No matter what type of party you are planning, the music you choose is vital for creating the atmosphere you want, and for keeping your party guests entertained. Whether it’s a mellow affair of High Tea and sandwiches or a rage till dawn for you and 200 of your closest friends, a professional DJ can cater for your requirements. Some DJs specialize in certain areas in which they feel more comfortable, and it is important that you meet with and chose one who fits in with what you imagine your party to be. There are also special considerations for each type of party.
Small children requires a DJ who is outgoing, bubbly, patient and in touch with their level of thinking. They need an entertainer who is enthusiastic, and above all, friendly! This takes experience in dealing with various behavioural issues. Training should also have been undertaken by the DJ in what to do and what not to do! A DJ should have a ‘Working With Children’ ID card and have experience dealing with children in other areas. He or she should be able to take control of the group, allowing you to relax and enjoy the party.
Party games and special effects are a necessity for small children. Does the DJ initiate and control games such as ‘Pass The Parcel’? Is there a light show, smoke machine or bubble machine? (Be aware of any asthmatic children and their sensitivity to the ‘smoke’). Will the DJ’s entertainment package include lolly bags and prizes for the games? Some DJs offer a karaoke option, usually only recommended for children over eight, though.
Keep the party relatively small in numbers to help ensure a fun time for all.
The DJ should have the expertise, skills and personality to motivate and entertain children from 11-16. This requires training and experience. The mobile disco should come with up to date music and equipment of a professional quality. Is there a lighting show included in the cost? Some DJs are able to offer synchronised lights, or shapes and colours which will excite and delight your guests. Is the equipment backed up, and regularly checked for safety?
Are you and your teenager able to access a music selection list online, to create a personalised list?
Does the DJ send written confirmation, provide replacement cover in the event he is unable to attend, and does he have liability insurance?
Choose a venue that is enclosed, not too big, and keep the number of guests to within a manageable number.