In the last year, parties have undergone a major transformation. We’ve invented the drive-by party, where guests drive (or walk) by, and outdoor parties have become more popular than ever. And while things aren’t loosening up as much as we’d like, we do want to celebrate. And since the parties are few and far between these days, we want to make sure they make the best memories too. With that in mind, check out these party rental companies that will make any backyard bash pop!

Set the Stage

If your kiddo is a balloon-lover, then you’ll want to check out Balloon Zoom before you do anything else. They use sustainably-harvested latex that biodegrades fast and they don’t support helium balloon releases, instead using air-filled balloons 99% of the time. But trust us, the helium isn’t missed in these stunning balloon displays perfect for any child’s birthday. They offer several different packages, perfect for any size party – including a package perfect for a household-only party and one specifically designed for quarantine!

Balloon Zoom

Jump Around & Get Down

What kid doesn’t love a bounce house? They are a quintessential birthday party activity, and LunaFynn Moon Bounce offers a wide variety of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a traditional bounce house, one with a slide, or an inflatable slide with a pool, they’ve got you covered. They drop off, pick up, and clean and sanitize each bounce house after each rental, so all you need to do is pay and play. They also have Sno-Cone, Cotton Candy, and popcorn machines – and you can get $20 off if you rent a food machine with an inflatable!

LunaFynn Moon Bounce

Choo, Choose a Backyard Train Ride

Got a little engineer in the making? They’ll adore Big D's train rentals that come to you. With three different train options, plus one that fits on a trailer with two ponies (and who doesn’t love ponies?), you’ll easily find the perfect choo-choo for your little railroad rider. Their little train has 6 cars made out of 55-gallon drums and is perfect for kids ages 12 and younger. Their other trains can hold up to 12 kids and adults. They do recommend reserving your train 2-3 weeks in advance and you will need a 50% deposit to hold the date and the rental.

Big D’s Amusements & Party Rentals

Host a Backyard Barnyard

Bring the petting zoo right to your own backyard with Squeals on Wheels! They offer a variety of package options, from cute little lap buddies to larger animals like alpacas and goats, for the perfect farm animal experience. To maximize safety during Covid, they are spacing animal pens as far apart as your space will allow and requiring everyone ages 3 & up (guests and staff members alike) to wear masks. But you’ll still get maximum time and contact with the animals because you can get in the pen and sit with and pet the furry little guys!

Squeals on Wheels

Giddy Up with Pony Rides

Kids and ponies go together like ice cream and waffle cones. And Hogback Mountain Pony Rides has four ponies to make sure your kids get the pony ride they want. And one of their ponies is a unicorn! Your little unicorn dreamer will forever treasure a photo with a real-life unicorn.

Safety regulations: They are requiring masks for all events and limiting attendees to 10, so keep that in mind if you want to plan a party with pony rides.

Hogback Mountain Pony Rides

Princesses, Superheros & Movie Stars, Oh My!

Princess Parties of DC is a bit of a misnomer since princesses are only one part of their offering. They also have superheros and a whole host of other characters from movies like Mary Poppins, Toy Story, and Wizard of Oz. These princesses, superheroes, and other characters will sing and dance with the kids as well as a few other activities, including arm painting and glitter tattoos during Covid (it would usually be face painting). Whether you get Elsa for 30 minutes or Captain America for two hours, you’ll be making your little dreamer’s wish come true with one of these incredible performers at their party!

Princess Parties of DC

—Wendy Miller

featured photo: iStock


18+ Pandemic Proof Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

DC Indoor Playgrounds Offering Private Rentals & Online Reservations

Strike a Pose: The DMV’s Best Backdrops for Family Photos