Archive for category Corporate Events

Planning Your Party: Futuristic & Fantastical

The Future: as a party theme it’s made up of endless opportunities. Does your future look like The Jetsons? 2001: A Space Odyssey? Gattaca? Or maybe your idea of The Future is unlike anything anyone has yet dreamed up! (Although we think everyone should have a Rosie robot) Want to completely cover your venue in white or drape all the walls with fiber-optic light curtains? Do it! Or does your vision include covering almost everything in Spandex and topping the Dr. Seuss-esque table centerpieces with disco balls? Cause ours did! The sky’s the limit on this one but here are some ideas to get you started…

Theme: The Future

Description: Neon colors, pulsating lights and ambient trance music set the scene for a party reminiscent of something yet unknown. This theme would be fantastic for a corporate event centered around a new product launch or anything that calls for forward motion!

Suggested attire: Futurist – get creative! You could ask that guests wear black and then hand out glowing accessories upon arrival.

Food and Drink: International cuisine with futuristic presentation; think neon stands and lots of varying elevation. Serve drinks in glowing glassware and include some neon shooters! If your event is alcohol-free, consider serving fruit juices with exotic garnishes or extravagant straws.

Décor: Guests enter through a tunnel flanked with search lights. Dry ice would be a nice effect for the entrance. Tables are covered in spandex and centerpieces are up-lit with neon lights. Fiber-optic light curtains adorn the walls .

Entertainment: Futuristic circus performers would surely fit the bill! Can anyone say ‘Cirque du Soliel’ act??  Mimes, psychics and musicians add a nice touch either at stations or as strolling entertainment.

Music: Consider hiring a Video Jockey for your musical entertainment as s/he can incorporate futuristic video with top 40 songs, allowing for dancing! Be sure your guests have practiced their robot skills!

What would your futuristic party include?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross


, , , ,

1 Comment

Add To Your Playlist: 3 More Can’t Go Wrong Dance Songs

Last Music Monday, we shared 9 great picks to keep the party going strong at your corporate event or wedding reception. We asked readers to suggest their pick for #10. Read the original post here and then check out these suggestions from our readers!

1. Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

The Tune: Cyndi Lauper’s breakthrough hit, Girls Just Want To Have Fun resonates with women of all ages and is a pop-culture legacy of the 80s. With the song’s contagious beat, Lauper’s eccentric moves, and lyrics that are begging to be sung in masses, this tune is a great pick for our list!

The Groove: Lauper offers plenty of inspiration in the video. Think side stepping with bold arm movements, or fanning your skirt while you sway. The beat offers a perfect opportunity for a train, which should only encourage guests to belt out the lyrics of this feminist anthem.

2. Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry

The Tune: A true one-hit-wonder with a title inspired by the times. For a band that normally played hard rock, this funk rock song really hit a chord with fans, propelling the tune to the top of the charts.

The Groove: Thanks to our friend, David, for these suggested dance moves: Step side to side while nodding your head to the beat. Singing along only in anticipation of the guitar solo at which you stop dancing to play your air guitar.

2. Feel So Close To You – Calvin Harris

The Tune: A classic club thumper with wistful lyrics makes this a great choice to get people to hit the dance floor! Bonus points for another surefire singalong chorus. This is Indie meets Dance at its best. We predict Feel So Close To You is going to be a popular request this wedding season.

The Groove: This song has a great, rhythmic, repetitious beat so go with it! As long as your moving in some sort of bouncy fashion, you should be good!

Be sure to check out the intense dubstep remix of Feel So Close To You from Nero… here.

What are you planning on adding to your playlist to ensure your guests bust-a-move?

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

, , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Planning Your Party: Las Vegas Casino

There are a lot of great themed party ideas out there. And as we get this series started, we want to share details on some of the more popular options. A Las Vegas Casino party is a really fantastic theme to go with for larger groups, such as holiday and corporate events. You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to decor and entertainment, which makes this a good theme for a variety of budgets.

Las Vegas Casino Themed Party


Theme: Las Vegas Casino

Description: A really classic themed party, a Las Vegas Casino event offers myriad of options for entertaining your guests. From black jack and poker to palm readers and psychics, there is a lot you can do with this theme. There are endless options for decor, as well. And your guests can even be greeted by paparazzi! Let your imagination be as wild as Las Vegas herself!

Suggested attire: Cocktail attire.

Food and Drink: Finger foods and appetizers make great options for a theme that requires roaming! Let your guests nibble as they wait for their turn to roll the dice. Accompany these small plates with classic cocktails like martinis and daiquiris.

Décor: The bright lights of the Vegas strip adorn the entry; think lighted Casino sign and some $$$ signs buzzing with electricity. White entry columns are flanked by green palm trees. Custom table linens and chair covers compliment themed floral centerpieces, and the room is finished with large dice stacked around the ballroom.

Entertainment: The options for entertainment are endless. Black Jack, Poker, Craps and Roulette tables are the obvious choice. Other fun options include strolling Magicians and Airbrush Tattoo Artists. You could also give your guests the option of playing classic arcade and carnival games, think Pinball or Ski Ball. And don’t forget the Vegas Show Girls, adorned in beautiful costumes complete with those lovely and colorful headpieces.

Music: Offering your guests tunes spun by a talented DJ with the option of karaoke is a great way to keep the party interactive. If you want to put on a real show, consider a high-energy act like Dal Bouey.

Part of what is going to make this series so great is your involvement. We want your questions and suggestions! If there’s a themed party idea you’d like us to cover, please leave a comment!

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

, , , , ,

Leave a comment

National Acts: The Association in Grand Rapids

The Association. A band known best for hits such as Windy and Cherish. These guys were 60’s pop sensations and they still put on a great show today!

On Saturday they did just that. Senior Event Coordinator, Sandee Singer, booked The Association for a private function at The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids and they were a hit. Each year the Roskam Baking Company throws a corporate party and we’re always honored to provide the entertainment. Previous National Acts have included Joe Piscapo and Lovin’ Spoonful. This year Bob Jensen was also there to provide Lighting and Sound.

Joe Piscapo even made a special appearance!

The Association with Joe Piscapo          The Association

For flashback’s sake, check out some retro The Association!

What’s your favorite The Association hit? Need to book a national act? Give us a call 248.398.9711

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

, , , , , ,

Leave a comment

Parades, Costumes, Beads – It’s Mardi Gras!

Okay, so we realize we’re a little late on this. Mardi Gras was officially yesterday. We’re going to blame our belatedness on one-too-many paczkis.

Mardi Gras is the ultimate party. It’s colorful, lively and eclectic. There’s booze and fancy donuts. And the carnivalesque festivities culminate with costumes and parades. The carnival season may only last a couple of weeks but Mardi Gras makes for a fantastic theme party any time of year. With myriad decoration ideas and a great color scheme, a Mardi Gras themed party is perfect for a corporate event, holiday party, birthday extravaganza or any other special occasion.

If anyone knows how to throw a Mardi Gras party it’s Joe Peraino, our CEO and corporate event guru. Complete with masks, beads, extravagant entrances, costumed jokers, fantastic music and spectacular decor, a Lorio Ross Entertainment Mardi Gras party promises to be as colorful, lively and eclectic as the real thing!


Mardi Gras


Thinking about hosting a Mardi Gras party? You can start by following our Mardi Gras Events board on Pinterest! Hosting a larger event? Give us a call and one of our seasoned event planners can help you start planning a party you’ll never forget.

Ever been to a Mardi Gras Party? Tell us about it!


Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

, , ,

Leave a comment

“The Island Guys” to make a splash during Saks Fifth Avenue event

It’s beauty week at Saks Fifth Avenue! During this year’s event, Saks’ beauty experts will “take you on an exotic journey through the season’s hottest shades.” But it isn’t just the vibrant eyeshadow and enticing scents that are going to make this event unique! Once again, Lorio Ross Entertainment has partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue and we’re providing the perfect entertainment to match the mood.

The Island Guys performed during last Saturday’s events and were so fantastic we’re bringing them back this Saturday, February 25th, 2012. This duo is a fantastic mix of keyboard and steel drums and they’ll be performing reggae, calypso and island rhythms music! Shoppers are sure to enjoy this addition to beauty week and can take in the tunes on the first floor from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

Check out their video for a sneak peek of what to expect this Saturday!

The Island Guys are available for a variety of events! Contact us with your event needs and we’ll be more than happy to help!

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

, , , ,

Leave a comment

client review

Thank you to Consolidated Financial Corporation for this wonderful review. We’re so glad you enjoyed your Lorio Ross Entertainment Casino Party!

“We would like to thank you and your staff for a wonderful evening. Our staff members and guests enjoyed themselves immensely. I received compliments throughout the night and to this day, it was the best holiday party our company has had. This could not have  happened without you and your staff’s hard work.

Once again, THANK YOU!”


Leave a comment