Archive for the ‘Corporate Events’ Category

How to Plan Your First-Ever Event

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Planning your first event is never easy but with preparation it can be one of the most exhilarating moments of your life. During preparation, it is important to never forget this event is for your guests. Every step of the way should have the guests in mind.

What are the key details you should keep in mind when planning your first event?  (more…)

5 Most Overlooked Questions when Booking a Venue

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

questions for event venueFinding an event spot that meets both your needs and budgetary requirements isn’t always easy. Having the right information is key to picking the right place and making sure your event goes off without a hitch. This week, we’re sharing five often-overlooked questions you should keep in mind when you start your hunt for the perfect party place. (more…)

Ostrich Feather Centerpieces We Love!

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Ostrich Feather Centerpieces

The right ostrich feather centerpiece will tie your entire event together, and finding the perfect one for your special day is easy with our beautiful pre-designed kits. Each kit contains our high-quality ostrich feathers and your choice of vase. With more than 30 vibrant ostrich feather colors and a variety of bases, we promise you’ll find the best look for your event.

Struggling to choose between so many gorgeous options? We understand! That’s why this week we’re featuring our all-time favorite centerpieces! (more…)

Tying Your Chair Sash 7 Ways

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Whether you favor traditional or innovative, frilly or functional, fun or elegant, there’s a way to tie your organza or satin chair sash that’s sure to seal the deal for your event! Here we offer a stew of 7 tying styles, with some spicy extra tips thrown into the pot.

1.  Square knot. The most basic and obvious option. Just place material centered where the guest’s back will rest, stand behind the chair and hold both ends evenly in your hands. Proceed to create a plain knot. But you don’t have to leave it plain. Consider inserting:

Accenting with a brooch can add interest to your chair sash.

  • A fresh or silk flower
  • A tassel
  • An ornament or jewel
  • A brooch or buckle

2.  Flip knot. Make a square knot, then hold both ends of trailing fabric in one hand, sliding them upwards UNDER your knot and then letting them droop over the top to cover it. Flatten the material so that it looks neat.

3.  Plain bow. Yep, just like you would tie your shoe.

4.  Rosette. To create this unique look, start by creating the square knot. Then begin twisting one end of the trailing fabric over the other repeatedly, making a single long cord until only 2-4” inches of both strands are left at the end. Now wind the cord around the knot in a flat circle until you come to the 2-4”, tucking the cord in and leaving those ends to hand from the “rose” like leaves.

5.  The X. If you prefer to avoid knots and bows, you can wrap your covered chair with the organza or satin sash, creating an “X” on the back and securing the ends at the edges of the chair by pinning on brooches or small flowers. Just make sure the pins are secure and not positioned where they could possibly jeopardize your guests!

If you have wooden instead of covered chairs, a couple more delightful options are available to you:

6.  Consider making the tie vertically instead of horizontally.

7.  Wind the sash around and around the post on one side, maypole-style, tying a small knot at the bottom of the rungs and leaving plenty of extra material trailing. Picture how pretty this would look with not one but TWO organza sashes, twirled together! (Bi-color would also work well for square or flip knots.)

Check out our wholesale tablecloths department for our complete line of chair covers, sashes, and banquet tablecloths.

How to do a Retirement Party Right

Friday, August 8th, 2014

For all the satisfaction of career accomplishments and the anticipation of the rewards of rest, a retirement can be a sensitive time. The retiree is experiencing a major life change, one that will alter all the familiar patterns and cause at least a partial break with people who have over the years potentially become not only co-workers but close friends. It’s a time for the company to make sure its former employee feels appreciated – to assure him or her that he or she will be missed and remembered. There’s no better way to do that than with a fabulous retirement party that captures the flavor of who the employee is and what he or she has contributed to the organization.

Allow plenty of time to prepare. Gather information about the retiree’s background, interests and accomplishments. Translate these into a memorable party setting, whether casual or elegant.

Here are some ideas for a retirement party to remember:

  • Order a cake reflective of the career – for example, a chalk board for a teacher or a football for a coach.
  • Serve the retiree’s favorite foods and play his or her favorite music.
  • Before the party, pass a book among co-workers so that they can record their favorite memories of the retiree. Some gifted writers on staff may want to wax eloquent with a poem. Another idea is to pass out tags and have each co-worker write a funny or special recollection on their tag. Then dangle tags from a crystal tree.
  • Create a scrapbook of the retiree’s years of service – a great going-away gift!
  • Compile a slideshow of video and photo clips of the retiree to show during dinner. Include brief interviews by co-workers.
  • Looking for a game? Consider dividing a page into an even number of boxes, each containing a missing piece of info about the retiree. Each guest must fill in every box, with the first one to complete the page winning. The retiree can only answer one question per employee.
  • Pair our inexpensive eiffel tower vases with flowers or feathers for elegant but affordable centerpieces.

Conclude your evening with toasts and speeches, and the presentation of a special gift. This could be an engraved plaque or tray, or perhaps something that lets your retiree know he or she may be gone but will not be forgotten … like lunch vouchers to a favorite restaurant on a date a month or two out when he or she can meet up and catch up with previous bosses or co-workers. Don’t forget to write the date on your calendar!

Decorating With Wedding Columns, Colonnades and Arches

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

When planning a party or wedding, what typical decorations immediately pop into your mind? Flowers? Table linens? Candles? You’d be right, of course, but could you be leaving something out?

For such major life events, there will usually be heart-stopping moments. Camera-ready moments. Moments you’ll want to remember forever. (IE – the bride enters the room; the daddy-daughter dance; your sixteen-year-old sweetie blows out her ceremonial candles; your CEO of 40 years bids his company farewell.) Such scenes need a worthy backdrop. And something dinky probably won’t do. Consider decorating with wedding columns, colonnades (lines of columns joined by arches) or arches to achieve a look that reflects the towering significance of the event.

These items may be imposing, but that doesn’t mean decorating with them need be intimidating! Eyeball these suggestions on how to turn wedding columns into exclamation points:

  • Most commonly seen surrounding the nuptial couple as they speak their vows, columns, arches or a colonnade can be bedecked almost as beautifully as the bride. Top with a bower of greenery or fresh flowers. Wrap with organza, tulle or sheer fabric with bows. Twine with climbing roses.
  • Create a canopy by topping four tall columns with a fabric roof.
  • Anchor your head table at a dinner or reception by placing wedding columns, colonnade or arches before a curtained backdrop, lit with white lights or floor spotlights.
  • Surround any notable space, such as a dance floor, with columns. Some people like to accent with balloons and/or fabric streamers that meet in the middle of the ceiling.
  • Flank the bridal aisle with mini wedding columns, connectively draped with sheer fabric or topped with ferns or floral arrangements.
  • Create an intimate photo nook for important guests or the bridal party.

So, you wonder, once the event is over, then what?  “Do we have to find a place to store these giants?”  Does your company or your home have a garden, patio or lawn area? Incorporate the columns into your landscaping for a timeless and graceful retreat that will cause you to drag in a refreshing breath even on the most stressful days. A few general tips for outdoor column use include:

  • using columns to surround an open rectangular area. Create a focal point in the center with a bird bath, sculpture, pond or reflecting pool.
  • placing arches around a stone water feature.
  • encouraging ivy, bougainvillea or a flowering vine to climb the columns.
  • planting bushes near the base of the columns to give them a weighted look.
  • adding complementary lighting to your outdoor retreat such as wrought iron chandeliers and wide pillar candles in hurricane globes.

Have fun with these reusable anchors of decorating! They can be with you for many years, framing your most treasured moments with family and friends.

Corporate Event Theme Ideas

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Whether you are having a meeting or conference with a message for your employees, or just throwing a company party to boost morale, planning the event around a theme makes it more fun for everyone.  Here are a few ideas to help get you started.

  1. Heroes – Looking for a theme that will make your employees or colleagues think a little?  A heroes theme is a great idea for an event where you will be discussing leadership qualities.  Ask attendees to come dressed up as one of their heroes, and let them know ahead of time that one of the subjects of discussion will be why that person (fictional or real life) is their hero.  They don’t have to be serious or business heroes, so you can have some fun with a theme like this: Think comic books, favorite movies, etc.
  2. Jungle theme – Here’s another theme you can have some fun with, but also work it into a productive lesson for employees, if that is your wish.  “It’s a jungle out there,” the popular saying goes, so this is a great theme to use for an event meant to teach skills needed in the workplace and the business world, and/or to reinforce the importance of ongoing education and learning.  Green streamers, exotic flowers, fruity drinks, island cuisine, and new age music all play into the jungle theme and get your employees or colleagues excited about the event’s message.
  3. roaring twentiesRoaring Twenties – If you are just looking to throw a good party, choose a theme that is popular and fun.  Roaring Twenties-themed parties have become popular in the last few years, as anyone can see from a quick Google search for party theme ideas.  Employees are sure to get excited about dressing up in 1920s garb and playing the part.  If you plan on serving alcohol at the party, you can style your party as a 1920s speakeasy, and require secret passwords in order to get in the doors.  Best yet, a speakeasy theme makes it easy to hold the party anywhere you please, allowing for more affordable venues or even the ability to have the party in the office cafeteria or break room: Speakeasies were usually just basements or warehouses with live music and illegal liquor.
  4. Fun in the Sun – Of course, you can’t forget the classic company picnic in the summer.  Good weather is a great excuse for a corporate event, and even better, barbequing outside makes for a relatively inexpensive event.  You might need a permit if you plan on holding the event at a local park, or for a smaller company, you might hold it on the office lawn or even in a dedicated manager’s backyard.  (Volunteers, anyone?)  Encourage everyone to bring folding lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and all you’ll have left to provide are hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, and soda — making it easy to stay on budget. Consider covering picnic tables with wholesale tablecloths – the classic red and white checkered!

Themed events are more fun for employees, which makes it more likely that they will come and be excited — and that they will pay attention, if the event has an educational bent.  What themes have you used, and how have you tied them into the company message, if there was one for that event?