Our worst nightmare has returned again – Loadshedding. It strikes fear into the heart of event planners and party hosts everywhere! But, you can make it work to your advantage and show your guests how clever you can be. Our team has come up with some ‘bright’ 😉 and innovative ways to host an event without electricity. So there’s no need to panic when the lights go out.

Cold and Unplugged Catering Ideas

Poke bowls are the perfect dish to serve when catering without electricity. They are a vibrant and healthy alternative to a hot cooked meal; they are also perfect for vegetarian and vegans.

One of favorite poke bowl recipes is this Spicy Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Poke Bowl by Jessica Gavin. This irresistible poke bowl recipe is a breeze to make especially when you are out of power the only preparation that needs to be made is steaming the rice. This recipe guarantees that guests will be running back for more.

(Click the pin to view the full recipe)



An outdoor barbeque is the perfect catering ideas when the lights are out. Enjoy fresh foods from the fire under the night sky (on indoors if you absolutely must). We’ve been daydreaming about a good New Orleans-style Southern barbeque for weeks! Think Cajun spiced shrimp, saucy ribs, a seafood jambalaya, sweet iced-ice (with a dash of bourbon) and pecan pie to finish. You can pre-cook dishes like gumbo and jambalaya and just pre-heat before service. You can hire our 4 Burner Gas BBQ here.


Light up your space the old fashion way

There are so many ways to light up your space without having to flip a light switch. What did folks do before the lightbulb was invented in 1879? There is something raw and magical about dinning under candlelight. Candle light can make large spaces feel intimate.

Thank candlelight, gas lamps, solar jars, fairy lights, fairy lights in jars. Make sure you browse through our selection of candle holders here: https://shop.xlevents.co.za/candle-holders/

Entertaining Without Electricity

Unplugged musicians

Last but not least, what about the music!? You will be pleasantly surprised at the number of talented acoustic/unplugged local music options like …

hip and oh-so-cool ACOUSTIC ELEMENT

the I-dare-you-to-try-and-keep-your-feet-still ABAVUKI

the beautiful African sounds of ZAMANANI BROTHERS CULTURAL GROUP

or the fabulous DIXIE SWINGERS BAND (perfect for your Southern Barbeque)

These are just a few quick ideas on how to beat the loadshedding schedule but we’re sure that if you put your mind to it, you could come up with a whole lot more!

If you’re looking for any kind of rental for your off-the-grid event, remember to contact our team on info@xlevents.co.za and we’ll happily source what you need!