Preparing for a Winter Wedding

November 21, 2019 by Grand Central Party

The winter wedding palette is unparalleled. Those pristine snowy whites complemented by the jeweled tones of evergreen and holly, blown glass ornaments, stained glass windows, and the glow of firelight that we associate with the colder months all make for a visually unforgettable nuptial celebration. They encourage us to bundle up and surround ourselves with soft and comfortable textures and fabrics. The Danish have a word for it: hygge. It means “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being,” and that quality can lend a unique feel to your winter wedding. 

Today, we’re sharing a few inspirational ideas for you as you plan your event:

  • Go cozy. Add warmth and coziness to your wedding by layering textures like velvet and plaid, whether it be with pillows and blankets to keep your guests warm or for chair coverings and table runners. 
  • Candles and Fires. Light it up! Safely add candles wherever you can, and if you can hold your event in a venue with a fireplace or two, the more the better. Firepits and bonfires can be perfect for many receptions, as well. Designate a responsible guest or two (who don’t plan on drinking anything except the toasting glass) to oversee these larger fire features to ensure safety. 
  • Go for Gold. When it comes to your table settings, use gold. This warm, yet dramatic, metal is the perfect complement to all the colors of the season. 
  • The Flowers of Winter. A statement bouquet with large tropical blooms isn’t going to be right for a winter wedding. Take advantage of the deep, textural greens and tiny winter blooms of the season. Use suspended evergreen garlands to transform your interior spaces, whether you are in a building or a custom tent. These add a wintry, forest-like feel, and you can add tiny fairy-lights to enhance the ethereal look. They are aromatic, too, so the sense of smell is engaged, and guests experience the scents of the outdoors while they celebrate in a cozy indoor space.
  • The Great Out (and In) Doors. Don’t shy away from an outdoor ceremony, even during the coldest months. A winter wedding allows you to hold an event that can be both in and out of doors. Your ceremony can be out in the open, and your reception can be held in a cozier location, like a custom tent that is installed and decorated specifically with you in mind. Very “hygge”!

Throughout the year, we have all the necessities and accessories you could possibly ask for when it comes to planning your perfect wedding. From tents and stanchions to tables, chairs, and everything in between, here at Grand Central Party, we have it all. Let’s get your party started!

 

Choosing the Best Decor for Your Autumn Party

October 24, 2019 by Grand Central Party

So you’re planning to throw a party this fall? Of course, you will want it to be a gorgeous autumnal event, and, since it’s Nashville, you know you will have an eclectic crowd—
photographers, musicians, foodies, writers, tattoo artists, painters, and more. The company you keep is intriguing and unique, so you’ll want your autumn party to reflect the originality and creativity of your attendees.

Your decor and table settings will need to encourage people to relax and enjoy each other, so choosing stylish simplicity and comfort will do just that. If the weather is fine, groupings of chairs (and even couches!) can be arranged outdoors around a bonfire or firepit for that camping feel, while providing cover by using tents for wetter weather will ensure that your party won’t be interrupted.

Centerpieces can be quickly created by tying hand-picked flowers and dried herbs together and placing them mid-table in jars, baskets, wine or beer bottles, or just lying in graceful heaps. Pumpkins, squash, and other gourds are a must, both large or small, and you may want to add welcoming words or phrases on them by painting or ink. The smallest gourds can be used as place settings—use pet names, nicknames, or other unique verbiage for a fun touch.

Don’t hesitate to make use of lanterns and other lighting to enhance your autumn party; the sun will be going down early at this time of year, so an afternoon party will turn into an evening party. Side and coffee tables can be employed to hold your lighting, and adding pine cones, containers of autumn leaves and other natural autumn items could be a nice touch. Stringing lights from trees, decking, fences, and shrubbery will add to the ambiance of your get-together; there are many colors available, too.

Coverings, such as blankets, throws, or sheepskins can be readily available for those truly nippy nights, as well. Choose colors that complement your party scheme.

Grand Central Party is the place to go for all your decor needs. We offer tents of all sizes, as well as tables, chairs, china, and linen. Whether you want your gathering to be rustic, elegant or something else entirely, we can help you create a Nashville event to remember!

Tips for Throwing an Outdoor Party in the Fall

September 19, 2019 by Grand Central Party

Outdoor entertaining is something most of us do during the summer, but what about during the fall? Think about it—cooler weather (perfect for a cozy fire), fewer insects, and less conflict with your guests’ vacation plans. If you want to throw a party, we’ve got some great tips to help you plan the perfect outdoor autumn bash:

Lights. It will be getting darker earlier, so you’ll want to figure out a lighting solution before your event. Even if your party starts earlier in the day, an event where people are truly enjoying themselves will often go into the evening hours. That’s a compliment to you as the host! Be ready to party at any hour using string lights, Mason-style jar luminaries, and other lighting solutions that will light up your night. 

Fire. Sitting around a fire during autumn is one of the best things about the season. It’s also one of our favorite fall party ideas, since it hits all the high points—warmth, light, and atmosphere—all must-haves at any get-together.

Drinks. Every party can be enlivened by a signature drink, so spend some time creating fun beverages that will be unique for your event. Hot toddys are always popular, as well as anything involving apples. Scotch is also a great drink for fall weather. 

Games. Your party may be a family-friendly event, and if that’s the case, having games that kids can play will be a must-have. (Although honestly, most adults will love to jump into a game of cornhole themselves). Lawn croquet is tons of fun, and a scavenger hunt can be extremely entertaining for guests of all ages. A pumpkin-carving contest might be a good idea for your crowd, or if you don’t want to see your crew wielding knives, you can decorate pumpkins instead!

Treats. Nighttime, party, fire, friends, family, S’Mores. They all go together, right? Make sure that your party includes DIY treats like ice cream sundaes, cookies to decorate, or those awesome S’Mores to put together. Treats add an extra bit of fun, as well as connecting and bonding, which is really at the heart of any memorable party. 

Food. You know your crew, so give them what they love. Whether it’s burgers or tacos, barbecue or pizza—make it fun by providing a grill. Ask folks to bring their favorite meats or veggies to throw on—it will be a party with food to remember. Don’t forget local offerings, such as cheeses, bread, honey, and other area specialties. 

Gourds. Use gourds in all your decorating, especially the beloved pumpkin. Having big ones, little ones, and unique versions will make for a special atmosphere for your event.

Tents. The weather during the fall is beautiful, but it can get a bit chilly and wet. Be ready for anything with a tent for your event. You can set up food and dining tables indoors in case the party needs to move, and you’ll be covered no matter what happens. 

Here at Grand Central Party, we have a huge selection of tents perfect for any soiree. We also carry plates, silverware, chairs and tables, and many other items that can help elevate your get-together from a plain old party to an event that will be remembered by all attendees for many years to come. Call us, and let’s get this party started!

 

Things to Consider for Your Fall Wedding

August 22, 2019 by Grand Central Party

Fall is a lovely time of year. The color palette becomes softer, with leaves changing and the sky turning a paler blue than the bright cerulean of summer. Cool breezes are present, and there is even a tiny bit of frost some mornings; all of these things bring a freshness to everyday life, and perhaps even more so for those who are planning on celebrating a fall wedding. 

There are many wonderful things about a fall wedding, and today we are sharing a list of some inspirational ideas for you to consider: 

  • The Fall Color Palette. Major inspiration can be drawn from all the colors of the leaves that will be surrounding you. Halloween and Thanksgiving will be coming up, and all the beauties of the fall landscape are there for you to use: apples, pumpkins and gourds, and colorful leaves, giving you a varied palette of yellows, oranges, browns, and purples, with perhaps a little red or green as a final touch. 
  • The Flowers. Common fall flowers are Asiatic Lilies, Asters, Dahlias, Gladiolas, Roses, and Sunflowers. These lovelies are stunning as garlands, boutonnieres, bouquets and centerpieces. 
  • The Place Settings. Use that fall palette for your place settings, too—tiny pumpkins at each place, leaves drifting down the table, grapevine curling around candlesticks—your tables will be both memorable and beautiful.
  • The Ceremony. A fall wedding will often take place outside, since the weather is usually perfect. Saying vows under a tree that is slowly losing its leaves during the ceremony is simply breathtaking, and additional decorating may not even be necessary. 
  • The Reception. For the after-party, a tent is a great idea. Many styles have sides that can be drawn up, so that guests can enjoy the evening without worrying about being too chilly. Here at Grand Central Party we have tents of all sizes available for our clients that accommodate every wedding celebration imaginable. You can do almost anything with a tent to make it uniquely yours, and we are here to help with our expertise. 
  • The Food. With fall comes an array of foods that we all love and look forward to all year, like cider, pies, and other seasonal comfort food. 

Your wedding is one of the most magical days of your life and here at Grand Central Party, we are dedicated to helping you create an unforgettable and picture-perfect experience. Call us today to start planning your fall wedding. 

Things To Consider When Planning Your Corporate Event

July 25, 2019 by Grand Central Party

Maintaining a personal touch with clients and consumers in your industry is key to building relationships that last, and holding a corporate event is a great way to do just that. You will build meaningful connections, brand recognition, and loyalty through the personal interactions that occur. You’ll also be with people that you might never have gotten the chance to meet otherwise, which will often lead to future business relationships. Email and social media engagement will only go so far. 

Here are some things for you to consider when you’re planning your corporate event: 

  • Location, location, location. Location is one of the most important factors to the attendance at your event. Make sure that you book a venue that will be convenient to your target audience; a vibrant and exciting atmosphere helps, too. You want your attendees to feel comfortable, and you want them to be willing to make the commute. 
  • Shop local. Using local vendors for catering, music, stage setup, and sound is a great way to support the community and help the people in these trades to network and expand their businesses, too. It will also provide you with additional networking opportunities with others in the area. 
  • Know your purpose. Once you decide to host a corporate event, you want to determine exactly what is going to resonate with your target audience. Once you have set the direction for your event, you can contact potential guest speakers who are experts in your chosen industry. This will position your company as a trusted advisor, elevating you above the level of just another vendor. 
  • Make it fun. Offer your attendees the opportunity to have some fun. Being able to hear a famous speaker or band, getting to try new things, or exploring downtown nightlife – the people who come to your event will remember it for years to come if it’s memorable and entertaining. And they won’t forget who the planner and host was, either.
  • Financial planning. Hosting a corporate event is going to require a large budget, and a wise planner will be selective when deciding where to invest that budget. Spend the money on the things that matter, such as making sure the sound team and equipment are on point. It won’t matter that your event is aesthetically pleasing if the sound is terrible. If your event will be out of doors at any point, a wise choice might be to rent tents. This allows any possible weather concerns to become a non-issue. Don’t skimp on food and drinks, either. People always remember that. You want your event to foster trust for your enterprise, and giving people the best of what truly matters will definitely demonstrate that your business gets the job done, and gets it done right. 

Here at Grand Central Party, we’ve been serving Middle Tennessee for nearly 20 years, and we pride ourselves on being planning experts. We can help you plan your corporate event, and with our extensive selection of rentals – from tents and tableware to chairs and lighting – we’ll make sure that your event is a huge success!