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Stretching your holiday budget: celebrate the holidays a little early. Also, October’s ‘good people.’

Think outside the (gift)box

You might be busy deciding whether to be Snooki, The Situation, or someone from Dancing with the Stars, for Halloween. (Me? Mark Zuckerberg.) But, you may also be responsible for setting up your company, school, or family holiday party, and you should be doing that now if you haven’t already started.

Hotels and function halls book quickly for December. Just like wedding rates are highest in September and October as the leaves change color, and poolside cabana rental fees are highest in August, it goes without saying that December is prime time for the venues that host your holiday parties.

What, no Jack-o-lantern?

What, no Jack-o-lantern?

Now, although this all seems very reasonable (and to be fair, it is), it does not mean that you do not have options. January has gained some popularity over the last year or two (recession), but have you ever given serious thought to hosting your year-end get together in November? When you think about it, we’re only talking the difference of a couple of weeks; and this proactive approach to your festivities may pocket you some noticeable pricing breaks with the venue or caterer of your choice. It may also get you some leeway with respect to your DJ or other performer, if you choose to have one. 

Other ideas? Whether you’re firmly set in your December tradition or not, maybe consider holding the party on a weekday and/or in the early afternoon; luncheon menus are generally more affordable than evening affairs. (Again, these are the least busy times for performers as well.) You can always save a buck too by creating and bringing along your own decor (especially fun if you’ve got some spare kids hanging around).

Life size reindeer

Life size reindeer greets your guests and then takes them for a ride.

On the other hand, if you don’t find yourself pinching pennies this year (good for you, by the way), there are some insanely interesting options for excitement at your bash (Santa’s jolly ol’ self aside), including life sized rideable reindeers (they actually ride around the room; for kids and adults), indoor ‘ice-skating’ (at the function hall, not at the rink), All-Star Karaoke, a red and green themed Vegas casino night, twelve drummers drumming, and so much more. (Again, good for you, for being so darn productive.)

Whenever and however you decide to celebrate, just be sure it is fun and enjoyable — your friends, family, colleagues, or staff, and you, deserve it.

If you’d like some help planning the entertainment component of your party, just reach out to us.

October’s “good people”

Each month, we will be recognizing a few hard working and very capable professionals that can help you in planning an amazing event.

This month’s “good people” are <insert drumroll here>…

The Great Escape – Journey Tribute Band
Ask for Rich

Fast Times – 1980’s Cover Band
Ask for Johnny

(Let them know John Dudley referred you, and say hello for me!)


At some point in your life, professionally or privately, you will need entertainment for an event. From a simple DJ, to everything eye-catching, engaging, and creative: be sure to keep us in mind, to blow your mind. No event, venue, client, or concept is out of the question.

The concept we believe in: your event unique.

Feel free to drop us a line and learn more about us. (We’d like to learn more about you, too.)

John Dudley
Owner & Entertaining Entertainer
DJ John Dudley Entertainment
(617) 791-1001

~ Enlivening events throughout New England for more than 10 years ~

Proud Member of Global Mobile Entertainers Association &
Boston Young Professionals Association

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