STEP ON IT
Unique floors provide an attractive anchor for dazzling events. Holo-Walls (Booth 1429) offers Liquid Infusion, a new system of floor tiles filled with liquid that reacts to pressure by changing color.
For a more classic look, Event Floor Sales Co. (Booth 401) has a new floor for outdoor use — the Outlok portable dance floor — made of vinyl that resembles walnut. For a genuine wood floor, stop by Signature Fencing and Flooring Systems (Booth 318) and see the DanceDeck Pro. The lightweight, modular system comes in both maple and oak.
For the perfect product to chill drinks, visit Ice Caters (Booth 1428). The company offers a sphere of crystal-clear ice for cocktails; the slow-melting iBall won't dilute liquors. Another chilly new product is the new Ice Collection from PBG Events (Booth 311). The collection's tables feature a clear acrylic top with a color-changing “ice” base; the line uses remote-controlled LEDs to switch out hues.
FLURRY OF FABRIC
Yards of fine fabric will be featured on the exhibit floor. The Original Runner Co. (Booth 1416) offers its hand-beaded custom aisle runners, now decorated with Swarovski crystals. Mosaic (Booth 536) has new satin linen in paisley and polka dots. The Tablecloth Co.'s (Booth 1110) newest fabric line, dubbed Monique, is made of 100 percent polyester. The iridescent fabric features a ribbon embroidery floral pattern. For a modern touch, Micki's Fine Linens (Booth 406) offers new napkins in black and white. Contrasting stitching is now available on the poly-cotton napkins.
Plenty of new products are dedicated to adding extra pop to party decor. Chameleon Chair Collection (Booth 1600) features its new Chloe design, which will debut in both velvet and stretch knit materials. Velon Designs, in partnership with Classic Party Rentals (Booth 1109), introduces printed velon. Custom designs can be printed on the material with Velon Designs' exclusive one- or four-color printing process.
DreamWorld Backdrops (Booth 323) offers two new scenes: Las Vegas and Bollywood. Both vibrant backdrops are lightweight and brightly colored.
Fence Fabric (Booth 1247) offers a clever trompe l'oeil solution to chain-link fences. The company makes rolls of fabric printed with stone, wood or brick to stretch over unsightly fences.
Some treats on the floor aim to stimulate the senses. Visit Bedazzle My Bonbons (Booth 1607) for a taste of its chocolate truffles dipped in vibrant edible glitter. Colors of the candy include red, gold and fuchsia.
Scentevents (Booth 832) will tickle attendees' noses — the company's system perfumes a 2,000-square-foot area with a scent machine only 9 inches tall.
GET TECHNICAL … OR NOT
Step right up to try some new technical toys on the trade-show floor. Orion Software (Booth 524) introduces a new Web module for Sirius Pro. The tool allows customers to post pictures and descriptions of the items available for rent on their Web sites.
Presenting old-fashioned paper products, Kemba Celebrations (Booth 1618) invites TSE attendees to take a peek at the Cultural Celebrations Collection. Inspired by the cultures of Persia, India, Ireland and Korea, the designs are also available as table signs and tags for favors.
For more information on The Special Event 2008, call 708/486-0731 or 866/486-0731 or visit thespecialeventshow.com.
As always, the performance stage at The Special Event will showcase entertaining, enticing acts. Bella Notte (Booth 316), a full-service entertainment company offering Broadway acts and other specialty performers, will debut its new act on this year's stage. A tribute band to the Four Seasons, the Unexpected Boys belt out iconic songs as they reveal themselves from hiding places in the audience.
United Site Services (Booth 1001) has new portable luxury restroom trailers. Suitable for black-tie affairs, the trailer has such amenities as hands-free faucets and elegant materials such as marble, wood and porcelain.