What Your Rental Company Needs From You

Making your event go smoothly is a top priority for your rental company. The more information you can give them up front the better. This will help get you the most accurate quote possible and make the event set up and break down go off without a hitch.

Event Questions

If you are just getting started in the planning process you might not know all the answers to the questions on the below questionnaire and that’s ok. These questions will help you get a clear picture of what you will need and what you need to think about.

Event Information

Some important things to think about are how many people will be invited, venue rules about deliveries/pickups, lighting available and noise policies.

Set-up Questions

It may seem like there are a lot of questions about set-up, but they can be broken down into a few categories of items that need to be discussed.

  • Time frame
    • Is there flexibility with set up or does it have to occur on a certain day or within a certain time frame?
    • When does your event set up start and when does the event actually start?
  • Space
    • What kind of access will be available?
    • What size is the space?
    • Are there any aspects of the space that may need to be addressed (trees, uneven ground, low ceilings, etc.)?
  • Equipment to be set up
    • Some items require special knowledge to set up and will be installed by your rental company. Things such as tables and chairs may be dropped off for you to set up. If you want certain things set up, make sure you communicate that with your rental company early. Also, be aware that some set ups may come with fees. Make sure to ask about any additional costs.
    • Where in your space are things to be installed?

Take Down Questions

There are a few really important pieces of information to coordinate and questions to ask about take down. They are

  • How should the equipment be left for pick up (i.e. dishes scraped, chairs stacked, etc.)
  • Who is responsible for the take down of the equipment?
  • Make sure if there are specific parameters for take down that you communicate them early.
  • When does your event end.

You may not have all the answers when you first contact a rental company but make sure you get as much information together as soon after contacting companies so that you are looking at accurate quotes and can be comfortable with the company you hire.

How to Install a Moonbounce

When you rent a moonbounce and have it delivered, we install your inflatable. However, if you are picking up the moonbounce from our warehouse you will need to install it yourself. Below is a step by step guide to safely install the inflatable you are picking up. If you have any questions, call us and we will be happy to walk you through the process.

Moonbounce Setup

Bounce safely!

Planning an Outdoor Fall Event

Fall is a great time of year to have a party. Everyone is back from vacation, the weather is cooler and there are a lot of fun reasons to celebrate. This all lends itself to an awesome outdoor bash before the cold and snow settle in. Some reasons to party are

  • Labor Day
  • Fall Harvest
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Back to School
  • End of Summer
  • Football

A lot of these reasons to celebrate lend themselves to themes to make partying even more fun:

  • Labor Day: Red, white and blue
  • Halloween: Costume party; trick-or-treat party
  • Fall Harvest: Pumpkin decorating; corn maze; bobbing for apples
  • Back to School: School colors
  • Football: Team colors

The type of event you are planning will help decide decorations, food, drinks and activities.

Once you determine the why and if or what the theme will be, it is time to compile the guest list. When putting the guest list together, remember only 70-80% of the people you invite will show up. If you have a guest list that is slightly larger than you can comfortably accommodate, it is ok.

With the 70-80% of invitees in mind, now is a good time to decide if you need to rent or borrow tents, tables, chairs, linens, or anything else that is needed for the event.

When you are deciding what you will need for the event, keep in mind fall weather can be unpredictable. It will also be getting dark earlier than it has been. Make sure you are ready for the weather by considering a tent, fans, patio heaters and additional lighting.

For food and drinks, consider having a pot luck. This will take some stress off of you and allow other people to get involved with the planning. Everyone can make their favorite game day dish or traditional holiday dish. You will be surprised with all the new recipes you can collect this way.

If you do not want to have a pot luck, make sure the food you choose can be prepared ahead of time. This will take away some day-of-party stress so you can focus on having fun.

While you are thinking food, make sure you have everything you need to serve the food:

  • Plates
  • Napkins
  • Cups
  • Silverware
  • Table cloths
  • Serving trays
  • Serving utensils

Next on the list to plan is activities. If you are watching a game, no other activities are required. Otherwise, here are some ideas to consider:

  • Moon bounce/ Inflatables
  • Photo booth and dress up clothes
  • Karaoke
  • Pumpkin painting
  • Scarecrow making
  • Bobbing for apples

If you need day of help for activities, food prep or just an extra set of hands, consider hiring a high school student. They can help take some responsibility off of you but are not as expensive as catering your party or hiring other day-of help.

A few days before the party, clean well so you just have to touch up the day before. Do as much set-up as possible the day before the party so you can kick back and enjoy your party.

Moonbounce Safety

Spring is right around the corner! Which means that it is moonbounce season, so let’s take a moment to review moonbounce safety.

The rules

  • In the event of rain, deflate the moonbounce. They are slippery when wet. Once the rain has passed you can re-inflate the moonbounce, dry it off with towels and continue use.
  • Most standard moonbounces have a weight limit of 800 lbs.
  • Use the proper moonbounce for the age of the users. A standard moonbounce (castle and doll house) are for all ages. The 5-in-1 is best for elementary school aged users. The 40 foot obstacle course is best for middle and high school ages users.

Final thoughts

  • Moonbounces do require power. A standard outlet if fine.
  • We provide 1-50 foot extension cord. If you want the moonbounce farther from the outlet, you can provide a second extension cord. Any further than 100 feet from the outlet requires a generator.
  • If the moonbounce will be placed on a hard surface or in a gym, we need to know in advance for proper set up.

Are you picking up the moonbounce? If so, you can download the installation instructions: Moonbounce Setup

Have fun and stay safe!