How to Throw a Great Halloween Party

While Halloween has been considered an American holiday in the past, in more recent times, Halloween has been gaining steam in Australia, with many children across the country planning to go trick-or-treating, families carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, and Halloween events popping up all over the place.

From creepy haunted houses to the incredible Magique Halloween Circus, events of all kinds have been organised for Halloween 2012, promising a spooky good time for all who attend.

But if you’d rather organise your own freaky-themed party to celebrate All Saints’ Day, you’re in luck. Here, we’ve got an itemised list of everything we think you’ll need to plan a spooktacular party all on your own.

What You Need to Host a Great Halloween Party

  1. Costumes – Not only will you need a costume yourself, you’ll also need a few extra for anyone who forgets to dress up. If you have back up, no one at your party will feel left out because they didn’t come dressed to impress. Have a few extra masks on hand that are easy to slip on.
  2. Tricks – To get the party started and keep it flowing, gather your guests together for some freaky Halloween games. These games are a fun way to break the ice or get over any lull that your spooky event may encounter.
  3. Treats – One word: Lollies. If you offer an array of colors, there should be something to keep everyone happy. And if you’re hosting a party in your own home, you’ll want to be ready for the trick-or-treaters who come by too.
  4. Invitations – Get a good turnout for your Halloween party by sending personalised invitations to everyone on your guest list. You can find some freakishly fun Halloween themed Invitations that will remind your guests exactly where to be and what time the party starts.
  5. Event Tickets – Make your party into an EVENT by printing Event Tickets with a haunted Halloween image on them. Especially if you’re in the run to supply your partiers with food and drinks, you’ll want to charge an appropriate amount that recoups the cost so you can break even.

Keep it simple, and keep it scary. You don’t need to go all out to throw a great Halloween party. With a bit of planning and organisation, you can host such a horror-bly good party that your guests will be begging for you to throw one again next year.

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Give Your Party a Sporting Shot!

by admin on September 13, 2012

Keep Your AFL Grand Final Event Organised

The 2012 Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final is coming up pronto. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in September on the Melbourne Cricket Ground, this annual event has a tendency to draw a huge crowd at home, in addition to its being broadcast worldwide.

The AFL Grand Final Day is more than just your ordinary Australian rules football game or tourney. This shindig boasts an entire WEEK of events, set to start off Sunday before the event with the VFL Grand Final at Etihad Stadium, and on into Friday with the “Footy on Parade” in Melbourne.

Footy Fever

Millions of people are counting down the days until they get to watch the AFL Grand Final. If you can’t make it to the Ground in Melbourne for the seat at the real event, which many people won’t, chances are there’s a Grand Final party nearby you can attend that will work just fine.

And if you’re one of those fine people who’s having a party for the big Day, you’ll want to get ready for the crazed footy fans in advance.

Whether you’re inviting hundreds of people to the local pub, or just having a bunch of mates over for a BBQ, thinking ahead and staying organised can be difficult. With all the “footy fever” going on (and it’s only going to get wackier from here) you may need a bit of help keeping it all together.

Feed the Masses

Let’s face it: asking people to pitch in at a party isn’t something new. Especially for popular AFL Grand Final parties, where people tend to eat and drink a good bit, asking for some kind of donation for the food and drinks is far from uncalled for.

Instead of going around to your guests and asking them one by one for donations, consider securing the donations in advance. This will help you in 3 ways:

  1. Sell Event Tickets. Explain to your guests that when they purchase a ticket, they are paying for the food and drinks that they will consume in advance.
  2. Keep a Head Count. You’ll know how many people are coming from the number of tickets that were purchased, and you can leverage this information to purchase the right amount of food and drinks.
  3. Match it Up. It’s incredibly easy to print Event Tickets, and it’s easy to find matching media for your event. If you don’t like the pre-designed templates, enjoy the freedom to Design Your Own.

Be a team player! Keep your event organised so that everyone can have a “Grand” time at your Final party.

 

 

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Print Event Tickets for Your Own Australian Christmas Party

As Southern Australia cools down for the winter months, consider doing a bit of celebrating. Take a clue from the Blue Mountains and their traditional Yulefest if you’re not sure how to party. This winter festival is so popular that even parts of Sydney have begun to join in on the annual celebration.

If you can make it out to the Blue Mountains for Yulefest, you’ll enjoy a variety of different venues with packages for a “Christmas in July” party. But if you can’t quite get all the way out there, no worries! Consider the option of hosting a holiday party of your very own.

Have it Your Way

Back when we were rug-rats, we all wished Christmas could come twice a year. Well, our prayers have been answered! In the spirit of Yulefest, you can throw your own Christmas party anytime during the months of June, July, or August.

It doesn’t matter what kind of business you’re in, or whether you have anything to do with business. Anyone can throw a successful event that’s also a ripper of a time for everyone who attends.

All you have to do is put a little thought into the prep and gather the right materials. Ask your friends and other contacts to help you out by donating any materials you don’t have outright.

Chances are, if you mention it’s a “Christmas in July” party you’re planning, people will be more than happy to help you out.

Keep the Knockers Quiet

Impress your friends and potential guests, and leave the critics speechless when you print spiffy-looking event tickets for your Christmas in July party.

Choose from a variety of unique ticket templates in the online gallery that allow you to enter your information easily, so you can print fast and get the tickets shipped to you without delay.

Your piggybank will thank you, too. All event tickets are printed full colour and full bleed, with detachable stubs, secure numbering, and even an option for booklet stapling. You get all this for a truly reasonable price, which is more than worthwhile.

The spirit of Yulefest is to celebrate Christmas in July, but don’t make it too serious.

Keep it fun and relaxing by uploading unique images onto your event tickets, or Design Your Own creative event ticket that speaks perfectly to your off-season Christmas party.

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Watch This Space!

by admin on March 8, 2011

Who hosts the most fabulous events?

Is it you and your organisation? If not, it could be!

Starting soon, Ticket River and the Event Ticket Printing blog will be searching for stories just like yours from event planners all across the continent. We want to know what works, what doesn’t work, and how others can enjoy your success (or avoid your failures). Every week, we’ll work to feature one amazing party, festival, gathering, gala, fair, celebration, concert, performance: essentially, if you’re selling event tickets, we’d love to hear your story.

Interested in participating? Just drop us a note, courtesy of this blog, and tell us why your recent or upcoming event should stand as the model for the rest of the country. Whether it’s an unqualified triumph or an abject fiasco, let us know what you’ve learned, and what others can learn from your experience, and we might devote an entire post to you! We’ll also be contacting other Ticket River customers so you can learn even more about how to host an exceptional event.

Selected events will be profiled on this blog, along with links back to your own sites and any pictures you’d like to share. We’ll be interviewing customers to learn what they know and sharing that knowledge so our readers can plan for the future and fulfill their dreams by holding the top events, and featured organisations will receive some extra incentives to make their next event even better!

What’s good for you is good for us. Smooth events that run the way they’re planned keep everyone happy. Let’s share our knowledge and experience!

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If you are an educator or otherwise involved in programming for adolescents and young people, you may already be selling Event Tickets to a Valentine’s themed event for February 14, or some other time in the upcoming future. In that case, you know you’re walking a fine line: you want to create a fun experience that will engage their minds and their senses, but you need your chaperons on their toes and the supervision level high.

Unlike a similar event directed toward adults, you don’t want the atmosphere to get too dark. Instead of candlelight, consider more exciting ways to create a magical atmosphere:

  • Balloon drop
  • Smoke machine
  • Confetti cannon
  • Soap bubbles
  • Foam
  • Strobe lights

Your teens are young adults, but your goal here should be to provide a more innocent and childlike environment, one in which they can have fun without feeling pressured to engage in more adult behaviors.

Hiring a high energy band or DJ is another important step. Popular musical acts will draw crowds, and can be advertised in advance on Posters and Flyers, which will help you sell more Event Tickets. If funds allow, a professional photographer is a nice touch, especially if they will bring the proper backdrop for Valentine’s photos.

To keep your teens involved, be sure to plan games and activities so they stay occupied and in sight. Frequently distributing prizes and small items helps keep them in the room with you. The goal is romantic, but not too romantic! There will be plenty of time for that when they’re a little older.

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A Year of Fabulous Events

by admin on February 1, 2011

Ticket Printing around the Calendar

Are you worried about attendance at your regular gatherings? Flagging interest in a meeting or party that occurs 4 or 6 or 12 times a year may reflect a dreadful sameness. If your guests feel that these events all run together, getting them to come out over and over again can get difficult.

The solution? Create the distinction of distinct events by assigning each one a specific theme and then printing Event Tickets, Invitations, and other products to announce the theme.

Some themes are easy, almost too easy. Your Christmas holiday party, is a no-brainer, and you’ll find many designs and ticket templates to sell it. But what if you gather together every month? You can choose a seasonal theme, working with holiday and meteorological conditions. Or, you can get more creative. Why not throw out the seasonal themes completely and think of the year in different terms?

Colour, for example. With so many beautiful Event Kits to choose from, you can print publicity products in a different colour every month. Coordinate by decorating your venue in that month’s colour, and then asking your guests to wear that colour. Imagine how lovely your pictures will be when everyone comes in blue, or green, or white! Members will look forward to expressing themselves, and seeing how others interpret the theme.

Other options, for which you’ll find plenty of matching Event Kits, could be sports, nature, or cities. Browse the design gallery at a large online ticket printing company and you’ll find plenty of ideas.

Planning the year out in advance allows you to create a year’s worth of thematic intent!

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Every Day It’s Getting Closer

by admin on December 18, 2010

Christmas is coming!

As a child, you anticipated the parties and presents. As an adult, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the details. Particularly if you’re selling tickets to a Christmas party, New Year’s celebration, or other seasonal event, you’re so busy talking to caterers, musicians, and professional Santas that actually selling those tickets takes a back seat to planning.

Yet, you must sell those Event Tickets if you hope to have a party. Here are some simply steps you can take to help generate more interest in your event and sell more tickets.

  • Print and mail Invitations (it’s not too late!).
  • Create an event page on Facebook. Ask guests to RSVP online.
  • Print and hang Flyers and Posters where potential guests may congregate/
  • Create a logo for the event, have it printed on Stickers, and distribute them everywhere.
  • Leak some of the exciting details to generate extra buzz for word-of-mouth advertising.
  • Using chalk, leave intriguing messages on sidewalks and walls.
  • Create a short video advertising your event. Post it online and share the link.

Creating a page with a unique URL dedicated just to your event helps you help your guests. It’s easy for you to share that link, and, as long as you include all the important details on your page, people will be able to learn everything they need to know about your party in one place.

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The Hottest Ticket This Christmas

by admin on November 29, 2010

Did you remember to plan ahead?

If your Christmas celebration is to serve as a fundraiser for your favourite charitable organisation, don’t forget to print your own event tickets online. It’s a brilliant way to save you time and money. Your personalised event tickets will be printed quickly and shipped right to your door, so you can start selling seats sooner. Custom printed free ticket templates in full colour or black and white help you send a proper message: we’re ready for a party!

What sort of service will the best ticket manufacturer offer? Besides free designs and fast delivery, you can expect standard security features such as individual numbering to help keep your event safe and secure. In addition, matching event kits allow you to promote the festivities with invitations, posters, and more. You can even add a prize draw to the gala with matching raffle tickets, which you can sell in advance to earn even money for your charity.

Party planning can be complicated, but event ticket printing is easy!

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Come, all ye faithful!

by admin on November 22, 2010

Are you planning any big events in December? If so, it’s time to start printing event Invitations: the Christmas season is almost upon us once again! Small family celebrations, large formal galas, and everything in between can benefit from a smart Invitation. Casual or sophisticated, a printed Invitation makes a greater impression than word of mouth or email.

When your guests receive their Invitations, they’ll have a concrete reminder of your event, and all the information at their fingertips: names, dates, times, locations.

Seasonal parties can truly start to add up. Don’t let your details become lost in a flood of festivities, forgotten as guests try to juggle numerous activities. Getting the information out early helps ensure that your celebration is marked on calendars and anticipated in advance! The physical aspect of the Invitation allows it to be hung up where recipients cannot help but notice it and continue to think about your event.

Once you know the details for your event, you can start printing event Invitations!

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The Long Weekend

by admin on June 8, 2010

God Save the Queen!

And God save our beloved Australian tradition of the Long Weekend! We’ve got a marvellous one coming up, and if you haven’t planned your tribute to the Queen yet, it’s not too late. All across the continent, your friends and families are scheduling barbecues, film festivals, musical events, and mini-vacation getaways in accommodating hotels near big cities, beautiful beaches, or splendid outdoor opportunities.

Tickets are selling fast for events like We Love Sounds, an electronica festival in Adelaide, The Grantville Pirate Festival in Gippsland, and Mr. McGee and the Biting Flea, a children’s storytelling event in Brisbane. Not your cup of tea? Keep searching for some proper June entertainment, or start planning your own event.

How about a Block Party? For urban, suburban, and exurban living, the Block Party is an ideal event for those who love their neighbors, as well as those who don’t know anything about their neighbors and realize that they probably should. Check with the city to pull permits if you want to close off your street to motorized traffic and start knocking on doors. Who can loan some powerful speakers and play DJ? Who can roll out a grill and start barbecuing? Who will bake desserts? You can sell tickets if you want to make your money back, or earn a little something for local projects, like planting trees and flowers in public spaces.

Printing out Posters, Flyers, and Invitations will help increase attendance at the event. Hang them in local shops, on telephone poles, in bus shelters. Remember that this is a friendly, neighborly event. The more you talk to your neighbors and inspire a sense of anticipation, the more likely they’ll be to attend your party.

Or, there’s always the tried and true staycation. Buy yourself a case of beer and download those movies you’ve been meaning to watch. Celebrate the Queen’s birthday in whatever way is festive to you!

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