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Planning a small party: Reconnect with family and friends

August 12, 2020

Planning a small party? Perhaps you feel like you need one. What a year it has been so far! COVID-19 has tried and tested us all in various ways. One of the most challenging aspects has been the separation from our families and closest friends.

Routines have been broken, water-cooler chats with colleagues gone, our social lives and sporting activities suspended. Even the smallest, simplest of pleasures – popping into the shops or out for a coffee – have been, until very recently, put on hold. And that’s just skimming the surface of it.

Losing out on regular social activities and interactions would be tough enough at the best of times. During a global pandemic, being kept apart from our nearest and dearest… unbearable!

Thankfully, the world is adapting. As we begin to better understand, monitor and control the spread of the virus, our government is able to allow us to slowly, carefully and cautiously rediscover elements of the lives we knew prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are now able to gather together in small groups. Anything that offers us a flavour of ‘normality’ is a huge step, and reconnecting with loved ones will be an important part of the recovery process.

Small party enquiries are on the increase

We’ve recently seen a leap in enquiries for small, intimate gatherings and parties. Groups of up to thirty close friends and family, but often much smaller, more intimately sized gatherings.

Despite the desire to reconnect, caution remains high on everyone’s list of priorities. We all have elderly, vulnerable or anxious members within our social and family groups. Whatever activities we engage in need to be carefully planned with risks mitigated or, at the very least, minimised.

We believe that the spike in enquiries that we’ve seen in recent weeks is, in part, due to the nature and flexibility of marquee structures. Physical distancing measures require space. Not everybody is comfortable hosting others within the home or socialising in enclosed spaces.

Marquees offer a variety of solutions. We thought that we would discuss the benefits of a couple of the marquee types that have seen particular interest in recent times:

Extension marquees

Extension marquees winter party tipsIf you’re planning a small party, an extension marquee might be just what you need.  Extension marquees attach directly to houses or buildings and offer a seamless flow from existing space to temporary structure. They are ideal for increasing entertaining space. Ideal for creating a viable safe environment for a physically distanced gathering.

Extension marquees can feature multiple entry and exit points. Why not create dedicated ‘in’ and ‘out’ doors to ease guest flow and to ensure that your family and friends feel safe? Side wall panels can be opened up, allowing air to circulate. If required, every wall panel can be removed entirely.

We are able to add flooring, lighting, power and furniture to our extension marquees. They are a popular solution all year around.

Marquees for garden parties

Garden PartyMarquees come in all shapes and sizes. We have a variety of different structures available, meaning we can create marquee solutions for almost any garden shape, size or environment.

Marquees can be supplied with opening side walls – perfect for creating a flow of air. They can even be supplied as ‘top only’ structures (meaning no side walls at all). We can create and build small marquees to allow guests to shelter from the sun (or the rain!), or larger marquees for hosting bigger groups.

Whether you are looking to host your entire event within a marquee, to add a marquee as a feature, a dining space, seating and chill out zone or even to house your bar, we have a variety of solutions for you to choose from.

Planning a small party or gathering?

Why not speak to us about the marquee solutions that we offer? We have been considering and designing safer, socially distanced spaces for the past few months and we have a plethora of ideas that we’d love to share!

We can even conduct socially and physically distanced virtual meetings and site surveys! Click here to find out more. Call 01372 459485 or email sales@inside-outside.co.uk to have a ‘no obligation’ conversation with a member of our team today.

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