Southern Style: Must-Have Rentals for Small Gatherings

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As the world slowly re-opens just in time for the summertime, people look forward to celebrating milestones and events that were temporarily postponed. While smaller in size, you can still celebrate in comfort and style. Get inspired by some of the must-have rentals for small gatherings, perfect for hosting more intimate parties.

Chairs & Tables

We’re kicking things off with the basics! Chairs & tables are a must, whether you are serving food or simply want to encourage guests to sit down and stay for a while. Our Sutton Lounge is a beautiful and bright choice for a casual evening in the backyard. If your party will include kids, pass on the plastic card tables and opt for child-sized furniture, like our gorgeous Fruitwood Farm Table. For the adults, a bistro table and bar stools are a classic choice.

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Stylish Rugs

Rugs are a must-have when it comes to defining a space. Large or small, rugs can be used to create a frame in which to lay out a social area (and mark appropriately distanced pathways). Alternatively, they can be used to add an additional level of comfort underfoot. With summer coming up go with bright colors, like our Aqua Rug or Blue-Red Rug. For some extra pizzazz, try layering a few of your favorites. Plus – don’t forget a spot for chilled beverages!

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Photo by Phindy Studios

Easels for Signage

Signage is useful no matter the size of your event, plus are a whole lot of fun to create! Jot down a quick word of welcome, direct guests to different areas of the party, make a drink and food menu or remind them of safety precautions. We’re currently loving vintage chalkboards as they are easy to use, no matter your lettering skills or lack of, and add a cute dose of nostalgia.

A Fun Focal Point

Every party needs a unique, eye-catching focal point. If you are hosting happy hour or your event will include alcohol, our Boxwood Wall makes for a fun interactive photo backdrop or central spot for guest place cards (option shown below is two walls combined). Alternatively, decorate the Fiona Mantle to give your guests a beautiful backdrop for their photographs. Want to make a big statement? Roll out a literal Red Carpet at the entryway for your guests.


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Don’t let your tables sit bare! Even a small centerpiece goes a long way. We offer a variety of lanterns and votives in various colors, which can be used as decoration or to create a warm ambiance once the sun goes down. If you plan on showcasing some flowers fresh from the garden, our cylindrical and square glass vases are an elegant choice.

Photo by Joe Hendricks Photography

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Rentals for small gatherings? We’ve got you covered! If any of our in-stock rentals have caught your eye, contact our team at info@southerneventsonline.com

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FEATURED RENTALS | Sutton Lounge, Cross-back Barstool, Fruitwood Farm Table, Children's Cross-back Chairs, Chalkboards, Nolen Lantern, Aqua Rug, Blue-Red Rug, Mercury Votive, Square Glass Vase, Red Carpet, Boxwood Wall, Fiona Mantle,


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