Backdrops at USITT 2015

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This past week we had the honor of being a continuing supporter and exhibitor at the 2015 USITT Conference and Stage Expo. USITT which stands for the United States Institute of Theater and Technology, is the premier annual event for the theatre industry. We were so excited to highlight our beautiful backdrops to such a multi faceted industry. It was such a pleasure meeting and learning with individuals and companies throughout the three days of the #USITT Stage Expo. We highlighted the intricate detail of our hand painted backdrops by showcasing our 40’ x 20’ Palace Interior 3B Gold backdrop along the wall of the Stage Expo and our smaller 10’ by 10’ Palace Interior 6 Gold backdrop at our booth. All our hand painted backdrops utilize brush and airbrush techniques.

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Our hand painted backdrops (available in many sizes) are the perfect complement to any theatrical production, no matter the size of the theater. Utilizing the ideal hand painted backdrop for your production provides and creates the visual imagery that makes the scene come to life. In our opinion, there is nothing that compares to the sight of your actors in front of our hand painted, highly detailed backdrops! For those of you interested in different themes for shows, we are more than happy to work with you to provide you a listing of all of our beautiful backdrops that will transform your theatrical production.

Interior Palace Gold Wedding

Our Palace Interior Gold backdrop is an extraordinary example of our custom backdrop rental services in action. A valued customer wanted to create their own unique custom backdrop to transform their wedding reception, which in time has become a popular rental among many of our customers. We view you as the trendsetters and the innovators  and are always looking to accommodate your needs with our custom backdrop rental services.

Interior Palace Gold In Action

Interested in our custom rental services? We have in-house graphic designers and artists ready to make your dreams come to life. Give us a call at 858-300-2100 or send us an email!

Backdrops at ISES Ultimate Wedding Event

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This past month Backdrops Beautiful had the absolute pleasure of sponsoring the ISES Ultimate Wedding Event at RAIN in the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. This event, which was organized and designed by the talented Patrick Peel of Hello Las Vegas, utilized eight of our 40′ x 10′ Rain Forest Backdrops to create a lush and all encompassing event. Using this many backdrops we were able to wrap the entire room and surround all the attendees in beautiful rain forest scenery. To fully create this complete immersive experience caterers, florists, dancers and decorators all came together under Patrick’s guidance to create what truly lived up to its name as the ULTIMATE wedding event! No wonder this was the only event at this years Catersource EventSolutions Conference and Expo to sell out weeks before the event!

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Backdrops can add to your event from a small 10′ x 10′ photo op to eight 40′ x 10′ backdrops to wrap a room as was done in Las Vegas. Whether you are wrapping a nightclub in Las Vegas, an outside pavilion or a conference hall, wrapping allows you to immerse your guests in any style of decor and transform your venue into anything from a tropical forest to a Beachside resort.

 

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Interested in wrapping your next event? We have several backdrop sets that are all designed as panels to flow together as one, thus wrapping your venue to transport your attendees to wherever your ideas take them. Give us a call or shoot us an email!

Backdrops Beautiful Teams Up With AirDD

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We are so excited to announce our collaboration with AirDD (Air Dimensional Design) which will be unveiled at this years Catersource/Event Solutions show in Las Vegas, NV.

The integration of our beautiful hand painted scenic and theatrical backdrops with AirDD’s stunning inflatables will take #eventdesign to the next level. While most of our backdrops are created with a realistic perception of depth, AirDD’s inflatables physically add the third dimension. Backdrops Beautiful and AirDD will allow you to take your event to new dimensions!

A beautiful example of AirDD's inflatables used at an event

AirDD’s award-winning inflatable décor creates elegant and festive ambiance, outdoors or indoors. Their 3-dimensional sculptural elements are lightweight, affordable, and easy to set up. With over 25 years of experience and past events such as the World Cup, the Super Bowl, and the Olympics, AirDD offers the highest standard of service and product to its customers.

6 star inflatables by AirDD add dimension to any theatrical stage

 

Interested in seeing this collaboration in person? Enjoy complimentary show passes to this years show here: Free Show Pass

Backdrops Beautiful is always looking for new and exciting ways to push the boundaries of event design and exceed your expectations.

Backdrops at TSE 2015

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Last month, while the entire country was covered in snow we spent two amazing days at the The Special Events conference and expo in Anaheim, CA. This year marked another huge success and it was significant to see how the events industry is constantly changing and evolving and as always connecting with existing and new customers and event professionals from around the world is gratifying.

This year we showcased our Grand Mansion 1 backdrop which was inspired by the Casino Royale in Monte Carlo. We decided to showcase this particular backdrop as this years’ TSE theme was southern California and what screams so-cal more than grand mansions like those found in the Hollywood Hills! To further embellish on that ‘oh-so-famous’ ambiance of the grandeur and decadence of Hollywood, we drove up our founder’s 1955 Jaguar XK120 roadster, this was the car that the likes of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and other celebrities owned and drove in the 50’s. Driving the car out of the Anaheim convention center was quite a thrill as exhibitors were like the paparazzi snapping photos and applauding, perhaps just as James Dean may have in the 50s!

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This year we showcased our new Stylized Beach 1  backdrop on the TSE Live! Performance Stage. This backdrop was inspired by both the beauty of southern California as well as this years TSE logo featuring orange, green, and blue palm trees. The amazing performances at this years show included Three Waiters International, Paint Jam!, The Singers in Disguise, and a beautiful violin trio (featured above).

We would also like to congratulate Patricia Daniel of The Northside Hospital Foundation who won our Free Backdrop Rental Raffle!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth and registered to win.

See you next year at TSE in Fort Lauderdale, FL!

 

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.

Ballroom 1 Backdrop at TSE2014

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?