Photo booths are a great addition to any home party. Whatever the reason for the party, from graduations to birthdays, summer barbecues and proms a photo booth is always an instant hit with people of all ages and adds the fun element.
When it comes to children’s birthday party, the first theme that comes to mind is Disney. There is some kind of Disney character that children of any age will like, from Mickey mouse to Elsa! The birthday child and the children that come for the party will be absolutely thrilled. I am sure that there are enough adults who would enjoy a Disney theme too.
If you are ready to spend an extra $500 for your child’s birthday party you can get about two to three hours of a photo booth, indoors or outdoors with a whole set of Disney props and if you throw in another couple of hundred dollars, you will get in extras like HD photos on DVD, video of the whole photo booth experience, extra time and much more.
If you think all this is too expensive, have a great Disney themed party with everything from plates to glasses from the Disney collection and also get Disney themed props which are available fairly cheap and make your own Disney photo booth at home at a fraction of the cost. There are enough guides on how to create your own photo booths with printable props available online and ideas of what you can do for backdrops.
Questions to ask the photo booth company before deciding on one:
Are they available for the dates you want?
How long have they been on business? Will they be able to provide references?
Do they have insurance? Even if is slightly expensive, get someone with insurance cover just in case there are any accidents.
How big is the photo booth? How many people can fit in the booth at one time? Will they have enough props? Kids have more fun when they can take pictures together and sometimes there could be more than one Mickey mouse or Elsa wanting to take pictures together. The company should be able to provide for this. Also if more people are allowed into the booth at the same time, it will reduce queues of waiting to get in.
Will they give reprints on site? In case there is more than one person at a time, everyone that comes to the booth should get a copy of their photos.
What different prices/packages do they have? What is included in each package?
What kind of equipment they use? They should have professional equipment if they charge you professional rates.
Is it possible to get custom layouts? Is it possible to get other layouts other than the usual photo strips?
Do they have a photo booth to suit your needs – open air, drape, pipe or homemade booth?
Will they be able to get background/props to match your colour theme?
Corporate gifting has become a regular ritual in most of the business establishments. It is seen as an opportunity to appreciate the clients and encourage the employees. With several professional agencies that aid in the corporate gifting or innumerable online options available, one is spoiled for choice. For many, instead of helping, the various choices result in confusion. It would help to remember the following before embarking on the process of corporate gifting.
Know your recipients – Selecting a gift for a personal friend is quite difficult. Now consider selecting one for a person with whom you share only a professional relationship, whose personal tastes you do not know. Best option in this case would be a gift card, if that sounds too impersonal, stick to generic gifts such as calendars or fruit baskets.
The policies, yours and theirs’ – Both your organization and the client’s organization might have corporate policies that prohibit giving/receiving gifts or limit the dollar value of such gifts. It is to ensure the gift isn’t being considered as a bribe. Check tax implication too.
Think before you gift cash – Even if you are not sure of what to buy, do not consider cash as a gift. It is socially inappropriate. Resort to gift cards instead. It would be preferred by the recipients too as it gives them the power to choose.
Cultures are different, so should your gift be – With the business world shrinking, one operates with people and establishments from different part of the world. The customs and practices might vary greatly and it is prudent to check what is appropriate as per the culture or practice of your client. What is appropriate in one culture might be offensive in another. A customised wine bottle which is quite normal in the west would be considered highly inappropriate in Islamic culture. A gift wrapper in white is highly offensive in China.
Be sensitive to gender – Just like culture differences, gender differences also should be taken into account. Gifts should not be sexist or demeaning. Also gifting make-up accessories to female associates might be considered as undesired intrusion.
Give only the good goods – What you are gifting reflects on the quality of your business and services and hence opt only for good quality products.
Personalize – A handwritten note would talk volumes of your gesture rather than just a store bought gift. Delivering it personally would result in loads of appreciation for you.
It is not all about the company – Many times the logos in the gifts would appear so prominently that employees/clients might hesitate to use it in public. Subtlety is the key.
The Cover is judged – A gift wrapper makes the first impression. Even a great gift could evoke unpleasant feeling if the packaging is shoddy.
Time it – Ensure that the gift reaches the intended recipient on time. Plan your shopping ahead, the budget approvals in your company might take time.
With adequate care, corporate gifting would be a wonderful opportunity to enhance the business relationships.