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Wedding Linen Rentals 101

Table linens are a foundational element for your décor. Choose linens in a neutral palette to complement your décor, rather than distract from it. When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a professional wedding planner explain her top choices in neutral palettes.

She strongly recommends table linens with a slight blush, which she says goes well with just about any color of flowers. Crushed taffeta and crushed satins are favorites of hers because they are elegant without being overstated. Keep watching to hear her recommendations for table linens for outdoor weddings.

You can find beautiful table linen rentals in Austin, TX at American Party Rental, along with all the other wedding accessories you’ll need for your big day. Call us today at 512-837-6500 or make your selection online.

What Kinds of Glasses Should I Rent for a Full Bar Wedding?

If your wedding budget permits it, your guests will greatly appreciate the choices available at a full bar. A full bar offers the greatest variety, with beer, wine, liquor, and cocktails available. And of course, you’ll need champagne for the wedding toasts. If you’re unsure exactly what you’ll need, you can always consult the wedding rental company representative for guidance.

You’ll need enough champagne flutes for every adult guest, plus a few extra in case of unexpected attendees. You’ll also need wine glasses or wine goblets, and pub glasses for beer. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, consider serving beer in something a little more rustic, like a handled mason jar. Lastly, you’ll need classic martini glasses, highball glasses, and lowball glasses. Most weddings don’t feature specialty glassware like Irish coffee glasses, but a unique choice like this might work for your wedding, depending on the theme.

You’ll find all of these specialty types of wedding glassware, plus much more at American Party Rental! We have all sorts of wedding rentals available in Austin, TX. Call 512-837-6500.

Party Tent Safety 101

Tents are a popular event rental, suitable for weddings, anniversary dinners, galas, and countless other celebrations. When you rent the tent, ask the company for their safety guidelines and read them carefully. They’ll help you safely set up the tent and keep your guests safe during your special event. To minimize any potential safety issues, consider requesting a professional set up. This will also save you valuable time that you can use for last-minute party preparations.

Setting off Fireworks

Before you purchase fireworks, make sure the location you’ve chosen can safely accommodate both fireworks and a tent. Know that burning embers can travel far on the wind. Only set off fireworks at a safe distance away from the tent, and make sure the fireworks display is set up and lit by professionals.

Grilling Safely

You can keep your guests well fed with rented party equipment like grills and smokers, but never have these items inside the tent. Charcoal grills, gas grills, propane tanks, and generators should all be kept at least 100 feet away from the tent—and well away from any fireworks displays. Make sure there are no flammable decorations near the grills, and never leave them unattended when hot.

Setting up Lighting

You’ll need to set up lighting if you plan to host the celebration into the evening hours. It’s strongly recommended that you hire a professional electrician to set up your lighting safely. Electrical fires can be deadly. Additionally, be mindful of the risks of candles inside the tent. Use the flameless variety.

Evacuating in the Event of a Severe Storm

Keep an eye on the weather forecast as your event gets underway. You should have an evacuation plan in place, just in case severe weather strikes. The tent can handle some light rain and wind, but it’s never a good idea to stay in a tent during a thunderstorm.

American Party Rental offers top-quality tent rentals in the Austin, TX area. Choose from our professional setup tents or choose a self-setup option. Call 512-837-6500 to make arrangements, and be sure to check out our product catalog for all of the other special event rentals you’ll need.

A Guide to Planning the Perfect Surprise Party

It’s fun to celebrate special occasions with friends and family, especially when everyone comes together to throw a surprise party. Give yourself at least a few weeks to plan. You’ll need to select the venue, surreptitiously send out invitations (and make sure everyone keeps the secret), and pick up party supplies.

Maintaining the Element of Surprise

If you want your guest of honor to be genuinely surprised, you’ll need to make plans with all the secrecy of a super spy. Don’t tell young children about the party. Even if they’re capable of keeping the secret, they might inadvertently let something slip. Surprise birthday parties are popular, but one big mistake people make is to ignore the guest of honor’s birthday completely. This has the unintended effect of either hurting the individual’s feelings or giving the person a big hint that a surprise party is in the works. Instead, ask the guest of honor to join you for a quiet lunch on the big day. He or she will definitely still be surprised when the party is revealed.

Sending the Invitations

Emailed invitations can be easier to hide than mailed ones. Emphasize that it’s a surprise party, and ask the guests to get there well ahead of when the guest of honor is due to arrive. Depending on your venue, you may need to ask the guests to park in a certain place, out of sight of the guest of honor when he or she arrives.

Renting Party Supplies

Renting party supplies is preferable to purchasing them not only because of cost, but because you won’t have to pick them up until shortly before the party. This means you won’t have to worry about hiding party supplies in your home somewhere, and hoping that the guest of honor won’t find them. The supplies you’ll need depend on the size, theme, and level of formality of the party. Consider renting any of the following:

  • Buffet pieces
  • Tables and chairs
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Table linens
  • Beverage tubs
  • Cupcake tier stand
  • Grill

Don’t forget the serving utensils and napkins!

At American Party Rental, we have everything you need to throw the perfect surprise party. From table linens to birthday accessories, you’ll find beautiful and themed items available to rent for a fraction of the cost of purchasing them. Begin your party planning process today and call our party store near Austin, TX at 512-837-6500.

Solving Common Wedding Seating Problems

One of the toughest parts of planning a wedding is dealing with the seating. The easy part is selecting the chair rentals and adding them to your wedding rental list. The hard part comes in when you have to decide who is actually doing to sit in which chair, where they are going to sit, and who they are going to sit near. If you have a small wedding, you can simply let guests choose their seats, but larger affairs require a seating chart. Here is a look at some common wedding seating problems and how you can deal with them peacefully.

Problem: Where should remarried parents and stepparents sit?

As a rule of thumb, spouses should not be separated at a wedding, and what you do for one set of parents should be done for all of the parents involved. If your parents and their new partners can sit together peacefully and there is enough room at the head table, them put everyone together. If not, then opt for a sweetheart table for the bride and groom and let parents sit with their spouses at other tables.

Problem: What happens if someone brings an unexpected guest?

An unexpected guest can throw a seating chart into havoc. When you order your chair rentals, get a few spare seats so you’re ready to deal with this issue. You should also get extras of things like name cards and place settings. From there, turn the job over to a bridesmaid or groomsman. Your chosen representative can monitor last-minute guests and throw an extra chair and setting at the appropriate table.

Problem: What if family members don’t get along?

For extended family, simply seat people who don’t see eye-to-eye at different tables. If parents are involved, follow the all-or-nothing rule. Either all parents sit together at a special table, or they are all scattered throughout the room with the other guests.

American Party Rental can’t help with the seating chart, but we can ensure that you have the right wedding rentals in Austin, TX, for your big day. Dial 512-837-6500 to reserve the chair rentals and other items you need.

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