globe. How cool is that? 

Personalized Ornaments: For those groups that may not be crazy about getting their photo taken. We heat press a name or favorite phrase onto an ornament.

DJ/MC: Because how can you have a great party without music?

Santa and Mrs. Claus Actors and Photos. 

Casino Nights: Take your event to the next level and have your employees talking for weeks!

Roving Performers are a great way to keep everyone entertained. Magicians, Balloonist, Mind Teasers, Jugglers, etc.  

Victorian Carolers: Are you looking for an elegant experience at your next holiday event? Beautiful voices and traditional holiday apparel take you back in time. With a large list of songs for you to customize for your event, Victorian Carolers create a magical experience your guests will love.

Living Statues: Living Statues are truly magnificent and add a huge element to your event! 

Party Portraits: Taken in front of a background of your choice, your guests will love to take these beautiful photos home.

Crafts for Kids:  We have many hands-on craft ideas for the holidays if you want to entertain children at your party. Cookie decorating, Reindeer Pails, and frame decorating to name a few.  

NACA Conference Season and Block Booking

NACA Conference season has arrived.  Starting in late September, NACA Conferences across the country begin.  One regional conference after another through most of the fall ending with one conference in the spring of 2020.  Many schools send advisors and students to attend their local conference annually to stay connected with all things "college activities." For schools outside the New England area, we have found block booking a great way to increase programming without increasing your budget.  Block booking has become an effective tool by teaming up with neighboring schools to share costs of travel and accommodations. So, if you want to try something new, widen your programming range or are looking for a change in your vendor, be sure to stop by the FUN Booth and the block booking sessions at your conference. 

First up on the conference schedule for us is NACA Mid-Atlantic Conference (NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC) October 17-20 in Buffalo, NY.  In an effort to increase sales, we are offering deep discounts and incentives this year in our "FUN Starts Here" booths (#311 & 313) to schools looking to try a new program or vendor.  Our discount is available to all schools, singularly or with a block booking option to share costs. It's a one of a kind discount you don't want to miss!  Pick up a flyer in the booth or email [email protected] for more information.

Next on our lineup is NACA Mid-America Conference (MI, IN, OH, WV, KY, IL) October 24-27 in Covington, KY.  Stop by booths #213 & 215 and ask about our block booking options for this region. 


This is an older blog but still great information about frequently asked questions and general recommendations for new NACA attendees.

FUN is Getting Ready for NACA! Are You?

Check out our tips on how to execute smart planning after the conference

So, you went to the NACA Conference... what now?

The Secret to Saving on Your Event Entertainment


A few Photos from the NEHRA 2019 Conference attendees enjoying the Dueling Piano's we provided, they were a huge hit!

As October rolls in with its cooler temps, flannel blankets and fuzzy socks, we begin to fully embrace the fall season and all its offerings. I don't know about you, but I love this season when I can open the windows and let the house breath, sit by the fire with a glass of wine and relax. I love to just sit back and peep at the leaves.  I'm a big fan of the fall the color palette with its dark greens, reds, yellows and oranges. Orange is our signature color after all. In my opinion, there is no place more beautiful than New England in the fall. This season also brings with it the start of the holidays. I love the holidays; I just wish they were a little more spread out. Halloween is up first.  Always a fun, stress-free holiday for me.  Although that carefree existence is short lived with Thanksgiving only weeks away. Regardless of what holiday you celebrate in December it comes so fast after Thanksgiving that I often find myself running around last minute worrying about getting everything done. Did you know that according to Consumer Reports 90% of Americans polled said they find at least one thing stressful about the holidays. 90%! So, this year, while we sit by the fire energizing ourselves, why not think about how we can prepare and alleviate some of the holiday stress. 

31 Days of preparing for the holidays 

Holiday Tips

8 Things to do now for the holidays 

A clean house for Christmas 

5 tips to help you prepare for a stress free Holiday Season

Have you booked yet?  

Call us at 781-436-3187 today!

This Month 

Next Month

Speak Educators represents a variety of speakers that will educate, engage and excite your team. 

Michael Miller - Speaker/Consultant/Leadership Trainer

Amma Marfo - Author/Speaker/Humorist

Joel Christian Gill - Author/Illustrator/Activist/Speaker

David Zamansky - Leadership Trainer/Motivational Speaker

Please call Bonnie at 253-229-4390 or visit our website funent.com/speaking-engagements for more information.

We need Event Staff - Pass the word!

We are looking for full and part 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 inquiries to: [email protected]

Really Random Trivia 

What was the Title of the very first video game?

1. Pac-man

2. Pong

3. Tennis for two

4. Pitfall

See below for the answer 


 

 

Fun Facts

In August we were a part of 184 different events with 367 programs. Our hard-working team did an amazing job for us during one of our busiest months of the year!  Michael Miller engaged teams from all over the country at 21 events, followed by our amazing artist Sean with 19 events and a 3-way tie between Brad, Heather and Justin at 15!  Thank you to all our staff for the outstanding work they consistently provide to our clients!

Halloween Word Search

  

Halloween, Witch, Skeleton, Broom, Trick, Treat, Costume, Scarecrow, Blood, 

Vampire, Ghost, Zombie, Mummy, Spooky, Haunted

Our New Fun Booth Display!

   

 

Word Search Answer:

Trivia Answer: 

3. Tennis for Two

The very first video game was Tennis For Two on the oscilloscope!

 

  Newsletter written and edited by Debra Holland - October 2019

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