1. Allison’s Fun Incorporated

    March 1, 2012 by Russell Allison

    Allison's Fun IncParty Big!

    Want to host a corporate event full of carnival rides, inflatable games, fun foods and carnival games for 100 or as many as 20,000 people?  There’s one Oklahoma resource that can do it all!  Russell and Robbie Allison, the owners of Allison’s Fun Incorporated and Andy Alligator’s Fun Park are up to the task.

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  2. It’s all the rage: Flip Books!

    February 1, 2012 by Greta Madson

    The latest craze in personalized party gifts is flip books and has drifted from Dallas to Oklahoma. Word on the street is, it’s a blast! I happen to know because I brought this fun, crazy, and innovative idea to the state after I stumbled onto a flip book booth while attending an event about a year ago.

    Hi, I’m Greta Madson, co-owner of Pic Stories, a mobile flip book studio. When I approached the flip book booth, it took me a minute to figure out what they were doing. Remember when you were a kid and you doodled a stick man along the corner of each page in a notebook during class? Then you would flip through the notebook and watch your own cartoon come to life. Today video and print technology allows you to be star of your own cartoon with flip books that create a memorable party gift or keepsake.

    You’ll find people laughing and acting a little crazy with this fun energy as they step into the backdrop stocked with an array of props. Even when people are reluctant to get up in front of the camera, it’s always great to see them unwind and let their sense of humor unfold. You only have seven seconds to act out your scene but you’d be surprised what you might come up with! My favorite flip book was the “whack a mole” skit. Two guys would pop up one at a time and then a girl bopped them on the head with a blow up microphone. You can mimic others ideas or come up with a themed idea for your party.

    Helping people have fun is an important part of any special event and it’s a great way to break the ice at corporate parties, graduations, and proms when you start interacting with guests in an unexpected way. Capture a kiss from the bride and groom at a wedding reception or flash a sign up to say thank you while you’re doing something crazy. The possibilities and fun are endless!

    Our quick processing allows your guests instant gratification, printing and binding books in just five minutes following their video session. Our packages are affordable, starting at $325 an hour and includes the cost of your books plus a customized flip book cover.

    See a flip book in action when you visit our website at www.iloveflipbooks.com or give us a call to book Pic Stories for your next event at 405-819-5831.

    Hope to see you in front of the camera!


    Pic Stories “A Mobile Flip Book Studio”
    Greta Madson
    405.819.5831

  3. How Sweet It Is!

    by Renae Marshall

    What’s one gift you could give everyone at your event that’s sure to delight? Consider the sweet idea that’s making a splash at weddings and parties all over Oklahoma – a color coordinated candy buffet with crystal containers and personalized bags!

    When our daughter was planning her wedding a couple of years ago, she came up with a unique idea of creating a candy buffet for her reception. With help from friends, my husband, Jack, and I set it all up and were amazed how all the guests loved it, young and old alike. A photographer who had attended the weddings called us later and suggested that we considering creating candy buffets as a business. In August of 2008, Candy Forever was born. We advertised some, joined some networking organizations and participated in shows, but it was the large number of referrals, including a popular wedding coordinator who has helped make the business a success. In addition to weddings, baby showers, class reunions, birthday parties and anniversaries, we’re also in the process of booking proms.

    At Candy Forever, we offer three basic types of service: You can simply order party favors with personalized bags filled with your choice of candies. Or, we can set up a candy buffet for 100 guests or less much like the old fashion candy counter with a variety of colorful chocolate and hard candies.

    Our third packages is a custom candy buffet especially popular for weddings. The candies are chosen to coordinate with your colors or theme and beautifully displayed in crystal containers with scoops, usually eight or ten containers, but you could have as many as 25. Each guest receives a personalized bag with the bride and groom’s names, wedding date and saying.

    Candy Forever displays table-top signs, but some clients choose to add a few flowers or even an ice sculpture. However, one of the major advantages of the candy buffet is that it can take the place of expensive decorations or additional gifts for the guests. It can also take the place of a groom’s cake or dessert table.

    When you choose Candy Forever, you can relax knowing your dealing with a trustworthy, family owned business that takes care of everything. You simply provide the table and we provide the set-up, tear-down and clean-up service. We’ll even bag up the remaining candy and take it to your car.

    Although we’re headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we now service areas throughout Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City. So, no matter where you are, or what type of event your planning, make it a little sweeter, easier and less expensive by contacting Candy Forever today at 918-693-4943 or visit us at www.candyforever.net.
     


     

    Renae Marshall, Owner

    Candy Forever, LLC
    P. O. Box 571351
    Tulsa, OK 74157-1351

    Ph: 918-693-4943

    info@candyforever.net
    www.candyforever.net

     

     


  4. Don’t Miss Downtown in December!

    December 1, 2011 by Alison Shumake

    Only in Downtown Oklahoma City can you experience the thrill of outdoor ice skating, exhilarating snow tubing rides down the southwest’s largest man-made slope, water taxi excursions along the winding Bricktown Canal, free museum Sundays, free river cruises, a magically-lit botanical garden and historic avenue, a festive 5K run through the heart of Downtown and plenty of holiday cheer for the entire family! This month-long adventure attracts thousands of revelers to the heart of the City’s polar playground. Don’t miss the festivities that will run through the New Year! Get ready for Holiday Cheer as the newly remodeled Myriad Botanical Gardens welcomes three special activities in “Downtown in December.”

    Devon Ice Skating Rink

    Last month, the much-anticipated new downtown ice skating rink made its "Downtown in December" debut at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The rink is located on the east side of the Gardens across from the Cox Convention center, situated on the Seasonal Plaza just north of the new Gardens restaurant. The rink is open daily from noon – 10:00 pm. through February 28. Group sessions are available in the mornings with reservations and our affordable rates allows you to enjoy the rink for as long you want at just $10 per skater or $7 if you don’t want to skate.

    Devon Saturdays With Santa

    Get out those Christmas lists! Saint Nicholas himself will be at the Myriad Botanical Gardens December 3, 10, & 17, from noon-3:00 p.m. Visits will take place at the West Lake Pavilion near the Children’s Garden where Santa will be on his throne to greet children, while a sleigh will be on display for festive family photographs. Snacks and kids’ crafts will be available in the Children’s Garden area, along with a special mailbox to collect those important letters to Santa Clause. Admission:FREE

    OG&E Garden Lights

    The Gardens will sparkle inside and out through January 1 during "Downtown in December’s" OG+E Garden lights. Stroll through a fantastical winter wonderland of color and light in the newly-renovated outdoor grounds. Inside, warm up during "Holidays in the Tropics" inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. The Crystal Bridge will offer FREE ADMISSION from 6-9 p.m. every Sunday during "Downtown in December," (December 4, 11, 18, 25 and January 1).


    Downtown in December
    Contact: Alison Shumake
    405-528-6549
    301 W. Reno, OKC OK 73102
    www.myriadgardens.com

  5. Canterbury Choral Society

    November 1, 2011 by Kay E. Holt

     The Voice of the City!

    Oklahoma City’s holiday season and special event calendar simply wouldn’t be the same without the sounds of the Canterbury Choral Society  – joyful presentations which have lifted the spirits of audiences and given voice to the arts for more than four decades.

    Hello, my name is Dr. Kay Holt, the executive director of the Canterbury Choral Society.  For twenty-six years, I directed university operas and musicals and in community theaters in Oklahoma and several other states.  My PhD is in Education integrated with the Arts, and in addition I also worked as a consultant for school districts in creating arts-integrated curriculum for their schools.

    Eventually I moved into the field of arts management, more recently serving as the Director of Education and Community Partnerships for eight years with The Dallas Opera.  I returned to Oklahoma after over 20 years because I was very impressed with the commitment and vision that had inspired a Renaissance in our great City! The MAPS projects had brought new entertainment venues and a surge of interest in the arts.  When I was offered the position of executive director for the Canterbury Choral Society, I was thrilled to return to Oklahoma City and become part of its vision and regeneration.   

    The Canterbury Choral Society has been an Oklahoma City tradition for more than 40 years.  This 145 all volunteer choral group performs in OKC venues primarily in the metro area, such as the Civic Center, but also all over Oklahoma.  We are proud to serve as ambassadors to other states as well.   

    Smaller groups of our singers (usually four to 40) entertain at private parties, grand openings, weddings, in addition to sports, corporate and community events.

    We keep quite busy during the holiday season with our public presentations at the Civic Center, as well as tree lighting ceremonies and other public and private festivities.

    Our Canterbury Youth Choruses are comprised of extremely talented young people from 2nd grade through high school who are also available to perform during the holidays and at special events  

    Canterbury Choral Society is committed to collaboration and partnership. Tickets to Canterbury performances can be combined with a reception or other innovative ideas to create a full evening’s experience for your guests.    

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  6. Whodunit Dinner Theater

    by Terri Myers

    Murder Most Hilarious! 

    It’s been said that everyone loves a good murder mystery.  That’s especially true when the “whodunit”  (and a good laugh) is shared over a delicious meal among friends, family and business associates.    

    Hello, my name is Terri Myers, Director of Whodunit Dinner Theater.  I began my association with Whodunit back in 1991 when I was a 16-year old actress in the shows.  I performed over an 18-year period with the theater, as well as in commercials and for modeling assignments.   

    Whodunit Dinner Theater has always been a family run business with tasteful productions suitable for any age and church group.  So, when my husband, Eric, and I began the responsibilities of running the theater several years ago, we decided to continue the tradition of fun, family-appropriate entertainment.   While I’m busy directing and communicating with the actors, Eric is managing backstage and taking care of business.  (Read More…)


  7. Game Show Mania!

    September 1, 2011 by Philip Morrison

    I’ll have the usual” isn’t something you’ll hear from someone planning an event. Whether it’s a wedding reception, corporate event, sweet sixteen or backyard bash everyone wants to have a party that’s the talk of the town.

    I’m Philip Morrison and as owner of Mixxit Productions, I specialize in the best service with the most innovative entertainment. I started DJ-ing parties when I was in college in the late 80’s and added karaoke. It was fun but I wanted to branch out my services for something really unique. So in 1995 I decided to take a gamble and purchased a game show system out of Florida. It was “the” state-of-the-art system at the time and the only one in the region from that vendor. Two years ago I purchased a new system and built some different pieces to add to the game show platform. What started as a gamble for niche markets like church and summer camps has become a unique choice for corporate events, family or social parties and school groups.

    And why not? The gaming craze has been the longest running trend in daytime TV history. It’s a great team building tool for any group and an amazing way to communicate information. The gaming system is programmable so you can customize the game’s questions to fit the agenda of the party or meeting. Even if you’re not on the platform playing the game, it’s very engaging and interactive. People easily forget the information from a monotone speaker spouting sales figures or a traditional teaching method, but throw in a game show presentation and everyone’s paying attention. We have a lot of annual clients and I’m always amazed to see that people remember who won last year and the crazy answers that people came up with. People will always remember the funny, strange, or wild moments of any event. We have several different games to choose from that mimic popular game shows like Family Feud, Jeopardy, or even Wheel of Fortune.

    Because customer service is a huge priority, I look for any way to anticipate every need. As a DJ with over 300,000 songs to choose from, we never come up short in delivering what the event demands. Brides and grooms love being able to log in and choose the songs that move the events forward while keeping the sentiment of the evening in tact. Far from the guy who just presses play, we bring out the emotion and energy of the crowd to transform an event into an unforgettable experience. Our music database is regularly updated so your teen party crowd can enjoy the latest hits. We arrive on time, professionally dressed, and ready to host a great time.

    Karoake is a classic choice but I’ve found in over 23 years experience that most people don’t like to do solo performances. Our system comes with four microphones so people are much more prone to take the stage with some co-workers and friends to liven up the party and create their own entertainment. We set up and operate the machine so you’re not wasting time trying to set it up yourself and learn the system.

    Don’t settle for boring entertainment at your next event or some guy behind a counter pushing the play button. Give yourself peace of mind by using a professional! Stop by our facebook page and click “like” to be entered to win a $500 party package.


    Mixxxit Productions
    PO Box 1781
    Edmond, OK 73083-1781
    405.478.8799

  8. Where Mozart Meets Led Zepplin

    August 1, 2011 by Joe Guevara

    When people think of classical music they picture Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach but what happens when you have a stringed quartet who also appreciates music from the sixties and seventies? Take it from me, something amazing happens with the right arrangements and experimental instrumentation to bring out the best from both worlds!

    I’m Joe Guevara, owner of Oklahoma Strings, a company of professional symphony players serving the state of Oklahoma since 1974. As a young musician during my junior and senior years at Oklahoma University, I played for both the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra (now the Oklahoma City Philharmonic) and for the Tulsa Philharmonic. Upon graduation, I started playing for a contractor who put together a quartet to play for wedding receptions. It was a lot of fun but I wanted to go into business for myself with a bigger vision of what a quartet could offer. The best job anyone can have is do what you like to do and find a way to make money at it.

    My musicians are professionals, not people who just play on the weekends. We rehearse and rehearse and rehearse the classics while also adopting new concepts like the way we can take the best songs from the Beatles, Santana, and Led Zepplin and really stay true to the melody. When people want to hear Purple Haze, The Walrus, or Evil Way we know they want to hear what they’ve heard. We adapt what looks like an ordinary cello or violin by using the body of our instruments to make percussion sounds and even the use of slides and harmonic methods to produce those songs true to form. It’s always a delight to see the look on people’s faces when they realize what they’re hearing from instruments they see as the tools of an orchestra symphony.

    Hiring a string quartet has a lot of advantages. A cd can’t start in one place, stop in another, slow down, or speed up. We can change and adapt to the needs of any event because we provide the human touch that technology cannot. There’s nothing quite like the elegance that live music adds to a special occasion. While a DJ can be a good choice for a reception where people want a list of music from multiple genres, there is a classic romance we bring to wedding ceremonies.

    In over thirty years since I started Oklahoma Strings Quartet, we have served over 1,500 weddings and receptions, not counting all the corporate events for big oil and airline companies. I’ve also had some fun moments in the spotlight, playing for the Moody Blues, Sandi Patty, Shannon Miller, Reba McEntire, and even former President, George W. Bush. I love what I do so much that it seems more like a fulfilling hobby than a day job!

    Contact us for your next event. Whether you want Beethoven or the Beatles, we can provide your guests with over five hours of the music they’ll love!


    Oklahoma Strings
    Joe Guevara
    5013 N Rockwell Ave
    Bethany, Ok. 73008

  9. Staging a Lasting Impression

    July 1, 2011 by Lisa Zinnamon

    Are you planning an event but can’t seem to break free from the “been there, done that” syndrome? Don’t settle for more of the same old thing when you can impress your guest with live entertainment!

    I’m Lisa Zinnamon and my husband Ed and I are the owners of Impressions Productions LLC. We have an entertainment vocal group, Impression Live, that delivers class acts through drama and music. Since 1990 we have been volunteering to produce and direct live performances such as musicals, concerts, and fashion shows for fundraisers. Our business was born six years ago when we were asked to serve a large corporate event.

    Nothing engages an audience like music. While backdrop music always adds to the theme of any event, live performances engage the audience in active participation by what they hear and what they see. Imagine your favorite songs bringing back memories with a cast of singers in period costumes, packing in high energy fun. Your guests can’t help but tap their feet and chime in!

    Live performance is also perfect for weddings. It’s so easy to cast a romantic spell at weddings with a soloist, duet or trio as they serenade the couple during the ceremony or bring those memories back for father and daughter during the reception. Corporate clients and private social event planners love how easy it is to choose from a wide selection of themes in our packages. We do everything from MoTown and Groovy Love to Broadway musicals, Christmas Cheer, and Jazzy Love! Transport your guests back in time anywhere from the Roaring 20’s to the pop and rock sounds of the 80’s. We can accommodate your existing theme but even better, we can customize any package to fit your crowd and your budget!

    Known for their ability to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience, our performers continue to receive praise for their multiple talents in singing, dancing, acting, and more. With an eclectic sound, they deliver expertise in all types of events from intimate affairs and heartfelt worship services, to rockin’ fan favorite melodies of various genres. Whether it’s a touch of background music or a full out private concert; this is more than entertainment, it’s Impression Live!

    Come see for yourself the difference that a live performance makes when you visit Oklahoma City’s Northpark Mall every Saturday in July at 2pm and 3pm! You can also stop by our website for clips as well.


    Impression Live
    405-990-8289
    12300 Maple Ridge Road
    Oklahoma City, OK 73120

  10. DJ PRO Oklahoma Brings You the Party!

    April 4, 2011 by Craig Buffington

    No one plans a special event thinking, “oh it’s no big deal.” From social functions like weddings and birthday parties to corporate and sporting events, you know every detail for that event is critical to it’s success and that includes the entertainment.

    I’m Craig “Buff”ington, Afternoon DJ for 101.9 Twister. I partnered with DJ PRO Oklahoma (The Official Mobile Music Party For KJ-103 and 101.9 The Twister) to provide professional sound and entertainment services for events. I started my career as a DJ over twenty years ago and worked at stations in Tulsa, Jacksonville, Cleveland, and Cinncinati where I had the chance to work with Kevin Metheny (aka Pig Vomit – Howard Stern’s infamous Program Director). When I got married my wife and I decided we wanted to raise our children close to family so we moved back home to Oklahoma in 2004.

    Throughout my career I DJ’d events but it wasn’t until MP3 technology emerged that I wanted to start my own company. The ability to store thousands of songs on a computer was far more efficient than burning countless cd’s for a team of DJ’s. In 2006 I started running with it.

    As a professional DJ I knew that to get the highest quality sound meant investing in top of the line equipment. Our primary system is a computer based program you’ll find in many of the hottest night clubs across America and we back that up with a Dual Deck CD that some DJ’s use as their Main System. This gives us the ability to mix the music and video, run Slideshows and place Text on our HUGE Music Video Screen as well! We carry High Dollar Equipment from top line companies like JBL Audio, QSC, Numark, Behringer, Chauvet and Martin Lighting as well. We even carry an EXTRA set of Powered Speakers, just in case. There’s no back up CD Walkman at my events or a home stereo system or an Ipod plugged into an amp.

    Nothing sets the tone of your event like the music, whether it’s high energy dance mixes, Top 40, Country, or laid back jazz and Big Band. You can easily make requests for your event online with more than 40,000 selections! We also meet with our brides in person or over the phone to make sure we give them exactly what they want and work with their event planners to pull off a seamless event.

    Our lighting systems mirror the mood of the music for something romantic or strobe lights and flashing colors that change to the beat of the music. Another upgrade: We use high end oil based Haze machines allow the colors to stream through the cloud rather than thick clouds of fog, your guests will breathe much easier. We’ve recently added professional Videography to completely meet your audio visual needs and our huge projection screen allows you to display music videos or slideshows. In fact, don’t bother paying someone $150 to produce a slideshow when all you have to do is show up with your jpeg files on a CD!

    In recognition of DJ PRO Oklahoma’s commitment to professional service, we received the Bride’s Choice Award from Wedding Wire, placing in the top five percent of wedding professionals in the Wedding Wire community. But, our highest honors come from clients who tell us that we meet their demands and exceed their expectations.

    Your event is worth a professional DJ who will provide affordable, top quality service. Let DJ PRO Oklahoma’s professionally trained DJ’s compliment your event with great entertainment and peace of mind. Visit our website for more information at www.djprooklahoma.com.


    DJ PRO Oklahoma
    Craig “Buff”ington of 101.9 Twister
    Phone: 405-749-2833