Pantone’s Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Posted on: December 28th, 2017

Pantone has officially announced that the color of the year is Ultra Violet and we think it’s going to be a huge hit! 

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We’re no strange to this dramatic color. We’ve seen clients bring in this shade of purple by using it for their tablecloths and table runner. We’ve also seen clients use this shade of purple in their centerpieces and bouquets! 

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Unique Uses For Mason Jars

Posted on: December 22nd, 2017

The most common use of a mason jar that we see is for signature drinks. Whether you’re serving sangria, margarita or a beer, our 16oz mason jar will get the job done!

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But there are so many other uses for the mason jar such as serving appetizers like a taco dip. The glass jar allows you to see all of the pretty layers! 

 Mason jar Rentals Western MA- creative food uses of a mason jar

Instead of serving salad in a bowl or on a plate, serve it in a mason jar. Just like the taco dip, serving salad in a mason jar allows you to see of the layers of vegetables. 

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Mason jars also are perfect holders for items such as fries! 

 Mason jar Rentals Western MA- creative food uses of a mason jar

Craving something sweet? Use mason jars to serve pies, cheesecakes, mousse or puddings! 

 Mason jar Rentals Western MA- creative food uses of a mason jar

You can also cook individual pieces of cake in each jar for your guests! 

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Want more unique uses of mason jars and other glassware? Head on over to our Pinterest page

DIY Holiday Table Runners

Posted on: December 14th, 2017

Having a sit down holiday dinner? Want to impress your guests and spruce up your kitchen table? Here are a few DIY tables runners we love! And remember, give us a call for your china and linen rentals! 

DIY Holiday Table Runner. Holiday party rentals Western MA

DIY Holiday Table Runner. Holiday party rentals Western MA

DIY Holiday Table Runner. Holiday party rentals Western MA

DIY Holiday Table Runner. Holiday party rentals Western MA

DIY Holiday Table Runner. Holiday party rentals Western MA

Holiday Napkin Inspiration

Posted on: December 13th, 2017

Looking to jazz up your table this holiday season? A simple napkin fold will do the trick! Here is a few that we absolutely love. Head on over to our Pinterest page for more inspiration!

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Holiday Napkin Fold- Napkin Rental

Holiday Napkin Fold- Napkin Rental

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   Holiday Napkin Fold- Napkin Rental

Planning a Holiday Party Checklist

Posted on: December 4th, 2017

If you haven’t start planning your holiday party as of yet, let us help!  (more…)

Tips and Hints to Planning a Successful Corporate Event

Posted on: December 2nd, 2017

Whether you’re planning a small corporate function for under 20 attendees or over 100, here are some easy tips and hints to make your corporate event a huge success. 

Identify Goals and Budget: To start, you need to establish what your goals are. Are you trying to raise funds, launch a new product, or educated employees? Once you have a goal, you then can start working on the budget. (How many guests are you expecting? Can you host this event in house or do you need to move it to a venue? Will you be serving a meal or just little snacks? etc.) 

Make a Plan and Make a Second Plan: Once you have a venue and all vendors in place, setup a walk through to plan everything from the setup to the breakdown. Once you have a game plan in place, take a second look at it. As we always say, plan for the worst and hope for the best! Go over the load in plan again and make sure you wont have any issues loading tables, chairs, bar, etc. into the space. In case of an emergency, know where the exits are and who you should contact.  

Make it Social: We’re social creatures and we like to interact and show our friends what we’re doing. You can create custom hashtags or snapchat filters to get your guests to join in on the fun. Photo booths are also fun and interactive. You can make a back drop for the photo booth that has your logo on it. After your event is over, make share to share photos on your facebook page or blog! 

Be Creative: Just because you’re planning a corporate event, doesn’t mean it has to be so corporate. If your goal is to educate your employees, make it a hands on experience. 

 

Theme It Out: Candylane

Posted on: November 28th, 2017

Classic green & red or blue & silver are beautiful and simple holiday themes but if you’re looking for something different, we have some out of the box themes we think you’ll love!  

Candylane: Or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a fun theme for guest of all ages! Neither of these themes would be complete without candy and chocolate. Rent our chocolate fountain with either white, milk or dark chocolate and make that the center of your party!

You can create a candy bar with goodie bags which will also double as perfect party favors! 

If you’re familiar with the Candylane board game, then you’ll remember those brightly colored spaces. You can bring these colors into your decor but alternating the tablecloths in hues of yellow, blue, green, orange and purple! If that’s too much color for your liking, you can alternate red tablecloths with white napkins and use either our white chiavari chairs or white padded garden chairs.  

Leaning more toward a Willa Wonky themed party? Use the classic Willy Wonka chocolate bars as your inspiration. Use the purple of the wrapper for tablecloths and then bring in gold chiavari chairs to compliment the golden ticket!  

Tented Event Crisis Plan

Posted on: November 15th, 2017

Tented Event Crisis Plan

With all the horrible things that have happen this past summer, we thought it was important to discuss crisis management for tented events. Our job is to make sure that the tent and equipment is safe for your guests but there are extreme conditions that can make an event tent not longer safe. Such hazardous situations are: 

Damaging Winds: The tent could collapse and injure occupants; the tent cannot protect occupants from flying debris.

Fire or Explosion: The tent cannot protect occupants from excessive heat, flames, or flying debris.

Lighting: Lighting poses a risk of electrocution, electric shock, or fire. Hail or Sleet
Excessive weight could cause the tent to collapse and injure occupants.

Excessive Rainfall: Saturation of ground with water may compromise securement. The tent could collapse and injure occupants.

Flash Flooding: Saturation of ground with water may compromise securement. The tent could collapse and injure occupants.

Snow Accumulation: Excessive weight could cause the tent to collapse and injure occupants.

Ice Storm: Excessive weight could cause the tent to collapse and injure occupants. Gas Leak
Atmospheric conditions may not be suitable for occupants.

Earth Movement e.g., tremor, landslide: Ground conditions may not be suitable for occupants and may compromise the tent’s securement.

First you must designate someone who will be in charge of the emergency evacuation plan and on site for the entire event. The point person(s) will assist in developing the plan and be responsible during the event for monitoring the weather, determining whether a situation calls for evacuation, and if so, acting decisively and authoritatively to instruct guests to evacuate

For a wedding: a family member, member of the wedding party, etc.
For a corporate event: an event planner, company representative, etc.
For a public event: a show manager, representative of the venue, the fire chief, etc.

The point person should establish an evacuation location. The location should be a permanent building large enough to accommodate your guests. Coordinate in advance to ensure it will be open and accessible during your event, and make a note of its address in case you have to call for emergency assistance. 

Of utmost importance, the tent should never be used as a shelter in an emergency situation.

Plan For The Worst, Hope For The Best: Rain Edition

Posted on: November 2nd, 2017

“Plan for the worst, hope for the best” is a motto we live by.  With the ever changing weather in New England, rain is always an option so we encourage you to plan for it.  Here are a few simple ways to make sure that it “Doesn’t rain on your parade”! 

Choose Your Location Wisely

Location of both your ceremony and reception is critical. Survey your property and find a level area as rain does flow. Try to find an area that isn’t in a low part of your property as that will flood first.  

If you’re not familiar with the property, do your research. You can review local records to confirm that the area you choose is not in a flood zone or that it’s not prone to flooding. 

Also keep in mind, when dirt gets wet, it turns into mud… so try to avoid areas with more dirt than grass. 

Rent A Tent

If you don’t want to have your reception or ceremony under a tent unless it’s absolutely necessary, we recommend that you put a tent on a rain hold. When you have a tent on a rain hold, you have up until noon the day before delivery to let us know your final decision. 

Offer Easy Cleanup

If you get caught in a rain storm on your way home, you dry yourself off the second you walk in the door so why don’t you offer something for your guests to dry off with. You can create a cleanup station with dry towels. You can even purchase towels to match the décor and display them in neat designs. 

Stock the bathroom with things to freshen up such as moistened towelettes or baby wipes. Those will help with any mud splatter or running makeup.  

Dry Shoes for Wet Feet

Don’t make your guests spend the duration of your reception in wet shoes. If rain is in the forecast stock up in a variety of size flip flops. If you have enough notice, you can also get matching rain boots for your wedding party. They’ll make a cute photo opportunity! 

 

Embrace it!

They do say that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck so we say, embrace it! Here are a few way to embrace the rain while still keeping with your decor.

Umbrellas: If you’re expect rain, buy a variety of umbrellas in your color scheme. (You can even use them as party favors if you want!) Seeing a sea of umbrellas will be much more pleasing to the eye if it looks uniform and intentional.

Shawls: Getting caught in the rain can lead to the chills at times. Have shawls thrown over seats or rolled up in a basket for guest to take and warm up with. 

Ponchos: These may cover up the outfit your guests have so carefully picked up but trust me, your guest would rather be dry then soaking wet. If planned ahead of time, you can have ponchos pre-printed and passed out as part of the wedding favors!

 

 

Backyard Wedding Tips

Posted on: October 28th, 2017

Backyard Wedding Tips

Are you recently engaged and are considering having a backyard tented wedding? If so, please keep these few tips in mind to ensure that your wedding goes just as planned! 

  • Always rent bathrooms. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a wedding of 50 or 200+ guests, you really don’t want that many people going in and out of your house. If you do plan to use your bathroom on top of renting portable restrooms, make sure you stock the bathroom with extra of the essential items. If you have a septic system, get it pumped prior to your wedding. 
  • Have a parking plan. If you don’t have the space to accommodate parking for your guests, consider having a shutter service from a  nearby parking lot. If it’s going to be tight parking on your property or a far walk, consider hiring valet services.  
  • Talk to your neighbors. If they aren’t being invited to your wedding, at least give them a heads up that you’re hosting your special day in your backyard, they may be a bit more lenient on the traffic and noise level. (They may even let you use their property for extra parking!)