When you’re planning an event, there are a lot of details to think about. You have to figure out a guest list, decide on a venue, arrange for decorations, and figure out what food will be served. But one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make is what entertainment to hire for your event. 

From magicians and DJs to bands and more, there’s a perfect entertainment style for every event. Read on to discover what sort of act you should get before your next event.


When you’re planning a birthday party, having the perfect entertainment can make or break the event. If you’re planning a birthday party for a child, consider hiring a magician for the day. They can amaze the kids with up-close tricks that will make for a truly magical party that they’ll remember for years to come. 

A magician can also be a great entertainment option for an adult’s birthday party, and the older audience will allow them to perform some more complex tricks. You can also look into hiring a band or DJ to keep things lively. Look for a band that plays the guest of honor’s favorite type of music, or find a DJ who will keep the tunes pumping all night long.


Anniversaries are a special time to celebrate your relationship with your partner. And sure, you could take them out to a nice dinner and give them an appropriate gift, but that tends to make for a very forgettable evening. Instead, why not throw them a party with your closest friends and some live entertainment?

If you’re celebrating a particularly significant milestone, consider hiring a tribute band that can play some of the throwback favorites from when you two first started dating. You’ll feel young again as you dance to the same tunes you fell in love to all those years ago. Or bring some wonder to the evening with a magician who will entertain your guests while you and your beloved remember the magic that brought you together. 

Retirement Dinners

Retirement is also an impressive achievement that deserves recognition, and what better way to kick off retirement than with a party? Hiring a DJ can keep your retirement party lively, with a range of musical styles that will suit all the age groups in your office. They can play throwback oldies for the folks who are nearing retirement themselves, as well as mixing in some fresher tunes for the younger crowd. 

You can also hire a cover band that specializes in the retiree’s favorite musical style. Give the whole office a chance to know this person better through their music and delight your guest of honor with all their favorite songs. Such a special sendoff will be something that person will remember for the rest of their life.

Gala Fundraisers

In some cases, you may be throwing a soiree that requires a little bit more of an elegant touch. A gala is a fantastic way to raise funds for a charity event or a new product launch. Choosing the right entertainment can make or break the night and could even encourage guests to donate more.

Of course, a string band is a classic and wonderful option for any formal event, and your gala is no exception. But you might also be surprised to learn that a magician can be a great choice for this sort of event. They can mingle among the guests, amazing them with tricks and bringing levity and fun to what can otherwise be a stiff and formal event.


Oktoberfest is one of everyone’s favorite fall occasions, and it’s easy to see why. The event started as a wedding celebration for Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig and Saxony-Hildburghausen’s Princess Therese in 1810, but it has since become an annual celebration. Revelers drink beer, eat pretzels, wear dirndls, and, of course, listen to traditional Bavarian music.

If you’re planning to host an Oktoberfest event this year (and after the events of 2020, we wouldn’t blame you), why not hire a German band to liven things up? These bands will make you feel as though you were really partying with Ludwig and Therese, dirndl or no. They’ll play the Bavarian music that brings an Oktoberfest to life, and some may even have traditional costumes of their own! 

Outdoor Events 

If you’re wanting to host an outdoor event that’s a little less raucous than Oktoberfest, a rustic picnic may sound lovely to you. But do you really want to sit around listening to your neighbors trying to make awkward small talk or literal crickets chirping? The right band can turn your barbeque into a relaxed, cozy atmosphere your guests won’t want to leave.

To get that cozy, laid-back feel we all associate with a good picnic, consider hiring a bluegrass band. They will play the kind of folk music that makes us think of days spent beside a slow-moving river with a fishing pole. Your guests will mingle and chat as this good-natured music keeps things relaxed. 

Cultural Holidays

There are also a variety of cultural holiday celebrations you might need to hire entertainment for. On February 16 of this year, we’ll celebrate Mardi Gras, and what better way to do that than with a Dixieland or jazz band? Their music will make you feel like you’re walking the streets of New Orleans with a hurricane in one hand and a string of beads in the other.

You might also be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this may. Traditional Mexican food will make the party feel themed enough, but only a Latin band will give it that true festival vibe. You could even consider hiring a mariachi band if you want to go the extra mile. 

Find the Right Entertainment for Your Event 

No matter what kind of event you’re hosting, having the right entertainment can make or break it. Without music, a magician, or some other entertainment, your party will feel flat and lifeless. But bring in the right act and that party will become a memory your guests treasure for years to come.

If you’d like to find the perfect entertainment for your event, check out the rest of our site at Blue Sky Atlanta. We work with every kind of performer from bands and DJs to magicians and more. Check out our entertainers today and start making your next event a smashing success.