Preparing for a Spring Festival

March 12, 2020 by Grand Central Party

Spring has always been a time to celebrate. We enjoy being able to step back outside to revel in the weather again as the atmosphere warms and are thankful that our natural surroundings are flourishing – trees and flowers budding, birds nesting, and green everywhere. The season is just perfect for a spring festival. 

Spring gatherings can be intimate or accommodate larger groups, and they can include games, music and dancing, food and wine tasting, and arts & crafts. The sky is the limit when you are planning your spring soiree, and the Grand Central Party team is here to help you organize it all. 

When it comes to the venue and accessories, you can give your creativity full reign. A party tent would be a perfect choice for a spring festival, for example – instead of trying to find natural surroundings for your venue, you can just take your venue to your chosen natural surroundings! A tent can be set up in the middle of a field of wildflowers or on the top of a hill, under shade from trees or by the side of a stream. Just think of all the possibilities!

If your festival begins in the morning, the sides of your party tent can be lifted to enjoy the early morning freshness and sunshine. If you scheduled your party to begin later, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful sunset and twilight and then lower your tent sides to embrace interior warmth. Alternatively, you can set up some firepits (at a safe distance, of course) and enjoy the beauty of firelight from the comfort of your tent while cuddling up on comfy overstuffed chairs. Some tent styles include transparent panels that allow you to see the stars!

Another advantage of holding your festival in a tent is that you will always have protection in case of a spring shower or breezy conditions, so you need never worry that the weather will ruin your event. 

Here at Grand Central Party, we love a celebration! We offer all the accessories you will need to make your spring festival a success, from chairs of all sizes and styles to fine china, rustic dinnerware for a country atmosphere, and everything in between – think lighting, decor, tablecloths, napkins, and other linen, and more! No matter where your dreams take you, we can help you to create the perfect event. Call us 615.868.3747 today and let’s get your party started!

Throwing a Winter-Themed Party

February 13, 2020 by Grand Central Party

During the quiet months of the new year, there are plenty of reasons to have a party. Your family may celebrate a birthday or two, and then there’s Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, and Valentine’s Day to observe. 

Or you may just be in the party mood! If you’re thinking about throwing a party just because you love the colder months and want to celebrate them, we’ve got some great ideas for you!

Here are some fabulous winter celebration ideas:

  • Go Wild. We all have the environment on our minds these days, so why not throw a wintry animal bash? You can feature penguins, polar bears, or Arctic foxes – it’s up to you. Use a basic palette of white with accents that represent your chosen creature for decoration. Add live trees and hang icicle lights and snowflakes everywhere to complete your wild winter fantasy. 
  • Ice Skating! You may be fortunate enough to live near a lake that freezes over or know someone who does. In that case, go skating! A party tent with couches, blankets, and pillows and a fire-pit at the door will provide the guests with protection from the cold.
  • Winter Ball. A winter ball will give your guests the excuse to don their ballroom best and whirl the night away to classic tunes. Imagine holding your dance in a party tent complete with dance floor, and one that allows you to pull up the sides to enjoy the sparkling air of the season! Starlight, snow, music…it just couldn’t get any more romantic. 
  • Sweet Soiree. A hot cocoa and marshmallow roasting party would be a toasty blast! Children and adults will both love this kind of winter-themed party, and it can be as low-key or as fancy as you like. Benches and sharpened sticks for the marshmallow roast and a farm table on the side for the hot cocoa preparation will give your guests a country experience, or you can bring out over-stuffed chairs, pillows, and elegant tables for an icy royal kingdom experience. 
  • Winter Wonderland. Use white for everything in celebration of the season here. A white cake, a white sweets table, and white decor – from pillows to place settings – will make this event something people will remember. Ask your guests to wear white or icy light blue, and let the selfies begin!

We have everything you will need to make your winter-themed party a success here at Grand Central Party. We’re your Nashville party rental team, offering party tents of all sizes and styles, as well as chairs, tables, linens, and all the accessories you will need to set your table, whether it’s to be rustic or elegant. Call us today, and let’s get your party started! 

Outdoor Winter Reception Tips

January 16, 2020 by Grand Central Party

When a couple plans their wedding, they often consider the spring and/or early summer first, and it’s not hard to see why. The weather is wonderful, flowers and trees are in full bloom, and the school year is winding down, making travel easier for families with children. However, venue prices can be harder to find and reserve since so many other couples are thinking along the same lines, and prices are at a premium due to the popularity of the season. Why not consider a winter wedding and an outdoor winter reception instead?

The romantic ambiance of a frosty or snowy landscape can make your event completely unforgettable, while the competition for vendors and venues will be pretty light, lessening the stress of planning. Lower prices can be a great benefit of choosing to have an outdoor winter reception this time of year, too!

Winter in Tennessee is pure loveliness and can often be relatively mild, so while you are planning your winter wedding and wedding reception you may want to consider taking it all out of doors. Think of the unique decorating possibilities! You can choose hues with frosty undertones that will mesh perfectly with your natural surroundings, or you may want to go with bold jewel tones that will sparkle under the evening lights that can be strung in surrounding bushes and trees, for example. 

Here are a few outdoor winter reception tips for you to consider as you plan:

  • Keep warm. You will, of course, be considering everyone’s comfort, and there are a lot of ways you can keep everyone warm at your outdoor winter reception. Using fire-pits, torches, candles, and lanterns scattered around the grounds will help to bring some heat and romantic light to the event. If it is really nippy, you can always rent outdoor heaters, too. Provide shawls and hand-warmers in complementary colors and materials; these can be keepsakes of your celebration, as well. 
  • Keep dry. An event tent is easy to reserve, and there are many styles to choose from. You can raise the side panels for sunnier conditions, or keep them lowered if it gets damp. Whether it’s snowing or raining, a tent will keep everyone dry and the party can continue, no matter what! Your party rental company can provide couches, tables, and comfy chairs that can be set up for conversation, and don’t forget the dance floor! This can be inside your tent or out of doors – your choice. 
  • Smart Footwear. Keep in mind that the condition of the ground may not be ideal, so bring several pairs of shoes. You may even want to have “Wellies” available! 

Here at Grand Central Party, we love to party! If you are planning an outdoor winter reception, we can help you make it an unforgettable event. We offer tents that range in size from 10’ by 10’ to 60’ by 15’, so we can keep a crowd of any size. warm and dry. We carry couches, chairs, and tables of all sizes and styles, from classic to rustic, and we offer portable grills, Sterno Hot Boxes, and chaffers to keep your food toasty and your hungry guests happy. We’re here to help you get your party started!

Hosting a Corporate Gala

December 19, 2019 by Grand Central Party

Your corporate gala should be an event to remember, and Grand Central Party is here to help you make it just that. Choosing a fun and unique theme is the perfect way to create a memorable event, and we can make your vision come to life by providing all the accessories you will need to conjure up some party magic. 

Our party rental offerings for your corporate gala include: 

  • Tables. Hi-top, triangle, and rustic handcrafted farm tables, and everything in between.
  • Tents. Perfect for outdoor parties any time of year.
  • Chairs. From classic folding chairs and rattan couches to elegant Chiavari.
  • China Flatware, Glassware. Rustic, modern, or uptown.
  • Crowd Control. Carpet runners, barricades, and stanchions for larger events
  • Catering and Beverage Service. Grand Central Party Rentals provides food and drink, as well.

Here are a few ideas for your corporate gala theme:

  • A Masquerade. If you are envisioning an elegant event, a masquerade would be just the thing. You can go with timeless European decor, masks, and some ballroom dancing. Your venue can be decorated in a romantic palette, accented with gold or silver to elevate the atmosphere. If you choose a tent as your venue, think about one with skylights and sides that can be lifted up to let in the starlight and soft breezes. You might even add a fountain or two; your guests may start to imagine themselves dancing along a Venetian canal. 
  • An Oscar Party. Glamor is the name of the game here for your corporate gala. A black-and-white palette, red carpet, and stanchions will have your guests feeling like VIPs. Formal attire will mimic the style of those who attend the true-life awards, and if you add a stage and theater lighting, it will be simply enchanting. A dinner menu that includes offerings from the West Coast, along with some California wines, will be the perfect final touch.
  • Go Vegas. You can really pull out all the stops here. Using dice and cards to slot machines and other casino-style activities can help you bring the feel of Las Vegas to your corporate gala. Add an over-the-top, glitzy entrance that just screams “Welcome to Las Vegas” and mimics those famous wedding chapels with arches and lots of flowers, and you are all set. Maybe some of your more extroverted co-workers can be persuaded to impersonate Elvis or some of the Rat Pack for the evening!

When it comes to planning your corporate gala, we are here to help you make it the event of the year. Our Grand Central Party Rental team loves to throw a party—let’s get started on yours!

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!