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Wedding Food Bar Ideas Your Guests Will Love

Wedding catering trends vary greatly by region, wedding size, and other factors. One thing that remains constant is the cost of feeding guests. This is one of the largest investments a bride and groom make on their wedding day. Because of this, couples typically want to choose dishes that are both economical and memorable. Wedding food bars are a great way to meet both objectives.

Food stations have been popular at receptions for decades. Wedding food bars put a fresh take on this somewhat dated idea. While a party with food stations typically has several options for guests to choose from – such as prime rib, chicken, and pork ­– a party with food bars typically has one item that can be fixed to the specification of each guest. This plays into one of this year’s biggest event trends: personalization. Read more

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Seven Galentine’s Day Celebration Ideas

Valentine’s Day has been around for centuries. It’s a holiday typically celebrated by spending one-on-one time with your significant other. Galentine’s Day is a whole other story. This holiday, made popular by fictional character Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec, is all about women celebrating with a group. Hosted on February 13, it is a day to gather with your girlfriends and celebrate the bonds of your friendship.

While you can celebrate the day with a small group of friends, you can also host an event for your community-at-large. Below are just some of the ways you can observe this wonderful day. Read more

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How Rental Pros Can Marry the Ideas of the Bride and Groom

Gone are the days of “his” and “hers” wedding tasks. What’s historically been seen as the bride’s big day has become more inclusive of the groom’s ideas.

Grooms are known to make decisions about rehearsal dinners, groom’s cakes and honeymoons, often leaving the rest of the decision making to their brides. But who says it has to be this way? It only makes sense that one of life’s most memorable events should be planned with input from both partners. Read more

12 Event and Wedding Trends Taking Over This Year

Every new year brings with it a shift in bridal style and corporate event themes. As clients start to book their rentals, we’ve begun to see the 2020 event and wedding trends already taking shape. Our inventory is always growing to satisfy the needs of every client. Whether it’s an outer space-themed gala, a ‘70s-themed birthday party, or a nautical wedding, we have something for everyone.

If you’re planning an event or wedding this year, these are the trends to watch for.

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Using a Checklist to Guide Your Event Planning

Seeing an event you planned unfold successfully can be truly satisfying. But it’s no secret the planning process can prove stressful. To avoid headaches along the way, use an event planning checklist to help guide you. Here’s a list of 10 essentials. Read more

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Five Ways to Incorporate Giving into Company Holiday Celebrations

Company holiday celebrations are a great way to show your employees you appreciate them. They also offer an opportunity to give back to our less fortunate neighbors. As you prepare to deck the halls, here are five easy ways to incorporate the spirit of giving into your festivities. Read more

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How to Host the Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner Party Outdoors

The rising trend of outdoor living makes it cozier than ever to have Thanksgiving dinner on the patio or deck. Grills, smokers, turkey deep fryers, fire pits, LED lights, and outdoor heaters have extended the outdoor living season. Wi-Fi enables us to take our entertainment beyond the walls of the house, and modern TVs make watching football games on the deck as easy as in the den. But doing Thanksgiving al fresco is more complicated than summertime holidays because the menu is more involved. The weather is also unpredictable. If you’re considering celebrating Thanksgiving outside, you should keep some important things in mind in order to throw a memorable event. Read more

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Tips for an Office Thanksgiving Gathering

Thanksgiving celebrations don’t have to stay reserved for family members only. There are many easy and unique ways to bring the festivities to your office! Here are 5 tips for hosting a great office Thanksgiving gathering. Read more

fall wedding trends

Fall Wedding Trend: Unique Bar

Are you looking for ways to make your wedding stand out amongst the crowd? Consider adding some flair to the typical cocktail station setup. Here are 4 ideas to step up a unique bar in your reception space. Read more

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MBJ Table of Experts: A Conversation on Family-Owned Businesses

Joanna Crangle/MBJ: Based on experience in your industries, how do the needs of family-owned businesses differ from your traditional business clients? 

Billy Hicks: Speaking from our experience in the trade show, special event, and rental business over the past 33 years, we have found that our clients appreciate our time and attention to detail and the extra effort we put forth to make sure our clients are happy. We know that our company name carries with it a family responsibility of providing the highest-quality product, personnel, and performance. Many of our employees have been employed with us since 1986 when we first got into this business. They are like family to us. It is a feeling most traditional businesses don’t experience.   Read more