Event Planning Tips

Event Planning tips give you the hints and instructions that will make your party or event make you look good.

Do you ever call a business and get “for this department press 1, for this department press 2, for this department press 3″ and so on and so on? I know that every time I call

When You Call Fun Source You Get a Live Person to Help You!

When You Call Fun Source You Get a Live Person!

a business and get that recording I think to myself, “how much could it possibly cost to have a person answer the phone to help their customers”? Many times when you get those robots answering the phone you spend valuable time just trying to navigate the system to get through to an actual person to handle your call. It is also annoying to me when I have to leave a message for someone to call me back when I am having problems. From the very beginning in 1996 when I started Fun Source Rentals, I made it my purpose to always have a customer service representative available to answer your questions and help you plan your event. Your wedding, child’s birthday party, corporate event or church family day is extremely important to you and if it does not go according to plan it makes you look bad. Your event is EXTREMELY important to Fun Source as well. Fun Source Rentals (www.funsourceinc.com) has a full time staff of customer service reps to handle your every need when you call. At Fun Source you do not get a recording, you get a live person to help you navigate, plan and coordinate every detail of your event. In addition if you’re having a problem and it’s after hours ( say the weekend or evening)and you call our office and do get our after hours recording, all you have to do is dial #9 and you will get a live person on our cell to handle any issues you may be having. This sets Fun Source apart in the customer service department. To Fun Source, ANSWERING THE PHONE IS CRUCIAL TO CUSTOMER SERVICE!
Office Hours M-F 8:30am – 5pm (205-854-2022)

This is the time of the year where outdoor parties are really hindered by the unpredictable weather and this is why Fun Source offers huge discounts during this time of year.

Fun Source Rentals Winter Specials

Fun Source Winter Specials

In fact, did you know that this is the absolute best time of the year to raise money for your organization or charity? Because Fun Source Rentals offers winter specials that discount our items if you have an indoor facility such as a gym, skating rink or even a barn we can set up most of our fun items. In January and February there is not a lot of activities going on outside so the attendance at your event will be stellar. Youth lock ins, Mission Trip fund Raisers, charity fund raisers, food drives or even birthday parties are perfect for this time of year. Call our office and let us help you plan your winter event today 205-854-2022

Recently Fun Source had a young man with a great idea. This young man was 15 years old and is planning to take a mission trip to Ecuador with his church’s

Raising funds for missionary trip

Fun Source raises funds for mission trip

youth group this summer. With a great deal of creativity, this young man rented the mechanical bull from Fun Source and staged his own personal rodeo. He passed out flyers around school and charged $20 to attend the rodeo party. He staged bull riding contests with prizes to the top three entrants.. When the party was finished he had raised enough money to not only pay for his way on the mission trip, but also 2 of his buddies. WAY TO GO!!!!! what creativity.

Fun Source Party Rentals Birthday Layaway Plan

Make your event the largest ever, and take up to a year to pay for it.

It may sound crazy but a layaway plan for a birthday party, wedding, family reunion, grand opening or charity event is a great way to be organized and plan to make your event a success. At funsourceinc.com, we hear it all the time, “I would love to have the 32′ Roaring River Waterslide, but I just don’t have the money for it”, or “we are on a set budget for our wedding”. Planning ahead for your event just got easier with Fun Source’s new “Birthday Party Layaway Plan”. This is how it works: say you want to throw your child the largest Birthday Party of their life, one they will remember until their old and gray… No problem, just book the items with Fun Source up to a year in advance and we will carry the note until the big day. This allows you to pay monthly, direct debit, or come in and pay when you have extra funds. Planning a wedding that requires tents, tables, chairs, dance floors etc? The Fun Source layaway plan is your ticket to an organized and paid for perfect event, because If the event is paid for, then you have no worries just before your big day. Another advantage of the layaway plan is that Fun Source can take deposits on your event from multiple sources allowing guests, family members or anyone who wants to contribute to add funds to you account. Just call us at our office 205-854-2022 to get all the details or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/funsource for more information.

So your going to have a birthday party and your looking at your local indoor party place to help you out… well, you may want to look at other options. Fun Source Party Rentals (www.funsourceinc.com) is a Birmingham, Alabama based party rental company that specializes in all types of party rentals including birthday party rentals, and we are going to be comparing the indoor party facility vs. individual party rentals in this blog posting. Indoor party rental facilities limit the number of guests you can have at your party and additional kids can be very costly. Whereas, a party rental company allows you to have an unlimited number of guests. The cost of renting from Fun Source in many cases is half the cost of an indoor facility. Indoor party facilities also limit the time of your party, restricting your birthday to one hour on the inflatables. Fun Source Party Rentals inflatable rentals are for all day.  Whether your party is at a park, church or your home, renting an attraction from Fun Source allows your birthday child and their guest to play all day on the attractions. In addition, the advantage of renting from a party rental company is the selection of items available. Indoor facilities limit your choices of attractions, Fun Source has over 300 items to choose from. Don’t have a yard to set-up in? Birmingham is full of parks for your party and most are unbelievably inexpensive. Another advantage of renting from Fun Source is that Fun Source has waterslides which are not available at indoor facilities and offer the kids an amazing amount of wet fun for blistering hot summer days. When it’s time for your child’s birthday party, there is no comparison… Fun Source Party Rentals is the only choice.

Fun Source rents too many different types of events including weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, tailgating parties, carnivals and grand openings. Recently Fun Source has had several events where the customer did not plan for crowd control. The following is a list of three tips for crowd control and barrier control that will help you when planning your carnival, grand opening, showcase event or black Friday sale

Line for Rides, Carnival Rides

Not so Formed line

1) If you have rides and large crowds, you really need barriers for line formation. This will avoid children or adults jumping in line and causing problems with your guests. When there are no clear line-up markings or barriers, people tend to congregate at the entrance to your attraction causing confusion as to who was at the entrance first. Fun Source Party Rentals carries retractable barriers that eliminate this problem.
2) Leave space for people to congregate away from your attractions. Many times the person in charge of the event makes a master layout of the event placing the rental items in a circle or semi-circle attempting to stay close to a power or water source, this can cause serious issues by not allowing adequate spacing for lines to the attractions to form. If necessary rent a generator to save you the trouble of equipment to close together.
3) If you see your event is close to ending, keep in mind that your event attendees will not take this into consideration. People will continue to get in line for an attraction even after the event has ended if allowed too and this will cause disgruntled guests when lines are cut off;  plan in advance to end line entrance allowing time for line completion to avoid this problem. Fun Source Party Rentals rents several types of line barriers as well as event barriers to help with crowd control. Fun Source has an event coordinator on staff to help you with these items.

Unanchored Slide Blows Away

Don't Go With a Cheap Company

It still amazes me that customers would try to save $10-$15 dollars by going with a company that has no track record for safety. Recently there has been a rash of party rentals going bad because of inexperienced companies improperly setting up equipment. Fun Source has been in business for 17 years during which time we have seen companies come and go, however we have become one of the largest rental companies in the state. The reason customers come back to Fun Source time and time again is because those who have used our company know 1) we provide clean and excellent working equipment 2) safety is our primary and main concern including proper anchoring, inspection and customer instruction. (If a Fun Source Rentals representative is found to improperly secure a piece of equipment he will be releaved of his duties immediatly… this is how serious Fun Source takes safety) 3) We are professional and when you call you get us, even when its on the weekend 4) We carry insurance to protect you the customer. Most small companies work out of their basement and are not insured properly leaving you, your school, church, city or organization exposed.  Think twice before you try to save $10.. There is a reason why they are $10 cheaper. Party Rental Safety is most important know who you are renting from!!! Check Out this video to see what happens when you go with an unproven company… SAFETY IS MOST IMPORTANT!!!

With today’s economy all of us parents are trying to watch our pennies, but the one thing that we will not skimp on is our children’s birthday parties. Fun Source Rentals has a couple of ideas for parents to save a little money when it comes to planning the party but still have a party your child will remember for a lifetime. 

Fun Source Party Rentals

Saving Costs on party rentals


Idea # 1
Have a joint Birthday Party — On the surface this may seem a bit unorthodox but keep in mind that this will cut your expenses in half. For example, if you rent a $250 Fun Source waterslide it cuts your expense to $125. Although the party is a joint party,  that doesn’t mean that you have to actually have the party together. We have had several customers over the years that have rented equipment and separated the parties into a morning party and an afternoon party… all you need is a central location. The central location can be a church gym, cul-de-sac, park or any location that would serve two parties. Don’t know anyone with a birthdate close to your child’s? that’s easy… just post it on facebook. You would be surprised how many people you know that have a child about to have a birthday.

Idea #2Charge to come to the party- I know, I know.. You’re thinking CHARGE!!! yes charge. This is a great idea for middle & high schoolers. Let me tell you a brief story. Several years ago we had a customer with a teenage son. The son asked for a laptop for his birthday but the parents were unable to afford one at that time. The son told his parents, “If you will rent me a Velcro Wall for my birthday then I will pay for my own laptop”. The boy gave out flyers to his middle school classmates inviting them to a huge bash… He told them to bring $20 each to cover food and entertainment. At the end of the night, his dad told me he raised $850.

When it comes to party planning costs, think outside of the Party box. Think Fun Source Rentals

Calling all Fun Source customers…. Fun Source wants you to tell us about your past party rentals with www.funsourceinc.com. Fun Source is giving away two lots of  5 tickets to Alabama Adventure, a value of $120 each for the winning entries. The tickets cover an all day admission for both the water park and the amusement park any day of the week. All you have to do to enter is just give us a brief description on our blog of your past party or event rental with Fun Source Rentals. Those customers who include at least 1 picture of their party will be entered twice into the drawings… This is the perfect end of the summer treat for your children. Fun Source will be sending out a mass email to all of our previous customers and the drawing will take place August 9th… Tickets are good through the end of September. Alabama Adventure

Fun Source giving away tickets

Fun Source is giving away 5 tickets to Alabama Adventure

In recent times, party rental companies are popping up everywhere. People start rental companies out of their basement and are undercapitalized causing the company owners to fudge on necessary expenditures. The most common unfunded area of the party rental industry is in liability insurance.  Party rental liability insurance is expensive and this is why many companies choose to forgo insurance funding.  What does this mean to you the customer? It means that you are exposing yourself, your church, your school, your organization or your city up to lawsuit.

Unsafe Part Rentals

NO ANCHORING ON LOCAL RENTED INFLATABLE!! Improper set-up of party rental inflatables can cause injury due to tipping or increased winds. Make sure the party rental company you choose is insured and that they set-up your equipment properly!

 

Another issue that adds to the problem of potential injury is the lack of proper set-up of party rental items. Because many party rental companies are operated on a part time basis, there is limited training of delivery personnel which leads to improper securing of party rental items. The lack of rental liability insurance has become such a problem that many states are enacting legislation to regulate and require proof of insurance. Be sure your rental company has insurance by requiring proof of insurance and calling the issuing company to make sure the insurance is valid and not fabricated. This will protect you in case of an unfortunate event.

http://www.cpsc.gov/LIBRARY/inflate2007.pdf

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/safety/2009/07/inflatable-slides-toys-accidents-cpsc-.html

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