DIY Valentine

Mahaffey has fallen in love with DIY Valentine’s Day ideas and you will, too! Get inspired during the week of love by creating things you love! Here are 10 DIY ways to add heart to your heartfelt holiday!

For more ideas we’re wild about, head to our Pinterest page! Xoxo

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1. Valentine Piñatas – Pinned from Babble

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2. Garland Decor – Pinned from Creature Comforts

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3. Love {Yarn} Letters – Pinned from My Sister’s Suitcase

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4. Tree Decoration – Pinned from A DIY Project

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5. Button Canvas – Pinned from Architecture Art Design

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6. Bouquet – Pinned from Style Me Pretty

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7. Gift in a Jar – Pinned from The Frugal Girls

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8. You Rule Gift – Pinned from Popsugar

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9. Lighting Decoration – Pinned from The Moms Project

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10. Gift Wrapping – Pinned from Architecture Design Blog

Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals is the one-stop-shop for all your event rental needs! Our wide range of accessories will woo any guest and turn your day into a sweet success! Visit us today or call 901.457.4538 to schedule an appointment with one of our special event consultants!

Tuesday Trend: Mason Jars

Embrace your southern style with the help of Mason Jars! Whether you are styling for a shabby-chic wedding, creative picnic, or the neighborhood barbecue, Mason Jars have become a must have! Let your creativity run wild and use them for serving glasses, center pieces, hanging arrangements, and much, much more. You won’t regret breaking away from the average mug with this southern-inspired trend.

This trendy item can be found in our very own Mahaffey showroom! Stop by and take a look at our selection of Mason Jars today! If you would like to make an appointment, feel free to call us at 901.457.4538.

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Beautiful Clear Top Tents

As cooler temperatures approach, now is the perfect time to book a clear top tent. Fall is a beautiful season for any event and a clear top tent can provide the elegant and sophisticated look you desire. You’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful clouds by day and the moon-lit sky by night. On this blog post, we want to share some pictures of clear top tents that we’ve done in the past! These first few pictures are from a gala event that took place in Little Rock, Ark., a few years ago. We covered the pool with a clear cover flooring and used blue lighting to create a bold, striking effect. Take a look!

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These next pictures are a of a recent high profile and prestigious event we did this past week. The clear top tent was used again to create an elegant atmosphere.

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Since 1924, Mahaffey has been turning ordinary places into extraordinary spaces, and these two events are no exception. You won’t be disappointed if you choose a clear top tent for your next event! Contact us today, and don’t forget to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates!

Mahaffey Partner Spotlight: Mrs. Post Stationery

Mrs. Post Stationery, located in the Chickasaw Oaks Village at 3092 Poplar Ave. in Memphis, is one of Mahaffey’s preffered partners in wedding and event planning. We were happy to have them on-site yesterday in our warehouse where they participated in a photo shoot with Southern Bride Magazine. The photo shoot, which displayed the hottest new trends in tableware, linens and wedding stationary, will appear in the Winter/Spring issue of the magazine.

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Mrs. Post Stationery specializes in custom wedding invitations and announcements. They also create stationary for anniversaries, baby showers, milestones, birthdays, bridal showers, christenings, corporate events, debutante balls, engagement parties, graduations, holiday parties, ceremonies, memorials and proms. They design, assembly and print the stationary themselves. In addition, Mrs. Post carries a wonderful selection of party decor and great gifts for any age.
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So whether your getting married, throwing a party or you need a fun gift, head on over to Mrs. Post Stationery! We know you’ll love them as much as we do.

For more information, check them out on Facebook or email them at info@mrspoststationery.com!

*NOTE: All photos courtesy of Mrs. Post Stationery.

Guest Post: Social Butterflies… Sweet 16 at The Cotton Gin!

A few weeks ago we had a client who wanted to surprise her daughter with a Sweet 16 party. Their family has owned a cotton farm for many generations, and they wanted to host the soiree in their retired cotton gin. I was thrilled to use an out-of-the-box venue and excited about the challenge of designing a “Country Couture” event in such utilitarian space.

I began brainstorming for decor details by getting to know the client’s daughter. Because the party was a surprise, I had to do so through photographs and stories from her mother. She wanted “country,” but not “cowgirl.” Her favorite color is teal and she loves shopping at Anthropologie She is chic yet laid back, athletic and a social butterfly (like us!). I knew the client wanted to use resources already available, such as bales of hay and twinkle lights. Check out what we came up with, most images beautifully captured by photographer Angie Gibson Ford, the less professional ones by us!

Rice plants and cotton stalks right from their farm were affordable and oh so shabby chic! We love them nestled between the gin’s retired utilities.

To fill the large ceiling space of the gin, we needed more than twinkle lights. Full country moons inspired these round orbs floating in the rafters. Guess what they are – latex balloons! We found 3′ diameter circular balloons and had them strung with fishing wire at varied heights. They drew the eye upward and glowed in the party light. A birthday party is not complete without balloons, but we of course had to think of an out-of-the-box way to incorporate them.

The client had this custom banner printed to welcome guests. You can see the twinkle lights and “moon” balloons peeking through the entry way.
We got creative to work within the budget. We used wonderful resources at the farm to craft country couture centerpieces. We filled assorted vases with tied wheat and grains of rice. The ribbon and butterflies add pops of color to the neutral, organic palette of the farm.
Tall cotton stalks add height to table arrangements in dramatic glass cylinders.
We created long tablescapes on each 6′ table by staggering clusters of glass vases filled with various materials. Floating candles compliment the white pops of cotton.We mixed in soft, worn cotton linens with our chocolate brown ones to create an eclectic country vibe.
Short, square chunky vases mix it up. We filled them with rice and planted white paper roses on floral wire.
Brass lanterns and bird cages sprinkled the gift tables.
To bring country to chic, we created lounge areas with bales of hay and linens. We mixed burlap linens with teal and white and added chocolate sashes to tie them together (linens and sashes courtesy of Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals. The lounge vignettes, also provided by Mahaffey, fringed the dance floor so guests could flop down to rest their dancin’ feet!
In lieu of a candy bar, we created a country tea and lemonade bar with our assorted apothecary jars. We mixed raspberry sweet tea, peach lemonade and other delectable mixes to quench the thirst of those teenage dancers.
The focal point of the decor was a 20 foot burlap back drop strung with a Happy Sweet Sixteen message to the birthday girl. We ordered the letters from Etsy and they came out perfectly! We strung them on twine and ribbon and used clothespins to pin them up. We also strung pictures of the birthday girl – from high chairs to high heels – for guests to reminisce over.
The whimsical cake came from Cakes by Mom and Me was a hit! We elevated it on a stand covered in a burlap linen tied with a chocolate sash.
Guests signed a framed invitation so the birthday girl would remember this party for birthdays to come.

This party was a great experience for us- we got to think outside the box and utilize a totally different space. We had a great time and we hope the guests did as well!

– Thanks to Social Butterflies for this fabulous guest post!