Tents and rentals on Martha’s Vineyard


Fall on the Vineyard is a perfect time for lots of activities, including weddings and parties. Three companies on-Island specialize in party rentals, from tents to plates, silverware, linens, serving dishes, grills, and maybe even additional space. For those bigger parties, some theme help could be in order, from lighting to colors. Whatever your needs, the Island has it with three great party-rental business who each bring their unique flair to the table.

Tilton Tents and Party Rentals, at 147 Edgartown Road in Vineyard Haven, offers everything from crystal to candelabras. Tilton is the longest operating rental company on the Island, having been established in 1974. With this longevity comes a wealth of knowledge into what Islanders need to make their important events special and personal. Whether you need extra space in the form of one of their Pinnacle Peaks Tents (seats 40 to 400) that was exclusively designed for Island conditions, or a string of Japanese lanterns to light your backyard party — Tilton can be your one-stop shop.

“We can do a tropical theme with a tiki bar and lighted palm trees,” owner Sandra Lippens says. “We can do just about anything.”

They will even build custom split-level flooring and bandstands, or provide you with heating equipment to chase off the Island chill. Stop in to visit their Party Cottage showroom, where you can see their variety of chairs, china, crystal, stemware, five choices of flatware patterns, and attractive lounge furniture, just to name a few items. Can’t make it over right away? Visit them on the web at tiltontents.com to start getting your ideas now. Not sure what you need? Their experienced party planners can help you get everything you need to host a most memorable party.

Big Sky Tent and Party Rental, at 15 East Line Road in Edgartown, was conceived by Jim and Anne-Marie Eddy while planning their own Martha’s Vineyard tent wedding in 1998. They felt there was a need on-Island for a “service-oriented, upscale party-rental company,” according to their website bigskytent.com, as is exhibited by their custom-designed Sperry Sailcloth tents. Their vast variety of catering supplies makes cooking and serving easy, while their decorations, like their hurricane lanterns or various votive candles, will help highlight your fabulous food. For feeding those extra mouths, you can choose from their varied selection of china, including two choices from the Mikasa line. Stemware ranges from glass to Orion or Stoelzle crystal and wine to Cognac glasses. Whatever your needs, Big Sky is happy to help.

Seaside Celebrations Tent & Party Rental, located at 515 Edgartown Road in Vineyard Haven, has provided exceptional service since 1983. Their website, seasidecelebrations.com, touts their “two decades of experience, a widely diversified selection, affordable prices, and a staff who cares about the success of your event.” With their canopies and tents your guests will be protected while they sit comfortably in one of seven chair styles. The company features Century Pole tents, made by Anchor Industries, that are known for their strong design.

China choices from Lenox to Studio Nova, and many in between, will look fantastic on their table linens made from everything from burlap, a new rustic favorite, to basic twill, 100 percent linen, or imported silk.