• Elevate the Chic at Your Next Event With Rustic Details

     
    FROM THE Summer 2014 ISSUE
     

From wagon wheels to Mason jars, rustic-vintage is one of the latest trends for renting event furniture.

"Things have moved to such a natural look from pulling in burlap and vintage pieces to bench seating in different areas," says Rhonda DuCharme, sales manager at Midway Party Rental in Minneapolis. "The rustic-inspired theme has been popular throughout corporate events."

Here’s what to look for when planning your next rustic inspired event:

1. Rustic Décor: Quickly reach a rustic feel through small décor touches. From hay bales to old milk jugs, the accessories can enhance and complete the look. Tip: Tabletop lanterns pair nicely with burlap linen and runners, says DuCharme.

2. Wooden Folding Chairs: The natural tone of wood can be incorporated into all elements of an event. Decorate the table with a baby breath floral arrangement and antiques to easily obtain an outdoor rustic scene.

3. Lounge Space: Effortlessly incorporate the keynote speaker and CEO with event attendees by transforming their head table into a lounge area through bench seating and furniture placement. "By creating lounge spaces, it makes for a more intimate and conversational area," says DuCharme. "It’s a great way to bring dimension into an event."

4. Chiavari Chairs: While wooden folding chairs add to a laid-back atmosphere, Chiavari chairs make for a more formal vibe. Snag them in a mahogany wood to add to the rusticstyle of your event.

5. Whiskey Barrels: Complete the rustic-vintage look with genuine whiskey barrels. Set them off to the side for accent pieces or incorporate them into your lounge area as high-top tables. The multifunctional nature of these pieces makes them a must-have for any rustic-vintage inspired event. midwaypartyrental.com

The CDC defines close contact as within six feet or less, for 15 minutes or more with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. At gatherings of many kinds, contact tracing is used to trace the people that someone has come into contact with, before they learn that they have tested positive. This allows the people that the sick person came into contact with to be aware of the situation, and to make health-informed choices. 

 

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.