If your event is headed outside, then make sure you have the goods to make it happen.
TSEvents e-news e-news went outdoor event planning shopping. Here are a few weather-friendly ideas to add to your must-have list:
Hosting outdoors is very different from doing it indoors! Whether it’s bare to the elements or tent covered, the experts at JJL Events partner with event planners as the logistics coordinator for everything necessary to ensure an open-air fête success. Among its services are detailed site inspections to ensure set ups maximize space available, rentals sourcing and custom-designed protective structures.
Furnish a swank outdoor soirée with upscale lounge furnishings from Luxe Modern Rentals. The company’s Savoy collection is summer perfect in weather-resistant faux rattan in white, black or grey. Modular sofas make arranging easy. Layer in pieces from its Illuminato collection such as an illuminated bench, landscape pots or light column. Accent with throw pillows for a splash of eye-popping colour and voilà!
Stock up on patio heaters to ward off a case of forgot-the-sweater blues for the summer days and spring-chill nights that appear to be in store for us this year. Go stylishly sleek with blazer heaters from Varsity Tent & Event Rentals. The tall stainless steel obelisks are propane-fuelled with tempered glass encasing a focal point flame. And just in case temps hit Amazon hot … ensure portable air conditioners are on your radar, along with a tent or awning for protection from sun and rain.
Picnics are lovely, but easier served and eaten seated at tables than from a ground blanket. Order up loads of them in a rainbow of fun colours from Taylors Plastic. Specializing in furnishings made from recycled plastic lumber, the Toronto-based manufacturer has a full range of furnishing rentals including patio and dining tables, pub-style bar top tables and handy folding Muskoka chairs. Rentals inventory also includes metal and wooden picnic tables and benches.
Put a sporty spin on outside gatherings with a muscle-powered tug-of-war competition, a high-energy beach volleyball tourney, or a polite game of croquet. Exclusive Sport Rentals rents gear by the day for fun on the water (think kayaks, sea doos and paddle boards), or for landlubber activities such as golf, cricket and bocce ball. For cottage-themed events, the company also has a large inventory of Muskoka chairs and portable fire pits.
Spark A Fire
Need a beach party bonfire in the middle of the city? AirMagic Special Effects can do using special flame retardant logs and propane! Other flame and fire effects include lining the red carpet with coloured flame gel units, or accenting an outdoor venue with the ambient lighting of stainless steel and wrought iron garden torches. Of course, a summertime must is to paint the sky with spectacular displays of fireworks – AirMagic are pyrotechnic pros!
Set The Mood
Love the look of candles, but wary of how the slightest breeze will blow them out? Helix Candles solves that problem with its line of unique luminaries in a range of shapes, sizes and colours. The “candles” are actually hollow wax vases that provide protective cover for the tea lights, fuel cell or LED that sit at the bottom of the holder, well out of winds way. The luminaries are especially great for venues that don’t allow open flame. Available for rent or purchase.
Dish Up Summer
Ensure your table setting reflects the season and the surroundings, whether it’s fine bone china for an elegant garden tea party, fun glassware for themed drinks, or place setting accents that sum up summer at a glance. Exclusive Affair Rentals stocks an excellent selection of dish and glassware. Add coloured straws for easy sipping cocktails served in old-fashioned mini glass milk bottles, or dress a Muskoka-themed dinner service with rustic wooden charger plates.
Brand your event takeaways with not just your logo, but with a uniqueness that shouts out summer. Brash Avenues’ promotional product pros have lots of great warm-weather ideas for giveaways and marketing this season. Mason jars, for example, are the au courant drinkware of the season! Check out Brash Avenues’ selection in both glass and plastic, with or without handles. We also love their idea of wrapping coolers in colourful themed banners.
Don’t Forget Powder Rooms
Unless there are indoor facilities nearby, setting up portable washrooms at an outdoor event is a must. Nature’s Call is one of the city’s top mobile washroom pros, servicing everything from single unit stalls for construction sites to stylish trailer restrooms for high-end galas. The company’s heated/air-conditioned high-end models are quite luxe indeed, featuring skylights, elegant hardwood, marble countertops and full mirrors.
Barbecue and summer go hand in hand. BBQ Gourmet has the menu covered with a fleet of refrigerated trucks towing competition-style smoker BBQs for cooking up sizzling good southern BBQ fare. Add in mobile corn roasters and portable umbrella ice cream carts for additional feast stations. For something a little different, the caterer can also drive in its Urban Smoke Food Truck.