Throwing a graduation party is a great way to celebrate a major milestone in a student’s life. It is a time to gather friends and family to acknowledge their hard work and achievements. Ensure your guests have appropriate shelter from the elements, seating, and everything needed to enjoy an amazing graduation party.

1. Tents

Renting a tent for a graduation party can be a great way to make the event more special and memorable. Tents provide a sense of occasion and can be decorated to match the theme of the party. They also offer protection from the elements, making it possible to hold the party outdoors even if the weather is less than ideal. And with the unpredictable weather in Colorado Springs during graduation season, is a smart insurance policy for your graduation party.

Tent rental

Graduation Party Tent Size

When choosing a tent for your graduation party, there are a few things to consider. The first is the size of the tent. You’ll want to make sure that the tent is large enough to accommodate all of your guests comfortably, as well as whatever other elements you wish to include, such as a buffet or PA system. You’ll also want to consider the capacity of the tent, which will depend on the number of tables and chairs you plan to use.

Tent Size


Seating Layout

Max # of Guests

20×208’ Rectangular banquet tables & chairsBanquet48
20×2060” Round tables & chairsBanquet32
20×308’ Rectangular banquet tables & chairsBanquet72
20×3060” Round tables & chairsBanquet48
20×408’ Rectangular banquet tables & chairsBanquet96
20×4060” Round tables & chairsBanquet64
30×308’ Rectangular banquet tables & chairsBanquet96
30×3060” Round tables & chairsBanquet72

We specialize in high peak frame tents which can be setup on any surface with either stakes or concrete weights. If your tent is being staked, you must call 811 and have all your utilities marked before we will install. You will be required to sign a staking waiver, releasing Marvin Rentals from any liability related to staking our 40″ by 1″ in diameter steel stakes into underground utilities, lines, pipes or other obstacles.

Need a Bigger Sized Tent? No Problem! Connect Units Together!

One prime benefit of our high peak frame tent system is that we can connect multiple tents together for a seamless look that is indistinguishable from a single tent. Simply combine our main sizes together to create unique sizes to accommodate your graduation party.

Two 20x30s connected to make a 20x60.
Two 20x30s connected to make a 20×60.

Location of Tent

Setup Surface

The surface of your tent setup needs to be as level as possible, with at least 5 feet of unobstructed space around the perimeter of the tent in order to setup. We can setup on grass, dirt, gravel, asphalt, concrete, astroturf and more.

Distance & Stairs Fees

Please keep in mind the distance between where our box truck can back up, and where the tent is going. If there is more than 50 feet of distance, any incline, stairs, rough surface (that wheels cannot roll on), additional charges will be incurred. It’s best to disclose these issues before you request a quote, so we can quote accurately and avoid any surprises.


All events held in parks require a use permit, including explicit permission to stake into the ground. Keep in mind if you require same day setup and takedown, additional charges will be incurred. Typically, our tent setups are on Thursday & Friday and our takedowns are Monday & Tuesday.

When to Book?

Graduation is the busiest time of year for tents, and they are generally sold out for that week, so it’s best to get your tent reserved as early as possible to not miss out on a tent. To request your tent, go here.

2. Tables

It’s a sure thing that your graduation party is going to need plenty of tables, for being seated at, gathering around, setting up guest books and more. There are many different types of tables to choose from, including round tables, rectangular banquet tables, and even cocktail tables. Renting tables also eliminates the need to purchase and store them after the event, making it a cost-effective and convenient option.

Which Tables Do I Need?


# of Guests

8′ Rectangular Banquet8-10
6′ Rectangular Banquet6-8
4′ Rectangular Banquet2-4
48″ Round4-6
60″ Round6-8
30″ Cocktail2-3
36″ Cocktail3-4

Round Tables

Round tables are a popular choice for graduation parties because they allow guests to easily converse with one another. The downside to round tables is they fit fewer guests per square foot.

Rectangular Banquet Tables

Rectangular tables can be arranged in a variety of ways to accommodate different numbers of guests. With rectangular tables, you can fit the most people in the smallest tent, in a very comfortable setting.

Cocktail Tables

Cocktail tables are great for smaller gatherings or for creating a more casual atmosphere. They’re also good to have around in addition to larger dining tables to use for gathering and standing, or for a gift table or guest book table.

3. Chairs

Renting chairs for a graduation party is a great way to ensure that all of your guests have a comfortable place to sit. There are many different types of chairs to choose from, the most popular being plastic folding chairs and padded resin chairs.

Plastic Folding Chairs

Folding chairs are a great option if you need to set up and take down the seating quickly and easily. They are also more compact, which is great if space is a concern. Marvin Rentals carries multiple colors of folding chair to match any event and any budget. Unlike most rental shops in town, we also offer free customer will-call pickup. So if delivery is out of your budget, you can still have enough seating for your graduation party!

Padded Resin Chairs

Our white padded resin chairs are a popular choice for special events such as graduation parties. These chairs are made of a durable, weather-resistant resin material that can withstand the wear and tear of outdoor and indoor events. They are also lightweight and easy to move around, making them perfect for setting up and taking down quickly.

One of the main benefits of padded resin chairs is their comfort. These chairs come with a padded seat and backrest, making them more comfortable than a standard folding chair.

Chairs are delivered on rolling carts for ease of transport and convenience.

4. Linens

Our rental linens come in over 5,000 different combinations of colors, textures, and patterns, allowing you to create the perfect look for your party. Choose from a variety of options such as tablecloths, overlays, runners, napkins, chair covers and sashes.

Tablecloths come in different sizes and materials, such as polyester, sequin or satin. Overlays add an extra layer of color or texture to your table and can be used to complement or contrast with the tablecloth. Runners are a great way to add a pop of color to your table and can be used to create a cohesive look throughout the room. Napkins are also a great way to add color and texture to your table setting and can be used to tie in with the other linens.

Linens can also be used to dress up chairs and add a touch of elegance to your event. Chair covers and sashes are another great way to add color and texture to chairs and can be used to tie in with the other linens.

Most Popular Linens for Graduations

The most popular linens are generally tablecloths and a secondary item such as runners or chair covers, in the school colors of the high school or future college of the grad. With 59 colors of our popular budget poly solids to choose from, your school colors are certain to be in stock. If school colors aren’t your thing, going with a neutral theme around black or white is also popular.

5. PA Systems

Our rental PA systems are perfect for parties of up to 400 people. At 2,000 watts, a PA system at your graduation party is a great way to amplify sound and make sure that your guests can hear speeches, music, and other announcements. A PA system is a set of equipment that includes speakers, amplifiers, and a mixing console, which can be used to adjust the volume and balance of the sound.

Our PA systems are very simple to use, and can connect directly to your mobile device through bluetooth, so your favorite playlists can blast sound out for all at your party to hear.

We will also take care of the setup and teardown. We’ll brief you on how to use it before we leave. Don’t forget to add a PA system to your graduation party!

6. Grills

Having a grill at a graduation party is a great idea because it allows for a variety of meal options and allows guests to enjoy the traditional flavors of summer. Some popular meals for graduation parties include burgers, hot dogs, or BBQ chicken.

Rather than using your home grill, be sure to be able to cook for dozens of people by renting a grill that is 2×5 feet in size, and commercial quality. This will allow you to cook hundreds of burgers and dogs with ease. We have options in both propane and charcoal. Use your own propane, or rent a full can from us.

7. Coolers

Coolers are an essential item at any graduation party as they help to keep drinks cold and readily available for guests. Our most popular options for graduation parties are a 120q Igloo cooler, and a Fill ‘N Chill party table.

Renting a Fill ‘N Chill table is a great addition to any graduation party or event. It is a large table that has a built-in ice trough which can be filled with ice to keep up to 180 drinks cold, or food items chilled and fresh.

Why Rent a Fill ‘N Chill Table for a Graduation Party?

Keeping Drinks Cold and Food Fresh

The ice trough in the table can chill a large amount of drinks in the summer heat. It also keeps food items, such as fruits, vegetables, sandwiches, and salads, chilled, which helps to preserve their freshness and taste.


A fill ‘n chill table eliminates the need for separate coolers or ice trays, making it easy to keep food items cold and easily accessible. Furthermore, all the drinks and food items you place in your Fill ‘N Chill are at the same height of your other tables, waist height, for perfect ease of use by your guests.

Attractive Presentation

Fill ‘N Chill tables always add an element of excitement and charm to any graduation party. They can even be wrapped with skirting for a professional catered look. Make a statement to your graduation party guests that this is an occasion to remember.

8. Concessions

When it comes to graduation parties, we all want to make sure that our guests have a blast and remember the celebration for years to come. And what better way to do that than by renting concessions? I’m talking about popcorn machines that pop up fluffy, buttery kernels in minutes, cotton candy machines that spin fluffy, sugary clouds of sweetness.

Imagine the look on your guests’ faces when they see a popcorn machine filling up with warm, buttery popcorn. They’ll be lining up to get a handful and munching away as they catch up with old friends. Or imagine the sound of kids giggling and cheering as they watch cotton candy being made right before their eyes.

Marvin Rentals can supply not only the machines, but all the supplies to go with them. Check out our concessions rentals today!