Fun ideas for event and party rentals

Consider how renting special equipment, such as a bounce house, can add life to any special event. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kristian W. of Fort Worth, Texas)

Consider how renting special equipment, such as a bounce house, can add life to any special event. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kristian W. of Fort Worth, Texas)

When you think about it, life is one big party. Anniversary celebrations, birthdays, weddings, family reunions and holidays are highlights in most people's calendars. If you're planning a special event, consider how rented party equipment can add to the occasion. Here are some ideas:

Fun wedding rental ideas

Add a twist to a traditional wedding. Rent a karaoke machine and incorporate it into your reception as part of the entertainment. Rent a bubble machine and turn it on during your first dance as husband and wife. Will there be many children at the reception? Rent a popcorn machine and snow cone machine, and set up rented table games just for them.

Fun birthday rental ideas

Bounce houses, or moon bounces, are great for guests of any age. The older your group, the more challenging a moon bounce can be. Turn up the competitiveness by renting an inflatable obstacle course. Surprise your child with a moon bounce with his favorite superhero as the theme. Better yet, why not have a foam party in your own back yard? All you have to do is rent a foam machine, foam juice, a foam pit and tell guests to bring their bathing suits.

Family reunions

Rental ideas could make the occasion more memorable. Rent equipment for family games, such as tug of war, and supply trophies and prizes. To turn up the competition, create a neutral zone with water or mud in a center-placed pit, which can also be rented with your tug of war rope. Bring out the dunk tank. Lastly, consider renting a bubble ball for adults and kids, and watch the countless competitive activities create themselves. With this rental, one person enters the bubble ball and moves it from the inside, like a human hamster.

Don't forget that if you want assistance with pulling off a special event, professional party planners are available for hire. Consider also how Angie's List can help. Members have access to local consumer reviews on equipment rental companies, entertainment services, party planners and service providers in more than 550 other categories.


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Tables and chairs are easy decisions. For other party rentals, make sure they fit your audience. A bounce house may be too much for very young children and boring for those approaching their teenage years. A karaoke set-up may be great for all ages.

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