6 Considerations for When Your Small Gathering Turns into a Big Party

We’ve all been there! You invite a few friends, family members, or neighbors over for a party/the big game/a holiday meal/etc. and then it spirals out of control. Your spouse or kids (or both) invited more people who are all bringing their families now and someone asked if they could bring some of their friends too. Now your small gathering has turned into a big shindg.

Before you panic, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you’ve got this. The whole thing doesn’t have to become stressful and scary if you take some time now to plan for the crowd that’ll be coming.
Here are the biggest factors you’ll need to take into consideration:

  1. Food
  2. Obviously, you’re going to need more food now. But before you start adding more menu items and increasing the amount of work you’ll need to do, use these tips to ratchet up food quantities while minimizing work:

    • Find foods that can be prepared with minimal effort like crockpot dishes and simple appetizers. If you have kids that want to help, this is a good way to get them involved while taking some of the work off your plate.
    • Scale up existing food plans by doubling or tripling dishes that lend themselves well to large portions like casseroles and grilled items. You’ll have more food without needing to plan additional ingredients. Just get more of everything when you go shopping and increase portions from there.
    • Order out! Pizza, subs, and family-style dishes are a great way to stretch your budget when you need to feed a lot of people. As a bonus, if your order is large enough, your favorite restaurant or local eatery will probably deliver even if delivery isn’t usually offered.

    Remember that you can always ask guests to bring a dish potluck-style to help you out. Many people will probably ask ahead of time if there’s anything that they can bring, so this is the perfect opportunity to ask for some side dishes, salads, and desserts.

  3. Space
  4. If your event is in the spring or summer, you can always move additional guests outdoors to maximize space. However, if your gathering is in the fall or winter, you’ll need to get a little more creative. Usually rearranging furniture can free up more space for people to stand, sit, and eat. Another idea is to expand to another area of your house. Consider cleaning out an area of your home that’s usually off-limits like a basement or upstairs loft to accommodate more people.

    Alternatively, you can opt to rent a venue or reserve a free venue like a church or public place to host your event. Just be sure to clearly communicate the change to guests so that they know what to expect!

  5. Bathrooms
  6. More people means more… um… need for bathrooms! Portable toilet rentals can help you accommodate more people at your event. But don’t think that you’ll need to have a porta potty delivered to your front steps. You can opt for a luxury portable restroom rental to keep your event feeling home-y and nice. These trailers come in many different sizes and tout a wide variety of amenities and features to keep guests happy. As an added bonus, they can be used in all seasons and weather conditions because they’re climate-controlled.

  7. Entertainment
  8. Don’t forget to plan more entertainment and activities for your additional guests. Ensure that the items you’ll offer are age-appropriate and provide plenty of options to keep people entertained. This may mean offering kids activities while the adults watch the big game or having yard games for people who aren’t interested in the concert you were planning, but the extra effort that you put in will pay off when people enjoy themselves and are thankful that you hosted such a wonderful gathering.

  9. Parking
  10. Where will all the extra cars go? Plan for this ahead of time to keep your neighbors happy. Familiarize yourself with the policies of your neighborhood, city, or township to ensure that guests won’t be breaking any rules or local statutes. If you need extra space, ask your neighbors if guests can park in their driveways too.

  11. Trash
  12. Plan to have lots of trash during the event and afterwards. Consider getting some larger trashcans to accommodate the increased amount of trash. You may also want to get another can for recyclables or deposit items to keep them separate. Plan to make a trip to your local dump after the event or inform your trash collection company that you’ll have a large pick-up the following week.

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Keep Your Black-Tie Event Classy with Luxury Restroom Trailers

Whether you’re planning an elegant outdoor wedding, swanky charity function, upscale fundraiser, or some other black-tie event, every detail matters! It’s the sum of all the small items that adds up to the overall ambiance of the event. Functions that have inadequate facilities, sub-par food, poor transportation considerations, and other oversights are sure to disappoint attendees, which is why it’s so important to provide stunning restroom options for guests.

Luxury portable restrooms will give guests the feeling that they’re using the bathroom at a 5-star hotel or restaurant instead of an outdoor event. These high-end features are the reason event planners across Michigan rent luxury restroom trailers for black-tie events of all sizes:

  • Comfortable Interiors
  • Unlike the space-saving design of traditional porta potties, restroom trailers off spacious interiors. The extra space gives guests plenty of room to comfortably move around without feeling cramped, which is a must-have when dressed nicely. It’s also conducive to primping, which is something that wedding guests and guests in formal attire appreciate. The countertops and large mirrors provide an area that’s suitable for grooming activities like fixing hair and touching up make-up.

    Luxury portable toilet units are also climate controlled, providing cool air-conditioned insides on hot summer days as well as warm toasty interiors on chilly fall or winter days. Your guests will feel comfortable using the restroom in any season, and this consideration on your part will go a long way in making them feel valued.

  • Flushable Toilets
  • The hallmark of any porta potty is the large holding tank of standing blue water that collects waste and paper. Luxury portable bathrooms, however, have flushing toilets to keep improve aesthetics, comfort, and odors. This makes restroom trailers like the plumbing you’d find in an indoor bathroom, making them more familiar to guests.

  • Functional Sinks
  • Bathroom trailers have sinks with running hot and cold water to make hand washing convenient and comfortable. Many guests prefer traditional sinks over hand sanitizer pumps because they provide a batter clean. Improve the sanitation at your event by renting bathrooms that have built-in sinks for easy handwashing.

  • Décor
  • The most pleasantly surprising feature of luxury restroom, trailers is their aesthetic appeal. Unlike the utilitarian interiors of porta johns, luxury restrooms have elegant décor to invite guests in and set them at ease while inside. Accent rugs, recessed lighting, hanging wall art, faux plants, and other decorative touches give the essence of a high-end restroom. While it may seem odd to discuss the ambiance of a bathroom, you want impress guests with luxury and comfort across every space at your event.

  • Safety Lighting
  • Low-level exterior lighting makes restroom trailers safe and convenient to use even after the sun has set. At night, this light illuminates the location of restrooms in a way that’s not overpowering. It also makes going up and down the stairs safer for guests of all ages.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

How to Avoid the Top 10 Wedding-Related Arguments

Weddings are a beautiful celebration of love, but they’re also a source of conflict. Time and again, brides and grooms-to-be along with their families seem to find a million and one things to fight about before (and even on) the big day. Leading up to your pending nuptials, avoid these common fights:

  1. Budget
  2. Money is the top cause of arguments among married couples, so it’s not surprising that couples fight about money before the wedding too. Often times, fighting is more likely to occur if one side is solely paying for the wedding because it creates a perceived imbalance of power. For instance, a groom may not feel he has much say in what the wedding will be like if the bride’s parents are paying for it. While other couples fight over the budget when they’re paying for it themselves and one wants a lavish affair while the other would rather save the money or spend it on the honeymoon.

    Save yourself the arguing by setting a budget, regardless of who is paying for it, and sticking to it. It’s a wise idea to build in a contingency fund for unexpected emergencies but agree in advance on what constitutes an emergency and don’t spend that extra money unless it’s absolutely necessary. Include both people in the decision-making as much as they’d like to be involved, taking input from both sides fairly to ensure everyone’s ideas are considered.

  3. Location
  4. The choice of venue is highly personal for many engaged couples, especially if they’ve been planning or imagining their dream wedding for many years. Some couples find conflict because their picture-perfect wedding setting are very different. She wants an evening wedding at a fancy hotel and he wants a day wedding by the lake. There’s conflict and both people feel like they’ll miss out on their perfect day if they have to compromise.

    One great exercise to avoid conflict is to brainstorm venues together. Each person can suggest 5 wedding venues and then you can work together to find overlap that might make you both happy. You may find that you share a second or third choice venue after all!

    If you and your spouse-to-be are still at odds about where to have the wedding, consider non-traditional ways to appease both sides. Perhaps you can have the wedding ceremony at one place and the reception elsewhere. Or maybe you can have the big formal wedding reception with family at one location and then a separate more intimate party with just friends at a different location the following weekend. Don’t feel like you have to stick with the traditional format just to satisfy your families.

  5. Guest List
  6. How many people will you invite? Who will you invite? Does crazy Aunt Edna get an invite too just because she might be offended if she doesn’t? Should coworkers be included? Is it okay if one side has significantly more guests than the other? The guest list can be dangerous territory!

    As the guest list is being developed, give both people veto power to exercise if one person doesn’t feel comfortable with someone being invited. Then pledge to respect this power no questions asked. The fallout from not inviting someone is always going to be better than inviting someone who will ruin the big day.

  7. Responsibility
  8. The bride is usually the one complaining that she’s doing all the work, but either person can start to resent the planning process if their spouse-to-be isn’t helping enough. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re drowning in a sea of details that need planning while your spouse-to-be is shirking responsibility.

    Prevent this fight before it starts by agreeing on who will be responsible for which aspects of the wedding. Remember that the maid of honor, best man, and family members can help too! Just be sure to come up with a backup plan in case any of them drop the ball.

  9. Traditions
  10. Some couples share religious and cultural traditions that are important to them that they want incorporated into their wedding day. Other couples, however, run into conflict over traditions that aren’t shared. One spouse-to-be may view the other’s traditions as silly or unnecessary, resulting in an argument over whether they should be part of the big day.

    Unless your fiancé’s traditions are offensive to you, let him/her weave them into your wedding ceremony or celebration. This will ensure that the day includes everything that’s important to you both.

  11. Music
  12. Even couples that share the same music tastes can disagree on what the music at the ceremony and reception should sound like. Add in budget constraints, and this one is sure to produce some disagreement.

    Unfortunately, when it comes to music there’s not often a lot of opportunity to meet in the middle. If he wants a ska band or heavy rock selections being spun by the DJ and she wants a string quartet or harpist, doing both is going to confuse guests and create a strange feel to the wedding celebration. Instead, select something traditional that you know your guests will love. Truth be told, you’re going to be so busy at your wedding that you probably won’t be paying much attention to the music yourselves, which is why it’s best to just select something that you know other people will enjoy.

  13. Dress & Tux
  14. Just like the music, personal style can vary significantly between people. The bride may want a simple white dress while the groom wants something outlandish. Or the bride may want an expensive fancy designer dress while the groom just wants a casual dress coat and khakis.

    Also like the music, letting each person do whatever they want style-wise isn’t really an option because it will throw off the whole look of the wedding and can make the pictures look like an eyesore. Instead of letting each person do whatever they want, find a way to compromise to result in an acceptable solution for both people. If he wants a full camouflage suit but she hates that idea, maybe camo shoes are the way to go. Freedom with accessories is a great way to give a special individualistic flair to your look without overwhelming the entire style of the wedding party.

  15. Bachelor/Bachelorette Party
  16. Some men and women hate the idea of their spouse-to-be going out for a “traditional” bachelor or bachelorette party and the debauchery that may follow. While other men and women eagerly anticipate their stag party as a way to go out and have fun with friends to de-stress before the big day.
    If your husband or wife-to-be is offended by the idea of a bachelorette or bachelor party, find a way to get together that’s more acceptable to them. Go fishing, hiking, skiing, or camping, or plan a spa day, art class, museum outing, or something else gives you a reason to get together with friends without the temptation of a traditional pre-wedding girls’ or guys’ outing.

  17. Prenup
  18. People who are opposed to prenuptial arrangements often cite trust as the main reason that they don’t want to sign them. They feel that their spouse-to-be should trust that their relationship will last. Others say that it feels like they’re planning for a divorce instead of a wedding, which is something depressing during what should be a happy time.
    Regardless of how you feel about a prenup, if your spouse-to-be brings up the subject with you, be responsive to listening and discussing the idea. They may not be asking you to sign one directly, they may just want to know where you stand on the issue in case you want to arrange one.

    If your fiancé asks you to sign a prenup, try to understand where they’re come from to get a better idea of what they’re trying to accomplish. This can be a great gateway to discussing other financial decisions like merging bank accounts, setting up beneficiaries, and adding each other’s name on assets like cars and houses. Having these discussions before marriage is key to understanding each other’s expectations.

  19. Honeymoon
  20. You wouldn’t think that couples would argue over something as great as the honeymoon, but many couples do. Just like fighting over the venue choice for the wedding, each person probably has an idea of what they want their honeymoon to look like.
    Try to find a vacation that incorporates all the things that both people want to do. Cruises are a popular choice among couples that are torn on where to go and what to do for their honeymoon. Going on a cruise is a great way to see lots of different places and have a variety of experiences while also indulging in great food and entertainment, checking boxes on both people’s lists.

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Planning a Spectacular Spring Birthday Party

It’s cold and dreary out, which makes it an excellent time to start planning your fun outdoor spring events. If you have a loved one with a birthday coming up in the next few months, make them feel special by throwing a big birthday bash to celebrate! Taking the time to plan in advance ensures that your event will go smoothly and leave friends and family talking for years to come. So, whether it’s a milestone birthday or just another year, celebrate the life of a friend of family member this spring using these helpful tips:

Choose a Location

The first thing you’ll want to do is find a venue. If you’re planning an outdoor celebration, you’ll likely have plenty of options to choose from in the spring because it’s a less busy time for event planning than the summer. Whether you choose to have the party at a local park, campground, farm, or other outdoor location, make a reservation ahead of time (where available) to secure your preferred date.

Pick a Theme

Themed parties are back in style for adults and have always been popular for kids. So, pick a theme, or at least a color scheme, and go crazy. The further you plan ahead of time, the more likely you are to find great ways to incorporate the theme into every element of the party. Pinterest is great for finding inspiration around almost any party idea that you can think of, and you can organize your favorite ideas on a secret board to avoid tipping off the birthday gal or guy.

Get Entertainment

Live entertainment like a band or magician is always fun for a birthday party, but if you don’t have the budget for hiring entertainment, you can make your own fun by organizing inexpensive activities for guests. Plan games, sports, and other friendly competitions with prizes to give the party some structure. Consider your guest list when selecting games to make sure that they’ll be age and skill-level appropriate.

Set a Guest List

Determining who to invite is often the trickiest part. Invite any friends and family that you can’t imagine not being there and then add additional “nice-to-have” guests as the budget or venue selection allows. Keep in mind that while not everyone you invite will attend, you’re likely to have a higher turnout than you would if you were planning the party at a busier time of the year (like around the holidays or during summer break).

Plan Food/Drinks

Nothing gets people talking faster than good food, which is why having delicious food and drinks is integral to any great birthday party! No matter how old your guests are, find the right foods and snacks to offer a stunning meal. Whether you’re going to have the party catered or do the preparation yourself, select foods that will keep well outside and delight guests.

Rent Luxury Restroom Trailers

Luxury portable toilet trailers will wow your guests and make them want to stay at the party all day. Their climate-controlled interiors are perfect for any weather, and their spacious interiors are great for families. Most of your guests probably have never experienced the luxury of a portable restroom trailer, which means that booking one for your outdoor party will be a topic of conversation in the best possible way. Go big for your birthday bash, we guarantee you’ll be glad you did!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Should You Remodel Your Bathroom in the Winter?

A bathroom remodel is the last thing on most people’s minds this time of the year. However, if you’re thinking about remodeling, now is really the perfect time to get started. Find out why the winter is a wonderful time to do bathroom improvements or a full-scale remodel.

Cold Weather

While cold weather is often the main reason people cite for not wanting to do winter-time renovations, it’s also the best reason to do them then. If you plan on doing a bunch of major renovations this year on your house, vacation home, or investment property, you can’t make exterior changes during cold snowy months, which means that you should be doing interior projects now. That way, when it warms up you can focus your efforts on the exterior of your house.

There are plenty of products (like negative pressure fans) that contractors can use to contain fumes and dust to keep your home livable while the work is done. Your family won’t have to sacrifice air quality and safety to have work done in the winter.

Availability

Interior design companies often book appointments months in advance during the busy season. But in the winter, they have much more availability!

Trades like electricians and plumbers as well as contractors experience the same seasonal business, which means that during the winter you’re more likely to get your choice of companies to work on your project. Fewer clients during the winter months also means that you’ll have more dedicated attention for your project. This means more responsiveness when you have questions or issues, which can be a huge benefit when your project scope is larger.

You can also rent a master bathroom trailer year-round for your family to use if your bathroom will be inaccessible during the renovations. Since these trailers typically book up quickly during the spring and summer months, you’ll likely have an easier time finding one to rent in the winter.

Cost

All projects are made up of materials costs and labor costs, both of which can vary substantially by season. In the winter, materials like lumber and windows often drop in price as manufacturers and suppliers try to get rid of older inventory. These close-out deals can mean big savings on your project, or the ability to get more premium products for the same cost. This is probably the biggest reason people decide to undertake extensive bathroom and kitchen remodels during the winter.

Speed

Anyone who has ever had substantial work done on their home knows that waiting for approvals on permits can stall a project like nothing else! In the winter, government agencies are less busy, which means faster turnaround time on permits. The result is a shortened project duration, which is always a win for homeowners.

Vacation Time

Most people already get time off around the holidays. Put this time to good use by doing something productive around the house so that way you can use the rest of your vacation time in warmer months to get out and enjoy the nice weather.

As a bonus, you might be able to deter family from visiting after the holidays if they know that you’ll be doing home renovation projects while they’re there. Maybe.

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