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.

 

 

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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!

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.

Choosing the Right Tent for Your Event!

With so many tents available for rental, how do you choose which one is right for your event? With our many years of experience dealing with tents for all types of events and functions, we’ll walk you through what you need to know in order to decide what size, and style is best for you.

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1) How big is your outdoor venue?

This is one of the few times size DOES matter ;)! Venue size is one of the most important factors when choosing a tent for your event. For example; you may have a 40’x60’ flat area available for tenting,  but may not realize that you need space on every side for stakes/weights to secure the tent. A general rule is to leave 10’ on every side for larger tents, and 2’-4’ for smaller tents.

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2) What is the ground like? Grass? Gravel? Asphalt? Cement?

Most tents are staked into the ground, and this method is the most effective for securing the tent. Surfaces such as Asphalt or Cement can be tented using cement weights, water barrels or even staking directly in to the Asphalt. Knowing the condition of the ground will help your sales representative select the best and most secure method to tie down your tent.

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3) Is there anything under the ground that will affect staking?

If there are any; gas lines, power lines, water lines, or septic tanks under the ground, it will affect your ability to put a tent up in that location. Knowing the locations of all these lines, mentioning them to your sales representative, and marking them before the setup, will speed up tent instillation and create a more efficient delivery.

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4) Your vision!

Do you want the high swooping peaks of a Pole Style Tent, or the picturesque views through a beautiful Clear Top Tent? Your vision for your event plays a huge part in your tenting choice. Let your sales representative know what you have in mind so they can make your vision become a reality!

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5) Your Guest List

The amount of people you have attending your event is another important factor when deciding what size/style of tent you choose. As a rule of thumb, a seated guest takes up 10 square feet of space, and a standing guest takes up 6 square feet of space. We also factor in things like: the head table, cake table, buffet tables, bars, and DJ areas to name just a few. If you’re having a larger event, and are having trouble coming up with your own floor plan, you may qualify for a complimentary CAD drawing.

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6) Kitchen

Does your venue have a kitchen? If not, you may add one to your tent package. These are usually smaller tents specifically designed to be kitchens,  are attached to the main tent, and are used to cook under. We also can provide the right cooking equipment to make sure you have an efficiently running kitchen.

Throwing an event can be a headache, but choosing a tent doesn’t have to be! Just follow our 6 simple steps and picking your tent will be as easy as 1, 2, 3!