So, our tropical trip is fast approaching now, and we’ve decided to throw ourselves a going-away party. Yeah, that may sound a little weird, but we have a rather small house on a large lot, so we have more room for people to hang out in the backyard than any of our friends or family.
Now that fall is just around the corner, we’re hoping the weather will be mild and pleasant … as long as the Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t impinge on us too much! Nevertheless, it can get pretty warm in New Jersey this time of year, and our property doesn’t have many trees, so we’re looking at ways to add some shade.
One of the obvious solutions, at least in our minds, is a party tent with screens. We’re not talking about one of those huge monstrosities you see and big weddings or state fairs: just something that can fit a half dozen people comfortably. Our guest list will probably include about 20 people altogether, and we also have a small covered deck, so we don’t need a tent that will hold everybody.
Originally, we were thinking about a relatively inexpensive pop-up canopy, but decided that one with screened walls would be a good idea. I mean, everybody had to deal with bugs sooner or later, so it would be nice if the tent could be a refuge from pests.
After checking out a few websites, we found this article that gave us some additional things to think about. In particular, the author suggests choosing a canopy with “pockets” that reinforce the corners, increasing durability. They also note that some tents come with rain gutters, which would be very useful if we needed shelter from “liquid sunshine”.
Finally, we’re figuring the canopy will be used a fair amount going forward, making it a worthwhile investment. That’s one of the reasons why we’re not just running out to a discount store and buying the first one we see on sale. We are expecting to get multiple years of shade and comfort out of this tent, so doing more in-depth research makes sense.
We have a little time before the party, so we’ll continue shopping around a bit, but expect to take the plunge and pick one up in the next week or so.
Sure glad our company is paying our way to Hawaii, considering all the money we’re spending on the “extras”. Still, we’re trying to be smart shoppers, especially where this party is concerned. Regardless, it should be fun, and you’ve got to treat yourself once in a while!