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Etiquette Alert: How to Set a Proper Table
Posted on: 10/27/2014  by Angela

You've paid for the china, the flatware, and the glassware for your next party or event, but do you know what to do with it? Where do you put those extra forks? Which wine glass goes where? Did you even know that there were rules for these things?

Don't panic. First, only the most formal of events requires all of the pictured items. Many very nice meals require no more than a salad fork, entree fork, possibly a dessert spoon, and a couple of appropriate knives. If you are just having a wine and cheese fete with the girls, you have more flexibility with your glassware. However, it pays to know what your most informed etiquette expert expects so you may avoid any embarrassing faux-pas. Here is a handy little diagram to help you set your table by the book - and if you're still confused, don't hesitate to contact your Classic Party Rentals of Virginia consultant today. We'll be happy to help you wade through the sometimes confounding rules of tradition and etiquette!

Some additional helpful tips:

1. When deciding which piece of flatware to use, start with the outside and work your way in, then, when you've exhausted those, work your way from the top down. Not every pair is a matched set - you don't need a knife for your soup course! If you are hosting a small private meal, it would be helpful for you to remove the pieces that are no longer needed as you transition from course to course for your guests.

2. Even at a formal meal, it is okay to be creative with napkin placement, an often aesthetic decision. Just make sure that when you eat, it is in your lap, and set on the table, to the left of your plate, if you leave the table.

3. That big plate under the rest of your plates is your charger - it is decorative. Please don't eat off of it! Hosts, plan to remove this plate either after the first course, or, before dessert.

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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!

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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!

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