Top Six Questions to Ask When Choosing a Party Rental or Amusement Rental Company

IMG_8668Are your rides insured and for how much?

Be sure to ask this question! Most states require that a company carries at least a 1 million dollar liability policy. Ask for a copy of the policy and it’s always a good idea to ask to be listed as additionally insured. If the answer to this question is no than run don’t walk!

Will your staff Stay On Site?

Certain rides such as Mechanical Bulls, Rock Walls, Mechanical Rides, Bungee Trampolines, larger inflatables etc must be staffed by a professionally trained staff person. Other units such as smaller inflatables can be run by volunteers but make sure they are fully trained by your rental companies staff. Also make sure that there is a person from the rental company staying on site to supervise the volunteers.

How are your Staff Trained?

Make sure you use a company with well trained staff! Unfortunately we’ve all seen the news articles with an inflatable flying through the air. This was likely  the result  of improper training. Ask what safety and training groups the company you are talking to belongs to.  These include but are not limited to the OABA (Outdoor Amusement Business Association), NARSO (National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials), ROAR (Responsible Operators of Amusement Rentals), AIMS (Amusement Industry Manufacturers & Suppliers, International) and EPA (Event Planners Association). Proper training can drastically improve the safety and fun of your event.

Are you Licensed in the state?  

Ask if the rental or amusement company you are considering is licensed to provide inflatables and amusements SONY DSCin your state (if the state requires it). Ask for a copy of the license. Massachusetts has one of the strictest license requirements in the northeast.  There are many companies that “border jump” and are not licensed. We have even run into some companies that are physically located within the state that aren’t licensed. This is a huge indicator of the safety and professionalism of the company.

Do you do background checks on your staff?

The last thing you want is to bring people onto your site with a unsavory past! Make sure the company you choose does background checks on all their employees. Massachusetts requires this by law.

How long have you been in business?

Make sure the company has the experience to do the job. There are many companies that pop up overnight and disappear just as fast.  If a company has a long track record you are much more likely to have a good experience with that company.

Give Them Something to Talk About at Your Next Event

Arcade game Everybody looks forward to a great party. Who doesn’t love to let their hair down with friends from time to time? A memorable party is one in which you show up, grab a cold drink from the cooler or something delicious off the buffet. You look around the room and see that everybody there seems to know everybody else, and before you know it everyone is standing around in little groups, talking and laughing like mad. It’s especially fun at company parties, employee mixers, and other, similar events. And, if everybody doesn’t know one another already, a well-planned party with games and events can help make all the attendees feel like they have something to share and talk about.

So how do you make sure that your next event gives them something to talk about, both during the party and after? How do you make sure that people mix at your next mixer? How do you get conversations started, make connections, and ensure that everybody Continue reading

Make Your Holiday Party Unforgettable

happy-holidaysThe holidays are the busiest travel season of the year. Families from all over the map fly back home for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years. It’s also the biggest time for parties and events, whether it’s family gatherings, friendly get-togethers, or company parties. With extended families, competition for holiday event times can get pretty fierce, so it’s important to make sure that your holiday party preparations really shine. If your guests get a half-dozen invitations for a shindig around the holiday season, you want to make sure that your event is the one that they can’t miss!

The holiday season brings with it more than just travel and a lot of last-minute shoppers. It also pretty inevitably brings colder weather. Indoor activities are a must for any happening holiday party; nobody wants to shiver out in the cold when they could be inside enjoying games, arts and crafts, or some fun food. Whether you’ve got a big family flying in from every corner of the map, or whether you are in charge of organizing Continue reading

College Halloween Events and Attractions for a Spooky Thrill

Halloween magazine coversHalloween has come a long way over the years. Far from just tricks and treats for the kids, Halloween has become the second-largest commercial holiday in the country, right on the heels of Christmas. Halloween is also one of the biggest party holidays of the year, especially for college students, over fifty-percent of whom throw or attend a Halloween party every year, and almost forty-percent of whom attend professionally-staged haunted house attractions in the Halloween season.

With so much party competition, it can be difficult for colleges and universities, as well as fraternities and sororities, to stage Halloween bashes that can compete. That’s where we here at Party Vision come in. We’ve got a wide range of spooky and seasonal performers, games, foods, and other products to make your next Halloween event a can’t miss!

There’s no better centerpiece for your next Halloween event than our special spooky version of our popular Laser Domination Laser Tag. Play laser tag amidst scary props like giant spiders, skulls, and tombstones, complete with black lights, fog, and spooky Continue reading

An Unforgettable Corporate Event

Given the broad range of employee’s tastes, it can be a struggle to come up with a corporate event that truly stands out to all involved. The last thing you want is to have invested a large amount of time and money into an event that feels like just more work to the employees. Strengthening a team and building camaraderie amongst employees can be challenging, especially when those involved feel there are certain expectations for them. What has been borne out over generations of experience in the business world is that the surest way of making your corporate events a successful endeavor is to put your employees at ease with entertaining, communal activities, such as a Casino Night.

Just what is a Casino Night? It is one of the fastest growing corporate events, as it combines all the fun and excitement of a casino with the practicality of having your team bond over a competitive activity. All you need to do is call and schedule the event, then the professionals will deliver everything you need.

There are a plethora of options to choose from, with one of the most popular options being a Poker Package: far from dealing out worn cards on the conference table, everything from decks to pristine poker chips to a professional, felt-topped poker table comes standard. Poker is one of the most popular games in America, and a corporate Poker Night is just the thing to bring your team together, but without the risk of lost wages. Of course, offering some sort of fun prize may help lend the game a bit more competitiveness, but even without that extra incentive you might be surprise at how quickly the gambling instinct takes over.

Poker may be one of the most popular activities for a Casino Night, but it is hardly the only option. Running along similar lines is a Blackjack table, and since Blackjack is a comparatively simpler game, a wider margin of employees might enjoy trying their hand at this game. Broadening the potential even wider are other games that require even less familiarity with various rules; virtually anyone can try their hand at roulette or craps, and playing these games on professional-grade tables can be a unique experience for anyone, even those not usually inclined to gamble. Furthermore, these are the sorts of games that many people might be reluctant to play for real stakes, so a Casino Night offers the opportunity for your employees to take part in games they might never otherwise play.

Then there are even less complicated Casino Night options for your team, such as Money Wheel and even Slot Machine rentals. Of course, a real casino offers all of these options at once, and so does Party Vision. Imagine how impressed your team will be when they discover that instead of a typical corporate event, you have transformed the office into Caesar’s Palace!

Party Vision in New England provides full-service event rentals to Boston, Providence, Springfield, Manchester, Worcester, Concord, Philadelphia, New York, and other cities in New England and the Tri-State area. Contact Party Vision for casino equipment rentals, novelties, rides and attractions by calling 800-290-9525 today!

The A-Z’s of Contract Event Requirements

So you have booked your event and it’s coming up soon, what now? No matter what the event you’ve booked, Be it  a Casino Party, Theme Night, Inflatable Carnival Day, Performer or other event, be sure to review the contract thoroughly. We know it’s a lot to read through, but there is important information included such as power requirements, load-in requirements, surface type (and whether surface allows for staking or sandbags), information for onsite contacts, information regarding  volunteers or other details that will assist in making your event run as smoothly as possible.  Did we lose you already?? Don’t worry; we’ll break it down for you!

 6696192-the-word-power-surrounded-by-a-ring-of-colorful-electrical-plugsPower: Mostly everything these days requires power. Inflatables, amusements and large equipment typically require (1)20 amp circuit or more.  So, each outlet is considered its own circuit right? No, not necessarily. Each outlet may not be on an individual circuit, meaning several outlets are probably connected to the same circuit. Circuits vary in amperage so it’s always best to check with your maintenance or facilities departments to verify this information.  When planning your event layout you should also keep in mind that each piece of equipment cannot be further than 100 feet  from your power source, so that the event company is able to run their cords to the power source. Government standards, Ride manuals and equipment specifications prohibit any distance longer than 100 feet.  But wait a minute!! My event is on a field with no access to power?!?! No worries! Most companies usually Continue reading

Bring a Bull to the Office Party: Mechanical Bull Rental in New England

 

Rent a Mechanical Bull from Party Vision for your next company outing or picnic.It’s that time of the quarter, the one that everyone from the big boss on down to the interns dread: corporate party time. And whether you’re working in a skyscraper downtown or an office in the suburbs, there is no avoiding the inevitably awkward team-building exercise weekend. It would be like something from a sitcom, except it’s your life: the product launch party where nobody quite knows how relaxed they’re allowed to be, so you all go about stiffly trying not to smile too broadly. Now there’s something to look forward to! TGIF? Not quite…

But don’t give up hope just yet! We have three words for you, three words that will forever change the way you look at office-wide events. And not just the way you look at such functions, but also the way your co-workers, your employees, and your superiors look at these office-wide events. And just what could these three magic words possibly be? Mechanical Bull Rental. In New England, a ride on a mechanical bull might not be the first thing your office-mates expect when they arrive for the official function; on the contrary, it might be the last thing they expect!

That is what makes this such a perfect addition to your next party or team-building exercise—the ice will be broken by the time Jenkins from Accounting gets tossed into Continue reading

Laser Tag Will Make Your Next Party Legendary!

Laser TagLaser tag has become one of the most popular trends in party entertainment across the nation. Although arena laser tag has been around since the early 80s, the activity (sometimes considered a sport) has gained significant interest in recent years, prompting those in the novelty and amusements industry to create outdoor versions of laser tag that can be set up and played in an outdoor party setting.

Early laser tag concepts were designed to be played strictly indoors at specially-designed laser tag arenas. High-concept laser tag arenas were designed with a science fiction or post-apocalyptic atmosphere. Many of these laser tag arenas included multiple playing levels, platforms, suspended catwalks, and a maze-like topography. The game itself is played with hand-held infrared “laser guns” that emit an infrared beam that can be picked up by wearable targets fitted to the players. The game can be played as a solo match between two players or as a team effort. Players in the game dodge infrared Continue reading

What You Need To Consider When Planning An Outdoor Company Event

SONY DSCSummer has officially arrived and with it comes the annual company outdoor event. Planned well in advance, an outdoor company event can be a great opportunity for employees, management, and their guests to gather together in an informal setting and interact, socialize, network, and have fun. Corporate outdoor events have been utilized since the dawn of the company picnic as a way for the company to say “thank you” to their employees. Some company outdoor events are also designed to build commonalities between employees, as well as stimulate communication and teamwork between individuals or departments within the organization. And as any corporate event planner will tell you, there is a great deal of preparation and planning that goes into a successful outdoor company event, but it’s not a task that has to be challenging or troublesome – especially if you have a few helpful tips in hand.

Planning a successful outdoor company event is just like planning a smaller party or get-together, but on a slightly larger scale. Preparations for an outdoor event should include a set date (or date range, given the unpredictability of weather), an expected number of participants and their guests, a suitable location, ample food and drinks, and entertainment. Continue reading

What to Ask When Choosing an Event Company

event picQUESTIONS TO ASK AMUESEMENT AND ENTERTAINMENT RENTAL COMPANIES

We’d love your business here at Party Vision. But we also want you to know you’re getting the best products from the best company. That’s why we encourage you to call around to other amusement and entertainment rental companies.  We know that when you compare us to them, you’ll see the professional difference we offer. But before you start calling, we’d like to prepare you with some questions to ask them.

“Are your amusements and inflatables insured and for how much?”

It is important to make sure the company you are working with is fully insured. Most states require registered businesses to have a minimum of 1 million dollars in liability insurance – the higher the insurance limit, the better. More insurance is a great indicator of the quality of the company and their safety record. Insurance companies base their premiums on the company’s safety record, training and experience. A company with lack of experience, poor safety training or a high record of claims will have a difficult time affording and qualifying for higher limits. Of course, higher limits also protect you in the unlikely event of a serious injury.

“Is your party rental company licensed?”

Ask if the rental or amusement company you are considering is licensed to provide inflatables and amusements in your state (if the state requires it). If they are, ask for a copy of that license. Licensing requirements and which amusement related devises are required to be licensed vary from state to state.
Massachusetts has the strictest requirements in New England. They require all amusement devises, including Moon Bounce type inflatables, to be state licensed. Massachusetts lists all the licensed “amusement rides” on the company’s license. So don’t just ask for a copy of the license for the ride; make sure the items you are booking are on the license as well. Mechanical rides, rock climbing walls and any inflatable ride with a platform that places a rider over 12′ in the air must have an inspection request submitted to the state for each setup location. If you are not in Massachusetts it may still behoove you to ask if the company holds an amusement license in MA. Because of Massachusetts’ strict requirements, a Massachusetts license for amusements and Inflatables speaks to the level of professionalism of that company you are considering hiring.

Mechanical Shark Rivier“Do you provide onsite staff?”

This is a must if you are having a party any bigger than a small backyard gathering with a bouncy house. You don’t want to worry about watching the event constantly and you certainly don’t want the liability. Enjoy your event! Party rental companies that provide onsite delivery setup and attendants have much better safety records than those that don’t. Using volunteers that supplement the company’s own staff in order to save on your costs is a great idea, but make sure the rental company is providing an event manager to train and supervise those volunteers at a minimum.

“What training has your ride attendants been through?”

 Ask this of their in house trainers, managers and event staff. There are several training, certification and safety associations for inflatables and amusement rides. These include but are not limited to the OABA (Outdoor Amusement Business Association), NARSO (National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials), ROAR (Responsible Operators of Amusement Rentals), AIMS (Amusement Industry Manufacturers & Suppliers, International) and EPA (Event Planners Association). Proper training can drastically improve the safety and fun of your event.

“Has your staff been background checked?”

You and your attendees want to have a great time. The last thing you want is to find out is that one of the event staff has an unsavory past. Make sure the company you choose has done background check on all its attendants. If they are licensed in Massachusetts they are required to run background checks by law.

Mobeous“How many years have you been in business?” or “How much experience do your owners have?”

This is an easy one. You want to make sure that the company has the experience with inflatables and rides to do the job right. These days anyone can throw together a flashy website, invest in a couple of bounce houses, and start a business out of their garage. Make sure they have the experience, training, customer service, insurance and licensing to do the job right.