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Make this year’s holiday party the most memorable ever

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You’ve booked the perfect venue for your company’s holiday party, but how are you to keep everyone entertained for two to three hours? With the range of ages, interests and personalities that often make up an employee roster, keeping everyone happy the entire event is often the biggest challenge. Providing great, fun entertainment that appeals to one and all is the key to a successful holiday event. With more than 34 years experience providing unforgettable, flawless events on the water, Hornblower Cruises & Events’ planners have this advice:

A DJ gets the party started and personalizes the playlist

DJs are still the best entertainers when it comes to assessing an audience’s mood and getting the party started. Regardless of age, people love to dance to the classics, such as The Beatles' "Twist and Shout," and let loose when treated to a party. A big trend in party entertainment for 2014 is interactivity, and most DJs organize fun games and contests that are conducive for socialization. Because the entertainment is live and the music selection expansive, DJs can dynamically change the playlist based on audience participation and take requests.

Early booking offer: Book your holiday party on Hornblower Cruises & Events by Oct. 15 and get a free DJ for your event.

Let the location be the entertainment

Consider your venue and try to optimize the entertainment value it offers. For example, by booking with Hornblower Cruises & Events, your guests will experience the warm, balmy breezes of San Diego Bay from the comfort of a luxury yacht with breathtaking views of San Diego’s most famous sights. They may also get up close and personal with a dolphin or sea lion while enjoying a striking sunset. With Hornblower, just being on the water provides spectacular entertainment.

Background music makes the meal

If your event includes a meal, avoid the awkward silence of eating and the clatter of cutlery with background music provided live by a classical quartet, a solo keyboardist or guitar player. Or keep it simple (and save money) by having your DJ or band play lounge music, light jazz or blues, or a gentle swing.

Social interactive games and wandering acts keep everyone entertained

In addition to or instead of a main entertainer, many events are successful with interactive games or booths scattered throughout the venue, such as photo booths, karaoke boxes, casino tables or pop-up stations for making theme-related food treats. In addition, smaller acts that can wander throughout an event are popular, such as holiday carolers, fortunetellers, balloon artists or acrobats.

Have the party theme determine the entertainment

Choose a fun and creative theme and plan your entertainment to support it. This year, go “nautical,” an ever popular and fun party theme made easy by booking your holiday party on a Hornblower yacht.

For more information about booking your Hornblower Cruises & Events holiday party, call 800-ONTHEBAY or visit: http://www.hornblower.com/port/category/sd+DecHolidayEvents.

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