Top 5 Rentals for a Holiday Office Party

Who says you can’t have fun at the office? Show your employees a great time this season by planning a holiday party to remember! Rentals can spice up your décor and add a unique touch to your space or party theme. Did we mention you don’t have to worry about doing the dishes at the end of the night? Check out our Top 5 rentals list for those last minute items you may need for your festive holiday office party:

1. Chafing Dishes

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Keep your food warm and your buffet table looking flawless with chafing dishes. Add some Christmas spirit by using candelabras or garland at the ends of the table.

2. Glassware

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These gold rimmed glasses can add a special touch to your holiday event. Instead of worrying about clean up after the party, just leave the empty glasses back in the racks, and we wash them for you!

3. Cocktail Tables with Linens

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Give your guests a place to mingle by scattering cocktail tables throughout the room. This is another great way to incorporate holiday colors into your party by using red, green, gold, or silver linens. Use a 120” round cloth to reach the floor or a 132” cloth if you plan to use a table tie to dress up your cocktail table.

4. Specialty China

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Impress your guests by presenting your food in a unique way. We have a wide selection of mini pieces that are fun to use and easy to hold.

5. Cupcake Tree

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Instead of sheet cake this year, have cupcakes or mini treats for dessert! Using a cupcake stand will make it easy for your party goers to serve themselves and will also make for an eye catching dessert table.

Planning a Backyard Affair

Working in the rentals industry, we are exposed to many different types of events—from upscale, extravagant weddings to casual family reunions. However, the biggest trend we’ve seen on the rise is a backyard affair, more specifically, backyard weddings. More and more of our customers are choosing intimate spaces, like a residence, to host their big day. Whether it is an outdoor space at a friend’s home, a historical property, or small B&B, there are many ways to make your event unique to you and your style. No matter the size or location, here are a few inspiring tips to help you get on the right track toward planning a beautiful backyard event.

Rent a Tent.

In addition to the property you’ve chosen, a tent can act as overflow space or as the main “ballroom area”. A tent will allow the beauty of the outdoors in, but still provide you with a blank open space, ready to be transformed—not to mention, tents provide you with the perfect solution for a rain plan! Once you have decided you’d like the security of a tent’s shelter for your event, you will have many additional options available to you. Heaters or fans, sidewall and lighting are useful accessories that you can rent as well. A great benefit of renting a tent from a professional is that they will determine what size is appropriate for the property and will help you design a custom layout for your event.

Strategic Placement.

Once you’ve determined that the yard will accommodate your guest count, a huge factor to consider next is the layout. Remember, you will be embracing the outdoors and Mother Nature has some friends we’d rather not see present– like rain, heat or wind. You’ll want to consider the placement of the food, drinks and cake tables to avoid any potential disruption from the outdoors. You may also want to think about how you are going to create movement throughout the space. Your guests will naturally be drawn to food and drinks or things they don’t normally come across on a daily basis. Break up the bar into two sections spaced away from each other, or even set up some activities for your guests to participate in, like a photo booth or games area.

Choose a Theme.

The best part of planning an event is designing your vision. When you decide on a color combination or overall theme you’d like to use, making decisions for the rest of the event will come much easier. Using a backyard as your venue space, the options are endless when it comes to choosing a theme. Get inspired by the season’s colors, by the time of day your event is, or by the significance that the location has to you. A helpful step toward bringing your vision to life is choosing a linen color. Once you have your base colors decided, you can work up from there. Design a center piece, create your tablescape décor, and choose lighting to set the mood for your backyard event.

Let American Party Rentals assist you with renting a tent and more for your next backyard affair!

Selecting a Dance Floor Size

One of the best ways to set the stage for a memorable night, no matter what type of party you’re throwing, is to provide your guests with a dance floor and great music! If your venue does not already have one, renting a dance floor is the perfect upgrade to complete the look of any party! We know that planning can be challenging and confusing at times, especially when it comes to determining a dance floor size– but no worries, we are here to help! Follow these simple steps to determine what will work best at your event:

Step 1. Create a Layout.  You will want to decide where the dancing will take place. The best way to determine the arrangement of your event is to create a diagram of the space, and be sure you have accurate measurements.  Some venues have a designated space for a dance floor, and others are wide open for you to use your imagination. Factors to keep in mind may include space for your music (dj or ipod table), appropriate spacing between tables and dance floor to ensure a clear flow of guest traffic, and be sure to consider structural obstacles like poles or steps.

Step 2. Choose a Style. One of the most enjoyable aspects of planning an event is choosing the décor! If you feel your space needs a little something extra, consider adding a dance floor to bring your whole theme together. A popular choice for most events is our wood parquet. The wooden floor offers an elegant look and a timeless feel. They offer stability, durability, and work great in any indoor space or even outside under an American Party Rentals tent!  Another great option is the black and white dancefloor. The fun thing about this dance floor is that it is extremely versatile. If you are going for a more modern look and feel, you can dress it up with ultra hip colored lighting or keep it simple and elegant by itself.

Step 3. Determine a Size. This step gets a little tricky, since there are many factors that go into choosing a size. Every event is unique, from the type of guests attending to the event space itself. Although, now that you have completed step 1, you know how much space you have available to work with. The basic rule of thumb to keep in mind is that, usually, 50% of your guests will dance at one time. That being said, you know your guests best—consider what type of crowd will be attending and if you think they will utilize the dance floor. If the answer is no, maybe a dance floor that will accommodate about 30%-40% of your guests at one time will best for you.

Use the guide below to assist you with choosing a dance floor size!

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