Diner en Blanc


Edmonton is hosting its first Diner En Blanc on Thursday July 17,2014. This mass “chic picnic” started in Paris 25 years ago and has spread to dozens of cities around the world.

Taking place in a public space, the overall theme of the event is white.  Attendees are required to adhere to a white dress code and bring white chairs and white dinnerware.  The location is also kept a secret until the day of the event adding to the excitement.


In anticipation of Edmonton’s inaugural Diner En Blanc we have compiled inspiration for those attending this grand event.

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Calgary’s Diner en Blanc will take place on September 4, 2014.

To learn more about Diner En Blanc click here. http://edmonton.dinerenblanc.info


Caterer Of The Month – BBQ Acres

This month BBQ Acres came by our showroom to serve our staff a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast that was defiantly worth waking up a bit earlier for!


Meet BBQ Acres

Bar-B-Q Acres was created over fifteen years ago and people have been attracted to its family atmosphere and good country cooking ever since. Mr. Ray Wong acquired the company in the year 2000, and since then, things have been going strong. To bring more experience and knowledge to the company, Mr. Rictor Tse was brought into the fold. This launched a new era for the company and our team. No job is too large, too small, too fancy or too economical for us. Not only do we cater to other facilities but we also have a full-scale facility and catering department.

Our experiences range from the Prince of Wales Armory to feeding thousands of hungry trades-people at the ACJV job-site, with thousands of weddings, company and private functions in between, scattered throughout Edmonton and its surrounding areas.

All of us at Bar-B-Q Acres are here to help you in any way possible.
Our goal is to help you have an event to remember!


Hard Rock Glam Inspired Wedding Shoot

Unique weddings are becoming feverishly popular as brides look to make their wedding stand out among the rest. This wedding photo shoot, designed by Kristina McAnally of Special Event Rentals, was inspired by a couple who loves glam with an alternative edge.

Leopard print, black glass, red roses, vinyl records and purple hair were compiled to create a striking design, and we can’t think of anything that is more Rock N’ Roll than that!


For more photos from this shoot please visit Pretty Inked post by clicking here.

Photo Credits: Photography – Milton Photography / Design – Kristina McAnally of Special Event Rentals / Stationary – Purple & Blue Design Studio / Floral Design – Cory Christopher / Reception Venue – Chop Steakhouse & Bar / Formal Photography Venue – Sandman Hotel

Rental Product used

Dinnerware: Gold Ruffled Charger Plate / Classic Black Dinner Plate / Platinum Rim Salad Plate

Glassware: Ruby Goblet / Black Goblet

Linen: Jaguar Napkin / Teal Satin Napkin

Centrepiece: Smoke Crystal Globes / 4”x8” Black Square Vase / 4” Black Square Vase

A Twist On Canvas Prints

Whether you are looking for a way to immortalize a meaningful moment or to give a gift that will stand out, you should take a look at these custom canvas pieces. These beautifully compiled art works are a twist on traditional wedding and memory prints; overlay your wedding photos with the vows you and your spouse wrote, write a message to your child on one of their baby photos or even get creative with words on a custom typography print.

We have found a great company here in Alberta that does these beautiful prints. Living Prints is an Edmonton-based home business that creates custom-designed artwork. Pieces are created using your photos, your words, or both together to create something uniquely “yours”. Designs are turned into beautiful canvas prints or framed posters. Just submit your request on their website, and a designer works with you one-on-one to build your digital proof. Once you’re in love with it, wait for your print to arrive (ships Canada-wide) or pick it up in Edmonton.

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Check out the current giveaway for a FREE PIECE (valued at $115) here.




Blog Author: Nadine Gritten

Caterer Of The Month – Elizabethan Catering

This month Elizabethan Catering supplied lucky us with a delicious western themed lunch. We were treated to tasty steak and all the fixin’s.


Meet Elizabethan Catering

Whether for an Edmonton Wedding, Private Dinner Party, a Corporate Barbecue or anything involving food, please allow us to cater to your every need.

Our Professional Catering Staff will pamper you at your event, using exquisite menus created by our exceptional Culinary Team, using only the Freshest Ingredients.

Event Catering and Planning is all that we do. We will come to your business or location and provide all the Finest Catering Staff, Catering Equipment and Catering Menus that the Finest Catering Company in Edmonton can provide.

The founder of the Company, Steven Marsh finished his training in England at Brighton Technical College in September 1978. He finished his training with credits, and worked at many different establishments from fine dining restaurants to hospitals, before leaving for Canada in 1980.

Steven worked at various remote site camps as Chef for nearly two years, before being promoted to General Manager, Edmonton for Boatel Remote Site, Canada, at 27 years of age. After four years, Steven tired of the constant travel and decided to start Elizabethan Catering Services Ltd, in October 1985.

Initially working from his home, the business quickly grew to the point, where in February 1986; a 950 sq. ft. kitchen was rented. After 5 years, the company outgrew the space, and rented a 5,000 sq. ft. warehouse. In March 1996, the company purchased their space and a further 5,000 sq. ft to expand their facility to over 10,000 sq ft.

This facility is one of the largest catering facilities in Western Canada, and we are proud to be the oldest surviving caterer in Edmonton and surround area. The philosophy of the company has not changed. We are “Unquestionably, the Most Caring Caterer in the Business!”


Marriage Proposals Caught on Camera

I think it’s safe to say that whether you’re married or single that you’ve enjoy watching a heartfelt marriage proposal video or story from time to time. I know I certainly do! I have compiled a few of my favourite marriage proposals that I’m sure will have you smiling ear to ear while you take in these beautiful moments.

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Photographer Danielle Poff had reached out to this stunning couple (Sara and Garret) for a photoshoot. Garret used this opportunity to get down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend of 9 years!  You can view more images and read the full story on Ruffled by clicking here.

This would certainly turn a simple day of running errands into a day you wouldn’t forget!


This man waited until his girlfriend least expected him to pop the question, during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Seattle. Click here for more details on their story over on Glamour.


This bride to be Fiancé told her that they had won a free photoshoot in order to capture their proposal forever. Click here to read the full story over on Style Me Pretty and to view more photos of this adorable couple.

Grab a box of tissues, because you are going to need it for this well thought out proposal!

Author: Ashley Miller

Spotlight – Stacey Foley Of JoyFoley Weddings

We are delighted to have today’s Spotlight on the talented Stacey Foley of JoyFoley Weddings. Recently she has made the move from Edmonton down to Calgary. We are excited for all the new opportunities for Stacey in the Calgary area, and are excited that we will be able to continue working with her to create spectacular events. Below are a few words from Stacey about this new transition for JoyFoley Wedding.

“JoyFoley Weddings is thrilled to be starting a new adventure with a relocation to Calgary. We will be shifting our focus and specializing in Rocky Mountain Weddings. We are looking forward to combining our two loves, weddings and the mountains, while continuing to bring our creativity and expertise to help our clients wedding day visions come to life. We are happy to now be servicing Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Cochrane. With clients all over Central Alberta we are looking forward to a very busy summer ahead!” – Stacey Foley of JoyFoley Weddings

1.       What drew you to the field of wedding/event planning?

Party planning is something I feel has always been in my blood. For as long as I can remember I always dreamt of being able to create magic and beauty through events for a living but truly never imagined it would come true. The luck of fate and the right place at the right time brought wedding planning in to my path and I have never looked back!

2.       What is the most challenging part of wedding/event planning?

There are different areas of the planning process that can be challenging however I find one of the more challenging parts to be ensuring we portray the clients visions perfectly. There are so many different styles and themes that can be used to describe a design that often times it comes down to breaking it down and creating piece by piece based on what our clients want as opposed to what Pinterest suggests. We take great care in ensuring that we create exactly what our CLIENTS want as this is their special day and often times their life long visions.

3.       What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Knowing at the end of the day we brought our clients wedding dreams to life. The planning process is often times a year long plus process and our clients very quickly become our friends which makes the end result and happiness that much more rewarding.

4.       What is your favourite piece of décor

Right now I am LOVING black glass. This year I am finding myself drawn to more classic pieces, designs and colour palettes and a classic black and white wedding with a pop of colour is my favourite. Add black glass in to the mix and my heart swoons.

5.       What is the most valuable piece of décor at a wedding/event?

I am not certain it is considered a piece of décor however one of the most important elements to me, and one that is very often forgotten, is the head table. It’s very easy to design your reception and put many hours of planning in to your guest tables however don’t forget that your head table is also a huge part of the design and one that receives a lot of attention. Your photographer, friends and family will be capturing you and your spouse sitting at it and you want to ensure its just as stunning as the rest of the reception.

6.       What is your favourite line of linen?

I love a variety of styles, colours and finishes however I am absolutely in love with the Latte Lamour Satin linen. This linen is very universal and as I’ve come to learn it can be paired up beautifully with a variety of colours and works well to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

7.       What is your favourite moment at a wedding?

I absolutely love that last moment spent with the bride before she walks down the aisle. To see her excitement, to feel her nerves and to know inside she can’t wait to see her future husband standing there waiting for her is a moment so full of emotion and love that I feel truly blessed to experience it with her.

8.       What would you like to see more of at weddings/events?

The one thing I would love to see more of at weddings is couples who throw caution to the wind and create their day based on their personal style, the important things in life that brought them together and not what is trendy at that moment. Trends change so often that when you start the designing process a year or more in advance by the time your wedding day comes around there’s something else that’s new and fresh but when you design based on yourselves and your love it will never go out of style. 

9.       What trends do you think are here to stay?

I don’t believe trends are ever here to stay which is why I love to see something more classic at weddings. Earth tones, black and white, woods and romantic florals are something I feel will never go out of style. There is something timeless about a black tuxedo, a stunning floral bouquet, a perfectly fitted wedding gown and candlelight. 

Below are a few photos of Stacey Foley’s work!

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Get ready to have too much fun!

Special Event Rentals Children's Festival

This coming week marks the beginning of summer with the International Children’s Festival in St. Albert. Special Event Rentals has been a long standing sponsor of this great event where children of all ages get to learn, grow and have tons of fun!

We were happy to donate our sponsor tickets to Mrs. Wytrykush’s grade 2 class at Ochre Park School, in Redwater, Alberta!

The International Children‘s Festival runs from May 27th to 31st. You can enjoy many free activities offered around the St. Albert Centre or take in a show or 2 or 4, featuring performances by Splash ‘N Boots, David Bouchard, Tall Stories and many more.

Walk around the grounds and pop into one of our tents to learn how to create dream catchers, pictographs and other paper crafts or actually learn how to make paper. Try your hand at a game of giant snakes and ladders in the Save-On-Foods Healthy Kids Tent and if you have a little one be sure to stop by the Toddler Town tent where you can find a variety of shows and activities for the toddling youngsters.

The International Children’s festival has so much more to offer so be sure to check out their website for more information and to buy tickets to the shows. www.childfest.com

Special Event Rentals Children's Festival

Blog Author: Nadine Gritten

SPOTLIGHT – Jordan Broom of Atmosphere Productions Inc.


We are thrilled to have Jordan Broom of Atmosphere Productions Inc as our next Spotlight designer. Our team has worked with Jordan for several events and it is always a pleasure to help him and his clients create their dream event. Read on to learn fun facts about Jordan and his passion for design and events!

1.       What drew you to the field of wedding/event planning?

I always had an interest in design and color ever since I can remember… however, my true drive (as cheesy as it sounds) came after watching The Wedding Planner… I wanted EVERYTHING that JLo had in the movie (Including the heroic save by a dashing young doctor) and I pushed forward in that direction.

2.       What is the most challenging part of wedding/event planning?

I would say, for myself, the most challenging part is juggling the busy work load and demanding hours with your own personal life.

3.       What is the most rewarding part of your job?

When a bride ‘Thanks’ Atmosphere in her speech, I feel like we have truly done our job. She remembers, recognizes and acknowledges all the hours and hard work we have put into her dream day, and that really does speak volumes to the impact we have had on their lives, and in particular, creating the most memorable day of their entire lives.

4.       What is your favorite piece of décor?

I am a sucker for a clear chivari chair… I think they are so glamorous, and I love the way the room lighting glistens off of them! Every wedding has to have a LITTLE bit of bling bling.

5.       What is the most valuable piece of décor at a wedding/event?

I believe that a backdrop behind (most) head tables is a piece that I would not design without. It creates a very clean and beautiful setting for the photos, in which there will be no light switches, wall sconces, emergency exit lights, etc. drawing any attention from the bride and groom.

6.       What is your favorite line of linen?

ADORE the new sequins linens that are coming in. Modern. Glam. Fabulous. What more could one want from a linen?

7.       What is your favorite moment at a wedding?

The moment when the bride walks down the aisle and the groom sees her for the first time is magical… I get teary every time.

8.       What would you like to see more of at weddings/events?

I LOVE some color, texture and shine at any wedding or event. What I mean by this is incorporating these three elements throughout the setting; Whether through a ruffled linen, wall uplighting, a vibrant colored wedding cake… It is just so perfect and creates amazing wedding photos.

9.       What trends do you think are here to stay?

Tone on tone neutral is one that is not going away any time soon… I do challenge brides to think outside the ‘burlap and lace’ vintage theme however, and try something classic with a twist, or modern-romantic.

Below are a few photos of Jordan Broom’s work!

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Kelsey Wangler from the Atmosphere team also happens to be our feature showcase for the month of May, view her Boho tablescape design here.

Spotlight – Kristina McAnally of Special Event Rentals

We have been lucky to work with many talented designers over the years and we are excited to introduce a select few to our readers with a spot-light series. We were able to connect with these amazing people and ask a few design related questions to share with you.

Over the next few weeks we will be spotlighting a local designer. We are excited to have Kristina McAnally of the event design team at Special Event Rentals, Edmonton Division, as our first designer spotlight!


  1. What drew you to the field of wedding/event planning? 

I had originally intended to study restaurant and hotel management in hopes of become a cruise ship director. After mapping out how my life would be post graduation and all the months I’d spend away from home floating in the middle of the ocean I realized that wasn’t quite the right fit. I had to go back to the drawing board and I realized that from an early age I had been planning events. I was on the 6th grade student council as the activities coordinator…way back! It was just what I was meant to do. I say “Yay!” and “Hooray” constantly because I believe there are so many things in life worth celebrating. What better than a job that is centered around celebrations?

  1. What is the most challenging part of wedding/event planning?

 The most challenging part of planning an event is managing the client’s vision with their budget. Pinterest, although a great resource, can have brides fawning over million dollar weddings that are not realistic for over 90% of the population.

  1. What is the most rewarding part of your job?

When a client trusts you to design something wonderful and uniquely them that’s amazing! Being able to come to work and be creative and channel that energy and get paid for it is such a blessing. It makes the spreadsheets and logistical details worth doing.

  1. What is your favorite piece of décor?

I can’t pick one. I love fresh flowers, and event lighting, and linens.

  1. What is the most valuable piece of décor at a wedding/event?

I think if the budget is limited chair covers and centerpieces make a big impact in an event space. Focusing on these elements and pairing them with linens provided by the venue is a cost effective way to elevate a space.

  1. What is your favorite line of linen?

I love textured linens, the krinkle, origami, pintuck, even the burlap.

  1. What is your favorite moment at a wedding?

Honestly, the very end. The rest of the day is full of anticipation and timelines and waiting and formalities then at the end of the night the room is just full of people who had the best day ever in large part because of your efforts.  It’s a cool feeling.

  1. What would you like to see more of at weddings/events?

I’m a big fan of personalization. Don’t just have a “pretty” wedding so that it will be featured in a magazine or on a blog. Have a wedding that’s unique to you. Maybe it is flowers and lace and everything in it’s place, but maybe it’s Lego boutonnieres and cheeseburgers for late lunch. Just be authentic.

  1. What trends do you think are here to stay?

Blush. I think people will continue to love it because it’s a mature feminine pink that can be paired with a ton of other colors. Rustic/vintage weddings especially in Alberta. 

Below are a few photos of Kristina McAnally’s work!

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