• How to Give a Winning Wedding Toast

    When a bride and groom are planning their big day, in addition to guest lists and wedding rentals, they have to find at least one person to deliver the toast. Getting picked is an honor, but it can also cause some anxiousness, especially if you aren’t used to public speaking.

    Quell your fears about delivering a great wedding toast with the help of this video. Practice is key. Instead of winging it, write and practice your speech, so you’re ready to do the bride and groom justice when the day arrives.

    At American Party Rental, we have everything you need to make your wedding vision a reality, from table linen rentals to wedding accessories. For more information about wedding rentals in Austin, please call (512) 236-5773.



  • Everything an Authentic Oktoberfest Party Needs

    Oktoberfest originated in 1810 with the celebration of a royal marriage to which all citizens of Munich were invited. But modern Oktoberfest parties are more of a celebration of Bavarian culture, and of course, Bavaria’s beer. There are some who would argue that the only true way to celebrate Oktoberfest is to travel to Munich, Germany. But in fact, you can find everything you need for an authentic Oktoberfest party right here in the States. Officially, Oktoberfest 2018 begins on September 22 and ends on October 7, so start making plans and picking up party supplies right away!

    Catering and Cooking Equipment

    It’s traditional to serve food as well as beer during Oktoberfest. You may need to rent any of the following catering and cooking equipment:

    • Grills
    • Heat lamps
    • Food pans
    • Beverage tubs
    • Serving trays
    • Trash cans

    Tents, Tables, and Seating

    Protect your guests from the elements by having the party rental professionals set up a tent. If you expect to have a large number of guests, choose a very large tent instead of a couple of smaller ones. This lends itself to the communal, celebratory atmosphere of an authentic Oktoberfest. Similarly, rent long, rectangular tables, and set them up end-to-end to encourage guests to mingle. Rent benches instead of chairs. Decorate with table linens in shades of blue and white, which are Bavaria’s colors.

    Food and Beverages

    Beer takes center stage at Oktoberfest. Look for brews that originate from one of Munich’s breweries:

    • Augustiner
    • Hofbrau Munchner
    • Hacker-Pschorr
    • Paulaner
    • Lowenbrau
    • Spaten-Franziskaner

    Pale ale is recommended for this day-drinking festival. And of course, all beer must be served in beer steins (krug in German). When clinking your glass with other guests, yell “prost!” which means “cheers.” Oktoberfest celebrations also feature traditional Bavarian food, including the following:

    • Bratwurst and other sausages
    • Roast pork
    • Rotisserie chicken
    • Potato salad or potato dumplings
    • Giant pretzels
    • Apple strudel
    • Plum cake
    • Kaiserschmarrn (a sweet pancake dish)
    • Bienenstich (a cream-filled cake)

    Don’t forget to rent enough flatware and silverware for your guests!

    You can recreate the spirit of Oktoberfest right here in Austin, TX with party supplies available from American Party Rental. We offer everything from large tent rentals and lighting to catering and cooking equipment. Call a friendly representative at our party store at (512) 236-5773.


  • What Runners Want in a Finish Line Festival

    The running industry has been evolving over the past couple of decades. After it exploded in popularity from the 1990s onward, the racing industry has been dominated by amateur runners who have come to expect more of racing day organizers. Most participants in the average footrace decide to sign up because they love the community atmosphere as much as the competitiveness. This means that, to continue to draw large numbers of runners and attract big name sponsors, race directors must plan fantastic finish line festivals. To keep costs down, look for affordable event rentals from a party store.


    Whether you’re renting a tent or hosting your finish line festival in a state park pavilion, you undoubtedly need lots of seating options for your tired runners. Remember that runners often travel to events with family members and well-wishers, including young kids who won’t want to stand for long periods of time. Make sure you rent enough chairs to give your exhausted runners and their entourages a break, especially if you’re planning on having a long awards ceremony.


    Experienced racers bring protein bars and electrolyte gel packs with them, but they still expect food to be available at a finish line festival. Most runners prefer savory foods instead of sweet, although you can have a balanced mix of each. If you rent a grill or two, you could put someone in charge of grilling hot dogs and burgers. Other tasty treats that runners may enjoy include:

    • Peanut butter crackers
    • Bagels
    • Fruit salad
    • Whole fruit
    • Quinoa salad
    • Ice cream
    • Popsicles

    And of course, make sure you have more than enough water and electrolyte drinks on hand for your runners. Rent some beverage buckets and buy ice to keep the drinks cold.

    Sample Giveaways

    Every finish line festival needs swag bags. Check with your sponsors to see if they’ll donate some snack-size samples of granola, protein bars, or fruit leather. Samples of lip balm and muscle cream are always appreciated by runners.

    Here at American Party Rental, we can’t organize your finish line festival for you, but we can provide the party equipment you need to make it an event to remember! Call a friendly representative at (512) 236-5773 today. Or, check out our online product catalog to see party supply rentals available in Austin, TX.

  • An Elegant Way to Fold Cloth Napkins

    Table linens and cloth napkins make any event more elegant. To wow your guests, try doing the rose fold with the napkins. Watch this video to see a step-by-step demonstration of the rose fold. This etiquette expert recommends using a solid-colored napkin.

    Observe carefully as she demonstrates how to fold in all four corners twice, then flips the napkin over and repeats the process once on the other side. She uses a goblet to weigh the center of the napkin down, and then strategically pulls out some of the folds to create a rose petal look.

    You can rent all the table linens you need in Austin, TX from American Party Rental, which also offers party equipment for weddings and company parties. Call us at (512) 236-5773 or check out our inventory in our online catalog.

  • You’re Engaged! Now What? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    You’re engaged? Congratulations! Now it’s time to take a deep breath and start making some plans. It’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed by wedding preparation, but relax- you’ve got this. If you need a little help figuring out how to get started, American Party Rental has got you covered, with this handy infographic.

    We’ve got your wedding covered, too, with just about everything you need to make your day perfect. Check out our website, to find wedding accessories, china, linen, and much more. Then, contact us through our website or call 512-271-6626 for more information.

  • Creative Table Arrangements for Your Event

    Before you make arrangements for the chair and table rentals for your special event, consider the physical arrangements of the items in your space. Try to break up the floor plan in a way that’s visually appealing by using different types of party rentals. For example, you could have two very long, rectangular tables separated by a row of smaller, circular tables. Or, you could have two long, rectangular tables lined up right next to either side of a shorter, rectangular table that acts as the head table. The result would be one unbroken “U” shape.

    Perhaps you’re planning a wedding, and you intend to emphasize the presence of the dance floor. Include four long, rectangular tables in your wedding rentals list, and have them frame all sides of the dance floor. Just leave some walking space between the tables.

    American Party Rental is a local leader in affordable, high-quality party supplies for every special occasion. Call us at (512) 236-5773 to inquire about chair and table rentals in Austin, TX.

  • How to Propose a Toast Like a Pro

    People have been toasting with alcoholic beverages for at least a couple thousand years. It’s thought that the ceremonial toast got its name from the piece of spiced bread that was added to beverages during the 17th century for the purpose of enhancing flavor. Fortunately, that’s one tradition that has died out, but proposing a toast is still a good way to drink to someone’s health and future prosperity. If you’re planning a special event, you may be expected to give a toast. Use the following tips to propose a toast like a pro. Don’t forget to rent the right party supplies, like elegant glassware!

    Prepare your toast in advance.

    Your toast will be better received if you plan what to say in advance. Write your notes on an index card. Index cards are rigid enough to be easily held up and referred to. Unlike a speech, you could write down your toast word-for-word, since it will only be a few sentences long. This may be best if you’re particularly nervous about public speaking, or if you’ve never given a toast before.

    Choose the right time to propose a toast.

    It’s always a good idea to propose a toast before you have much alcohol in your system. However, do wait until all of the adult guests have received their drinks. Wait until all of the guests are seated. Then, stand up to get the guests’ attention. As you do so, hold your own glass in front of you, a little bit above the level of your waist.

    Keep your toast short and concise.

    Unless every guest has already met you, introduce yourself briefly. Say a few words about why everyone has gathered together. Then, raise your glass to eye level and share a wish for the future. Start your sentence with “May.” For example, say, “May the happy couple’s love endure forever.” Conclude your toast by dedicating it. For example, say, “To the happy couple.” Then, simply take a sip and take your seat.

    For all of the special event rentals you’ll need in Austin, TX, you can turn to American Party Rental. We make it easy to find everything you need for your wedding or company party, so you can focus on perfecting your toast. Call (512) 236-5773 or browse our party supplies catalog online.

  • Easy Steps for Boxing a Tablecloth

    The right table linens can add class to your special event. But if the linens don’t fit the table precisely, your guests might trip over the excess cloth. This problem is easily averted by boxing the table. Table linens are typically boxed when they are used on buffet or drink tables, rather than the guests’ tables, since it isn’t possible to box all of the corners. When done correctly, boxed table linens present a beautiful look for the three sides of the table that will be visible to guests.

    Watch the accompanying video to see a step-by-step demonstration of the proper technique. This etiquette expert shows viewers how to carefully lift the corner of the table linen, bring it toward the center of the table, clear out the creases and lumps, and fold it over the outer edge of the table to create a beautifully boxed corner.

    If you’re looking for elegant and affordable table linen rentals in Austin, TX, look no further than American Party Rental. Call our fully stocked party store at (512) 236-5773 or browse our online linen gallery for inspiration.

  • Dealing with Trash at Your Wedding

    So you’ve finalized the guest list, booked the venue, and pored over catalogs of floral arrangements and wedding cakes. Planning a wedding can be fun, but there are lots of little decisions to make that aren’t quite as glamorous as shopping for a dress—like arranging for trash disposal. Call a party store that offers wedding rentals, and ask for guidance on how many trash cans you’ll need, given your number of guests. In general, you’ll want at least one large capacity trash can at each area of the reception venue—like the bar and the buffet tables. If your guests can easily identify where they should toss their trash, then your venue will stay clean and look more appealing in the wedding photos.

    Of course, no one wants an ugly trash can cluttering up a wedding reception. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix for this. You can place a skirted trash can topper right over the receptacle. The elegant black skirt hides the trash can itself, while the top hides most of the trash from view—leaving just a small window through which to toss the trash.

    When you rent our large capacity trash cans for your special event, don’t forget to rent our skirted trash can toppers to camouflage the bins. Call American Party Rental at (512) 236-5773 if you have any questions about renting your wedding supplies in Austin, TX.

  • 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!