What Kinds of Actors Make a Party Better

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

 This post was written for the Simple by Stephanie audience.

If you're planning to throw a successful party, you'll want to have all the right ingredients, from the venue and the food to activities and entertainment. After all, you don't want your guests sitting around in silence, looking at their phones, and planning an exit strategy. 

One of the best ways to ensure a lively, successful event is to hire an actor. When you think of actors, you probably envision your favorite movie or TV stars. While it may be possible to hire them, unless you have a massive budget, getting one of the world's most famous actors like Tom Hanks, Ryan Reynolds, or Johnny Depp is an unlikely scenario. 

The better news is that there are actors available that can be hired at a relatively low-cost while making your party one to remember. When researching your options, these types of actors are some of the top picks to consider. 

Character Actors

Just imagine the looks on your guests' faces when Tom Cruise, Marilyn Monroe, Hugh Jackman's "Wolverine" or even Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow walks in the door. Character actors can do such a great job at impersonating the real thing that some may think you've really managed to get a big-name celebrity to show up at your event. It's something that everyone will probably be talking about for years to come.

Drag Queens

You might hire a drag queen to wow your guests with something unexpected, flashy, and fun. They're always highly entertaining, wearing glittering costumes, belting out songs, and telling jokes while encouraging interaction. Drag queens are naturally the life of the party and are sure to keep things exciting. Many are so good they've even been featured on TV shows and movies. 

Murder Mystery

Murder mystery actors can create an unforgettable evening of intrigue that's guaranteed to eliminate any chance of boredom as it provides an interactive experience for all. Trained professional actors will entertain your guests by playing murder mystery characters, with your guests acting as teams of detectives. Dramatic scenes, clues, and entertainment are all included, providing an evening of unforgettable fun. 


Medieval actors dressed as knights, battling with swords and armor while protecting actors dressed as damsels in distress, can put on a great show that will allow your guests to feel like they're a part of the action. They might put on an impressive jousting display or sword fight, or even recreate medieval music performing on traditional instruments like bagpipes, bandolier drums, tambourines, and recorders while walkabout jesters mingle to provide even more entertainment. 

This is an ideal option when you want a universal crowd-pleaser, as so many people love this time period. It's the reason so many Renaissance fairs are hosted around the world, and so many movies are based in medieval times. It also provides the opportunity for your guests to dress up in clothing from the era. Plus, you'll have a ready-made theme that can be easily incorporated into other aspects of the party, from the decor (think dragons and castles) to the food, perhaps a banquet-style feast.

The First First

Friday, November 20, 2020

If you don't already know this (I mentioned it on Instagram), my dad passed away on Saturday. Even though I just posted a life update about how the doctors didn't give him very long to live, it's still really hard. Knowing the end is almost here is a comfort in some ways, because we were able to say all the things we wanted to, but it doesn't make the fact that he's gone any easier.

He passed away at the hospital on Saturday morning, holding hands with me and my mom. He had decided on Friday morning to stop all of the things that were keeping his heart pumping. It was too much, too many complications, too much pain. He was tired. I get it, but I will never stop missing him. I've always been a daddy's girl. Even though we butted heads because we were so much alike, my dad was always in my corner even when I was wrong. 

So it's been a very hard week. And as someone who hates change, I anticipate it being a very hard year - I am going to hate every single 'first' without my dad. First Christmas without him. First Father's Day. First time I don't get to call him after a Bear's win, if such a thing ever happens again.

Today is the first of those firsts - it's my birthday. My very first birthday without my dad. Because even though I'm adopted, he adopted me within the first hour after I was born. So today is not very fun at all. Except for this morning - he was there. I had coffee with my mom and she stood next to me at one point and said I smelled nice. Like I must have gotten John's cologne or aftershave on me. Except John doesn't wear those things and I also haven't showered in two days so I know it wasn't me. And then she realized it was my dad. While we were having our birthday coffee and chat, he was there, in his normal seat at the table. It only smelled right there and when we came back to the table later, it was gone. He still came to be there for my birthday. 36 years and nothing can keep him from me on this day.

There's a lot of things and a lot of people I can't count on in this world, but I am lucky that I've never doubted, not one second in my entire life, that there's nothing my dad loved more than me and my mom.

Life Updates

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

In my mind, it seemed like it had been a very long time since I posted. But it actually hasn't, just about 3 weeks. Perhaps it just feels longer, like everything else lately.

Dad's Health

I updated earlier this year about my parents' health and how that had been a struggle. Happy to report that my mom is doing great. My dad, however, has only worsened. According to a couple doctors, he has no more than 6 more months. None of them are (a) god of course, so anything is possible. But they do tend to be right about these things more often than not. So that is very tough. We're trying to just make the most of the time we do have, but he struggles since he has both heart and kidney failure. Good days and bad, and unfortunately the bad days usually end in him falling somehow and John having to pick him up (I don't know what I would do without John.) If he didn't have my mom, and she weren't 14 years younger than him, he would definitely be in hospice. It takes a toll on her too though, it's a different kind of hard when it's your spouse instead of your parent. And she's been with my dad for 45 years. I try to help where I can with my dad, but I'm mostly a support system for my mom.


Oh, we still went all out for Halloween. The day I need a party or trick or treaters to decorate for my favorite holiday is the day you know my time on earth is up. Chicago actually still allowed trick or treating and we were able to have Tara, Megan and Bill over. Betsy and Kevin also joined us, but out on the deck where we could all be spaced out. It was nice to actually see friends in person. Although I have seen Megan and I had seen Betsy and Kevin (distantly) in April, but I hadn't seen Tara or Bill in a year. That's so crazy to think about, since I tend to see them all spring and summer long, despite the fact that Tara lives in Iowa. There's usually bar crawls and street fests and tailgating, but we all know what 2020 has been like. And we're in for even more of it. I don't know about where you are, but cases are on the rise here in Chicago, so I know I won't see Tara again until summer. Unless, of course, we plan 'bar' golf in the spring... but in my yard.


I don't talk politics on this blog and I don't plan to except to say - of course I am disappointed in the election results. But given the candidates, there is 0 way I wouldn't have been. This is the best our country can come up with? We're pathetic. I know you can't make it to Washington politics without there being something sincerely wrong with your soul, but come on. We have to do better. Now, I have never voted democrat and (unless the Rock runs for president) I never will but I am a huge proponent of voting third party. We need more people in D.C. who do not sit squarely in the pockets of their respective parties. And Jo Jorgensen was a fantastic presidential candidate, if anyone had cared to pay attention. A two party system will never work. We have over 200 years of proof of that fact. So while I respect people's right to differing opinions and encourage everyone to vote, even if we don't agree politically, I have absolutely no respect for anyone who says that voting third party is a wasted vote. Remember that when the next four years are just as shitty because a divided congress can't play nice, even when American lives are on the line.

Huh, guess I had more to say on politics than I thought. As Holmes said in Elementary, democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the other ones.

Online Life

Social media sucks, honestly. I might quit all of it in 2021, the idea has been swirling in my brain. The only thing I have left is instagram and it's been annoying with election nonsense. I had originally associated my personal instagram (stephs1120) with this blog, but I since made a blog related instagram (simplebystephanie). I've been working at unfollowing and removing followers off the original account. I now follow pretty much no one except family on the original account - so if I unfollowed you, that's why! Feel free to follow the second account if you want but I honestly don't post much on either. If I keep the account, it will have more regular content in 2021, corresponding to the content on this blog and on my YouTube channel. I have content scheduled on this blog for the rest of the year, a post each week I think, but I have no clue what's in store for 2021. Which is strange for me, I usually have next year's content plan started by now! But we'll just be winging it.

One place I do manage to update regularly is our podcast, Witch Wednesdays. Tara and I put an episode up every Wednesday morning. We also regularly update that instagram (witchwednesdayspodcast), YouTube channel, and of course the Patreon account. If you have an interest in witchcraft, we've got you covered and will continue to offer even more in 2021, including subscription boxes. It's been a very fun venture!

That's enough updates for today (because I'm out of time), but part 2 tomorrow.