A Holiday Cabin Retreat

Special Event Rentals Holiday Cabin

It’s that lovely time of year again when Starbucks brings back their red cups, retail stores start playing all of those catchy holiday tunes and our showroom gets a cheerful holiday transformation.

We are kicking off our holiday showroom series with a traditional Christmas cabin themed table design. Our team used a basic garland as the table runner and added red and green tree ornaments for colour, large taper candle sticks for height and antler shavings to add that true cabin feeling. The holiday season is all about giving to others and what could be a warmer gift than to leave premade hot coco mix in a cute jar at each place setting?

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Recreate this table design with the following rental items:






November 2013 Showcase: Finola Taylor Weddings

We are excited to introduce you to our November feature showcase, Finnuala (pronounced Fin-O-la) Pollard-Kietzel of Finola Taylor Weddings. Finnuala is the owner, lead planner and designer of  Finola Taylor Weddings and she is certified by the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada.

Special Event Rentals November Showcase

Having planned over 200 weddings and social events over the past decade, I’ve had the chance to plan events with some big names around our city. Among my list of clients includes Holt Renfrew Co Ltd., Alberta Junior Hockey League, Juno Awards, Art Gallery of Alberta, Western Canada Fashion Week, Fashion with Compassion, Edmonton Opera, and the list goes on. Working on these events has given me not only the experience to hone my craft but has created amazing relationships with our city’s best vendors.

We know you both must be feeling overwhelmed with all the choices available to you. Don’t worry, we are here to help! It just takes the resources, guidance, expertise and dedication of a seasoned professional to make your vision come to life. With over a decade of experience and a genuine excitement for our work, you are in good hands. We can guide you quickly and efficiently to exactly what you are looking for and save you much time and energy in the process. Our talents, knowledge and relationships offer our clients expertise that is consistent and reliable, leaving you stress-free and able to enjoy your day. After all you should be carrying your bouquet not a clipboard!

Finola Taylor Weddings is a boutique wedding planning & design firm with one goal in mind – Leaving Nothing to Chance.

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Favourite Halloween Decor Pins

Halloween is a fun and creative time of the year and this holiday is also vastly growing in popularity when it comes to decorating your home, and with the increasing number of different ways to carve, paint pumpkins it’s no surprise! Below are our favourite spooktacular Halloween decor images from Pinterest.

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Inviting Autumn

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Warm tones are comforting, especially in autumn when we have to start bundling up to keep warm. Our in house design team created a beautifully inviting space by incorporating those comforting colours and tones into this tablescape. Ivory pearl curtains add depth and visual interest to the backdrop and our team demonstrates just how easy it is to create a timeless centrepiece by arranging an autumn berry garland that can be found at your local craft store around an iron tealight birdcage.

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Recreate this table design with the following rental items:






We tied the knot favour boxes can be purchased from our in store boutique, Edmonton Wedding & Party Centre.

Hello Red Deer!

We are excited to announce our arrival in the city of Red Deer! For years, our Edmonton and Calgary locations have serviced Red Deer and its surrounding communities for a wide array of events: from weddings and tradeshows to corporate parties and fundraisers. The time finally came to establish a permanent location for our Red Deer clients. Earlier this spring we opened the doors to our showroom located at E-7882 Edgar Industrial Way and ushered in a busy summer of weddings and events in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake and the surrounding communities.

As we head into the fall, our Red Deer team looks forward to meeting the new brides at the upcoming 10th annual With This Ring Fall Bridal Gala on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Westerner Park. Stop by to meet our team at the show or visit our showroom any time to find inspiration for your next event while perusing our latest decor designs. Stay updated on what’s happening with the Special Event Rentals team by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to helping you make your next event one for the books!

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Edmonton Planner Of The Month – July 2013

We are proud to boast that Shannon Cosgrove is one of our resident event consultants. Shannon joined the Special Event Rentals team over a year ago and brought 14 years of wedding and hospitality experience with her. With this backing of hands-on experience and training at the U of A in sculpture and design, Shannon merged her artistic talents and event enthusiasm at the Art Institute of Vancouver where she studied Event Management.  Although she enjoys many aspects of the planning process, decor and design bring her the most joy. To Shannon, life is about having fun and creating memories and she loves being a part of that with her clients. We’re so proud to have her!

The design for this table was originally inspired by the Moroccan runner and the Divine charger plates. Pinks and yellows were added to create a fun summery tablescape; perfect for a bridal shower, birthday party or girls night.

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Edmonton Planner of the Month – June 2013

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We are excited to introduce you to our June Planner of the Month. Jaqueline Hunt is the founder of Fresh Events Edmonton a local wedding, conference and event planning company. Jacqueline holds a bachelor of commerce degree and is a certified member of the Wedding Planner Institute of Canada and the Wedding and Event Business Owner Group. She has a sharp eye for design and detail and most importantly she loves planning events!

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“Our team’s focus? Design and deliver. Let us help with everything from event concept and design to execution and completion. Have fun, and leave the planning (and the hard work) to us!” – Jaqueline Hunt of Fresh Events Edmonton

Stop by our showroom to view Fresh Events Edmonton tablescape.

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Glamping. Never heard of it? You’re about to fall in love. Allow me to introduce you to the perfect balance of glamorous extravagance and the splendor of mother nature. While the concept of glamping (glamorous camping) is fairly new, it is already making its way to the wedding world via celebrity weddings. Last year,  Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves held a three day wedding extravaganza where their guest stayed in air conditioned tents, ate gourmet goodies and enjoyed heaps of entertainment. If this sounds like your kind of event, take inspiration from these glorious glamping settings. Enjoy!

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Photo Credits: Digital Interior Design, Elleuk, Glamping, Green Wedding Shoes, Honeysuckle lifeThe Natural Wedding Company & Found Vintage Rentals

Do It Yourself Fabric Chandelier

Create this pretty fabric chandelier to add dramatic flare to your home or your next event!  This is a time consuming project so it’s important to note it cannot be completed in one day. In order to create a full and beautiful chandelier it will take you several days to complete.

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You Will Need the Following Items:

  • 5” round template
  • 1 small metal ring. (I used a 10” wide ring)
  • 1 medium metal ring. (I used a 19” wide ring)
  • Lots of fabric! (I used a piece of fabric that was 5”wide X 18” long and used all of it!)
  • Scissors
  • White Glue
  • Ribbon – 1” wide
  • Candle
  • Pen
  • Needle and thread

Step 1: Cut four 1” wide strips out of your fabric lengthwise and wrap them around your metal rings. Once you have covered the rings with fabric, glue the ends down.

Step 2: Use the 5” round stencil to draw circles onto your fabric. It is best to fold and pin the fabric so that you can cut multiple circles at once as you will require approximately 200 circles to complete this project. The amount of circles depends on how full you want to make the chandelier. Don’t worry about making your circles perfect because you will be burning the edges.

Step 3: Once all the circles have been cut you can start burning the edges. This will insure the ends do not fray while at the same time creating a unique shape. I found it easiest to pinch the centre of the circle while letting the fabric scrunch above the flame; this provides the best melting shape.

Warning: Do not put the fabric directly into the flame, the heat above the flame is hot enough to melting and shape your fabric.

Step 4: Thread your now shaped fabric pieces together create strands. Using your needle and thread attach the fabric pieces together starting from the bottom and working your way up.  Tie each fabric piece just above the one below it so that you can almost see the string. Once you have completed your strand, wrap the remaining thread around the ring – do not sew it to the ring as you may need to adjust the spacing later in the project.

Note: On the large ring I layered 5 of the fabric pieces and made 19 of them while on the small ring I layered 10 of them and made 7 of them. If you want to create a fuller look add more strands.

Step 5: Once all of the strands are attached place them evenly around the ring and glue 4 strips of 3’ long ribbon around the large ring and 3 strips of ribbon that are about 3 ½’ long on the small ring. If your ribbon won’t stick use paper clamps to secure the ribbon around the ring while it dries.

Step 6: Once the glue has dried you can then gather the ribbon and tie a knot. Cut the extra ribbon away and hang your new chandelier!

Our Favourite Summer Beverages

We are ecstatic that summer is finally upon us! In celebration of patio and picnic weather we want to share three delicious summer beverages with you.

Rosemary Citrus Spritzer

The Kitchn

We used this delicious drink for our in store showcase and it was such a hit that we had to include it. Recipe from The Kitchn

You will need the following items:

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 oranges
  • 4 (4-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Ice
  • Soda water
  • Rosemary and lemon for garnish (optional)

Directions:  Peel off thick strips of zest from 1 lemon. Juice the lemons and oranges into a liquid measuring cup – you should have about 1 cup of juice. Top off with water if necessary to make 1 cup. Combine zest, juice, rosemary, sugar, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugars. Remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes. Strain, discard solids, and let syrup cool completely. To serve, fill an 8-ounce glass halfway with ice cubes, add 2-3 tablespoons syrup, fill with soda water, and stir. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and/or lemon slices, and add a splash of gin or vodka if desired.

Blood Orange Bloody Mary

A Beautiful Mess

A fresh twist on the classic Bloody Mary. Recipe from A Beautiful Mess.

You will need the following items:

  • Tomato Juice
  • Vodka
  • 1 Blood Orange
  • 1/2 a Lime
  • Tabasco
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Sea Salt
  • Ice Cubes
  • Celery

Directions: Use lime juice to add sea salt to the rim of your glass. In each glass, combine four parts tomato juice, juice of one blood orange (save one slice for the garnish), one shot vodka, juice of 1/2 lime, 1 teaspoon tabasco, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. Stir with a long spoon. Add a blood orange slice and a piece of celery for garnish.

California Rose Punch

Food Network

This is a simple and fast sangria. Recipe from the Food Network.

You will need the following items:

  • 1 bottle of California rose wine, chilled
  • 2 cups of sparkling lemonade, chilled
  • ½ cups of blackberry liqueur, chilled
  • 1 cup of blackberries
  • 1 cup of raspberries
  • 6 nectarines, sliced
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 small orange, cut into wedges
  • Ice

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher and serve over ice.

Author: Ashley Miller