Planning a party? Check out these fab event services in Beijing

From VR rental to face painting, these companies can help liven up any party

One thing that Beijing doesn't suffer from is a lack of things to do or parties to go to, but sometimes the time rolls around when you're the one having to make an event out of thin air. There are plenty of restaurants to take a group out for a meal, but when you want (or need) to level up your event game, it can be hard to know where to start. Whether you're planning your company's annual holiday get-together, organising a hen do for your BFF or pulling off an indoor music festival, here are five killer services to help you throw the best party ever.
Best for posterity: InstaPhoto Co.

Best for posterity: InstaPhoto Co.

The best events are all about those extra touches. Adding a photo booth into the mix adds a fun, interactive element and gives guests lasting memories in the form of prints and WeChat stickers. Luxe photo booth rental company InstaPhoto Co (WeChat ID: InstaPhoto) sends the whole set up – backdrops, props and attendants to help guests operate the booths – and offers customisable templates for prints branded to the event as well as the option of GIFs that can be used as WeChat stickers. There's the option for a green screen function, which means limitless backdrop options (Caribbean beach? Sure. Outer space? Why not. Your own magazine cover? Of course.) and soon the team will be launching a new video booth with a whole range of functions like Boomerang-style clips, slow-mo and light painting. 

Photo: InstaPhoto

Best for raves: Face Slap Beijing

Best for raves: Face Slap Beijing

The folks at Face Slap (WeChat ID: FaceSlap) offer a variety of services for both kids and adults. Starting from 500RMB, the body art company sends their team to parties where they can work on any theme, from kids' face painting to White Walker faces for your GoT-themed party. Face Slap also paints neon designs for black lights at clubs and music festivals, so if you’re holding an underground rave with lots of UV lighting and want your guests to shine, make sure to get in contact. Venue painting starts from 1,200RMB.

Photo: Face Slap

Best for tech geeks: Virtual Reality Rental

Best for tech geeks: Virtual Reality Rental

Virtual reality (VR) is becoming more and more accessible, so much so that you now can hire your own VR machine for your party. Virtual Reality Rental brings the magic of VR straight to your party venue, whether it’s to liven up a quiet programme, or as a sideshow to your boogie night. Their unlimited four-hour packages come with headsets and accessories, as well as a team of attendants who will set up the VR rig and stay on to help guests operate the devices. Possible VR experiences include games, challenges, puzzles and videos. While there’ll obviously be a queue as only one person can have a go at a time, you’ll most likely still find yourself entertained as you watch people spin around furiously while screaming at virtual zombies coming to get them. That's prime douyin material just waiting to be shot, really.

Photo: Virtual Reality Rental

Best for outdoor fun: Imagine China

Best for outdoor fun: Imagine China

If you’re looking to take advantage of Beijing’s excellent spring weather, then check out Imagine China (WeChat ID: Imagine-China). They have an incredible children's programme, such as parkour parties where kids can bounce on trampolines and jump into foam pits. Adults can also get in on the action at their survival parties where aspiring Bear Grylls-types can learn to make fires, build rafts and explore the great outdoors. Parties can last from a couple of hours to a whole day depending on the activity that you choose. Prices for adults start at 400RMB per person and a minimum of 13 people are required.

Photo: Imagine China

Best for kids' parties: High Party

Best for kids' parties: High Party

Your one-stop shop for all things party, High Party (WeChat ID: ChinaHighParty) offers everything from oversized number balloons to piñatas, to weird and wonderful candles. Sort out all your invitations, party plates, balloons and decorations all from the comfort of your own home. Though a lot of the products are geared towards children’s gatherings, High Party is still worth a browse if you’re throwing a themed party for adults.

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