Are Outdoor Wedding Luxuries Really Worth the Cost?

Outdoor weddings can be simple or elaborate, making them either a low-cost rustic option or an elegant engaging affair. If you’ve ever been to an upscale outdoor wedding, you’ve likely seen the kind of luxury that couples can bring into their big day. However, this luxury clearly comes at a price. Find out which items are worth the cost!

Luxury Restroom Trailers

Providing guests with adequate restrooms is essential. While porta potties can serve the basic function of providing bathrooms, luxury restroom trailers are so much nicer. These upscale units look nice from the outside and spectacular on the inside! Boasting flushing toilets, running hot/cold water, climate-controlled interiors, and elegant finishes, these bathrooms are the ultimate in outdoor event luxury.

The big question is, are they worth it? Absolutely! Luxury portable restroom trailers offer the kind of aesthetic that is expected at outdoor special events while giving guests of all ages a comfortable, spacious place to get ready, use the bathroom, and freshen up. These are a luxury you do not want to skip!

Event Tent

To tent or not to tent, that is the question. Many engaged couples end up fighting over whether to rent a tent for their outdoor function. No one wants to pay for something that they don’t need, which is why some couples opt to forgo the tent altogether.

So, is it worth it? The question you need to ask yourself is “What will happen if we don’t have a tent and we end up needing one?” If you are renting a tent to keep guests dry in the case of rain or to keep guests cool in the case of bright sun and hot temperatures, consider what your backup plan will be if you don’t have tent. If there won’t be anywhere else suitable for guests to take cover from the elements, you probably need a tent. The last thing you want is your big day getting rained out or guests getting overheated and sunburnt. Either of these scenarios will likely cause people to leave early, ruining your big day. Renting a tent ensures that guests will be able to stay comfortable throughout the duration of your event.

Patio Heaters

Much like a tent, heaters aim to keep guests comfortable if the weather doesn’t cooperate. However, unlike a tent, which can be necessary even with a small amount of rain, heaters are only important when it gets significantly colder than expected. Guests can typically deal with slight fluctuations in temperature because many people will bring a sweater or jacket to an outdoor wedding in case of such instances.

Are heaters worth the cost? Typically, no. Many times, engaged couples will plan for the worst, renting heaters in case of cold weather, only to not need them on the big day. Unless you are having an evening wedding or an outdoor wedding during the off-peak season (early spring or fall), you can probably forgo the cost of patio heaters. Additionally, heater rentals do not typically book up as far in advance as tent rentals (they also don’t take as long to set up), which means that you can wait until shortly before the event, when more reliable weather forecasts are available, to reserve them. For smaller weddings, you may even be able to borrow them from friends and family instead of splurging for the costs of commercial rentals.

Additional Entertainment

Some couples choose to have extra entertainment at their wedding receptions. This can range from live music to children’s entertainment (petting zoo, bounce house, etc.) to a photo booth, and everything in between. Typically, couples will choose to include entertainment for one of two reasons: to keep guests happy who aren’t as into the traditional wedding stuff like first dances, or because they can get a discount through the wedding venue or wedding planner that they’re using.

In our experience, this is typically a bad idea because it shifts the focus away from the newlyweds. If guests don’t want to be a part of the usual wedding details, they will probably just skip the wedding, instead of going and hoping that there will be something else to do. Also, unless these other activities have some sort of connection to the wedding couple, they usually come off as cheesy and confusing. Don’t spend money on things that may or may not be appealing to guests, instead focus on the things that have meaning for you and your spouse to-be.

Signature Cocktail

Offering a special cocktail is a fun way to personalize your wedding menu. Couples that select a signature cocktail usually pick a drink that they both love or maybe the first drink that they shared together. However, this drink usually carries a higher price tag than just offering beer or wine for guests. Is this added cost worth it?

While a special drink is a neat addition, there’s no guarantee that guests will enjoy it as much as the newlyweds, so you may end up paying for something that other people don’t want. In short, it’s definitely skippable. Instead, opt for some fancy cocktails on the honeymoon and keep the open bar options simple to reduce costs.

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When Is the Best Time to Get Married?

December is by far the most popular month to get engaged, but as we all know, it’s not the most popular month for a wedding. From year to year the most common month to get married can change, but just because a month is popular for weddings doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best month for nuptials. Each season has its pros and cons, so let’s take a look at what makes them great and the challenges they present:

Spring

Spring brings the symbol of a new start, which is perfect for newlyweds. This symbolism makes it desirable to many engaged couples. You combine that with the first opportunity to get outdoors after a long, cold winter and it’s easy to see why it’s an exciting time of the year to plan a wedding.

Because weddings are more common in the summer and fall, some venues may be cheaper and have more availability in spring months. This is appealing to couples who don’t want long engagements because some popular venues have multi-year waiting lists.

Unfortunately, the weather is really unpredictable, which makes planning difficult. Temperature swings combined with the likelihood of rain makes outdoor spring weddings a gamble. You will likely need a backup plan if you’re going to have a spring wedding in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Summer

We love summer weddings because they’re so versatile. You can have an outdoor wedding at a variety of locations to enjoy the beautiful sights of a Michigan summer. Tying in with the summer’s favorite activities like camping, going to the lake, or visiting the farm with your venue is a wonderful way to enjoy the season while celebrating your big day. Barn settings and lakeside venues make for some of the most picturesque weddings in our opinion.

The sunny, hot weather also minimizes the need for additional expenses like heaters, which may make it more affordable than planning an outdoor wedding for a less convenient time of the year like spring or fall. Depending on your location and the size of your guests list, you may even be able to find an unconventional wedding venue like a public park to suit your needs, providing more date flexibility.

Fall

Autumn is another great choice for a wedding! Outdoor fall weddings in Michigan provide a gorgeous backdrop for nuptials with their vivid color palettes. No matter which colors the wedding party wears, they’re sure to look great surrounded by fall leaves.

Additionally, in the fall it gets darker earlier, which gives the feel of a nighttime wedding without requiring that the event go late into the night. This is convenient for families attending with you kids and older generations that may not want to stay out as late.

Cozy autumn comfort foods are another wonderful aspect of fall weddings. The scents and flavors of the fall can be incorporated into food and drinks to give weddings a memorable homey feel. These items can help warm up a chilly outdoor fall affair when paired with fires or heaters to keep guests warm outdoors.

Winter

While the winter creates a wonderfully cozy indoor opportunity for weddings, we love being outdoors. You can look for an indoor venue, but remember that planning a wedding during the winter means competing with private and corporate holiday parties. As a result, finding the right venue can be a challenge. This is one reason some engaged couples opt for an outdoor wedding inside a heated tent instead.

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How to Plan an Outdoor Christmas Party

Anyone who has ever been to an outdoor holiday party can tell you that this twist on a traditional favorite is a great way to wow guests. Taking your Christmas party outside is a fun way to mix it up and give attendees something they don’t expect. Getting together at a heated outdoor venue or an indoor party venue like a rustic cabin or barn with planned outdoor activities offers a seasonal take on celebrating with friends, family, and coworkers.

Not sure where to get started? Follow these four steps to plan a perfect outdoor holiday event:

Find a Venue

Farms are a great place to start looking for venues to host your event. Many farms are appreciative to have the business in the off-season and will be more accommodating to preferred dates than typical venues. Also, they’re more likely to have the basis for fun outdoor winter events like a horse-drawn or tractor-drawn trailer ride for guests.
Parks and other public areas are also more likely to have availability (even at the last minute). Depending on the venue though, you may not be able to guarantee that it’ll be private because some parks and outdoor venues don’t allow exclusive reservations.

Seasonal attractions like skating rinks and light show displays can typically be rented for functions as well. Start calling early to find the right venue for your event. You want to ensure that the venue will fit the size of the event you’re planning as well as provide the added amenities that you’ll need for your event.

Rent Heaters or a Heated Tent

Outdoor winter beauty is spectacular, but it can also be quite chilly! Plan to keep guests warm by renting heaters or a heated tent. Attendees will stay longer and have a better time if they don’t have to be bundled up rubbing numb fingers to get feeling back into them. Fire pits and bonfires can also serve this function, although they aren’t as safe for children.

Rent Heated Portable Restroom Trailers

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Plan Appropriate Food and Beverages

Plan hearty food and warm drinks for guests. Comfort food is always a good choice for outdoor winter events whether you’re just planning on serving appetizers or a full meal. Things like chili, mac and cheese, and soup are wintertime favorite foods among guests. Drinks like hot chocolate, hot cider, and coffee are always appreciated as well. As a bonus, many of these food and beverage items are kid-favorites too!

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The Top Trends Wedding Planners Hope to Leave Behind in 2019

If you’re planning your wedding, you’ve likely consulted social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram as well as family and friends to determine which traditions to include, but have you thought to ask a professional? Even brides and grooms-to-be who aren’t considering using a wedding planner for the entire event can benefit from some expert advice here and there.

As a portable toilet supplier, we’ve certainly set up at our share of weddings, which means we’ve seen it all. In talking to the pros, these are the top wedding don’t on their list:

Social Media at The Altar

Pulling out your phone to change your Facebook status from engaged to married at the altar after saying “I do” is just tacky! Wait until later to take selfies and update profiles. Your wedding day should be about celebrating with the people who matter most in your life, not trying to earn a bunch of likes.

Obnoxious Dances

Ask any DJ and he/she will corroborate this one – the funky chicken, macarena, and cha cha slide are just out. In fact, some may even refuse to play them. The only appeal to these songs is that they’re easy to dance to and appropriate for all ages. However, this can easily be accomplished with other (much better) songs too. Get guests on the dance floor with a good mix of fast and slow songs that will appeal to different age groups.

Too Many Flowers

Flowers are a hallmark of weddings, but don’t go overboard. Just because the florist suggests a ton of different places where flowers can be incorporated doesn’t mean that you should take every suggestion. Huge arrangements and sprays to line aisles, block off outdoor spaces, and draw attention to the head table are particularly passé.

The same can be said for too many wearable flowers. Boutonnieres are still fine, but flower crowns and gawdy corsages are a thing of the past. Save your money by skipping these outdated wedding trends.

Inconvenient Favors

Favors for guests should be cutesy, but also desirable. Don’t give guests something that they really don’t want or that will be inconvenient to take home. Remember that some guests may be driving long distances or flying home, so gifting anything fragile will make their trip harder. Skip anything made of glass or too delicate.

Definitely don’t give guests favors that are alive. Succulents might be cute, but guests aren’t going to want to keep them alive. And don’t even get us started on animals like goldfish or baby chicks as favors – that’s just cruel!

Irrelevant Themes

Having a themed wedding is fine, but make sure that the theme means something to you two. Selecting a theme simply because it’s trendy or cool online won’t be as special as expressing yourselves with elements that are meaningful.

Signs for Everything

Signs that welcome guests and direct them to sit on a side. Signs that tell guests where to park. Signs that indicate where the gift table is. Signs that walk guests to the bar. So many signs! Save your sanity and just skip these. People will follow each other to figure out where to go and what to do. Only use signage for things that are important like displaying the bar menu or specifying food selections.

Mismatched Details

Think of your wedding as a brand. You want consistency among all communications and aspects to create a solid brand. Don’t use different fonts on invitations and programs and menus. Select favors that are related to your theme. Create place settings that match the aesthetic of the venue and theme. Otherwise, your wedding will just come off as sloppy.

Non-Cakes

Guests expect cake, so don’t disappoint them by skipping the sugary delicious cake in favor of something savory like cheese or something healthy like fruit. Some couple choose to have cupcakes instead of a cake, but this trend has become really overdone in recent years. Cupcakes can also come off as too immature for a wedding since they are traditionally served at kids birthday parties. Lastly, select cake flavors that will have mass appeal instead of bizarre and obscure flavors that could turn people off.

Over-Complicated Bar

Don’t offer too many cocktail choices. Stick to classic beer and wine choices and if you want to offer cocktails as well, choose one or two signature drinks to offer guests. Otherwise, the bar menu will get too long, slowing service down and leading to long lines. (No one wants to spend the entire event standing in line!) It can also encourage over drinking by tempting guests with lots of combinations to sample before leaving or run the risk of missing out something col and new.

Sneakers

Yes, some formal shoes are uncomfortable. However, this is not an excuse to wear overly casual footwear. Unless your wedding is on a beach and everyone is in flip flops, you should have shoes that match the formality of your attire. Sneakers are meant for the gym – leave them there! Instead, opt for dress shoes that are properly sized to allow maximum comfort. Or, wear insoles if needed. Remember that it’s just one day – your feet will forgive you. And if you really need to don some sneakers, do it for some silly picture ops after the wedding, not during the ceremony or reception.

Too Rustic

Having your wedding outdoors is a great way to find a natural beautiful venue that your guests will love. And barn weddings have been all the rage for the last five years or so. However, guests will still expect modern accommodations even when outdoors. This means that there better basic necessities like running water, shade in the summer, and heaters in the winter. Oh, and bathrooms! Your guests will not pee in the woods, nor do they want to walk a mile back to the farm to use the bathroom. Equip your venue with luxury restrooms to provide aesthetics that are in keeping with a wedding no matter where you have the ceremony and reception. Bathroom trailers bring climate-controlled peace of mind to weddings by offering the flushing toilets and running hot/cold water that guests expect. They also double as a place for members of the wedding party to get ready before the event or freshen up during the event. As a bonus, they can be used year-round, which means that you don’t have to be limited by the calendar.

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Is it Safe to Use a Porta Potty in a Thunderstorm?

This is a question that we get sometimes in the stormy summer months, so we figured we’d answer it here.
During a storm when there is thunder and lightning, finding a safe place to wait out the bad weather is incredibly important. For that reason, seeking shelter inside a porta potty is not advised.

Simply put, when a storm hits, there are safer places to go than inside a portable toilet. However,

if you’re already inside of one when a storm hits, you don’t need to get out immediately and run to a different location. Staying inside and finishing your business is usually safe.

Here’s what you need to know:

The Unit

 

A porta john is made of plastic and has a fairly low profile, which makes it a reasonably safe location during a summer storm. The solid plastic construction makes a portable toilet a safer location than other places in a storm, much like a car, which is grounded with rubber tires.

These factors make it a lower risk for getting struck by lightning, but it’s not impossible for it to get hit by lightning. It’s certainly safer than other alternatives like a permanent structure with a metal roof.

Surroundings

The most important consideration when it comes to assessing safety during a storm is your surroundings. A porta potty placed in the middle of a wide, flat field is going to be a bigger target for lightning than a unit that is placed among mature trees, telephone poles, and other tall items. That being said, a portable toilet that is close to a tall tree may be at risk if the tree gets struck and it arcs to the nearby toilet unit. This is rare, but it can create a dangerous situation if it gets hit when someone is inside.

As a rule of thumb, a porta potty is at about as much risk as you are for getting struck by lightning. That means that when it’s the tallest thing around or very close to the tallest thing around, the risk is higher than when there are other tall items around to attract the lightning.

Storm Conditions

It’s important to remember that lightning isn’t the only hazard during a storm. High winds can be just as dangerous!
Typically, the vents in a portable toilet allow air to pass through the top of the unit allowing for ventilation, but during a storm excessive wind can pose a tipping hazard for any porta potty because of its shape. While this risk can typically be minimized by placing the unit on level ground, it cannot be avoided entirely. If you are ever in a storm with high winds, try to stay out of a porta john to avoid becoming the victim of a tip over.

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An Outdoor Fall Wedding – It Can Be Done!

Nothing is better than an outdoor Michigan wedding, but many brides and grooms-to-be assume that they can only take advantage of Michigan’s splendor in the spring and summer months. If your dream is to have an outdoor autumn wedding, these are the most essential items to include:

  1. Tent
  2. While a tent may be an optional item at an outdoor wedding in the warmer months, it is a staple for fall weddings. Tents bring people together and protect them from the elements in all seasons, but they are even more useful in the fall. A tent is crucial to define the area of the wedding for guests so that you only need to heat and light a small area. Additionally, the unpredictability of autumn weather makes cover from cold rain essential.

  3. Heaters
  4. Autumn temperatures are typically cold and crisp, which makes heaters crucial for guests to keep warm. This is especially important for evening wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. Make guests comfortable to keep them enjoying the wedding late into the afternoon or evening. Rent plenty of heaters so that you can space them out to give attendees enough room to socialize. The last thing you want is everyone trying to huddle around a limited number of heat sources.

    For more rustic weddings, forgo the heaters and opt for a campfire or bonfire instead. If you’re bucking tradition, you can also consider doing s’mores instead of a regular cake. (Just be sure to let the toasted marshmallows cool before smooshing them in each other’s faces!)

  5. Lights
  6. Autumn months mean shorter days, which makes lights a necessity. Set the right ambiance by using lower level mood lighting on tables, around the dance floor, and near the bar. The right lighting will not only illuminate the event but also create beautiful pictures for the wedding party and guests. Twinkling string lights, pendants, and Edison bulbs are gorgeous selections for the intimacy and romance of an outdoor autumn wedding.

  7. Restroom Trailers
  8. Provide guests with the ultimate in luxury – a portable restroom trailer. These bathroom options will allow you to have a fancy bathroom no matter where your wedding is held. Luxury portable toilets provide guests with functionality combined with aesthetics to create a memorable wedding-worthy experience. They also give members of the wedding party a spacious, climate-controlled location to change.

  9. Comfort Food
  10. Feed guests the flavors of the fall to create a true autumn experience. Incorporate fun, flavorful items like pressed apple cider and fresh pumpkin spice donuts to give the feel of cozy fall experience. Make main entrees warm, homey comfort foods that guests will remember.

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How to Avoid a Summer Block Party Disaster

Block parties are the hallmark of the summer season. There’s no better way to get friends and neighbors together to enjoy the sticky summer nights than having a block party. However, not planning appropriately can result in a serious party foul. If you want to plan the kind of get together that people will be talking about for months and years to come, don’t forget to plan for these essentials:

Parking

Unless everyone will be walking or biking, you’ll need to plan for parking to avoid annoying neighbors or causing a traffic jam. There’s nothing worse than angering the people you need to see every day, which means that you need to figure out a place for your guests to park that won’t interfere with your neighbors’ ability to get in and out of their homes quickly.

Additionally, local ordinances may govern where or how long people can park on your street. Violating these can be more serious – resulting in tickets, fines, and even having cars towed.

If you can accommodate lawn parking, an easy idea is just to have guests park on your grass, otherwise you’ll need to secure some parking nearby your house. Asking neighbors to lend their driveways or approaching local businesses can generate additional parking spaces. If you have a park or other public area near your home, you can always ask guests to park there and then just shuttle them back and forth.

Food

Block parties tend to attract lots of people, even some that weren’t invited. You don’t want to run out of food when neighbors and other acquaintances start dropping by unexpectedly. Ensure that you have enough food for everyone by making or ordering extras of everything. If you have lots leftovers, you can always offer to-go bags to guests as they leave.

Don’t supply food that’s perishable if it’s going to be sitting out all day. Dishes with mayonnaise or eggs can go bad quickly in the hot summer sun. Plan to replenish meat quickly from other containers that are being kept at appropriate temperatures inside so that guests aren’t served old food. Also follow proper food handling protocols to avoid contaminating cooked food with raw food. These precautions will help you to avoid foodborne illness.

Bathrooms

Assuming that guests can just use your home bathroom is the biggest mistake that people make when having an outdoor party. Asking people to come inside brings in messes that could otherwise be kept outside. Additionally, regular home bathrooms can’t accommodate enough people to avoid lines, which means that people will end up waiting around inside your home – missing out on the party and congesting areas where food prep is being done.

Instead, provide portable restrooms to keep the party going strong outdoors and minimize mess inside. You can choose from typical portable bathroom units or luxury restroom trailers depending on what fits your party best. Restroom trailers are sure to impress guests with their amenities and can typically be run off of standard water and electrical hookups.

Entertainment

Whether you’re planning to have water fun, a bonfire, a live band, sports, tailgating activities, or some other form of entertainment, ensure that there’s something for everyone. People will be more likely to stick around if there’s something for them to enjoy regardless of their preferences. This means offering fun stuff for people of all ages throughout the day. Staggering entertainment is a great way to have interesting things going on no matter when someone arrives and leaves so that people don’t miss out on “the big event.”

Consider the weather when planning entertainment and have a contingency plan in case it rains or is hotter/colder than imagined. Things like tents can serve multiple functions, protecting guests from rain and also direct sunlight on those blazing hot days.

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Portable Toilet Solutions for Your Campsite

It’s officially summer now, which means that camping season is well underway! While planning glamorous details like campfire desserts and fun water activities usually takes priority, deciding on details like bathrooms typically takes a backseat. However, these are some of the most important decisions that you can make to ensure that your family and friends have a good time.

Let’s face it, no one really wants to use a bucket or hole in the ground to do their business, especially kids. That means that you have to get more creative to provide everyone a place to go the bathroom privately and comfortably (not to mention, spider-free). Here are the mot popular options for camping:

Traditional Porta Potty

The porta john is a popular camping staple because it doesn’t require a ton of maintenance, can be placed almost anywhere, and is inexpensive. They don’t require electricity and can go longer without being serviced than some other options, which makes them a great choice for longer camping stretches.

Porta potties have evolved a lot over the years, giving campers the option of selecting a basic no frills unit or a better appointed unit with a small sink and flushing toilet. No matter which unit you select, ensure that the portable toilet supplier you choose has a reputation for delivering clean, well-maintained units.

Restroom Trailer

Evaluate all your options by considering luxury portable restrooms as well! These options are great for large groups, especially families with young children that may be apprehensive about going to the bathroom someplace that looks different than what they’re used to. Their interior and low-level exterior lighting is great for middle of the night bathroom trips, promoting safety across all age groups.

Remember, there’s no need to rough it to enjoy nature. Restroom trailers provide all the amenities of home like climate-controlled spacious interiors, running hot/cold water, large mirrors, and an appealing look. They also have nice upgrades like wooden cabinetry and decorative accents.

As a bonus, some luxury restrooms also have showers, to keep campers clean and fresh while on vacation. For a full list of amenities and size options, please visit our Event Trailers page.

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Planning the Ultimate 4th of July Party

Independence Day is the perfect occasion to throw a great summer party for friends and family. But don’t just settle for the same old stale party go-to options this year, make your 4th of July party one that guest won’t soon forget!
These are the must-haves for the ultimate 4th of July celebration:

  • Food

Themed food is always fun for the 4th of July, but don’t feel restricted by trying to make everything red, white, or blue. Let your creative juices flow when it comes to planning a meal. Choose seasonal favorites like grilled items and fresh summer salads. Nothing is more patriotic than firing up the grill and cooking a big mound of burgers and hotdogs for friends and family. You can also grill veggies and chicken to provide healthier options as well.

If the party will be outdoors, choose ingredients wisely to avoid anything that could spoil in the hot sun. Alternatively, you can create ice baths for potato salads and other perishable dishes. Just understand that this will be more work than simply avoiding those items in the first place.

If you’re asking guests to bring food as well, organize the potluck to ensure you have a wide variety of dishes. The easiest way to do it is to provide the meat or main dish and have guests bring side dishes and desserts. However, you can play with the potluck concept to make it fun for everyone involved by creating a quirky theme or doing sweets only for an indulgent feel.

  • Drinks

While many 4th of July parties include adult beverages, like beer, spirits, wine, and champagne, your party can have any kind of libations. Choosing refreshing options like sparkling juices and craft sodas will leave guests feeling hydrated while still providing a swanky option. Alternatively, you can go the classic route by stocking up on pop varieties. No matter what you decide to offer, ensure there are plenty of options for guests of all ages. And don’t forget the water! Bottled water is necessary for any summertime party, especially all-day gatherings.

  • Activities

Choose activities to keep people entertained all-day. Lawn games like corn hole are sure to bring people together. If there’s a pool or lake nearby, tell guests to bring their swimsuits and sun screen to take a dip while at the party.

If there are going to be lots of kids at your party, you can also hire family-friendly entertainment like a balloon artist, face painter, or a portable petting zoo. Older guests may appreciate a band or DJ to make the party rock.
Don’t forget evening-time activities to keep guests entertained while they wait for fireworks to start. Things like flashlight tag and glow in the dark scavenger hunts are fun for kids, while campfires are always fun for adults.

  • Fireworks

Obviously, a fireworks display is the hallmark of any 4th of July party, but you don’t have to set off your own blasts to wow guests. With as many fireworks displays as there are all around Independence Day, finding one nearby to watch isn’t hard. Just ensure that guests will have a great sightline to the fireworks before the big day. Set out blankets and chairs t make watching the display more comfortable, and don’t forget to include evening drinks and snacks for this family-favorite activity.

  • Restrooms

No matter where your party will be held, you’ll need to provide enough restrooms for guests. If you’re hosting a party at your house, it’s easy to assume that your home bathrooms will be sufficient. But, depending on how many people are invited, you may need to supplement these bathrooms with other restroom options.

Some people even choose to make their home bathrooms off-limits during a party, renting outdoor portable luxury restrooms instead for guests’ exclusive use. This option keeps people out of your house to avoid tracking in messes.
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