It's possible that New Zealanders will have more fun in the sun than ever before this summer! Music Festivals, Weddings, Family Parties, Christenings, Engagements... so many kinds of get togethers have been delayed and now that everyone's free to enjoy summer parties, we all intend to make the most of the summer!
With over 10 years of marquee hire experience, we have gathered together our top tips for ensuring that your summer party is one that everyone remembers for years - for all the right reasons!
Summer Party Planning Tips
Refreshments must be refreshing!
Ensuring you have a large chiller on site means you can keep drinks cool and food safe. Either a spare fridge, catering chiller, or plentiful chilly bins with limitless ice will provide deliciously cool drinks, and ensure that you can serve cool, non-contaminated food (which won't make anyone remember the party for the wrong reasons)!
Too much sunshine is a headache, and a health risk
Provide shelter and shade for your guests. There's nothing worse than standing chatting with friends, knowing that you'll pay the price later with a serious sunburn. Shade options range from trees to marquees (sides are optional but shady areas are not), and you might decide to provide spare sunhats and dot bottles of sunblock around for guests to use. Melanoma is a serious health risk, and even if people don't get sunburned, the headaches and dehydration of sunstroke can ruin the best event.
If you're opting for one of our clear marquees, remember that you can create shady areas by adding strips of silk lining to the ceiling, or alternating white panels as needed.
Get the dance floor moving
We've missed out on so much dancing! Why not hire a DJ instead of just hooking up the spotify playlist? If you want to take it to the next level, you can hire a chandelier or disco ball, and add a dance floor for your marquee hire package to ensure that high heels and uneven footing aren't an issue.
Create chill out areas
Extra seating can provide intimate places for serious catching up to happen - in comfort! From rattan furniture to wooden chairs and couches, we can organise hire furniture to provide space for comfort and relaxation.
Sundown can be just the beginning
With the right lighting, a summer party can come alive as the sun goes down. From floodlights to fairy lights, safety lighting on pathways, and a warm glow of light inside your marquee - the options are limitless for you to create an illuminated night where the fun continues after dark.
Just ask us about lighting hire as part of your marquee hire package.
Last but not least, make sure your guests find you easily!
Sending a link with Google Map directions is a great start but often parties in summer are in a distant field or a back garden far from the city and a good sign never goes astray.
Get creative, use your party theme, and start the excitement before people even arrive!