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Your b'mitzvah is NOT an out 'n' out celebration [My simcha philosophy]

The conversation with me about booking a DJ, MC, or event manager typically begins: "We want a proper party, everyone on the dance floor, quite informal, something a bit different, nothing too over the top, pure fun, all about our kid." A year or two later there's a simcha party that can cost 10s of thousands to throw, bring in thousands more worth of gifts, and necessitate countless people travelling in often from abroad. And for what? 4 hours of frivolity after 30 minutes of laining or a d'var...

July 3, 2018

Israeli and Jewish simcha music play list [downloads]

Whether you've booked a DJ who doesn't have the right simcha music (the top simcha DJs of 2017 should be okay), or you just want to download the traditional hora set for 15 minutes of ruach at your bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, here are 12 of our favourites:...

October 4, 2017

The Top Simcha DJs of 2017

So here we are: 2017's most popular DJs for bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs.We picked out the 15 most recommended simcha DJs from dozens mentioned on Facebook group Top Tips for Barmitzvah & Bat Mitzvah Mums & Dads! based on over 400 recommendations. We didn't include votes by the DJs themselves or their family members. So we're pretty sure our data is based on genuine recommendations.There've been a few changes since our last count back in 2016. The ever popular Lee Raw, Matt Frankel, and El...

August 23, 2017

Someone's gonna get ######!

Is it just me? Or is anyone else worried that tossing a kid 10 feet off the ground from a stretched out table cloth is going get someone seriously hurt? Now, nobody who knows me thinks I'm a killjoy. Far from it! Do you know anyone who parties harder? But, still, the last thing anyone wants is for someone to get injured... or worse. ...

January 31, 2017

Simcha Venues for NW London [map]

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March 8, 2016

Bar Mitzvah is a bigger deal than Bat Mitzvah. Discuss.

Bar mitzvahs are usually a bigger deal than than bat mitzvahs. Boys' ceremonies often seem more religiously significant and their parties are often more elaborate than girls'. Right? This sentiment often manifests in the interminable explanation, "Obviously our daughter's simcha is going to be smaller than our son's." Why "obviously"? Here are 4 discussion points inspired by the International Women's Day #PledgeForParity....

March 8, 2016

The top 13 DJs for NW London Simchas as recommended on Facebook [directory]

All of these DJs have been recommended on Facebook group: Top Tips for Barmitzvah & Bat Mitzvah Mums! So, here we go, in alphabetical order... ...

February 16, 2016

Becks vs Nebs - 4 ways to challenge party negativity

It's not a term of endearment, that's for sure. Whenever I hear the word, I ask what people mean. (If you've said it to me, you know I've asked!) Here are some word-for-word definitions I hear over and over again: "Oh, you know. All they care about is what they look like." "The rich lot." "It's a clique. You've got to fit in or you don't belong." "They treat life like a popularity contest." "Make up." "I don't know. I mean I know what a beck is. But I can't explain it." ...

February 12, 2016

Simcha music playlist for a party rockin' bar mitzvah [download links]

We're constantly asked for an up-to-date simcha playlist. So here are some of our current favourites! We love partying with hardcore Israeli dancers as well as the more common street dancers. Why not? It's a big fat Jewish simcha, after all! BTW: Nothing against David and The High Spirit. They produced most simcha music you'll hear DJs play today. (I've included a couple of their tracks here.) But some of their stuff's been knocking about for 20 years! And there are more up-to-date recording...

February 4, 2016

How to deal with kids who take mobile phones to parties

"How do we deal with kids who bring mobile phones?" is a question asked by every client planning their simcha. Mobiles can be party-poopers at parties. They disconnect kids from the celebration and they reinforce cliques. It's a tall order to expect other parents to moderate their own kids' use of phones at your party, especially if their kids aren't accompanied. And enforcing rules isn't really in the spirit of a party. Here are a few ideas... ...

December 20, 2015

7 Hora Dance Tracks To Fill Your Simcha Floor [downloads]

You don't have to be Jewish to love spinning round like a meshuggener! Here are a bundle of tracks to download for your simcha. Hora away your tsuris, make you schvitz, get you verklempt (Yiddish translations)...

January 29, 2015

5 Non-Alcoholic Cocktails that hit the spot [Recipes]

A party's not a party without sophisticated cocktails. And why should the boozers get all the fun? Designated drivers, teetotalers, and under 18s need a sparkle, too. So here are 5 recipes for non-alcoholic cocktails everyone will love!...

December 30, 2014

Get thrifty: 3 money-saving simcha ideas your guests will love (if they notice at all)!

Too many people spend more than they can afford (or need to spend) on throwing a simcha party. In a b'mitzvah year (September to September), we find people end up spending more and more! (Any ideas why?) So we thought we'd share some of the money-saving ideas we've seen people use to great effect. And trust us, their parties were certainly no less memorable. If it's noticed at all, being thrifty can add even more loveableness!...

November 24, 2014

5 ways to work out the “going rate” for a present. #5 is the safest bet.

Ever fretted over how much to spend on a present? Thought so! Most people do. We've lost count of how many times this question comes up. So here's our definitive list of answers, and we've scored each method out of 5 for helpfulness and loveableness:...

November 16, 2014

16 Alternative Kippah Inscription Ideas (apart from "stolen from...")

Seen the "Stolen from..." kippah before, right? Hilarious in it's time. But scroll through 16 more you won't have seen before. (And don't forget to add your own ideas!) Contact us for more creative simcha ideas!...

November 10, 2014

The Wiggle Jiggle (line dance) goes viral! Yay! (Tutorial included)

How does the Wiggle Jiggle stack up against the Top 10 dance crazes of the modern era? Agado Cha Cha Slide Cotton-Eyed Joe Gangnam Style Harlem Shake Hustle Loco-Motion Macarena Oops Upside Your Head Time Warp ...

March 6, 2014

What word did you see first? [Game]

1. DJ 2. JIGGLEIN 3. COCKTAIL 4. JOHNTRAVOLTA 5. NOISE... 6. MUSIC 7. BOOGIE 8. BALL 9. DISCO 10. DANCEFLOOR 11. SOUND 12. LASER 13. STAGEACT 14. POPSTAR 15. INFERNO 16. BARMEN 17. STILETTOS 18. BASS 19. LOVE 20. SEVENTIES 21. TRAMPS 22. PASSION 23. JIVE 24. ABBA 25. STAGDO 26. SATURDAYNIGHT 27. RAVE 28. SMOOCHIN 29. TUNES 30. BOOZE 31. GYRATE 32. LIGHTS 33. PARTY 34. YMCA 35. STROBE...

March 4, 2014

DJ hire ain't just about disco lights, sound, and look. But it helps!

JIGGLE.IN is all about the party! That doesn't mean we neglect our kit. Far from it! Every light has to work hard for its place on our rig. That means plenty of photons, epic movement, effects, and excitement. On top of that, we have to think of safety, reliability, and... well... stuff we love using! Over 25 year we've worked out what we like, what gets our party-goers going, and what's safest and easiest to use and move around. Luckily disco lighting has come a looong way in 25 years! An...

February 24, 2014

Pro tip: look for face bombs in party photos

Some of our favourite memories are what we DIDN'T plan! True or true? Never exclude party photos because of an inappropriate face bomb or zombie face. Those are the images that capture the essence of your party!...

January 21, 2014

What to do with babies at simchas

We're often asked about child-minding for small children at family simchas. We say: "Aw! why not take bub along? No wedding's complete without a screaming child at the ceremony, cute squeals at inappropriate moments, and small handprints in the cake. Plus, with all those family and friends around, you've got a gaggle of would-be child minders. If you believe that life is made of memories, take the kids along and live with a few hours of tired tantrums the next day. Oh, and here's a pro-tip: t...

January 17, 2014

Children's Party Wear: Still Inappropriate

This weekend we went clothes shopping for our own daughter's batmi. Holy crap! Children's wear shops are still selling inappropriate gear. We see it all the time: padded bras, high heel shoes, sexy slogans. "They all come with padded boobs." explained one children's wear store owner. "We import girls' dresses from America." (Yes, the home of sexualised kids' beauty pageant weirdos.) When challenged, one store owner called me "frumpy". I've been called many things. But "frumpy" isn't one of th...

January 13, 2014

How to NOT do wiring [video:2:16]

Back in the day, David's dad used to offer to help with wiring. Thankfully, we declined his offer. This is why....

May 15, 2013

Better than most "stand ups"! [video:7:02]

Seen the young Jack Carroll's awesomespiring Britain's Got Talent audition yet?...

April 26, 2013

Welcome back, Daft Punk!

Click to download Get Lucky on iTunes New track from Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams....

April 26, 2013

How important is ice cream?

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