Decadent masterpiece

December 1, 2016

A clear tent becomes a speakeasy with “The Great Gatsby” in every detail. Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby may have been left off the guest list, but every other detail of a “Great Gatsby”-themed birthday party under a tent recalled the glitter and grandeur of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Inspired by the client’s home and …

An organic palette under a sailcloth tent

October 1, 2016

Earthiness and formality blend perfectly under a sailcloth tent. With a bride specifically requesting a twin-pole sailcloth tent for her wedding, Durkin’s Inc. of Danbury, Conn., and Amy Cagginello of Amy Champagne Events LLC, Milford, Conn., and New York City, set out to seamlessly blend the tent and decor. Fulfilling the bride’s dream, Durkin’s installed …

A traditional Indian wedding celebration spans several days at separate venues

August 1, 2016

Weddings in India are typically filled with customs and rituals, beauty and elegance, and the importance of family—and the Indian wedding that took place at Castleton Farms in Loudon, Tenn., last May, was no exception. Knoxville, Tenn.-based All Occasions Party Rentals (AOPR) provided tent and event services for the wedding, reception and events the week …

‘Gossip Girl’ dream scene for a sweet sixteen

April 1, 2016

Bringing a client’s dream to life can require all sorts of background research. For a sweet sixteen party at a private residence in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sonia Sharma of Sonia Sharma Events & Design found herself studying a takeoff of a classic. “The client told us her daughter really liked [the television show] ‘Gossip Girl,’ …

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The well-dressed table

Selecting the right table linens for events that sparkle means staying on top of trending colors, themes and table arrangements. From standard white tablecloths and their matching napkin counterparts to single floral centerpieces and bland china, the events of yesteryear were often drab affairs. It is no wonder that so many people ended up with …

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Dressing for the occasion

June 1, 2014

Event planners and decorators find ways to stylize any type of tent. By Janice Kleinschmidt Quick: What great hotel ballroom event have you attended that comes to mind? Still thinking? OK, maybe you did think of one. But what do you remember about the event? Probably something besides the walls, ceiling and fleur-de-lis carpeting. “The …

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Seamless transitions

The right decor can create harmony between a structure’s interior and its surroundings. By Jake Kulju Tented events are emulating increasingly popular residential outdoor rooms, where the boundaries between interior and exterior blend to create a harmonious environment. “Very often clients work to design their events based on their surroundings,” says Ben Philbrook, director of …

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Seating in the spotlight

Once merely functional, chairs and unique seating have become standout contributors to event decor. By Pamela Mills-Senn Trends drive event decor, but the last thing an event rental company needs is a warehouse overloaded with here-today-gone-tomorrow inventory. Chairs represent a sizable investment for rental companies and furnishings suppliers, so it’s important to tease out fad …

Luxury, drama and new heights in special event trends

December 1, 2013

All that glimmers and shimmers for 2014 event design. Special event trends constantly challenge event designers to find new ways to show off their best. From thematic design statements to technological advances, these eight trends are the ones to know in 2014: Return of the black tie: Thank Hollywood for the reemergence of luxury and …

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Image projection changes a tented experience

Digital projection transforms tented events into immersive journeys. By Danielle Beurteaux Tents have a sophisticated form all their own. But when you move beyond augmenting their architectural grace with elements such as lights and color washes to digital projection, tents become palettes for talented designers who can transform them into imaginative immersive environments. “Other than …