100% utilized spaces in tents offer extensive opportunities for the party planner. Meanwhile, the qualities that make event tents appealing can also create significant challenges. The event area may seem overwhelming and be lacking in warmth. Just as if you were designing a home, you have more to do with it.

Plan it out. Knowing what elements you have to include is vital, such as a stage, dance floor, bars, food stations and dining area.

Break it up. Breaking up the event space into dedicated “rooms” brings focus to each segment of the celebration. For example, the bar area is one “room” that may also have high top cocktail tables with barstools as well as sofas and coffee tables that create a living-room feel.

Throw light on it. Theatrical lighting can soften seating arrangements, creating focus and romance by highlighting small areas and dimming empty spaces around them. Ambient light in residential fixtures can also bring the energy down from the ceiling.

Remember the details. A space filled with large pieces needs balance. Add accessories such as throw pillows, rugs, lamps and console and side tables to define the mood. You want guests to notice the small details in each space, then walk away understanding the big message loud and clear.