Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It's already almost over



  It seems as though the summer just got started and there's already Halloween costumes out in the store.  Back to school sales are in full swing and all I can do is think about is heading to the beach....Is it me or is mass marketing dictating how we wind down the last few weeks of the best part of the year?  Now don't get me wrong, I love the cool crisp Autumn air and the beautiful colors of the Hudson Valley......but can't we extend the summer a few more weeks???  it seems like there are so many chores to do or commitments to projects or other people that the summer flies by before I get to do what I want to do.
     What about that wine tasting party on the back deck? or the boat party on the Hudson? The barbeque with the neighbors never got planned either.
     I guess the key is to plan in advance and plan around your plans and not the plans of others and stick to it.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

                                                  Simple Summer Centerpieces

   It’s the old phrase, ”Keep it Simple”, that really works for summer time entertaining.  A few flowers or candles and a little raffia and suddenly the plainest objects placed together create beautiful harmony. Make your tablescapes light as a summer breeze with crisp white linens and mason jars filled with candles and flowers for every occasion.  Even the most basic barbeque can be switched to a summer sizzler with just a few well placed accents.

And for the lowest maintenance summer centerpiece ever, pick out a few succulents for your table.  It won’t matter if it’s Tuesday and grilled hot dogs or Sunday and steaks…that table will look terrific!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

celebrate and make memories

Celebrate and make Memories


So it’s Memorial Day… it’s Father’s Day…  It’s graduation.  Celebrate!  Maybe it’s a birthday or anniversary ….  Celebrate! Maybe it’s lunch out with a good friend….or breakfast with your nephew….celebrate!

It seems like before you know it, it’s another day another, week, another month…….boom, a year is gone. In this day of cell phones and tablets, we don’t connect like we used to.  We don’t share experiences like we used to, there’s not as many hugs as lol’s these days.  In the end, all we will really ever have are our memories. 

So make some great memories that will make you happy, when you’re on the way to the bank….or picking up the dry cleaning.  Think of that party you threw and smile.   

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Get ready, get set, say......yes!

Summer is coming upon us quickly….. And people are planning many events.  There are the weddings, engagements, graduations, communions, Memorial Day parties and Father’s day barbeques.  So many people panic when it comes to the planning.   Most guests are so happy to attend they don’t realize the stress that the planners may be going through.  This is particularly evident when people send invitations and guest do not respond in a timely manner.  There are so many factors that are influenced by an accurate guest count; how big a tent, how many tables and chairs, dishes and glasses, how much food to buy and prepare or order, how much wine or beer or other beverages…..the list goes on and on.  So besides deciding on what will work for you in your calendar, be considerate and RSVP to your host or hostess by the time they requested. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

So maybe your brother is going to pop the question….he’s looking to his sister for some help on how to set the stage for his life changing event.  You are touched and happy to help, but not quite sure what to do…..or

…….It’s your wedding at the winery and you want to stage your ceremony outside the barrel room overlooking the vineyards.  You want a focal point for the ceremony…..or

 Maybe it’s a special anniversary and you want to rekindle the magic that you knew so many years ago. It could start with a simple wooden arbor.  Depending on your idea or style, based on venue or overall ambiance, choose from classic white or a more natural wood look.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

It feels sort of French....

When someone says….”Oh…I wish it could look like we were in a different country for this event”, or “I want to pretend that we’re on vacation for this occasion”…you can make that happen.  With the right colors and textures, a few potted plants and furniture pieces, you can transform any patch of grass into the south of France.

Create an inviting oasis for your guests…..scatter round tables complete with market umbrellas, adding natural wood chairs.  Shades of light olive and plum table linens make it seem like you’ll be dining in the fields of the French countryside. For your dining, the Provence style plate will please the eye as a palette for the edible offerings. Serve fresh lemonade with a sprig of fresh lavender in hobnailed glasses, relax and enjoy.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

New Glassware Lines at Durants Party Rentals

When considering the look of your table top decor, some say that simple is best, others say that it’s not done ‘til it’s over done.  This spring at Durants Party Rentals there are more choices than ever. 

There are two new glassware patterns that are traditional or modern and graceful.  Incorporating a colored glass will add a spark to the overall look of a table and both of the new glassware styles offer color.

 We now have “hobnail” goblets, in purple and clear.  These glasses look absolutely “right”, sitting on our beautiful farm tables.  If your look is traditional or if you want that vintage vibe, this is the route to take.  These glasses paired with our mismatched china, is a beautiful take on that look.  You can add some faux burlap runners or some white Swiss dot runners to complete the table.  If you want to favor the look of going back down south to where the air is warm and scented with magnolias, take that clear “hobnail” and put it on one of our light pink table linens. You can bring in another subtle pattern by using the Riviera patterned china or (remember, it’s not done ‘til it’s overdone), by using the Cotillion pattern.  It’s soft and elegant, just like a summer breeze.

    There is another line of glassware called “Ariana” that is tall and graceful.  They are the perfect wine or water glass, offered in black, aqua or amber.  Set a striking and totally unexpected table with the black ones over a pop of color like magenta table linen. For a sultry and sexy setting, go with the amber for your wine, golden colored flatware with golden rimmed plates on a sheer black organza over a gold satin table linen to set the night on fire. If you want to go for a “beachy fun in the sun look”…..there’s the aqua waiting to quench your thirst.  The sun sparkles on this aqua Ariana, the same way the sun makes the sea sparkle. Pair it with a crisp white table linen and be taken to Santorini.  Wanna wow the girls at your next Sunday brunch on the patio?  Pair these same aqua glasses, filled with Pellegrino, rimmed with a juicy wedge of citrus.  It’s easy to entertain when you have great resources like Durants!