Best Music Festival Rental Items

Music festivals are the perfect way to celebrate beautiful summer weather. You combine great tunes, food, people, and venues. There’s no better occasion to bring people together and enrich a community. 

The last thing you want when planning a music festival is to feel unprepared. Whether there’s a handful or a hundred people coming to your event, they all have needs that you must anticipate and accommodate. 

Make sure everything runs smoothly and get what you need before the big day. Here are the best rental items that will help you provide the greatest experience possible for your guests.

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Tents

Music festivals mean lots of talented acts, guests, and vendors descending on the space you’ve chosen. If that space is outdoors, a tent is essential.

Vendors will need tents to set up their booths, bands need tents to sell merchandise under, and people need the shelter provided by tents to escape the sun and rest. This choice is a no-brainer if you want people to have an enjoyable time listening to great music while staying cool and protected from the elements.

Tent packages allow you to grab everything in one go. Gervais Party & Tent Rentals has a variety of tent rental packages tailored to your needs. You can get all of your music festival essentials, such as tables, bars, and dancefloors, with one purchase!

Bar Beverages & Accessories

It’s a true joy to sip on a cold beverage and listen to some of your favourite live bands. It’s a match made in music festival heaven. People are going to drink, and vendors are going to serve, so when you’re planning an event, make sure to pick up everything the bartenders and beverage vendors need to do their jobs. 

Things like corkscrews, ice scoopers, and coolers are easy to forget but are sorely missed if you don’t have them. Don’t leave your guests and vendors high and dry, and rent these bar essentials. 

Now that you’ve got a fully stocked and prepared bar, the next thing you need is the appropriate glassware. Leave a lasting impression on your guests as they sip through the day with specialty coffee mugs, shooters, and martini glasses. Bottoms up!

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Lounge Furniture

You don’t want everyone standing all day in the heat without any reprieve. So, rent patio furniture to create spaces of relaxation for everyone.

Whether it’s in front of the stage, by the beer tents, or near the food, white bistro chairs or folding chairs are an excellent way to break up the event space while seating a lot of people. 

If you want to create a space better for mingling and conversation, maybe in a beer area or backstage, consider renting cushioned Barcelona chairs and benches with coffee tables.

With these music festival essentials, your next event is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Leave no guest, artist, or vendor feeling like their needs haven’t been met. By renting all these items from Gervais Party & Tent Rentals, your crowd can “get down” without feeling down.

Call 416-288-1846 or sales@gervaisrentals.com to talk to one of our professionals about event rentals for your music festival today!

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4 Must-Haves for Your Canada Day Event Rentals

Hosting a Canada Day celebration shouldn’t be stressful. It’s a birthday party that everyone can enjoy, and you don’t have to bring a gift.

But if you feel like you have no idea where to start, party planning can feel hectic. When you’re planning your big Canada Day party for your office or community, it can be hard to figure out what items you should get. You also don’t want to buy expensive niche items that are only going to sit in storage for a year until you need them again. That giant indoor beanbag toss with a Canada leaf on it only works for so many occasions.

Whether it’s your first or fifteenth time hosting, Gervais Party & Tent Rentals has you covered for all your event needs. With us on your side, you can get rid of the pre-party jitters and grab the BBQ spatula because it’s time for Canada’s birthday.

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Here are four definite must-haves for any Canada Day get-together.

  • Propane & BBQ Accessories

Nobody is going to come to a celebration of this scale if there’s not food promised. Freshly grilled ribs, steaks, hotdogs, hamburgers, and kabobs will make your event a success.

A propane BBQ is an essential item for any good Canada Day celebration.

If you don’t have a grill of your own, you can rent this high-quality BBQ for less than what you’ll spend on drinks and refreshments.

Don’t let anyone leave hungry by providing for everyone’s dietary needs. Gervais offers a kosher-only BBQ and a deluxe BBQ with two chambers, which is perfect for veggies on one side and meat on the other.

While you’re renting the BBQ, make it easy on yourself and get propane and grilling utensils as well. That way, you won’t have to worry about tracking down who lent them to you. You can conveniently pick up and return your BBQ essentials from one location.

  • Coolers & Ice

Warm soda, water, or beer on a hot July day? That doesn’t say party. You can keep your coworkers, friends, family, town constituents, or other guests hydrated all day with cool beverages stored in an ice cooler with 26 lbs of ice.

Gervais Party & Tent Rentals makes it convenient for you to rent the cooler and buy the ice from the same location at the same time. You don’t have to go out of your way to pick up the ice after getting the cooler, and it’s one less thing to worry about while planning your event.

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  • Garbage Cans

A garbage can may not be the first thing you think of when planning a Canada Day celebration, but you’ll certainly regret not having one when you’re cleaning up. After going through all the preparations, from the decor to the food, the one thing you may have missed is also the most vital.

Nothing is worse than being caught at the end of the day without enough receptacles to deal with the aftermath of a party. Or worse, it’s 10 minutes into the party, someone asks you where the garbage is, and you realize you’ve made a big mistake.

Keep the park, community space, or office parking lot clean all day by renting enough garbage cans. Trust us; it’s the essential item for any party.

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  • Tent

You, your coworkers, friends, and family may have plans for the day, but the weather won’t always adhere to them. No matter what the forecast says about the chance of rain, you can bet that the weather is going to do whatever it wants. You can’t postpone Canada Day for a day with better weather, so you need to be prepared. Note: we do not recommend that anyone stand in / under a tent when lighting or high winds occur.

Don’t take a chance and make sure your Canada Day celebration goes on, rain or shine, with a tent. Whether you need a tent for 40, 480, or any number of people in between, Gervais Party & Tent Rentals offers premium tent rentals with plenty of options to choose from. With the tent’s high canopy roof and options for clear plastic side coverings, you can be protected from the elements and still enjoy a spacious and comfortable set up.

Make Canada’s birthday the best one yet by holding a great event with the right items for your family, coworkers, community, and friends.

Call 416-288-1846 or sales@gervaisrentals.com to talk to one of our professionals about event rentals for your Canada Day party today!

Food Festival Tent & Event Rental Essentials

Food festivals are the perfect opportunity to unite a community over its mutual love of delicious cuisine. Whether it’s ribs, tacos, mac ‘n’ cheese, or anything in between, when a food festival comes to town, everyone makes sure to turn out.

You’ve got the venue, now what? The extra care and touches are what make good gatherings great. So, think beyond that empty parking lot or field to what your attendees need. Rest assured that whatever it is, Gervais Party & Tent Rentals has you covered and is ready to help you serve some delicious summer eats.

Here are some essential items to acquire in order to ensure that your community’s next food festival is a roaring success.

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Charcoal BBQ & Accessories

Nothing pairs better than summer and BBQ. A warm evening where you’ve got a corn on the cob in one hand and a half-rack of ribs in the other is a match made in heaven.  

For any BBQ-centered food festival, a large high-quality charcoal BBQ, capable of catering to the hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, and veggie needs of an entire community, is a must.

Does your festival call for some spit-roasted lamb, pig, or chicken? You can rent your spit-roast charcoal BBQ from Gervais Party & Tent Rentals too!

Make it a one-stop shop for your cooking needs, and purchase your charcoal while you pick up the perfect BBQ for your event.

Tables & Chairs

When you’re trying to sample all 12 kinds of mac ‘n’ cheese at the community festival, you need a space to sit down and lay out your spoils.

While many people take home what they buy from the food festival for dinner, renting tables and chairs is a great way to entice them to extend their visit. Giving your guests a space to rest while they attend your festival encourages them to stay and buy from other street vendors. Plus, it lets them take the time to enjoy the great event you’re putting on.

Whether you’re expecting a large turnout and need banquet-style tables, or it’s a more intimate crowd, and you require smaller square tables, Gervais Party & Tent Rentals has you covered.

Pick up your chairs while you shop for the perfect size table for your event. Leave no spot unseated when you pick from fun and colourful kids chairs, the old faithful classic white bistro chair, the natural and earthy natural wood chair, and many more. Going to crown a king or queen of an eating contest? They’ll need a throne.

Give everyone a space to rest and relax so that they can fully take in all the flavours of your event.

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Cutlery & Flatware

Cutlery is an essential that is often overlooked when planning food festivals, and most goers often choose to eat hotdogs, hamburgers, and other street foods with their hands. But renting stainless steel or copper cutlery adds a little extra flair to your event, and these items are a vital part of the food vendors’ cooking and serving processes.

Renting cutlery and flatware is a great way to reduce the waste of your event as well as make your festival feel a little more upscale.

Make the vendors’ jobs a little easier and supply the buffet section with everything it needs by picking up serving utensils. While you’re shopping for your charcoal BBQ, make sure to pick up tongs and a stainless-steel spatula just in case a vendor forgets their own.

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Tents

No festival is complete without a tent. For a food festival that runs all day or all weekend, make sure to rent a weather-proof tent that can withstand whatever conditions arise on the day. There’s nothing more upsetting than soggy food, and if your festival goers have to eat their speciality tacos on rain-soaked tortillas, then they’re not going to fully enjoy the otherwise great event you’ve put on. Note: we do not recommend that anyone stand in / under a tent when lighting or high winds occur.

If you’re expecting an entire community, everyone is going to need a space to take shelter from the elements, whether that’s rain or heat. Gervais Party & Tent Rentals provides a comprehensive selection of tents for any number of patrons. Whether you need the 40-person white frame tent or the 450-person clearspan tent, you can rent yours and give your festival goers an essential shelter.

If your festival runs well into the night, renting some Edison lights is an excellent way to add a quaint ambiance and necessary illumination to your tent. If it’s going to get cold at night during the festival dates, you can add a great touch with a patio heater to keep people warm and happy while they eat and drink.

Food festivals should be filled with good fun, good people, and good eats. Your event can hit all the right marks when you grab the essentials!

Call 416-288-1846 or sales@gervaisrentals.com to talk to one of our professionals about event rentals for your food festival today!

Why We Are the Best Place for Graduation Party Tent Rentals

It’s the big day; students are having a milestone moment and graduating from school. Whether it’s their first or fifth graduation, they deserve the best event to help them commemorate all their achievements and hard work.

If you’re a parent representative or school official, you want to make the day the best it can be for graduates. Don’t leave such an important event up to chance. Let the experts at Gervais Party & Tent Rentals take care of the big day.

Here are some of the reasons why Gervais Party & Tent Rentals is the best place for your graduation celebration supplies.

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We Want to Make Your Vision Come to Life

We want to make your graduation event everything you dreamed it could be. You are the boss of your own event, so at Gervais Party & Tent Rentals, we want to help you realize your vision. Whether it’s a small or large need, we have you covered and provide friendly and dedicated service to reach your event goals.

Our commitment to your graduates’ big moment is why we offer everything that you could need, from napkins to lighting to various sized tents. Gervais Party & Tent Rentals has all of the essentials in several styles and great quality.

We’re Flexible

When you’re organizing a party for an entire graduating class, their parents, and their teachers, there’s bound to be a few concerns. Sometimes, things happen after you’ve already submitted a request for a rental; sometimes, more people show up, and you realize you should have ordered two propane BBQs instead of one. We totally understand.

That’s why Gervais Party & Tent Rentals gives you time to change or cancel items right up until 72 hours prior to the event. It’s our business to make people happy on the most joyous days of their lives, so we’d love to help you adjust even the smallest thing after you’ve ordered.

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You & Your Time Come First

At Gervais Party & Tent Rentals, we understand how much of a hassle it can be to go and pick up items for your event. That’s why we offer delivery. Deliveries are made during regular business hours, but if you can’t make it, don’t worry. It’s not required that you be at the delivery destination.

After delivery, we’ll even set up the equipment for an additional charge. That way, you don’t have to worry about figuring out how to set up your grill or tent, you can relax and enjoy the special day.  

Our Experience Speaks Volumes

Gervais Party & Tent Rentals’ highly trained and experienced staff is here to help you with any product use, company policy, or individual question or request that you may have. We truly believe in teamwork to help you throw your graduation event, so don’t be shy to ask questions.

We provide friendly, prompt, and informed service. So, get in touch, and we’ll help you arrange all of your graduation party needs.

Call 416-288-1846 or sales@gervaisrentals.com to talk to one of our professionals about event rentals for your graduation party today!

Why You Should Get a Tent Rental for Graduation

Graduation season is just around the corner. Everyone’s waiting to trade those stuffy school uniforms for graduation caps and gowns and celebrate their achievements at the end of the year. What better way to kick off the summer than with an awesome graduation party? But don’t let the rain ruin your event.

Inclement weather conditions shouldn’t be the reason you have to scramble and reschedule the special day for hundreds of graduates. Plan ahead and rent a tent beforehand to avoid unnecessary stress on such a happy occasion. Choose from Gervais Party & Tent Rentals’ large selection of high-quality tents and tent packages. Preparing for a party has never been easier.

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Protect Guests from the Elements

Rain doesn’t stop people from graduating, so it shouldn’t be the reason the party stops either. Get a tent and make sure that you’re prepared for any weather that’s thrown at you.

Spring and summer weather can be some of the most beautiful. So, take advantage of a graduation day with sunshine. Spend the day celebrating outside under the shade of a tent, instead of cooped up inside. Backyards, patios, and parks make gorgeous and unique places to hold your event.

Note: that we highly do not recommend that anyone stand in / under a tent when lighting or high winds occur.

Cost-Effective Solution to Many Problems

After paying for years of schooling, transportation to the venue, an outfit for the ceremony, and costly graduation gowns and caps, the last thing anyone wants to do is spend or lose more money. Event spaces can be expensive, and paying for an outfit that got ruined in the rain is not going to make anyone happy.

A tent rental for graduation is a cost-effective alternative to renting an indoor space, as tents are usually a fraction of the cost of an entire hall and their staff for the day.

The best part about a graduation tent rental is that there’s no need to buy an expensive one for your school or community that you’ll only use a handful of times. Save time, money, and effort when you rent a tent.

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A Beautiful and Creative Alternative Space

A white tent is the perfect blank canvas. You can design a beautiful space with the right decor and a creative eye.

It’s easy to make your vision come alive with so much potential that you wouldn’t have otherwise had in an indoor venue. Do you want a dance floor rental? No problem. Want to add a bar rental? Sure thing. Need a quiet area in the back with a lounge furniture rental for tired parents and teachers to rest after a long day of festivities? Absolutely.

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The theme, colours, and set-up of your event are free for you to choose with a tent. There’s no better and accommodating option for a creative individual who’s looking to impress.

Tent rentals for graduation allow organizers to design a unique space for their graduates’ needs, and guests get to enjoy a safe and stunning celebration space.

Call 416-288-1846 or sales@gervaisrentals.com to talk to one of our professionals about a tent rental for graduation today!

The Benefits of Wedding Linen Rental

The Benefits of Wedding Linen Rental

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Wedding linen rental is a great way to simplify preparations for your big day. With so many things to think about and plan from food to decorations to entertainment, deciding to rent linens is a decision that you don’t need to struggle with. For one thing, renting wedding linens means someone else will handle everything from start to finish. There are several other benefits to renting linens instead of purchasing them.

Top Quality Linens

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While you can get linens from online wholesalers, the quality of the linens that you can get from a rental company is much better than the ones you can get online. Since rental companies plan to use the same linens for multiple weddings, the linens used have to be top quality, not materials that show signs of wear easily.

 

You don’t have to guess at the quality of your linens when you rent them. You will be able to see and touch samples rather than hoping you’ll get what you expect. There won’t be any last minute surprises.

Wide Variety of Choices

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Whether you know exactly what fabric and colour you are looking for or you are completely stumped when you try to figure it out, a rental company will have a much wider variety of choices than you can find elsewhere. You can choose exactly the colour you want to match your theme or the colours of your wedding party. You can feel different fabrics and choose what you want, or you can talk to a consultant to help you choose.

Preparation and Cleanup is Done for You

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A rental company will take care of getting your linens perfect for your wedding day. They will be clean and pressed, and the rental company will provide storage right up to the time your linens are needed. The setup of your linens will be handled by professionals who will make sure everything looks just right.

 

After the event, you don’t have to worry about cleanup. Linens will be picked up in bags and the laundry will be taken care of as part of your rental.

The Simplest Approach

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At Gervais Rentals, our expert staff can give you design tips and help you choose your fabrics and coordinating accessories to create a look that will be memorable and uniquely yours on your wedding day. It’s the simplest approach for making your wedding anything but ordinary.

With the right wedding linen rentals, you can achieve the beautiful look that you have always dreamed about.

 

Contact Gervais Rentals today to help simplify the process of choosing linens to rent for your wedding.

 

Best Backyard Party Tricks to Liven Up Your Party

Nothing says summer like a great backyard party, but if you want your get-together to be the talk of the town, then there are many tips and tricks you can use to liven up the party. From the right lighting to the right food, every element matters when you’re planning the backyard party of the century, and here are a few things you’ll want to think about when planning your gathering.

 

Choose the Right Lighting

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Lighting is a crucial element that you’ll have to consider for your party because not only will it help to set the mood, but it’s also important for safety. There are many options you can go with here, including more traditional strand or flood lighting, or more creative choices like tiki torches, candles, or even a fire pit.

 

Assemble Your Snacks Wisely

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A backyard party is a perfect opportunity to let your culinary skills shine, and there’s a lot of fun to be had over at the snack table for your get-together. Although you could stick with the classics (think chips, sandwiches, and barbecued foods), you can also get creative with your gastronomic creations. Here are a few ideas:

 

  • Rent a machine for making adult beverages like margaritas or family-friendly slushies
  • Go with edible arrangements (with dip, of course) made from fruits and vegetables
  • Get an ice sculpture
  • Assemble-your-own kebab station
  • Build-your-own taco fixings
  • Pass around fancy hors-d’oeuvres

 

Bring Out the Games

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Everybody knows how much fun a good game a Jenga or Scrabble can be, but what about having massive life-sized versions of these games for some backyard fun? There are many fun and engaging games you can incorporate into your party, and they don’t all have to be supersized for your guests to enjoy themselves.

 

Take Your Backyard Party to the Next Level with the Right Furniture and Décor

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One of the main obstacles people often face with backyard parties is finding enough furniture to accommodate all the guests. However, it’s important for people to have somewhere to sit and relax when they need to take a break from the festivities, and there are ways you can get creative with this. For example, if you want a rustic party, consider using large logs as seating. Or, for a more traditional feel, you can rent furniture to ensure you have enough seats and tables for all your needs. Another excellent option for a unique party idea is to bring your formal dining set outside and use it in a more rustic way outdoors.

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Décor is another critical consideration, and if you don’t have a particular theme for the party, then you may still want to pick decorations that will tie in the different elements of the gathering. That could include things like balloons, streamers, bunting, floral arrangements, mason jar décor, special plates and napkins, fancy tablecloths, and much more.

 

 

There are a lot of things you’ll need to think about when planning an unforgettable backyard party, and this includes things like décor, furnishings, lighting, food, and even entertainment. It takes a great deal of thought and planning to put together an event that your party guests will talk about for many years to come, but these ideas will get you well on your way to planning the perfect party.

 

 

Outdoor vs. Indoor Weddings: Which Option is Better for You?

Choosing the location of your wedding is one of the biggest and most important first decisions you’ll have to make in the early planning stages. And one of the first issues you’ll have to address is whether you want the wedding to take place inside or outside, and this can be a tough decision. If you don’t already have a dream venue picked out and are trying to decide where to host your wedding, here’s what you need to know about having an outdoor vs indoor wedding.

Winner for Weather Conditions: Indoor

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One of the main advantages that an indoor wedding has over an outdoor one is that the weather doesn’t matter. It could be perfectly sunny or raining up a storm, and it wouldn’t matter: your wedding plans wouldn’t be affected in the slightest. Moreover, that also means you can hold your wedding whenever you want, including in the dead of winter or the unbearable heat of the summer months. With an outdoor wedding, on the other hand, you’re at the mercy of the forecast, and you’ll want to have a contingency plan in place in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Winner for Space: Outdoor

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One of the great things about outdoor spaces is that you don’t have to worry about square footage, and that means you can invite as many people as you want and you won’t have to worry about being cramped or not having enough room for everything you want to do. Indoor venues always have a maximum capacity, and that means you may have to cut people from your list.

Winner for Cost: Both

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Indoor and outdoor weddings sometimes have different but comparable costs associated with them. With an indoor wedding you’ll have to pay for the venue, for instance, but with an outdoor wedding, you’ll need to pay for supplies like chairs, tables, lighting, and other furniture, accessories, and maybe even a tent. With both types, however, you’ll need to pay for food, decorations, flowers, and other standard wedding costs.

Winner for Environmental Controls: Indoor

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Like with the weather, there are many environmental factors that you can’t control during an outdoor wedding, and that includes things like the temperature, bugs, noise from other people, and more. None of these is an issue during indoor weddings because they are protected, climate controlled, and private.

Winner for Scenery: Outdoor

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Any indoor wedding venue can be beautiful and personalized, but there’s something about getting married in a garden, meadow, park, or other outdoor space that can’t be beaten. No amount of décor or lighting could compete with a sunset wedding on a white sand beach, a morning ceremony on the dewy grass, an evening reception under the stars, and the other incredible elements of natural beauty that are present at outdoor weddings.

 

Indoor and outdoor weddings both have their pros and cons, and what it really comes down to is the type of person you are and the kind of wedding you want. It’s important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each, but ultimately the decision will come down to the look, feel, ambiance, and style you want for your special day.

 

 

 

The Top 10 Best Party Themes of All Time

Everybody loves a good party, and the one thing that can beat a good party is a party with a great theme. But coming up with a winning theme party idea can be tough, especially if you’ve never done it before, or have lots of fun-loving friends who have already thrown a few of their own. If you’re looking for awesome ideas for themes, here are 10 of the best that are sure to make for an unforgettable night.

 

1. Murder Mysteries

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These types of parties are born successes because they have all the makings of a memorable party built right into the premise: intrigue, food, theatrics, and a healthy dose of whodunnit.

 

2. Christmas in July

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It’s been said that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but that doesn’t mean it only has to come once! With a Christmas in July party, you can experience everything great about the Yuletide without the hassle of snow, cold, and bulky clothes.

 

3. High School or College Revisited

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High school and college were golden years for most people thanks to the late nights and epic parties, so this is a natural fit for a great theme party idea that’ll be sure to get your friends reminiscing.

 

4. Casino at Home

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People say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but there’s no rule against bringing the excitement and exhilaration of the casino to your home. You can even rent table games and everything else you’d need to throw the best casino bash in your neighbourhood.

 

5. Costume Party

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Who doesn’t love Halloween? There’s mystery, lots of candy, and, of course, there are costumes. With a costume party, you can bring the magic of Halloween to life at any time of year.

 

6. Oscars Party

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Continuing with the theme of dressing up, throwing an Oscars party will allow your guests to experience the glitz and glam of Hollywood in the comfort of your home. Just don’t forget the fancy finger food, red carpet, paparazzi, and goody bags.

 

7. Decade Party

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Are you in love with the Roaring 20s, or are you a 60s flower child at heart? Or maybe you just can’t get enough of 80s neon or 70s disco. If one of these sounds like you, or you’ve got another period in mind, then a decade party might be the perfect theme party idea.

 

8. Favourite Movie

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If you and your friends share a love for a particular flick, then a specially themed movie night is just the thing for you. You can dress up as characters, have appropriate snacks, and plan a screening.

 

9. PJ Party

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Slumber parties aren’t just for kids anymore, and there’s nothing more fun than getting a group of adults together for some good ole fashioned pyjama-ed fun.

 

10. Glow in the Dark

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A glow in the dark party may sound difficult to pull off, but all you need are some white-clad guests, luminous paint, and black lights to get the whole thing glowing.

 

 

Themes are an excellent way to liven up a party, engage guests, and bring a new element of fun to your social life. No matter what theme you choose, your party is sure to be unforgettable, and these top 10 best themes will get you on the way to planning and hosting a legendary party.

Creative Wedding Cake Ideas

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Choosing the right cake is one of the most delicious aspects of planning a wedding, but you can also add your own personal and creative flair to the endeavour by opting for a unique idea. There are plenty of options for you if you want to get creative with wedding cakes and desserts, and today we’re going to give you some great ideas to get started.

 

Spruce Up Your Cake with Real Flowers

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Traditional wedding cakes are often adorned with pretty frosting flowers, but you can try a new twist on this and replace the frosting flowers with real edible ones. Edible flowers come in all colours and appearances, so you’re sure to find an appetizing bouquet that will perfectly complement the look and taste of your cake.

 

Opt for Multiple Cakes

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Ever been to a wedding and been really excited for the cake only to realize that it was your least favourite flavour, or that you couldn’t eat it because of a dietary restriction? A great way to avoid this issue is to provide multiple smaller cakes instead of a single large one, and that way you can place a cake at each table and provide your guests with more options when it comes to variety.

 

Pick a Non-Traditional Shape

 

There’s no rule saying that wedding cakes have to come in the traditional round or square tiered shape, and there are plenty of ways you can add a uniqueness to your cake by playing around with the shape. Here are just a few of the cake possibilities:

  • Tall cylinders
  • Triangle tiers
  • Hexagon tiers
  • Specific objects, such as a flower-shaped cake
  • Tiers that are offset or slanted

 

Replace the Cake with Another Sweet Treat

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Go for a big twist, and maybe your wedding cake doesn’t actually have to be cake. There are tons of other desserts you can serve at your wedding. For example, if you and your honey-to-be love breakfast, why not try a cake-shaped stack of freshly made crepes? Other ideas you can use include stacks or tiers of brownies, macarons, doughnuts, pies, truffles, or even your favourite cookies.

 

Go for a Creative Frosting

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The frosting is an excellent way to set your cake apart from everybody else’s because this decorative element can be used in so many fun and different ways. For example, instead of having plain white frosting, you could bring nature inside and frost your cake to look like birch bark. This look is trendy and gives a romantic, natural feeling. There are also different colours you can try, such as black or metallic frosting, or you can even forgo the frosting altogether and replace it with an edible print.

 

Let Them Eat Cupcakes

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Cakes come in endless shapes and sizes, and there’s nothing to say you have to serve your cake in a traditional way. For instance, you could have tiers of cake pops instead of the traditional wedding cake, serve individually sized cakes, or even opt for cupcakes instead.

 

Cakes are like the icing on your wedding, and there’s no better way to finish your celebrations and reward your guests for being part of your special day. But if you want to make your cake a little more creative than the average wedding dessert, there are many ways you can add a unique flair to your special confection.

 

Vintage Wedding Trends That Are Coming Back

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Popular wedding ideas come and go just like any other trend, but like other trends, they also tend to come back after a certain amount of time. Right now, for instance, there are plenty of vintage wedding ideas that are making their way back into modern marriage ceremonies, and this includes certain fabrics, dress styles, accent materials, and more. To help make your biggest day even more extraordinary, here are some great wedding ideas from days gone by that you can incorporate into your planning.

 

Classic Dresses

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There’s something to be said for classic beauty and, thanks in part to Kate Middleton, this idea is making a hard comeback in modern wedding dresses. These features include 40s and 50s inspired trends like lace, embroidery, A-line cuts, traditional veils, and even dresses with full sleeves.

 

Pearls

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Knowing how there’s a shift back to the classic dresses of the mid-nineteenth century, it may come as no surprise that couples are incorporating pearls into the wedding décor a lot more than in the past few years. This décor includes wearing them as jewelry, draping strands over tables and centrepieces, and replacing regular beads with pearls in vase decorations.

 

Velvet Dresses, Suits, Furniture, and Accents

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Take a look at any wedding that’s happened this year, and there’s a good chance you’ll see some traces of this vintage fabric. Whether it’s the bride’s dress, the groom’s jacket, the furniture, or perhaps even the table runner, velvet has been making cameo appearances at an increasing number of weddings lately.

 

The Use of Metal

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Baroque was an artistic and architectural style that was popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and this (very) vintage style has been making a comeback at many modern weddings. You’ll notice the baroque inspiration with the inclusion of ornate metal décor and accent pieces, lavish metallic prints and frostings, and overall allusions to grandeur.

 

Disco Balls

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Although disco balls weren’t necessarily a wedding trend in the 1970s, they certainly were popular in clubs and bars back in the day. These days, couples are bringing the fun and thrill of the disco to their wedding receptions by illuminating spaces with multiple disco balls to bring a little sparkle and glitter to the dance floor.

 

Art Deco Wedding Accents

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Art Deco was an artistic style popular in the 20s and 30s, and it has been rearing its head again in the form of modern wedding accents, such as using marble and mirrors on tables, black and white colour schemes, and jewellery and accents that feature bright gems, contrasting patterns, and lots of geometrical shapes. Think The Great Gatsby, and you’ll be on the right track.

 

There are many vintage wedding ideas from decades past that are making their way back into the weddings of today. Along with fabric ideas like lace and velvet, some other vintage ideas you might want to consider are Art Deco or Baroque inspirations, a return to classic wedding dress styles, and maybe even something fun and exciting like bringing the 70s back to life for your special night.

Benefits of Renting Your Wedding Dress

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Shopping for the right dress is one of the most exciting parts of a bride’s wedding journey, but this task can also be fraught with stress, budgetary issues, and other problems. One great alternative that can help alleviate many of these stresses is opting to rent a wedding dress instead of buying one, and today we’re going to discuss the many advantages of this option.

You’ll Save a Great Deal of Money

The average wedding dress costs about $1,500, but if you want something very fancy and very specific, then you could easily spend upwards of $10,000 on a dress that you’ll probably only wear once. When you rent a wedding dress, on the other hand, the cost could be as low as $200 (though this can typically go as high as $2,000), so there’s a potential for significant cost-savings through renting, meaning you’ll have more money in your budget to allocate to other wedding plans.

Rentals Give You Access to a Wider Range of Options

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Although wedding dress rentals may not be the most traditional option, grooms have been renting tuxedos for their special day for decades, and they’ve learned a little secret in that time: garment rentals give you a great deal of freedom in terms of style, material, and other design options. For instance, a groom may fall in love with a specific designer suit or a classic vintage style, but may not have the budget to purchase it, whereas rentals make these high-end or unique ensembles accessible to everybody. The same is true with wedding dresses, where renting could mean the difference between you having the dress of your dreams versus having to settle for something that’s less-than-perfect.

No Need to Worry About Storing the Dress

One of the things about a wedding dress is that even though it’s a wear-it-once-in-a-lifetime garment, most people still want to hold on to them for sentimental reasons. This attachment, however, entails having to properly store and maintain your dress for years to come, even if you never plan to put it on again. With a rental, all you have to do is return the dress when you’re done with it, and you typically won’t even have to worry about cleaning the dress before you take it back.

You Can Also Rent All the Accessories Needed to Complement Your Look

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Anybody who has ever planned a wedding outfit knows that the dress is only one part of the equation, and there are also other accessories to think about as well. Many dress rentals also come with accessory rentals as well, including things like:

  • Shoes
  • Jewellery
  • Veil
  • Sash
  • Bows
  • Gloves
  • Purse
  • Headdresses

Renting a wedding dress as opposed to buying one can eliminate many of the stresses often associated with this part of wedding planning. One of the chief benefits of a wedding dress rental is that it can save you thousands of dollars while also allowing you to wear the dress of your dreams on your special day. Beyond that, dress rentals also give you a broader selection to choose from, can provide you with all the accessories you need to look perfect on your big day, and you’ll never have to worry about adequately storing the dress in the future.

 

Helpful Hints for a Stress-Free Event!

Whether it’s a wedding, backyard BBQ, birthday party, fundraiser or corporate event stress can play a huge factor in planning. Have no fear; in this week’s blog we are going to go over some helpful tips to help you plan a stress-free event!

 

1) Get to know your planning style:

  • One of the best ways to help rid your event of stress is to understand your abilities first. What is your planning style; are you ahead of the game, do you like to procrastinate, or do you work well under pressure? Once you figure this out you can build a plan for your event.

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2) Find your organizational method:

  • Are you the type of person that loves day planners? Having a consistent method of organisation is key to limiting stress. Try having one place to store all your information whether that be a; day planner, tablet, phone, or calendar. This will help you keep track of all your dates, appointments, and vendor information.
  • Try making To Do lists with small manageable deadlines.

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3) Make a time line:

  • Now that you have your organizer make a firm timeline of tasks and when these tasks needs completed. Remember small tasks with manageable deadlines will help to minimize stress.
  • If you have a multi-member team helping you, try colour coding the tasks.

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4) Consistency in organization:

  • So many things are done online today. However a paper trail can be a huge help, so print off the important stuff! Confirmations, payment stubs, quotes, and vendor contracts. Place all of these in your organizer so it’s easy to access when needed.
  • Don’t forget to write in important notes and details into your planner.
  • Make sure all team members have access to the new information.

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5) Having a preliminary Guest List:

  • Having a guest list early on will help with almost every aspect for your event! When you are looking for a venue capacity is a big deal, knowing your rough guest count can help ease the stress of finding a place to hold your event.
  • On a side note – your caterer will need to know rough numbers in order to give you a quote.

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6) Have a support team:

  • There is truth in the old saying “many hands make light work”. Breaking tasks down and dividing them between your team members will help ease the stress level of your event. Divide tasks equally and do not forget to use your team members abilities to your advantage.

7) Communication is key:

  • Communication during the planning stages of an event is so important. Making sure all members of your team know whats going on can help eliminate stressful situations.
  • Communication with your vendors is important too. Keep an open line between your vendors, and don’t be afraid to ask questions! The squeaky wheel gets oiled.

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8) Look for trusted vendors:

  • There is nothing worse then an unreliable vendor. Look around and network for recommendations for trusted vendors. Once you find a vendor you can be confident in, the stress will start melting away.
  • Start creating a network.

And last but not least…

9) Be true to yourself and your original vision!

  • It is easy to get caught up in others ideas and plans. minor improvements and suggestions are great… But remember to stick with your guns, its your event and your vision matters.  Sticking to your original plan will help keep the level of stress to a minimum.

Why are Chiavari Chairs So Popular?

Why are Chiavari Chairs So Popular?

 

If you are planning a special event such as a wedding, anniversary party or graduation party and you are looking for elegant and versatile chairs for your guests, a great choice is Chiavari chairs. Why are these chairs so popular and so often chosen for special events?

The Gold Standard of Chairs

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Chiavari chairs have been used by many important figures, including royalty. They were used at the famous wedding of John and Jacqueline Kennedy and became the gold standard of chairs at special events after that. These chairs offer both elegance and sophistication and today are used at important events such as the Academy Awards and high profile celebrity weddings.

Appearance and Design

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Many people choose Chiavari chairs because of their appearance and design. They are beautiful exactly as they are and don’t need covers or enhancement. They are natural, yet elegant. They offer effortless elegance and are available in the perfect colors for weddings and other special events. Color choices include mahogany, walnut, natural, white, silver and gold. These are the perfect choices for memorable events.

Easily Complement Other Décor

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The simple yet elegant design of Chiavari chairs easily complements any other décor you are planning. Although they are stylish and neat exactly as they are, they also look good decorated with sashes, flowers or anything else your creative side can come up with. Or once you have chosen your Chiavari chairs, you can relax knowing that decision has been made and you can focus on other aspects of planning your wedding or party, such as choosing flowers and centerpieces.

Perfect Chair Design

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The design of Chiavari chairs is perfect for sitting a large number of guests around a table, which is an excellent use of your available space. Even though you can sit many guests at the table with these chairs, they never look cluttered. They are lightweight, yet durable and are easy to move to and from events. They can be stacked and stored with no difficulty. Their superior construction makes them stay in great shape for many years, and they resist scratches, making them a great investment for rental companies.

The Right Choice for Events to Remember

Chiavari chairs are probably the most popular event chairs in the world. They are comfortable, stylish and tasteful, and they will still look great at the end of the evening. When you choose Chiavari chairs, you have made a choice that will help you have an event to remember.

Contact Gervais Rentals today to learn more about renting Chiavari chairs.

How to Plan a Successful Outdoor Wedding

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An outdoor wedding can be a setting of incredible beauty. You may dream of fresh air and the feel of refreshing breezes or the scents of the ocean or flowers, which is what you will get as long as everything goes the way you plan it. Choosing to have an outdoor wedding presents some challenges and potential complications, so you need to be sure you are ready for anything.

Choosing a Location

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The location of your outdoor wedding should be meaningful to you but also practical. If you choose a public place such as a beach or park, check local regulations to see if you need any special permission to have your wedding in these locations. Consider whether there is a place nearby that can be used for your reception, which can also provide restrooms for your guests.

B&Bs can be a good choice for an outdoor wedding, because they can provide breathtaking outdoor areas, and the reception can be held there without anyone having to travel. If you have a large backyard that can accommodate your guests, this is a good choice for an outdoor wedding.

Protecting Guests from Outdoor Challenges

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A tent is a necessity to protect against unexpected weather changes or intensely hot sun. Tents come in many different sizes, shapes and materials. Gervais Rentals can help you choose the right tent for your event and can also help you to plan seating.

To protect against bugs, you may want to have the location sprayed by a pest control company a couple of days before your wedding, or place citronella candles throughout the area.

Backyard Wedding Considerations

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If your wedding is in your backyard, you have more to think about than a tent, chairs and decorations. You’ll need a game plan for where guests and any staff you hire will park their vehicles, and if it’s an evening wedding, you’ll need to plan for adequate lighting, especially at departure time. Consider renting luxury portable restrooms to accommodate your guests.

Planning the Menu

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Work with your caterer to determine what would be the best menu choices based on the weather. Make sure they have experience running tented events. Perimeter fans on the tent can help to keep food at a reasonable temperature and can also help to keep bugs away. Have plenty of cold drinks available for your guests.

Items to Have on Hand

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A few odds and ends can help you to be prepared for the unexpected. In hot weather, have bug spray and sunscreen available. Paper towels, garbage bags and spray cleaner will come in handy for unexpected spills. A first aid kid is always a good idea, and flashlights will come in handy for an evening wedding.

Have a Backup Plan

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As much as you don’t want to consider this, it’s imperative to have a backup plan if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Severe thunderstorms and torrential rains will finish off your dream of an outdoor wedding, so it’s important to know what you will do if that does happen.

 

Start planning your outdoor wedding today by contacting Gervais Party & Tent Rentals!

4 Essential Items for Your Casino Theme Party

Want to throw a party that will keep your guests entertained with plenty of activity, so you can be sure they will have a fun and exciting time? Consider bringing the feel of a Las Vegas casino to your own event by throwing a casino themed party. There are a few essential items you will need to throw this kind of party.

Décor for Your Party

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You’ll need décor to set the mood for your party. Decorate with casino balloons, giant playing cards and giant poker chips. Use plenty of red, white and black for tablecloths, napkins, paper plates and wall hangings. Large dice are a nice touch, or decorate with spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds. Twinkling lights can be used to give the room a magical glow.

Games and Activities

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Your guests will be ready to play some fun and memorable games. Keep games simple so your guests do not have to learn a lot of new rules. Classic games such as poker, and black jack are sure to be hits. For anyone present who isn’t familiar with these games, it’s a good idea to have rules printed out on brightly colored cards.

 

Gervais Party Rentals offers many products to make planning your night of casino games easy. Rent a crown & anchor wheel with layout or a blackjack table to make planning as simple as possible.

Food and Drink

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Finger foods are a good idea at a casino themed party, since your guests’ hands are likely to be busy. Wings, chips and salsa or shrimp cocktail are a few ideas of items to serve along with plenty of napkins so cards don’t get damaged from greasy fingers. Have plenty of snack foods around, such as a vegetable tray, pretzels or cheese and crackers.

 

Drink choices can be as simple or complicated as you want. Start with beer, wine and champagne. You may want to have a few other cocktail choices, or provide punch in a punch bowl. Gervais offers a wide variety of fountains and punch bowls that can help enhance the theme, including electric fountains that are continuously flowing. Be sure to also have non alcoholic drink choices available.

Party Favours

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Give your guests party favours as a gesture of appreciation, and also as a way for them to remember the event. Party favours don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. A small gift bag with personalized poker chips, candy, custom playing cards or pens will be appreciated.

 

Don’t gamble on your event rentals when planning your casino themed party, contact Gervais Party Rentals!

Planning an Unforgettable Wedding Shower

Wedding showers are a way to celebrate the bride and groom before their wedding day, and are also a way to let friends and family mix and mingle. Showers can be hosted by anyone other than the couple. For the person that is doing the planning, putting together a wedding shower can be nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be.

Who Should Be Invited?

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A traditional bridal shower is typically just for the bride, and the guest list would include her female friends, family and coworkers. A wedding shower is for both the bride and groom, so the guest list will include friends and family of both, usually people who will also be invited to the wedding.

Where Should the Wedding Shower Be Held?

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By inviting a mixed crowd, you are free to get very creative with the location of the event. While there’s nothing wrong with hosting the shower in your own home, for a more unforgettable experience, consider a location that is personally meaningful to the couple.

For example, if they share a love of nature trails or the beach, these might be good locations for a wedding shower. Or choose any other location that signifies a shared interest, such as a bowling alley, golf course or skating rink.

Choosing a Memorable Theme

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Choosing a theme isn’t a requirement, but it can give the shower more focus and make it more memorable. A theme can also help with decoration choices and menu. Themes can revolve around gifts, meals or interests. A few examples include a cookbook wedding shower, a garden shower, a wine tasting shower or a household gadget shower.

Food and Fun

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The time of day you plan the shower will affect what type of food should be served. A morning or brunch shower could include coffee, tea, bagels, pastries, yogurt and fruit. An evening shower might include cocktails and appetizers or a dessert buffet. For outdoor wedding showers, consider a barbecue or finger sandwiches.

 

Planning a few games can make it even more fun and can help to break the ice between guests who don’t really know each other. Try a scavenger hunt, charades or trivia questions about the couple.

Ask for Help

Make sure you ask for help from other family members or friends. The more people that are involved in making suggestions and helping to plan the event, the less likely you will forget an important detail. Extra hands will be important when it comes to decorating and preparing food.

 

With just a little bit of help, you can plan a wedding shower that the bride and groom will really appreciate and will always remember.

 

 

Making the Most of a Backyard Wedding

Making the Most of a Backyard Wedding

 

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A backyard wedding can be one of the most special kinds of weddings. While many people choose a backyard wedding because it saves the expense of a high-priced venue, having a wedding in your backyard allows you to welcome your friends and family to an intimate and personal setting.

With a little thought and planning, a backyard wedding can be transformed from an ordinary setting to one that is extraordinary and exceptional.

Planning Your Backyard Space

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Start by evaluating whether your backyard is big enough to accommodate as many guests as you are hoping to have. Do you want to have both the ceremony and the reception in your yard? If you are having both, you will need to plan space to set up chairs, an altar and a dance floor as well as a place to set up the food that is catered.

Decide on a Theme for Your Wedding

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There are many possible themes for your wedding, and choosing a theme can help you plan the décor. Do you want the feel of the day to be vintage, country or whimsical? Do you prefer a more casual, dressed down feeling? Furniture, decorations and flowers can be planned based on a single color, or you can plan around the season of the wedding.

Plan to Rent a Tent

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No matter how much you think you can count on the weather, you can’t. A tent will make guests more comfortable, no matter what the weather brings. It will keep everyone dry if it rains, and it will provide some protection from intense sun and wind. You can hang lights or flowers from a tent for additional decorating opportunities.

Rent a Dance Floor

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Your female guests are likely to be wearing heels, and if you have dancing in your backyard without a dance floor, heels are likely to sink into the ground. A rented dance floor gives you an area that is flat and smooth and will be more comfortable for both you and your guests.

Creating a Personalized Experience

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By having your wedding in your backyard, you have the opportunity to create a day that is very personal and intimate. Since this is your own space and no other couples are going to be using it, you will have plenty of time to make it your own. Hang lights or hanging plants ahead of time. Put up a variety of pictures from baby pictures to engagement pictures.

 

A wedding is always a day to remember, and a backyard wedding can be set up to be uniquely yours. It’s an extraordinary experience that you can’t have anywhere else.

 

Contact Gervais Party & Tent Rentals today and start planning your backyard wedding!