Last week rental professionals from around the world gathered at the Sands Expo & Conference center in Las Vegas for The Rental Show. Thousands of attendees were buzzing with excitement to see the hottest trends in special event equipment for 2013! For anyone who’s anyone in the industry, The Rental Show is the place to find the next great thing that their customers, caterers, and restaurants have been asking for as well as items that the competition doesn’t have.
Some of the world’s largest producers of tables, chairs, linens, and china attend the event each year with the hopes of introducing the season’s newest colors and patterns for the first time. French Country and Rustic Chic trends were still holding strong in Vegas, demonstrated by hot items such as vintage china, burlap adorned table décor, country chic lattice work and whitewashed furniture. Since Brides and planners alike will always remain enchanted with the idea of outdoor wedding ceremonies, receptions and events, outdoor lighting options – including functional and attractive patio heaters – piqued the interest of many show attendees. Also in the mix for this season are brightly colored linens, chargers and other accent pieces paired with modern whites, fresh neutrals or antique metallics.
Not only does The Rental Show unveil the newest equipment in the special event world, the show also includes a full schedule of seminars to inject fresh business ideas and inspire new concepts with the goal of keeping the rental professionals on a constant quest to excel. Mark Kelly was the keynote speaker, inspiring listeners with tales of his ups and downs as a fighter pilot, his ultimate achievement of becoming an astronaut, as well as the heroic recovery stories of his wife, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords. His message was clear – though you may not start off being the best, through perseverance, hard work and dedication, you can excel; a concept everyone can be inspired by.
The popular phrase says “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Needless to say, the new products we saw and ideas learned in Vegas won’t be staying this time! A week later, new equipment is rolling into the warehouse and into our customer’s eager hands. Stay tuned for additional Facebook posts and blog entries for further details on the new inventory purchased by American Party Rentals at The Rental Show!