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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!


15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014

Time: 1-4 PM

Where: Mud Island River Park

In an effort to raise awareness for Special Olympics, hundreds of brave individuals will willingly plunge themselves into the icy Wolf River at the 15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge! Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals is proud to be sponsoring this year’s event, and for our own Angela Watson to take the plunge on behalf of Mahaffey! We invite you to join us in supporting Angela and other Plungers, as they take the leap to benefit Special Olympics Greater Memphis!

The ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help children and adults with intellectual disabilities develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition.  In doing so, they are able to empower themselves and others, change attitudes, and build communities. With the help of FUNdraising events such as Polar Bear Plunge, Special Olympics Greater Memphis can provide them opportunities for physical development and an ability to share courage, skills, and friendship with their families, friends, and community. You don’t want to miss this very cool and inspiring event!

If you’re planning for an upcoming event, Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals has you covered! We have a wide variety of accessories to make your special occasion or fundraising event a success! Visit us today or call 901.457.4538  to schedule an appointment with one of our special event consultants.

Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals is a proud sponsor of Special Olympics Greater Memphis Polar Bear Plunge



Did You Know Series: A Family Affair

Did you know that Mahaffey was founded way back in 1924? In the beginning, its founders, brothers Gene and Earl Mahaffey, started out making canvas tarpaulins, awnings and cotton pick sacks. The company’s first tent was constructed in 1929, and it was later sold to the Tri-State fair, which is now known as the Mid-South Fair. Mahaffey continued its business through World War II, and in 1972, William F. Pretsch purchased the company from the Mahaffey family after the death of the company’s owner (the second generation of Mahaffey brothers).

Although Mahaffey’s ownership now resides with a new family, that didn’t change the foundation the company was established upon. William F. Pretsch’s son, William J. Pretsch, is Mahaffey’s current President and alongside him as Vice President, George Smith, is his brother-in-law. Within the inner web of Mahaffey exist even more family ties…our Marketing Manager and one of our local event specialists are sisters-in-law! Even if not related by blood, all Mahaffey employees are part of the Mahaffey family. 🙂

Being family-owned for close to 90 years, there is no question as to why Mahaffey has such a storied and successful history.

Take a look at our webpage to learn more!


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Mahaffey’s President, William Pretsch with his father and Vice President, George Smith

An Event Like No Other…

It’s that time again! The annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival is taking place in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, and a few brave Mahaffey crew members will be onsite as we provide tents, tables, chairs, flooring, lighting and more.

This year marks the Gathering’s 13th celebration. If you have never heard of it, it’s an experience unlike any other…seriously. This year, over 100 bands and rap artists will be live with the juggalos, in addition to wacky sideshows, contests, wrestling and countless other acts. The festival lasts for five full days and all juggalos will have access to campsites, showers and bathrooms right beside all the action.

Bands like Insane Clown Posse, Three Six Mafia and Master P will be headed to Cave-in-Rock on August 8th to party with the Juggalos.

Should you dare to join in on this event, head to the Juggalos’ website to purchase tickets. Hurry fast though; it starts on Wednesday!

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

Fireworks Tents

As we all know, tomorrow is the 4th of July. It’s also Mahaffey’s designated “Did You Know” post day. So we thought it would be a great time to display our fireworks tents stats during what has become one of the busiest seasons on record!

Since June 18th, Mahaffey crews have been very busy installing fireworks and party tents. Below is a brief breakdown of some of our work…

  • Total Sq. Ft. Installed >> 122,800
  • Sq. Ft. of Pole Tents >> 74,300
  • Sq. Ft. of Frame Tents >> 38,500 is frame
  • Stakes Driven >> 1,178
  • Tons of Tent Weight Used >> 24.48
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Annual Fireworks Tent set up in Desoto County

Thank you to our amazing customers, partners, employees, and everyone who has made this a successful first half of the year for us. We wish you all a safe and wonderful Independence Day!

And a HUGE thank you to the brave men and women who fight (and have fought) every day for our freedom. God bless you, and God bless America!

Happy 4th of July

Happy Independence Day

Spring Creek Ranch Wedding Reception

This past Saturday was a busy one for Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals, and we’re excited to share what we were up to!

We provided two tents and the tent accessories for a wedding reception at Spring Creek Ranch in Collierville, TN. Spring Creek Ranch contacted us last fall needing to double their capacity space to accommodate a 580+ guest wedding reception, the largest they’ve ever done.

We worked quickly to develop a solution, which was adding two tents as an extension off the main golf house. We built scaffolding to match the height of the outdoor patio area outside the golf house and laid Bil-Jax on top of the scaffolding to create the floor surface. Two twin-tube tents were then installed side by side. The largest tent measured 40 ft x 75 ft while the other measured 40 ft x 45 ft.

Finishing touches on the tents included a gorgeous ceiling liner, three wrought iron chandeliers, carpet, wood dance floor, staging, canister lights, railing, banquet tables, cocktail tables, silver chiavari chairs, white chair pads, as well as steel and ivory pintuck linens and silver satin sashes.

This event was quite an undertaking and it definitely presented its set of challenges, the biggest one being the scaffolding since it was built on various ground levels. Our crew overcame the challenges and everything turned out great. We thoroughly enjoyed working with Spring Creek Ranch and all the other vendors to make this wedding a huge success.

Here are some of the photos we captured just hours before the event! Enjoy!

View of the tents from golf course

Gorgeous set up inside the 40 x 75 tent -- ceiling liner, wrought iron chandelier, banquet tables, silver chiavari chairs & steel pintuck linens

Another view inside the 40 x 75 tent -- ceiling liner, wrought iron chandeliers, banquet tables, silver chiavari chairs & steel pintuck linens

Beautiful flower arrangements (arrangement on left was intertwined into our wrought iron chandelier)

Round banquet table, silver chiavari chairs and steel pintuck linen

Another view inside the 40 x 75 tent -- ceiling liner, wrought iron chandelier, banquet tables, silver chiavari chairs & steel pintuck linens

Cocktail tables with ivory pintuck linens and silver satin sashes

This wedding will be featured in both Southern Bride Magazine and Say Yes Memphis, so be sure to keep your eyes out for those!

Mahaffey Covers Virginia Tech’s Campaign for the Future

Check out this great testimonial video from our customers at Virginia Tech. This past fall, Mahaffey Tent Rentals provided a 132′ wide clearspan tent for the closing of Virginia Tech’s 8-year fundraising campaign, which brought in over $1.1 billion for the university. Enjoy!

Winter Weekend Events

As the holiday season is here and Mahaffey has been hard at work preparing for upcoming events and jobs in the Memphis area. Memphis Zoo on Ice opens tonight, the American Red Cross will be hosting its second annual Boa Ball tomorrow night and the NACE Memphis Holiday party is tonight at the Peabody Hotel. Here’s the breakdown on each event!

Memphis Zoo on Ice

We are so proud to be proving the tent for the ice rink at Memphis Zoo on Ice for the second year in a row. The ice rink, which opens tonight, is a wonderful place for a fun date or family night out. Here are some pictures of the structure when it was it it’s final building stages:

Pictures provided by Memphis Zoo’s Facebook

And here are a few things you’ll want to know if you’re planning a trip out to the ice rink:

*Ice skating hours are form 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

*Tickets are purchased upon arrival. Click here to view the Zoo on Ice Schedule.

*Ice skating admission (one-hour skate):
-$6 includes skate rentals
-$5 if you own skates

*Only skating and parking fees apply
-Zoo Members: Free
-Nonmembers: $5

*There will be no early entry for night skating

*For more information, visit Memphis Zoo on Ice or contact Tim Dalfiume at 901-333-6571.

American Red Cross Second Annual Boa Ball

Mahaffey will be providing the tables, chairs, linens, tableware, pipe and drape, and dance floor for the American Red Cross Second Annual Boa Ball tomorrow night, Novemeber 19, at the Columns at One Commerce Square, 120 Monroe (across from McEwns on Monroe) from 7 to 11 p.m. Come out and enjoy mission competitions, auctions, food, wine & beer, and live entertainment by the Super Five. Attire is cocktail or formal and be sure to wear your boa! Tickets for indivudals are $75, $130 for couples and $500 for a table of eight. We hope everyone has a great time!

For more information, call Kim Motschman Cribb at 901-672-6353 or email her at

NACE Memphis Holiday Party

NACE Memphis is gearing up for their holiday party tonight at the beautiful Peabody Hotel’s Venetian Ballroom. We’ll be there and we’re looking forward to enjoying a delicious meal and night of dancing. If you’re attending, we hope you have a wonderful time!

Chuck Hutton Chevrolet Delivery Tent

Mahaffey is currently providing a clearspan structure with exhibit lights for Chuck Hutton Chevrolet on Mt. Moriah in Memphis. It’s a 33 ft. x 100 ft. tent and it’s serving as a delivery location while their facility undergoes renovations. Take a look at the pictures below to see what we’ve provided for them!

Be sure to contact Mahaffey for all your tent and party rental needs! Visit our website or call us at 901-457-1909. We look forward to working with you!