Our warehouse and service center is in Portland Oregon. We serve all of the Portland Metro area- Including Oregon and SW Washington.
West Portland – Northwest Portland
Beaverton, Hillsboro, Rock Creek, West Haven – Sylvan, Northwest Heights, St. Johns, Scappoose, St. Helens, Skyline, North Plains, Banks, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston
South Portland - Southwest Portland
SW Portland, Southwest Hills, Raleigh Hills, Multnomah Village, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Metzger, King City, Durham, Tualatin, Sherwood, Newberg, Yamhill, Carlton, McMinneville, Newberg, Dundee, Dayton, St. Paul, Donald, West Linn, Wilsonville.
Northeast Portland – Southeast Portland
NE Portland, N Portland, Maywood Park, Mt. Scott, Gresham, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, Corbett, Damascus, Happy Valley, Sunnyside, Clackamas, Oregon City, Canby, Sandy, Estacada, Beavercreek, Redland, Spring Water, Mulino, Mollalla, Colton, Mt. Hood, Mt Angel, Woodburn Hubbard, Aurora, Gervais.
We Also Serve:
Bend, Corvallis, Albany, Eastern Oregon, Eugene, Klamath Falls, Medford-Ashland, Oregon Coast, Portland, Roseburg, Salem.
Vancouver, WA - SW Washington
Vancouver, Camas, Mill Plain, Camas, Washougal, Five Corners, Orchards, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Ridgefield, Woodland, La Center, Kelso, Longview, Amboy, Kalama, Castle Rock, Centralia, Chehalis, Napavine, Mossyrock, North Bonneville, Stevenson, Goldendale.
Salem – Kiezer – Albany
Four Corners, Brooks, Hayesville, Amity, Willamina, Grand Ronde, Monmouth, Independence, Silverton, Stayton, Turner, Jefferson, Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Brownsville, Sweet Home.
Bend – Redmond
Prineville, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Warm Springs
Eugene – Springfield – Ashland – Medford – Klamath Falls
Salem – Kiezer – Albany
Central - Eastern Washington
Yakima, Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Tri-cities, Spokane, Ellensburg, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Spokane, Spokane Valley, and more.
Post Falls, Coeurd'Alene, Sandpoint, Lewiston, Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Twin Falls
Planning to have a picnic in Portland? Perhaps the most important part of any picnic is the food. Hamburgers and hot dogs are favorite picnic foods and are easily prepared on the grill at the park. You can also rent a large gas grill for your picnic. If you don’t want to cook any food at the park, pizza or sub sandwiches are an easy solution or go pot luck and let everyone share the work.
Portland has many gorgeous settings for picnics, but there is one potential problem with having any outdoor events in Portland- the weather. Portland is one of the rainiest cities in the United states with an average of 222 cloudy days per year. When planning for an outdoor event in Portland therefore, plan for the rain. Pick a park with a picnic shelter or use a tent. On the off chance a picnic takes place on a warm, sunny day, guests will be glad to have the shelter for shade. Even Portland gets hot sometimes.
If you are having a large party of using any special equipment for your picnic, be sure to reserve your picnic site ahead of time to make sure that the space is available when you have your event. Smaller picnics do not necessarily need to reserve a space, but keep in mind without reservations another party might take the space you want if there is a specific site you have in mind.
If you are having a party with lots of kids, consider renting inflatable bounce houses or other games and entertainment. A covered bounce house provides a space for the kids to play out of the rain.
Hope your picnic day is sunny and bright, but with a little preparation, your picnic can be a success no matter what the weather.
One of the most important things for any party is the menu. Whether you are having an elaborate meal or just serving appetizers, guests appreciate having good food to nibble on while they mingle. The ideal appetizers should be easy and inexpensive to prepare, and they also need to taste great.
Chips are easy (just open the bag) and inexpensive but served by themselves, they are also boring, You can get a container of salsa to serve with the chips, and but unless the salsa is something really special, it is unlikely to be a source of much praise. Luckily there are many other kinds of dips you can make or buy.
Mexicali or 7 Layer dip is a favorite for parties. It doesn’t actually have to have 7 layers, there can be more or less depending on your preferences. You can purchase premade layered dip in stores; however, it is not difficult to make yourself and it tastes much better if it is homemade.
Here is the recipe I grew up with:
In a large flat bowl, layer the following:
2 nine ounce cans bean dip (smashed flat)
3 ripe avocados mashed and mixed with 2 tablespoons lemonade
½ cup sour cream mixed with ½ cup mayonnaise and 1.25 ounces taco seasoning
Grated cheddar and jack cheese (enough to cover the entire bowl with a thick layer)
Chopped olives (1-2 small cans)
Chopped green olives (1 bunch)
Serve with corn chips.
This dip can be made a day or two in advance and kept in the fridge until the party. Be sure that if any perishable foods are going to be kept out for any length of time that they are kept at a cool temperature so they do not spoil. Placing the dip bowl over a tray of ice may be a smart idea during warm weather. You can purchase an inflatable buffet tray to fill with ice and set up on a table for a nominal cost. Another option is serve smaller portions and keep the remainder in the refrigerator or ice chest until the food that was served has been used.
If you want to serve warm appetizers, making nachos is another great way to serve chips at a party.
In a perfect world, events would always go as planned, but sometimes life happens and things need to be cancelled or rescheduled. With some advance planning, you can avoid having to cancel most events and when you do need to cancel an event, you can make the cancellation much smoother.
For larger events, it is wise to purchase event cancellation insurance. Cancellation insurance will cover event costs in case of an unforeseen problem which necessitates cancellation or if a vendor is unable to deliver a service. You should be able to get this insurance from the same company that you use for your event liability insurance (which is often required and always smart for large events). Be sure to review all contracts carefully when signing up for any insurance plans so you know what is covered and what is not before a problem occurs.
When planning your event, try to foresee and avoid conditions that may cause cancellation. In Portland the weather is perhaps the most common reason for canceling outdoor events. Whenever possible, have an alternate plan in case of rain. Renting a tent is never a bad idea. Even if the weather is sunny and nice, guests will appreciate the shade. Sometimes an alternate location is preferable to a tent for wet weather plans. If you are having a small party, perhaps you can have it in a restaurant instead. Sports events may be able to be accommodated in a gym or another indoor facility if arrangements are made in advance. If it is absolutely necessary to have good weather for an event, whenever possible, plan it for summer months, especially July and August, and keep an eye on the weather reports so if cancellation is necessary you can make arrangements as early as possible.
If you are considering canceling an event for any reason, weight the pros and cons of cancellation carefully and consider whether there are any solutions that will allow the show to go on. If an entertainer is unavailable, can another comparable one be booked? Would an event organizer or additional helpers make the event feasible? If a venue is unavailable, can the event be moved? If the date is a problem, can it be rescheduled? There are certainly times when cancellation is the best option, but it is rarely the only option.
When booking an event venue, entertainers, and caterers, and renting equipment be sure to make yourself familiar with cancellation policies. The earlier you cancel event, the more likely you will be able to recoup some or all of the costs. If you are concerned an event may have to be canceled, discuss it with the vendors, and they may be willing to work with you. Some vendors will give full or partial credit if you are rescheduling the event. Last minute cancellations, however, are likely to require a loss of all deposits and vendors may choose to charge the full amount of the service cancelled if their contracts allow.
Along with canceling the venue and vendors, it is also necessary to let anyone involved in the event know about the cancellation. This includes any employees or volunteers who were planning on working the event and any participants and guests who were coming to the event. Contacting guests is made simpler when you have a good contact list for everyone involved, but this is not always feasible.
For events when you are unsure how many people will attend or who will attend, sometimes advertising the cancellation is the best solution. Put a small ad in any publications and web-sites that were originally used to promote the event. If tickets were sold, it will be necessary to refund any money collected. Include information on how to get refunds or exchange tickets with the cancellation information. If possible, post signs at the venue where the event was to be held on the event day so any individuals who show up will be informed of the cancellation and, when applicable, refund instructions.
Canceling an event is never an ideal situation, but it can be done when necessary. Hopefully this list of suggestions will help you avoid canceling your event, or if you still have to cancel or reschedule, will help things go more smoothly.