How Marquees Can Make a Great Winter Party!

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At first glance, winter may not seem the best time to throw a party. Then again, why not? Spice up the drab days with a gathering of family and friends. Just remember that you are not restricted to how many people you can squeeze into your home. Expand your guest list and hire a marquee.

Because it is the offseason, many of the accessories you need for a lovely bash are offered at a discounted rate. At All-Hire Party we can help you deal with the cooler temperatures, less than the perfect ground, and grey skies that only offer poor lighting. 

With a good planner by your side, you can arrange the perfect party with a warm and comfortable surrounding. With a solid marquee complete with heaters, you can set the scene for a winter wedding, fundraiser, birthday party, or “just get over the winter blues” soiree. 

Our professional services will make the event all the more enjoyable for you as the host. We are able to make suggestions about décor, food, beverages, entertainment, and more. Let your imagination run wild. 

With a marquee, you will have enough space to invite as many people as possible and throw the best party of the year.

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Using a marquee means you get all the extra room you need. There are a lot of different styles and sizes to choose from. 

For your winter event, select one with sides to keep the chill-out and the fun and games in. Discussing your options with one of our representatives will give you more ideas for a unique venue than a hotel meeting room and will help you design the right space and accessories to make you the talk of the town. 

Clearspan marquees are one of the more popular choices for a winter event. You can also check out the options for linings and twinkle lights on the “ceiling” for a starry night effect. It depends on the type of party you are hosting and the atmosphere you want to create. The ability to customize your space is one of the key advantages to hosting a party under a marquee.  

The marquee will still allow you to provide seating, tables, a dance area, serving stations, and everything you need for a terrific bash. Just take a look at the size of your back yard and go from there.

Talk with your local council about using public space. Parks are still lovely in the winter and you will have fewer worries about prying eyes checking out your party when you use a marquee.


Even during the day, Adelaide winters can be a bit cold. Don’t let that prevent your winter party. Just be sure to have your marquee supplier include heaters. When you have decided on the configuration of your marquee, you can work with a representative to select the best heaters for space. They should be placed evenly around the area to avoid hot spots and freezer areas.

A heater near the entrance will encourage your guests to remove their coats and hats and be comfortable during the party. Just include a rack for the convenience of storing their outerwear.

When deciding how many heaters and where they should be placed, have a sketch of your layout available. This will help determine where the heaters should be placed for maximum effectiveness without being a hindrance to the traffic flow.


Your marquee supplier will know just how the heaters should be vented for safety. Don’t mess with this arrangement. 

Each heater should have its own carbon monoxide detector. Turn on the heaters about an hour before the guests start to arrive. That will assure that the tent is comfortable from the beginning to the end.

Arrange some seating into cosy nooks. Either arrange for small settees or use patio furniture. Just make sure there are cushions available along with cute blankets, throws, or afghans. This will make for a romantic cuddle.



Because the Adelaide winter can cause wet and mushy ground, it is important to have the correct flooring in your marquee. In the summer matting works fine, but in the winter we recommend a hard floor. A cassette or boarded floor covered over with a cord carpet will keep even the soggiest ground from seeping in.

Flooring comes in a number of different styles, finishes, and colors. Think about different shades for different areas of your party. The dance floor, of course, needs to be bold, but you can have other areas for conversations or to designate the refreshment area. There can be a section for games or activities. Different styles of floor coverings will enhance your theme.

One of our representatives will be happy to meet you at the area to look at the surface for level and irregularities and advise about the best options for your event.


Even if you are hosting a daytime event, you will need appropriate lighting. Lighting does more than illuminate the area; it sets the mood for your party. Don’t stop with fairy lights on the ceiling. Carefully placed fixtures will give the best ambiance you could ask for.

Keep the entrance well lighted. That includes the exterior as well as just inside your marquee “door”. Tie into your theme. You can set up a photo op for your guests. Be sure lighting is incorporated into your table arrangements. Battery operated candles are a must!


Just like flooring, different areas of your space can have different elements like spotlights, paper lanterns, chandeliers. LEDs produce a lot of lumens (light) and will last for a long time so you shouldn’t need to worry about replacing bulbs during the middle of your event.

Remote controls can help you focus on different areas as you change from dinner to dancing or speeches.



If you are celebrating a special event, like a wedding, birthday, etc., you have a built-in theme. You can plan your decorations around the guest(s) of honor’s favourite colors, interests, etc. Also, be creative. Celebrate a half birthday or it’s going to rain…again. Let your guests know what you are planning so they can dress appropriately and bring gifts.

If there is no particular reason for the party, you can capitalise on the season with colors of silver and white. Give your centerpieces some pizzazz with feathers or baubles. Or, you can go the other way and try for palm trees and exotic drinks. Floral arrangements can be made out of fabric and still look lovely.

Speaking of cocktails, think about warming beverages like Irish coffee or hot mulled wine or a hot chocolate bar. Food can also be unexpected. Just because it is chilly is no reason not to fire up the barbeque.


Winter can be its own excuse for a smashing party. You can scrap the idea of using a community center room, pub, hotel, or clubhouse. Plan the event for your own backyard. Cold or not, you can be the host for an outstanding event with a marquee. Back the marquee opening to your back door and you will more than double the space from your home to the tented area. With properly placed heaters, none of your guests will sense any difference in temperature from one spot to another.

Marquees and all the accessories that go with a party are particularly well priced during the winter since it is considered an offseason and there is less demand. You can be the smart shopper and save money while entertaining your friends and family in style.

Creativity is the key and you have all the tools at your fingertips when you work with All Party Hire.

Conclusive Guidelines on Opting for a Marquee Hire in Adelaide

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There are many big events to celebrate…weddings, graduations, retirement, Sweet 16, charity events and galas. When you start the planning process, one of the first decisions is a venue.

If you want to really do it right, order a marquee from All Party Hire in Adelaide. We have the flexibility to expand your setting from just an ordinary meeting room to incorporate the excitement of the outdoors. If you are using your home, it adds the space you need to make it truly spectacular.

If you need more reasons, here are a few:

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Designate the Area – A marquee will define the area for your event where none was. They come in different sizes and so you can become creative with different areas for food or entertainment.

Design Possibilities – With a marquee you start with a blank canvas. You get to choose the colors, accessories, and lighting. You are not restricted to coordinating with a room’s chandeliers or strange wall color. You can let your personality show through.

Flexibility – Marquees come in different sizes so that you can choose just the right size for your event.

Privacy – If you are hosting an event at your home but want to prevent nosy neighbors from gawking, a marquee gives you the discretion to enjoy. If you have chosen an open area like a beach or garden setting, you are able to keep control of the outside interference of volleyball games or unwanted stares.

Shelter – The relentless sun can make your guests very uncomfortable. Using a marquee means degrees cooler inside. A respite from the rain means your guests are able to enjoy the event no matter what the weather. The sides can be raised or you can order a tent with clear walls so that you still enjoy the view. Heaters are available for chilly evening events.

Focal Points – You may choose to have a variety of marquees. This doesn’t mean your party will feel like a fair, but rather will give the opportunity for lounge areas or service points. It is a great way to allow your guests to mingle and enjoy the gathering.

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No Time Constraints – With many halls or meeting rooms, you are only allocated a specific time. With a marquee you can have it arrive early and stay late. Next day retrieval is no problem for All Party Hire. We are able to work within your parameters to be sure everything possible is to your liking.

Increased Available Space – Many layouts are just not adequate for your party, whether it is your home, a park, or an event space or country club. A marquee expands to your needs and will let you accommodate more people or a stage or a dance floor, or more seating, or a larger serving area, or even games.

Less Stress – If you are planning to use your home to host a party but are concerned about people tracking in dirt or having to limit access to certain areas, a marquee gives you the flexibility and freedom from concern.

Less Mess – At the end of the party, you won’t need to worry about moving furniture back to its original position. All Party Hire will do all the clean up and you can sit back and relish in a successful party.

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Backup Plan – When planning far in advance, you can never be sure of the weather conditions. A marquee gives you plenty of options to take care of the sudden rain shower or an unusually hot day. If you are throwing a bash with little notice, it is the perfect venue without searching for available rooms or size. Marquees are available in different sizes and shapes so you will be able to select just the right configuration.

Decorating Creativity – A marquee is the perfect blank canvas. You will be able to decorate from top to bottom and establish the layout that is just right for your event. Your guests will be able to enjoy your party and you can take all the credit.

Sources: Arabian Valley, Reeces Event Hire, Southern Marquees

Guide To Planning Your Big Party/Event


Guide To Planning Your Big Party/Event
All Party Hire Adelaide has everything you need to host the party of your dreams!

We specialise in party hire equipment and have extensive experience helping out clients host incredibly events of all sizes in countless locations throughout Adelaide and South Australia. We tailor our services to our individual clients and enjoy creating the perfect party hire experience for your event.

We aim to cover everything you need and be your one stop party shop in Adelaide. Our hire products span seating, heating, fans, crockery, cutlery, glassware, marquees, lighting and everything in between—and if there’s something we’re missing, we’ll help you to find it so you can have your perfect event. We have everything you need to host the perfect outdoor event in comfort, from heating, fans, air conditioning, portable umbrellas and custom marquees. Our marquees and dedicated setup team are perfect for outdoor parties and weddings.

If there’s something you want for your party that we don’t have, ask us and we’ll try to help you make it happen. We want to make your next party in Adelaide unforgettable!

We’ve put together this guide to planning your big event to help you think about all the details you’ll need to put in place to have it go off without a hitch. If you need some extra help, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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All Party Hire Marquees

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All Party Hire has an extensive line of marquees available for hire to fit your needs.
Our freestanding marquees come in a huge variety of sizes and dimensions to suit any occasion, from a small event to a 160-guest wedding. We can help you to determine what size and shape marquee would best suit your event!
We offer free standing marquees and peg and pole options — and we’re happy to have our professional team set them up for you. A marquee is an easy way to ensure your party will be amazing no matter the weather— whether you need to protect your guests from rain or shine. Within your marquee you can add banners, walls or awnings to provide additional protection from weather and customise your event layout.
All of our event marquees are made with the highest quality materials and design standards to ensure safety and satisfaction. We can deliver and set up marquess at any location in a quick turnaround time.

Contact us to find out more about the perfect marquee for your event. We are pleased to offer fast, reliable delivery Adelaide-wide!


Quick & Easy Party Planning Tips

1. Plan Slowly

Planning slowly is the key to stress-free planning that will mean you don’t miss a single detail! Avoid cramming it into a single day for the best outcomes. You might want to try separate your planning for each aspect of your party over different days — for example, spend one day thinking about your menu, another day planning the decor, and another picking your drinks. Keep it simple and allow yourself time to relax in between!

2. Perfect Your Guest List

Whether you’re planning a simple dinner party, a huge birthday celebration or a meticulously detailed wedding, choosing the perfect guest list will help to ensure your event goes off without a hitch. A guest list is vital to not only keep your headcount in check and help you to plan food and hire orders, but to ensure the event itself is pleasant and fun! Make sure you invite a healthy mix of visitors for a relaxed party crowd and to avoid any potential personality clashes that might overshadow the day.

3. Send Out Invites Early

This tip is common sense—don’t forget to send out your invitations early so you’re not stressing about guest attendance at the last minute. Send out invitations at least six weeks in advance— leave more time, preferably 3-6 months if you’re inviting guests from out of town. If you’re going to the effort of hosting a big party, formal invitations are best so the event won’t be forgotten— think posted or emailed invitations over a quick Facebook message that will be filed away without a thought. Formal invitations will help you to put together a firm headcount and also give you the opportunity to be creative with your invites and set the tone for your event, if you wish!

4. Stick With the Tried and Tested

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For a stress-free event don’t try to bite off more than you can chew—be creative with your party planning by all means but don’t be so ambitious that you’ll never pull off all your plans! If you’re creating your own menu or decorations, make sure the majority of your plans are ones you’ve successfully managed to pull off before — you don’t want to be panicking and stressing in the hours before your event because an unknown recipe isn’t working out the way you planned.

5. Match Your Playlist to Your Guests

Music can provide an uplifting atmosphere or be an inappropriate mood killer—paying attention to your playlist will ensure an upbeat mood throughout your part. If it’s a celebration, make sure your music reflects that with upbeat tunes — if it’s a sophisticated dinner party, pick out some refined tunes that won’t drown out the conversation. Don’t forget to cater your playlist to the demographic of your guests—include a few classics relevant to the age of your guests and you might find your guests forming new friendships over favourite tunes!

6. Be Prepared for Anything

Save yourself the stress and horrible surprises by thinking about worst case scenarios and planning for anything and everything that could go wrong. Consider food, drink, venue, parking, trash, equipment, staff and so on. Thinking about the awful possibilities will help you to pull off an incredible event that will go off without a problem.

7. Confirm party hire well in advance

If you know you’ll need to hire marquees, cutlery, decorations and/or furniture, make sure you’ve found your party hire provider and confirmed your booking well in advance. This will ensure you get all the equipment you need—and the exact styling you want for your party! Making a booking with little time before your event might mean you won’t be able to access the right gear for your event and will be stressing trying to find other providers to help you.

8. Bring in Help If Needed

If your party/event is the first you’ve hosted, don’t hesitate to ask for help in the form of a professional party or event planner. Parties are harder to plan than you think and one missed detail can result in a messy and unenjoyable event, as well as costing you big money. If you’re on a strict budget, many party planners offer consultation services where they can just review your plans and hire choices and point out any potential problems you might have missed. Similarly, if you’re planning an extensive food and drinks menu and it’s getting out of hand, there are endless companies that can provide you with staff, chef and unique menus to suit your event. You might find this option a lot less stressful than attempting to cover all the catering yourself!

Marquee Hire

Marquees are one of the best investments you’ll make for your party or event! Marquees are flexible and allow you to host your event at your dream destination regardless of whether there’s a space or room available!
If you’ve got your heart set on hosting your event in a stunning outdoor setting — whether it’s at a winery, a botanical garden or just in a backyard—marquees guarantee your event will be a success regardless of the weather.

Here are some more reasons why you should consider a marquee for your next event!

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  • You’ll be able to impress guests away with a spectacular unique setup





    Marquees are the perfect blank canvas for you to create your ultimate party style and setup regardless of weather. The blank walls and space mean you can be as creative as you like with your space for the perfect party atmosphere.

  • A perfect Plan B!An open air event is a relaxed and romantic idea — and dancing under the stars is the perfect idea for a party! Often the weather can ruin the best party intentions, so a marquee ensures your outdoor party will be able to go on no matter the weather — and your guests will be warm and comfortable at night.
    Marquees come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes so there’ll always be an option for your event— no matter the size! You can also work with your hire providers to negotiate clear plastic panels and which marquee walls would be best to open to maximise the view for your guests at your dream location!
  • Host your event at a special locationA marquee gives you the flexibility and freedom to choose a location meaningful to you and your guests. Marquees are incredibly easy to set up and will allow you to host your event at a winery, a winery, a beach— wherever you like!


Marquee Hire Faq

Q: Access to the marquee site is restricted, is this a problem?
It shouldn’t be! Most areas can accessed for setup without a problem, as our marquees are highly portable. If, however, you think your site is incredibly tricky to access, or a long way from the access point you may wish to contact us beforehand to see if we can still accommodate your event— we usually can! Don’t hesitate to ask.

Q: How much space will I need?
It really depends on the number of guests attending, whether you have a need for a dance floor, bar or band and the total amount of space you have available. We are happy to make suggestions or visit the potential event site to make sure you get what you need for your event.

Q: How long does a marquee take to set up?
It really depends on your individual events and the number of other hire items you’re looking to have set up— smallers marquees can take just half an hour, while larger events can take from four-five hours to an entire day to get right. Taking this time is necessary to ensure the marquee is put together safely and securely so you won’t encounter any problems during your event.

Q: How should I handle bad weather?
Plan for the worst! Unfortunately the weather is always going to be out of your control. All of our marquees are waterproof, as are the sidewalls, so your guests will be sheltered. You may find your guests will track moisture and dirt into the marquee depending on the location, but if adequate matting is in place this generally dries up quickly.

We can’t make any guarantees on the safety of marquees in extremely high winds— we will, however, take all possible precautions during setup, keep an eye on the weather forecast and advise if your location may not be the best in the event of poor weather.

If you are unsure the viability of your chosen location, or if you know it’s bound to be exposed to the elements please talk to us about how we can ensure your event is equipped with a robust marquee setup.

Q: Can I decorate my marquee?
Yes of course! The poles, wires and archways marquees provide ideal points for attaching decorations and other fixtures. To avoid damage to the marquees we recommend it best not to fix anything to the sidewall panels or the marquees themselves.


Lighting is an easy and cost-effective way to bring a creative edge to any event running into the night. Lighting can used creatively in most situations, whether you want a sparkling ceiling, stage lighting, or chairs draped in lights. Lighting will ensure your party setting is eye-catching and exciting for your guests!
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Lighting plays a huge role in setting the mood for any party and we have a large variety of options available to you. Our lighting hire department can work with you to suggest the best lighting options for your event and we can tailor our lighting to any location.

If you’re planning for the best music our dance floors are a perfect addition! Your guests will have an unforgettable time and our dance floors will bring an unexpected twist to your party that will create great memories for everyone.

Finding Your Party Style

Your party will hopefully be a happy and significant memory! Depending on the type of celebration you’ll probably be looking to host your party in a beautifully styled space with consistently themed decorations, music and food. If you’re unsure of the style you’re looking for, the following ideas might help!

Are you looking for an event with a look and feel that is:

  • Sleek and modern?
  • Sophisticated?
  • Relaxed?
  • Boho?
  • Classic?
  • Themed?
  • Energetic and fun?

Would you like your event:

  • To be indoors or outdoors?
  • To be in shade or sun?
  • In a function venue or a unique venue of your own choosing?
  • Fully catered or self-catered?
  • To be colourful and bright or sleek and monochrome?
  • To include fun options like photobooths?

The initial theme you decide on will help you to decide on the finer details like backdrop styling, furniture, food and drinks, so it’s helpful to think about it early on in your planning process. You’ll probably want to stay consistent with the decorations and furniture styles you’re using in all areas of your venue to create a flow

What types of decorations and settings would you like?

  • Table centrepieces
  • Balloons
  • Tablecloths + chair covers
  • Namecards
  • Cake displays
  • Cocktail tables
  • Chairs
  • Fans
  • Umbrellas
  • Overhead lights
  • Heaters
  • Candles
  • Bain maries
  • Air conditioning
  • Buffets
  • Charcoal spit
  • Plants
  • Staging
  • Dancefloors
  • Hanging ornaments