Spring Things! New Backdrops

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We are so excited for a few reasons. First, it’s Spring and what’s there not to love about Spring? Blooming flowers, beautiful weather, the countdown to summer. Second, our designers and artists have crafted some awesome backdrops during this lovely season. We’re ecstatic to share these with you. We know that these new backdrops will look stunning at your next event. We are looking forward to how these backdrops will enhance your production!

New Backdrop - Stage Magic 1B

You never know what’s going to come out of the magician’s hat in our brand new Stage Magic backdrop. Abracadabra! The doves, deck of cards, and whimsical smoke appears. Amidst the blue background and illuminated top hat, magic appears. The red drapes lined with gold adorn the stage and the magician’s hands guide the sorcery. Can you spot the two rabbits? After some looking, we definitely can. After all, traditional magic isn’t magic without rabbits coming out of a hat!

New Backdrop - pond 3 bridge

Our Pond 3 Bridge backdrop is the perfect Spring scene in a romantic, lush garden. The sun peaking through providing the perfect lighting within the background. This serene pond full of water lilies and surrounded by lush plants and beautiful flowers. The bridge provides the perfect access to walk over the pond into the deep edges of the garden. This new backdrop is completely romantic and utterly gorgeous.

New Backdrop - Stage Skyline3This Stage Skyline backdrop sets the Hollywood style stage with a stunning skyline. When you stand in the center of this new backdrop, the spotlight is directly on you. It’s an easy way to bring the Hollywood life to your next event. All of your attendees will get to live the red carpet life for the night. Act like a celebrity and strut your stuff in front of our vibrant backdrop.

We’re so excited about these new backdrops. We cannot wait to see how they transform your event, enhance your recital, or complete your production!

Backdrops at #SafeKidsDay at Smashbox Studios in LA!

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We had the privilege of being a sponsor for the #SafeKidsDay event in Los Angeles. This charity fundraiser created by Simply Troy was a star-studded event to raise awareness for Safe Kids Worldwide. Safe Kids Worldwide is, “a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States.” We were honored to provide our hand-painted backdrops for the event.

Jungle Animals 3 Backdrop

The basketball event at the #SafeKidsDay Event was SO much fun. Our Spectator backdrop let everyone feel as if they were center stage for their NBA Playoff debut. The stadium is packed and the crowd is cheering! All of the spectators are vying for a picture of their favorite players. The basketball event created an opportunity for all of the attendees to feel like a professional athlete for a day. We love how it turned out.

Spectator 9 Backdrop

This City Streets backdrop is not your average street. Think of that favorite part of any neighborhood that makes you smile. The vibrant colors and the animated essence of the backdrop create a fun and playful atmosphere. We loved the look of this backdrop with the colorful accents of the tables and umbrellas. This showed us that you truly can never go wrong with bold colors.City Streets 2 Backdrop

Our Pop Art Duck backdrop provided an instant burst of vibrancy, fun, and playfulness.  This backdrop is one of our well-loved masterpieces that was a product of our Custom Rental Service. Our graphic designers and talented artists work directly with our customers to design and create the perfect customized backdrop to rent. We’ll simply rent the custom designed backdrop & add it to our ever-growing inventory. Check it out & create your own backdrop to RENT here.

Pop Art Ducks 1 backdrop

It was a pleasure providing our Jungle Animals backdrop for Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventure. Below is our very own Client Services Manager, Donna, with the wonderful Jack Hanna himself! We had such a fun time providing this backdrop for his area. It truly transformed the space and brought the jungle to life!

Jungle Animals 3 Backdrop Jack HannaOverall, it was such an amazing day for an incredible cause. We truly felt honored to be a part of this event. We had so much fun providing the backdrops to enhance the different areas and to transform all of the spaces. Giving back is part of our core mission and we love being a part of meaningful charity fundraisers such as this one. See how you can give back & get involved with Safe Kids Worldwide here.

5 Reasons to Use Backdrops at Your Event!

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Event Photo - Rainforest Backdrops Room Wrap!

Looking for a way to use backdrops at your next event? Always wanted to use backdrops, but you’re not sure how to? That’s what we’re here for! Check out 5 reasons to use backdrops at your next event below and let us know what you think!

Event Photo - Wizard of Oz Backdrop

1. Backdrops are an effortless [& affordable] way to instantly transform any space!

When we say effortless, we mean easy as pie. Our backdrop consultants will help you choose the perfect backdrop for your event and they’ll assist with finalizing the order. We ensure our customer service is impeccable, giving you the best experience possible. We ship worldwide to your door, making it easy to receive your package ahead of time to hang the backdrop. We take the worry out of backdrops. We make it as easy on you to have an incredible experience and to WOW your attendees.Event Photo - Paris backdrop

2. Easily create a theme or enhance your existing theme around a backdrop!

Haven’t decided on a theme for your gala or special affair? Look no further! Our amazing team of backdrop consultants have YEARS of experience in the industry and can help you by recommending an array of different themes. Themed events are our bread and butter. Imagine having a French affair with a Paris Eiffel Tower scene or a fantastical Alice in Wonderland themed event – it’s easy to imagine with our wide array of hand-painted backdrops.Event Photos - Ballroom backdrops

3. Use a backdrop for a creative, unique background for your event photos!

A do-it-yourself photo booth or a real photo-booth! They can be used in so many ways. We’re not only talking about step & repeats (but we do those as well). We have SO many backdrops in a perfect size for a photoshoot. Want to tailor the photoshoot to a handful of people in each shot? Choose from our amazing 10′ x 10′ backdrops. Have group pictures that you want to capture? Select one of our 20′ x 10′ backdrops. Easy as that. Want something different than what you see in our inventory? Let us know and we’ll paint it! It’s that simple. (AND we’ll rent it to you).

Event Photo - Cotton Club Backdrop

4. Renting a backdrop is as easy as 1-2-3.

We’ll help you choose a backdrop, ship you the backdrop with ample time before your event, and include a return shipping label for you to easily send it back to us! It really couldn’t be easier. We’ll provide hanging instructions and will recommend pipe and base companies! In Southern California, we even provide installations!

Backdrops Beautiful Personalized Plates

5. Once you backdrop, you’ll never go back.

You have NO idea how many customers we have that tell us once they’ve used a backdrop, they’ve never found an excuse not to use a backdrop! No mater where your event is located, showcasing a backdrop can instantly change the mood, theme, and atmosphere of your occasion.

New Backdrops – March 2016

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We’re excited to showcase our new backdrops for the month of March! Our in-house designers and talented artists have been busy creating beautiful backdrops to add to our rental inventory. Check out these amazing additions below!

New Backdrops - Pop Art 1 Ducks

This Pop Art Duck backdrop is a prime example of our Custom Rental service. Catering by Design from Denver, CO wanted to a fun backdrop to enhance their duck-themed menu. We discussed their vision for the event, complete with rubber duckies and vibrant signs to replace standard menus. Our designers created this image and Catering by Design absolutely loved it. The pop art theme worked perfectly with the colorful ducks. This backdrop enhanced their event and is now in our inventory ready to be rented for your next occasion!

New Backdrops - Military Ship1

Our Military Ship backdrop demonstrates the dynamic, larger than life presence of the military in the open ocean. The deep blue sea is depicted with mountainous islands in the background and a prominent military ship in the center. The ripples of the waves from the ship are lining the vessel as it speeds ahead. Ideal for a military event, show, or production.

New Backdrops - Diamond 2 Color

Shine bright like this diamond backdrop! This hand-painted backdrop is fifty feet wide! That’s a whole lot of diamond. The perspective in which this backdrop is painted makes the diamond appear through the galaxies far, far away. The distant stars in the night are complemented by an array of rainbow colors. This vibrant, shiny backdrop is perfect for your next bling-loving client or event!

It’s almost April, so we are looking to next month to see what new backdrops our artists will be hand-painting! Stay tuned on our blog for our latest backdrop news. You’ll also get a first look into our new backdrops that have been added to our inventory. Have suggestions for backdrops you want to see as part of our inventory? Leave a comment below!

Backdrops @ USITT 2016!

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We traveled to Salt Lake City to be a part of one of our favorite theater trade shows, USITT. We loved meeting so many students with passionate aspirations and talented theater directors and stage managers. The heartbeat of the theater industry can be felt through the many USITT Sessions and, of course, on the stage expo floor.

USITT 2016 - Paris Opera House1 backdrop

For the backdrop showcase, we chose to highlight our Paris Opera House backdrop. It showcases the high-detail and intricate work of our designers and artists. This backdrop is truly a show stopper. We were so excited that our hand-painted backdrop was next to the Electronic Theatre Controls booth. We loved the student session ETC held, which educated those passionate about following their dreams of being in the theater industry. Check out the short video showcasing our backdrop on our Facebook page.

USITT 2016 - Haunted House 1 backdrop

Our Haunted House backdrop was an awesome theatrical background to feature at USITT. We had so much fun with featuring this backdrop. So many of the attendees could not believe that it was hand-painted. It is such an inviting, spooky, and colorful backdrop that instantly caught the eye of onlookers. We loved talking to so many lighting designers that provided such positive feedback on how their techniques could enhance our backdrop. It’s so fun to see how the different color lighting can completely transform the look of the backdrop. With one backdrop, you can create multiple different moods depending on the lighting and what is focused on.

USITT 2016 - Haunted House 1 backdrop

We may have even gotten a little silly in front our our backdrop with OSF Costume Rentals. Check out how fabulous their seriously awesome costumes look in front of our hand-painted background.

It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by the best in the theater industry. We’re already looking forward to next year’s USITT show.

Backdrops @ Catersource 2016!

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Last week we were in Las Vegas for the Catersource / Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow! We had such an amazing time meeting so many new catering professionals, continuing our relationships with awesome exhibitors, and being involved in many of the exciting events.

Catersource - Street Market 2

We decided to create a different look this year with the set up of our backdrops. We’re always innovating, thinking of different ways to present our product to best fit your future events. We created two corners of our booth, both adorned with backdrops on each side. On one side we had a vibrant, energetic Moroccan Street Market, which you can see above. The goal of this set up was to educate the attendees on how backdrops can effortlessly bring the type of food you’re serving to life.

Catersource 2016 - Italian Street Scene 7

In the other corner, we showcased our Italian Street Scene backdrop that could easily enhance any Italian-inspired serving station. We love that caterers have serious input in the way their food is featured to ensure the best presentation possible. We all know that we first eat with our eyes and this is an easy way to leave a lasting impression.

Catersource 2016 - Coral Kingdom backdrop

On the outside of our booth, we featured our Coral Kingdom backdrop perfect for a fun play on serving seafood. We partnered with the lovely Air Dimensional Design (AirDD) to enhance our booth with their amazing inflatables by showcasing their large purple sprout and fun mini light centerpieces.

We were so excited to be a part of so many events during the Catersource Conference and Expo in Vegas. Our Havana Streets backdrops enhanced the CORT Welcome Reception at The Mirage Resort & Casino. The lounge was impeccably decorated. We were so happy to see how the amazing event designers utilized our backdrops. There were so many fabulous partners and sponsors that made this lounge a success. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it.

5 @ TAO - Catersource - Pop Art Ducks Backdrop

The Monday Night Party, 5 @ TAO, was an incredible display of delicious and delectable food, awesome menu presentations, and an exciting atmosphere. We painted this Pop Art Duck backdrop specifically for the event as the geniuses from Catering by Design were looking for a fun backdrop to enhance their duck-centric menu. It was so much fun to be involved in this creation of this backdrop, from inception to the event.

We’re already looking forward to next year’s Catersource in New Orleans! Can’t wait to see what all of the talented #eventprofs come up with next year!

Tips for Planning Your Best Spring Recital Yet

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Dance Recital - On The Go Backdrop

It’s almost March, which means Spring is around the corner! Being in backdrops, we love to be involved in different industries that we truly care about. When we think about Spring, we don’t only think about warmer weather and blooming flowers. We know this is THE time for dance recitals. Often dancers practice all year to demonstrate their ability and love for dance in front of their teachers, parents, and friends. There’s nothing better than dancing with your best friends.

Dance Recital - Medieval Village Backdrop

Through all of our years working in the dance industry, we’ve rounded up our tips on how to make your Spring Recital the best one yet!

Choose your Theme & Dare to be Different!

We love, love, LOVE themed recitals. There are SO many incredible and unique themes to choose from. From 80s to A Night at the Movies to Alice in Wonderland to Around the World. The world is truly your oyster in terms of choosing your theme. While we love the classical themed recitals, we also love those teachers that dare to be different. The ones that go above and beyond to conjure up a new theme that few have thought of before. These are our customers that often inspire us to create new, hand-painted backdrops to transform their recitals. These are the trendsetters that we know are ahead of the curve. No matter if your style is more traditional or modern, there’s always a way to create that WOW factor for your recital.

No Theme, No Problem!

Dance Recital - Drapes Purple Stars Backdrop

Not into the whole themed recital world? You’re not alone! We come across as many non-themed recitals, as we do with themed recitals! What’s amazing about not having a theme is that you can create an elegant, picturesque recital that demonstrates your and your dancers love for dance. It’s easy to create a spectacular recital by focusing on the dancers and letting us take care of the rest! There are so many beautiful backdrop options: Drapes, Sparkling Drapes, Drapes with Stars, Dance Splash, Dance Radio, & Dance Watercolor.

Practice Makes Perfect!

Practice, practice, practice! Nothing makes parents more proud than when their children’s hard work and determination pays off through a perfect performance. We all know that practice best prepares your students for success. We love seeing how amazing the recitals turn out because of the hard work and creativity of the studio owners, teachers, and dancers.

Set the Scene for your Recital!

Dance Recital - Fantasy Castle 2 Backdrop

Setting the stage is effortless with using our hand-painted backdrops. Transform your stage into your ideal recital through choosing a perfect backdrop to enhance your dancer’s performance. Our seasoned backdrop consultants can help suggest backdrops to make your recital the best it can be.

Match those costumes!

There are SO many costumes out there that you can choose exactly what you want your dancers to wear to match your theme and scenery. It’s so fun to look through all of the costume catalogs to find the perfect attire.

We love seeing how the recitals come together. Every piece is integral in making the performance a success and we think it’s the best that we get to be a part of it. We can’t wait to see how our backdrops enhance your recitals this year!

February’s New Backdrops!

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Here are our featured new backdrops for the month of February! We’re super excited to show you these hand-painted backdrops. Our designers and artists have put all of their talent and effort into making these awesome backdrops.

New Backdrop - Street Mall 1Our Street Mall backdrop is a highly detailed depiction of unique architecture. This hand-painted backdrop invites you to walk along the sidewalk between the buildings to venture to see what other buildings are around the corner. The inspiration for this backdrop is the iconic Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. Rodeo Drive is a major shopping and tourist destination. This backdrop sets the ideal scene for a Los Angeles themed event as it makes you feel that you are in one of the most famous places in California.

New Backdrop - Stage Showgirls 5This vibrant backdrop is sure to catch the eyes of all of your attendees. Our Stage Showgirls 5 backdrop sets the stage with the vivid colors and the extensive detail. This backdrop features silhouettes of showgirls and palm trees amidst a bright sunset with fireworks, green palm leaves, and market lights along the top. The purple stairs of the stage are the perfect complement to the the blue sea in the background, complete with ripples in the water. This background can easily transform your event to a vibrant affair.

New Backdrop - Mansion View 17 Drapes

Imagine you’re inside a warm, cozy mansion adorned with beautiful red drapes looking out on a snow covered village. That’s the feeling you get when experiencing our newly painted Mansion View Backdrop. The pine trees are covered in freshly fallen snow and the houses in the village are warmly lit. This backdrop creates a majestic and elegant atmosphere for your dance recital, special event, or theatrical production.

New Backdrop - Chalkboard 1

Our Chalkboard backdrop will literally take you back to your school days. I challenge you to try to tell the difference between this new backdrop and a real chalkboard. The smudges of chalk beneath the math equations create an authentic classroom experience. No matter where you go, you can create a classroom with this new backdrop.

We are constantly adding new backdrops to our inventory! Check back next month to see what we’ve been up to! Suggestions for new backdrops? Leave a comment below!

Be my Valentine or my Galentine?

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Valentine Hearts Backdrop

Love is in the Air, Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! We’re excited to celebrate with our loved ones. Valentine’s Day is also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. Although the holiday didn’t start out about love, in 18th-century England it evolved into a day when people expressed their love to one another through presenting flowers, offering sweets, and sending each other hand written greeting cards (now known as ‘valentines’). We love trading and surprising others with Valentine’s! It’s definitely not only reserved for when we’re younger. We think the more clever, the better. So go grab your supplies and create your own unique valentine for those special someones in your life. It’s time to get creative and show your loved ones what they mean to you! & there’s no better way to do this than a homemade valentine.

Valentine Hearts 3 Love Story backdrop

No Valentine? What about a Galentine?

We affectionately love Galentine’s Day as we know our female best friends are the bees knees & perhaps our absolute favorite type of love story. This term was first coined by Parks & Recreation’s Leslie Knope, who officially made February 13th Galentine’s Day. A pre-Valentines day brunch consisting of ‘ladies celebrating ladies’. Having a gal pal to confide in, a best friend to shop with, and a partner in crime helps make our worlds go round. No matter where you live, it’s easy to find the perfect place for brunch with your girls or you can always have your girls over at your place. & remember: #NoBoysAllowed.

However you are celebrating, we hope you have a weekend full of laughter, spontaneity, love, and definitely brunch. Even though it’s only Wednesday, we’re already counting down to this weekend. There’s no shame in having something to look forward to, right?

Comment below and let us know how you plan to enjoy your weekend!

Mardi Gras – A Time to Celebrate!

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Mardi Gras 1 backdrop

Did you know that Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday? The name is to reflect the indulgence that takes place by eating richer foods before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, the following day. The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced all the way back to Greece and Rome, when early Christians with Pagan roots celebrated and feasted on the days before the somber days of Lent. Mardi Gras is an annual Carnival celebration that is celebrated around the world. The most popular and festive place in the United States to celebrate this occasion is in New Orleans, Louisiana. The first occurrence of the Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana dates back to March 2nd, 1699.

Celebratory parades and festivities are ongoing for two weeks until and through Fat Tuesday. The parades in New Orleans are organized by Carnival Krewes, which are organizations that put on parades and/or balls during Carnival season. Krewe float riders often throw items to people passing by, most famously colored plastic beads, aluminum or wooden coins called doubloons, decorate plastic cups, and other small plastic toys. The tradition of Krewe riders throwing colorful beads began in the late 19th century. The same parade schedule and route is followed each year by major krewes. It is very common for the krewe members to wear vibrant masks, colorful costumes, and vivid beads.

Mardi Gras 1 Backdrop

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. All three colors were used by the Catholic Church throughout history. As Mardi Gras is Catholic in origin, these colors have continued to be used during the carnival celebrations and festivities. These colors really do define Mardi Gras and elevate it as its own unique festivals and celebration.

We can all channel our inner #FatTuesday self today & celebrate Mardi Gras as it comes to an end tonight! Be safe and enjoy all of the festivities, wherever you are!