Rent a tent

Michael and I own a European-style canvas tent that we've never used. We bought it to sleep in the night we got married but it was too cold and we had to sleep in a cabin. The plan was to deck it all out in plaid blankets, bunting and lantern light. Anyway, now that we have the tent, we'll have to find some opportunities to set it up this summer -- maybe up at Wandawega or over in the park for a game day and picnic.

If you'd like to buy your own tent or want to rent one, you should check out these two cool companies I came across (of course, you could also buy your tent from the groovily-named Soul Pad, where we got our tent)...

Shelter Co. is a a pop-up lodging service in California that rents small and large tents for anything from an intimate overnight to a outdoorsy wedding. They rent sleeping tents, or party tents, and can provide some crazy-awesome additions (axes, s'mores, bourbon...). They also do full-scale event design. I shared a photo of co-founder Kelsey Sheofsky last week from her QandA on Tomboy Style, so you know SHE has good taste, but check out their blog and you'll be pretty convinced that this team can pull off a stellar event. They have that nostalgic, wild-American-spirit look DOWN.

With a totally different style, Suburban Camping Co. (based out of New Jersey) has a more kitschy retro vibe -- think lemonade stands, catching fireflies and sleeping in your backyard. Run by photographer Kella MacPhee and her husband Chris, Suburban Camping Co. sets up styled canvas tents, in a variety of themes, complete with cots, sleeping bags, lighting and vintage camping decor. They also do movie nights and extra s'mores bars. In addition to renting tents, Kella and Chris also sell their tents and have an Etsy shop where they sell vintage camp artifacts/gear.

[image credits: Junkaholique's wedding accomodations; Shelter Co.; Suburban Camping Co.]

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