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20x40 frame tents for 100 guests

When planning an outdoor event, especially with a large crowd, it’s a good idea to have a plan B to combat Mother Nature. 

Ensuring your guests are comfortably shielded from sun, wind, and rain is crucial in planning. That's where the perfect tent comes in – it's not just about creating shelter, it's about crafting an environment where everyone can comfortably celebrate.

Selecting the right tent for a party with 100 guests is more than just ensuring everyone fits; it's about creating a one-of-a-kind event experience. In this guide, we dive deep into how to choose a tent that reflects the uniqueness of your occasion. We’re covering everything from practical seating arrangements to the more specific aspects like tent styles and shapes.

But it's not just the tent's structure that matters; it's also about how people experience the space within it. Our goal is to help you plan a celebration that's not only comfortable but also flows smoothly, ensuring every guest feels considered and catered to. Join us as we explore the key elements that will make your large event both grand and inviting.

How Many People = What Tent Size?

30x60 clear tent

When it comes to choosing the right size tent for your event, guest count is just the start. The seating arrangement of your event plays a pivotal role in answering the question “what size tent do I need?” Whether you're organizing a:

  • Graduation Ceremony: With theater-style seating to celebrate the graduates.
  • Corporate Event Happy Hour: A standing room setup with cocktail tables for networking.
  • Banquet-Style Outdoor Award Ceremony: Featuring long, rectangular tables for a formal feel.
  • Wedding Reception: Complete with round tables for a classic sit-down dinner.

Each type of event demands a different layout. For 100 guests, you're generally looking at a tent size ranging from 800 to 1,200 square feet. However, this is just a guideline. It's essential to factor in how much space is needed for additional elements, such as bars, dance floors, round tables for gifts, food serving stations, or any special displays.

The key is to think beyond just fitting your guests into a tent. Consider the overall experience you want to create and how movement and interaction will flow in the space. A well-planned layout not only accommodates your guests but also enhances the ambiance of your event, making it a comfortable and memorable occasion for all. 

Fortunately, we have a wide range of tent sizes designed to accommodate large crowds. When you have a tent need for 100 guests. We recommend something between a 20x40 and a 30x40 size party tent, ensuring ample space for comfort and movement. Alternatively, for those seeking extra seating capacity, opting for a larger size can provide that additional floor space, enhancing the overall event experience.

 Tent Size




Theater Style Seating

Cocktail Seating

Banquet Style Seating

Sit-Down Dinner Style



114 guests

100 guests

80 guests

67 guests


1000 143 guests 125 guests 100 guests 83 guests 


1200 171 guests 150 guests 120 guests 100 guests 


900 129 guests 113 guests 90 guests 75 guests 


1200 171 guests 150 guests 120 guests 100 guests

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6 Tent Types to Consider: Pros & Cons for 100 Guests

30x45 pole tent for 100 guests

Choosing the right tent for your event involves more than just picking a size. The tent's shape, style, and functional features play a crucial role in determining the overall feel and flow of your event. 

Depending on the nature of your event, the location of setup, and the duration of use, some tents may be more suitable than others.

  1. Frame Tent: West-Coast frame tents are a favored choice for their innovative design, which maximizes utility and comfort. Their sturdy frame construction eliminates the need for interior poles, offering a fully usable floor space beneath the tent. This layout ensures an unobstructed, open area, allowing guests to move around freely and comfortably. And the best part about frame tents is their versatility in being able to be installed on virtually any surface using a tent ballasting system.
  1. Pole Tent: Pole tents are distinguished by their tall, elegant ceilings, with center poles extending upwards to form peaks on the tent top. This classic design not only adds a touch of sophistication but also creates a spacious, airy atmosphere inside. However, it's important to note that each pole tent incorporates central poles that can take up space or act as visual barriers within the tent. Additionally, pole tents are designed to be staked into the ground so make sure you are setting your tent up on a soft surface.

  2. Clear Tent: As a frame-style tent, clear tents offer a unique and stunning experience with their transparent tops. This design creates an elegant and open interior, perfectly blending the outdoor environment with the comfort of a covered space. The clear top allows for natural light during the day, and at night, it transforms into a magical setting, offering a view of the night sky. This makes it an excellent choice for sophisticated events such as weddings and high-end corporate gatherings where ambiance plays a crucial role.

  3. Keder Tent: Ameritrac Keder Tents elevate the frame tent design by incorporating a unique track system. This innovative feature allows the tent fabric to smoothly slide and securely fasten into the frame, seamlessly integrating it as part of the overall structure. This design not only ensures a more stable setup but also offers the added advantage of quick fabric removal in scenarios like unexpected weather changes, making it the top choice for long-term event use.

  4. Square Tent: Square tents are an excellent option for events where the main attraction is centered, such as performances, speeches, or ceremonies. Their symmetrical design ensures that every guest has an unobstructed and equitable view of the central stage. This layout is particularly effective in ensuring that no attendee feels distant or disconnected from the main event, making square tents ideal for gatherings where audience engagement is key.

  5. Rectangular Tent: Rectangular tents stand out for their versatility and adaptability, making them a popular choice for a variety of event layouts. Their elongated shape is perfect for fitting into narrow or constrained spaces, offering flexibility in venue selection. This shape excels in accommodating events that require multiple distinct areas within a single space. For instance, at a wedding, a rectangular tent can effectively be sectioned to fit a cake table, buffet table area, dance floor, and head table, each with its own dedicated space.

Each tent type has its unique features and considerations. Think about your event's specific needs, from visual appeal to functional requirements, to select the best tent style for a memorable experience with your 100 guests

Don’t Forget to Accessorize Your Tent in 5 Fashionable Ways

20x40 frame tent with flooring

Your tent serves as a beautiful blank canvas for your event, ready for you to take it to the next level with finishing touches. With the right accessories, you can transform your tent into a fully-fledged event venue, brimming with style and functionality.

  1. Flooring: The foundation of any great event setup is the flooring. Tent flooring not only provides a crisp, even surface but also enhances the overall comfort and safety. It prevents concerns like tripping hazards, sinking heels, or dirty shoes, ensuring your guests can move around with ease.

  2. Lighting: As the day turns to night, lighting becomes crucial to continue the event. And during the day, soft lighting complements the blockout tent top fabric that shields the sun’s rays. With choices like stage lighting that spotlights key moments to the warm charm of string lights or the fun flair of disco lights, choose the option to suit your event mood.

  3. Sidewalls: Complete the look of your event tent with stylish sidewalls. Whether you opt for solid white for a classic look, clear walls for a natural light, cafe-style for a chic vibe, or walls with windows for a picturesque view, each choice adds to your event's character. Beyond just looks, they provide privacy, block out wind, and protect against rain, ensuring your guests' comfort throughout the event.

  4. Installation Accessories: The ease of setting up your tent is as important as the event itself. Our installation accessories are designed to streamline this process. Drop cloths protect your tent from dirt and damage during setup, while frame jacks and stake pullers reduce manual labor, making the installation smooth and efficient for your crew.
  1. Tent Cleaner: Keep your tent looking new event after event, with our range of tent cleaners. 'Keep It Clean' is perfect for regular upkeep, while 'Break the Mold' is ideal for tackling any challenges post a damp event, ensuring your tent always looks its best.

Remember, the right accessories not only enhance the look of your tent but also contribute significantly to the success and smooth running of your event. Let's make your event unforgettable, down to the last detail.

Selecting the Ideal Size Tent + Superior Quality

pole tent for 100 guest wedding ceremony

Choosing the right tent for an event with 100 guests is about more than just size. It's about trust in a shelter that protects from unpredictable weather and enhances your event's atmosphere. At American Tent, we understand the importance of reliability and style in every event you host.

Our commitment to quality is shown in our choice of materials, ensuring that each tent is built to last and withstand countless events:

  • High-quality Materials: We use 16 oz. blockout vinyl, which is UV resistant and flame retardant.
  • Superior Fabric Strength: Our tent tops are crafted from 1000 denier fabric, optimizing longevity.
  • Durable Structure: Anodized aluminum poles resist rust, maintaining integrity over time.
  • Secure Anchoring: 2” nylon ratchet straps and 42” double-headed steel stakes, ensure a secure setup.

Located in the heart of the Midwest, our central location allows for rapid production and efficient shipping. Combined with fast lead times, we can quickly cater to last minute event needs.

Our customization options set your event apart. From specialty fabric colors to custom printing, we make sure your tent is uniquely yours. And if standard sizes don't fit your space, our team is able to create custom-sized tents that perfectly match your venue and guest count.

Not sure which size tent is right for your event? Our comprehensive tent size calculator is a valuable resource for detailed insights, tailored to various guest counts.

We're not just about tents; we're about creating memorable experiences. Our expert sales team is ready to guide you through the process, ensuring your event is a success. 

To start planning your event with confidence, reach out to us at 920-431-0938. Let's make your next event unforgettable with a tent that's as dependable as it is impressive.

Tony Ehrbar's headshot

Tony Ehrbar

Owner & CEO

Tony's entrepreneurial spirit is woven into the fabric of American Tent (an Inc 5000 company), shaped by his experience running a successful event venue & tent rental service. His recognition as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 is a testament to his impact & dedication to his community. As the Co-founder and CEO of Renegade Plastics, Tony is leading initiatives in the tent industry to integrate eco-friendly, recyclable materials. Contributing as a board member for the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) & the Green Bay Area Public Schools Foundation and being featured by Entrepreneur, Oracle, & Modern Weddings, Tony plays a pivotal role in enhancing the growth and success of the textile industry.

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