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




Mahaffey to the 47th CMA Awards

Days before Country Music’s Biggest Night, our Mahaffey crew was on the scene diligently working at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee! During that time, they successfully installed around 21,500 sq. feet of tent structures for the preshow and red carpet festivities.

The structures fitted for the 47th CMA Awards included the Main Tent 66x150x13 (20M Clearspan), Paparazzi Tent 33x50x13, Fan Tent 40x66x13, Chevy Car Tent 40x40x10, Valet Tent, Venue Entry Tent, two Media Tents, and a variety of Walkway Tents. Mahaffey also provided red carpet, flooring, and liners for most of the tent structures.

Check out the images below to see our Mahaffey structures being put on display!

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Paparazzi Tent

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Mahaffey Crew Assembling the Main Tent


Celebrities to Mahaffey’s Red Carpet

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Main Tent Background

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Mahaffey Loves CMA!

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Mahaffey Crew Hard at Work

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Outside View

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Gorgeous Fabric Draped in Walkway Tents

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Fan Tent

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Chevy Car Tent

Kappa Alpha Psi to Southern Heritage Classic

Memphis, Tennessee is famous for its southern charm and diverse, soulful background. Once a year, thousands join together to celebrate Memphis for its cultural diversity and unique style. Today through Saturday, join Kappa Alpha Psi in celebrating Memphis’ originality at the 24th annual Southern Heritage Classic. Sit back, relax, and get back to your Memphis roots!

Since 1911, Kappa Alpha Psi has built itself on achievement and continued success through education. It only makes sense for organizations, such as Kappa Alpha Psi to support Southern Heritage Classic as well as their efforts to promote higher education. Come enjoy Memphis music, tailgating parties, sports, fall fashion, and more at this one-of-a-kind, cultural celebration.

Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals is proud to sponsor Kappa Alpha Psi during this beneficial event! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with your own soulful spirit during this year’s Southern Heritage Classic! For more information, click here.



Dixon Gallery and Gardens: Art on Tap

It’s finally fall season in Memphis, which could only mean one thing… FALL EVENTS! During the fall, Memphis is constantly filled with exciting events, live music, and celebration. So the question is: do you enjoy delicious food, locally brewed beer, and live entertainment? If the answer is yes, then Art on Tap is for you!

Tonight, Dixon Gallery & Gardens will hold its annual Art on Tap event. Art on Tap allows you to experience the beautiful grounds of Dixon Gallery & Gardens, indulge in Memphis’ local food, beer, and live music. This event has become a Memphis favorite and continues to grow in size every year. Be sure you’re not the one that misses out by joining Mahaffey for this art-tastic event!

Mahaffey Tent & Party Rentals is honored to be sponsoring tonight’s event! Art on Tap will take place tonight from 6-9 PM. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. For more information, visit Dixon Gallery & Gardens!


‘Twas a Festivious Season at Mahaffey

We absolutely love this time of year, not only due to the warmer weather, but also because it’s festival season! Two huge festivals we love being a part of are New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Although it is crazy busy at Mahaffey getting ready for these events, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

We have been providing the structures for Jazz Fest for the past 30 years, and it’s always an honor. After the inaugural festival in 1970, it was envisioned as an important event with both cultural significance and popular appeal. No other fest can quite compare to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, ranked the Festival of the Year four times by Pollstar magazine and called “the country’s very best music festival’’ by Life magazine.

Bonnaroo, which takes place in Manchester, Tennessee, offers four full days of  music, comedy, art, shopping and camping. Set up like a miniature city on over 700 acres, this festival is quite an adventure. For over five years, Mahaffey has been providing tents, clearspan structures and stage covers for this event. Well-known artists including as Jack Johnson, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Passion Pit, The Lumineers and Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors performed at this year’s festival.

Here are a few pics of our tents in action!

Bonnaroo 2013

Photo courtesy of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Bonnaroo 2013

Photo courtesy of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Bonnaroo 2013

Photo courtesy of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Bonnaroo 2013

Photo courtesy of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Jazz Fest 2013

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Jazz Fest 2013

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Jazz Fest 2013

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Jazz Fest 2013

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Mahaffey’s New Inventory: Part 3

Today’s featured item: tent topsMahaffey Tent & Party Rentals recently purchased 36,000 sq. ft. of new tent tops, both clear and white!

Whether you want to rent a tent to transform your wedding reception, or you’re hosting a corporate event, consider a Mahaffey tent. Our tents can be almost any size, fitting all your guests comfortably. We offer several tent styles, from pole tents to clearspan, giving you the freedom to set the perfect venue for your event. White tops bring elegance and will stand out from their surroundings, whereas clear tops give you the pleasure of viewing a beautiful night sky or the landscape around your tent. Either choice will compliment your wedding, gala or party, and create a memorable and lasting image in all attendees’ minds. Not only that, but they will shelter you from any inclement weather that may try to ruin the day.

Call us today at 901.457.4538 for more information about tenting or any of our other rentals!

Mahaffey clear top

Mahaffey clear top tent

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

Did You Know: Open Saturdays

Did you know that Mahaffey is open on Saturdays to better serve our customers? We are here from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for you to come in and meet with our event specialists, pick up rental items and view our beautiful showroom. Whether you are planning a wedding, retirement party or any other special event, we are here to help!

Our Will Call area is also open on Saturdays. If you want to find out more about those services, check out this post!

Call 901.457.4538 today to book an appointment! Saturday deliveries and pick ups are more than welcome, but be sure to call ahead for pick ups so that we can have your order ready for you when you arrive.

We look forward to seeing you!


A peak into our showroom


Showroom Lounge Furniture

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Mahaffey’s Will Call area

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!


Old Mahaffey Truck

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!