Your Socially Distanced Holiday Gathering Guide


The holiday season is upon us and whether you live year round on the OBX, have a second home here or you’re renting a vacation home for the holidays, you may be thinking how to celebrate in a safe, socially distanced way with your guests. Use this guide and leave the hassle & hustle to us to create extra seating & spacing for your gathering this year.

Utilize the Largest Room

table-chair-rental-obxMost vacation rental homes have large open floor plans with a dining/living room combo that flows nicely into the kitchen area. For your festive gathering, consider rearranging and utilizing those large open spaces to fit extra tables and seating. Move sofas back to the walls and take coffee tables to other rooms will create more space than you originally thought. Rent tables and chairs from us to fill that space and you’ve created extra seating with plenty of spacing for your guests. We have different size table rentals such as square & banquet sized, round and even specialty sizes like kids tables to fit the space you are looking to fill.

Create a “Buffet Style” Food Service

Create a buffet area for your holiday gathering and you’ll have more room at the table (orchafer-rental-obx tables) for glassware, china, flatware and guests.   Make your kitchen the buffet area and send guests in a few at a time. Keep the meal at the right temp with our variety of chafing dishes. Any extra bar space (or even a pool table) can become part of the buffet for the drinks using our beverage equipment rentals like punch bowls, coolers, champagne/wine buckets and coffee dispensers. This will open up even more precious space at the table.

Let’s Take the Meal Outside

If your holiday gathering is simply too large to maintain proper social distancing in the home, consider taking the meal outside. Our rental frame tent has the option of sidewalls (side curtains) to protect your gathering from the elements. Our rental frame tents are perfect for your outdoor space and comes in a variety of sizes: 15×15, 20×20 or 20×60. Installation and removal of the frame tent is included with your rental. Keep the party going after the sun sets and consider a lighting scheme for the tent to elevate the experience.

Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals is here to help celebrate this holiday season in a safe, socially distanced way!  Check out our turn-key holiday rental packages that are fully customizable for 12, 16 and even 36 guests. If you can dream it for your perfect party, we rent it: tables, chairs, glassware, china, flatware, linens, tents and more. We are your one stop event rental company on the Outer Banks. Create a wishlist or contact us for a complimentary quote and let’s take the stress out of your holiday planning!