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Rental Says What's Hot and Not in 2008

Rental Says What's Hot and Not in 2008

If you haven't stocked up on lighted tables and eco-friendly ware, get a move on. Here, rental operators share what's all the rage …

COMPANY: M&M The Special Events Co., Carol Stream, Ill.

Hot: Lighted bars, shaped plates and chargers in different colors and patterns, and lounge furniture, which president Michael Berk says is “the '70s disco look re-visited and updated.”

Not: “Chocolate fountains have run their course,” Berk says.

COMPANY: TriServe Party Rentals, New York

Hot: Screens made from sustainable materials.

Not: Square plates.

COMPANY: Celebration Party Rentals, Lee's Summit, Mo.

Hot: Lighted bars and tables, white spandex.

Not: Rose- and purple-colored linen.

COMPANY: Marquee Tent Productions, Austin, Texas

Hot: An iDJ system — a small speaker on a stand with a microphone and the new iPod Touch. It has four hours of customized music and “works great for events that need music but not necessarily a band or DJ,” according to president Narcy Martinez, CSEP, CERP.

COMPANY: Pedersen's Rentals, Burnaby, British Columbia

Hot: Faux Shantung silk linen, modern bar stools, velvet flocked linen, mini dishes and glasses for petite desserts, white china and “anything environmentally friendly,” vice president Rhonda Pedersen says.

Not: Damask, crinkle-crush linen, frilly items and earth-unfriendly cleaning products.

COMPANY: Chicago Party Rental, McCook, Ill.

Hot: Energy-efficient tents; low-energy LED lighting; combining different linen fabrics, such as crepe de Chine, sheer, lamour and crushed; using standard linen in new ways, such as banding a chair tie around the perimeter of the table instead of cinching; and using a single unit for both heat and air conditioning.

Not: Bows, poufy swags, disposable items and table skirting; clients favor skirtless banquet cloths.


Apres Party and Tent Rental

Celebration Party Rentals

Chicago Party Rental

Marquee Tent Productions

M&M The Special Events Co.

Pedersen's Rentals

TriServe Party Rentals


Sheree Bochenek, design consultant for Apres Party and Tent Rental in Edina, Minn., provides the ultimate cheat sheet for all things rental.


Hot: “Evolved” square dishware that is slightly rounded or has a circular center; distinctive and opaque white or black glassware — “Pure” from Fortessa is particularly popular — metal, bamboo and square charger plates; copper, hematite and brushed-gold flatware; and tabletop patterns “resembling tiny pebbles.”


Hot: Open structures that resemble buildings, clear-span and Navi-Trac tents with slanted and straight roofs, sisal hardwood floors, geometric carpet grids, and chandeliers and lanterns — especially clear, Moroccan-beaded or French tin.


Hot: Acrylic chairs, candelabras and water tables where flowers can float on water between an acrylic base and lid — Bochenek's new passion is black acrylic; bling, such as huge crystals, candelabras, hanging ornamentation and crystal-encrusted napkin rings.


Hot: Vertical or “mushroom” pleating, raised velvet design with a “modern Louis XIV feel” for a rich look with depth, organic looks with textured wovens and taffetas that “resemble tree bark or dimensional leaf patterns,” graphic prints of black and white, chocolatey browns in different fabrics, all shades of blue — cobalt, hyacinth, soft lilac-tinged and Tiffany blue — as well as fuchsia, purple, gray and metallic.

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