Tuesday, August 16, 2016

10 Party Tips that Will Rock Your World

When you’re planning any kind of party, no matter the size, location, theme or occasion certain details must be addressed.  The following list will make your party planning process considerably easier.  These 10 party tips will lighten your load and have your guests cheering for more.  Happy Planning!
1.       Freeze fruit to chill your favorite beverage.  Fruit will not only add flavor to water or wine, but will also keep your beverage of choice cool without watering it down.  Bottoms up!

2.       Use food as a container to serve other food.  This technique is most often seen on fruit and veggie trays, but is an easy way to dress up your buffet.  This is the perfect place for your favorite dip.

3.       Make it clean up easy with baskets lined and labeled for trash and recyclables.  The baskets look nicer than regular trash cans and you won’t be sorting through the mess after the guests go home.

4.       When using extra power sources and extension cords for an outdoor event, make sure to protect the intersection of all your cords by cutting holes in simple disposable containers.  This simple step will prevent guests and their vehicles from shutting down the fun unexpectedly.

5.       When partying outside, don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray stops.  Nothing can kill the fun faster than bug bites and sunburns.

6.       Glow in the dark everything!  If something is fun during the day, it’s even more fun in the dark where it glows.  This can be fun for kids and adults alike and the products are great on the party budget as well!

7.       Use what’s on hand in a new way.  Your guests will be so impressed when you have taken ordinary household or office items and used them in a new way to accommodate your party’s theme of choice.  Get creative!

8.       Light it up!  Nothing changes the mood more effectively than lighting.  Whether you hire pros to create a custom monogram to be highlighted at your wedding reception, or you simply use Christmas lights across your fence to create a romantic effect to your backyard garden party, lightening can make or break your party.

9.       Make sure your food is easy to eat.  All the beautiful displays that can be imagined when entertaining food can underwhelm when guests don’t have an accessible way to eat it.  Try to remember the logistics of your event when planning the menu.  For example, don’t serve steak when guests have nowhere to sit down with a knife and fork.  Finger foods without messy sauces are always crowd pleasers at parties.

10.   Last but not least, don’t forget about the kiddos when planning your next party.  In most cases, you can count on kids being among your guests, so don’t leave them out.  Even if your main focus of the party is an adult centered event, keeping the kids occupied will insure success.  A Kid Zone is the perfect way to keep the integrity of the main theme of your party still intact.

AS you can see, these party tips can be lifesavers for your future successful party planning adventures.  Have Fun!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Back To School Fun

It’s here!  Kids are back in school.  Backyards and neighborhood pools are quiet once again, and soccer fields and playgrounds will be buzzing with activity each afternoon.  What better time to get your neighbors together and kick off the school year right than now?  Deb’s Party Rentals can help you throw a back to school bash that your crew will be talking about all year long.

If you have lots of young kids in your neighborhood, Deb’s can help you plan both adult and kid-friendly activities that will be sure to please the whole family.  Inflatable rentals are always a big hit with the kids and will provide hours of entertainment.  Rented tents and chairs that are already preset will go a long way in relieving the pressure on you to host everyone inside your house and/or borrow mis-matched seating from your invited guests.  You’ll then be able to host with ease in the backyard Deb’s has transformed into a ready-made party space.

However, you might only have the middle and high school busses trapsing through your neighborhood these days as all the kiddos have grown up.  Families with older children enjoy a carnival style party where they can compete against one another for bragging rights.  A carnival style party complete with rented game booths and rides from Deb’s Party Rentals is also a great way to raise money for your local schools.  Neighborhood guests could either pay admission as a donation to the local school, or could use rented attractions, like a dunking booth as a fundraiser to support the school of their choice. 

As you can see, hosting a backyard back to school bash can be simple when you ask the helpful professionals at Deb’s Party Rentals to do the heavy lifting.  Call Today!

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Perfect Tent for Your Next Special Occasion

They provide shade when it's too sunny, can create walls to keep the heat in and rain out, they can showcase beautiful lighting and floral decor and are a must when planning an outdoor event. Tents can make your outdoor event of any size run seamlessly for you and your guests.

Tent rentals come in all shapes and sizes and can be dressed up or down to suit your event needs. Whether you're planning an elegant wedding hosting 700 guests, a corporate event for 15,000 or a company picnic for 50, a tent can go along way in protecting what you've already invested in food/beverage and decor.

When you rent a tent from Debs Party Rentals, we'll have it set up long before your other vendors need access to install their portion of the job, and we'll be back to breakdown when your guests have said their goodbyes. Call today for a quote for your upcoming party.

No job is too big or too small. Don't let rain in the forecast ruin your neighborhood barbecue. Reserve a tent from Debs Party Rentals rather than rescheduling the fun. Our tents are made to keep the weather out and the fun in.  It it's too hot out, we can set up an air conditioning unit to keep your guests cool and comfortable.  Want to get married outside in August?  No problem! 

Maybe you're looking for a unique way to change the look of your favorite event venue. When you rent a tent from Debs Party Rentals, the sky is the limit as far the look you wish to create. Setting up a tent at your event creates an additional room for added space and separate functions. For example, you may plan an outdoor wedding and set your chairs for the ceremony in one area, then create an entirely different feeling space under the tent for your reception.

As you can see, a tent is an absolute must when planning a successful outdoor event. You'll impress your guests with your planning and design with a tent rented from Debs Party Rentals. Call today!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

What Deb's Party Rentals Can Do For You

Since 1992, Deb’s Party Rentals has been helping the greater Birmingham area and beyond to add that special touch to social, corporate, school, and church events.  Whether your next party is a large scale company picnic, or an intimate, elegant wedding, our team is ready to help build your perfect event.

The highly trained planning staff at Deb’s Party Rentals is prepared to work with you to maximize any budget.  We want to help you get the best value for your event, and if we can’t find what you need, we’ll even help you find it elsewhere for the best possible price.

When planning a party, no job is too big or too small for Deb’s Party Rentals.  Many people plan events in venues or outdoor spaces that aren’t typically used to host large numbers of people.  That’s where Deb’s Party Rentals steps in.  We rent tents, tables and chairs of almost any size, shape, and quantity to fit the style of your event.

How about when an event’s guests span 3 generations and you need something to keep everyone entertained?  We’ve come up with a proven plan of success when dealing with churches and corporate events alike and can provide everything from concession stands to inflatables and rides for the kids.

Many families are looking to add a little extra fun to their child’s birthday party.  Deb’s is happy to deliver one of our popular water attractions and/or sports themed games right to your backyard.

Deb’s Party Rentals is also very comfortable working in tandem with other event vendors.  For example, when planning a wedding, you may also be hiring a caterer or florist.  It is our practice to coordinate delivery and set up of all rented equipment to allow ample time for all vendors to install their pieces of the puzzle.  We’re happy to be a part of an event team.

As you can see, Deb’s Party Rentals is THE one stop shop when planning your next event.  Call us today to get the ball rolling on planning an event to remember.

Monday, September 28, 2015

An Interview with the Founder

The purpose of this blog will be to document the daily experiences and adventures we share with our clients. From weddings to carnivals, we are able to capture the joy everyone is able to share at these events and we would like to invite the world to enjoy these adventures with us. But first, you should know more about who we are as a business, and what we are able to do for our customers and our communities. 

In todays world we have an endless amount of resources at our fingertips. With just the click of a mouse, dreams can come true. However, the chasing your dreams has not always been this convenient. In 1992, Deborah James found an opportunity on the side of a highway and made her, and her family's, dreams come true. This is an interview with the creator herself to hear about how Deborah's Party Rentals came to be, along with what struggles and triumphs Deborah faced along the way. 

What made you decide to start your own business? 
I was working very hard for another company and I have always had an entrepreneurial heart, but even moreso, my husband and I had a burning desire to be able to put our family first as a working mother. I wanted to make a difference but not necessarily stay at home. I wanted to "have it all" and with being a business owner, I felt like we could do just that. My husband believed in me and thought that together we could create a great company that would take us into our retirement years. Our mission was to create a better family life with a company that represented just that. We desired more joy in our life and for our children and we created a business opportunity that could keep those values at the core of the company.

Why did you choose the party rentals industry?
This really seems like a "God-thing." We were riding down I-65 with this dream in our heart and we noticed a Clown Moonwalk for sale. We didn't really have the money to buy it, but I couldn't get the possibilities out of my mind. I knew that I could rent this moonwalk out on the weekends, bring joy to children at birthday parties or church events, and make additional income at the same time. I can’t remember if my husband was on the same page or not—I think it looked like “heavy” work to him.  The thoughts would not leave my mind though. We shared this dream with my father, and as all good parents do, he supported our dream for me to work myself out of my full-time job so I could spend more time with my children. "Where there's a will, there is a way," well we found a very unconventional way to purchase that moonwalk by thinking outside the box, and it served us well for many years. We replaced that clown moonwalk after countless fun rentals. It was faded and worn, but I'll never forget it. It was the most fun way to begin our dream career. We worked hard, involved our friends and family, treated people like we would like to be treated, kept the focus on the joy and God blessed us with more.  I'm so glad that I didn't just turn up the music and keep driving! I listened to my heart.

Once you realized you wanted to own your own business, how did you make that dream come to life?
We started our business in a very old-fashioned way.  With one Clown Moonwalk, lots of hard work, great marketing and even better word-of-mouth. We took such a personal interest in the birthday parties' that the parents worked so hard to give their children. It was noticed. Then, they would tell others about the fun time that had and the personal attention they were given. It quickly turned referral-based and customers kept booking more and more parties. The work was labor-intensive, but the moonwalks were rented out for a couple of hours at a time and several times a day. Eventually, we were making more money from the weekend business than I was with my full-time job. My job discovered what I was doing, so, I turned in my notice which turned out to be one of the best decisions that I ever made. Our motivation increased to really make OUR business successful.  Besides, by this point, we were really popular with our children's friends.  Our cool factor went way up and so did our revenue!  :)

Do you have any other passions or interests outside of the business?
I wish we had more passions and interests but when you work for yourself that becomes your passion because it all starts and ends with my husband and me. We've always poured our heart and soul into our business but only because we wanted to pour more of our heart and soul into the lives of our family. Our family is our passion and all of our interests revolve around them. Now, it's just not our children, we have grandchildren...of all ages...so our interests are softball, beauty pageants, soccer, trains and even their own business ventures (We have some grandchildren in their 20's and one less than a year old)...that's how we stay so young at heart! We are fortunate enough to have a weekend house on Smith Lake so we all enjoy boating, swimming, tubing....and of course, cook-outs!

Are there any major accomplishments or milestones you would like to share?
We've received several plaques and recognitions from the corporations that we've worked for such as UAB, Southern Company, and Mercedes. We have also recognitions for festivals around the city, as well as other events and activities that we have been involved in. Happy faces and the joy that we can give our customers are the best reward, but we do enjoy all of the appreciation and recognition that we've received.  

How have you been able to give back to the community?
Fund-raising has been such a great reward.  We've been able to change lives when communities all across the state have surrounded a child or family in need due to illness or some other devastating life event.  Those things really warm the heart and bring the communities together in times of need and gives them not only joy, but strength.

Deborah's Party Rentals has not only filled the dreams of the James Family, but also to many other families in the area. Whether it is a kids birthday party, a church/school event, and even dream weddings, this business is here to provide for the community. These special days would not be the same with out the extordinarry service, friendliness, and amusement that Deborah offers. Sure, a bounce house can be rented from anywhere, but only Deborah's will treat your family, and event, as if you are the first and only priority.