Big birthday party ideas – from 18 to 80 years

Celebration, gathering, get-together, occasion, soirée, craic, do, jamboree, shindig, rave, disco, knees-up, beano – no matter what you call it or how old you are, one thing never changes – everyone remembers a brilliant party.

If you’re planning a special event for an 18th, 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, 70th or even 100th birthday, you’ll be keeping your ears and eyes open for venue ideas – one of which might actually be right under your nose. As garden tent hire experts in Berkshire, we help people organise parties for a variety of age milestones see the scope for an impressive celebration space in their own back garden…

You’re only young once: 18th and 21st birthday parties

If you’re a parent, you’ll understand all too well the challenges of coming up with exciting and original birthday party ideas year after year, not to mention the practicalities. As your kids come of age, you’ll want to make sure you have both those bases covered.

Throwing the party in your own back garden means you can be involved in the fun of the party (if your teenager will allow you!) but the party won’t end up on your new sofa.  However, if the birthday falls in the cooler months or you just don’t trust the weather in Hampshire, Berkshire, or Surrey, you’ll need a marquee.

A no-fuss, great value option is a plain marquee, which offers the partygoers protection

against the elements, basic lighting, and room to dance and chat. The hard floor is optional and there’s no roof or wall linings (this means you can see the metal frame work) but younger revellers will love that DIY vibe – just check out Pinterest and eBay for purse-friendly and ‘Instagram-able’ ways to decorate it using fairy lights, plants, flowers, beanbags, deckchairs, balloons, Mexican-inspired pom-pom bunting, retro neon lights – and maybe even a piñata.

Light up your life at 30 and 40

Becoming a proper grown up means you can have whatever style of party you please! A theme is light hearted and breaks the ice if you’re inviting a mixture of friends old and new, work colleagues, family and neighbours. Pick your favourite decade, place or film – or whatever else sparks your imagination.

We offer two types of garden tent hire in Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey to house your party idea  – from perennially popular frame marquees to summery stretch tents – very trendy right now (if you were lucky enough to be born in the balmier months – as they can’t really be completely closed off, therefore hard to heat). Marquees don’t have to be rectangular – we also offer a radial style which means we can create a L-shape for example.

Choose from a range of lighting to illuminate the occasion. Chandeliers add a touch of luxury as your guests wine and dine, PIN spots can be focused on features e.g. live music and speeches, and LED uplighters can be set to a range of colours to suit the mood. Moon flower lights, twister lighting effects and laser lights also compliment the dancefloor beautifully.

Hanging lanterns add a bit of relaxed chic and can be installed by us or you. And never underestimate the magic of classic white fairy lights for an understated glow, especially when paired with clear roof panels.

Making memories from 70 to 100!

When clients come to us looking for garden tent hire for 70th, 80th, 90th or even 100th birthday parties, we usually focus on a seated arrangement such as a lunch, dinner or afternoon tea which can be held in any style of marquee – plain, frame, or stretch – depending on the garden space available. But that’s not to say that we can’t supply a dancefloor and disco lights, too!

Guests can eat, drink and dance against the backdrop of various marquee linings. White and ivory are fresh and give a sense of spaciousness. Clear roof sheets instead of standard white bring the outside inside. A blackout works well if you’re going to introduce some of the lighting options detailed above during an afternoon affair. Or mix it up and choose a striking contrast of black roof and ivory walls, to let a little light in.

Your party, your choice

With so much scope for creativity, a garden marquee can be tailored to suit the personality of the birthday boy or girl – and the options extend way beyond the marquee type, lights and lining. Furniture is another effective way – style your décor using LED glow cube seats and LED Tables, poseur tables (high cocktail tables) with or without bar stools, circle bars, quirky chairs, comfy sofas and lots more.

The beauty of marquees is that they can be as simple or as detailed you want, so there are options for all budgets – and all ages.

Planning a celebration? Where will your imagination take you? Time Marquees is garden marquee tent hire experts covering Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey and we can help you bring your party ideas to life. Call us on 0118 973 6444 or email