feature from LDN magazine:
for the Holidays
Planning a party without big problems
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[December 07, 2012]
(BPT) -- Planning a large
celebration can be challenging. From setting a date that works for
everyone to creating a fun party atmosphere, there is a lot of work
that goes into planning the perfect event. Regardless of who the
party is for, there are some ways to ensure your big party comes off
without a hitch.
Renting makes sense
Few of us host large gatherings on a
regular basis, so it's not surprising if you don't have enough
seating on hand for a large group, or a supply of chafing dishes to
keep everything warm on your buffet. Since you may use these items
only once or twice a year, it doesn't make sense to buy them --
plus, where would you store them for the rest of the year?
Fortunately, it's possible to rent just about everything you
could possibly need to stage a large-scale celebration. Rental
stores in your area carry party necessities from chairs and tables
to place settings and stemware to festive decor. Just remember to
reserve your items early, especially if your party is during a busy
time of year like the holidays.
Where not to skimp
Saving money is vital when you're planning a big event. It's
smart to look for the best deals you can find on rental items and to
find creative ways to save money. But every host knows there is one
aspect of the party that can't be skimped on -- and that varies from
event to event and crowd to crowd.
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If you know your party will be heavily attended by foodies, you
may want to spend a bit more on gourmet fare and cut costs in other
areas. If your guests are the kick-up-their-heels type of crowd, it
may make sense to invest more in live music or a DJ. Hosting a bevy
of social butterflies? They may appreciate more upscale seating that
affords them plenty of comfy places to sit and chat.
Knowing what you can rent to save money and in what areas you
need to spend is an essential part of staging a smashing soiree and
saving money at the same time.
Special ways to spice things up
Every party should have at least one element that gives guests a
delightful surprise. Maybe it's a make-your-own dessert station for
the company holiday party or a chocolate fountain for your large
Whether it's adding elegant lighting and centerpieces for your
New Year's Eve party or a large-screen television and games for your
football party, adding a special touch can really set the tone for
the event. It's easy to find these types of rental party items that
make for a special surprise for your guests.
You can find more ideas for great party items and how renting can
help you stage a spectacular event by visiting