Sunshine Tent & Party provides quality party and event rental services in the Southern New England
region. (see
: Tent Rentals Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts) We are a full
service rental company that is
family owned and operated. Our product lines include party tents,
dance floors, tent flooing, tables, chairs, linens.

Our new line of custom made
sail clothe fabric high peak tents create romantic lighting effect
without the negatives of additional center poles. These tents also have valances that help keep
rain and wind from spoiling your party.
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There are three basic types of lighting that are used in a party tent. Although we only
provide primary lighting, we work with Gala LTD to provide our customers with
decorative style lighting.

Primary lighting is the basic type of lighting that you will need if your party is going into
the evening. In addition, you may want to consider primary lighting during daylight
hours for large tents or lined framed tents. Primary lighting is usually made of globe style
light strings or chandeliers.
Lighted chinese lanterns can also be used as primary lighting
and decorative lighting.

Decorative lighting or mood lighting is generally not bright enough to light up an entire
tent. Mini lights can light up table treatments, ceiling decor, garland and floral
arrangements. Lighted chinese lanterns can be used as decorative or primary lighting.
Up lights can create interesting patterns on the tent fabric, colored up lights add to this

Dynamic or Entertainment Lighting- Is either computer or manually controlled and is
constantly changing with the entertainments needs. Your entertainers may provide
dynamic lighting. If not, there are companies that specialize in providing this type

Tent Heating
Tent heating is extremely variable. It's impossible to call weather conditions any more
than a few days in advance of your event. We can give good advice based on past
experience. This can help, but is a far cry from exactly what you may or may not need.

We have never had to heat a tent in late June, July or August.

We have heated tents in late May, early June and early September. (this is rare)

Early May and late September, we recommend that you reserve at least some heat
capacity to take the chill out of the air. (You may need more heat depending on

April and October plan on using a large amount of heat.

The rest of the year it can be extremely difficult and expensive to keep a large tent

Other tent heating basics you should know.

Tent side walls are a must when heating a tent.

Tent heaters use propane for fuel but need a small amount of electricity to operate
the heaters igniter and blower.

Tent heaters normally installed on the outside of the tent, but if there is plenty of
ventilation you can put them on the inside. (If its a windy day, moving the heaters
inside the tent makes them more effective).

Using multiple small heaters rather than one large heater makes a tent more

Tent heaters are controlled by a thermostat similar to a house thermostat.

The heaters we use are UL listed for tent heating. They come in 2 sizes 80k BTU per hour
and 170k BTU per hour.
(We have a heating specialist on staff that will assist you with your heating needs)