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Gala Themes to Consider

If you’re responsible for planning a gala, choosing a theme will make your job much easier. With a theme to build off of, you can make decisions about things like the color scheme for your table linens and the design of your invitations. A good theme will also make your gala memorable for your guests and keep them interested in your future events. As you consider your theme options, keep these ideas in mind.


If you’re hosting a black-tie gala, then a masquerade theme fits perfectly. Use low lighting and a three-color palate for your table linen rentals, or choose a single color you can accent with gold or silver. Ballroom dancing is a must at a masquerade event, do don’t forget to rent a dance floor. Live music and upscale accessories are part of pulling this fashionable theme together, so look for luxury features when choosing your party supply rentals.


For a gala that is sure to be full of action, build around a Vegas theme. Borrow colors from playing chips and cards to inspire your décor. Game stations are must, so make sure you rent extra tables for things like poker matches and black jack. Consider putting a deck of cards and other game supplies at each table, so that guests can form their own games. Be sure to have some prizes on hand to award the winners of your pseudo-casino games.

Under the Sea

Taking inspiration from the ocean is a tried-and-true theme for a gala. You can opt to take your décor in the direction of a Caribbean theme or go for a nautical look to pull this kind of event together. Blues and green table linen rentals can set the tone for the event, and a seafood-based menu will bring the theme together.

Whatever theme you settle on for your gala, American Party Rental has everything you need to bring your vision together. To find out more about our selection and learn how to rent the party supplies in Austin you need, call us at (512) 236-5773.

Anyone Can Plan a Charity Fundraiser

If you’re inspired to help with an important cause but assume that hosting a fundraiser is out of reach, think again. Planning a fundraiser is possible for anyone who wants to undertake the task and is willing to spend the time dealing with invitations, party supplies, and all of the moving pieces that make these events a success.

If you’d like to plan a charity fundraiser, start by setting a realistic target for the amount of money you want to generate, and then enlist a small team of trusted friends to help. Match your volunteers to jobs that play up their strengths. Send your born-to-network friend out to get donations from businesses, while your numbers-minded friend takes care of the party rentals and event budget. When choosing a date for your fundraiser, avoid major conflicts, such a holidays and national sporting events.

With American Party Rental, getting all of the party supplies you need in Austin is simple and affordable, thanks to our huge selection and reasonable pricing. To learn more, contact us today at (512) 236-5773.

Your Wedding Budget

When you’re planning a wedding, your budget is the first thing you have to consider. Knowing how much money you can spend on things like party rentals will help you make smart decisions about how to allocate your funds. Of course, every bride and groom wants to save as much on their budget as they can. No matter how much money you plan to spend on your wedding, these cost-savings tips will help.

Re-Examine Your Guest List

When you make your first version of your guest list, you’ll probably be surprised at just how quickly it gets much larger than you had imagined it would be. The savings of cutting just a few people from your list will add up quickly. Take a few passes through your list before you make the final version to see which names you can trim. Although there will always be people who have to have an invitation, your childhood friend whom you haven’t seen in a decade may not need to a spot on the list.

Rent Party Supplies

Party rentals, such as table linen rentals and chair rentals, can significantly cut the cost of your event. By renting supplies, you won’t have to invest in them outright and you can choose the items that meet both your theme and your budget. You may be surprised at the selection of party rentals that are available for all parts of your ceremony and reception.

Go for a Smaller Cake

Anyone who has ever shopped for a wedding cake knows just how expensive this part of your reception can be. Cut the costs on your cake by picking a small version of the cake you love and then getting multiple sheet cakes in the same flavor. The sheet cake can be cut in the kitchen and served to guests, and you’ll still get to create a cake table using the design you want, at a major savings.

Let American Party Rental help your vision of your big day come together. We have an extensive selection of wedding supplies and accessories in Austin that are suitable for every dream wedding at every budget. Contact us today at (512) 236-5773 to learn more about placing your rental order.

Fun Family Reunion Ideas

Planning a family reunion is a major, but worthwhile, undertaking. From making the guest list to securing the party rentals, there’s a lot to do to get ready for a reunion. Watch this video to learn about a tool you can use to make planning easier.

In this video, learn how to use a family reunion planner that can walk you through the entire planning process. From budgeting for chair rentals and table linens to designing your own t-shirts, this planner has everything you need to simplifying planning for your reunion.

Let American Party Rental be another important piece of your reunion planning. We offer a huge selection of party rentals you need to bring your gathering together at price that fits your budget. For more information about party rentals in Austin, TX, call (512) 236-5773.

Creative Baby Shower Activities (That Aren't Games)

Cheesy games are just as traditional as the baby showers themselves, but if you’d rather avoid the awkwardness, feel free to make your own traditions. In fact, your baby shower doesn’t necessarily have to have an itinerary. It can simply be a fun time to socialize with friends and family, have a few mocktails, and try a few non-game activities that are genuinely enjoyable. Just don’t forget to pick up the party supplies you’ll need, like table linens, rental china, and extra chairs.

DIY Layette

A newborn’s layette is the first wardrobe he or she will wear, though the term is also used to refer to linens, burp cloths, bibs, and toiletries. Buy packs of plain white onesies, burp towels, and bibs, or ask every guest to bring a couple of items in various sizes. Supply guests with fabric paint, and have everyone decorate the baby’s clothes.

Freezer Meals

Freezer meals are a lifesaver for new moms, but it’s tough to find the time to make and freeze meals when the due date is rapidly approaching. Consult the mom-to-be about family favorites, and find out about the ingredients the family prefers to avoid. Ask guests to pitch in to prepare a bunch of freezer meals. Some baby shower organizers also like to do this with homemade baby food. Since the baby won’t start on solid food for quite a while, make sure all homemade baby food is safely canned.

Diaper Raffle

Ask each guest to bring a pack of diapers to exchange for a raffle ticket. Each additional pack of diapers they bring for the mom-to-be will get them an extra raffle ticket. Toward the end of the baby shower, draw the winning raffle ticket and hand out a prize.

Tables, chairs, and china rentals are just some of the party supplies you’ll find at American Party Rental. Call our party store in Austin, TX at (512) 236-5773. Our friendly team will go the extra mile to make sure your special event creates lasting memories.

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