This has been a year like no other. And with the holidays fast approaching, it may seem like festivities are on hold. But with a little creativity and thinking outside the box—or outside the home—it’s possible to spend time with friends, family and co-workers thanks to Celebrations.

This year, why not hold your holiday celebration in an outdoor tent from Celebrations? Photo courtesy: Stormans

Officials behind the Washington State Coronavirus Response encourage families to “Commit to fewer, shorter, smaller social gatherings…Our individual actions make a difference. Fewer, shorter and safer interactions are crucial. Shrinking your social circle and skipping indoor gatherings are both important right now.”

With restrictions on non-family social gatherings extending into December, state officials are allowing small, outdoor gatherings or restaurant seating’s when individuals can stay six feet apart from others. To work safely, some groups and organizations are hosting socially distanced soirees in tents this autumn and winter. In Olympia, your go-to tent suppliers can be found at Celebrations party rentals.

“Most rentals are 72-hour periods, set up the day before and taken down the day after your event,” says store manager Dave Light. This year being what it is, however, there have been occasional unexpected delays, but staffers still promise to “get to it ASAP.”

Staff facilitate larger tent set-up and removal but “We will allow customers to pick up and install tents up to 10 by 20 by themselves if they wish.” Worried about the sometimes-turbulent seasonal weather? Celebrations is a one-stop-shop for everything you want…and didn’t know you needed. “Sidewalls, heaters, and lighting are all additional options to compliment your tent canopies,” says Light.

Tents are available for groups ranging in size from 6 to 600 guests. “All tents are cleaned after every use with a commercial disinfectant and installed by professional installers who follow all mandated social distancing protocols,” stresses Light. They also offer a full Party and Event catalog that includes chairs and tables, cooking equipment and grills, dishes, flatware, glasses, linen and décor. Want to go the extra mile? Celebrations can jazz things up with decorative backdrops, ornate columns, fountains and audio/visual equipment to keep the party rocking.

Reservations are filling up quickly so call 360-754-RENT (7368) to reserve materials now. On-site professionals are happy to talk through your needs and provide a quote today.

Have Your Event Catered and Don’t Worry About the Clean Up

Celebrations can also provide dishes, flatware, wall panels, decorations and heaters to keep socially distanced guests toasty warm. Photo courtesy: Stormans

Have the tent lined up but not sure what to eat? Traditional meals seated around a table or browsing the buffet line don’t allow for safe distancing, so consider reaching out to the team at Bayview Catering. From tasty box lunches to a rustic Bayview Picnic, dinner options, desserts, platters and drinks, there’s something for everyone. And as with Celebrations, their services include a free consultation about your upcoming party, event or festivity.

The Governor’s latest requirements still allow for outdoor dining and to-go meal service. Outdoor tables can seat up to five people meaning a little creative placement, tents and heaters from Celebrations and plenty of warm, fragrant Bayview Catering make get-togethers possible. After so long indoors with our immediate family, we could all use a change of pace.

Psychologists explain that “Holiday traditions are an important part to building a strong bond between family, and our community. They give us a sense of belonging and a way to express what is important to us. They connect us to our history and help us celebrate generations of family. Most people can say, ‘oh this was great grandmas tablecloth we always used for Thanksgiving’ or ‘I remember stinging popcorn with my mom when I was young.’ They keep the memories of the past alive and help us share them with newer generations.”

2020 is a year of finding new ways to live our lives. We now work and learn from home, have groceries delivered to our cars and put travel on the backburner. Finding the little reasons to celebrate may be tougher than in other years but we’re always up for a challenge. Let the skilled folks at Celebrations give you a smaller, safer, socially distanced holiday but a holiday, nonetheless. It’s like Oprah once said, “the more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

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