Fun & Fabulous Fall Wedding Ideas

Are you engaged? Congratulations! Did you set the date for the big day in the fall? Wonderful!  You are part of the special group of brides that love the crisp smell of cider, luscious colors of fall, and delightfully cool weather.

As per theknot.com, did you know…?

  • 14% of weddings take place in September, the most popular month for weddings.
  • 12% of weddings take place in October, the third most popular month.

To all of our fall brides, we at American Party Rentals are here to help and offer some fun and creative wedding ideas.

Colors: Warm colors and heavy fabrics traditionally are popular selections for brides during this season, but why not add a pop of color to your tables? You could also keep the table linen neutral and have a fun colored napkin instead. Below is a list of the top wedding colors for this fall. We have all these colors available in our inventory. When you visit our showroom, we even have a table for you to play and try different linens, flatware, glassware, etc.

Burgundy, Burnt Orange, Paprika/Terra Cotta, Orange, Claret/Plum, Magenta, Fern, Navy, Teal, Antique Gold, Gold, Ivory

Burgundy, Burnt Orange, Paprika/Terra Cotta, Orange, Claret/Plum, Magenta, Fern, Navy, Teal, Antique Gold, Gold, Ivory

Warm & Toasty: If any part of your wedding is outdoors, make sure your guests aren’t cold! If the venue does not have heating available, we have heaters available for rent. Check out our new ember patio heaters. Also, why not incorporate a fun wedding favor such as pashminas to give your guests? They will thank you later!

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Food & Drink: The first food that comes to mind when it comes to fall is pumpkin. Why not give your guests some warm, delicious pumpkin or butternut squash soup to start? If soup is not what you have in mind, maybe opt for a crisp salad with pumpkin seeds, figs, and walnuts. To drink, have your guests sip on apple cider as your signature drink. For your main course instead of the traditional beef or chicken, serve your guests hen or turkey as a festive and unique entrée choice. Last but not least, we can’t forget to talk about dessert! Pies and beignets are some sweet and savory suggestions that your guests would love. If you have someone in your family that is a fabulous baker or have a special family recipe, why not ask them to make some tasty desserts for your guests? This is a fun way to personalize and incorporate family tradition into your wedding menu.

Pumpkin Soup

Flowers:  Flowers are one of the most important details of a wedding. Below are a few suggestions of beautiful fall-colored flowers that are perfect for the season. Make sure that the flower bouquets do not match too closely to the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses so you can notice them more in your photographs. You can wrap the stems in burlap or lace to finish the rustic, autumn look.

Below are a few photos of fall inspired table setups in our showroom.

Items shown: Raspberry truffle linen, Gold nova napkin, Mahogany chiavari chair with champagne cushion,  Gold mache glass charger plate, Ivory dinner plate, Aztec gold flatware, Gold glass votive cup Amber goblet.

Items shown: Raspberry truffle linen, Gold nova napkin, Mahogany chiavari chair with champagne cushion,
Gold mache glass charger plate, Ivory dinner plate, Aztec gold flatware, Gold glass votive cup
Amber goblet.

Items shown: Farm Table, Natural Hemstitch overlay, Prairie Runner, Oak cross back chairs with natural cushion, Glass gold bead charger, Baroque cup and saucer, Gold rim glassware, Priscilla flatware.

Items shown: Farm Table, Natural Hemstitch overlay, Prairie Runner, Oak cross back chairs with natural cushion, Glass gold bead charger, Baroque cup and saucer, Gold rim glassware, Priscilla flatware.

Items shown: Farm Table, Soft Gold Nova Silk Runner, Priscilla flatware, Oak cross back chairs with natural cushion, Gold mache glass chargers, Villa dinner plates, Lido amber goblet, Burnt orange napkins, Amber cube votives with tea lights

Items shown: Farm Table, Soft Gold Nova Silk Runner, Priscilla flatware, Oak cross back chairs with natural cushion, Gold mache glass chargers, Villa dinner plates, Lido amber goblet, Burnt orange napkins, Amber cube votives with tea lights

Whichever season, relax, and don’t stress about the little details. When the day actually arrives, it will go by like a blink of the eye. It’s important to cherish those moments with family, friends, and of course, your new husband or wife! Best of luck in all your wedding planning!

 

 

RECAP: American Party Rentals Celebrates Their 25th Anniversary in Style

It has been a few months now and all of us at APR are still buzzing about how much we enjoyed celebrating our 25th anniversary with some of our best friends and industry partners. In the beginning, we didn’t know exactly how or what we wanted to do to celebrate but we all agreed we wanted it to be a PAR-TAY! We called on some of our nearest and dearest to help us with the occasion and we could not have been more pleased with the outcome.

Our team worked hard in the months leading up to the big day and with the help of Chelsey Morrison of Gather Together Events, all of our ideas came together and exceeded expectations beyond our wildest dreams! We chose a color scheme of black and white with pops of silver and teal to commemorate the occasion. The celebration gave us the opportunity to debut our brand new black and white stripe linens in combination with our teal to coordinate with our company logo. We tied in the 25th anniversary tradition of silver by showcasing our latest china patterns, Marais and Marcella both trimmed in silver accents. Our black and white dance floor along with our black faux suede and white leather lounge furniture helped to tie it all together. CE Rental donated their silver sequin and white accent pillows to add just the right pop of flare in the lounge area while JW Walton of The Catering Company of Chapel Hill designed a larger than life floral display for the back bar area and provided us with large rattan rugs.

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Chelsey Morrison of Gather Together Events helped plan EVERY aspect of the event – she even vacuumed just before guests arrived!

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Seared Duck courtesy of Durham Catering Company. Needless to say, the food was incredible!

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APR Lounge furniture on a back drop of a custom photo wall designed by Chelsey Morrison, Gather Together and Indigo Envelope. Floral Dimensions created a beautiful arrangement and pillows were donated by our friends at CE Rental. All of this collaboration created a memorable, cozy corner of the tent!

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A few months earlier, Brian Mullins took head shots of the Daymont Family and the APR team at the Cookery. This is a great one of the Daymonts and the perfect centerpiece to the Photo/Memory wall that Chelsey created!

We worked with the outstanding team at Indigo Envelope to create eye catching signage and an invitation that was sure to entice our guests. Christina Headrick and her crew were on the ball and worked diligently to get these invitations done right and in a timely manner. We were extremely pleased with the anniversary logo and design they created and the finished product was absolutely perfect!

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A Pierre the party bear welcomed guests to the shin dig! Sign designed by the incredible talented team at Indigo Envelope!

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Indigo Envelope helped us encourage guests to share the moment via Twitter! The eagle was a play off of one of our brainstorming sessions, and an inside joke with the planning team “guys, it’s AMERICAN party rentals!” Chelsey would remind us. :) During the planning sessions we learned a lot about the story of APR and how being patriotic was so important to Pete, being a first generation American. This is thought to have inspired our company’s name!

Durham Catering Company came up with a mouthwatering menu that we could not wait to share with our guests! The DCC crew served up stationed small plates that included their famous shrimp and grits, chili rellenos and a yummy breast of duck just to name a few. Major kudos to Laureano, Hugo, Jen, Tom and the entire DCC team for knocking the food out of the park!

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Durham Catering Company

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Hammered pod passing tray pictured here, holding crab cakes made by Durham Catering Company. We were so touched by the effort all of our vendors made to include personal touches – The Daymont family moved to North Carolina from Maryland, where Judy perfected the crab cake recipe that Durham Catering used on these crab cakes!

 

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The Smoked Salmon was another personal touch, chosen to pay homage to Pete’s Norwegian roots.

The miniature American Party Rentals delivery truck that adorned the incredible cake display by Sweet Memories Bakery is now in its very own display case for everyone in the office to admire. The attention to detail on the truck as well as the Pete and Judy figurines and tent was more than we ever could have imagined. Donna Ford and the folks at Sweet Memories thought of everything; right down to Pete’s signature green polo with khaki pants. He would be so proud!

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That’s a cake in the shape of a tent, can you believe it?! Sweet Memories created this unbelievable and incredibly delicious dessert display, complete with working chandelier and miniature tables inside the cake tent!

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Pete and Judy figurines designed by the incredibly talented team at Sweet Memories Bakery!

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APR Truck made out of sugar!! Sweet Memories Bakery

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Mini table cakes for the inside of the tent – they thought of everything!

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Sweet Memories went all out – all American apple pie, creme brulee (Judy’s favorite), and Southern mini-bana pudding! This was an extension of the main dessert table – over 300 mini desserts in total!! Floral Dimensions outfitted the bottom half of the shelves.

 

Bartending Unlimited served up creative cocktails all evening to honor and celebrate our founders, Pete and Judy Daymont. These delicious concoctions contained the Daymont’s favorite spirits. “The Pete”, a gin and tonic using Chapel Hill’s very own TOPO Gin and “The Judy” which was a festive rum Mojito! These drinks were just as pretty to look at as they were tasty!

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Custom cocktails named the “Pete” and “Judy”

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Bartending Unlimited, doing their thing!

Barry Herndon and The Party Nuts helped us to set the tone by playing party favorites to get the crowd moving. Future APR employee (and Todd Daymont’s son) Lucas was a hit on the dancefloor.

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We could not have been more thankful for the generous floral donation by Durham’s own Bea Miller of Floral Dimensions. Bea’s team of designers took our ideas and went above and beyond to ensure that no table or area was left without a beautiful floral display.

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Beautiful table arrangements created by Floral Dimensions, incorporating the colors and feel of the evening!

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Stunning, fun and festive arrangement, clad with striped feathers, white wood branches and flowers consistent with the cocktail table arrangements. Floral Dimensions

Dave Watson with Get Lit Special Event Lighting helped to set the scene with colored lighting inside our showroom and beautiful chandeliers in the tent outside. Dave and his team worked for 2 days to get everything just right.

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Get Lit Lighting

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Chad and Todd Daymont kissing Mom, Judy with her grandson, Lucas looking on

We were very thankful for TCS Event Rentals out of Burlington, who spared no expense for the occasion in donating the mack daddy Cadillac of restroom trailers. Air conditioning, tvs, marble countertops..the works!

We were able to capture all of these memorable moments on film thanks to Brian Mullins Photography and Neal Zipser of ShutterBooth Raleigh. Brian was able to snap some wonderful candid shots of the Daymont family and all of their guests while Neal focused on the hilarity that was our “awkward family photo” booth area, complete with hats, glasses and a variety of other fun props.

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 Thank you for celebrating with us in honoring the life and legacy of our founder, Pete Daymont as well as the success of American Party Rentals’ first 25 years in business. We will continue to work hard every day to keep Pete’s dream alive and well. We feel so fortunate to have been able to celebrate this milestone with you all and we look forward to the next 25 years! We appreciate YOU, our loyal industry partners, friends and customers.

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Congratulations to the Indy’s Best!

Our customers are awesome! Not only do they make us smile, stop by just to say hello, or bring us the occasional cookie, but they also make our rental equipment look stunning with their amazing culinary creations, design aesthetic and sheer talent. Simply put, they’re amazing. And we’re not the only ones who feel this … Continue reading

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