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Delightful Douglass Reception

As spring begins, wedding season starts to bloom! This past weekend, Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals proved its dedication to providing quality structures by constructing an elegant reception tent for a wedding planned by Social Graces that brought simplistic décor and elaborate design together to create the perfect atmosphere!

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Fortunate to have beautiful weather for such a special occasion, the setting and décor of the event established a simplistic yet sophisticated ambience. Guests gathered beneath a 40×80 Mahaffey clear top tent, which allowed in natural light and provided a view of the clear blue sky above. Adding further simplistic elegance to the setting, Italian bulbs provided by Event Brite draped from the ceiling and were accented by an ornate chandeliers.

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Mahaffey’s simplistically-styled farm tables and farm chairs filled this extraordinary space and struck a harmonious balance with the exquisite look of the chandeliers, Italian bulbs and elegant ceiling liners. Functionally, they also provided guests means to take a short break from dancing the night away and take in the scene around them before continuing the celebration.

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With wedding season now in full swing, the uniquely combined style of this wedding promises to set a trend and provide an example of how to perfectly blend sophisticated elegance and chic simplicity.

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We want to give a big thank you to our wonderful partners at Social Graces and the talented team at Event Brite for their part in creating this ever-so-chic celebration!

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Glamorous Glass

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Lift the look of your table!

Add a touch of glass and major sass to your special event! Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals now features the Vina Collection of stemware. These long stem glasses confer a sense of elegance and subtly signal that your’s is quite the fancy function!

Here at Mahaffey, we guarantee you get the BEST quality and selection in the Mid-South!

Stop by our showroom or call 901.457.1909 to speak with a member of our team today!

Want more? Visit our website to see all we have to offer!

Tuesday Trends: 5 Ways to Use Social Media at Your Wedding

If social media had a mission statement, it would be to bring people together while simultaneously keeping them informed. Here are 3 ways to do just that for the bride and groom’s big day!

1. Planning: A decade ago, wedding planning meant stacks of magazines and a three-ring binder for most brides. Today, everything needed to plan a wedding can be found on a smart phone. Pinterest is a great resource for getting ideas on everything from hair styles to bridesmaids dresses to event decor. And for the brides that don’t want every detail of their wedding shared before the big day, Pinterest has secret boards. If a bride needs more than inspiration to plan a wedding, Google has a wedding budget template and apps like lover.ly and The Knot can help tame the chaos before the nuptials. 

2. Day-Of Coordination: Utilize apps like Wedding Party, Wedding Planner for iPad, and appy couple for a more seamless day of experience. These apps have can coordinate vendor information, send out email reminders to the wedding party when they need to be somewhere, keep a shot list for photographers and so much more.

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3. Crowdsource Your Photographs: Wedding photographs are the piece of the ceremony and reception that will last forever and many couples don’t want to miss out on the moments between their guests. Crowdsourcing wedding photos is a great way to involve their guests and have photographs they would otherwise not have. A popular trend now is creating a wedding hashtag and having guests share their photos on twitter and Instagram using the hashtag. Apps like WedPics, Snapable, and Eversnap allow the couple, the wedding party, and all the guests to share photos and videos during the ceremony and reception and order prints and albums to help remember the day.

Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals
 is the one-stop-shop for all your event rental needs! Our wide range of accessories can fulfill any wedding wish you may have! Visit us today or call 901.457.4538 to schedule an appointment with one of our special event consultants!

Did You Know: Project Green Fork Edition

Mahaffey is excited to partner with Fuel Cafe this weekend for a wedding at the Metal Museum!
ImageFuel Cafe, located in Midtown, is one of many restaurants in Memphis that are Project Green Fork certified. Founded in 2008, Project Green Fork was established to reduce environmental impact, with an emphasis on supporting homegrown restaurants. 

Here are the six things that it takes to be Project Green Fork certified: 

1. All disposable products must be compostable, biodegradable, recyclable, or made from recycled content.

2. All items that can be recycled must be recycled (as recognized by Project Green Fork).

3. With the help of Project Green Fork, restaurants will establish a composting system for pre-consumed fruit, vegetable, coffee grounds, eggshell scraps, and other compostable waste. 

4. The use of toxic cleaners is discouraged and, whenever possible, must be replaced with plant-based and/or biodegradable cleaners. 

5. Establishments must complete an energy audit and attempt to reduce water and energy waste. 

6. All kitchens, front of houses, and outside areas should be clean and free of debris. 

Check this out to find any Project Green Fork restaurants in your neighborhood.

And to check out Fuel Cafe’s delicious menu, go see them on Madison Avenue or track down their food truck for Fuel on the go! Follow them on twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up with where they are in Memphis. 

Tuesday Trend: Eclectic Themes

The eclectic theme has become a huge trend this year and like many, we’re in love! The key in creating this ultra-chic look is to mix and match opposite elements. There are MANY ways to achieve this style, and Mahaffey is here to help!

At your next event, try mixing a modern, upscale location with shabby-chic decorations, or vice versa, for an easy way in achieving this look. Another approach is to only focus on the decorative pieces. Here are some ideas that we love: adding chandeliers to a barn-like venue, pairing vintage tableware to patterned linens, and combining shaded and non-shaded glassware. Tying these pieces to one another will create the perfect eclectic atmosphere!

Want to create this trend for your next event? Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals has a variety of items ranging from lighting, flatware, linens, tables and more to help create the ultimate eclectic theme! Stop by our showroom or schedule an appointment with one of our event specialists today at 901.457.4538!

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Mahaffey Partner Spotlight: The Barefoot Bride

One of Mahaffey’s all time favorite bridal shops, offering stunning wedding gowns at a fraction of the retail price, is The Barefoot Bride in Memphis, Tennessee. New designer gowns with names such as Maggie Sottero, Allure, Watters, Jim Hjelm, and Pronovias, in sizes 0-30 are sold at 30-80% off retail! The Barefoot Bride believes that “every bride should be able to wear her dream dress without having to sacrifice style and elegance because of budget.” How AWESOME!

On July 18th, we would love for all our brides to join us at a Beauty Happy Hour from 5 until 7 p.m. at The Barefoot Bride. Vendors including Hotshots Photobooth, AM Photography and Propcellar will be there along fun activities and entertainment for guests.

Call The Barefoot Bride at 901.481.6906 or email them at thebarefootbride@hotmail.com to schedule a bridal appointment, or to find out more about the Beauty Happy Hour!

Tuesday Trends: Food Trucks

This new trend has become one of our absolute favorites. Who would have thought that food trucks would be the new thing for 2013. Mahaffey has fallen in love with the idea of serving hors d’oeuvres, entrees and late night munchies right out of a van, taking catering to a whole new level!

The possibilities for your event are endless…you could have the food truck serve entire meals, or surprise your guests with a late night service, driving in and serving coffee and donuts (possibly even inside your venue during colder months). Two local food trucks that we recommend are Graze Food Truck and Fuel Food Truck. Neither will disappoint in service or food!

Graze Food Truck is the cutest moving vehicle we’ve ever seen, and could add that perfect touch to your spring or summer event! Graze can provide everything from classic Southern comfort foods to soups, salads, sandwiches and everything in between. It started with the purchase of a 1983 Chevy Step Van in 2011, and in September 2012, Graze Food Truck hit the streets. They seek to use fresh, locally grown ingredients whenever possible and can cater your next private event, corporate party or wedding.

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Graze Food Truck at the Bridal Rhapsody Extravaganza

Photo courtesy of Graze Food Truck

Fuel Food Truck is another favorite; they even catered our Safety Luncheon last fall. The food, made from scratch, is to die for. Only organic ingredients are used, including antibiotic-free, humanely raised, grass/vegetarian fed meat and poultry. Not only can this truck be at your next event, but it can also be seen driving around Memphis, serving spots all over our great city. Mahaffey’s two favorite dishes are the Grilled Cheese and Bison Tacos.

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Fuel Food Truck at Mahaffey

Photo courtesy of Mahaffey Tent

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Tacos looking DELICIOUS

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Photos courtesy of Fuel Food Truck

Brides For A Cause

Calling all brides-to-be! The Center for Building Hope is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing information, services and programs for cancer patients, caregivers and their family members. The Center for Building Hope is the Brides Against Breast Cancer’s parent organization. This organization also aims to help cancer patients and their families. The Brides Against Breast Cancer will be in town THIS WEEKEND, August 9th through the 11th, for Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale. This event has been making its way around the nation, and we are so excited for it to come to Memphis.

The event will take place at The Esplanade Memphis, with the VIP Pink Power Hour Event kick starting the weekend festivities on Thursday. The Pink Power Hour will consist of cocktails, appetizers, models showcasing the gowns and  a sneak peak of the wedding dresses. The Charity Wedding Gown Sale takes place on Friday and Saturday, extending from 10 am until 8 pm Friday and 10 am until 5 pm on Saturday. The sale will feature more than 1,000 wedding gowns, almost half of which were donated brand new directly from designers and bridal retailers!

Be sure to visit the event details to see how you can attend! Don’t miss your chance to find your dream wedding dress and make a difference.

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Did You Know Series: Event Tent App

If you are planning a party, wedding, corporate or any type of event that needs TENTS, download the “Event Tent” app, by  IFAI’s Tent Rental Division, that will begin the tent planning process for you! Planning an event is not the easiest thing to do. Especially when you have a checklist of (what seems like) about a million things you have to take care of before the big event takes place.

This app is super easy to use and is similar to Mahaffey’s tent size tool. The app is free to download and once opened, you enter the date of your event, the event type, the location and ground surface. On the second page, you put in your number of guests, seating arrangements and accessories (such as tables and entertainment). Simply hit Calculate after entering your information, and the final page displays your estimated area needed, the best tent size and room to spare. Simple as that! If you need further help, simply enter your information and within MINUTES you will be contacted by the nearest tent rental company, such as Mahaffey, and you can order your tent!

Have fun, party planners!

Step by step pictures of the wonderful “Event Tent” app

Bridal Rhapsody Extravaganza – Part 2

What a fun day! Despite the July 4th weekend, Sunday’s Bridal Rhapsody Extravaganza was a success! Everything from the fashion show to the cake walk and door/grand prizes came together perfectly.

All brides, regardless of whether they won any prizes, walked away with the latest issue of Southern Bride Magazine. Mahaffey had a wonderful time setting up the booths for all the vendors, the entryway and cafe area, and of course visiting with all the brides-to-be. We are excited to be a part of your big day! A big thank you to our friend Alisa at Club Windward, for the beautiful centerpieces and all of your help! And congrats to our $250 gift card winner.

Check out these beautiful pictures from Sunday’s show…

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Tableware on a Red Circle Taffeta Linen

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Serving Table with a Champagne Infinity Linen

Blue & Green

Black Chiavari Chair with a Lime Green Chair Sash and a Royal Crinkle Linen

Yellow

Yellow polka dot linen with yellow accessories

Purple

Lilac Satin Linen with White Chateau Chairs

Black Cocktail

Bistro Table with Black and White Damask

Red and Beige

Silver Chiavari Chairs and silver linens with raspberry seat cushions

All pictures courtesy of Shonna Nicole Photography