Michelle Goes to D.C. for ARA!

Last week we sent Michelle, one of our Event Rental Consultants, to visit Alexandria and D.C. for the Young Professionals Network Conference hosted by the American Rental Association Foundation.

When Michelle arrived at Reagan National Airport she hopped in a cab to take her to The Alexandrian, a gorgeous boutique hotel in historic Old Towne Alexandria. Michelle attended an opening reception for the conference and mingled with conference attendees from all over the US, one from Canada, and one from Australia as well!

The next morning she walked around Old Towne, grabbed a coffee from Misha’s (a local cafe), and strolled in the crisp fall air checking out the Narrowest House in the US (just 7 feet wide!), Founder’s Park along the Potomac waterfront, and the square around City Hall.

The rest of the day was spent networking and learning about effective leadership and goal setting strategies from Kirk Weisler.

“One of our greatest stewardships is to grow ourselves and our people.”

“When the student is ready the teacher will appear.”

“The principles of excellence may be taught. The desire for excellence must be caught.”

That evening the group took a riverboat tour with the Potomac Riverboat Company that took us up the river past the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Kennedy Center then back.

On her last day, Michelle met up with an old friend to hit the National Mall and sneak in some touristy D.C. culture before catching her plane back.

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Make Your Thanksgiving Gobble-licious

Thanksgiving is ten days away. We repeat, Thanksgiving is TEN DAYS AWAY. Are you as ready as we are to stuff our faces, spend time with loved ones and go into a turkey coma once it’s all over and done with?

We countdown to this big gobble-licious holiday, but do we plan ahead to be sure we’re ready for everything that comes along with it? As with many things, this may have snuck up on you and now you’re left thinking “Well, poo, I haven’t even thought about how I’m going to fit everyone at my dining table.”

If this thought has passed through your mind at any point, we can assure you, you’re not alone. Although we are big proponents for planning ahead (who says you can’t pick out your Thanksgiving rentals in February!?) we understand that life gets in the way and some things are put off until you can really focus on them.

If this is you, you might consider stopping by one of our three showrooms this week, however. This way w can make sure you are covered for your Thanksgiving meal and your guests are impressed with your hosting prowess.

Not sure where you might start? Well, let’s start with what you are serving. Are you making the full sha-bang? Or will some of your guests be bringing casseroles and cranberry sauces galore? Whatever dishes you are responsible for, what will you be serving it in? Do you have a big platter for your turkey? Or perhaps two smaller ones- one for light meat, one for dark? Do you have serving utensils for everything? Perhaps you need extra in case your uncle forgets the spoon for the stuffing.

Next, let’s think how many guest you’re having. Will they be at one table? Will you have a big adults table and a smaller kids table? Do you have all of these said tables or will you need additional with additional seating as well? Do you have enough plates, forks, knives, wine glasses for everyone who is attending? It’s important to have your counts (or a relative idea on your counts) before you get started putting your rental order together.

Once you know how many people you are expecting, you can start playing with linens to decide what tablecloth you want for your table. Grab a couple and try a few different things. You might be surprised by the combinations you end up liking the best.

Once you have a few linens you like, pick out your china, glassware, flatware and napkins. Each of our showrooms have a small table you can use to mock up the full look to be sure you really like what you are putting together.

After you have all of your rentals picked out, it is as easy as sitting down with an event consultant to check availability and have it input it into our system. We are open the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (so you can send one of your cousins, grand kids, brother/sisters, what-have-you’s to come pick up your items). We open back up the Saturday following Thanksgiving for your return. If you need until Monday, that is okay too.

So you can see it’s not too terribly difficult to get all set up for your guests! You can even place a quote request through the website if it is easier for you to do things online. Or give us a call and do things over the phone. We are here for you and want to make this aspect of Thanksgiving just a little less stressful if we can.

Need a little inspiration for your table set up? We have that for you too. Take a look at a Thanksgiving table we put together just for you guys!

Centerpiece by The Flower Studio, Rentals by Premiere Events, Photographs by Jerry Hayes Photography.

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Winter Wonderland Weddings

Being in Austin, we are lucky (or unlucky depending on your point of view) to enjoy warm weather well into the fall and winter months. Because it stays warmer here longer than quite a few other places, we have seen an increase in “winter” weddings. Because why not? If it’s 80 during the day and 50 at night, I’d say that’s pretty great wedding weather!

So, how can you have a winter wedding with warmer weather? Easy. Just because the weather doesn’t scream winter, doesn’t mean you can’t still play into the theme. Plus, most of your guests will be in the holiday spirit once Halloween is over and done with so they won’t think twice about a winter themed wedding!

Whether you want blues and grays to play into the “cold” feel of a winter wedding, or reds and greens to play into the holiday season, you have infinite options to make your winter wedding unique and wonderfully unforgettable.

Thinking you and your honey might want to do a winter themed wedding? We’ve got some inspiration for you to get you started. Be sure to follow us on Pinterest to get more inspiration for your big day!

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Picking your Date in ATX

Heads up, friends. If you didn’t know, engagement season is almost upon us! Soon you will see the posts flowing on Facebook and Instagram of eight new friends who are suddenly engaged over the holiday break. If you are of “engagement age” you know exactly what we’re talking about, don’t you?

Because of this, we thought we’d take this week to talk about picking your wedding date. One of the first things your friends and family will ask (and I’m talking minutes after getting engaged) is “When is the date?” There are a few things you’ll need to take into consideration when picking your date, especially here in Austin, Texas, where there is a city-wide event almost every weekend.

You’ll first want to sit down with your honey and decide if either of you have a preference for season or time of year. If you do, focus on that. Then move onto thinking about what is going on in Austin around that time of year.

We’ve put together a small list of some of the biggins you should be aware of, which you can see below:

Austin Marathon- generally in mid February. While this event is only a portion of the day on a Sunday in February, there are quite a few road closures around Austin for the racers so be aware of that. Especially if your venue falls within the race route.

SXSW- generally 2 weeks in March. SXSW brings people from all over to Austin every year for an average of two-three weeks. Venues and vendors get booked up well in advance. If you are thinking that March could be your month, consider looking into early or late March so you still have your first pick vendors to use.

ACL- generally beginning-mid October. While we love this “two weekender” with live music for days, this event brings in tons of out of towners every year (and a lot of them stay for both weekends). Out of towners means booked hotels, lots more traffic and increased plane tickets.

Formula 1- generally end of October. Another world-wide attraction. While this is technically out of the city limits, there are always a ton of people coming into the city during this weekend long event.

Austin Film Festival- generally end of October- beginning of November. Based out of the Paramount theatre and other places around town, this event brings in film buffs from everywhere.

Wurstfest- generally mid November. While this event takes place in New Braunfels, because Austin is so close in proximity, there are a lot of people who will opt for staying in Austin instead.

Any holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, etc.). These are big travel dates anywhere you go, so keep that in mind. Airline tickets tend to sky rocket around the holiday season, so you may have people you want there who just can’t make it. Although this could also be a good thing, as a lot of people already travel for these holidays and might be okay with just opting for a different location to meet up with the fam.

If you are ever concerned about a date, chat with your venue. That is the best place to start, especially if you are considering a downtown Austin venue. We are, of course, always happy to be a resource for you as well.

Although there are a ton more events that take place in and around Austin every year, this should be a good starting place for you and your new partner. Regardless of the day, month, or even the year you choose, it will be the perfect day for you and your significant other because it is YOUR day.

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Is Your Event Ready for Cooler Weather?

As we move further into the fall months (especially with mornings like this morning, brr!) we are reminded that it does *occasionally* get cold here in Texas. That said, is your event ready for the cooler evenings that are approaching?

If you haven’t even thought about it, don’t fret. We have a few recommendations on what you can do to keep your guests warm and happy when they are not getting down on the dance floor.

If your event is an outdoor event and there is not an inside area you can use for your plan B, it is always a good idea to have patio heaters or a tent on reserve in case your event is colder than you anticipated. Everyone thinks, “No way, it won’t happen to me!” But trust me, speaking from firsthand experience, it happens and you DEFINITELY want to be prepared. If it looks like it’s going to be cold, every event holder in Texas knows it and are also scrambling to obtain the rentals they need to keep guests warm. Planning ahead is the best way to go when it comes to things like this.

Premiere has a couple of different patio heater options you can use for events that may be just a little brisk. Depending on the weather, these are good for about a 10-15 foot radius. If it is below 50 degrees, you will probably want something with a little more “oomf” to it than these bad boys. Keep in mind, these patio heaters run on propane so they are not meant to go indoors or under a tent. We do have some electrical ones on the way (not in inventory just yet, sorry y’all) that you can use indoors or outdoors as long as they have their own designated outlet.

If it is chillier than 50 degrees (us Texans have thin blood, ya know) you might want to consider tenting your event and adding in a tent heater or four (lol). These heaters can definitely push out some heat and make your guests much happier on a cold evening. Generally speaking, one tent heater can cover about 1,000 square feet of tented space. Now, we know it’s common sense, but you will not get the full benefit of the tent heater unless you put sidewalls on your tent. The tent heater fan goes underneath of the walls and the box sits outside of the tent.

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We know if having a tent wasn’t in your original plan, adding it in as a back up plan makes you cringe. But rest easy, there are ways to make the tent just as beautiful as your outdoor event would have been.

Here are some ways to spruce up your plan B:

Clear Top Tents: 

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Clear top tents are a good way to showcase your outdoor space while keeping guests warm at the same time. Just keep in mind that depending on the time of year, and the weather, clear top tents can act as a green house and get a little too toasty. This is usually only a problem in the Spring/Summer months, but chat with your event consultant if you are concerned about this.

Sidewalling:

Sidewalling is a must if you are planning to use a tent heater. Otherwise, you are losing your heat to the outside world, and who wants that? This is also a good way to cut the wind if it is a particularly cold, windy day. We have options of clear, windowed and white sidewalling.

Tent Swag:

Tent Liners

Tent Draping

Thinking you want to jazz up the inside of the tent to hide some of the metal poles, or add depth/softness to the ceiling? We’d recommend considering a tent liner or some ceiling draping. If you want to drape out the tent, or do anything additional to the tent liner, you’ll need to sit down with our Creative Director to talk vision. The possibilities here are really endless!

Leg Drapes:

Leg drapes are a good way to cover up the outside legs and add a little something to your tent. If you are not looking to cover the tent completely (we know, this might put you over your budget) you can cover the tent legs with leg drapes. This is a cost effective way to spruce up your tent all while staying in budget.

Barrel Covers:

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White Spandex Barrel Covers pictured (photo by Lisa Hause Photography)

You have the option of white or black spandex barrel covers with Premiere. We have white vinyl barrel covers as well if you are looking for a looser fit to cover your barrels.

French Doors:

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If you are sidewalling your tent, you need to give your guests a way in and out. If you don’t want to leave a gap in between the sidewalls (making it easier for heat to escape) we recommend  you use our french doors.

Lighting: 

We also offer lighting options for your tent. Remember, if your event is taking place during sundown (or you are closing off the tent to outside light with a white top tent and sidewalling), you are going to need some form of lighting. We have par can lights and festoon lights from which to choose. You can also team up with a lighting company if you are looking for something more.

Chandeliers: 

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Chandeliers are an elegant touch for any tent. You might need one or two depending on the size of your tent. If you are using a large tent, you could need as many as 4-6, just depending. Lighting companies will also have a few more chandeliers from which to choose.

There are, of course, other ways to keep warm during an event, this is just a start. You might also want to consider having a warm beverage station- coffee, cider, hot chocolate, etc. for your guests. This will keep their hands (and their bellies) warm during the event.

Regardless of the weather, and how you choose to “combat” it, your event will be absolutely perfect. We can’t wait to help keep you and your guests covered and warm!

 

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Fall Pantone Colors

Fall is officially upon us, and you know what that means? Fall weddings! What’s not to love about fall? The (slightly) cooler weather, the leaves changing color and the start of the holiday season.

Every year, Pantone puts out a color line up for upcoming weddings and events (and fashion and decor) and we are swooning over this year’s color choices. They are so easily paired with a number of other colors, and can be used in every season to come!

We’ve created a new Pinterest board just for the occasion which you can follow here.

Here are the list of the 2017 Fall Pantone Colors:

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We are loving the warm tones with pops of color like the Grenadine and the Marina. Done correctly, you could even mix all of these colors together for a true Pantone event!

What do we have at Premiere in these Pantone colors? We’re so happy you asked!

Grenadine:

Tawny Port:

Ballet Slipper:

Butterum:

 

 

Navy Peony:

Neutral Gray:

 

 

Shaded Spruce:

Golden Lime:

Marina:

Autumn Maple: 

 

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Halloween with Premiere

Halloween is right around the corner, and that means so are all of the Halloween parties. We know you’ve likely been thinking about what you’re going to dress up as this year, but have you thought about your party decor at all?

We’re here to help, in case you haven’t. There are tons of ways for you to jazz up your Halloween party decor. Think: using a spider ring as a napkin ring… cover the table in a spider web… using a skull as a center piece… the options are endless.

We went ahead and set up a Halloween table for you guys to serve as some inspiration. Check out pictures below and make sure you stop by one of our showrooms to see how you can spook up your next shindig!

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Centerpieces by The Flower Studio, Images by Jerry Hayes Photography, Rentals by Premiere Events.

Rental items used on our Halloween table: Orange Crinkle Linen, Ghost Chair, Gotham Flatware, Black Acrylic Charger, Sirata Salad Plate, Amber Lido Goblet, Black Ariana Goblet, and Painted Desert Napkin.

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