Find & Hire Local Entertainment And Vendors At This Resourceful Online Marketplace That Includes Party Ideas … Like A Sweet 16 Murder Mystery!

Springfield, MO (February 16, 2017) – One of the joys of being a parent is hosting (and attending) lots of celebrations – birthdays, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, school parties, end-of-sports BBQ and so much more. No wonder our Facebook Pages are filled with smiling families! But when it’s your turn to plan the event, who you gonna call? How about the same company that Disney (yes, Disney!) calls when they need party perfection? Say hello to GigSalad.

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Calling in a pro is much more affordable than you thought! Toss in one upcoming occasion, a website packed with talent, plus a few minutes to get a free quote. GigSalad ( makes party planning easy and you look smart! Need a DJ for a basement birthday blowout or a Mariachi Band for a Cinco de Mayo party? Want a Princess to pop in to your little royal’s tea party? This is the site for anything you can imagine!

A costumed character or face painter run about $195, a magician costs about $215, and a Princess visit is about $181. Birthday parties for children are by far the most popular event booked through GigSalad.

“Picture your event being so extraordinary that your guests are dazzled and the memory of that moment continues to bring a smile to your face,” illustrates Mark Steiner, GigSalad CEO. “There are a myriad of professionals who live for their craft just waiting to create these moments for you. From intimate gatherings to grand events, we have what you’ve been searching for. The talent is here and the possibilities are endless. Visit and book something awesome.”

The website is simple to use – type in your entertainment desire (puppet show, pony…) and add a few specifics and click the send button. The vendors in your neighborhood respond directly to you with prices and availability. Make a choice, book online and await the praise for being a fabulous mom-ager.

GigSalad.comGigSalad’s super simple booking process combines efficiency and peace of mind. They’ve been doing it for a decade!

GigSalad celebrates its own 10th anniversary this year and is proud to be ranked #690 on the 2016 Inc. magazine 5000 fastest-growing companies in America. How’s this for a reference? As of January 2017, GigSalad had over 6,000,000 gig leads, 1,250,000 event planners and has booked over 65,000 professionals on the site.

Worry-Free Guarantee
Parents have enough to worry about, so planning a happy occasion should not be one of them. GigSalad has thought of everything, even a wonderful worry-free guarantee! Once the grownup has filled out their event information, booked the talent and even asked questions, all communication is kept at their GigSalad online account. Now the staff at GigSalad can step in – if necessary – to fix a dilemma and/or refund the deposit. Phew! There’s always a number to call from 8 am to 5 pm CST weekdays.

Events, Ideas & So Much More
What kind of occasions has GigSalad handled? Everything and anything you can imagine! Their long list includes Fairs, Fundraisers, Proms, School Assemblies, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and Quinceaneras. Of course house parties — from baby showers to baby’s 1st and beyond birthdays — are what they handle most often!

When it comes to children’s birthday parties, the options for fun are endless. Parents have booked a Mariachi Band (!), Costumed Characters, Balloon Twister and Princess-themed pros. The GigSalad website boasts a blog with incredible ideas.

Click on their website button “Explore” and then press “Party Ideas.” GigSalad has the most amazing Sweet 16 theme to impress even the most temperamental teenager!

“When one asks most teenage girls what they want to do for their 16th birthday, a Murder Mystery Party isn’t exactly what comes to mind. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but luckily, I had a mother willing to help me plan the craziest party,” begins the blog by Natalie. “To begin, it’s important to find a plot that fits well with the group of people you’re wanting to invite.”

See the actual Sweet 16 party set up with photos at

GigSalad Quote ReqLikewise, tweens turning 10 or 11 expect a birthday celebration that’s not babyish yet not too grown-up. “Poor little tweens,” begins the blog post by Megan. “They’re stuck between being a kid and being a teenager. When it’s time to throw them a birthday party, it can be a little tricky! They’re too old for puppet shows but too young for a dance party. What to do? Well, never fear! Here are 5 fabulous ways to celebrate a tween birthday.” The blog spells out wonderful ways for an Arts and Crafts Party, Spa Party, Celebrity Impersonators (book a Justin Beiber look-a-like!), Mobile Games or a marvelous Movie Night. Whoa!

Get Started Then Strike Off To-Do List
Visit and follow the prompts. Your wishes become requests to thousands of local vendors who are experts in their craft. Wait for the instant emails or text messages and start making decisions – yes or no – as you build your party plan. Your GigSalad account records everything from booking to payment. Make a deposit now and pay the balance on the day of the special event.

Still not sure GigSalad is right for you? Being a web service, it’s no surprise GigSalad is splashed across the many social mediums from Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo to Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest. Browse any of their sites and feel confident that GigSalad can be your best path to a perfect party!

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A privately held company, founded in 2007, GigSalad offers an easy way to book local entertainment and services for any type of event. With over 90,000 performers and service providers nationwide in 650 categories, you’re sure to find exactly what you need. Just search, select, and celebrate! From bands and speakers to clowns and princesses, GigSalad has everything to make your next party unforgettable.

Written by Matt

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