Michael's Party Rentals began in 2000 as a one-tent operation led by Michael Linton and his brother when they were teenagers. More than 10 years later, Michael is now the sole owner of the company, which possesses a 3,000-square-foot warehouse stocked with more than 60 tents of all sizes, as well as tables, chairs, a dance floor, staging, lighting, and various other party accessories. Michael's Party Rentals is now equipped to handle up to 50 events each week, which range in size from small barbecue get-togethers to elegant wedding ceremonies. Michael’s crew delivers all the equipment, and setup is always included.
Supplying Western Massachusetts and Connecticut with floaty fortresses for more than a decade, K.E.C. Party Rentals stocks the area with inflatable castles, water slides, carnival games, and obstacle courses. Bouncers come in an inflatable rainbow of sizes, hues, and themes ($149.99–$349.99), with customizable motifs from favorite children's movies as well as combination bouncer-slides that allow kids to take gravity into their own tiny hands. Other air-filled arenas include the prismatic 40-foot Adrenaline Obstacle Course ($299.99 for up to six hours), and both dry and wet slides ($329.99–$499.99). K.E.C. also keeps easily bored partygoers from staging goodie bag riots with interactive carnival games such as Bingo Toss ($39.99), Giant Jenga ($49.99), and a Lucky Duck pond ($75).
Marx Entertainment founder Mark Ashe helped transform the role of the disc jockey in party culture since performing at a nightclub in 1979. For the past 30 years, Ashe built out the Marx group with a cadre of award-winning DJs, camera operators, and casino dealers that can upgrade any mere shindig into an extravaganza. Weddings, corporate parties, mitzvahs, and school events all harness Marx production services to make soirees more exhilarating than a game of Pin the Laser Tail on the Ice Sculpture.
Edward and Kristine Mele were driving their son to baseball practice one day when a downpour caused the team to relocate to indoor batting cages. This serendipitous change led the Mele family past Sand Trap Mini Golf, which was derelict and for sale. Within a week, the Meles owned the course. Gathering up their sons, daughters, siblings, and friends, the couple renovated the grounds, removing the debris and haunted windmills that littered the place. Today, Sand Trap's gleaming 18-hole course draws families and friends outdoors to revel in spirited competition. As they progress through the course, Coca-Cola beverages and Blue Bunny ice cream help visitors keep cool and stop them from burrowing into a bunker hidden beneath the 18th hole.
The crew of Pig Thyme Catering brings the accoutrements of a Hawaiian-style luau to clients' backyards. A whole pig on a spit slowly turns over an open fire, and the fragrance of spices fills the air, turning evil tikis into friendly family pets. Hawaiian-style side dishes made with pineapple and special spice blends round out meals. Staff members can arrange for add-ons such as games, face painting, and beverage service.
As its name suggests, Whatever You Need helps homeowners tackle a wide range of carpentry, woodwork, and light-duty domestic tasks both indoors and out. Customers receive a free estimate of each project’s time and cost beforehand, giving them a clearer idea of how many shelves they wish to hang or whether the doghouse really needs a three-car garage. Fresh paint brightens walls and clogged vents breathe easy after a visit from the handy helpers, who may also be enlisted to sweep snow from roofs and sidewalks or clean debris from swimming pools. Whatever You Need! is not licensed for extensive electrical and plumbing services, but can unclog customers’ drains, or help lonely outlets revive their dating lives with a new face.