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I have hosted many parties in the last few years for occasions including 18th, 21st, 40th, 50th and 80th birthday parties and a few years ago my own silver weddings, as well as other family occasions which couldn't go without celebrating. But most of these events were held at home. My youngest celebrated her eighteenth birthday this year and, as with her older siblings, I gave her the choice of having a party at home, which could go on into the small hours, or we could hire a hall and the party would probably have to end at midnight. She decided that she would rather have the hall, mainly because she wanted a deejay with disco lights etc. which she felt would get everyone up dancing and having fun. I admit to feeling a little worried; I always worry that things won't go quite right; that the party will be a disappointment or just in case anything goes wrong. One main thing that really worried me with my daughter's eighteenth was the hiring of a D.J. I was apprehensive as it's been a few years since I hired a mobile disco. I didn't have a name and no one else, among family and friends asked, seemed to be able to recommend one.
My eldest daughter and her boyfriend had taken over deejay duties with professionalism and flair at my youngest daughter and son's parties when they were pre teenagers and had also dee-jayed for several of their friends young teenage parties They kindly offered to do the honours but I didn't think this was fair, as they should be able to enjoy the party as guests. My daughter helped me with the arrangements for her younger sister's party as she is a good organiser, much better, in fact, than I am.
Once we had arranged a suitable venue for the party, which we thought would be the right size to hold around eighty guests or so and leave room for a mobile disco, as well as tables for food, I looked around online for mobile discos; my eldest daughter did the same thing at her home. We both found a few to shortlist and both emailed a few. Some of these didn't get back to us but one called 'Stargazer Mobile Disco' after receiving information from my daughter by email, phoned her and they spoke about what we wanted and said that an information pack would be sent by return of post to my home.
The pack arrived as promised. I thought it looked impressive and was reassured by the words of Mike the owner of Stargazer. I was particularly impressed to see Mike's claim that Stargazer had never let anyone down.
Of course, if you're throwing a party in a hall/venue, a disc jockey is needed. We wanted a disco for the light show and sound, and also I always think a good Dee Jay always makes the party extra special. This is an extract from the questions on the Stargazer website:
"JUST HOW RELIABLE ARE YOU? - WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU WERE ILL, FOR EXAMPLE"
* Imagine the embarrassment and disappointment of being let down by a "one man band" on your big day. NOT WITH STARGAZER !
* Your team consists of FIVE professional deejays - not one !
* But we NEVER take more than FOUR bookings on the same day. So you have the great benefit of at least one spare DJ on standby.
Of course, anyone can CLAIM they are reliable but that doesn't necessarily mean they ARE! I thought it prudent to speak to Mike myself and see what I thought.
I phoned on a weekday evening and found Mike amenable; he was happy to chat about what I required. I mentioned the type of music that we would want played at the party and immediately Mike said that was fine and anything that was wanted in particular I should write on the list contained in the pack and return with the deposit, or a few days before the party. He seemed reliable and so I confirmed there and then that I would like to make a definite booking and would send a deposit off in the next few days. The balance could be paid on the evening or by cheque a few days prior to the party. I decided to pay by cash.
I always think that I can come up with a pretty good play list to get the party going, especially with parties that include guests from family and friends which include several generations. For an eighteenth the music required is some club type stuff (not my genre admittedly) and some current sounds such as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna and similar and, as my daughter is into musical theatre and had some guests from her stage school coming to the party, we thought some music from the television show 'Glee' would go down well. I also thought some classics from the 70s 80s and 90s always goes down well with all ages. As a family we came up with some tracks we felt would go down well and so put them on a list. Well, we could have made a very long list but I really felt that Mike knew what we wanted and so would just give him an idea of any favourites and then leave the rest to him.
So the deposit was sent along with the song list, plus a few requests that I wanted to be read out. As my father's 80th birthday was approaching, I requested that the D.J. played 'What's it all about Alfie' by Matt Monro. I thought this might be eloquent because Matt Monro was my dad's first cousin and my dad is an Alfie. After the song we could sing happy birthday to my dad and he could blow out the candles on his cake-NOT eighty candles but two candles reading 80! This would be after the birthday girl had been sung to and blown her candles out.
The day of the party was busy, of course, with much ferrying about of food, drink and people. One thing that worried me was the disco and deejay not arriving, but I needn't have worried. Mike himself arrived about an hour before the party was due to start. Mike set up his equipment and it all looked good.
The disco was up and running before the first guests arrived. As the sun went down the hall became darker and the coloured disco light show really began to look effective and added greatly to the atmosphere.
The party went very well and I was pleased that Mike played the music we had asked for, along with his own choice of songs which were perfect. When the g guests were dancing he kept up the momentum by playing the same type of upbeat stuff and was well able to gauge what was needed. I was really pleased that most of the guests did get up and dance and, at one stage, was pleased to see the youngest guest aged six years old, enjoying herself on the dance floor with all the teenagers making a fuss of her, and I noticed her great grandmother aged eighty four was also having a dance. To my way of thinking, to have such an integration of guests all seemingly having fun makes for a successful and memorable evening.
Mike played his music from just before eight o clock p.m. until midnight. When he needed a break for food or a drink he left the music playing so the mood continued without a pause.
As my daughter's boyfriend has done a lot of deejaying he can be quite critical of others in this field, but he said that he thought Mike had done a great job. In fact many guests took the time to say that they thought our DJ was terrific. Mike had done a great job, catering well for a diverse age range.
But most pleasing of all was the fact that the birthday girl was very pleased with Stargazer and her party in general; she had enjoyed her special evening immensely making everything worth the effort involved.
Stargazer Mobile Disco offers a deejay service with light show or hire of equipment. I understand that the area covered includes:
London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey and Berkshire.
I found the website comprehensive and it answered just about all of my questions but, as I said previously, I still preferred to speak to the company over the telephone; this was easy enough to do.
I paid £240 for Stargazer disco for the evening. I thought this was comparable to other disco services that I contacted. This is around about the price I expected to pay.
According to the website prices range from between £200.00 to £400.00 but it is stated that the cost depends upon the event which requires a deejay e.g. Disco, Karaoke, Quiz evening etc and the hours involved along with the day of the week, time of year, distance the DJ has to travel, and a few other criteria mentioned on the website.. I found that Mike quickly came up with a reasonable quote.
As well as playing great music which kept the party going Mike was polite and reliable. I would recommend Stargazer Mobile Disco. I was also impressed that Mike understood that some might want a lot to say in the choice of music, volume etc. and it was stressed that it was our party so our choice.