Preparing for the Return to Live Events!

Many of us have the same burning questions: How do we get back to hosting live events in 2021? How do we ensure that events are safe? How will the event and meeting attendees feel safe enough to participate?

Events and Parties Post Pandemic

It’s time to resume your events and parties in a post-pandemic climate. Where do you start? How do you even begin to plan? What format should you use? Most of our games and inflatables are good for single players to participate in, which encourages social distancing. Once the weather turns warmer we can help you with outdoor events which lend itself to more spacing.

Successful Events During COVID-19

AMJSE is experienced in executing COVID-19 procedures while ensuring your event is safe and fun.

How do we keep attendees safe at a live event?

1. Plan. Our event planners will work with you on selecting the right attractions, concessions and games for your event. We will go over the COVID-19 protocols, procedures, and event trends in the new world of COVID-19 events.

2.Cleanliness. You know the saying cleanliness is next to godliness. When you work with us you can rest assured that each game, inflatable, concession, and ride is cleaned and sanitized before and after each rental. We also offer sanitizing stations throughout the event. We are up to date and maintain COVID-19 safety protocols.

3. Set your own rules. You can decide how you want to keep your attendees safe. At minimum you must adhere to local and federal requirements but if you want to add enhanced measures, that’s your decision. You may want attendees to have their temperature checked, ask for daily symptom checks, require masks, request that hand sanitizer be used prior to entering a room, and more. You can set your protocols for your attendees.

4. Communicate. Make sure that our staff and attendees are aware of the protocols. By setting these expectations in advance it will show your guests that you are doing everything possible to keep them safe. They will understand their role in the commitment to safety before attending.

The return of live events will give some of us a sense of normalcy and connection that we’ve been missing. While live events will look different, we will be able to meet in person if we all make the commitment to take the necessary steps for safety. Please reach out if we can help you plan your next safe event!

Graduation Cancelled? Alternative Ways to Celebrate!

Celebrating While Social Distancing

Commencement is a milestone event that many look forward to their whole life. It is the sign of a new chapter and the culmination of years of classes, tests, projects, sporting events and being with friends. It’s an emotional time for anyone going through this rite of passage, but for the grads of 2020, it comes with a heightened sense of emotion and feelings of disappointment. Graduation during the COVID-19 crisis will look different than normal, but here are some ways to ensure your grad feels celebrated during this time.

Video Chat Parties

Though it might feel bittersweet to celebrate over a computer camera, you’re still letting your student know you’re proud of their accomplishments. Regardless of the medium, it’s always nice to see your loved ones’ faces and this is an easy way to include everyone as well as a fun excuse to get a little dressed up during quarantine. Your student is sure to be excited for the chance to wear their cap and gown for you even if they never leave the house.

Take the opportunity to mix it up a little. Set a theme and decorate your video chat background! Everyone can wear costumes, pajamas, formal attire or whatever your student might want. Or set up a surprise theme for your grad — maybe something that commemorates a special childhood memory. Keep the surprises coming by inviting guests they don’t expect to see.

Your graduate will appreciate being the center of everyone’s love and attention, and sharing tears, smiles and laughter.

Deck the Halls

You can still have a graduation party, but this year it will just be more intimate. Decorate your front door or yard with your school colors – add some streamers and giant letters and you’ve got a great start! On the inside of the house hang balloons, more streamers and some of your favorite photos to add to the festive décor. Look into yard signs for the front lawn to surprise the grad! On the night of your “graduation” enjoy cake and ice cream with everyone in your home.

Play Fun Backyard Games

Create a fun atmosphere with games to play such as bags, badminton, Giant Jenga get creative the most important thing is to have fun as a family! Crank up the music, start the grill and make the most of being home and reflecting on the next stage in your graduates life!

Throw the Best Fall Parties!

AMJ Fall Event Planning

Use the fall colors, scents and nature as inspiration for your big fall party. Planning and preparation are the key to any good party, and throwing an outdoor fall party is no different. There are certain things that you need to take into consideration, especially the weather (unpredictable as it may be). AMJ Spectacular Events has been helping to plan parities & events for over 15 years, here are some fall planning tips from our experts to ensure your fall outdoor party will be fun, successful and guests will be left wondering when the next  celebration is!

Pick an Outdoor Fall Party Theme

Fall has a lot happening, which opens the floodgates of theme ideas. You can throw a harvest party utilizing pumpkins, apples and leaves as inspiration. Fall is known for football so that can be your theme. Back to school and Oktoberfest are great themes too. So the first thing you need to do is decide on your fall party theme. Once that is in place, you can work on the rest of the outdoor party ideas. halloween_1510982c

Plan a Fall Food Frenzy

There are so many great fall foods and if you are planning on feeding guests you may want to consider grilling it’s always a great option for outdoor events, but it can be time-consuming. If you want fall snacks AMJSE rents Hot Pretzel Warmers and Popcorn Machines for easy on the go fall snacks.  Other popular fall foods are our Mini Donuts with different toppings as well as our Churro Warmer.  

If you something more festive with the season your guests will love our Carmel Apple Bar with different toppings and sauces it is sure to be a huge hit.  The weather can be quite chilly so be sure to warm up guests with Hot Apple Cider or Hot Chocolate, which features customizable options for the table.  amj-hot-apple-cider-hot-chocolate-bar-table-28-111

Keep Guests Entertained

Plan some fall-themed activities or rent some fun games.  Put out some backyard games for your guests to play. Corn hole is always a good option. Additionally, horseshoes and bocce ball can also be played in the fall too. Let kids bob for apples or have potato sack races. Make a pumpkin painting patch for the kids as well.

footballtoss2_295Guest will love playing our oversized version of Jenga, Connect Four or even Battleship they fit perfectly into fall themed events. If your looking for more sports related rentals try our Inflatable Football Toss or Framed Football Toss.

If you’re hosting an event were you have a bit more space your guests will love our inflatable Haunted Mansion  and our all new Happy Halloween Fun Village.  If your event has more of a fall theme check out our Corn Maze, its so fun to see how fast guests can get through the maze.


Lindsey Rhea, an event planner at AMJ, loves putting together fall movie nights with AMJ’s inflatable screens,  “Create an outdoor movie party to take advantage of the earlier nightfall and decorate the area with pumpkins and other fall or Halloween items. There are so many great Halloween themed movies you can choose from.” says Lindsey. Please visit us at for more information.

Outdoor Games & Activities to Play at Your Backyard Bash or Picnic


Summertime means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but for those of us in the party business, it means party time. Graduation parties, weddings, showers and family reunions. No matter the theme, no matter the type, we know that if you’re planning a party, you want to save money and throw the biggest, most talked-about bash around. So we’d like to take the time to give you some ideas to help you pull off one spectacular summertime event!

It’s summer! Get outside and play. Throw a themed “backyard bash” party at your place or include them at your picnic for tons of laughs and a great time:

  1. Let There Be Bubbles – Who doesn’t love bubbles right! Rent our bubble machine, for endless fun. A professional bubble machine will leave your little ones laughing for hours as they chase hundreds of bubbles. Adorable.
  2. “Giant”  Games – Looking to add some ginormous fun at your summer party check out our Gaint Jenga, Connect Four, and our all new Battleship Games. Perfect for the backyard!File_005
  3. Lawn Games– Set up  lawn games for your guests to play. These can be anything from croquet, to horseshoes, to volleyball or even badminton. If you have a large number of guests attending, then consider having teams and doing a tournament!
  4. Groovy Dance Contest – Put on some dance music like the “Macarena”, the “Cupid Shuffle” or the “Cha-Cha Slide” and let your guests shake their stuff! Need something more check out our audio equipment rentals.
  5. Dodge Ball & Kickball – Divide your guests up into two teams and play some exciting games of dodge ball or kickball. You can have a mini tournament if you have a large number of guests and give the winning team some small prizes. We even rent Bocce Ball!
  6. Water Fun – We rent a huge selection of inflatable water slides, and dunk tanks to help your guests cool off this summer.  Need something simple try to make a lot of water balloons and play some water balloon games, such as water balloon tag, or have a water balloon tag. Tell guests to bring swimsuits or a change of clothes and have some extra towels ready, as you and your guests are going to get soaked with these games.wild.rapids
  7. Frisbee Golf – Set up a golf course in your backyard or at a nearby park or field. Use various household items to make “hazards” at each “hole”. Also set up a flag or stick at the end of your “hole” numbered 1 through 9. All you have to do is take turns throwing a Frisbee until you hit the numbered flag. Keep track of how many throws you make, and the person with the lowest score at the end wins!
  8. Scavenger Hunt – Make a list of common household items or of outdoor things. Your list can include anything from a rock, to a spoon, a spool of thread or even a leaf from a certain tree. Divide guests into teams of three and send them out into the neighborhood to find the items on the list. The first team back with everything on the list wins! If you are including items where team members will need to ask neighbors, make sure that children have an adult on their team to help them out and keep them safe!

Summertime is wonderful for getting outdoors and having some fun in the sun. Your themed “backyard bash” party is sure to be a hit if you include some of these ideas. Need help planning soemthing more elaborate or for more ideas contact one of our event planners at: or 630-833-4386!

Must Have Products for Campus Events


The Nationals are here and what a perfect time to let you know that AMJ Spectacular Events has one of the largest selection of products for your campus events.   The National Convention heads to Baltimore February 18-22, 2017, for four days of great entertainment, business connections and educational & professional development opportunities!  AMJ Spectacular Events works with colleges to create the perfect event whether it is for late night programming, parents weekend or end of the year parties. AMJ is proud to be a member of NACA.

AMJ will not be attending the National Conference this year but here are some of the hottest products to hit the college campus!

Mini Donut Bar…..MmmmmmAMJ-Spectacular-Events-Mini-DONUT-Bar

The Mini Donut Bar turns donut making into a quick and easy thing.   Our on-site donut maker will do all the prep and work to ensure that our guests are enjoying piping hot donuts in no time! We also set up a line of dessert condiments to add to the donuts, like powdered sugar or glaze, and let everyone customize their donuts.

Everything you need to make donuts for all your guests is supplied with the Mini Donut Bar.  We provide hot fresh delicious mini donuts prepared right on site for your event or private party. Not only do we make them right in front of you and your guests, but we do so in a way that is visually entertaining as well. Our goal is to give your guests something to remember your event by and AMJ Spectacular Events always delivers!

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Black oPs extreme inflatable two-laned obstacle course is for the more rugged participants. If you are up for the mission, then get ready to have a feeling that you are engaging in a war of strength, speed and endurance. Battle your opponent to victory as you make your way through the bricked wall entrance, down the path of stone pillars, with tunnels and passageways to maneuver through. The journey doesn’t end here, the challenging rock climbing wall leads you to the uniquely designed-really fun teeter-totter pivoting bridge. Lastly, speed down the slide to the finish line! Renting this extreme obstacle course inflatable at your next event will be an amazing addition for those insatiable energized adolescent and adults.

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Let the creativity begin! Our custom sign plates are the perfect unique addition to your event. Customers will love being able to create memorable street signs, license plates, or dry erase boards with their favorite picture or saying. We offer a variety of colors, fonts, and graphics to make your sign unique! These are a favorite at craft fairs and festivals.

AMJ has a reputation for throwing a FUN event that your guests will remember for a long time.  Check out our full 2017 catalog for thousands of rental products!  Here is a video of a college event we did: We look forward to helping you plan your next campus event!

Sparkle and Shine with AMJ this Holiday Season!


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AMJ Spectacular Events has a variety of items for that memorable holiday event all in one place,  When you call us, an expert event specialist will assist you in creating an occasion that will sparkle and shine this season!  

All the Trimmings

AMJ has an amazing selection of ways to spruce up any area.  Wooden Toy Soldier Christmas Prop is one of our newest additions. Or do you need to add some WOW to your yard? How about invite this gingerbread family, Ginger Bread Men w/ Christmas Tree, to bring some holiday cheer to your guests?!amj-spectactular-630-833-4386_ginger-bread-family-w-christmas-treee

Photo Opportunities

What’s more popular than photo-ops lately?  AMJ has just what the camera ordered with the Human Snow Globe.  This snow globe can be customized with a school name or club/group/sorority or fraternity logo to create a personal touch for your holiday party. Or with renting Santa’s Sleigh to provide a beautiful backdrop to set the holiday spirit and it’s a wonderful photo prop for your guests.  Don’t have room for a sleigh?  How about a Santa Chair or a Santa Bench? We have many varieties.santas-bench_amj-spectacular-events-a-moon-jump-4u-christmas-rentals4u

Holiday Costumes

The timeless classic picture with Santa and the Santa King Throne is sure to please all ages. AMJ has more holiday themed costumes perfect for your event. We also have Mrs.Claus, Reindeer, Holiday Bear or a Snowman. Check them out here. You can even rent a camera and have our staff member capture the moment and print a picture off for your guests to leave with.

Spread the Holiday Cheer

Gift your employees with a surprise of AMJ’s Hot Chocolate Bar or Hot Apple Cider Bar when they walk into the meeting or break room. Show them they are appreciated and that you wish them a Happy Holiday season.


Interactive Activities

Ho, Ho, Ho, all aboard!  Trackless Trains are sure to impress with your Polar Express themed party.  AMJ offers a variety of trains for youth and for the whole family.  The indoor/outdoor capability is perfect for transporting guests from the parking area to the event or have Santa ride in with the gifts for the children!

Looking to keep the kiddos entertained during your event? Offer them some heart-pumping, smile-making inflatables or a couple new creative stations. AMJ now offers a  Cookie Decorating Station and our New Ornament Craft Station. Keep the little elves amused and occupied with this holiday inspired Candy Cane Moon Jump or go on a Candyland Adventure, they will love exploring this gingerbread house with an eight foot slide!  If you are looking for more of a challenge, how about our 45’ Christmas Inflatable Obstacle Course to help make more memories?! amj-spectactular-events-christmas-rentals-4u-candyland-village

These are just a some of the ways AMJ can enhance your holiday event.  Check out our holiday themed page for many more excellent options! From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

AMJ Spectacular Events is prepared to assist you in creating a memorable holiday party this year.  These items will be booked quickly this holiday season, so be sure to call us right away to check on availability at 630-833-4386 or email us at

“Springtime” Parties! Communion Parties, Graduation Parties and Memorial Day


Spring-time means party-time!  From communions to graduations, Mother’s Day to Memorial Day, the weather gets warm and people want to party! AMJSE has everything you need to throw the perfect party. From inflatable fun to concessions, we have something to fit every party. Calling us to help you create something special is our job.CIMG2368


Have a large crowd and need tables, tents, and chairs? We’ve got you covered and will even take care of the set-up and take down!  We also have other equipment and extras to make your party a success including spot lights, refrigerators, inflatable bars, bubble and fog machines, and giant signs.  


Whether you are having a picnic party, Hawaiian Luau, or want to add some water games to your warm weather fun, AMJSE has what you need to entertain and delight your guests. AMJSE is in the business of helping you make new happy memories with family and friends.  


We can help make your party spectacular and memorable! Don’t hesitate to call us at 630-833-4386 to reserve your party supplies and equipment because spring-time means party-time!




Party Equipment Rental in Chicago and Beyond!

Some party equipment rental companies have limited product availability, while others only cater to huge commercial customers. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to rent whatever equipment you need, and to be treated like an important client, not matter how large or small your event may be?

party eqipment rental chicagoA Moon Jump 4U, a division of AMJ Spectacular Events, has provided equipment rental to small backyard parties, and huge city-wide events, for more than a decade. If you have a party coming up in the Chicago area, or anywhere in the Illinois – Indiana – Wisconsin region, you’ll want to check out our huge selection of tents, tables, and chairs. While you’re at it, have a look at our inflatable rentals, concession equipment, and everything else you’ll need to make your event a success.

You have enough other details to handle when planning your party – why not make this part easy, by trusting professionals who will deliver exactly what you need, right when you need it! You can email us day or night (, or give us a call during business hours at 630-833-4386 to talk with one of our friendly event consultants.