Sunday, April 18, 2010

Are YOU a Shady Party Host?

Firstly I want to let you know that I haven't been ignoring the blog, but been working very hard on our new website, with hundreds of products, it's been hard work getting it all together.
So for this installment, let explore some options for protection from the sun.

With such warm weather here is Oz - we have to think about shelter from the sun for all of our wonderful, outdoor parties and weddings.

It can get warm, muggy, humid, and hot here in the summertime. Here are a few ways of dealing with the heat and keeping your guests as cool as little cucumbers. My sisters' recent wedding ceremony was at 3pm in the heat of the afternoon sun, so we had to consider the comfort of her guests. In the end we were lucky, there was a nice breeze blowing off the lake, but we did a few things just in case...

Parasols are becoming extremely popular for the bridal party, but what about your guests?
They can be expensive to buy, and what do you do with them afterwards - so why not consider hiring them?
Provide parasols for use during the ceremony, they give your guests instant shade and add a splash of color to your photos.

My sister's wedding was about 500m from where the guests arrived to the ceremony site, so we offered guests to use them for the stroll down to the ceremony, and not only were guests greatful and surprised, it was a beautiful sight and added interest to photos.

Fans are coming very popular too.
Hand held fans give an instant breeze when they're isn't a natural one to be found.
We set them on each ceremony chair and had them displayed in a basket for guests to take as they wanted.
There are tons of options in all kinds of colours and in all budget levels.
And if you want a super cool idea for fans - you can even have your Order of Service printed on them.

And last but not least - what about Portable Shade Shelters (we call them Cabanas).

These are a great investment if you entertain a lot, especially great if you have a Garden that you can't get a marquee in. you can pick up a 3x3m shelter for under $50, and can give you peace of mind in all kinds of weather conditions. They provide shelter from the bright, hot sunshine, or shelter your buffet from a possible light rain shower.

I have had a larger one of these for years and has been used for market stalls, picnics, days at the beach, and it's seen more than it's fair share of parties.
We also used these to provide shelter for the Garden games at my sisters' wedding and they looked great with the bunting hung between them.

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