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Bold and beautiful event fabrics

October 1, 2013

Event fabrics bring tents to life. By Danielle Beurteaux Textiles can be used to create one-of-a-kind environments for tented events, but successfully combining fabrics, colors and textures with lighting and structure requires an expert understanding of how various elements function in a tent as well as an eye for design. With color trends influenced by …

Creating an enlightening experience

June 1, 2013

Q & A with lighting designer Brian Toner. By Melissa Paul Lighting is the fairy dust at events, the invisible element that transforms a room from boring to beautiful. The most stunning centerpieces, table linens, menu cards and product displays are for naught if the space is poorly lit. Especially for evening events, lighting is …

Inviting tent interiors

April 1, 2013

Use interior design concepts to create intimacy in big spaces. By Melissa Paul Wide open spaces in tents offer extensive opportunities for expressing your creativity. But for many party planners, the qualities that make tents appealing can also create significant challenges. The event area may seem overwhelming and lacking in warmth. Yet, it’s absolutely possible …

Tent on ice

Built within a tent, the BLU Ice Bar and Lounge on Lake Superior draws a chill crowd. Birds may fly south for the winter, but one Minnesota resort is luring tourists north—with an ice bar built within a tent. In its third season in 2012–2013, the BLU Ice Bar and Lounge at Grand Superior Lodge …

Majestic mountaintop wedding

Clifton Park Rental Center creates an enchanting Adirondack-style wedding on a mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y. More than a quarter mile of winding driveway up a mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y., Clifton Park Rental Center, Clifton Park, N.Y., created a high-end, rustic Adirondack wedding fitting of its majestic surroundings. The tents’ placement and decor created …

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Tables and chairs go au naturel

Functional and aesthetic—tables and chairs provide structure and warmth to an event. By Amir Hussain Tables and chairs are the bones of an event. They provide the foundation upon which the rest of the event can be built. While glitz and glam still have their place, these important furnishings are trending toward natural and simple. …

New year, new trends for 2013

December 1, 2012

Event planners expect to see more customization, exquisite tent liners, rich colors and a rebounding economy in 2013. By Kelly Treadway Every new year brings new and exciting trends in the tent rental and event industry. We’ve asked event pros to predict what tenting decor trends we’ll see in 2013—and which trends will fade away. …

A party with southern hospitality

A holiday party at a private residence was so seamless, guests couldn’t tell where the house ended and the tent began. When a client with an elegant southern home planned to host 900 guests for a December 2011 holiday party, the primary challenges for Eventstar Structures of Medley, Fla., were to create an intimate atmosphere …

A tented event with everything but the frame

October 1, 2012

Vendors transform a camp pavilion into an elegant hall, using all the elements of a tented event. Can a “tented” reception not include a tent? That was just one of the challenges for Maureen Riebel of Elegant Events, Boerne, Texas, when she was hired to plan a destination wedding at a camp in the Ozarks …

Color blocking for dramatic wedding design

June 1, 2012

Be bold. Be loud. Be marry. By Melissa Paul An all-white palette is the most classic Western wedding scheme, but today’s couples are more likely to crave daring hues. In 2012, this trend seems even more intense and dramatic. Weddings are sensory experiences, shared through taste, smell, sound and touch. But sight grabs you first, …