The Latest Lighting Trends

By: Brandie Guice

There are so many popular trends in the wedding industry currently. Wedding trends are always evolving and growing, and while some trends may last only for a few months, some may stay around for years. I think that one of the longer-term trends in the wedding industry is finding unique ways to incorporate lighting to enhance the event space.

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Whether it is through twinkle lights, rope lights, LED signs or bulbs, lit up marquee letters, chandeliers or paper lanterns, these types of lighting have the potential to greatly enrich the event scene. Lighting can significantly affect the mood of an event, both indoors and outdoors. 

Outdoor lighting can add elegance to events that are held completely outside or receptions with outdoor patios, and many opt to add patio lighting or stringed bulbs to their outdoor space. Additionally, sparklers and fireworks are a great way to add glow to the night as a newlywed couple makes their exit. 

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If you are hosting your event at a venue, there are a few things to consider when planning the lighting for your event. First, know where the outlets are located and how much power they can accommodate. Next, you will want to know if any types of lighting are prohibited at the venue due to risk of overheating. Lastly, it is important to know what lighting is already provided at the venue to gage how much more you want to add.

There are so many ways to incorporate lighting at your event to help you bring your vision to life. If you are considering planning an event in the future, consider adding additional lighting to give your event a radiant glow that guests will remember forever.

Sweet Spring & Summertime Linen – Lorena

By: Brandie Guice

Party Time Rentals is notorious for their excellent quality and beautiful linens. Our vast inventory includes linens with a wide variety of colors, patterns, and textures. One of my personal favorite linens that we offer at Party Time Rentals is the Lorena linen. It is one of our elegance linens and is popular for colorful events.

This stunning linen comes in a 90 x 156” size, which is floor length for an 8” rectangular table. Additionally, the Lorena linen comes in napkin size as well, for customers that prefer only a small touch of floral accents. 

Although this linen may not match every type of event, it is perfect for tea parties, birthday parties, and even colorful weddings. Last week I assisted a customer who was planning a tea party themed bridal shower and she instantly fell in love with the Lorena linen after seeing it in the showroom. She knew right away that it would be perfect for the bride and would add a whimsical touch to the tea party. 

The vibrant floral mix adds a pop of color and is perfect for converting any room into an elegant event space. I have seen customers select their napkin colors based on the warm and cool colors of the floral. These colors invoke feelings of calmness and tranquility. Customers will either place it on every single table at an event, or will sometimes use it on one specific table to designate it as the cake table or sign in table. If you love vibrant colors, this is the linen for you!

Peach Creek Ranch – Party Time Rentals

By: Amy Kujawa

Are you searching for a rustic wedding venue, but still want it to be glamorous? Peach Creek Ranch’s wooden barn-like exterior paired with the crystal chandeliers of the reception hall encompass the country chic look every Texas Couple wants.

Peach Creek Ranch is one of the most popular wedding and event venues not only in the Bryan-College Station area, but in the Brazos Valley. Over the years we have done rentals for hundreds (yes- literally hundreds) of events and weddings. 

Peach Creek Ranch, College Station, TX

Check out this all white wedding which opted to substitute Peach Creek’s mahogany garden chairs for our white french country chair to complete the “all-white” wedding look. My favorite part about our french country chairs are the overlapping circles that make an infinity sign. A perfect way to start your love forever!

White wedding place setting

Taking a closer look at this tablescape, the couple opted for our Bennett Wood chargers. Although no plates are at the table, this is a perfect way to have a “setting” along with the gold capri flatware and gold rimmed charlotte beverage glass.

Tall floral arrangment

A great way to mix up your table settings is to mix round and rectangle tables to add dimension. This wedding chose to incorporate farmhouse style tables. Our white ventian table requires no linen and is simply elegant. Also, check out that beautiful Post Oak Florist arrangement!

Our gold iron lanterns come in two different sizes. The gold lanterns really frame the floral and make those pink accents pop!

Peach Creek Ranch Ceremony

Our larger lanterns set on top of wine barrels and wood blocks add dimension to the front of the aisle. What a fun way to welcome guests and mix modern and rustic pieces!

Contact sales@partytimerentals.com to be set up with an event consultant who can help you create the Peach Creek Wedding of your dreams!

Vendors:
Photographer- @katihewittphoto
Rentals – @partytimerentalscollegestation
Planning – @atplanned
Floral – @postoakflorist
Cake+Desserts – @sandeessweets
Stationery+Signage – @birdiemaedesigns
Entertainment – @gunpowdersoup
Sparkler Fountains – @broadwaybridalsparklers
Catering – @dvinecuisine

A #Moody Wedding – Styled Shoot at The Astin Mansion

By: Amy Kujawa

The Astin Mansion’s “stone room” to the left when you walk in is a dream. The natural lighting coming from all angles makes for the most beautiful photographs. The fireplace is an added feature which is in the center of the room and really accentuates the true vintage construction and design of the mansion. 

Rachel Driskell Photography, Willow Lane, and Cake Junkie teamed up with us on this moody collab. Most of our rentals featured here are from Party Time Rentals’ sister store out of Austin, Premiere Select. The black velvet linen plays on the term “goth”, and the colorful floral tones it down for an overall moody vibe with a pop of color… also can we just marvel in those striking black pillar candles?

Our Premiere Select sculpted acrylic chairs with floral and greenery accent attached is such a unique feature. The different lines in the chair back allow the floral to be wired on and create a statement piece. This is similar to an aisle marker— but a chair marker!

Keeping the black just in the Black Ariana Wine Goblet, and pairing with our clear glass Valore beverage and champagne flute is the modern moody feel we are all here for! Valore is our most popular glassware line. It is simple and effortless at a good price.

The marble coupe dinner plate along with the cobbled black salad plate are the stars of the show and inspired this entire tablescape. A coupe plate means that instead of having a flat edge all the way around, it curves upwards (see our lily coupe dinnerware as well).

Also- can we also have a moment of silence for this glass platinum orizzonte charger? With flecks of silver glitter, it resembles an inward sunburst. We also own this charger in gold. It too is simply phenomenal.

We opted to cross and tie our capri gold dinner fork and knife with this cute piece of purple ribbon. We are always looking for fun ways to display your flatware besides in the traditional setting.

Overall this table setting is a 10/10 for us… be right back going to go look for any excuse to throw a party.

The closeup shot we all needed of this cute lil’ Willow Lane arrangement. Don’t the flowers look like they’re dancing to doy?

Moving outside and across the courtyard we designed the old “cigar room” that typically doubles as the bar area when you host an event at the Astin Mansion. We opted to create a lounge area with our beautiful Pewter Versaille furniture. Can you imagine a couple taking photographs here serving looks? #GOALS

Cake Junkie created this gorgeous statement cake that was displayed in the same furniture room. What better way to lounge than to look at something so beautiful and sweet?

The Astin is one of our favorite spots to showoff what we can do! Thanks to all of the vendors who participated!

Vendors:
The Astin Mansion
Rachel Driskell Photography
Party Time Rentals
Cake Junkie
Willow Lane

Lake Walk Town Center | Outdoor Wedding Styled Shoot | Bryan, TX

By: Amy Kujawa

When I first moved to College Station, the thing that most tickled me about this town was the fact that Bryan and College Station are essentially one little city. There is no dividing field between one town and the next. One second you’re driving down Texas in College Station and the next you’re still on Texas, but in Bryan!

Lake Walk Town Center is one of the most beautiful and serene spots located somewhere in between Bryan and College Station, to the east-ish of the city (our town is literally set up on a diagonal).

Last Summer while thumbing through local BABV venues, I realized that Lake Walk Town Center/The Stella Hotel was a member! This gave me the idea to design a mock photoshoot on the water. My inspiration was the sunset and I wanted my design to reflect it.

We created a small ceremony spot as well as a reception space. Although this was designed for a “wedding”, Lake Walk would make a great spot for a birthday, anniversary, or celebration of any kind! 

The covered pavilion can be used for concerts, parties, picnics, dinners, and much more! Although originally I was going to make this where our guest tables would go, we opted to convert this empty space into a “ceremony” spot.

Our acrylic of our ghost chairs reflecting off of the fountains and the water make such a beautiful background. Although we set up for roughly 40, the area is large enough to accommodate at least 100.

To add a little texture, we alternated rows of ghost chairs with our harvest benches. The benches are great for not only ceremony seating, but also to sit at our Harvest or Vineyard farm tables

Our clear lucite pedestals framed the ceremony space and were topped with beautiful arrangements from Tamara Menges Designs. Can you say FLOATING centerpieces?! Tamra has a beautiful eye for colors, check out her Instagram pages for more inspiration!

We carried over the wood and the acrylic from the ceremony space to the reception area. Our wood vineyard tables combined with the acrylic in the ghost chairs made the most beautiful lakeside setting.

To layer another texture on to the table, we opted to go with velvet napkins in a variety of colors. We switched shades of velvet napkins at every setting in an ombre effect of the beautiful sunset. 

These orizzonte chargers are my personal favorite in our sister store, Premiere Select’s, charger collection. The foiled gold makes a starburst into the center (or sunburst for the purposes of this look!). Set on top of that were orange fiestaware plates. Fiestaware is so underrated! It comes in a variety of colors… purples, yellows, greens… it doesn’t have to be used for a “fiesta” themed party. It can add a pop of color to any table setting.

The gold flatware we chose was our American Sentry flatware. As opposed to our Capri Gold flatware, American Sentry is a shiny more yellow gold. To accentuate the gold we pulled glassware from our Charlotte line. The gold rim glasses add just enough design elements. 

The last space we did was at the end of the dock. We created a little cocktail area and used our majestic burnt orange linens. It’s not very often we use orange here in Aggieland, but man did the sunshine make these linens stand out! The saturation of colors was so beautiful. We paired the cocktail tables with the square back ghost chairs from Premiere Select and WOW! 

Lake Walk is definitely a beautiful spot that I would love to shoot at again. Shoutout to a great team that made this possible!

Lake Walk Town Center

Tamara Menges Designs

Party Time Rentals

Premiere Select (sister store)

Fannin Oaks Open House (Party Time Rentals + Green Teams)

By: Amy Kujawa

On Sunday March 8th we were asked to participate in an Open House at the newly renovated Fannin Oaks wedding and event venue in Madisonville, Texas. From the Party Time Rentals Showroom in South College Station, it is about a 40 minute drive.

Fannin Oaks has recently been remodeled and is such a beautiful blank space. When you walk in, you immediately take note of how giant the room is. This is definitely a venue that can accommodate a “small town wedding”… which ironically and quite literally means a giant wedding where you invite the entire town. 

The room is lined in windows that look out over the Texas Hill Country. The walls are stark white with accents of stained wood to frame the windows and the ceiling beams. A beautiful black chandelier is perched in the center of the room.

Along with Green Teams, we were asked to be the featured rental and floral companies for the mock head table. My favorite thing about Open Houses is that they allow us the opportunity to explore different designs. For this particular event we went with a modern-whimsical-boho look. Mixing textures is my favorite… and quite frankly I would consider it my specialty! I love stepping out of the box and trying new things.

The first thing you will notice about the table is the gorgeous statement floral arrangement by Suzy Ghallager at Green Teams. Suzy is always excited to try new designs and anytime I send her a mood board of a crazy idea she never turns me down! This tall black floral stand brought out the black in the black capri flatware. The arrangement appears to be “floating” by being held up between two boards and LOADED with fun flowers and pampas grass. The goal was to add height to the head table as well as breaking up the GORGEOUS white shiplap wall that greets you immediately when you walk into the venue.

For the tabletop- our gorgeous rose velvet was a showstopper. Party Time’s velvet linens are everyone’s favorite and we frequently get complimented on the quality of them… they are very heavy too! When setting the tables you have to be careful to make sure the grain of the velvet is facing the same direction on each linen or else it will look like two different tablecloths!

For plates I really wanted to layer fun glass designs to mirror in the twists and turns of our sister store, Premiere Select’s, reef acrylic chair. This chair is a fun alternative to the standard round back ghost clear acrylic chair if you’re wanting a modern and unique place to sit. I’ve never paired a clear glass charger with a clear glass plate. Pictured here is our oasis glass charger and ocean breeze I wanted to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone! Our clear glass carousel goblet went perfectly with the charger and dinner plate. Our carousel goblets are a current 2020 take on a cut crystal glassware. For the salad plate we paired our Tara plate which has a floral border and a small golden ring. The flowers on our Tara plate incorporate almost all colors so it can go with whatever color palette you choose! To add a pop and bring a wow factor, we pulled the bright turquoise out into our hemstitch napkin. Paired with our black capri– this setting was a hit!

I also had the opportunity to meet with lots of prospective couples and mingle with other fellow members in the Bridal Association. Broadway Bridal (sparklers & fireworks), Buppy’s Catering, and San Angel Photography to name a few!

Thank you Suzette and Liz for having us out! 

Photos are courtesy of Katelyn Mizell (fka Southern Charm Photography)

Online Event Rentals: How-To Make A Wishlist

By Amy Kujawa

Did you know that you can plan your entire wedding or event start to finish online at www.PartyTimeRentals.com without ever stepping foot in our showroom? We know that your schedules are busy, and sometimes you may be planning from out of town or even out of the country!

A unique feature that sets Party Time Rentals apart from other companies is our “wishlist” feature. This enables you to put together everything that you are interested in, which then gets forwarded to one of our event consultants to be made into a formal quote. Here’s a step by step process on how to make a wish list:

  1. Go to the individual page of the rental item that you are interested in. 
  2. From there hit the drop down menu (to the right of the image) and select the size or you are looking for.
  3. Use the (+) or (-) sign to enter the desired quantity to update your cart! 

Take note that some of our items are packages and crated in certain counts. The crate number will be listed in parenthesis next to the item in the drop down list.

  1. Click “Add to Wish List”
  2. Add all the remaining items you are interested in
  3. When you are finished click “wishlist” in the upper right hand corner of the screen
  4. Review and edit the list as you see fit
  5. Fill out all forms

In the additional info section be sure to note if rentals are needing to be delivered. If so, list any restrictions on when they need to be in and out of the facility.

Your event consultant will then receive your wishlist, review availability, and create a formal quote which will then factor in taxes, delivery (if applicable), and damage waiver.

At that point you will then be emailed over a copy of your quote and have the opportunity to review or modify it in any way. If you are interested to see some of your rentals paired together (the linen you have selected with the plates you are wanting), your event consultant will be able to take pictures and send them over to you. 

To reserve you can call and provide a 50% deposit via credit card over the phone, or we can email you a credit card authorization form for you to fill out and send back. As always, you’re welcome to come in and pay cash or with a check as well.

Should you have any questions, please give us a call at (979) 696-5555 or email sales@partytimerentals.com and we will be happy to assist!

We look forward to making your event successful!

Coronavirus cancelled your event? Intimate backyard Wedding & Event Rental Alternatives

By: Amy Kujawa

Has your big event or wedding been cancelled due to the Coronavirus? Gatherings of 250+ people have been banned in some areas of Texas and we are here to help if you are wanting to downsize.

Needing to rent tables, chairs, linens, tents, china, and more? We have it all! If you want to DIY it, or if you need us to refer you to professionals that we trust for vendors such as: catering, planning, and more.

No worries that it is last minute- we can make it happen!

Party Time Rentals has been in South College Station for more than 40 years! We are experts in the event rental industry with the largest selection of rentals in the area.

Instead of cancelling or postponing, for those who are wanting to bring their events to their home or family property, here at Party Time Rentals we are able to build an entire event from the ground up! Your intimate gathering can still happen with the help of a professional event consultant.

Do you need the manpower? We offer services such as delivery and set up to make it easier on you!

Are you wanting a rustic feel, or a chic glamour setting? We can do it! Check out our Instagram for event inspiration.

At Party Time Rentals we service not only our local Bryan-College Station-Navasota-Caldwell area, but the surrounding 100 miles as well. That means our event rentals service most Houston suburbs… Montgomery – Katy – Cypress – Tomball – Spring – The Woodlands – Kingwood – Katy – Sugarland – Jersey Village. We can even travel as far as Waco!

Are you in the Austin area? Check out our sister store, Premiere Events who will service Austin and the surrounding Round Rock – Dripping Springs – Bastrop – San Marcos area.

We know this time is stressful, so give us a call at 979.696.5555 or email sales@partytimerentals.com to get in direct contact with an event consultant to provide you with a professional quote.

We hope to hear from you, and good luck with your event!

Bridal Show Wrap Up + Waffles & Wedding Rentals

By: Amber St. John

This season we wanted to show off our logo with our new tagline “Wedding and Event Experts” To achieve this we wanted to really bring out the blues with our various rental items. We created this by using multiple plates, napkins, and glassware that we rent. Personally, my favorite items shown were our Marine Velvet napkins and our Carousel Blue Vintage Goblet. Overall the booth this spring had a very strong airy and whimsical feel. This was accomplished with the use of the white draping and the 10×20 tent frame with no top, wrapped with greenery. The addition of the wrapped ribbon drawn across the middle over the bar was a huge eye catcher with the floral hanging down. This was all materialized through the help of Green Teams who provided the greenery and the hanging florals, as well as the work of putting it all together. All of us at Party Time were extremely pleased with how beautiful our booth turned out and enjoyed all the positive feedback from other vendors and guests.

Of course we love getting to design our booth, but I think the best part about this season’s bridal show is our special we are offering:

This special is happening for those making a new reservation for their linens throughout the month of March. The discounts correspond to our three different linen groups on our website. This can be added to your order in store or even over the phone. Important things to note about this special is that to qualify one must pay in full, agree to the no cancellation policy, no decrease, and additions after March will not be considered under the special. 

Additionally, we are hosting Party Time’s first  WAFFLES + WEDDING RENTALS Event in our showroom.

This is an appointment only event happening on both Saturday March 14th and 28th. We are partnering with two local caterers, D’Vine Cuisine and Buppy’s Catering to provide brunch for our attendees. By RSVPing to Amy@PartyTimeRentals.com, you will receive a 1 hour block consultation with one of our event rental consultants after indulging in the brunch spread, of course!

This is our first time to host an event like this in our showroom, but the most exciting is the 10% discount off your entire order if booked in store that day. Even better is how you can stack that discount with our linen special as well!

BRAZOS VALLEY BRIDAL SHOW SPECIALS SPRING 2020

SPRING BRIDAL SHOW

2/28/2020 by Amy Kujawa

The Brazos Valley Bridal Show is upon us! 

This year the Spring Bridal Show is this Sunday, March 1, 2020 at the Brazos Valley Expo Center in Bryan, Texas… just outside of College Station.

Vendors from all over the county will have booths showing off their businesses… cakes, DJ’s, fireworks, venues… you name it! And of course, yours truly, Party Time Rentals, will be the first booth you see when you walk in! Any guesses on what our booth may look like? Hint… it may be debuting our new logo featuring our new tagline! Party Time Rentals – Wedding & Event Experts! 

In 2020 we are committed to being your Wedding & Event Experts. This means, the best event rental company not only in the BCS area, but in College Station –  Montgomery – Houston – Waco and beyond.

At Party Time, our event experts spend time focusing on you— the customer, couple, and sometimes even the corporation. Here at PTR our event consultants even have CERP certificates…. Certified Event Rental Consultants. This means we can give you the best rental ideas for your wedding or event at no additional cost to you!

Here at Party Time Rentals, customer service is our number one priority, along with the quality of your rentals. We strive to continue to better serve you by providing the latest and greatest inventory and service. Shortly we will have a blog post to follow debuting all of our new rentals purchased at the ARA (American Rental Association) Conference in Florida.

This year we are also running Bridal Show Specials 3/2-3/31 as follows:

  • 10% OFF Basic Linens
  • 20% OFF Premium Linens
  • 30% OFF Elegance Linens

To take advantage of this special, you must place your order between the above dates. Once reserved, you will not be able to cancel the linens, and if adding more after the special is over, they will be at full rental price.

Don’t forget, as always, no appointment is necessary to come in and browse! Our showroom is located in South CS at 1816 Ponderosa Dr., College Station, TX 77845.

We hope to see you this weekend!