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The 5 P's of Party Planning in YEG

By Suzy Kenny

The 5 P's of Party Planning in YEG

How to easily plan a boujie event in Edmonton 

Being a professional DJ in the festival city for the past 10 years means we’ve experienced a lot of events! You don’t have to be an expert event planner to easily plan a special event in Edmonton. We’ve hosted a lot of our own parties, meet-ups, pop-up events and know a few things that will save you time and effort when you’re planning your next event in Edmonton. 

Place

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With many new restaurants and venues opening up in downtown Edmonton, there are lots of location options for your upcoming event! Simply call up your favourite dining spot and ask if they offer private events. A few of our favourite local businesses offer the option to book a private section or room in their space to host your own event:

  • The Common and 99ten (pictured above)- normally a nightclub - but did you know you can rent these chic venues for special events? Eat a private dinner then stay to dance the night away. I know, it’s too good to be true. 
  • Drunken Ox Sober Cat (DOSC) - known for being a cute spot to grab coffee or bite in downtown Edmonton. Also available to book for your upcoming holiday party!
  • ATB Branch for Arts & Culture - located on the main floor of the CKUA Building on Jasper Ave - fun fact - ATB arts & culture clients are allowed to borrow their downtown arts office as a space for a special event on an evening or weekend - free of charge!
  • Little Brick Cafe - nestled in the hill of Riverdale and frequented by the yummy mummies of central Edmonton, this cafe is open to the public for breakfast and lunch and available for private rental by night. 

Provisions 

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If you need a caterer and want to step it up a notch then we recommend Whisk Catering - they specialize in creating custom menus for intimate affairs. We’ve sampled a lot of different caterers over the years and trust us - Whisk has been the tastiest food and offer the best service too! Hire them for an at home event or at a venue (drop-off or full service available). HOT TIP: When booking your venue, make sure to ask if they allow outside caterers before confirming the booking. 


Most of the venue’s we mentioned above come equipped with a full kitchen and menu to pick and choose from for your guests. Often the lower cost option is to pre-select menu items and order food for a family style meal, offer wine on the table or a couple of drink tickets each to get guests started with libations. Add a custom cocktail to your menu to keep things simple for the venue and delight your guests! A Negroni, French 75 or Old Fashion usually work well, they are easy for the venue to make in large batches and most people like them. 

Playlist 

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Look no further - we’ve got your holiday music needs on lock-down. Having a live DJ at your event will ensure a seamless transition from cocktail hour to dinner music to dance! AND a DJ will work with your MC to keep the speeches running on time, the DJ bullies in line and party people having a good time! A few less things to worry about so the event planner can enjoy the party too! 

If hiring a live DJ is out of your budget, we offer custom playlist creation for a fraction of the price. Only downside is it doesn’t come with our smiling faces and emotional support the day of the event ;)

Partnerships 

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Partner with local businesses to make a unique gift for your guests. A good party favor and/or centerpiece will serve as a memorable take-away for your guests. Think outside the box and approach local businesses that you or your friends/colleagues/boss really like and ask them if they have a custom product that you can use as a party favor! Depending on the business, a lot of them will wave any extra fees for the opportunity to get their brand in front of your guests in a unique way. We have a little intel that will help get your ideas going - these are some Edmonton born businesses we’ve seen provide cute & unique take-aways at special events: 

You’ll want to contact places soon to make sure they have enough time to collaborate on your request! 

Photographer

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Once you have all of the beautiful details ironed out it’s time to consider how you’ll capture the excitement so the memories can live on. We know a lot of Edmonton based photographers you could work with, we highly recommend Magic Hour and Semi Vujcic.


If hiring a photographer is out of budget - we have a low cost option for you - an automated photobooth with silly props. This can be set up in a corner of the room and left open for people to pop-in and take photos when they’re feeling it! Feel free to reach out to us for the price to have us install and set this up at your event! 

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Girls Club Community

By Suzy Kenny

Girls Club Community
We've got some fun community events on the agenda this fall. Playing music and DJing for guests at a few groups in Edmonton who we love to support. Sweat Nu Disco, Know Tribe and Fruitloop. Come out and connect and share some magical dance floor moments with us! 

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10 Highlights from Camp Yoga Alberta

By Suzy Kenny

10 Highlights from Camp Yoga Alberta
DJing at Camp yoga 2019 in Canmore, Alberta was a very special event. Our days were filled with yoga and nights filled with dancing! Camp Yoga, is not just for Yogi’s, in fact, lots of the attendees have never even been to a yoga class.

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10 of the Best Hipster Yoga Songs

By Suzy Kenny

10 of the Best Hipster Yoga Songs
Girls Club has DJ’d a lot yoga classes over the years. In doing so, we’ve unveiled some of the best undiscovered songs for yoga and music lovers! Make your 2019 yoga class shine with the best vibes and unique songs

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Girls Club Summer Shows

By Suzy Kenny

Girls Club Summer Shows
Everytime we’re out DJing special events in Edmonton we get asked where we’re playing next or where we normally play. As mobile DJs, there’s never a quick answer to that question, we do  a lot of private events, but some open to the public as well. We’ve put together a list of our summer 2019 gigs with an open invitation to come dance with us! 

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YEG Running Guide

By Jaclyn Panylyk

YEG Running Guide
What have we learned about running? Everyone can give you tips and tricks for long distance running but at the end of the day, you need to listen to yourself and your body. LISTEN to that inner voice, it runs the game. That being said, here are a few things I’ve that have helped me achieve long distance running goals.

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SUMMER SOLSTICE 5k

By Suzy Kenny

SUMMER SOLSTICE 5k
Join us the evening of June 21st, 2019 at Emily Murphy Park for the Running Room's Summer Solstice 5k run followed by post race party (we're playing tunes and there will be beer)! 

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The Movement Pop-up event

By Suzy Kenny

The Movement Pop-up event
Do you want to be one of the first to experience a magical and transformative exercise class? Find Navina Yoga on Mind Body and register for the May 4th class now! Limited spots available, entrance is $30 per person and all proceeds will be donated to Wellspring Edmonton.

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