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Understanding venue lighting. Tips from a pro!

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Getting married or planning a big celebration like a bar/bat mitzvah, sweet 16, etc?  Selecting the right venue is usually one of the first priorities.  Its also (typically) your biggest expense and generally sets the tone for the rest of your event planning decisions.  In recent years, many venues (at[…]

Back To Simchas

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Ahh it’s Labor Day weekend and that can only mean one thing, it’s officially back to school and back to Simcha’s! The summer was busy for team Xplosive, but for most mitzvah parents, it was likely a little more calm with their kids at summer camp. We hope everyone enjoyed their[…]

Backyard Weddings Done Right | From NJ to VT

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It’s not every day that our team drives 7 hours to perform at a wedding, but when we do, we know we are in for a great celebration. Why? Well… if a couple understands (and values) entertainment enough to scout out the “perfect fitting DJ” from several states away and[…]

Silent Disco at a NJ Wedding

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Shhh… this wedding has gone silent! The air was full of love, laughter and a lot of music (setup uniquely), in a friendly and competitive way for Ali & Rachel’s wedding! Let me explain… Picture this… Ali and Rachel started their New Jersey wedding like most.  There was a ceremony,[…]

Best Song Choice for Bar and Bat Mitzvah Photo Montages

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Sentimental vs fun… this is one of many questions you should be considering when selecting songs for your son or daughter’s bar or bat mitzvah photo montage. Let’s face it, the truth is a well-produced, fun and upbeat  montage will keep the attention of your invited party guests.  However, a[…]

Female DJs, MCs and Event Talent.

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Who run the world … GIRLS!   The times have changed as there are more and more female DJs and MCs coming to take the spotlight and I am here for it! As a Jersey girl in the live event industry, it’s so refreshing and incredible to see that ladies[…]

Easy and Fun Company Team Building Activities

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Corporate Team Building Ideas Here at the Jersey Shore, Summer company outings seem to be a norm for thriving businesses who value the importance of a well balanced and motivated team. This is truer, now, with many employees working remotely or from home offices. The past “in-office” camaraderie and bonding[…]

Tips to making a great photo montage for a Bar or Bat mitzvah

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As a veteran DJ and former catering manager who has been around bar and bat mitzvahs for roughly 20 years, I’ve seen my share of photo montages. Some are captivating, energetic, well-produced and of course, sentimental. Others, well… sometimes these photo slideshows are boring, poorly produced, too long, etc. I’ve[…]

Mastering Mitzvahs Podcast Surpasses 100 episodes

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A staggering fact is that most podcasters stop after their 6th episode.  Well, thats not the case for Xplosive Entertainment’s very own, Mastering Mitzvahs Podcast.  Earlier this month Jordan, Dylan and Mike released episode 100!  This (nearly) weekly podcast offers tips, tricks and trends for families planning bar and bat[…]

Employee Happiness, Retention and Celebrations

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It’s not every day that you meet a CEO of a business who can say most of his staff has been with him for 10+ years.  In fact, many staffers have been besides him for 20 years. How is this possible?  Well… work hard and party harder!  (Maybe that’s not[…]

Planning for a planner?!?! A Bar Mitzvah built for an All Star.

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The hardest clients to make happy, so often are those in the event industry.  Rightfully so, these professionals have high standards; they’ve seen it all.  We at Xplosive Entertainment are honored to be selected by many event professionals to help their own families celebrate milestones. On June 13th, 2021 Xplosive[…]

Wedding Planning During Covid Times

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If you are engaged at the time this blog is written (November 2020), you may be asking yourself is now the right time to be planning a wedding? Or, how can I possibly be planning now with so much uncertainty in the world?   The goal of this blog is[…]

Digital Holiday Parties and Virtual Team Building vs. Zoom Fatigue

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Does the tough of more “Zoom” or online time make you cringe?  Could this thought alone be the reason why your organization be considering canceling a holiday celebration in 2020?  Clearly in-person events are not looked at as socially responsible in this COVID world we are living.  So, what’s the[…]

Summer 2020 Photo Booth Promotion

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NJ’s Governor has allowed groups of 25 or smaller to gather in outdoor settings! We are offering a self serve photo station for a HUGE discount for back yard parties June and July 2020. If you have opted for a “micro wedding,” intimate graduation party or drive by birthday party,[…]

Xplosive DJ Summer Camp Program Introduced

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In light of the reality that Summer Camps are unlikely to be open in the Summer of 2020, Xplosive Entertainment has decided to “pivot” its talents and available time and introduce a Summer camp program for kids looking to learn how to DJ. The term “pivot” is one used in[…]

Stay Home and Keep Planning Your Party!

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7 Easy Ways you can keep an efficient event planning timeline! By now, I’m sure we are all sick of hearing the words Coronavirus or COVID-19. So that’s the ONLY time it will be mentioned in this blog. As an entertainer and coordinator, I’ve literally seen it all – or[…]

30 days of the COHVID-19 scare | Perspective from a DJ

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This blog was written on Friday March 27th, 2020 one week into mandated quarantine. Like most busy weeks at the Xplosive Entertainment office, the days leading to close out February were crazy.  We were busy preparing for the upcoming weekend’s events.  Simultaneously, we were meeting with potential new clients, writing[…]

Corporate Events and Team Building

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As the warmer months near, often business owners being thinking about options for a company outing, management retreat, summer picnic or team building event.  Technically speaking, business’s should always be investing in their most valuable asset, their staff, but if you had a pick a the best time of the[…]

Say “I Do” to a First Look

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The topic of a first look has been around for quite some time, yet couples are still torn on whether or not to partake. Tradition says that “Couples separate the night before and are not to see each other until it’s time to walk down the aisle” but more and[…]

Creating a wedding timeline

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Ensuring a perfectly flowing wedding celebration requires a well thought out timeline.  There are several key factors to consider when building this time.  It should also be noted that there is no exact science here or “one size fits all” answer.  The purpose of this blog is to provide some[…]

Creating a unique and memorable grand entrance

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When planning a sweet 16 or bar/bat mitzvah, the grand entrance can make the vibe of the entire party. It sets the tone for the guests as well as the entire feel for the party. There are so many different options that your entertainment group can offer. Having a unique[…]

Finding the perfect mitzvah party favor!

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Every Jewish child‘s simcha is a crucial milestone in their lives!  Parents play a role in the planning.  On top of all the logistics of food, lodging, transportation, attire, decor, another important decision is the guest’s party favor!  Although it is not the main element of the celebration itself, one of the most[…]

Top 2019 Wedding Trends

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As 2019 comes to a chilly end here on the east coast, I wanted to highlight some of the trends we’ve been seeing at 2019 weddings. In no particular order, here is the list with professional tip or comment with each trend. Rustic/Barn/Farm weddings: Rustic is in! Strangely people go[…]

Unique or Alternative Candle Lighting Ceremonies 

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Candle lighting ceremonies have been around for decades.  Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s seem to have been the founding event type for this rite of passage ceremony.  The debate, however, is whether or not to have a candle lighting ceremony and/or how to make it unique or abbreviated without offending those[…]

Popular Trends

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We all know that when planning a Bar/Bat mitzvah for your child it only happens once so understanding the key concepts for your special night is essential. You want everything to be perfect and knowing what trends are in “style” plays a huge role when planning a party. For example,[…]

Mitzvahs with Special Needs

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Being a dynamic and adaptable entertainment company has brought many diverse events to us at Xplosive Entertainment. However, we have always focused on Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Employing our passion, creativity, patience and dedication to our craft has positioned us to gain the attention of many parents in our region.[…]

Tips For Corporate Team Building

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Having a strong team dynamic is vitally important for any business with multiple employees.  Often, this dynamic is referred to the “culture.” Ask yourself, does your staff get along well?  Do they enjoy working with each other?  Do the respect one-another?  Does your team value their jobs?  At Xplosive Entertainment,[…]

Planning a Successful Project Graduation     

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As a high school senior graduates, there are certain “rites of passages” one would expect.  These certainly include attending a prom and graduation ceremony.  What happens AFTER is a bit more tabu.  Sometimes post-prom and post-graduation celebrations become to after-parties, overnight trips to the shore, and more.  One would be[…]

Using the Summer to Work on your Mitzvah Planning

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Finally… the Summer is here! Besides being a great time to catch up on well needed relaxation, catch a great tan, and plan a family trip… the summer is an excellent time to work on the plans for your son or daughter’s bar or bat mitzvah. Top six reasons why[…]

PRIDE 2019 – Asbury Park, NJ with Xplosive Entertainment

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As a performing talent for the past 15 years, I’ve seen all different types of affairs, functions, galas… really, we’ve been hired for just about any excuse to have an awesome time and play some great music! Sunday June 2nd in Asbury Park NJ was different though;  it provided an[…]

David Tutera Symposium – Bermuda 2019

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As an avid event coordinator and performing talent for Xplosive Entertainment, I get to travel around the country attending different seminars and conferences. Last month I was 1 of 50 attendees from all over the globe at the David Tutera Symposium in Bermuda and this FAR exceeded any other conference[…]

3 Enhancements for Your Mitzvah

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There are many factors to consider when looking into specifics of your upcoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah… Some include: Receiving your bar/bat mitzvah date Devising a preliminary budget Designing the “Culture” (theme) of your bar/bat mitzvah Booking your party location(s) Booking your entertainment and venue Booking your photographer and all other vendors[…]

Xplosive is Officially Coming to PA

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A-Sharp Production, a noted DJ and Live Music Entertainment Company, is announcing a merger with Manalapan, New Jersey’s Xplosive Entertainment. After 30 years in the business, veteran entertainer and business owner, Adam Weitz, is excited to move forward with Xplosive. Adam says, “I’ve been watching the admirable recent growth of[…]

Booking A Master of Ceremonies

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Your MC (master of ceremonies) can be seen as the heart and soul of your event. Your party will be just as strong as your MC, which is why we cannot not stress the importance of filling these shoes wisely. What is an MC? At your event, your MC is[…]

Xplosive Staff Spotlight: Mike S. – February 2019

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Welcome to another Xplosive Entertainment Staff Spotlight! Each month we’ll be sitting down with a different member of the Xplosive team to get to know them better, and to explore their unique journey through the entertainment industry. We hope you enjoy these exclusive looks into the lives of our talent,[…]

Mitzvah Theme Spotlight: Comic Book Heroes

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Once upon a time, comic books were a niche interest that appealed to a limited demographic. Flash forward a few years—they’ve gained major popularity and mainstream relevance. No matter where you go, you’re bound to see someone wearing a t-shirt with their favorite hero’s logo on it. Local comic shops[…]

Mitzvah Planning DON’TS

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We at Xplosive Entertainment know better than anyone how complicated it is to plan a mitzvah. Even if you have multiple children and have been through the whole planning process before, your to-do list will multiply and you’ll be justifiably tempted to cut corners. While it’s great to be proactive[…]

Making Candle Lighting Cool Again

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While a sentimental staple of many mitzvahs, candle lighting ceremonies pose several risks to the success of your party. It might be too long, too boring, or worse, too uncomfortable for some guests. With a limited number of candles to dedicate, it’s dangerously easy to leave out a loved one,[…]

Mitzvah Planning Tips: How To Pick The Perfect Theme

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It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to planning your mitzvah. Before the panic sets in, stave getting overwhelmed by first considering your party’s theme. Once your theme is settled, the framework is set and all the other details tend to fall neatly into place.[…]

Planning Your Winter Wonderland Wedding

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There’s something magical about the winter months. Whether it’s the joyful spirit of the holidays, the crisp beauty of nature, or the promise of snowy days spent wrapped up with those you love, the season provides uniquely romantic ambience for wedding celebrations. Why not draw inspiration while planning for your[…]

Xplosive Staff Spotlight: Jaymie P. – December 2018

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Welcome to another Xplosive Entertainment Staff Spotlight! Each month we’ll be sitting down with a different member of the Xplosive team to get to know them better, and to explore their unique journey through the entertainment industry. We hope you enjoy these exclusive looks into the lives of our talent,[…]

Xplosive Staff Spotlight: Michael T. – November 2018

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Welcome to the very first Xplosive Entertainment Staff Spotlight! Each month we’ll be sitting down with a different member of the Xplosive team to get to know them better, and to explore their unique journey through the entertainment industry. We hope you enjoy these exclusive looks into the lives of[…]

Enhancing Your Corporate Holiday Party

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The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s just about time to celebrate the season with colleagues. As another year of corporate success and growth comes to a close, you’ll want to reward your team’s hard work with a soiree worth attending and remembering. So, how do you[…]

How to Craft the Perfect Farmhouse Inspired Wedding

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Farmhouse weddings are rapidly rising in popularity, and it’s clear why. The great outdoors provides a charming and romantic backdrop with rolling hills and flowering fields. Country décor and accents add certain chic in their simplicity, too. However, pulling off a farmhouse wedding presents its fair share of challenges. Between[…]