• 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:

    Kebabs

    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.

    Beverages

    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.

  • 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.