Leave These 5 Party Essentials to the Rental Pros

By Sarah Koller

“Should I rent or should I buy?” This is one of the most commonly asked questions during party planning. While the answer can be a bit of a doozy — it really comes down to the size or type of event — we did our best to resolve it. Fro...

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  1. Seating. With all of the dining and dancing to be enjoyed, it’s important to ensure there’s ample seating for guests to get their second wind. For big affairs, it’s a good idea to rent chairs — unless you want an influx of foldable options sitting around. On practicality alone, having hands ready to set up your seats around tables, or as extras on the side, is worth the investment. Plus, it’s one less thing to take down and bring to the garage once guests are gone!
  2. Tent. With incremental weather on the agenda, or for added shade during a hot spell, a tented gathering is your best bet for comfortable entertaining. While you may feel inclined to use these on more than one occasion, assembly can be a serious burden when it comes to pitching it. Luckily, most companies include setup and takedown with their rental fees, which saves you added sweat before the party begins.
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  1. Entertainment. From bouncy houses to speaker sets, entertainment elevates almost any function. While you may be tempted to purchase the inflatable that’s keeping the kiddos occupied, we suggest leaving it to the experts. Some equipment can weigh up to several hundred pounds, and it can wear and tear with use. By letting others do the handling and maintenance, you’ll be saving yourself money—and back pain—in the long run.
  2. Tables. When you’re hosting the whole family for the holidays, or just putting on a potluck with friends, it may seem reasonable to invest in tables. However, we’d advise towards a less permanent solution for three reasons. One: You can order an option that tailors to the type of the event you’re hosting (think cocktail party vs. Friendsgiving.) Two: You’ll save yourself from trying to store a bulky haul. Three: You’ll save money! Table rentals are fairly affordable, so you can go with a few options for the rate of purchasing one.
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  1. Linens. This is a controversial one that is backed by some mixed reviews. However, when it comes down to it, renting is the best choice here since linens can be a hassle to clean, fold, press, and store. When you rent, they’ll go right back to the vendor, without any cleaning or storing required. And it’s hard to argue with that!

Feeling ready to throw your next bash? Keep this list of 5 rentable items top of mind!

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