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Rock Your Block with These Neighborhood Party Planning Tips

There’s nothing like a neighborhood block party to bring different families together. It does take considerable effort to plan a successful block party, so it’s a good idea to enlist some of your neighbors to lend a helping hand. Delegate tasks to ensure everything gets done in time. Someone else could be in charge of spreading the word about the event, while you coordinate the event rentals, for example.

Keep it legal.

It’s likely that you’ll need a permit to host a block party. Check with your municipality. Be sure to adhere to all of the requirements. Depending on where you live, you may need to:

  • Submit your permit application at least two months before the event
  • Limit your event to just one block and just one day
  • Keep your event open to all neighbors on the block

Additionally, you may need to obtain other permits if you wish to:

  • Sell goods or services
  • Serve alcohol
  • Solicit donations or hold a raffle for a fundraiser
  • Have amplified sound or a live band
  • Use a generator

Decide which food and beverages to serve.

Most neighborhood block parties serve carnival-style food and beverages. You could serve snacks, like warm pretzels, hot funnel cakes, and popcorn. You could also offer barbecue fare, like hot dogs, grilled chicken, and burgers. Plan to have plenty of bottled water and soda on hand for thirsty partygoers. Remember that your municipality may prohibit you from charging an entrance fee to cover the cost of the food and party supplies, so you’ll have to get together with your neighbors to determine a fair way to split the costs.

Publicize your event.

Design some simple posters to hang around your block to draw attention to the upcoming party. To ensure your event will be well-attended, you could also print individual invitations. Mail them to each family on your block.

At American Party Rental, you’ll find everything you need to host a fun block party, including carnival games. Our party store in Austin, TX even offers cotton candy machines, funnel cake fryers, and snow cone machines! Get in touch today at (512) 236-5773, and let us know how we can make your event one to remember!

Generate Buzz with a Product Launch Party

Your company is getting ready to launch a new product. How can you make the most of this experience? Product launch parties let you generate buzz and bring people together to celebrate. With some planning and the right party accessories, you can be sure to plan an exciting and successful product launch party:

Outline Your Goals

The first step to take is defining the goals you have for your event. What do you expect from your new product? How do you think your target audience will react? Outline the goals you have for your event so that you’ll be able to make sure you’re accomplishing what you need to do throughout the planning process.

Choose a Venue

When you’re getting ready to release a new product, you’ll want to make sure people know about it. That is why it’s important to find a venue that will be able to host your product launch party. Think about who you want to invite and how many people you expect to attend. You should also think about any activities or speeches you want to plan for the event, as these elements will help you narrow down your venue options. Choose a location that will provide plenty of space for everything you expect to do during your event.

Find the Right Event Rentals

Once you know where your party will be held, you can start choosing your event rentals. If your venue is outside, you should look into tent rentals to provide a cool and comfortable space for your guests. You’ll also want to look at options for table and chair rentals as well as table linen rentals so you can offer your guests plenty of space to sit or stand and chat, eat, drink, and watch any presentations you have planned.

If you’re looking for event rentals in Austin, TX, for your product launch, you can find them with American Party Rental! Give us a call at (512) 236-5773 to learn about our selection of items for company parties and other events, including table linens, party supplies, and more.

Delectable Menu Ideas for Your Luau Party

Summer means fun in the sun, and what’s more fun than a luau party? If you’re getting ready to host a luau-themed bash this season, then you’ll need to get the perfect party supplies and come up with a tasty menu. Try some of these menu ideas to impress your guests at your upcoming luau event:


No matter what type of food you want to serve at your party, you can make it fun and easy to eat with kebabs! These classic party foods typically feature pieces of grilled meat and grilled vegetables on a skewer and they can be customized to fit your luau party theme. You can pair grilled pork with pineapple cubes for a tropical treat, or totally mix things up by making veggie-only kebabs or sweet kebabs with pieces of fruit.

Shrimp Salsa

Chips and salsa are a great choice for any summer party. If you want to make this appetizer more luau-friendly, you can add shrimp to your salsa for more beach flavor. Start by grilling shrimp that has been peeled and de-veined. Next, chop up the shrimp and mix it with chopped pineapple, red onion, red bell pepper, minced jalapeno, and any other seasonings you desire. Serve your shrimp salsa with tortilla chips for a delicious and refreshing snack.


A party isn’t complete without drinks! Keep it classic by serving Mai Tais and pina coladas. Rum punch is another great island-themed choice that is sure to keep your guests happy. You should also have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks at the party, including water, soda, fruit punch, lemonade, and any other beverages that you think your guests will enjoy.

Are you ready to plan your luau event? You can find the perfect party supplies in Austin, TX, here at American Party Rental. Our event rentals include party equipment, table linen rentals, tent rentals, and more. Call us at (512) 236-5773 for more information.

Being an Elegant Diner: Dessert Etiquette

If you’ll be attending a formal event where a meal will be served, it’s important to brush up on your dining etiquette. This includes learning what to do before, during, and after the meal—including what to do during dessert.

You can get some helpful advice for dessert etiquette by watching this video. As you will see, you can use both the spoon and fork or just use one. In between bites, your utensil or utensils should be placed carefully on your plate, never on the tablecloth. If coffee and tea are being served, only turn your cup right-side up if you want the beverage being offered. If any of your fellow guests ask you to pass anything, pass items to the right and pass them with the handle facing the person accepting them.

Are you planning the event? If so, let American Party Rental help you find all the Austin, TX party rentals you need! Call us at (512) 236-5773 for more information about our event rentals including tables, tents, chairs, and more.

Check Out Our New Carnival Games!

Party supplies come in many forms for many different types of events. When you look through the selection at American Party Rental, you’ll find a variety of event rentals and accessories to help you plan an unforgettable celebration. If you want to throw your very own carnival, it’s easy with the new carnival games available here at American Party Rental!

If you love sports, then you’ll love our selection of sports-themed games, including 2 Minute Drill, Strike ‘Em Out, and the Golf Challenge Frame Game. You can also choose from fun games and activities like Plinko, horseshoes, Dunk Tank, and air castles! With our wonderful selection of party supplies and event rentals, you’re sure to find something to entertain guests of all ages that will attend your event.

Get the party started with American Party Rental! If you’d like to learn more about our new carnival games and other party equipment in Austin, TX, you can take a look at our party supply website or call us at (512) 236-5773.

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