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"It happened quickly and without much
time to plan or strategize. I'm in my 17th
year in the rental industry-we plan and
prepare for so much, but never did I think
we would be navigating through a global
pandemic."

PPP: A LIFELINE

When business began to improve, Christian Party Rental had events
to stage. However, COVID-19 shutdowns in May and June cost the
company $1.2 million. Photo courtesy of Christian Party Rental.

While traditional events were shut down,
the Small Business Administration's
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
provided a lifeline to many event
companies, allowing them to keep
employees on as they ϐigured out
how to meet new opportunities
brought about by the pandemic.
"Once we realized the severity of things
and how we assumed our year would
play out, we quickly began re-marketing,
mainly via social media, geared towards
tenting for COVID testing sites, restaurant
tents, storage tenting for distribution
centers and medical facilities, patient
and employee intake tents-essentially
anything COVID-related," says Garrison.

A FEW TRENDS TO BE FOUND

W

hile it's true that event
planners have had a lot more

on their mind this year than figuring
out the latest trends, industry insiders
say it's still important to keep up with
what's going on. We asked Meghan
Garrison, branch manager of Dover
Tents & Events, a division of Collective
Event Group, in Dover, Del., to share
her thoughts on the subject.

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What do you see
currently trending?
I think many of the trends vary greatly
based on location. In my area of the
northeast, the farmhouse-style tables are
still very popular, paired with our crossback chairs, bistro chairs or any of our six
Chiavari chair options.
I feel many are leaning toward an
overall eclectic look ranging from a
mix of table shapes and styles, such
as mixing farmhouse tables along with
rounds for seating with a nice textured
linen, down to selecting our mismatched
vintage china for place settings.
Greenery is still very popular this year in
centerpieces as well as used down the

length of the farmhouse tables or king
tables, doubling as a table runner.
The colors I've seen trending are
shades of blue, which was also the
Pantone color of the year. That always
seems to carry through to the year's
hottest wedding/event color.

How does furniture affect an
event's flow? What strategic
furniture arrangements
are popular?
Furniture placement, arrangement and
vignette-style groupings definitely impact
the look and feel of an event. When we talk
to our clients and determine the overall feel
they are going for, it's so important to make

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