5 Tips for Planning a Stellar Solar Eclipse Party

In less than a month, Nashvillians new and old will experience a once-in-a-lifetime event: a full solar eclipse.

Surely you’ve heard about it already; you can’t scroll through Facebook without at least one mention of the August 21 occurrence. There are a TON of events planned all around Nashville. (Check them out here, here, and here.)

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A Beautiful Solar Eclipse 

But why not grab a few of your besties, put a case of Blue Moon on ice, and plan your own stellar bash!

We’ve compiled 5 Tips for Planning a Stellar Solar Eclipse Party that’s out of this world! (Okay, we’ll stop with the puns!)

1. Safety First

Okay, okay, at the risk of sounding like an elementary school teacher (who remembers the partial solar eclipse of the early-90s?), we want to remind you to be careful.

Do not look directly into the sun! Got it?

There are great options for alternative viewing methods (Pinhole Camera, anyone?) that your group can make during your party. Think of it as a hands-on adult craft project.

While you’re taking safety precautions, be sure to keep an eye on Fido. The sun can eclipse for as long as 2 minutes and 40 seconds, which is enough to make animals feel a little wonky.

2. Fun in the Sun

Play up the solar aspect of your party with fun, sun- and moon-shaped décor. Mix the two styles throughout your event or designate half of the space for solar-theme and the other half for a lunar-theme.

Opt for these DIY sunburst pompoms or even yellow Chinese lanterns suspended from your covered porch or tent. Pair it with phases-of-the-moon garland for a cool contrast. You might event add bouquets of sunflowers in dark-colored pitchers on tables.

While you’re at it, go ahead and pick up a package each of yellow and black paper plates and cups. Your guests can decide whether they’re the moon or the sun at your party!

3. Yummy Space Food

This is your chance to be oh-so-clever with your menu. Go ahead, let your inner nerd show.

How about Crescent (Croissant) Chicken Sandwiches and Sun Chips? Pair it with a sweet treat like these Solar Eclipse Cookies or moon-shaped rice crispy treats.

Prepare a party favor for each guest, complete with a Moon Pie, Starburst candies, a can of Sun Drop, snack-size Milky Ways, and a pack of Orbit gum!

Mix up a solar eclipse-themed concoction. We’re fond of the “Perfect Vodka Solar Eclipse” that calls for equal parts of Perfect Vodka, Chocolate Liqueur, and Crème de Cacao, with 2 ½ Parts Non-Dairy Vanilla Creamer, and Chocolate Syrup Garnish.

If all else fails, stash a bottle of Fireball in the freezer and cheers with your guests just before the eclipse begins!

4. Reserve your tent

If you’re planning and hosting the Solar Eclipse viewing party, you’ll likely have more friends over than usual. Go ahead and reserve a tent from Grand Central Party Rentals.

We have tents of all sizes and shapes to accommodate your group. Not only will it keep your party out of the sun – at least until the eclipse happens – but it means less folks running in and out of your house.

In addition to rentals, we also offer an extensive selection of accessories for your tent. These items can truly transform your event. Create an intergalactic space inside your tent – or opt for clear panels that let the sunshine in.

We like to think of tents as blank canvases that can be uniquely customized to suit your personal style and event – in this case, a solar eclipse!

Plus, if Nashville has record-setting heat to accompany the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse, we offer high-quality heating and cooling options to ensure your party-goers are comfortable regardless of the outside temperature. Plus, our tents feature blackout technology, which can lower the temperature up to 10 degrees.

5. Enjoy yourself!

The opportunity to experience a full solar eclipse won’t come around again in our lifetimes, so have a great time!

Take photos – bonus points if you add some sun and moon props – and make memories with your friends and families. It’s these types of experiences that you’ll enjoy sharing with future generations with tales of “I remember when…”

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