The kids may have their bounce houses, but how about letting the grown-ups have some fun with a blow-up bar?
That's the concept behind Inflatable Pubs, an Irish company that's been making customized life-sized pubs and sending them worldwide. They blow up in about five minutes on a flat grassy patch, and can even come with a working bar that pours stout beer.
The inflatable pub is meant to mimic the feel of a real pub, complete with fake brickwork, chimneys, fireplace and light fixtures.
A spokeswoman for the company says the company recently designed a "McGregor Pub" that was shipped to Las Vegas ahead of the big boxing match last month for a "very famous celebrity family." And soon the company will start rolling out Das Bier Haus Inflatable in time for Oktoberfest.
In Boston, one company has turned blow-up pub rentals into a full-fledged catering business: The Paddy Wagon Pub brings the inflata-bar to the home and sets up a full range of drinks and Irish food like Shepherds Pie, soda bread and curry fries, and even provide live music, Irish step dancers and a "pour your own pint" demonstration, Food & Wine reports.