Shifting trends in holiday parties

December 1, 2007

December marks the start of the traditional holiday celebration season. This year, the hottest events will be bucking tradition in favor of sleek colors and a modern vibe. Evan Carbotti, of Perfect Surroundings Inc. in Newport, R.I., says that themed holiday parties may have seen their day. “It seems there’s been a shift, at least …

Storms wreak tent havoc

Summer and fall storms have caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to tents around the U.S. In late August, a storm system ripped through the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, where Minneapolis-based Skyway Event Services had just finished setting up a large clearspan structure for Renewal by Andersen’s home improvement exhibit at the fair (pictured above). …

Dubai tent operators see boom in Ramadan tents

Tent operators in Dubai are capitalizing on the tradition of late-night Ramadan tents, leading some residents to complain over high prices, according to Gulf News. During Ramadan, members of a community may meet in tents to socialize, read the Qu’ran or partake in the traditional pre-dawn meal. These days, the gatherings have become late-night hotspots, …

H2B suffers another setback

In October, the U.S. Senate and House passed bills that included language to temporarily extend the H2B visa program for “non-skilled” seasonal workers, but this language was effectively stripped from a final congressional version. This means that the current national cap of 66,000 visas will apply until September 2008. It is estimated that approximately 210,000 …

A-1 hires special event consultant

A-1 Event & Party Rentals of Covina, Calif., has hired Dorothy Williams as special event consultant. Visit

Changes for Bil-Jax staff

Bil-Jax of Archibold, Ohio, has hired Shahid Qureshi as director of engineering. Dave Brinegar, who previously held the role, was promoted to director of operations. Visit

Pearce joins Fred’s Tents

Paul Pearce has joined the sales staff of Fred’s Tents of Stillwater, N.Y. Pearce will be based out of Evansville, Ind. Visit

Kool Party Rentals promotion

Kool Party Rentals in Phoenix, Ariz., has promoted Laura Katz to director of operations. Visit

P.I. Planning hires independent contractor

P.I. Planning in Superior, Wis., has hired Amanda Howland as an independent contractor responsible for event and party coordination.

Regal appoints general manager

Regal Tent Productions in Stoney Creek, Ontario, has appointed Gavin Wells to the position of general manager. Visit