3 Stunning Skylines to Transform Your Event

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How can you bring the atmosphere and feeling of a city to an event? Showcasing iconic local items, memorabilia from the city’s sports teams, and local cuisine are amazing ways to enhance an event. We have a variety of skyline backdrops that can complement city-centric décor as well. See a few below & browse the rest of our skyline inventory here.

Stunning Skylines

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Our City Skyline Backdrop takes place during the perfectly pink sunset. Can you name this skyline? It may be lesser known, but it’s still as beautiful! Tampa during sunset is an amazing sight to see. Luckily this skyline was painted side by side with another backdrop, so you can use them together to create a beautiful sunset skyline panel at your next event.

Stunning Skyline - San Diego By Night 4

The San Diego Skyline during the golden hour is something we love. San Diego is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and gorgeous weather. It’s also home to this stunning skyline above. The mixture between the amazing beaches and this downtown skyline makes San Diego a very special place to live or to visit. This bright backdrop can liven up your next event & bring San Diego to wherever your event is located!

Stunning Skyline - London Skyline 2

There’s something magical about London at dusk. Our London Skyline backdrop will instantly transform your event to a British affair. The bright moon shines amongst the white wispy clouds and gleaming stars in the sky. Big Ben stands high above the rest of the city. This iconic skyline is one for the ages. Truly timeless and classic.

Our extensive collection of stunning skyline backdrops includes both the iconic views and the lesser known cityscapes. Perfect for a local event you’re planning or for an event as an ode to a faraway place. Want us to paint your local skyline? We’d be more than happy to bring it to life! Our Custom Rental Service can provide you with just that.

Saving A Heart on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day creates time and space to reflect on those that we love. We are taking one more step towards love and compassion this year. This Valentine’s Day, we are sponsoring a child to receive life-saving heart surgery. Learn more about the loving soul we sponsored below and how his outlook on life has completely transformed in the most positive way.

Background of our Involvement

Dr. Rick Hodes - Saving a Heart on Valentine's Day

Source: Rickhodes.org/about

Throughout the years, we’ve connected with Dr. Rick Hodes who is an American doctor who has dedicated nearly 30 years of his life serving the underprivileged in Ethiopia. Dr. Rick Hodes is a CNN Hero and JDC’s Medical Director. Dr. Rick Hodes mainly treats spine, cardiac, and cancer patients. We’ve been privileged enough to donate over the years to give back and help save lives through Dr. Rick Hodes’ work. Dr. Rick Hodes sends his patients from the Mother Teresa Clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to either India for cardiac surgery or to Ghana for spinal surgery. In India, heart surgery is about 10% of the price in the United States.

Samson - Saving a Heart on Valentine's Day

Whoever Saves a Life, Saves the World

Samson, pictured above, is the boy we sponsored to receive a life-saving heart surgery. He arrived in Dr. Rick Hodes’ care at age 10 from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was born in Wello province, however his dad, a policeman, was transferred to Addis Ababa. When Samson arrived to the clinic, he was tired and weak. Samson was diagnosed as having a ventricular septal defect (VSD). VSD is a hole between the 2 ventricles of the heart. Untreated, it would lead to death. In Samson’s case, the blood flow between the 2 ventricles was revering and going from left to right (expected) to both directions (which is not supposed to happen). This would soon become irreversible. He needed corrective surgery as soon as possible. Dr. Rick Hodes put him on Viagra 3x daily to lower his pressures, and the shunt reverted to left-to-right. This gave a window of surgical opportunity.

Samson was sent to India, along with a dozen other heart patients. Samson underwent surgery to repair his heart at AIMS Amrita Hospital in Kochi, India. The surgery went well and he returned to Ethiopia after his recovery. Samson is now going to school and playing with his friends. Samson would love to play soccer and become an engineer when he grows up.

How Can You Help this Valentine’s Day?

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Instead of buying a gift, consider making a donation on behalf of your loved one for Valentine’s Day. You can help a patient get closer to having a healthy heart. The JDC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! We hope you spend your day with someone (or a cause) that you love.

New Backdrops for a New Year!

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Hello 2018! Already halfway through January & we can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for all of us! Our team has been working on designing and hand-painted new backdrops for the new year. Adding backdrops to our inventory is always fun. We love seeing what our inspirational clients want for their upcoming events. Take a peek below & let us know what you think!

New Backdrops - Tropical Beach 15 Moonlight

Escape the hectic nature of everyday life and travel to this beautiful island at dusk. Our Tropical Beach Moonlight backdrop will transport you in an instant! There’s something about a beautiful beach side scene at dusk that we love. The larger than life moon is shining down on the ocean. Highlighting the aqua blues and reflecting the skies above. How could you feel the blues on this island? Preferably all to ourselves.

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Is your favorite vineyard too far away for the wedding or event you’re planning? Do you want something that sets the mood without the hassle of traveling? Our Wine Cellar Backdrop is the perfect Wine inspired background to enhance your wine-centric affair. We’ll bring the Wine Cellar to you! Effortlessly add this backdrop to your event design and it will instantly transform any venue. Don’t believe us? Check out this event photo here.

New Backdrops - Dark City 1

Fantasy isn’t only for the movies. Our Dark City Backdrop can bring your dark fantastical dreams to life! This background is highlighted by the variety of colors utilized for the different types of buildings. The color palette of purple, blue, and grey add to the mystique of this scene. The light shining from the city to the sky indicates that someone is coming, but who will it be? The reflection of the buildings into the swampy river complements the lighting and thunder amongst the clouds.

We’re always adding new backdrops to our inventory and love to feature them on our blog! Have any suggestions for new backdrops we should design? Let us know in the comments below!

Holiday Party {Red &} Green with Envy

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Plan the Holiday Party that will impress all of your guests! Spending time with loved ones is the best part of the Holiday Season. But isn’t a Holiday Party a close second? We’re highlighting one of our favorite holiday affairs. Complete with red and green opulent décor. Gain some Holiday inspiration from this event below.

Holiday Party - Mansion View Drapes

Holiday Season is upon us! This Christmas inspired gala is beautifully decorated. The centerpieces are overflowing with red roses and greenery. Garlands & candles lined the long tables throughout the room. Our Mansion View Backdrop set the background of the event. Our backdrop complemented the lavish floral arrangements. Of course, the beautifully decorated Christmas Tree as well. The snowy village on the backdrop creates an atmosphere of warmth inside while escaping the cold. The red drapes add a festive, elegant element to the party.

Holiday Party - Mansion View Drapes

This room was completely transformed into a festive celebration! The details made all the difference. From the green, gold, and red garland on the ceiling lights. To the luxurious chandeliers towards the Christmas tree. The traditional red and green theme is evident throughout. This room instantly makes you in the mood for the Holiday season. The lighting transformed the look of the décor. It enhanced the moody red & green tones of the event. Did we mention the entrance to this Holiday Party looked like an ancient castle? Decorated with festive red, green & gold floral notes. See this merry entryway below.

Holiday Party - Mansion View Drapes

How will you be celebrating this Holiday Season? We’ve showcased a traditional Home for the Holidays Party. We love seeing unique Holiday Party themes as well! An entertaining theme can always take your event to another level. A few of our favorite themes are Roaring Twenties, Winter Wonderland, or Hollywood. What are your favorite themes & traditions? Comment below and let us know!

Notable November Backdrops

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We can’t help but dream of the beach days. Especially when it’s colder weather during Fall and Winter. Our beach inspired backdrops are signs of warmer weather, picturesque vacations, and scenic ocean dreams. We’ve showcased a few of our brand new beachy designs below. These will bring the ocean to your event and enhance your affair in an instant. Okay – we may be a little excited for December around the corner. So we included a Winter inspired one too. Check out our new November backdrops below.

Ocean Beach Sunset

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Our Sunset Beach backdrop creates a relaxed atmosphere of enjoying the beach. Full of waves crashing and the sky changing into orange and yellow hues as day becomes night. Looking off into the horizon it’s easy to get lost in the beauty of the sunset. We love this new sunset beach design as it is an up close version of our sunset beach series.

Pod of Dolphins in Coral

November Backdrops - Coral Reef 9 Dolphins

Join us under the sea with this beautiful Coral Reef with Dolphins backdrop. The sunlight shines through towards the top of the scene as the dolphins swim together. The colorful coral reef lines the bottom of the backdrop full of life, fish, and turtles. This design is a perfect addition to our Coral Reef series. With this collection of scenes, you can easily wrap a room to create an immersive Under the Sea experience.

Candy Lover’s Dream

November Backdrops - Candy Castle Interior

Winter is around the corner & we cannot wait for all of the Holiday parties and recitals! This Candy Castle Interior will make your Winter dreams come true. The Winter trees in the far distance makes one feel as if this mansion is the only home for miles. Right beyond the window, different candy lines the snow and creates a delicious contrast to the white snow. The candy cane pillars line the edges of the mansion. The chandeliers are placed near the windows. The perspective of the backdrop makes anyone in front of it feel like they are invited into the candy castle interior.

These November backdrops will be perfect to enhance your upcoming events. We’re always adding new backdrops to our inventory! Subscribe to our blog to get monthly updates.

Black Friday Savings Start Today!

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Black Friday 2017 - 15% off!

Black Friday Savings! 15% off your backdrop rental*

Shop our Black Friday sale starting TODAY and save 15% off your next rental until the end of the month! Mention Offer Code: BLACK17* We have over 2,500 hand-painted backdrops in our inventory ready to rent!

Our extensive & versatile collection of backdrops come in many themes, scenes, and sizes.  Our creative team is available to recommend backdrops that will be perfect for your special event. Call us at 858-300-2100! Our backdrops can enhance your décor, no matter the type of production!

Planning an Event?

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Effortlessly transform your space and impress your guests! Set the theme with any of our thousands of backdrops. Perfect for weddings, corporate events, social parties, anniversaries, birthdays, and more!

Producing a Dance Recital?

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Ready to WOW your attendees? Our backdrops will set your stage. Providing the ideal background behind your talented dancers will excite your dancers and attendees. Your dancers will shine in front of our backdrops.

Directing a Theatrical Production?

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Give your audience an immersive experience and bring your show to life. We have show theme packages ready for rent to enhance your production. Call our team today to talk with our backdrop consultants. We’ll help you choose the perfect scenic backdrops for your performance!

Looking to use our exclusive Black Friday offer, however, you still need to finalize all of the details of your event? Book your backdrop now & update any of the details later. Change your backdrop, update the date, or location. Our team is ready to assist with all of your changing needs.

We are so excited to see how our backdrops transform your beautiful events, recitals, and productions! Comment below to let us know how you’ll be using our backdrops!

*Use promo code: BLACK17. All Winter & Nutcracker backdrops excluded. Valid on in-stock items & future orders only. Excludes shipping. May not be combined with other offers. Valid until 12/01/2017.

A Time For Heroes 2017 Recap

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We had an amazing time at the 28th annual A Time for Heroes event by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDs Foundation (EGPAF). EGPAF is an incredible foundation with an even more impressive mission. A Time for Heroes raises awareness and vital funds aimed at ending AIDS in children. Since inception, EGPAF has reached over 26 million women around the globe with lifesaving services. A Time for Heroes is such an entertaining event full of celebration and fun organized, designed, and meticulously executed by the wonderful team at Simply Troy! Check out a couple of the stations below!

A Time For Heroes - Space 2

This Galactic Universe Room was out of this world! Our Space Backdrop adorned the wall and set the stage for this intergalactic experience. This room was full of fun and unique arts and crafts stations. The kids could choose between making their own slime, being transformed into Aliens with funky makeup, or decorating mini Space pumpkins. To top it off, the room was filled with Space-themed music and dancing. What a space-y time!

A Time for Heroes - Space 2

From Space to taking a road trip! Take a drive on this highway in the stunning Tesla below. The smaller Tesla replicas were driven around a race track by eager and excited kids. While the children were racing on the track, their parents could check out the brand new Tesla with all of its features and amenities. It was so much fun to see so many children and their parents loving this interactive station!

A Time For Heroes - Highway 2

A Time for Heroes - Highway 2

Overall, this impactful event was such a fun and entertaining day for everyone who attended. We love giving back and being part of an event that raises awareness and funds for such an important cause. Every year we look forward to this amazing event and we love all of the new ideas that are incorporated at each event. We already cannot wait for next year’s event!

One Backdrop, Endless Possibilities

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Wait till you see what our talented client accomplished below! With over 2,500 backdrops in our inventory, your options to enhance your production are abundant. With so many sizes, themes, and designs, your bound to find a background that you love. If not, we pride ourselves on our custom work – both rental and purchases. Create any backdrop you can dream of and we’ll be more than happy to paint it.

Today we’re so excited to showcase one of our incredible clients that went above and beyond to transform their dance studio’s performance. Our client trusted in the versatility of lighting options to provide many different options for their recital with only ONE backdrop. See how it was done below!

Drapes Purple Stars

1. Choose the Perfect Backdrop For Your Event

Our backdrop consultants are eager and ready to assist you in all of your backdrop needs. From planning and strategizing event themes to checking availability of your favorite backdrops, we’re here at every step of the way. The versatility lighting provides can help you in changing the atmosphere of your production in an instant. Our Purple Drapes with Stars Backdrop was effortlessly transformed with the help of a backdrop’s best friend – a lighting designer.

Drapes Purple Stars

2. Create the Atmosphere You Want

No matter if you’re planning a dance recital, theatrical production, or stunning event – the atmosphere is of the utmost importance. When choosing a backdrop, it’s vital to analyze how the background will enhance your affair and complement the existing décor and costumes. What’s good to know is how lighting can change any backdrop you choose.

Drapes Purple Stars Backdrop

3. Enhance Your Look with Colorful LEDs or Gels

In order to create a versatile & cohesive collection, use different color gels or LED lights to achieve any look you want! Our talented client utilized a variety of gel colors to change our Purple Drapes with Stars backdrop to green, pink, blue, and yellow! It’s truly hard to believe that all of these pictures are ONE backdrop. You can achieve so many different looks with just one backdrop!

Purple Drapes Stars Backdrop

Drapes Purple Stars Backdrop

When you combine backdrops and lighting design, the possibilities are truly endless. Have any great lighting tips to add? Comment below to let us know!

Winter is Coming – In Backdrop Form!

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Any GOT fans? With Season 7 in full swing, we know that you’ll understand that Winter is coming! In the backdrop world, that means we are preparing, designing, and painting as many new Winter backdrops as possible. We know there are countless events, Holiday parties, theatrical productions, and dance productions that all focus on the lovely season of Winter.

We’ve added some exciting new designs to our collection that will be perfect for any Winter production! Of course we have endless Winter Wonderland scenes, however, we’re featuring some of our favorite winter scenes with buildings below. Check them out below & let us know how you can use it for your event!

European Courtyard 2 - Winter Backdrop

Our European Courtyard backdrop will transport you to a traditional European town. Complete with the Swiss Alps in the background. Join us around the fountain for fun to be had! The cobblestone streets fill the bottom of the backdrop. The colored houses are tightly placed next to each other.

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Our European Street Scene backdrop paints the picture of Holiday spirit. A row of Christmas trees line the inside of the windows and gifts are all around. Christmas cheer is near! A wreath around the door and the red rug lining the entry way invites any and all to come join in the Holiday spirit.

Mansion View 17 Drapes - Winter Backdrop

Picture life in this opulent mansion looking out on the stunning snow covered trees and brightly lit up village. Our Mansion View backdrop can provide the ideal background for any Holiday event. The deep red curtains with gold trim create an elegant atmosphere.

There’s something we love so much about Winter – the majestic snow, the colder weather, the abundance of Holiday parties. Time with family and friends and everyone in the Holiday spirit. If we could only be present for all of the lavish parties, extravagant productions, and spectacular affairs that our backdrops have been at!

How are you celebrating World Emoji Day? 🎉

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WORLD EMOJI DAY!😝 Need we say more?

It’s World Emoji Day & we’re feeling more than a little excited about it 🤗 . July 17th is World Emoji Day, which began three years ago today! The date was selected from where else, but the Calendar emoticon 📅 .  July 17th is the lucky date on the calendar. It’s the most fitting date to celebrate this awesome day. Emojis have opened our eyes and our feelings. We can now express ourselves in a visually captivating way. Digital communications via social media, text messaging, emailing and chatting have reached a whole new level. Emojis can complement or replace words.👌

Emojis as a way of life 🙌

Who doesn’t love to use emojis as a way of expressing themselves?

You said something funny? 😂

You’re feeling under the weather? 🤒

You absolutely love what we posted? 😍

Feeling a little sassy & snarky? 😜

Emoji conversations make digitally communicating much more fun and expressive. It’s an easy way to break the ice or to complement a conversation. Or to get to the point when you don’t feel like saying much else. 💯

Planning an Emoji-Themed Event 🎉

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We’re all about emoticons when digitally communicating, so why not throw an Emoji-themed event? These lovable little signs of expression will create an exciting mood at your next affair! What a fun way to party the night away💃 🕺. Choose your favorite emoji at the door. You can express yourself all night long.👯 Emoji décor, desserts, and favors combined with an emoji background can create an exciting event!

How are you celebrating World Emoji Day? 🏋🏻  Comment and let us know what your favorite expression is and how it represents YOU! Sometimes the expression chooses you, instead of you choosing the emoji. Case in point, a day in the office wearing my favorite spectacles. Therefore, 🤓  is today’s emoji 🎊.