Tricks and Treats for Your Halloween Party

October 16, 2017 by Grand Central Party

Halloween is just a little over a week away and chances are that you have either a) had your costume planned for weeks, or b) you haven’t given it a second thought. No matter where you fall from a to b, we have some great ideas on how you can have tricks and treats for your Halloween party this spooky season. And, don’t worry, we promise that his and hers Wonder Woman costumes aren’t the only available costume options out there.

Hallowen Party Ideas

Happy Halloween

Some of the best costumes aren’t complicated. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of loving Halloween, to being cordially apathetic about the whole affair, you don’t have to go all out when it comes to costumes. The old sheet with two holes cut in it to be a ghost may be a little played out, you would be amazed with what you can use to make a truly killer costume from around your house. Don’t break the bank this Halloween season. A striped shirt and black pants can be anything from a mime to a pirate with the right accoutrements.

Halloween parties can be kitschy and classy. You might like to think that a box full of cold spaghetti that doubles as zombie brains is just so 90’s, but never undermine the classics. Half the fun of a Halloween party is being able to combine all the best parts of kitsch and class. So, while you may have a tablescape of beautiful artisanal pumpkins interspersed with mums and ornate scarecrow figurines, a few classic games like bobbing for apples and pumpkin carving contests can add a lot of fun and charm.

Don’t forget Trick or Treaters. Everyone has thought about leaving a bowl of candy outside their door with a ‘just take one’ sign in front of it on Halloween night. One of the best parts of Halloween night is seeing all the kids excitedly going from door to door in their costumes. The good news is that most children are out trick or treating before it gets to be too late. Schedule your party to start after 8 so that your guests can stick around to see the kids in their neighborhood before heading out to your All Hallow’s Eve Soiree.

Office parties can be fun too. Sometimes planning any holiday party for an office can seem like a painful task. This year, we suggest that you be the one that is the most into your office Halloween party. If you get involved in providing the right amount of tricks and treats for your office Halloween party, you may see a change in how excited everyone is about the event. Encourage coworkers to make treats that different from their every other year offerings. (No candy pumpkins this year!) Tell the staff to dress up in their most work appropriate costumes and have a prize for the best one. By making the party more fun for everyone, you may see a lift in employee engagement and excitement going into the rest of the holiday season.

Parting favors can be party favorites. Because candy is such a large part of the Halloween holiday, you can make crowd pleasing party favors for surprisingly low costs. Offering your guests a sweet treat on their way out the door is a nice way of saying ‘thank you for coming.’ You can sweeten the deal by making them say, ‘trick or treat’ for it on their way out the door.

Halloween truly is a sweet time of year. While you plan your spooky events this season, don’t forget that Grand Central Party Rentals has all of your Nashville event needs covered. From tents, to tables and chairs, flatware and dishware, we can make sure your next event is truly remarkable. Call or contact us today to start planning your next great party.

We wish everyone a safe, happy, and healthy Halloween!

Wedding Prep: 5 Important Planning Pointers

October 5, 2017 by Grand Central Party

It’s October and wedding season is getting into full swing in the Nashville Area. As the weather turns nice, you may be dreaming of your upcoming fall wedding or starting to plan a spring fete.  Wedding prep is stressful. Inspirational ideas and good advice are everywhere and you can quickly experience info overload. If you attend any weddings this fall, it’s easy to glean plenty of inspiration for an upcoming fete of your own. We are also here to help! These helpful wedding pointers help you get started planning your big day.

Wedding Prep

Wedding Prep Ideas

  1. If you can afford a planner, consider a planner. In the age of Pinterest, Google, the Knot, and a host of other helpful wedding related websites, it may seem like a cinch to plan a DIY wedding on your own. But, wedding prep is complicated, especially when you’re on a budget. Oftentimes, well-established wedding planners have long standing relationships with local companies that actually help save you money in the long run.  Nashville wedding planners.
  2. Select a Wedding Party. The people who surround you on your big day are important. While your mother might be pushing you to include your cousin that you haven’t seen in eight years for the sake of etiquette, it is important to be your own advocate. Wedding prep can be extremely stressful. You want to include people in your wedding party that will be focused on you, your nerves, and your need for champagne on your wedding day. If you don’t believe us, take the advice of Martha Stewart on how to plan the perfect wedding party.
  3. Start Booking Now. It is in your best interest to start contacting venues as soon as you have a date in mind. Nashville is a very popular place for destination weddings, and the Fall is a very popular time for weddings. Oftentimes, venues will book up to a year or two in advance. Don’t wait to contact Cheekwood or Country Music Hall of Fame. You don’t want to have to settle for a date that is second best. If your preferred date is taken, make sure to ask if they have a cancellation list. If another bride cancels, you may be able to snag the place for your big day.
  4. Make a Game Plan. Even if you use a planner for your wedding, it’s a good idea to have a rough timeline of when you would like to have things done. Things like dresses, alterations, and tastings have to be scheduled with care so that you have time to get exactly what you want. Also, when you’re planning, keep room in your budget for things to change. That must-have flower you wanted may be twice as expensive out of season. The more prepared you are before your wedding day comes, the more relaxed you can be the day of. Check out this infographic from The Wed Life.
  5. Always, Always, Always Have Fun. At the end of a wedding, the most important thing is that you will be spending the rest of your life with the person you love. A wedding is a celebration of love and planning one should be as well. Make sure that whatever you’re doing, whether it’s showers, or coordinating rentals, or choosing centerpieces, you are having fun.

Grand Central Party Rentals is your one stop shop for all of your Nashville area wedding rental needs. We have everything from tents to flatware, sofas to farm tables. No matter the size or setting of your special day, we can help you find all the accoutrements to make it truly spectacular. Call or click today to start planning the wedding of your dreams.

Don’t Let Pinterest Get In The Way of Your Perfect Wedding

September 25, 2017 by Grand Central Party

Picture this: it’s the end of September and your wedding is going to be next Spring. It’s been an absolute whirlwind. Your wedding planning is taking shape, your Save the Dates are neatly addressed and dated in your mailbox.  For the next nine months, you’ll plan, save, skimp, and work to make your wedding something truly special. Your friends are all helping you with ideas. Everyday your inbox is flooded with links to specialty banners, centerpieces, and flower arrangements. You start clicking around Pinterest and you realize that those specialty banners do look nice, and you should order larger centerpieces for your wedding.

Wedding Planning

Wedding Planning with Pinterest

While you plan the party of your dreams on the internet, you glance down and realize that your budget is never going to cover all of these extra expenses. But, now that you’ve seen all those beautiful ideas out there, how will you ever plan a wedding that satisfies your Pinterest-inspired party decor ideas?

Don’t let Internet party planning ruin a really good thing. We’ve got some simple tips and tricks to help you plan a truly stellar wedding without breaking the bank and without getting the Pinterest blues.

  • What’s good in theory may be difficult in execution. It’s easy to get on the internet and see photo after photo of DIY party projects and think, “That looks easy!”. The truth is, DIY projects always take longer than intended and half the time don’t turn out the way you thought. So, while those toothpick and hot glue place cards look really cool in the photos, they will probably take hours to make. And who knows how they’ll look in reality. It’s okay to focus on decor that you know is guaranteed to work. There’s no shame in basic flower arrangements and snappy tablecloths. A well laid out table is better than a table with a bunch DIY projects that are falling apart. Remember that your wedding is about representing you and your partner to the best of your abilities. Do things that represent your love and relationship, not good ideas on Pinterest.

 

  • Focus on essentials first. For a wedding to be a success, you need plates, tables, chairs, cutlery, good food, and music for people to dance to. (Which, as your Nashville rental company, we are happy to provide you many of those aforementioned things.) You may not be able to afford those nine foot branch centerpieces from Etsy. It’s okay to make sure you fill out your budget with the things you need before going after the extras. If you can be smart about planning for the big expenses (like food), you may find more wiggle room in your budget for fun things (like branch centerpieces). Your guests want to eat and drink well and dance the night away in celebration of you. Don’t lose sight of that in favor of decor.

 

  • Use your imagination. We do understand that every bride wants her wedding to feel like the only wedding her guests have ever been to. It’s easy to get caught up in the details of a wedding and think that the little things are going to be what make your special day stand out. It’s okay use your imagination when making big wedding planning decisions in order to get what you want. All of your other friends may have sprung for a more expensive caterer at their weddings. But if your Uncle Billy makes the best barbecue in Tennessee and wants to give you a deal, why not let him? There are other ways to save money than just on decor.

 

  • Don’t give up on Pinterest entirely. We aren’t saying that the good ideas aren’t out there. You might find the ultimate bridesmaid’s gift ideas that wow your entire entourage on Pinterest. It’s okay to use restraint in idea hunting. So, while specialty tote bags with each of your attendant’s names on them maybe totally doable, those macrame wedding bells for above the cedar arbor may not. It’s up to you to use good judgment in knowing the difference.

No matter what decor decisions you make for your Nashville wedding, Grand Central Party Rental has all of your rental needs covered. From tents to tables, flatware to dishes, we can help you plan any event of any size.

Call today to find out how Grand Central Party Rentals can help you start planning the perfect wedding today!

Wedding Shoes – “Something New” for your Special Day

September 18, 2017 by Grand Central Party

The old bridal tradition goes as follows, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”  As you plan, you may be racking your brain on how to fill each one of these traditions. Do you carry your grandmother’s blue handkerchief, or a piece of your mother’s wedding dress? We have an idea for your something new  Wedding Shoes that will literally knock your socks off. While Grand Central Party Rentals is your one stop shop for all your Nashville wedding reception and ceremony rentals, we have also kept our eye on the hottest fall bridal shoe fashions. And there are some good ones out there.

Wedding Shoes - Something New

Bridal Shoes are a symbol of the wedding

The Sparkly SandalWhile a wedding is the best day of your life, it can be rough on your feet. Standing for hours, dancing, and walking around to greet your guests could leave you wishing you’d left the four-inch heels at home. Intro the sparkly sandal! These bedazzled sandals are stylish, comfortable and can make you feel like a queen. They are also the perfect shoe to change into when you’re done with those impressive bridal heels and are ready to dance.

Floral Design Shoes – One of the most fun parts of planning a wedding can be choosing flowers. Centerpieces, bouquets, petals for the flower girl- the list is endless. Don’t let your florist be the only one to have fun with flowers. Let your shoes do the talking as well with fun, bold floral designs. These can add a classic flare to your wedding day look. Check out these beautiful heels by Bella Belle.

Bows, Bows, and More Bows – There’s nothing quite as elegant as a simple satin bow peeking out of the hem of your wedding dress when you say, “I do.” From flats, to heels, to even strappy sandals, you can find a wide variety of simple and classic be-bowed shoes to perfectly compliment any wedding gown. Check out the Lia Mules from BHLDN.

Illusion Lace Flats –  As with the aforementioned Sparkly Sandals, sometimes you want to give your tired tootsies a break when you’re cruising around the dance floor. If you’re not into sandals, these flats combine typical bridal shoe elegance with the ease of a ballet flat. Complete with decorative lace and beautiful designs, you may feel like you’re wearing nothing on your feet at all. Check out these from Bella Belle.

Colorful Wedding Heels –  If you veer more to the adventurous side, or you want to add a pop of color to your wedding day ensemble, consider pairing some brightly colored heels with your gown. Whether they are satin or lace, this is an easy way to show even more of your personality on your wedding day. Also- they’re great for photos! Check out these funky sandals from J. Crew.

Glass Slippers –  Who doesn’t want to feel like a princess on her wedding day? Even though as a bride you have technically already snagged your Prince Charming and there is no danger of turning into a pumpkin at midnight, you can still channel your inner Cinderella with beautiful almost glass slippers. These sparkly takes on wedding shoes can add just the right amount of princess-glam to your wedding day. Check out these dreamy Ari’s by Jimmy Choo.

No matter what you choose to wear on your special day, every bride is beautiful and glowing in her own way. As you plan your wedding, don’t forget that Grand Central Party Rentals is the only rental company in Nashville to trust. Call or click today to find out more about how we can help you find the perfect borrowed “somethings” for your big day.

Five Stunning Fall Centerpiece Ideas

September 5, 2017 by Grand Central Party

Everyone’s favorite time of year is right around the corner. The scent of bonfires in the air, crisp mornings, scarves, football season, sweaters, and just about pumpkin everything. That’s right, fall is on it’s way. We have pulled together our five favorite, stunning fall centerpiece ideas to help you feel inspired this autumn. The weeks between the end of August and early December are a busy time for events, as the weather turns nice and people begin to look towards the holiday seasons. As you plan your wedding, birthday party, corporate event, fundraiser, or fall festival, there are a thousand little details to keep in mind.

Fall Centerpiece Ideas

Five Fall Centerpiece Ideas

At Grand Central Party Rentals, we are your one stop shop for all your Nashville event rental needs. While we can help you plan which tables, chairs, and tents you’d like to use, the centerpieces and tablescapes are up to you.

  • Pumpkins Make it Pop: From jack-o-lanterns to pie, there are hundreds of fun things you can do with pumpkins during the fall season. One of the most fun may be using them as accent pieces in your fall centerpieces, or as the base of the centerpiece itself. In one method, you hollow out the inside of the pumpkin, fill it with foam and stick your fall flowers into it, creating a splash of beautiful autumn colors perfect to complete any tablescape.

 

  • Succulents are Beautiful Year Round: Favored as a houseplant because of their low maintenance reputation, succulents can add just the right amount of greenery to any centerpiece. Pair them with your favorite fall flowers (we especially like orange gerbera daisies), and you have an easy to make and maintain centerpiece. Plus, after the event is over, you can take the succulents home.

 

  • Bring the Outdoors Inside: It is amazing what you can find in your own backyard to make beautiful centerpieces. Since fall color schemes generally revolve around richer, dark colors like golds and browns, you can base the centerpieces around sticks, leaves, and greenery. Add candles and votive holders for that extra special pop.

 

  • Don’t Forget Your Burlap: Burlap is a great way to pull together any centerpiece or tablescape, plus it’s brown color can fit seamlessly into any autumn color scheme. Whether you use it as a runner, or a wrap for containers, burlap can add that special something to your centerpieces that you’ve been looking for.

 

  • Pop Some Creative Corn: One often underrated, but also essential symbols of fall is corn. Candy corn, multi-colored corn ears during Thanksgiving, and even the famous cornucopia are all part of this fun and eventful time of year. Why not incorporate this special autumn treat into your event centerpieces? Whether it’s putting corn kernels into jars with tea lights, or laying ears of corn out next to pumpkins, don’t miss a chance to add a little fun to your centerpieces.

We can think of no better place for any of these centerpieces to sit than on a Grand Central Party Rental table, surrounded by Grand Central chairs, underneath a Grand Central tent. We can provide you with the rentals you need to make your next fall event a huge success. Don’t hesitate- call us today!