• 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

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.

 

Great lighting is key. Smart décor is a must. But the mood of any gala, auction or awards ceremony lies largely on the shoulders of its master of ceremonies. Who you choose to represent your cause or organization on stage can be the difference between an event that is “ho-hum” or “electrifying.”

Texas Meetings + Events reached out to three of Texas’s favorite emcees. They shared with us how they got where they are—and what they’re doing now—along with some sage advice.

 

By the time the now-iconic photo of one Fyre Festivalgoer’s pitiful cheese sandwich had gone viral, social media platforms and news outlets were abuzz with shock and bewilderment—questioning how the seemingly star-studded island excursion could have resulted in half-built FEMA-issued tents, cancelled musical acts and stranded attendees.