There are plenty of different things to consider when planning a corporate holiday party. You need to think about the venue, the food, and of course, the entertainment.

While booking a venue and hiring a catering service are often the biggest expenses of an event, don’t underestimate the importance of hiring a DJ — this can be the difference between a fun event and one that falls flat!

If you want your holiday party to be a hit with your employees, clients, and guests, you need to hire a DJ instead of relying on an iPod and some Christmas music.

You might be worried about hiring a professional DJ because it sounds like an expensive proposition, but there are many reasons why this is an excellent investment for your corporate holiday party.

Make your toasts extra special…

While it might seem like the only thing a DJ does is play music, there’s more to it than that. One way they can help you throw a fantastic party is by making toasts that really knock people’s socks off.

Many CEOs and office managers give speeches during the holiday because it is a time to reflect on the year and think about what the next year has in store. Employees are recognized for their hard work and successes. They are told what they have done right and what they can do better, so they feel motivated and engaged with their company. In many cases, companies also use this time to announce new initiatives or changes in leadership.

You’ll need a professional DJ if you’re planning to include a toast like that in your company’s upcoming holiday party.

Your DJ will provide high-quality wireless microphones and audio equipment for your toasts, which means you don’t have to worry about forgetting your microphone or how to hook up your laptop to the sound system.

They’ll also coordinate with you so that they start playing your favorite songs right when you’re ready to give your toast. They can queue up songs before you go on stage, then fade them out when you start talking. This will help keep people engaged and let them know exactly when it is time to celebrate.

… and your raffles too!

An end-of-year raffle is a great way to incentivize guests who attend your holiday party while getting them excited about the prizes they might win. When people know they have a chance to win something like an iPad or gift basket, they are more likely to attend the party and stay until all of the prizes are given away.

If you’re hosting an end-of-year raffle, having a good DJ at your holiday party will make all the difference in creating an amazing experience.

Your DJ can play the right music to set the mood at your event and keep your guests engaged. Also, when it comes time to announce the winner, hearing your company name announced over the loudspeaker is always better with some background music.

To give you an example of how a DJ can make your end-of-year raffle super special, we once played a gig at an event with a raffle. While everyone eagerly awaited the grand prize’s announcement, the atmosphere turned very suspenseful. To add to the atmosphere, we played the highly recognizable Jeopardy Theme Song — and everyone loved it!

We have also played iconic parts of songs such as Usher’s “Yeah” or Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” when a winner is announced to add some drama to the experience.

Set the festive vibe

It’s all about getting into the holiday spirit, so the music at your event needs to keep people having a good time.

A good DJ will always adapt to what the audience responds to. Whether playing classic Christmas songs, some relaxing jazz, or a mashup of the new and the old, your DJ will pick up what the guests will like.

A great DJ can also seamlessly transition from one type of music to another. For example, as people mingle and eat during cocktail hour, the music can be lower key and soothing. Then, as guests start drinking more during dinner, they can bring on some upbeat music that makes everyone feel more comfortable.

A great company holiday party won’t just be about mixing music; it’ll also be about delivering on entertainment and fun. Well, a good DJ is also an entertainer in his own right. The DJ can create games or activities that everyone can participate in and enjoy together. This can include jumping onto the dance floor to the Cupid Shuffle or dance to Gangnam Style.

If you want your employees to feel special and recognized at their holiday party, they need to have a wonderful time and a great story to tell when they return back to the office.

Keep the dance floor packed

DJs can bring life to any party with an energetic set that will keep people on the dance floor all night long. Whether you’re hosting a large celebration or an intimate gathering, a good DJ knows how to read crowds and get everyone up and moving.

With just one song (Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has never failed us), a good DJ can build excitement for your party before it’s even begun. They’ll hype up your crowd and get them pumped up about the festivities to come.

And that’s exactly what you want at your corporate holiday party: to get everyone so excited about celebrating, they’ll be able to put aside any stress and enjoy themselves.

Add sparkle to your holiday party

A good DJ will have multiple lighting effects at their disposal. Some can be as simple as mirror balls that project colorful patterns onto walls or dance floors, while others might feature colors or images that coordinate with your party’s theme or mood.

With a great lighting setup, you can highlight different areas of your event space. This helps make everything pop in visually appealing ways that are sure to catch people’s attention.

Here at DJ Dave Entertainment, we specialize in intelligent dance floor lighting. We use flashing lights synced to the beats and fill the room with waves of vibrant, colorful light, creating a highly energized dance floor. We also offer optional uplighting that can transform the entire event space.

Make it a December to remember

What can you do to make your corporate holiday party stand out? Nothing says party quite like a DJ, and if you want your event to be remembered long after it’s over, book one of our seasoned DJs to take charge of the music.

At DJ Dave Entertainment, our team has played countless corporate holiday parties, and we’re able to ensure that every attendee is having fun. Our DJs know how to play to any crowd while staying on schedule and within your budget.

From music selection to song transitions and announcements, our DJs are experts at getting everyone up on their feet — no matter what kind of corporate holiday party you’re looking to throw.

Planning a corporate holiday party in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Rhode Island? An evening with entertainment from DJ Dave Entertainment will ensure that your guests leave feeling entertained, satisfied, and in the holiday spirit. Call (978) 254-1155 or contact me online to discuss your upcoming event!