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Let us help plan your next…. Church Picnic, Youth Day, Men’s or Women’s Retreat!


Looking for the perfect venue for your next church outing? Do you need help putting together an exciting new event for your members to fellowship? Burgess Amusements & Special Events would like to provide you with new and exciting attractions for your next event, party, or holiday celebration… We can provide you with the best […]

9 Questions Every Event Planner Has Been Asked

Your career as an event planner is intriguing to many but do you find yourself answering the same questions over and over again?
Here are top nine questions I have been asked throughout my 15-year career in the event industry. Some questions show people’s interest and intrigue, some are pure ignorance and some are potentially borderline insulting! Does any of these sound familiar?
1. So You’re a Party Planner?
Erm, no, not exactly!
I predominantly organise conferences, but for some people, organising events can only mean one thing – planning parties. Although I have organised plenty of parties over the years it is not primarily how I would describe my role. I do of course have the utmost respect for creative and talented party planners and colleagues that specialise in this area and have the vision and flair to transform any space into a party paradise – much more so than I do! But likewise, as a party planner wouldn’t feel it was a fair representation if someone presumed they were a professional conference organiser, I would prefer not to be described as a party planner.
And – furthermore – why should we be pigeonholed anyway? Although there are tremendous benefits to specialising in one niche of the event industry the reality for many of us is that we are good all-rounders and run a range of events. This may be because we are looking for variety in our work, through necessity to make a living or simply to honour our loyal clients’ wishes for the events they need us to create.
2. So What Does an Event Planner Actually Do?
Where do I start?!
To us, it seems so obvious the amount of planning and detail that goes into every single event but others are simply baffled by our role and evidently think that events magically happen by themselves. This should, of course, be a huge compliment to the industry that we make it look so flawless and easy executing our events but it often comes across almost as an insult! I love taking one type of event as an example and responding back with 15 or so broad tasks an event professional will handle. Even just outlining some of the basics seems to come as a bit of a shock. I guess it highlights how some people simply are not cut out for event planning if they cannot think about the detail required for its success!
3. There’s a Degree for That?
Yes! Is it really so unbelievable?!
The argument about whether event managers are born or made rattles on and even those within the industry can have opposing views about whether an event management degree is worthwhile. Those from outside the industry can sometimes be even more incredulous. Most of the degree level event courses I am familiar with seem to have a strong business focus with modules around finance, marketing, project management, innovation, human resources, as well as specific event planning modules. All in all, they offer a solid basic education, even for those that do not end up working in the event industry in the long term. I personally think there are a lot more niche or general degree courses which deserve ridicule or wonder before an event management degree is brought into question.
4. Great – Can you Organise my Child’s Birthday Party/Wedding/Charity Fundraiser Then?
Yes, possibly. Is this actually a serious request though?
As I mentioned, many #eventprofs are good all-rounders and of course the principles of planning one type of event can and are transferable to another type of event. However at the same time as event planners it is important we learn to say “no” and not spread ourselves too thinly. In a work capacity planning a child’s birthday party or someone’s wedding is not something I would consider, there are experts out there that specialise in these areas and plenty of work to go around for everyone.
See also, point 1 and point 8!
5. How Many Celebs are in your Phone Book?
A few! But always a tricky one to answer!
In the name of professionalism and confidentiality, this is always a difficult one to answer and I always try to give a suitably vague answer. Indeed the few popstars, DJs, TV personalities, speakers, commentators and performers I have links with may be more Z list than A-list in your opinion anyway but I treasure them!

Putting Challenge II

PUTTING CHALLENGE II is an l8-hole mini-golf game which features both gameplay and practice options. Players can choose to play a 9-hole or an l8-hole game on one of six courses depending on the number of credits entered.…


5 Key Event Emails You Need to Send

Save the Date
At least one month prior to event registration being open, send a Save the Date email to create anticipation, and to help busy people reserve space in their calendars for your event.
The main call-to-action button/link for this email should be

 to add event to their calendar
 to share this event on social media, or
 to pre-register […]

Balloon Artist

Let our talented Balloon Artist create a multitude of funny animals, hats, swords, and such using nothing but ….balloons!

Balloon Artist
Proper shelter from weather & the sun is required. Protective tent can be provided at an additional charge


Negotiation Tactics for an Event Planner

Negotiation Tactics for an Event Planner 
It’s no news, negotiation goes hand-in-hand with event planning and coordination. Every step of the way towards your show includes endless talks and debates…


Brooks Lake –

We also are very proud to be the management company for Brooks Lake Special Events Facility in Conyers, GA. This facility is ideal for company picnics, church events, retreats, and team building events. If you would like to schedule a visit to see the property, we would be happy to do so at your convenience. […]

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Feature Films and Television

Burgess Amusements & Special Events has provided attractions and equipment for use in many Feature Films, Television Shows, Commercials, Advertising Campaigns, and Music Videos.  Some of our attractions and equipment have been featured in: “Teen Wolf”, “The Originals”, “Revolution”, “The Walking Dead”, “Vampire Diaries”, and feature films including “Term Life” and “Killers”.

Stay tuned for more information. You never […]

9 Tips on Asking The Venue Manager Before you Book That Event Venue

How to Select the Right Date for Your Event?

Choosing the date(s) of your event is one of the first steps when starting its planning. A step that is pretty often wrongly underestimated, however, an important element that might predetermine the success or failure of your event. Choose the perfect date for your event and your marketing and PR efforts will be gracefully complemented. […]

Brooks Lake, Georgia’s Premier Special Event Facility

Located just 25 miles east of Atlanta, is nestled in a cool meadow off of I-20 in Conyers, GA. Brooks Lake reminds the passerby of a simpler, quieter time in the Old South. A richly appointed 110 acres of rolling hills, shaded bluffs, grassy plains, and 50 acres of spring fed lake promises a laid […]

Tem Life

A trailer for the movie ‘Term Life’ finally came out. Below is a link to the trailer. Some of Burgess’ equipment can be seen in the trailer. See Why Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld Are on the Run in ‘Term Life’ Trailer

Look at all the high flying excitement!!!

Did you know we can provide you the best catering services for any event….

Burgess Amusements and Special Events can offer your next event all the amenities of  a full‐service catering company.  We provide turn-key  service, including party planning and event management service, but we can do your catering too!  
We can provide you the best catering services for any event…. corporate entertaining, company picnics, tenant appreciations, galas, fund‐raisers, social […]