P.S. Events Are Not Only For Adults

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Frozen Backdrop in BizBash NY

This week we exhibited in New York for BizBash and we decided on showcasing our Frozen backdrop.  It is evident that nowadays kids have a say in the decision making of their event just as much as adults do.  I remember growing up and having no real “say” in what I wanted for my parties.  Actually, I had no say – Period!.  My parents would take care of pretty much everything themselves.  They would handle everything from the décor to the invitation list.  I would be lucky if I ever saw any of my school friends there.  In reality, I saw none. It was always family and family friends.  Well, my parents friends and their children whom instantly would become my friends.  Thinking of it now makes me realize how things have changed and quiet honestly I’m okay that I didn’t have to stress over that in my childhood.

I now see my sister on how she goes on about planning her two girl’s events.  Specifically my god-daughter’s birthday parties and how involved she is with everything.  She is given the option of choosing her own theme all the way to what she wants to eat.  Let’s face it; kids are now playing the role of event planners regardless if parents want to admit it.  They control us- the end!

Eat The Heat 2014 – Wonderland!

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NACE Austin presents the Wonderland Eat the Heat Fundraiser

This year Backdrops Beautiful was fortunate to be a sponsor for the Nationally Recognized and Award Winning annual fundraiser EAT THE HEAT:  Wonderland hosted by the Austin Chapter of NACE. This year NACE-Austin partnered with the local charity The Arc of the Capital Area and produced an event that showcased Austin’s finest culinary talent. The event was held at the Renaissance Austin Hotel on Thursday August 14, 2014. The summer event is a progressive cocktail style party where guests are treated to specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment with a grand finale featuring a Chef’s Showcase and Silent Auction! We are looking forward to partnering up again next year with Austin Chapter of NACE and assisting them with another successful EAT THE HEAT event.

Backdrops Showcased:

Alice In Wonderland 3, Fantasy Castle 5, Mystic Forest 10 and Mystic Forest 3.

Disney Cars Birthday Party

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It’s true what all my friends that are parents say, kids definitely grow up lightning fast! My son recently turned one and I have no clue how this happened!  My friends and family gathered to celebrate my son Christian’s birthday in a small hall in Southern California earlier in the month.  We decided on Disney Cars for his birthday theme because of his liking for Lightning McQueen.  And yes, just like his daddy he’s already a Disney fan!

I am a proud new dad and I decided to share my sons event.  I made sure there was no detail left out; from the personalized water bottles, hand made goody bags, custom cake to all the labels for the food and beverages.  Aside from all the little details I also incorporated 2 backdrops to make everything cohesive, but also fun and exciting for all the kids.

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IMG_9079I learned that it’s a lot of hard work and time consuming putting a themed party together.  And I now understand why some parents rather take their children on a vacation or have it at Chuck E. Cheese’s.  Regardless of all the stress, I personally would do it all over again next year!  My son is worth it!

Backdrops in Music City TSE2014

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Paris Eiffel Tower 5 Night Backdrop at TSE2014

Despite the cold weather, the Special Event Show in Nashville, TN was a big success for us. As always, it was great connecting with old and new event professionals.  The hosting venue, Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, was an amazing setting for such a great event.  In my opinion the word “huge” is the best way to describe such a magnificent property. It boasts over 2,800 guest rooms, climate-controlled glass atriums that enclose all sorts of restaurants and shops, as well as a river and garden with several pathways and bridges.  At times, I even felt as if I was at Disneyland.

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At our booth, our Black & White Ballroom Backdrop and our Twenties Backdrop, both inspired by the movie the Great Gatsby, were showcased back to back.  In addition, once again we sponsored the performing stage and displayed our Paris Eiffel Tower 5 Night backdrop which was a match made in heaven with Cort’s TSE Live Attendee Lounge featuring their Napoleon Collection.   Their theme was “Viva La Revolucion.”

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We’d like to congratulate Leesa Phipps, of Distinctive Events, for winning our Free Backdrop Rental Raffle. Thank you everyone who stopped by our booth and registered.  See you next year in Anaheim, CA!

Stage Backdrops Help Set The Stage

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Not sure on how to dress up your stage?  Our stage backdrops allow for any AV companies to offer a wow factor to their clients, especially if their budget does not allow for an LED screen.  Instead of boring black drapes or any color for that matter (my personal opinion), pitch them the idea of a themed backdrop according to the event or their presentation topic.  At the very least if the presentation is dull the audience will appreciate a beautiful backdrop to look at.  Backdrops is a cost effective way to add value to your contracts and create a one of a kind space for your clients.  It’s easier for people to understand the visual impact backdrops can create if they are able to see past examples so make sure you have a library of photos to share with them on hand.

We recently transformed the Celebration Hall Stage at Market Creeks Events and Venues in San Diego, CA with our Twenties 5 Backdrop for the San Diego NACE November Meeting and Annual Showcase.  Market Creek Events & Venues offers a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces to fit all types of events whether it be an intimate gathering to a large-scale conference. All their venues incorporate multicultural art and design, presentation technology and environmentally-friendly operations. Setup was scheduled for the same day of the vendor showcase.  The  venue made it hassle free for everyone by allowing access through the front doors of the Celebration Hall.  Aside from carrying the pipe and base by hand it took one quick cart trip to bring in our  gear.  Below is a quick outline of my total setup time and the equipment I used.

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  • Setup Time: 20 minutes
  • Backdrop Name:  Twenties 5A Backdrop
  • Backdrop Size:  20’ W X 10’ H
  • Hardware:  Pipe & Base (3 uprights, 2 cross bars and 3 bases)
  • Miscellaneous:   Scissors / Box Cutter / Zip Ties (clear)
  • Man Power: 1 man team (myself)

Almost immediately after hanging the backdrop it created a stunning environment.  And even though the meeting wasn’t themed to anything specific it gave it visual interest and helped add decor.  A few lights were added for ambience by the venues AV team and Tim Altbaum Productions; a gobo projecting a moon and stars and a few up lights around the hall.  And even though the vendor showcase wasn’t themed the backdrop added character to the event.

We carry a large selection of stage backdrops for any size event.  Please keep us in mind for all your backdrop needs. For local customers we also offer pipe and base rentals.

What other suggestions do you have for setting the stage?

Hart of Dixie Halloween Masquerade Party

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Anyone a fan of Hart of Dixie? Our Palace Interior Gold Backdrops were featured in Season 3 Episode 4 – Help Me Make It Through The Night: Junior League Halloween Masquerade Party!

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HART OF DIXIE
“Help Me Make it Through the  Night” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, D) (HDTV)

TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM —  After Lemon’s (Jaime King) fallout with the Belles, she is blacklisted from the  Junior League Halloween Masquerade party, so she calls her Grandma Bettie (guest  star Maree Cheatham, “Days of Our Lives”) for help and lands herself a date with  another of Alabama’s most eligible bachelors.  Lavon (Cress Williams) has a big  surprise for his anniversary with AnnaBeth (Kaitlyn Black), but when she has a  health scare, she turns to Zoe (Rachel Bilson) to help her out.  Meanwhile,  during the party, George (Scott Porter) has to do damage control with the town  judges and Wade (Wilson Bethel) keeps finding himself in trouble with ineligible  ladies.  Robert Buckley (“One Tree Hill”) guest stars.  Tim Matheson directed  the episode written by Jamie Gorenberg (#304).

Hart of Dixie 3×04 “Help Me Make It Though the Night” aired on Monday, October 28th at 8/7c on The CW.

My favorite line of the night was by George:  “I think you’re getting with every unavailable women you can because you can’t have the one unavailable woman that you want.”

What did you think of this year’s Halloween episode?

Give the Gift of Backdrops

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So… you are not sure what gift to get for someone special? Don’t know if they already have the gift you want to give them? Don’t know if they will enjoy the gift you give them? Don’t have time to decide? Give the perfect gift -our gift certificate!

  • Makes a great last-minute gift
  • Great stocking stuffer
  • Convenient gift amounts

Call us today for more details: 1-858-300-2100

Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego’s Gala and 4th Annual Chef Appetizer Challenge

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We are honored and humbled to have once again been given the opportunity to participate on the Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego Gala and 4th Annual Chef Appetizer Challenge on July 20, 2013 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.  This year’s theme was a Super Hero Soirée which was perfect given the fact that Comic Con was the same weekend.   We donated our Comic Book 6 backdrop (40×20) for the main stage and our Comic Book 5 backdrop (10×10) for photo opts.  This is Meals-on-Wheels largest fundraising event of the year to raise critical funds supporting the independence and well-being of San Diego seniors.

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Holy Cross Mothers Guild Fashion Show and Luncheon

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Once again Backdrops Beautiful participated in the Holy Cross Mothers Guild Fashion Show & Luncheon on April 27, 2013 by donating a backdrop to their event.  We donated our London Skyline 2 Backdrop.  This years theme was A Knight in London.

They are a group of mothers at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA that raise scholarship funds for students who have lost a parent.  It is a very worthy cause that we are privileged to participate in.

Giving Back Comes In Many Forms

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Giving back comes in many forms! February remains the month associated with love. Our CEO Ilana Goldstone paid a visit to her hairdresser as usual, however this time she felt like she needed a change and so she requested to have 5 inches cut off.  Her hairdresser found that to be quite drastic! But then Ilana had an even better idea and decided to donate 12 inches to a non-profit organization called LOCKS OF LOVE who use the hair to make wigs for children with cancer!   So you may do a double take, next time you see her!

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WHAT IS LOCKS OF LOVE?

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

The possibilities of how you can help people in need are virtually endless because how you spend your resources or time giving back is completely up to you. What other non-conventional ways have you giving back to help someone?