Potty Like a Rockstar – Neighborhood Party Edition

If you’ve been following our Party Like a Rockstar blog series, you’ll know that we’ve been covering different events that portable toilets can be used for to have a great time outdoors. In this edition, we’re talking about neighborhood parties.

The goal of every party is to get people together to have fun. However, depending on how many neighbors you have, you may not want that much togetherness. Having everyone come inside to eat and drink and use the bathroom can be a pain. Instead, keep kids and adults outside by serving food out there and providing portable toilets nearby for everyone to use. This can be a real time-saver after the party is over because it eliminates extensive cleanup.

While regular portable toilets will do the trick, you may want to provide something nicer for guests to use to mimic the homey feel of a neighborhood party. (And depending on neighborhood ordinances and owner association rules, standard units may not be allowed anyways.) Instead, check out these great alternatives:

Elite Units

A step up from regular portable toilets, Elite Units have more spacious interiors as well as features like foot pump flushable toilets and fresh water sinks. Additionally, they come stocked with supplies like soap and hand towels to use. They also have handy extras like mirrors, shelves, coat hooks, and hand sanitizer. These additional items make the Elite Unit visually inviting, highly accommodating, and a great choice for neighborhood parties.

Luxury Restroom Trailers

Luxury portable toilet trailers take portable restrooms to a whole new level. With large, climate-controlled interiors, they can be used year-round in all weather to give guests a luxurious place to use the restroom. In fact, these trailers are so nice that they are the top choice for weddings, black tie fundraisers, and other fancy events.

Restroom trailers have functional amenities like flushing toilets, sinks with hot/cold water, and well-lit interiors. However, their amenities don’t end there! Depending on the trailer, they can also have wooden cabinetry, wide vanities, large mirrors, hanging wall art, accent rugs, faux flowers, and exterior lighting.

They are also available in many different configurations to suit events of various sizes. With everything from 2-stall to 10-stall options, they can accommodate parties for up to 1,000 attendees, which means your neighborhood party will be a breeze.

Handwashing Stations

This is an often-overlooked accessory, but any party that has food (so basically, every party) can benefit from having a standalone handwashing station! Giving people a convenient place to wash their hands encourages everyone to stay clean. This is especially important for families because it gives parents an opportunity to wash kids’ hands without having to wait in line. The result is a more sanitary gathering, which is crucial when food is being cooked, serviced, and consumed.

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!

Potty Like a Rockstar – Tailgating Edition

Do you #PottyLikeARockstar? Well, we do!
In this edition of our Potty Like a Rockstar series, we’ll tell you what you need to know about renting portable restrooms for tailgating functions. Whether your tailgate is school-wide, just between some friends and family, for your whole neighborhood, or a professional event with paid admission, we’ve been a portable toilet supplier for it all! Here are your rental options for this football season:

Porta Potties

Standard portable toilets are great for two things – renting bathrooms on a budget and spacing out restrooms across a wide area. Regular porta johns are a no-frills solution to give tailgaters and party-goers the basics. Equipped with a toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer pump, these standard units can be strategically placed to give people bathroom options in many different areas, or clustered together to create a giant bank of toilets to minimize lines.

Ensure you’ll have enough porta potties for your tailgate by using our event planning chart.

Depending on the needs of your event, you can also rent elite porta potty units or accessible units to supplement your standard rentals.

Handwashing Stations

Handwashing stations are the most underutilized tailgating element that we typically see. These standalone sinks allow users to wash hands with soap and running water. These are vital to any tailgate because they provide attendees with a way to get hands thoroughly cleaned before indulging in the delicious finger foods like hotdogs, chips, and wings that are a staple of every tailgate.

Hand sanitizer stations are another way to keep tailgaters’ hands clean. While these pumps don’t clean hands in the same way that sinks do, they offer a way to kill bad bacteria on hands quickly. While each porta potty has its own hand sanitizer pump inside, setting up pumps outside bathrooms has a few important benefits:

  • It speeds up lines by offering a place for users to get hands clean after using the bathroom once they’ve exited, which means that they don’t have to take the time to do so in the portable toilet unit itself, freeing it up more quickly for the next user.
  • It uses social pressure to encourage users to clean hands after going to the bathroom. While some people may skip this step inside the privacy of the bathroom, they are less likely to do so out in front of others, especially other people they know.
  • It gives people a place to clean their hands without having to go into the bathroom. This reduces lines and improves sanitization.

Restroom Trailers

Luxury portable toilet trailers are an excellent option for classy tailgates or paid tailgating functions. Give guests something to remember by offering them the best in luxury restrooms. Ticketholders can be reassured that while they’re going to be enjoying pre-game fun, they won’t have to rough it. With climate-controlled interiors, running hot/cold water, and flushing toilets they may even forget that they’re at an outdoor event!

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!

Potty Like a Rockstar – Wedding Edition

Here at Kerkstra Portable Restrooms, we #PottyLikeARockstar all year long!
In this edition of our Potty Like a Rockstar series, we’re going to be focused on weddings. Whether you’re getting married in the spring, summer, or fall, you can count on Kerkstra to supply your event with quality portable restroom options.

Find out how we can delight your guests to make it a day to remember.

Luxury Restroom Trailers

If you’ve never checked out luxury restrooms from the inside, they can’t be missed. The elegant interiors mimic those found inside dedicated wedding venues like hotels, resorts, and country clubs. The accommodations can include:

  • Climate-controlled interiors
  • Flushing toilets
  • Running hot/cold water
  • Recessed lighting
  • Wooden cabinetry
  • Rugs
  • Faux flowers
  • Hanging wall art
  • Spacious countertops
  • Large mirrors
  • Low-level exterior lighting

Renting luxury restroom trailers for guests will give them all the comforts of the indoors without sacrificing the beauty of the outdoors. With 2-10 stall options available, there are plenty of options to accommodate events of all sizes, ranging from small, family-only gatherings of less than 50 people to large, impressive events of up to 1,000 people.

Many people also choose to rent a separate smaller trailer for the wedding party’s exclusive use. This gives them a separate private space to get ready, get changed into new outfits before the reception, and use the facilities during the event without having to wait in line. This is the ultimate in luxury for the most important attendees at the wedding to ensure that photo shoots will go smoothly.

Accessible Restrooms

Handicapped accessible porta potties are another great addition to any outdoor wedding. These supplement standard portable toilet rentals to provide guests with more spacious restroom accommodations. Accessible units are not only ADA-compliant, they also provide options for families with children. Wide enough to allow a stroller, or multiple family members to enter at once, accessible restrooms are family-friendly for wedding guests of all ages.

Additionally, accessible portable bathrooms give guests in wheelchairs or with walkers plenty of room to enter, turn around, use, and exit. These are an important addition to ensure that all guests, regardless of capabilities, can use the facilities with ease.

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 Choose a Summer Wedding Venue

Finding a venue is one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding! There are so many factors to consider from size and location to aesthetics and amenities. Complicating matters are differing opinions between brides and grooms as well as key family members (especially those that are financing the wedding). But approaching the decision with some strategy in mind can help to make the decision easier.

These are the strategic factors to consider when choosing a summer wedding venue:

Size

The size of a wedding venue is the key limiting factor when it comes to planning a wedding. Obviously, a small venue cannot accommodate a large guest list and a large wedding venue will feel empty with a small guest list, but there are many other nuances in size to consider. Some venues can accommodate more people sitting and eating or dancing or parking but maxing them out puts a strain on other areas like restrooms, access to bartenders, and other areas. While you may be able to bring in your own portable restrooms to accommodate your guests, you may not want to do the work to make your venue to fit your needs.

Inquire not only about a venue’s maximum numbers, but their average numbers. Ask your contact at each venue how events usually run and how many guests they typically serve to clarify your expectations. If possible, ask to see photographs and video from pervious weddings to assess whether the venue will be right for your big day.

Location

Venues that can host both the wedding ceremony and reception are convenient and preferred by guests. If you have a church or other venue in mind for the ceremony, aim to choose a reception venue that’s close. You don’t want to force guests to travel too far between venues because driving is inconvenient and increases the risk of losing directionally challenged guests along the way.

If your ideal venues are a distance apart, consider renting a shuttle or bus to transport people between locations. Providing a travel solution reassures guests and gives them a safe way to travel if they’ve been drinking.

Aesthetics

While you may want an ornate indoor venue with columns and crown molding, your fiancé may want a simple outdoor venue on the water. Find a way to compromise on the aesthetics by choosing a venue that checks all the boxes. You can typically dress up outdoor spaces to make them as elegant as you’d like without compromising the beauty of the outdoors. Head to places like Pinterest to find decorative touches that you can use to make your outdoor wedding as special as any indoor wedding you could ever envision.

Amenities

While traditional wedding venues provide lots of amenities, outdoor venues are catching up quickly. Hiring the right vendors will allow you to outfit your outdoor space with all the same amenities that you’d find indoors. Look online for ideas on how you can incorporate rental items like enclosed tents and luxury restrooms to spruce up your special day.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

How Many Porta Potties is Too Many?

“How many portable toilets will I need?” We get this question a lot, which is why we developed a handy guide to help you estimate how many porta potties you’ll need.

Generally speaking, you’ll need one portable toilet for every 50 guests for every 3 hours, which sounds simple enough. However, the math can get a bit tricky depending on the details of your event. As a result, you may be left wondering how many porta potties is too many.

The simple answer is, you can never have too many porta johns! Okay… if you have more toilets than people at your event, that might be too many!

But seriously, when it comes to portable restrooms, more is always better because it results in:

  • Shorter Lines

More bathrooms equal shorter lines. That means that your guests get to spend more time enjoying your event, which is even more important at special events like weddings.

Shorter lines also result in greater guest satisfaction, which is crucial when you’re charging for admission or fundraising.

  • More Options

Just like waiting in line, having to walk a long way to find a bathroom takes away from guests’ enjoyment of your event as well. (It can also be a recipe for disaster at family-friendly events where there are many younger children.)

Events that are held over a wide geographic area should offer plenty of bathroom options for guests that are close to their location no matter where they are. This convenience is something that guests really appreciate because it means that they don’t all have to stay clustered in one area or walk a long way back to the bathrooms.

  • Cleaner Units

When your guests have fewer toilets to use, each one gets used more often. That results in messiness and unpleasant smells accumulating faster because the tanks get filled up more quickly with toilet paper and waste. Conversely, when your guests have more units to choose from, they get filled up more slowly. This probably won’t matter much if your event is just a few hours long. However, if you’re planning an all-day event, this can make a real difference by the end of your event.

  • Greater Accessibility

Typically, event planners will only rent one ADA-compliant unit for every 5-20 standard units. These bigger units are not only easier for people with mobility issues to use, they’re also great for families that need to get multiple children and/or strollers inside. The more total units you rent, the more likely you are to rent additional handicapped accessible units. This improves the accessibility for your event overall, which is always a great thing!

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!

Do You Really Need Portable Bathrooms?

As a general rule, if you think you may need portable restrooms, you probably do! Whether you’re hosting a special event or planning a function, bathrooms are a must-have.

That’s not to say that you should only rent portable bathrooms if the location you’re using doesn’t have any bathrooms at all though! We frequently rent porta potties and luxury restroom trailers for events where there are established bathrooms already in place. In these cases, rentals are meant to supplement or replace the existing bathrooms because they’ve fallen short of expectations for one reason or another.

These are the top cases for when you absolutely need portable bathrooms:

Number

If there aren’t enough bathrooms for your size event, adding to the available number with some rented units is a great way to ensure that attendees can enjoy themselves instead of having to wait in long lines. Shorter wait times also entice more families to attend and guests to stick around longer instead of leaving early.

Remember, you can never have too many restrooms. No one is never going to fault you for providing extra options, but they will certainly voice their disappointment if there aren’t enough bathrooms to go around.

Location

If bathrooms are inconveniently located or spaced too far apart, bringing in rented bathrooms gives event attendees more convenient options. Ensuring that you have well-placed bathrooms increases guest satisfaction by providing guests with more time to enjoy the main event.

Depending on the nature of your event, you may also want to provide various restroom tiers in different locations for different groups to enjoy. For instance, we often provide portable restroom solutions for 5K and 10K races as well as half and full-marathons. In these cases, we typically set up a bank of porta johns for spectators to use, as well as luxury portable restroom trailers for the athletes to change inside after the competition. Their paid race entry entitles them to use these more premium restrooms (as well as other amenities from the race organizers).

Niceness

If the available bathrooms aren’t very nice, people will often forgo using them and just leave your event early so that they can do their business elsewhere. Additionally, if the available bathrooms don’t have much-needed amenities (climate-controlled interiors, exterior lighting, running water, etc.) attendees may not use them while at your event or simply avoid your event altogether.

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!