Dear Atlas Party Rental Blog Readers,
My favorite holiday is right around the corner: Thanksgiving!
There isn’t a part of this holiday that I don’t love. In addition to being thankful for a whole bunch of stuff, I love the food and the particular way that my family celebrates not only Thanksgiving, but the day after!
I have a large family . . . as I may have mentioned a time or five before! We don’t always get to see each other and some of my family travels quite far to celebrate together. I think this is true of many families in America. You can understand that we have an enormous feast on Thanksgiving night. So enormous, it’s virtually impossible to finish all the food, unless my Uncle Dave is there. Then you have to fight for every last scrap!
I jest of course. When my Uncle Dave comes we just make extra!
So we have always had to deal with the ramifications of having so many leftovers. Years and years ago, we would just pass them to people walking out the door. Completely efficient way to deal with extra food, but there wasn’t any fun in it. Then, one year, one of my sisters noted that on the Friday after Thanksgiving, we didn’t all get to see the visiting members of the family again. They would all retreat to different homes that could offer beds or even hotel rooms.
She had a great idea: The Thanksgiving Leftover Competition!
Basically, instead of dividing all the leftovers and passing them out to departing family members, one person keeps all of them. The next day, 4-5 (or more if they want) members of the family head back and prepare “Signature Dishes” from the leftovers! Then, the rest of the family gets back together and we judge (by secret ballot) on the best Thanksgiving Leftover!
Each year it has gotten progressively more insane! Everyone pitches in $10 and the winner takes home a hefty sum! One year, my youngest nephew stunned everyone with an impressive turkey Shepard’s pie!
Last year, some of our neighbors even got in on the action! This year, we have to rent extra tables and chairs to accommodate the extra people we’re expecting! The winnings are up to around $700!
Don’t tell anyone, but I’m taking it this year with a sweet recipe of . . . .well, I can’t tell you that! I don’t want to ruin my chances!
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!
Dear Atlas Party Rental Blog Readers,
So I didn’t think it could happen, but I witnessed something that I never expected to see with my own eyes.
A double wedding.
Yeah. A double wedding. Are you disappointed? Thought I was going to say something like aliens or something right? That’s another blog on a different kind of website!
We’ve probably all heard of double weddings. Maybe we’ve seen them on TV. I can remember a few times of even seeing large numbers of people getting married together for some reason like New Year’s Eve or a special religious (or non-religious) date.
That wasn’t what this was. Nope. This was two sisters.
“Two sisters?!” you ask.
Yup. Two sisters.
“What two sisters want to have a double wedding?” you may wonder.
A good question. The answer: these two sisters.
Of course, it wasn’t always the plan. They aren’t twins or anything like that. They just happened to get engaged at the same time.
They could have had two weddings, but here was the thought process: They both knew that their families, and the families of their fiancés, were scattered all over the world. It would have been a real bummer to ask their families to take TWO trips for TWO separate weddings in the span of only a few months, or even a year.
What would have happened if one cousin, or uncle or some other relative came to one and not the other?!
They really wanted to make it easy on their family and thought of them first. You know I love it when even organizers think of their guests!
Here’s the unique thing about this wedding beyond that it was a double wedding. It really wasn’t a double wedding . . . it was a double reception! The brides had two separate ceremonies, but shared the reception! Isn’t that a great idea?!
It was a HUGE party. There were close to 450 people there. The wedding parties had opposite sides of the dance floor and one side was for one sister and the other was for the other. But it was really a great time! I never thought I would see a father dance with two of his daughters on the day of their wedding at the same time! What was more was that everyone was in love with how fun the concept was. There was even one bridesmaid who was in both wedding parties. She switched dresses half way through!
The Mr. Event takeaway of the week is this: Sometimes we all imagine big days in our lives going a certain way and then they end up being completely different. That isn’t a bad thing especially if you think out of the box and come up with a solution that makes everyone happy.
Dear Atlas Party Rental Blog Readers,
As you know, I make it a habit to go to events of various types. Some of them are big events like weddings and magazine launch parties, while others are a bit smaller like networking events or cocktail parties. I’ve attended events in Boca Raton, Del Ray, Miami and Palm Beach . . . but I’ve also attended many in other states (even other countries).
Every event is different, but there are always certain things that stand out. The point of this blog is to relate to you the things that I notice at various events. If it stands out for me (a relatively clueless guy who just likes to go with the flow), then it’s a big deal. You’re either doing something really right . . . or really wrong!
In all my excursions, I have picked up on something: You can tell within seconds if the organizers of the event knew what they were doing or not.
I recently attended a networking event for young professionals in Boca Raton, FL. I have the greatest amount of respect for the organization who was hosting the event, but the networker itself really missed the mark.
I was surprised because this organization has done them before and is really on top of things usually. They had advertised the event extremely well by tapping into online and social media outlets. They had RSVPs and knew how many people would be attending. All the information you needed was on FB, Twitter, etc. The start and end times of the event were listed as well as the location (which seems obvious, but hold on for a second!).
When I got to the event it was immediately evident that something was wrong. First off, I had arrived a little late (which is rare for me). I completely expected to walk into an event that was already underway. In reality it wasn’t so much of a networker as it was a guided exploration of ideas and thoughts. People who wanted to ask question were to write them down and give them to a moderator. The moderator was then supposed to post the question and anyone who had expertise in that field was to get up to 5 minutes to answer the question.
The problem was that somewhere along the line, three major themes were identified and the attendees we split up and told to go to 3 different locations (that were all nearby the main location, but in different spots). I was interested in a topic that ended up having to leave the original restaurant. When I arrived at the second location, I was the first one. The restaurant manager didn’t even know what I was talking about when I asked where to go for the networker/conference!
I ended up leaving, going back to the original spot, sitting down and then was told to go back to where I had just come from. This time I waited for other people to join me. We got to the new location (45 minutes after the scheduled start time) and sat down. We ordered some drinks and a few appetizers and waited to start.
Eventually it did, but it was getting late. When it got underway, it was disorganized and only a few people got to speak. It was a total bummer.
The Mr. Event Takeaway of the week is this: You can have the best idea in the world (which I thought this one was going to be), but lack of preparation and planning can really sabotage its success. They say the devil is in the details and they are right. If you’re throwing an event, you can have all the right event rentals, flowers, speakers, food and entertainment, but if you don’t take a step back and make sure that everything is planned well . . . it will all fall apart.
Recently, Heather Horwitz Design used rentals from Atlas Party Rental to create a preppy wedding that leaves you wishing your name was Harrison, Landon or Lilly. This wedding has all the preppy wedding inspiration you could ever need.
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bent Pine Golf Club, Vero Beach
Photography: Vitalic Photo
Videography: Steadfast Weddings
Event Coordination: Heather Horwitz Design
Floral Design: Waldo’s Secret Garden
Hair: Lindsay Naffziger Hair Design Artist
Make-Up: Cindy Goetz Makeup Artist
Officiant: Matt Barnhill Counseling
Entertainment: Class Act Productions
Pink is one of the most romantic colors there is. It is soft, subtle and conjures feelings of love. Recently, the planners at Fabuluxe Events took some of our pink rentals, paired them with some silver sparkle and created a stunning look.
Atlas Party Rental items used to create this décor:
• Silver chiavari chairs with cream bengaline cushions
• 90*90 Blush linen
• Luxe 13” silver charger
Image Credits: Jeff Kolodny Photography