On Location | Oscar de la Renta Fashion Show 2019

Each year for the past 50 years, Oscar de la Renta and Saks Fifth Avenue host a fashion show on the shores of Lake Tahoe to raise money for the League to Save Lake Tahoe. This year’s profits broke records at $1.1 million raised for the league, which is working hard to Keep Tahoe Blue by “combatting pollution, promoting restoration, tackling invasive species and protecting Tahoe’s shoreline.” Celebrations had the honor of constructing the scene for this event, including an elevated runway and a Saks Fifth Avenue shopping tent, all on a sandy beach in Incline Village.

Check out the photos and video above to see more from this event.




Trend Alert | Oktoberfest Party

Celebrate the coming of fall with an Oktoberfest party! There’s a reason this German tradition is popular around the world – food, beer, and friends is always a recipe for a good time. Keep reading for 4 Oktoberfest party ideas.

1. Beer tasting

Get a sampling of German brews, make a stop at a local brewery, or just pick out whatever catches your eye at your local liquor store, and host a tasting party! Beer tasting glasses are larger than a shot glass but much smaller than a full pint. Line up a couple in a row for each guest and take them through each one, complete with descriptions and flavor profiles. At the end, make sure to have a couple extra on hand so everyone can enjoy a full pint of their favorite brew.

2. Food tasting

Maybe your crowd is the type that gives food the spotlight and beer comes in second. If that’s the case, concentrate on an authentic menu of bite-size German delicacies so your guests can try a wide variety of foods. Slice up bratwurst with sauerkraut, serve small dishes of German potato salad, set out sliced bread with beer cheese dip, and of course you can’t skip the soft pretzels with mustard!

3. Dinner party

For a more formal affair, host an Oktoberfest dinner party, complete with steins full of beer and a delicious German-inspired meal. Deck out your dining table with blue and white check linens to represent the Bavarian flag, with orange, yellow and red accents to incorporate those autumnal colors. Pumpkins, wheat, or seasonal florals make great centerpieces for an Oktoberfest table.

4. Biergarten

If you’re looking for a less structured, more beer-centered extravaganza, turn your backyard into a biergarten! Let the focus be a bar with either bottles or kegs of beer with pint or pilsner glasses. Make sure to set up plenty of lounge furniture, cocktail tables and barstools so everyone has a spot to sit back and relax. And finally, you can’t forget a snack bar! Keep it simple with pretzels, popcorn, and other bite-size appetizers.

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Looks We Love | Upgrade Your Event with Linens

When your tables need an upgrade but you don’t want to overspend on expensive décor, rethink how your linen choices can elevate your event. Keep reading for some ideas on using linens to spice up your tablescape.

 

1. Colorful Linens

Orange and Grey Table Linens

Products pictured: Caprice Tangerine Table Linen, Gold Chiavari Chair, Caprice Dove Napkin.

Pink and Green Table Linens

Products pictured: Caprice Blush Table Linen, Green Polyester Napkin, Light Wicker Charger, Lucca Ivory Dinner Plate.

Don’t be afraid to use colorful linens, and lots of them! If your event is a summer affair, for example, get comfortable with bright orange, hot pink and cool aqua. Or if your style is more muted for a fall or winter event, get bold with burgundy, huntergreen and navy. Create a base with a colored table linen and pick one or two coordinating colors for runners and napkins to create a complete palette.

 

2. Patterned Linens

Floral pattered napkin

Products pictured: Jane Gold Dinner Plate, Parker Flatware.

Black and white and grey table linens

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Look for linens with a unique pattern that fits your event’s style. Whether that’s checkers, stripes, bubbles, or floral, your options are virtually limitless! A patterned table linen is striking even from a distance, and will make your entire table stand out. For a bit more subtle look, use a patterned linen as a runner or overlay to create a point of interest on your tabletop, or use patterned napkins for a splash at each seat.

 

3. Textured Linens

Black and red velvet table linens

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Velvet linens in Sailcloth tent.

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Satin, velvet, damask, organza, taffeta, burlap… There are so many linen textures, why limit yourself to just one? Using a more unique fabric for your table linen creates a different feel than using a standard polyester. Or, alternatively, layer a more basic table linen with different textured runners, overlays, or napkins. You can experiment with different looks until you find one that stands out. Try layering two different types of fabric for your runner in similar or coordinating colors. You can also try alternating napkins of different color and/or texture to switch up each place setting.

 

4. Dimensional Linens

Burgundy and blush table linens

Products pictured: Dolce Merlot Napkin, Scroll Flatware.

Dark grey and white table linens.

Products pictured: Bistro Dinner Plate, Allison Flatware, Wine Glass, Pewter Polyester Napkins.

To get really creative with how you are using your linens, use wider runners or overlays and tie knots in the fabric to create some lift from the tabletop. Or place napkins inside of wine glasses at each place setting to prop your accent color up where it can be seen. Getting your linen closer to eye level makes the most of those tabletop staples and ensures they are noticed by your guests.




Trend Alert | Hanging Decor

Hanging decor from the ceiling of your venue can transform the look and feel of your event. Not only does it add another dimension to your space, but it also offers more opportunity to make it your own!

1. Structures

Structures such as Hanging Ladders or Wire Spheres are simple items that serve as a blank canvas to add decor that matches your event’s themes or colors. Hanging ladders offer a rustic feel and a large, flat space where you can place candles or greenery. Wire spheres are a more modern option that can be hung as is, or lined with lights or florals. The possibilities are endless with these versatile items!

2. Lights

Whether it’s chandeliers or string lights, lighting is a go-to ceiling treatment option for many planners. Besides adding decorative features to an otherwise blank ceiling, you also get the added bonus of more event-quality lighting.

3. Lanterns

Hanging lanterns (either traditional lanterns or paper lanterns) are a great decor option for a more unique look that will surely be noticed. And setting candles or LED lights inside the lanterns is a great way to transition a space from day to night!

4. Fabric

If you have a large expanse to cover, an unsightly ceiling, or just want a super plush look, consider draping fabric across the entire ceiling of your venue. This option transforms your space completely and can be totally customized for any kind of event.

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How To | Transform a Gymnasium into a Beautiful Event Venue

Have you ever thought of utilizing a gymnasium for your event venue? From weddings to birthdays to company holiday parties, a gym can be a great high-capacity venue. To transform a sports-centric building to a venue worthy of a large scale social event, check out these tips.

1. Cover the Gym Floor

There are several benefits to protecting your gym floors with a cover. Using a cover will significantly reduce the wear and tear that it experiences. That also means that maintenance that is dependent on use (e.g., sand, reseal, repaint, refinish) will not have to be performed as often, resulting in less downtime for the gym and lower maintenance costs.
Using gym floor covers can transform your gymnasium into a desirable event venue or meeting place with attractive flooring available in various colors and textures (including carpeted covers and custom branding). In addition, flooring will dramatically improve the acoustics of the gym and make it an appropriate venue for activities such as concerts, political rallies, and commencements.
Another key benefit of gym floor covers is the enhanced safety, which in turn reduces the potential of damage and liability costs. Covers are available in non-slip textures and patterns that can prevent slips and falls even when liquid has been spilled on the floor.
If the gymnasium does not currently have a gym floor cover available, consider protecting the floor with rentable temporary floor coverings, like dance floor, staging, astroturf, carpet, vinyl, wood or tile.

2. Cover the Gym Walls

When transforming your gymnasium into an event venue, covering the walls will redefine the space with a whole new look. Fabric draping offers the most coverage, and can be installed to cover the entire wall space from ceiling to floor. Other options include stand-alone décor items such as faux hedges or barn walls.
Some rental companies offer wall draping, including the installation and teardown, for a reasonable price. See the photos above or click here to see what fabric draping can do to completely transform the look and feel of your gym.

3. Cover the Gym Ceiling

With the floor and walls covered, the only thing left is the ceiling. Gymnasiums typically have tall ceilings with sports equipment, fixtures, and fluorescent lights – perfect for sporting events, but less than ideal for parties or other types of social events.
However, tall ceilings mean there is plenty of room to get creative with ceiling décor and create a more welcoming space. Fabric draping, chandeliers, up-lighting, string lights, and other custom branded features can be hung from the ceiling to cover up any unsightly fixtures in the ceiling and transform your space.

4. Prepping the Gym

Before an event for which you plan to use your gym floor cover, you should use scrubbers and buffers to get the floor as clean as possible. Remember to always use an appropriate cleaning product to make sure its finish is preserved — just because a cleaner is harsh does not mean it will do a better job. All debris should be removed and all spills should be thoroughly cleaned up during this process. Once cleaned, it normally takes less than an hour for a team of two or three to lay down the flooring. This reduced manpower translates into cost savings.
Prior to having any wall and ceiling coverings installed, be sure to walk through and identify any spots in the gym that will need to be accessible during the event (outlets, light switches, lights, safety equipment, etc.) and be sure to communicate this with the project manager handling the installation.

5. Cleaning Up

Once your guests leave and your rental company has uninstalled all the wall covers, ceiling décor, and other rental items, it’s time to clean and remove your gym floor cover to reveal the undamaged hardwood below. Because gym floor covers are far easier to clean than hardwood floors, the cleanup time is dramatically reduced. There are also specially designed mobile storage racks (available with covers) to help you both store and deploy your gym floor covers. These racks also help keep them clean when they are not in use.

~ Cover Sports contributed to this blog.




How To | What You Should and Shouldn’t DIY for Your Wedding

For the budget-conscious couple, doing DIY for your wedding can be a lifesaver! And there are many aspects of a wedding that make for perfect opportunities to get your craft on. But there are also some things you should leave to the professionals. Here is our breakdown of what you should and shouldn’t DIY for your wedding.

Do DIY: Favors

Forget spending tons of money on expensive customized favors, and do it yourself! Pick out something simple and inexpensive, but something that has meaning to you as a couple. From there you can just use your home printer and some yarn to create custom tags to tie on, or depending on what favors you chose, you can just write directly onto them with a permanent marker.

Don’t DIY: Tableware

Paper or plastic tableware may seem like an easy alternative to rentals, but the negatives usually outweigh the positives of purchasing disposable tableware. Real china and flatware has a look, feel, and presence that disposable tableware just can’t match. And when it comes time to clean up, the effort of putting the dirty dishes into the containers they were delivered in versus the effort of putting disposable tableware into trash cans is about the same. Cost differences are mostly minimal, and of course skipping the disposables means a lot less waste, and that’s something everyone can get behind!

Do DIY: Signage

If you need to direct your guests or provide important bits of information via signs, it’s simple enough to DIY. Buy or rent chalkboard signs, have someone with good penmanship write out the information you need and post them up where necessary. For the experienced DIYer, you can even make your own chalkboard sign with chalkboard paint and an empty picture frame! Then you can stand them on tables, hang them on walls, or place them on easels around your venue.

Don’t DIY: Photography

Almost everything that goes into a wedding will be gone the next day. The most important exception to this is the photography. The photos of your wedding day are going to be something you’ll cherish for the rest of your life, so you want to make sure you are getting the best! Hire someone you really trust to capture your day exactly how you want it to be memorialized. This is also an area where you don’t want to make cuts in the budget – quality is very important when it comes to your wedding photos!

Do DIY: Centerpieces

Depending on the number of tables you plan to decorate, the amount of centerpieces you need shouldn’t be a terribly large number. This makes it a simple DIY that won’t take up too much of your precious wedding planning time. If you want a more traditional floral look, buy or rent some vases or floral bowls and load them up with fake or real flowers. Candelabras or candlesticks are an easy one-step option, or get creative with different looks and themes and practice your arts and crafts skills on totally unique centerpieces!

Don’t DIY: Cake

Unless you happen to be a professional baker, chances are you don’t actually know exactly what goes into making a wedding cake. From the sheer size to the considerations of conditions, temperature and storage, a lot goes into a wedding cake. It’s not exactly the time or place to experiment with your home baking skills. It’s best to leave all of that to the professionals.

Do DIY: Paper Goods

Some websites like Shutterfly, Vistaprint, or even Etsy allow you to customize templates for invitations, programs, and menus, or upload your own custom design and get them printed and sent straight to your house. Or, if you really want to save some dough, just type up all your paper goods on your computer and print them at home on some nice cardstock for a gorgeous minimalist look.

Don’t DIY: Dinner

Similar to the cake situation, catering a wedding is not as easy as it may seem. Feeding that many people is a no easy task, and getting those calculations correct takes practice. Then you would also have to arrange where to cook it all, how and where to store it, and how to serve it. A caterer can usually handle all of those things behind the scenes, so you can happily cross that off your to-do list.

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Guest Blog | How to Arrange Your Furniture When Throwing a Party

You have invited friends and family members to your home or apartment to celebrate a special event. You want to make sure the party leaves a warm and fuzzy feeling inside of each guest that attends the gala affair. You have created a delectable menu of appetizers, as well as stocked the bar with plenty of the most popular brand name liquors and liqueurs. Now comes the hard part.

You have to spend an hour or so strategically rearranging the furniture to make the most of the entertainment space where the party is expected to unfold.

Interior designers have different ways to optimize a party space. From opening up a room to ensuring the party room does not look in Martha Stewart’s eyes, busy, interior designers get the most out of any room in a home. One of the most popular furniture arrangement strategies relies heavily on a centuries old philosophy referred to as Feng Shui.

Here are some tips for arranging your furniture when throwing a party:

Move Furniture to the Room’s Perimeter

Just exactly what do the smiling faces on QVC mean when a room is too busy? The answer is a room has way too much stuff on the floor, as well as along the walls. As the most effective way to create a cozy ambiance that encourages interaction, you should move the furniture to the sides of the room where you plan to entertain. Placing chairs in groups of two or more along the perimeter encourage guests to take a load off and have a conversation.

Good Riddance to Coffee Tables

Coffee tables represent a tripping issue and with your party room full of guests, the likelihood of someone tripping over a short coffee table grows considerably. Coffee tables are good for placing magazines, not acting as spaces for guests to leave drinks and appetizer plates. Move every coffee table to a closed off room during the entire bash.

What’s the 20% Rule?

Let’s say you expect 50 guests to attend the party. If you follow the 20% seating rule, you should leave enough seats for 10 guests to sit down and enjoy the festivities. If you leave too many single chairs or dual to triple seat couches, you will restrict the movement of your guests.

Move the Television away from High Traffic Areas

If you are not hosting a Super Bowl or Oscar Night party, you should relocate the TV to a light traffic area of a room. Even better, move the big screen into a smaller room, place a few chairs near the television, and explain to guests they can watch whatever they want in the adjacent room.

Unobstructed Entrances

You probably have opened up most of your house for guests to move about easily. It’s a welcoming gesture that loses its luster whenever a guest encounters a chair, couch, or table blocking one or more entrances. Make sure to clear all doors and entrances of furniture to open up every room and yes, make the rooms look less busy.

Small Groups of Seats

We have already mentioned clustering a few chairs at the perimeter of the party room. If you want to make the center of the room hop with lively conversations, arrange the seats in small groups that accommodate up to four guests. An effective strategy is dividing the party room into four sections, with each section containing a small group of between two and four seats.

Break Out the Creative Furniture

The room where you decide to hold a party should not be limited to the furniture pieces sitting in the room. For example, if you have a beautiful sculpture or designer lamp in another room, you can move the decorative piece into the party room to enhance the ambiance. Optimize the most attractive furniture pieces in your home by getting creative with placement.

How to Arrange Furniture to Encourage Feng Shui

In Chinese lore, Feng Shui represents a set of laws that define spatial arrangements (like furniture) to match a flow of energy. Feng Shui is a list of concise suggestions to optimize a space both in how the space appears and how the space feels. Ambiance is a huge part of the ancient Chinese artistic philosophy, and Feng Shui can play an integral role in how you arrange your furniture when throwing a party.

Sofa

At the heart of Feng Shui is stability. There is not a better way to produce an aura of calmness than by placing the living room sofa against one of the walls. Make sure the sofa exudes comfort to maximize the Feng Shui tenet of security and stability.

Round Shaped Furniture

The spatial Chinese design philosophy frowns on arranging furniture that have sharp angles and corners. Sharp corners and angles designed for furniture create what is called “poison arrows, which direct negative energy towards a specific point in a room. Instead, Feng Shui encourages the arrangement of rounded pieces of furniture that spread a much more diffuse flow of positive energy that covers more area of a party room.

Single Chairs

Although a sofa positioned against one of the walls is a major principle of Feng Shui furniture arrangement, another important interior design element is to add a spacious loveseat and at least one single seat chair. The addition of a loveseat and at least one single chair increases the number of seating options for guests and thus, the new furniture arrangement closely follows the Feng Shui tenet of producing a warm, inviting environment.

Exception to the Round Furniture Rule

The lone exception to the round furniture rule comes into play after you arrange a loveseat and at least one single chair. A square coffee table placed within the perimeter of the new furniture arrangement allows guests to put their drinks and appetizer plates on an easy to access surface.

Finally, the goal of any furniture arrangement when throwing a party is to highlight the attractive features of each piece of furniture. By installing radiant Qi-Activating Lights, you can control the positive flow of energy that shines brightly on your most visually appealing pieces of furniture.

 

House Tipster




Color Story | Grown-Up Valentine’s Day Palettes

Leave the bright pink of your elementary school Valentine’s Day cards behind! It’s time to move on to a grown-up take on the traditional color palette. Between pink and purple is a whole world of color that fits right in for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Mix two shades together, pair them with dark colors for an edgy look, or add them to a lighter palette for an ultra-romantic feel. Take a look at the photos above for some inspiration.

 

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Trend Alert | Winter Weddings

Winter weddings tend to have their own unique sense of magic and wonder. A winter wedding also opens new doors for themes and color palettes that may not work as well at other times of the year. Whites and light colors emphasize a snowy winter wonderland theme, while dark and rich color palettes create a warm and cozy atmosphere. Check out the photos above for some examples of each and to get inspired!

 

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Looks We Love | Christmas Décor

Christmas is just around the corner! Whether you lean toward the traditional red-and-green Christmas look or are ready for a new twist for your holiday décor, check out these looks for some inspiration. And don’t miss our recent blog on 5 Tips to Host the Holidays without the Headache for more helpful tips.

 

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