Pictures of our tent lighting.

Customers often ask us what the lights look like... here you go!   We offer simple, elegant, white glass string lights.  They provide a beautiful ambiance but throw off enough light to be functional.  You will not need additional lighting. 

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Tent Rental FAQs.

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions: 

Delivery / Setup :  we typically deliver and setup on Thurs and Fri (between 8am to 7pm) and take down on Mon, Tues.  Setup usually takes 60-90 minutes.  We try to accommodate your requests for setup times, but we typically have to wait until a week or so before your event to confirm times.  (We cant go from Newton to Hingham, back to Newton then to Weymouth for example, so we wait until our schedule solidifies to confirm times.)  We will send out an email on Sun/Mon (5 to 7 days prior) on the week of your event to confirm times.

Simplicity is the goal.  We understand that you will have to worry about food, guests, caterers, cleaning your home, etc... We try to keep things as simple as possible.  We have NEVER missed an appointment, so know that if we are running late its because of Boston traffic or an unusually long setup elsewhere, but we will be there in plenty of time for you to decorate / get ready.   For that reason, we typically don't do setups on the day of your event.  

Do I have to be home for setup?  No.  You can snap a picture from your phone of the desired location and text/email it to us, or leave markers (patio chairs, etc) showing us where the tent should be setup, or simply let us know during the booking process.  We have done 1000+ tent setups and have the experience / common-sense to make the the right call. 

Landscaping / lawn mowing before the event.  Cut your lawn a day or two before we arrive, once the tent is up, its difficult to mow around the tent poles, ropes and stakes.  If you have a landscaping service, aim for Wednesday.  The foot traffic from your guests wont kill your grass.

Take down / removal - You do not need to be home for take downs.  We ask that you leave our equipment the way you found it.  (remove any decorations, try to leave chairs stacked neatly, and not on the ground if possible). 

What about payment? If you are paying by cash or check and you have a balance due, you can leave an envelop somewhere for us to pick up.  We ask for payment on/before your setup, so you can leave payment at your home for us in a safe space (taped to back door, tucked away in your grill, etc). 

Table covers - our rental tables are wood or plastic and need to be covered.  You can buy throwaway table covers at any party store for roughly $3 each or request linens from us.  We have to sub-rent linens on your behalf, so linen rentals must be made in advance.  Linens are $10 each.  We use white linens as specific colors can often be unavailable. 




Tent Rentals - Needham MA

Having a party in Needham MA? We do dozens of events each year in Needham, from graduation parties (Go Rockets) to baby showers, bridal showers, etc.


Tent Rental packages include:

  • beautiful, unique high-peak frame tent.  (tents that can go on grass or cement)

  • white folding chairs

  • 60" round tables to seat 8-10 guests

  • long tables for food / gifts

  • delivery, setup, removal

Baby Showers and Bridal Showers. Why you need a tent.

As a 32 year old man, I definitely cant call myself an expert at baby / bridal showers...but having set up tents for dozens (or maybe hundreds) of showers I can at least offer an opinion.  

HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY!  "Lets hope it doesnt rain."  "Lets hope isnt not too hot."  These phrases are bad news if you're planning an intimate event like a shower.  You cant ask people to come and literally "shower you," in gifts without at least providing a comfortable setting.  We have packages in the $499 to $999 range that will give you shade, plus seating and tables for all your guests, plus long tables for food, drinks, gifts, etc.  


Chuppah rentals / wedding archway

Rent a simple, beautiful white birch wedding chuppah (huppah). Price is TBD based on where / when / etc, but please send us an inquiry!

These structures can be referred to as chuppahs, wedding arbors, wedding arches, wedding trellises, etc. 

Planning a corporate event? You need a tent.

At Backyard Tent Rental, we primarily do tents for small events at people's homes, but we are still ready and willing to do corporate event rentals.  If you are planning a BBQ, meeting, family day, etc we can help you with tents, tables, chairs, etc.  

Things to consider when planning a corporate event:

  1. Forget the forecast... even if its beautiful out you cant have people sitting in the sun for hours.  A tent is a requirement. 
  2. If the event is happening in your parking lot, do you need the tent to be setup and taken down on the same day? 
  3. If your event is on cement, do you have a water source and a hose handy? This is used to fill up heavy water barrels to secure the tent, rather than driving stakes into the cement.


A 40x40 frame tent on cement for a corporate event. 

Tent Rental - Newton MA

Having a party in Newton MA? We have done hundreds of events in Newton.  Here is a picture of a recent Newton event.  

our 40 person package - set up in a tight backyard. 

Tent Rental packages include: 

  • beautiful, unique high-peak frame tent.  (tents that can go on grass or cement)
  • white folding chairs
  • 60" round tables to seat 8-10 guests
  • long tables for food / gifts
  • delivery, setup, removal


Graduation Tent Rental - Boston MA

Graduation parties are a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of students all around Boston.  Most of these parties happen in June and we typically get much more requests than we can handle.  So, what does that mean for you? 

  1. Book your event early (As in Feb, March, April)
  2. TENTS ARENT JUST FOR RAIN... think about your guests sitting in 80-90 degree heat and sun.  Think about the elderly, the kids, and your food baking in the sun. 
  3. Be flexible on dates.  If everyone in your town is planning their party for June 13th, maybe you should wait until the week after so your party can be well attended.  If youre really savvy, you wait until July, when tents and guests are more available!
  4. While you may be inviting 100 people, you probably dont need to seat them all at once... we recommend our tent package for 60, or tent package for 80 to get the job done. 


The Difference Between Pole Tents and Frame Tents

One of the most frequently asked questions in the tent rental business is “what is the difference between a pole tent and a frame tent.”  So, lets answer that question right here.

Pole Tent

A tent that is held up by tall poles in the middle of the tent, and tension from ropes and stakes.  This type of tent requires some space (about 5 feet) all the way around the tent for stakes and ropes.  It also requires center poles to hold the tent up, which puts some limitations on how you can set up your tables, chairs, dancefloor, etc.

20x20 pole tent (center pole in middle holds up tent, not free-standing)

20x20 pole tent (center pole in middle holds up tent, not free-standing)


Frame Tent

A frame tent is a tent that is held up by a frame of aluminum poles (sort of like the frame of a house).  Frame tents are free standing, so they don’t require ropes and stakes for support nor do they require additional space around the tent.  This means  they can be pushed right up against a home or building, and can be set up on cement.  Further, frame tents do not have a center pole, so they provide a completely open floor plan.


20x20 FRAME tent - free-standing, no pole in center of tent

20x20 FRAME tent - free-standing, no pole in center of tent

Table and Chair Rental - Boston MA area - Backyard Tent Rental

Table and Chair Rentals

We are happy to offer table and chair rentals for the Boston MA area.  We offer the essentials, including:

  • basic white folding chairs
  • white resin garden chairs
  • 60″ round folding tables (fits 8-10 people)
  • 6ft long tables (for food, gifts, etc)

We will happily deliver tables and chairs to your location, year round.