There’s no party need too big or too small for Tina Dunnegan to step in and help with a rental – she has customers who want everything it takes to serve 40 people at a New Year’s Eve party, and customers who simply need a single tablecloth for Thanksgiving Day dinner.
“It helps that you can rent by the piece,” said Dunnegan, owner of Action Tents & Party Rental. Linen for one table can cost less than $20 depending on the fabric, and seating for six with standard chair rental, a table, a tablecloth, place settings, napkins and water glasses can run as low as $40.
“They can go pretty basic, or as fancy as they want to choose,” Dunnegan said.
The nice thing about renting, in addition to not having to buy something you need only once or occasionally: You don’t have to store it.
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“I have a lot of people who rent linens, and a lot doing chairs and tables. We’ve got charger plates, dishware, flatware for people who don’t want to go out and buy a whole new food service. You just rent what you need” – and that may be only six more plates and forks, she said.
“Maybe someone is having a holiday party where they’re serving wine and mixed drinks and don’t have enough glassware. We do a lot of that over the Christmas holiday.”
You also can rent pieces that will keep your food hot or cold.
But the rentals go beyond function. Napkins are an easy way to dress up a table with pattern or texture, Dunnegan said.
People also may have their own napkins but they want to try to rent plates to match, she said. “We play along with that. We also have a whole inventory like Santa sleighs and thrones and different things like that to set up little vignettes to pull a theme out even more.”
Her company also can expand your space. A heated tent can be placed in a backyard or off the garage. Or the walls of a garage can be draped to make it feel more like the interior of the house, she said.
Choices are better the earlier you pick out your rentals, and it’s best to plan a month to six weeks out, Dunnegan said, but you can check anytime and see what’s in the inventory.