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Classic Party Rentals of Virginia and the Greater Richmond Chapter of NACE
Posted on: 10/20/2014  by Angela

What do experienced event professionals with successful businesses do to enhance their customer relationships, grow revenue, and keep employees current in the most important trends and practices in their industry? Special event industry pros join an organization committed to relationships, education and excellence. In events, that organization is the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE).

According to NACE, it is "the oldest and largest catering association in the world," encompassing "all aspects of the catering and events industry." NACE is "dedicated to promoting career success for its members and the professionalism of the industry; offers educational programs, professional certification, chapter initiatives, networking opportunities, recognition and awards programs, a job bank, community service projects, and the industry's most prestigious annual conference. In helping its member enhance their business and careers, NACE helps the industry reach its highest potential."

Classic Party Rentals of Virginia belongs to the Greater Richmond Chapter of NACE. Our employees have served in leadership roles and we regularly contribute to the organization's events. Membership requires an investment of time, money, and effort. It's not something that we have to do. It is something that we know makes us more qualified to serve you, and is therefore well worth it. We are so honored to be part of an award-winning chapter of NACE, and look forward to all we will learn and contribute in the future!

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Lou Stevens Glam Squad Turns 25 - Classic Party Rentals Celebrates
Posted on: 10/13/2014  by Angela

Our dear friends at Lou Stevens Glam Squad, Richmond-based hair stylists and makeup artists extraordinaire, turned 25 this year, and they celebrated in style! Classic Party Rentals of Virginia provided all of the linens for the event. We are drooling over the photos featuring our fuchsia, polka dot, and black sequined linens. Take a peak, and see how this stunning look came together in honor of our fabulous colleagues!

Posted In Events | Tagged events, glam, linens, Party, wedding  |   Comments: 0  |   Permalink

Greater Richmond NACE Wins "2013 Chapter Education Program of the Year"
Posted on: 9/29/2014  by Angela

Classic Party Rentals of Virginia invests a considerable amount of time, talent, and resources in our membership with the event industry professional organization the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE). Throughout the year we attend as well as contribute to educational programs. 

In July, Greater Richmond Chapter (our chapter!) was recognized at the NACE National Experience! Conference, held in Baltimore, Maryland, for our 2013 half-day workshop "Photography for Event Professionals". We were awarded the "2013 Chapter Education Program of the Year" for chapters with fewer than 100 members! This national award is a huge honor and we are so excited to have contributed.

The following professionals teamed up to produce this event and share in the success. Thank you to all of you!

Venue Sponsor: Maymont
Photography Sponsor: J&D Photography
A/V Sponsor: Blue Steel Lighting Design
Speakers/Coaches: Don Mears (Don Mears Photography), Amelia Coulomb & Kelsey Bethune, Jessica Maida (Jessica Maida Photography), Meghan Ely (OFD Consulting)
Design Sponsors: LK Events & Design, IK Catering, Elegant Party Plans, Kim Moody Designs
Vendor Sponsors: Cakes by Graham, The Picked Petal, Classic Party Rentals of VA, Sweet Fix, Sparky's Ice Sculptures, Party Perfect, Paisley & Jade, Rent-E-Quip

Congratulations to all of our NACE colleagues!

Posted In Events | Tagged awards, Greater Richmond NACE, NACE, richmond  |   Comments: 3  |   Permalink

Make Sure It Fits!
Posted on: 9/15/2014  by Angela

Oh, we are nothing if not detail oriented here at Classic Party Rentals of Virginia. We love pressed linens, shiny silver – and fashion that flatters. We also attend a lot of special events, and what we’ve seen behooves us to share this most important piece of advice: make sure your attire fits!

There is perhaps no more photographed event than a wedding. So, it boggles our minds that VIPs, attendants, and guests don’t pay more attention to their wardrobe selections before showing up to celebrate. Do you really want that disastrous frock caught on film for future generations to enjoy? Why do you want to give the impression that you wore your younger, more slender brother’s tux to save a few bucks?

The solution is simple. Find a tailor or seamstress in your area, and spend the time and minimal expense to have your ensemble fitted especially for you.  A professional can eliminate unflattering folds and bulges, and accentuate your positive features. You’ll be able to truly put your best foot forward, and won’t have to live down photos or fear that they will accidentally show up all over social media. Think of all of the time you’ll save un-tagging yourself and praying that your coworkers don’t catch sight of a blackmail worthy image! 

If you are renting formalwear, please pick it up early enough to allow your supplier to replace or adjust pieces that are too big or too small. Closing time on Friday before the wedding is too late. Arrange for a mid-week pick up, and try it on before you leave the shop. Insist that the rest of your wedding party do so as well. The same advice applies to bridesmaid dresses, and even bridal gowns. Do not wait until the last minute. Allow enough time to fix what has gone horribly wrong so you can enjoy yourself on the wedding day.

Recap – what have you learned? We hope that you will take the expert advice of event professionals who attend literally hundreds of events each year. Take your wedding attire to a reputable seamstress or tailor and ask them nicely to save your reputation and online credibility. Make sure your wedding attire fits!

Your Classic Party Rentals of Virginia Friends

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