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

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Mahaffey’s New Inventory: Part 1

Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals does it again! We are on a roll adding more and more inventory with the passing months. Over the next week, stay tuned for details of our newest inventory items.

Today’s featured rental is our Dark Walnut Chandelier. These 16-light fixtures look wonderful hanging from a ceiling liner or can perfectly complement a clear top tent. Add greenery to the chandeliers, or leave them as they are. Mahaffey has six of these beauties and would love to have them showcased at your next event!

Don’t forget, we also offer other lighting options, from various chandeliers to Italian bulbs and canister lights.

Call Mahaffey today at 901.457.1909 for more information about lighting or the new Dark Walnut Chandeliers!

Mahaffey chandeliers

Dark Walnut Chandeliers

Flight Memphis, Ready For Winter!

No one really knows what the weather holds for Memphis. One day (like today), it’s in the 70s. The next, the temperature has dropped 30+ degrees! But one thing’s for sure…Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar, located Downtown, is ready for the winter season! Anyone strolling down Main Street will be able to see these beautiful floor to ceiling glass walls surrounding the front patio. This outside seating enclosure fits perfectly within their wrought iron fence and will not only keep diners happy, but most importantly, warm.

Mahaffey loves installing fun features like this around Memphis! We have been providing this glass wall patio covering for over five years. If you are Downtown, grab a bite to eat at Flight and make sure to ask to sit “outside!” 😉

Glass panels

Glass walls at Flight

Outdoor patio

Front view of the swanky restaurant

Budgeting for Your Wedding

One of our event specialists ran across a wedding budget article today, and it got us thinking…what are today’s brides budgeting for their wedding? And is that budget realistic?

The article, entitled How Much Wedding Will $20,000 Buy? breaks down the costs and expenses of different budget types. First, the author discusses a small $5,000 budget. From there, a $20,000 budget is broken down, then $50,000, and finally $100,000.

It talks about how there are several different ways to cut back on costs when planning your big day. For example, one couple that was interviewed for the article said that to cut costs, instead of going with a venue that required them to use on-site caterers, the couple brought in local food trucks and had a local farm provide pies in place of a wedding cake. Speaking of local, did you know that Memphis has several food truck locations? Check ’em out!

The article also mentions some fun things to do at each price range. Naturally, this made us think about rentals! If you’re trying to cut back or stick with a smaller budget, you can cut costs by using a different style chair and/or polyester linens rather than a specialty linen. For example, try a nice padded chair; they are less expensive and still look very classy. Also, tent accessories can add up. If weather permits, try going without sidewalls or maybe leave one wall open. As far as lighting, you can go with the 15-light wrought iron chandelier instead of the larger one.

Of course, there are tons of DIY projects you can do to save money, especially where stationery is concerned.

There are SO many ways to save! See for yourself: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/how-much-wedding-will–20-000-buy-.html

How are you planning to stick to your wedding budget?

Money Saving Tips

Did You Know Series: White Tufted Bar

We’re excited to share a new rental item on this week’s “Did You Know” series. The white tufted bar is the newest bar in our collection, and it’s sure to bring a beautiful, sleek look to any event, special occasion, or wedding.

White Tufted Bar

We currently have 2 white tufted bars for rent, so call us today at 901-457-1909 for pricing and availability. We look forward to hearing from you!

Indian Wedding Reception at TPC Southwind

It was a busy wedding weekend for Mahaffey! We provided a 66 ft x 166 ft tent for an Indian wedding reception of 450 guests at TPC Southwind this past Saturday.

The tent was dressed a variety of Mahaffey accessories including solid white sidewalls, a beautiful white ceiling liner, five 28-light iron chandeliers, silver canister lights, wood flooring, carpet, two stages, a white dance floor, white leather tufted bars, banquet tables, cocktail tables, mahogany chiavari chairs, ivory chair pads, and silver chargers. 12 upright fans were also used to generate air flow and half of the sidewalls on one side of the tent remained open to provide more light and an airy feel. Take a look at the finished product!

The color scheme for the wedding reception was stunning. The tables were decorated using acid green, peacock blue, and dark purple table linens. We did not provide the linens, but we did provide the silver chargers at each place setting, which were accented with teal blue napkins. White satin sashes were draped over our mahogany chiavari chairs for a soft, romantic touch.

We thoroughly enjoyed working Le Reve Creations, a full service event design & decor company out of Richmond, VA, to make this wedding huge success!

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!

Did You Know Series: Trendy Vintage Chairs

For our “Did You Know” series this week, we’re featuring vintage lounge chairs. Below are some trendy chairs we have for rent.

These super stylish chairs are sure to bring a classy look and feel to your special occasion or event.

For pricing and availability, give us a call at 901-457-1909. We look forward to hearing from you!

Winter Showroom Preview

Our showroom has been updated! Make an appointment today to stop by and see all our lovely tent accessories and party rentals on display. Consultations are free and you’ll be able to play around with our wide variety of event rentals including linens, tableware, chairs, furniture, accessories, and more to see what works for you. Our team will even design a table for you so you can actually see what it will look like in your wedding tent or event venue.

Here’s a preview of what we have on the floor right now!

These rosette chair covers would look great at reception or small soiree.

Gold trimmed tableware, small black appetizer plates, and crown gold flatware creates an elegant yet bold look for any occasion this winter.

This stunning Sofia sofa would look fabulous at your next special event.

We have everything you need to complete your look, and we can’t wait to work with you. Give us a call at 901-457-1909 and be sure to visit our website to view our full line of tents and party rental accessories.

Also, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

A Night of Southern Elegance gala for Fayette Cares

A Night of Southern Elegance benefiting Fayette Cares will be held tomorrow night in Oakland, TN. Mahaffey Tent and Party Rentals will help turn a manufacturing warehouse into a luxurious space for the Under the Stars “rooftop”-themed event. We’ll be providing various tent accessories including tables, chairs, tableware, linens, pipe and drape, and lighting. Defining Touch Staging and Design LLC and Twigs-n-Things will also help transform the warehouse into an elegant and relaxed affair.

When folks arrive, they’ll be treated to valet parking, and then head inside for delectable hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner donated by Me and My Tea Room Catering, and premium wines from the Stellar Cellar Wine and Spirits. Dinner will be followed by a live and silent auction filled with bidding wars for impressive auction items including luxury getaways, sporting events, a Hunt of a Lifetime and other unique experiences. Guests will also live enjoy music from the Kevin and Bethany Paige Band.

Tickets to the event are $125 per person, $200 per couple and $700 for a table of eight. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call (901) 465-3802 ext. 221 or visit their website.

Fayette Cares is an organization that helps homeless families become self-sufficient, self-determined and independent.

Enjoy the event if you’re attending!