From late May to the end of August, hundreds of couples every year tie the knot. Wedding ceremonies and receptions are aplenty during the summer season and for good reason too. The weather is nice, and plenty of people nowadays go for that outdoor wedding vibe.
Every year there are tons of new trends and ideas to make your special day the best, but it can get overwhelming to try and sift through all of them.
I am here to help you out! I have put together a list of my favorite trends for the upcoming wedding season.
Let us get this party started.
The first trend I love is the “living wall.” I had not heard of this until very recently, but okay guys I love it!
My favorite example is this one that is covered with glasses of champagne. Talk about getting the party started. I like the idea of foliage covering the base of the wall for outdoor weddings, but if you are working with an indoor venue, then maybe a nice solid color will do the trick.
To me, this is an updated and much more reliable version of the champagne tower. Just you know, less spills.
The second trend is one that is near and dear to my heart: custom dancefloors.
What is even more perfect is that McCourt Manufacturing can help put together a stunning dancefloor for your wedding. Take a look at our portable dancefloor, and we can talk about the best ways to spice up the floor so people can get down.
The last trend that I think is so fun for a bride looking for a way to add some color to their wedding day look: statement veils.
I love a good veil. If you choose to wear a veil, I think that they can make or break the look. If you want to ensure that wow factor, go for a statement veil. This could be sequined, fringed, embroidered, and everything in between.
Those are my top three favorite trends for this upcoming season. I think they are all stellar ways of making the day even better while following trends but keeping your wedding décor relevant for years to come.
As we inch closer to springtime, I am fiending for the temperatures to rise. I currently live in London, so you can imagine my Oklahoma-raised self was shocked at the freezing temperatures coming early and staying late in the seasons. Anyhow, this just makes the urge for springtime to come even faster!
One of my favorite things about spring is that it takes the blues out of people, and everyone is ready to party! In fact, I am going to a spring gala in London in March, and I am so excited. However, it got me thinking about how someone else could throw their own gala. Immediately I started thinking about chairs and tables that fit the vibe, and of course, I knew McCourt Manufacturing would have the answers.
A spring gala to me is an event that is light, airy, and sophisticated, but not too fussy. It just exudes understated elegance. That being said, the Chiavari Stacking Chair is simply the only answer.
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I know I talk a big talk with this chair style, but it really is out here doing the most. It is understated and extremely versatile. It is perfect for so many different types of events, and it is definitely perfect for a spring gala.
I would suggest the white Chiavari Stacking Chair for a spring gala, and if you want to add extra comfort, pick up on of the white or ivory cushions made for the Chiavari Stacking Chair.
For tables, I would choose something suitable for large groups of people so definitely check the website for options.
A gala would not be complete without some dancing, so definitely think about your venue space and if the Ovation Dancing Floor is a good fit for you. We suggest it for smaller venues looking to have some definite space separation to create cohesion and airiness.
For decorations, go with pastels and fresh flowers. It will make everything feel springy, airy, and fun. Plus, fresh flowers are so elegant, and they are a tried and true method for making a space look great.
Be sure to include a dress code on your invites and let people know what is expected of them. Get to planning these spring galas now before venues sell out and calendars fill up!
With graduation season approaching, schools are surely looking for some solutions for the plethora of people about to be present for such a special ceremony. Furthermore, I am positive tons of families will be coming in to celebrate their loved ones and this moment in their lives. So, you are probably looking for some seating solutions for yourself. No need to look any further, McCourt Manufacturing has all the seating and table solutions you could possibly need.
Here are my top picks for graduation ceremonies, parties, and dinners.
For the ceremony:
If the ceremony is outdoors, then definitely my first picks are going to anything from the Alloyfold Series. These white chairs looks super clean, fun, and sleek without being too much to move around. They are simple solutions that offer a lot, especially for their size.
The Alloyfold Fanback Chair is great for a smaller ceremony that is perhaps in a more sophisticated outdoor space like a garden or any such thing.
The Alloyfold Series A6 is a great all around solution that is made for anything and more. It is a simpler choice than the Fanback, but it does the job just as well.
There is no better chair for a sophisticated event like a graduation that the Gala Resin Folding chair. She is the classic choice for an outdoor or indoor event. It feels nicer than a plastic folding chair but holds up just as well.
For the Party:
Gala Resin Folding
This is my first choice for any party or dinner because of the sophisticated but casual qualities of the chair.
We all know this is my favorite chair from McCourt. I talk about it all the time, and it truly is the party chair. The options are endless with this chair, and just look at any other blog post to see what I mean.
I have previously talked about how much I love a pedestal table for parties like this. They are great for parties that will require you to be pretty mobile and shifting around. Guests feel less restricted and so do the hosts! If you are looking to host a lot of people, then go for this.
The best party table out there for keeping drinks cool and food fresh. Need I say more.
Well, that is the definitive guide for graduation solutions. Call McCourt today and get it rolling!
I love Italy. In fact, I am in Italy right now! This is my fourth time now, and everyone time I fall more in love with Italy than ever before. It is a fantastic country with incredible people, food, culture, art, and so much more. If you ever get the chance to visit Italy, please do it! Definitely come to the big cities like Rome and Florence, but do not be afraid to explore the smaller towns and get that true cultural experience!
Everyone deserves a little Italy in their life. So, why not throw one awesome Italian dinner party to really get into the Italian spirit? Cue the Italian love songs.
You might be thinking, how do I make an Italian dinner party something sophisticated and suitable for a company event or something bigger like a charity event? Well, it goes back to how you set up the party. Tables, chairs, and you know, the whole works!
In terms of decorations, you can really get into it and make your venue look like an old-school Italian restaurant. Obviously, you must have Italian music playing in the background, but you also need those great red and white checkered tablecloths! I think going for big family-style dishes is definitely a way to please larger groups of people without feeling super overwhelmed.
Since we are going old-school-Italian-nonna-cooking style then we need big tables. Especially with large events, you’ll want to use your space efficiently and create a good atmosphere.
Use the McCourt Manufacturing Commercialite Table or the Laminate Table to get that really long, expansive table meant for feeding tons of people. This gives that old-school vibe without breaking the bank.
These tables invite conversation with table mates and make food accessible for all guests, which is a great way to really get people mingling. I think any event like this needs to be personal, intimate touch like this to really be successful.
If you’re doing a charity event, definitely just charge a $20 ticket or so forth to come into the venue or whatever price fits your needs.
Look for McCourt Manufacturing chairs as well if those also fit your needs. We have tons for every Italian restaurant vibe you could possibly want.
Look, I know the title is a bit cheesy and a tad corny, but it is totally true. The Superb Chair is a fantastic choice for people looking for something extremely versatile and for making events look professional and finished. Even more so, the Superb Chair is great for an office, conference rooms, banquet halls, doctor waiting rooms, and even more (like a restaurant!).
This is a welded metal chair with a lovely cushioned base and back of the chair.
If you want to go with the classic option, you can do the black chair with a vinyl covering. However, there are several color options for those looking for a chair with a fabric backing and cushion. It honestly is completely up to you and for whatever your needs are with the chairs, I would suggest the plain black vinyl for those using these in a restaurant or any other banquet/event center that uses a lot of food or drinks. This way, it will be extremely easy for you to clean up any spills or accidents that occur.
I love to live life simply and take it easy when I can. I know that after planning any large event, I want the easiest clean-up process available. It makes the process go much smoother. Plus, I can assure you would be less stressed as well. It also adds longevity to the chair’s life and therefore saves you money.
However, I do not want to turn you away from the fabric chairs if this strikes your fancy. There are so many different solutions and fabric cleaners that will keep your chairs looking the best, and well, superb!
I think when you want something that is classic without feeling too fancy, this is a good option. Not to mention that these chairs can easily be covered with proper coverings to change their look for events requiring something a little more unique.
Sorry, that was the last bad joke!
With Mardi Gras coming up, there are bound to be a few parties and events revolving around the holiday. So, why not go all out and get crazy with a Mardi Gras Masquerade! People love a themed party, well, I love a themed party. So, I just assume that everyone else feels the same as me!
Just kidding, but I do think people love to have a cute little theme to follow and get excited about for any sort of event.
With a Mardi Gras Masquerade, it may seem intensive and super involved, but in reality it is pretty simple. Especially with McCourt Manufacturing products to simplify the big parts of the party… it could not be easier!
We have you covered from chairs to tables and even a dance floor for anything you need. Speaking of dance floors, I think we should absolutely use that for the Mardi Gras Masquerade.
I picture a big brass band, very New Orleans style, to kick off the event and get everyone dancing up a storm!
Be sure to also set a dress code for guests so everyone can be on theme. Any time I throw a party like this, I definitely strive for a clear dressc ode. It also makes people more comfortable when wearing things that might be out of their comfort zone. Create a safe space! The ideal dress code for a Mardi Gras masquerade in my opinion are beads, a mask, and some opulent dress, suit, or other such attire. Let people get wild with it. I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
A Mardi Gras Masquerade would not be what it is without a good bar and food set up. For the bar, the easy choice is to use the McCourt ProRent Portable Bar.
For food, if you’re doing buffest style, any of our plywood tables would do the trick, but once again, I am suggesting the Flip Top Pedestal Table. It allows for mobility and food to be spread throughout the event. Give it a try!
With good music, fun outfits, and the help of McCourt Manufacturing, you are sure to have a stellar event. Call us to get the full details on how to use our products and throw one heck of a party.
Easter is such a cute holiday. The pastels, the florals, the eggs, and not to mention the adorable
little bunnies! I think it is the epitome of spring in full swing in many ways, which means better
weather, more outdoor time, etc. What is not to love about that? This is why I propose
an excellent garden brunch for Easter this year. With tables and chairs from McCourt Manufacturing, you can make a brunch come true!
Oh, did I mention, I love brunch? I know I am submitting to the “basic brunch
girlie” vibe, but I do not care! I love the idea of brunch in general. The food choices, the drinks,
the cute restaurants, the entire vibe! It just gets everyone buzzing in the best way possible.
So, let’s go ahead and emulate that for Easter this year.
Definitely create a fun little tablescape to get the vibe together. I have one of my favorite examples below.
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Now, let's get onto chairs. I have three suggestions for this year’s Easter brunch.
All of these are great choices to create one awesome garden brunch.
As for a menu, think of something fun and sweet! Think about things like French toast,
pancakes, chicken & waffles, fruit sides, mimosas, and other such dishes. This will really add to the pastel and springtime vibes, so go for it. If you are not into cooking all of this yourself, either check out some local brunch restaurants to see if you can either decorate a few tables at the restaurant or get them to cater for you!
Oh, and don’t forget the Easter egg hunt afterward!
We are well on our way to a great year of events, parties, and straight up good times for 2023. I fully believe that!
The year started out well for me, and I am taking in the energy to manifest it stays that way.
One way I will keep manifesting the good vibes? Throwing some cool parties for real!
Since it is the new year though, you might be looking for some new products to ramp up the events. So, that is what I have done for you today. I have put together the ultimate list of McCourt Manufacturing products that will elevate your events and parties as you go into 2023.
Let’s start off strong and throw events of a lifetime.
One of my all-time favorite products that I think is super versatile and great for weddings, galas, and everything in between is the Chiavari Stacking Chair. If you do not already have a set of these on standby, then what are you doing?
These are made for elevating events more than any other chair in my opinion. They set you apart from just regular stacking chairs and they can easily adapt to various different events. We offer several different options, so check out that link and get some of these.
The Flip Top Pedestal Table is another favorite of mine. This is another versatile piece made for great things and lots of different events. You can easily pull on some chic table covers on these tables and create something elegant and high-end. No need to try and find any other type of bar table, these are the answer! They are easy to store, set up, tear down, and everything in between. 10/10 we recommend.
Lastly, to round off this line up of cool products to invest in for killer events, we have chosen the Ovation Portable Dance Floor. This can be particularly helpful for wedding venues that might not have the most room or a particular place to designate as the dance floor. With this, you can make anywhere the place to be and party all night! It is fully functional and solid while also being extremely easy to store and transport from venue to venue if that is your jam.
Now that you have a solid list of varied party and event materials… let’s get planning the best parties we can for 2023.
Cheers to that!
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Guys, you know how much I love the Chiavari Chair. I almost always recommend it for events because of its sleek design and versatility. The Chair can jazz up any event venue, and it is perfect for weddings, galas, and so much more!
So, what are we talking about today? The Chiavari Chair? Yes, but with a twist.
I have now been informed of the oh-so-cool Chiavari Illusion Chair.
Yes! There is a new style. I know, how fun is that?
This clear resin frame chair is perfect for those super hip, trendy, and one-of-a-kind events.
This version is just as durable, high-quality, and incredible as the other ones I have previously written about. Honestly, its weight capacity really speaks to the durability of these awesome chairs. The static weight capacity is 1,000 lbs. Amazing!
Additionally, I know one thing I always worry about with clear resin products such as these is the problem of yellowing and fading. It can happen with exposure to different elements, but the biggest instigator of this issue is the sun!
So, fret not. These chairs have been treated with a UV protectant so that discoloration is not an issue. Cold temperatures can also make an impact on this, but no need to worry on that as these are cold weather resistant. I think that really just amplifies how incredible the Chiavari Chair is and why all event holders should invest in these.
If you are looking for something that can be used indoors or outdoors and a unique product that will set your events apart, then you seriously do not need to look any further. I cannot recommend these enough, and that is the truth.
Transportation is also easy with these because you can actually stack them 10 chairs high for storage and transport. They also have floor guides placed on the leg of the chairs, making their moving painless and non-damaging.
Get a fun and unique look with the Chiavari Illusion Chair.
I love New Year’s Eve. It is a great time to just have fun and think about what you want to do in the next year. However, first and foremost we need to throw a good party.
Now, if you want to throw your own personal party or this is a party on a bigger scale—whether for companies, charities, and anything else, I am telling you right now that these chairs will be a gamechanger for you.
The Elle Bar Stool is a sleek and suave option that definitely emotes the New Year’s Eve vibes.
This bar stool comes in two color options: white and black. Whichever one you want to choose will fit the vibe of New Year’s Eve guaranteed. Both have the same sophistication and stunning quality that really pulls together the entire party.
When these chairs are centered around some pedestal tables or a cool open bar, they are perfect. These are versatile but eye-catching chairs that deserve all the the hype they can get.
These chairs store well bot just in terms of space but also with time and age. These are made of a high quality polypropylene frame with glass fiber which is made to last and endure. They also stack 30 chairs high on a dolly which makes party set up and tear down a breeze.
I think any New Year’s Eve Party that features some sitting locations or even a small tasting menu setting will greatly benefit from the Elle Bar Stool. These go with none New Year’s Eve events too. We just think it is fitting to talk about these chairs when the holiday is coming up, and they fit the NYE vibe perfectly.
Anything that is going for elegance, these chairs have you. They are not fussy and they hold their ground without being too much.
Go for the gold and get the Elle Bar Stools for your next event.
With the weather finally warming up, we can start hanging outside again. I love a good kickback or outdoor party. They feel relaxed and less crazy, and I just love to spend time outside.
So, with that in mind, it is time to talk about one of my favorite products offered by McCourt Manufacturing: the Chillin’ Products.
The Fill N’ Chill Party Table and the Little Chiller Table are two incredible options for any type of casual party throwing. Still, I think they work exceptionally well for outdoor events.
They do more than just let bottles, drinks, and dishes sit atop them. Instead, these products can actually keep your items chilled, ready to go, and in their best condition. Both the Fill N’ Chill Party Table and the Little Chiller Table offer a deep basin made for putting ice directly into the main compartment of the table. So, no need to try and pre-chill your drinks, let the table do the work for you!
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They can hold up to 30-50 pounds of ice, and the tables have super large weight capacity in addition to this! Even better, these tables are easy to clean up, and you will not feel frustrated by them as you would with a more conventional ice chest. The tables feature a two-stage drain system, so seriously, it could not possibly be easier to clean up after a party.
Now that I have hyped up these two products, what are you waiting for?
Go ahead and contact McCourt Manufacturing about how you can get your hands on some of these before the weather is super warm, and it is too late! Improve your parties, take out the hassle of trying to get together tons of ice chests and other methods for your events.
Sleek, cool, and efficient. Let’s bring that into the outdoor party season this year.
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I love Christmas movies. They are always so happy, fun, and just downright cute. Maybe they aren’t cinematic masterpieces, but honestly, that is never what I am looking for when I watch a Christmas movie.
I just want that feel-good festive fun. The movies are totally cheesy, and I couldn’t love it more.
I propose a fun night-in party situation that is a Christmas movie marathon! With hot chocolate, popcorn, and the other appropriate Christmas snacks, you’ll be able to have a blast!
In order to set up the best hot chocolate and popcorn bar for ultimate fun, use the McCourt Laminate Table to host all these great food and drinks. This table is incredibly versatile, easy to handle and store, as well as clean! This is easily one of the best staple party objects you could have in your corner for any event throwing.
Here are a few photos for inspiration for popcorn and hot chocolate bar setups. Go ahead and head down to Creative Kitchen in Downtown Fort Smith to get some high quality materials, accoutrements, and decorations.
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Trust me, they have helped me decorate and set up tons of parties before, and they always have the most adorable ideas and delicious desserts.
Now, this movie marathon can be anything you want it to be. However, I suggest picking a certain type of Christmas movie theme to go for and make bingo cards relating to it. You can also find several premade cards on Pinterest and Etsy. For example, if you are watching Christmas rom-coms, then your bingo card could have something about how the character falls into the love interest’s arms, the location of their first kiss, and so much more.
Feel free to decide whatever you like as a prize for the bingo! Again, if you want to do a Christmas basket, then go to Creative Kitchen and they will fix you right up.
My only requirement is that your movie marathon must include Christmas with the Kranks, because that is my favorite classic Christmas movie.
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