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Must chill


The first time Rainer Scheer put on a massive entertainment block party for 2,000 people, back in Sarasota in 2008, he worked day and night to intricately plan every detail.

But even with obsessive preparation, he made one costly mistake: He forgot to hire security personnel for the VIP tent, so no one stood by to check if people had the special wristband for entry. “People were just walking in for free,” says Scheer.

Making sure to hire VIP security is one of many lessons Scheer has learned in the unique business venture he launched eight years ago, while the recession was just beginning to percolate. The company, and the events it puts on, is Chillounge Night.

Scheer calls each Chillounge night the “ultimate cool outdoor lounge experience.” Each event has an array of music and dance entertainment mixed with oversized lounge chairs and canopy beds, hip lighting and plenty of food and beverages. Scheer makes money off tickets, usually around $20 a person, and sponsorships. “There’s nothing like this around,” he says.

Now Scheer aims to expand the party business outside of Florida, where he has put on 36 Chillounge Night and related events in eight cities statewide since 2008. He seeks outside investors and partners, hoping to raise at least $500,000, which would enable him to put on Chillounge Night parties everywhere from New York to California.

“I would love to find a way to put a show on in Bryant Park in New York City,” says Scheer, a native of Germany who moved to Florida in 2002. “If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.”

Around 98,000 people in total have attended either a Chillounge Night or a more recent addition to the chill lineup, Cirque du Chill, says Scheer. Locations, in addition to Sarasota, have included St. Petersburg, Orlando and Boca Raton. Chillounge Night events, on average, cost about $40,000 to put on, while more complicated Cirque du Chill events can cost at least $80,000. That covers everything from permits to use streets and parks to food and entertainment.

All but three of the 36 events, says Scheer, have been profitable. Yet he says there’s little money left for marketing, which is one way outside investors could help grow the business. He thinks with enough funding, he could do closer to 20 events a year, and create additional themes and formats. More events, Scheer projects, would also help reel in national sponsors.
“The great thing with this outdoor party is that you get to create the atmosphere,” Scheer says. “If we had more money behind this, we can take it really far.”

Scheer started Chillounge Nights on something of a whim, when business stalled at the art gallery he ran on Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota. Scheer wanted to create a classy, upscale event where people could just chill and relax. He flew to Jakarta, Indonesia, in late 2007 and bought three truckloads’ worth of outdoor lounge gear. His furniture-buying binge cost about $80,000 — an investment Scheer says would have cost at least $300,000 if he bought the goods stateside.

In the early days, Scheer rented Ryder trucks to haul around the furniture. Now he rents three semi-tractor trailer trucks, and he leases a 9,000-square-foot warehouse to store the furniture. “At first some people thought I was crazy, and it was a big risk,” says Scheer. “But I thought, ‘How can you go wrong when you put 2,000 people in the street?’”


Humane Society of Tampa Bay Island Paws Party

Humane Society of Tampa Bay Island Paws Party

Lounge Furniture Event Rental

The humane society of Tampa Bay Island Paws Party was held on Friday 8th at the Newman Home on Davis Island. Chillounge Night event rentals was proud to work with this charity and provide the furniture rental for their wonderfully successful Island Paws Party. What a great group to work with. We provided chic daybeds and unique lounge seating.

For your next event please contact us at 941 448 0995 to help plan your special event furniture needs.

Chillounge comes home – Ticket Sarasota

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Chillounge comes home – Ticket Sarasota


It hasn’t been the best year for Rainer Scheer, owner and originator of Chillounge Night, which began in downtown Sarasota nine years ago. The annual cocktail party and entertainment extravaganza is one of the most exciting events of the year, partially because it’s always outdoors, taking advantage of our cool and mild spring weather.

Assuming, of course, the weather cooperates.

“We had three rainouts, November in St. Pete and February in Ft. Lauderdale, which was rescheduled and rained out again,” explains Scheer. “I begin to see I am in the gambling business.”

Sarasota's 'Chillounge Night' teamed up with The Circus Arts Conservatory and Nock Productions bringing Cirque du Chill – an epic and dynamic circus arts presentation that featured spectacular entertainment by world-renowned circus artists that was unlike any other Chillounge Night experience yet to date benefiting Selby Gardens. (March 28, 2015) (Herald-Tribune staff photo by Thomas Bender)

Despite the troubles, however, he has a few things to look forward to. The rescheduled St. Pete Chillounge went off without a hitch a few weeks ago and the Ft. Lauderdale Chillounge has slated for a third date with destiny in April.

“It’s an outdoor event and we want to give a good experience,” says Scheer. “Fortunately, it’s the best outdoor event in the world when the weather is fine.”

Over the past nine years, Scheer has put on his big party in cities across the state, where he has endured great triumphs and a few washouts, but this year’s Sarasota Chillounge brings with it some great news for fans of the event: This weekend it returns to its original home on Palm Avenue in downtown Sarasota.

After six years of taking over Palm Avenue for Chillounge, Scheer decided in 2014 to move away from downtown due to complaints from a few businesses. He relocated the event to the Westfield Southgate parking lot for two years, then Selby Gardens last year. Both had their advantages and disadvantages, but Scheer always wanted to bring it back to the original location.

(March 5, 2011)--(Sarasota Herald-Tribune Staff Photo by Thomas Bender)--- The fourth annual Chillounge Night was back in Sarasota Saturday evening March 5, 2011, with over a thousand attending the event on Palm Avenue in Downtown Sarasota.

“It’s the birthplace,” says Scheer. “It’s where Chillounge belongs.”

If you’ve never been to Chillounge, you’ll find the streets taken over by multiple truckloads of furniture Scheer bought in Indonesia, including luxurious couches, canopied daybeds and lounge chairs scattered in discrete areas throughout the event. There will be multiple bars, food catered by Cafe L’Europe, and pulsing dance music, all surrounded by downtown buildings, under the stars of a clear (according to weather forecasts) night sky.

That’s ordinarily enough for a great cocktail party, sure, but Chillounge has never been content to merely strive for the ordinary.

Buff male models will carry beautiful people through the party in the annual daybed parade, a fashion show put on by our very own Ana Molinari will take over the catwalk set up in the center of the event and aerialist Alexandra Nock will perform gymnastic feats suspended above the street by a massive helium balloon.

DJ Scotty will spin tunes throughout, along with performances by Mediterranean band Kafkasso (with accompanying belly dancers) and the high-energy soul and funk of InnerCity Energy Band.

The Daybed parade moved down Palm Ave. Saturday evening during the 5th Annual 2012 Chillounge Night in Sarasota. Over a thousand attended the event that included entertainment, a Ana Molinari fashion show, subtle lighting and chic outdoor furniture for chilling. (March, 10, 2012, Herald-Tribune staff photo by Thomas Bender)

You also won’t be able to miss the annual samba parade, led by Phoebe Vecchioni, fresh from Carnival in Brazil. She is invited every year by different samba groups to be a “muse” in the Carnival festivities and provided with elaborate costumes that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Thankfully, she brings those costumes back with her to wear at events like Chillounge.

With so much going on, Scheer doesn’t want guests to miss anything. He’ll install two massive LED screens at select spots at the party and will stream live video to them, thanks to camera crews that will follow the action wherever it takes place at the party. If you want to get up and dance the samba, great. If you just want to chill on a chaise and watch the screens, you can do that too.

Scheer has endured the worst when it comes to weather, but this week he’s too excited to be too worried, thanks to Chillounge’s return to downtown.

The Sunset Lounge Experience …. An Excellent Hospitality Partner

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For Immediate Release
The Sunset Lounge Experience …. An Excellent Hospitality Partner

Sarasota, FL, February 8, 2016, The Sunset Lounge Experience debuts on St. Petersburg Beach, May 21, 2016. Brought to you by the producers of Chillounge Night, the ultimate outdoor lounge party, the Sunset Lounge Experience promises to be an innovative, tasteful, and exclusive gathering for a very select few.

The Sunset Lounge Experience is the perfect partner for the stylish and sophisticated beach side hotel. It opens the hospitality market to a refreshing concept in either off-market times or peak seasons.

This unique social gathering feels like a private club. Within the enchanting ambiance of the Sunset Lounge, you feel the rhythm and heat of the night as graceful models showcase exquisite fashions while they interact with the guests … let the dazzling art of fire dance captivate … and sway to the beat as the sensual and colorful ladies of Samba provide that extra magical touch. Music to please, with rare chill-out compilations, are played through the night.

Fine dining will be at its best as guests feast on a banquet of culinary delights. This gives the hotel chef and staff the opportunity to provide innovative signature dishes. And no evening is complete without the fine taste of champagne.

The Tradewinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach will be the first to offer their idyllic beach setting for the perfect gulf-side affair. Casual chic comes to life here…. Trendy lounge furnishings offer seating for 280 guests. Guests can reserve an intimate private daybed for two or join the mix and mingle crowd in our centrally located SLE lounge seating area. All guests will have reserved seating. Special hotel package deals can be made available.

“I wanted to offer a sophisticated experience to a limited number of guests where they can enjoy a combination of beach, sand, sunset, fine dining and entertainment in a private outdoor VIP club-like setting” said Rainer Scheer, the founder of the dynamic Chillounge Night events and creator of the Sunset Lounge Experience.

The Sunset Lounge Experience… understated elegance… “Be out of the ordinary”. The ideal partner for existing events, your Hotel/Resort, wedding or corporate event planning needs.

“Let the Sunset Journey Begin” “One day the sunset will be yours”


The City of Fort Lauderdale adds a special touch to the Inaugural South Florida Chillounge Night

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“The City of Fort Lauderdale adds a special touch to the Inaugural South Florida Chillounge Night”

Inaugural South Florida Chillounge Night
In recognition of Chillounge Night December 4, 2015, to be held at Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale, the Mayor and City Commissioners of the City of Fort Lauderdale issued a proclamation recognizing the Inaugural South Florida Chillounge Night, presented by the South Florida BMW Centers, as promising to be the most unique and fascinating outdoor lounge party. The Mayor and City Commissioners further thanked the presenters, organizers, and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale (our host and benefiting charity) for bringing this exciting event to Fort Lauderdale.

Another Beautiful Chillounge Night Furniture Rental

Another Beautiful Chillounge Night Furniture Rental

Furniture Rental Tampa Bay, Fashion Show furniture, VIP event, Award Event St Petersburg

Furniture Rental Tampa Bay, Fashion Show furniture, VIP event, Award Event St Petersburg

Chillounge Night had the pleasure of providing the lounge furniture for the VIP catwalk at duPont Registry’s 2nd Annual Posh Picks event.  duPont Registy’s headquarters were stunning, the chic fashion show was provided courtesy of Gioffre, and it was great to work with our wonderful Chillounge Night production team partners of Ledpro Events Services and VPN Studios.  Let us help elevate your next event.  We can help make your next corporate or special event sparkle. Please contact us at 941-448-0995

Chillounge Night furniture rental helps developer maintain grand openings for their amenity centers



Chillounge Night furniture rental helps developer maintain grand openings for their amenity centers

Two major residential developments by Metro Development Group (Tampa, FL), Union Park in Wesley Chapel FL, and Waterleaf in Riverview FL, were in need of upscale outdoor furnishings to coincide with the grand openings of their respective amenity centers until their permanent furnishings arrived. Chillounge Night stepped in with long term rentals for each project to help ensure a seamless transition.

With a warehouse filled with chic outdoor furnishings, outdoor lighting, and other equipment, Chillounge Night can help with your furniture rental needs. Whether you are a developer, progressive corporation, or party planner seeking upscale outdoor furnishings for grand openings, a corporate event, fundraiser or other special event, let Chillounge Night help with your planning needs. We have a large selection of lounge furniture, chic daybeds, LED light cubes and more to help accommodate your needs.

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Herald Tribune: Chillounge’s Cirque du Chill in Sarasota

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Licensed to chill: Chillounge Night channels circus sensibilities


March 29, 2015
Sarasota’s ’Chillounge Night’ teamed up with The Circus Arts Conservatory and Nock Productions bringing Cirque du Chill – an epic and dynamic circus arts presentation that featured spectacular entertainment by world-renowned circus artists that was unlike any other Chillounge Night experience yet to date benefiting Selby Gardens. (March 28, 2015) (Herald-Tribune staff photo by Thomas Bender)

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Chillounge’s “Cirque du Chill” a guaranteed thrill at Selby Garden 3/28

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Chillounge’s “Cirque du Chill” a guaranteed thrill at Selby Garden 3/28

Chillounge Night, Cirque du Chill

Selby Gardens may not seem like your typical nightlife location, but on March 27th, you will see the gardens in a whole new light. Sarasota Chillounge Night is back for its 8th year and the “Cirque du Chill” experience that Rainer Scheer has planned for you will be unlike any night on the town you’ve ever had before.

“I work very hard to create a unique experience for my guests,” says Scheer. “I am very passionate about it. I live for these events!” The former art gallery owner began this production experience eight years ago and has brought his one-night wonder Chillounge Night to cities around the state, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale. “It is my dream one day to take this event to cities nationwide,” Scheer says. “We’re expecting close to 2,100 guests at our Sarasota event. The event is very complex and has a lot of layers. I am so excited to be hosting it this year at Selby Gardens.”

Scheer’s event coordination goes far beyond just choosing the location, hiring the entertainment and selecting all of the details to create the perfect outdoor nightlife ambiance. He and his team have worked cooperatively with the city engineers and sought out the necessary insurance for the numerous awe-inspiring acts that will be performed at this year’s Chillounge Night “Cirque du Chill” event. That, of course, includes the AeroSphere Aerial Balloon Show, where an acrobat will be performing while suspended from a helium-filled balloon.

“This will surely be a night to remember,” says Scheer. “My guests [from the St. Petersburg] told me that it’s like Cirque du Soleil but interactive and under the stars.” This year’s Chillounge Night event will transform Selby Gardens into an interactive feast for all of your senses, with intriguing circus arts performances, a fashion show by local boutique owner Ana Molinari, delicious food, and premium drinks. In the spirit of promoting community involvement, a majority of the event sponsors are local businesses, including BMW of Sarasota, MarineMax and Café L’Europe. For musical thrills, The Black Honkeys, the three-time winner of Creative Loafing’s Best Band in Tampa, will be performing as well. Scheer will have live coverage of the event broadcasting on three LED screens throughout the Gardens, so no matter where guests are located, they won’t miss out on the spectacles. And you never know what may happen. “We’ve had guests propose and get engaged on stage, and then return in following years to celebrate their anniversary,” says Scheer. But you certainly don’t have to get engaged to consider Chillounge Night a memorable evening – just come out and see for yourself!

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Licensed to Chill: Chillounge Night channels circus sensibilities

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Licensed to chill: Chillounge Night channels circus sensibilities


When the stresses of work and everyday life get the better of you, sometimes there’s no better advice than that found in the gospel of Brooklyn hip-hop duo, EPMD — “You Gots to Chill.”

And where better to chill than the aptly named Chillounge Night, Sarasota’s swanky annual block party?

Since 2008, Sarasotans have come to know and love the event, which takes over downtown each spring (and Westfield Southgate Mall, last year) with festivities including upscale lounge furniture, food, drink, fashion shows, live music and more.

This year, Chillounge has teamed up with the Circus Arts Conservatory and Nock Productions to create something completely different.
Dubbed “Cirque du Chill,” this year’s event, which takes place at 7 p.m. this Saturday, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, will feature an all-new circus theme, loaded with performances by world-class circus performers in addition to the food, drink and party atmosphere the party is already known for.

“It’s the ultimate outdoor lounge,” says event founder, Rainer Scheer. “Coming from Sarasota, I love the circus, so I wanted to find a way to incorporate that into our party. It’s our very own Cirque du Soleil under the stars.”

Guests can expect a variety of performances, including a sway-pole act by Nock Productions, an aerial balloon show, live music by the Black Honkeys, a magic and variety performance by Gypsy Allure, the feats of strength of Duo Romanesc and Joseph Dominic Bauer’s awe-inspiring “Wheel of Destiny.”

Chillounge recently debuted the performance in St. Petersburg, and Scheer says words fail to describe the show.

“You have to be there to see it,” he says. “There’s no description for it.”

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