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That kind of tenting "is the only
thing that's saving my company," adds
Anthony Karabetyan, owner of Chic
Event Rentals in Monterey, Calif. "Our
bread and butter has been 200-person
weddings, renting high-end chairs,
linens, tables, etc.-but none of that
is going out," he says. (Chic is down
to 14 employees from 40; it would
normally have four people in its laundry
department, for example. But as of
mid-summer the company only needed
a single worker, and only one day per
week at that.)
Despite the opportunity for increased
tenting, with rental companies sitting on
so much unused inventory, it's a buyer's
market. "With all the competition, clients
are getting a tent for a month at the price
they'd normally pay for a weekend," he
says. "It's a third of the price you want it
to go out at, but it's better than nothing
and it's enough to survive."
In addition, by the end of summer
most event companies were starting to

suggestions and show them sample CAD
layouts to help reflect that.
If they are going for a cocktailsstyle event with guests milling around
throughout the event, the tent or room
needs to invite that-with furniture such
as high tops, some with stools and some
without. Groupings of lounge seating
throughout. Interactive food stations and
multiple bar stations will keep guests
exploring and active. We also like to
use the bar-height banquet tables with
interesting linen or even our reclaimed
wine barrel bar tables, with a few bar
stools to create spaces for larger groups
to stand around and chat, compared to
the typical 30-inch round high tops.

see some events coming back, although
generally smaller than what might have
occurred previously, if for no other
reason than social distancing protocols.

SMALL STUFF-BUT SOMETHING
"It's small stuff, mostly backyard
parties, but it's something," says
Grazzini. "It's tough though, because

And it goes the same for a seated
event. Make sure the flow works with
the strategic placement of the check-in
area and seating chart. Easy-to-locate
table numbers or labels. In the case of
a large seated banquet set up, we often
suggest taller centerpieces placed
throughout the space in combination
with lower, to create more depth and
texture when looking over a sea of
round tables.
When guests enter the event space,
they should immediately feel and
understand the concept of what the
host intended, and that begins with
event furnishings and decor properly
fitted and placed for that specific affair.

Chic Event Rentals in Monterey, Calif.,
specializes in large weddings-but not this
year. During the pandemic, the company
has turned to other opportunities, such
as setting up showers and restrooms
for a homeless shelter in Santa Cruz.
Photo courtesy of Chic Event Rentals.

When the pandemic hit, Dover Tents & Events, a
division of Collective Event Group, in Dover, Del.,
moved much of its business to tenting for COVID-19
testing sites and patient and employee testing
tents. Photo courtesy of Dover Tents & Events.

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