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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


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Planning Your Party: Mardi Gras Picnic

Summer is here! And here in Michigan, she’s not kidding around. We’ve just had a heat wave to write home about and, as the temperatures cool to a reasonable 80, we’ve got picnics on our minds. There’s nothing much better than getting your extended family, your colleagues, or just your friends, together under shaded trees on a warm, breezy afternoon. But if you want to take your picnic or outdoor party to a whole new level, consider choosing a theme to turn it into a fun-filled affair! At Lorio Ross Entertainment, picnics and outdoor parties are some of the most enjoyable events for us to plan and produce. These types of events offer up the opportunity to think outside the box and incorporate fantastic additions like clowns, moonwalks, dragon floats, carnival games and even old fashioned ice cream trucks. Indoor events don’t typically call for moonwalks or vintage cars but, with outdoor parties, the sky really is the limit.

Theme: Mardi Gras Picnic

Description: A fun and colorful picnic theme that just begs to be held out-of-doors. The vibrant palette of Mardi Gras set in a park atmosphere takes shape in the form of carnival games, clowns, street signs, pennant streamers, stiltwalkers, and anything else you can dream up!

Suggested attire: Casual.

Food and Drink: Ice Cream, Lemonade and vintage Sodas.

Décor: The picnic entrance is flanked by brick columns with an arched sign. Lamp posts and street signs adorn the area as Mardi Gras flag pennants blow in the breeze. Masks, beads, coins and hats adorn the tables.

Entertainment: The options for entertainment are endless. Mardi Gras Clowns and Jesters are a good choice; throw in a couple of Stiltwalkers and you’ll be set! Face painting is always a riot if there are kids in attendance. Carnival games also fit the bill for a Mardi Gras picnic, such as a Hi-Striker, Bag Toss and Moonwalk. And don’t forget the Vintage Ice Cream Truck!

Music: Picnics don’t always require live music so you could consider having a DJ with the option of karaoke. Or, if you’re hosting a big corporate picnic, why not go all our with a marching band!?

Are you hosting a picnic this summer? Tell us about it!

Lisa @ Lorio-Ross

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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

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Planning Your Party: Phantom of the Opera

As a full service Entertainment and Events company,  much of our time is spent creating and planning themed events. This is particularly the case when it comes to corporate parties and events but themes are also great for private parties, picnics and even weddings! Your choice of theme will influence the entire event from decor to food to music so it’s important to choose a theme that reflects the atmosphere you’re hoping to create. Hosting a themed party will make the event more interesting for your guests and give your event planner a clear direction.

We have executed countless themed parties and want to share our knowledge and expertise with you! We’re pretty sure the best way to do this is right here on the blog. We’re going to be sharing pictures of past events, making suggestions on decor, featuring great entertainment and presenting our best tips for tying it all together. Watch for these featured posts regularly. We’ll be titling them Planning Your Party (sums it up nicely, no?) and you can find the entire series by choosing Planning Your Party in the drop down categories box to the right.

By far one of our favorite themes is Phantom of the Opera! It’s sophisticated, it’s mysterious, it’s classic! It’s also a very versatile theme. The story of Phantom of the Opera is romantic so it makes for a fantastic option if you’re looking to throw a themed wedding reception or a Valentine’s Day party. This theme also offers a great opportunity for decadence and luxury; a great option for holiday parties. To add even more mystery and glamour, use a Phantom of the Opera theme as the backdrop to your Masquerade Party.

Theme: Phantom of the Opera

Description: The most popular and  successful musical of all  times. Even if you haven’t seen the Phantom you know the story. The Phantom of the opera is the longest running show in Broadway history. You enter the Victorian world with the beautiful décor of theater  Red draping, Statues and Fountains with red carpet entrances and chandelier lighting . Setting the visual Impact that is breathtakingly unique.

Suggested attire: Formal black tie and beautiful gowns.

Food and Drink: French Cuisine with Champagne and Fancy Liqueurs

Décor: Red carpet & Red Draped Tie Back with Gold Tassels at entrance and in the corners of ballroom, Gold and Black Urns with Fresh Palms to flank entrance and place throughout ballroom, Tall Candelabra Centerpieces with Black Feathers and Red Roses, Red Drape Valence and Tie Back Gold Tassels with Large Mask

Entertainment: Orchestrated Ballroom dancing

We’re really excited about starting this new series and can’t wait to offer more suggestions on themed events. 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

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