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10 Outdoor Party Rentals that Up the Fun Factor

A backyard party or corporate event isn’t complete without all the outdoor party rentals that put the party over-the-top. The best part of party planning is that the list of event rentals is endless (and this list is just the start-ask for more party rental ideas) and can be customized to suit the type of event and unique event theme.

Tent

This is one of the most obvious party rentals—and an event rental that guests really appreciate. A tent can be a great way to keep guests comfortable when the weather is unpleasant or as a way to add extra space so a venue doesn’t feel too crowded. In addition to shielding party guests from the rain or heat, a party tent can also be an incredible show-stopper with beautiful lighting and décor.

Big Screen

Nothing keeps guests’ attention like a big screen. This is the perfect way to showcase the accomplishments of a non-profit, highlight the goals hit by a company, or surprise the guest-of-honor with a presentation about them.

Sound System

No likes to shout over the crowd, and no one likes to be shouted at. A microphone ensures that everyone can hear directions and ensures a pleasant event experience. If the program includes karaoke or a dance, a sound system can be used to project the entertainment.

tent wedding with beautiful lights on ceiling

Dance Floor

Guests love grooving at an outdoor party. They appreciate it more when they don’t have to worry about getting their heels stuck in the grass or shoes dirty from a wet lawn. Dance floors come in all sizes and can be customized for the occasion and event.

Portable Bar

Portable bars, chill tables, and stainless steel tubs add functionality and style to any outdoor event. Guests appreciate the beverage service and the design of these party rentals. Portable bars are ideal for formal and casual affairs, especially when skirted or outfitted with coordinated décor. Chill tables fit perfectly into an informal picnic. Stainless steel tubs coordinate well into a picnic or more formal rustic event.

Big Grill

Nothing makes an impression like a big grill (not just big, these grills are huge). A long grill is a great way for managers to make a statement to employees at a company picnic or for a company host to prove his/her status as the grill master.

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Slushie/Margarita Machine

When the weather gets hot, a slushie or margarita machine is the hit of every kind of party: staff get-together, company picnic, backyard barbecue. This party rental also appeals to guests of every age, both the youngest and most experienced.

Cotton Candy

Cotton candy is a summer favorite, making it a party must that draws a crowd. A cotton candy machine is perfect for a summer picnic, backyard party, or a carnival or country fair themed event. The sweetest part about this party rental is guests’ smiles after enjoying this summer treat.

Lighting, stages…

These last two party rentals are just the start of a long list. A stage is perfect for a party with main stage entertainment or for a corporate event with an important presentation. String lighting is perfect for a neighborhood party or an outdoor wedding. Uplighting adds the right amount of drama to a formal event, while fun furniture can create fun gathering spaces for guests to mingle and enjoy.

clear party rental tent at event

10 Over-the-Top Chicago Party Rentals

Event rentals can turn a ho-hum party into a much-anticipated and well-attended occasion. The best party rentals are the details that make the biggest impact on guests and fit with the overall event theme. Think beyond tables and chairs, these rental ideas bring out the “wows!” and “that’s awesome!”

large grill for parties

HUGE Grill

Massive grills (or a series of big grills placed end-to-end) are more than a way to make the best event meal guests have ever had. These large grills let guests know that the hosts are serious about serving the best meal ever. At a corporate event, this is a fun opportunity to let managers switch roles and serve their departments. A huge grill at any other gathering makes a serious impression and guests and builds up anticipation for the meal.

Projection Screens

A projection screen is a great addition to any party, and a great way to entertain guests. A projection screen is the perfect big screen for a presentation that visualizes the accomplishments of a company or corporate team. At a birthday part, it can be the source of many giggles as those embarrassing pictures flash across the screen. A big screen can also be the base of hosting the perfect late night viewing party.

portable bar with white skirting

Portable Bar

Portable bars are a great way to keep guests mingling and moving throughout the event venue. Logistically, portable bars give guests another option and prevents long lines. For a creative twist, offer special drink mixes at each portable bar. For a good event flow, use signs to let guests know what drinks are available at different bars.

cotton candy machine

Cotton Candy Machine

Cotton candy machines draw a crowd and coordinate perfectly with a summer party theme. This summer treat is a perfect part of a circus, country fair, or picnic event theme—and just one of many summer treat party rentals. (For a complete list, contact a party planning company.)

popcorn machine party rental

Popcorn Maker

The only thing better than popcorn is fresh-made popcorn at an event. A popcorn maker is a popular party rental that can double as a party treat and favor. A bag of popcorn is the perfect way to show appreciation to guests as they leave.

slushie maker

Slushie Maker

A slushie maker is a popular party rental because guests of all ages love these cool drinks. Especially popular at hot summer parties, slushies (or the adult-favorite margarita machine) can be served from portable bars or as a self-service option. Slushies are an integral part of a summer picnic or country fair theme.

chill station at chicago outdoor wedding

Chill Tables and Tubs

Chill tables add style and function to an event, keeping drinks cool and looking great. For a more rustic feel, chill tubs are a fun and fashionable way to make drinks easily accessible for guests.

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Lighting

Event lighting can be functional and beautiful, adding color or ambiance to large and small events. The right lighting can add to the atmosphere and go a long way toward establishing a theme. There are numerous options for stylish lighting, such as lamp posts, uplighting, lanterns, globe lights, chandeliers, and gel splashes (for color).

checkered linen party rental for carnival party theme

Tent

Tents are one of the most versatile party rentals that can set the stage for any event. Modern tents are clear or white, with clear sidewalls (or no sidewalls), entryways, and even tent climate control. The possibilities are endless—and so are the benefits when the weather is less than ideal.

air conditioned wedding tent

Heating & Air Conditioning

Tent climate control may be invisible—and not always the most stylish—part of an event, but it’s a welcome party rental immediately noticed by guests (especially on hot or cold Chicago days). The hot or cool air can feel like a godsend to guests, making a big first impression on them the moment they step into the tent.

20+ Chicago Party Rental Ideas (& Great Event Themes!)

royal theme event with party rentalYour party can be the event of the year—if you “dress it up” with the party rentals that make your event the talk of Chicago. Plan your fundraiser, corporate party, or community event around these fantastic party themes, then put it over-the-top with party rentals like popcorn machines, linens, chairs, and portable bars. The sky is the limit with party planning (just ask us for party rental ideas).

Picnic/Carnival

checkered linen party rental for carnival party themeA picnic or carnival theme is one of the most popular party themes, primarily because guests love every second of a good picnic! For a fantastic picnic-themed party, give your fundraiser or party guests numerous sources of entertainment, such as a dunk tank, ring toss, balloon pop game, and gone fishing game (other ideas for carnival-themed party games here). But the fun shouldn’t stop there; a good picnic or carnival is full of all the delicious carnival treats that complete the carnival theme.

Party Rental Ideas: Checkered Linens, Popcorn Machine, Hot dog Steamer, Cotton Candy Machine, Snow Cone Machine, Slushy Maker, Ice Chests, Sound System (for background music and announcements)

Casino Royale

event lighting with dice for casino party themeTransport your guests to Las Vegas without the plane ride! Think card dealers, show girls, lighting, and all the glitz and glam that comes with a day at Casino Royale. To pull off this party theme, think big. Nothing less will do—and certainly won’t have the larger-than-life impact party guests expect.

Party Rental Ideas: Lighting, Red, black & gold linens, Gaming machines and stations, Portable Bar, Margarita Machine, Sound System (for background music and announcements), Stage (for main stage entertainment and announcement)

Beach/Tropical

beach themed table with food service dishesA beach party or tropical theme can be a great break from a cold Chicago winter day or a chance to cool down from blistering summer heat. Give your guests the chance to show off their best beach or tropical wear with a selfie station—and a few other themed party rentals that can put the event over the top.

Party Rental Ideas: Margarita Machine, Portable Bar, Grass table skirts, Slushy Maker, Chill Tables, Stage (for a tropical band), Sound System (for tropical background music)

A Night at the Movies

popcorn machine party rental for movie party themeMake your party guests feel like the star of the show with this party theme. Dress up your event space with the lighting and décor that makes guests feel like they are headed to a Hollywood show. If your party is a fundraiser, raise money by selling delicious movie treats, such as popcorn, hot dogs, candy, and sodas.

Party Rental Ideas: Checkered Linens, Popcorn Machine, Hot Dog Steamer