Entertaining Guide: Southern Soirée

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Today we launched our Desert Horizon Collection with our partner, BBJ Linen.

Summer, the season of celebration and entertaining, is right around the corner – and what better way to make unforgettable memories this summer than a fiesta? Inspired by our new Desert Horizon collection, we looked to incorporate the bold colors and its rugged beauty the region is known for in our partyscape.

Southwestern patterns are very much in style right now. These native patterns, in an updated palette, are modern and super chic. To elevate your summer soirée beyond just another BBQ by the pool, follow these tips on how to make your get-together a southwestern inspired affair.

In the guide, you’ll discover:

  • The inspiration behind the Desert Horizon Collection
  • Tips on how to create the perfect tablescape
  • Southwestern influences to create a southern soireée

Our Entertaining Guide introduces our 9 brand new patterns and textures from the Desert Horizon collection! Download the guide to discover these exciting new designs and receive tips for entertaining.


Meet Ivory Filigree: A Timeless Romantic


Spring is in full bloom! This time of year brings forth fun and bright colors, as well as decadent designs that spark passion and energy. Our newest linen, Ivory Filigree, creates a romantic look with a sheer ivory linen paired with an overlay of shimmering sequins in a filigree pattern. 

The Perfect Pairing for a Romantic Tablescape


Sheer Ivory Filigree overlay, paired with a soft Salmon Faille table linen, creates a unique and soft look that is perfect for a classically, romantic tablescape. Boasting a feminine sheer overlay with shimmering sequins in a delicate filigree pattern, Ivory Filigree is perfect for a romantic tablescape. 

Pair with Dreamy Florals


Make your centerpiece shine with dreamy floral centerpieces for an added touch of elegance. Allow for hints of greenery to pop through and contrast with the delicate filigree design of the linen. Choose soft florals like ranunculuses to enhance the look.

Pair with Hints of Gold


From the chargers to the flatware, gold is the perfect accent to this sparkling design. Complementing the unique plate design, gold brings out a sense of elegance and romance.

Pair with Soft Colors


The best way to complement the unique design of Ivory Filigree is to pair it with complementing, soft colors. The pale peach napkins add a touch of color to the plate while the navy and salmon swirls in the plates add a pop of color while still giving light to the elegant linen.


Create a romantic and timeless look with Ivory Filigree. The softness and elegance of this unique design will draw attention to your table designs.

Fabulous Events + BBJ Linen Open House

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A few weeks ago we announced our partnership with BBJ Linen. Since then, things have been quite busy to say the least. On top of answering a ton of questions on how this will change the industry, we had many things to get ready. We have spent countless hours adding new items to our website as well as promoting them through our social media platforms. We closed our West Bloomfield showroom for some renovations and upgrades for 10 days. Upon re-opening, we had an amazing open house and trunk show.

If you missed our open house, here are some of the details. We had well over 100 people attend our open house and trunk show. We showed off some of our new linens and all of our glass chargers that are now available. We had some amazing partners work with us on the event as well. We invited 5 designers to create a tablescape to show off to the world. We gave our designers limited guidance on how they could design their table. The only thing they had to start with was the linen that we assigned them. We gave each designer one of our linens from our new blue collection. From there, it was completely up to them to pick out the napkins, chairs, chargers and other accessories to go on the table. All they had to do was let us know what they needed. To make it more exciting, we decided to have a fun tabletop competition and allow our guests to vote on the table they liked the best. All 5 tables looked amazing, but only one person could win. The winner of our competition was Jeffrey from Jeffrey Floral Architecture.

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Designs by Debbie LeClaire
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Bellisario Florist
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Blumz by JR Design

Please click HERE to see all the photos from our event.

Please visit our partners for more details on how they can help you with your next event.

Table Designs by:

Jeffrey Floral Architecture

Designs by Debbie LeClaire

Bellisario Florist


Blumz by JR Design


Videography by:

VTI Productions


Photography by:

Justin Munter Photography


Food by:

Epicurean Catering


Entertainment by:

Naveen Productions


Signature drink by:

Tito’s Handmade Vodka


Fashion vs. Functionality

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Just a quick thought as the day wraps up. Yesterday I sat down with a colleague and we talked about the linen business. The key takeaway from the conversation was Fashion and the fact that we are part of the fashion industry. Now, let’s be honest, not all linen rental companies fall into that category. Most of the rental companies are purely functional. You have a table and you need it covered, they can help. You want a poly napkin, they can help. We can do that too, but we also go way beyond functionality. When you are planning an event, it is special. It is special to you and the people that attend it. When we work with clients, we work with them to create their dream event. Doing so, comes at a cost. It does not mean you have to break the bank, but it means you have to spend money to get what you want. This is no different than picking out the perfect dress. You have to love what you pick out, not just like it. Our linens help you express a feeling or desire. They can transform the space from yawn to YES! So when you are thinking about that next event, call us. We know how to step it up a notch or two! Our continued goal is to move our clients beyond just functionality and into fashion.

Welcome Greenery, Pantone Color of the Year for 2017

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Last month, Pantone, selected its 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “We don’t all have access to the green forest, but we do have access to things we can bring into our home environment.” The same goes true for weddings and events.









Pantone describes the color as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring… (and) symbolizes the re-connection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose amid a complex social and political landscape.”

So this year we expect to see many shades of green popping into our events. Here are just a few of many choices we offer in greens. We look forward to seeing what our clients put together this season. So whether you are planning a wedding or birthday, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or graduation, we can help. Call on Fabulous Events for all your rental needs.

Apple Green Chevron Apple Green Crinkle TaffetaApple Green Destiny SheerApple Green PintuckApple Green PolyesterGreen LED Edison Style String Lights

It’s not all about cost!

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amazedRecently I stumbled onto a website with someone renting chair covers for $1.45 each! I thought to myself, it can’t be true, but yep, it is! Getting the very best price is not always the best way to go. Our chair covers start at $2.50 including a satin or organza sash. At $2.50, you are getting a great product along with great customer service. If you choose to search for cheap chair cover, that’s what you are going to get. Most likely, a wrinkled hot mess! All of our products go through a thorough process from our commercial laundry to our commercial presses. You will always get a clean and pressed cover right out of the box. Better yet, you are going to get some of the best customer service on the planet when calling Fabulous Events.

I felt compelled to re-post the blog below to summarize my thoughts on costs for events. Hope you enjoy the re-read.

So the big question when planning your event is how much to spend. This question applies to each and every type of event. Whether you are planning a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah celebration, birthday or just a party for fun, you will ask yourself what the budget should be.

Well, this is always a tough choice. Do I invite less people? Do I get 1 less appetizer or do we eliminate the chair covers and table linens? The answer could be yes or no. Obviously nobody wants to cut corners on their special day, and we understand that. There are many ways to reduce your costs and keep everything you want.

Here are some ideas to consider, not all of them will apply to every situation, so filter out the irrelevant ones.

Bad is an understatementBeing in the event business for over 31 years, I can personally say the most important pieces of any event is food and entertainment. If you serve crummy food, people will remember your event as having crummy food. If your DJ/Band is awful, people will remember that too. Looking back, we have all been to an event that the entertainment was lackluster at best. So make sure to taste the food and listen to the entertainment ahead of time. Do not go based on price alone, you will regret it. On the flip-side, the most expensive does not mean the best either. Word of mouth is the best advertising for any company. Oh, and make sure they dress appropriately.

flowerdisasterDecor can get out of hand sometimes, so sit back and take a look at the whole picture. Do you need to have over the top florals or centerpieces on each and every table? Maybe, maybe not. This is an area where you can trim the fat so to speak. Maybe you integrate some candles and other media into the centerpieces. Think GREEN, Eco-friendly perhaps. Keep in mind, at the end of the event, what will you so with all of the decor? Understand, I am not saying anything negative about Florists or other Decor people. We have many great partners in the industry and they all do great work. When looking for vendors, make sure that they care about your budget and are able to design within any limitations if need be. Don’t skimp, but be realistic!

Photographers and Videographers can range in pricing as well. Don’t get caught up in a situation where a friend of a friend of an uncle 3 times removed just bought a nice digital camera and is now a photographer or videographer. Chances are very high that you will not be happy with the results. Photography and Videography are both arts and as such need to be treated that way. Having a digital camera and shooting a ton of pics does not count. This is like painting a wall without a brush and throwing the paint bucket at the wall. Yes, some of the paint will stick, but much of it will be wasted. Same goes for photos and videos. Just like any other business, you can encounter highs and lows in pricing. Make sure that the company you choose is showing you pictures and/or footage shot by a certain individual. You also need to like his or her personality, you are spending most of the day with them.

badlinensOk, so I waited a few paragraphs to talk about chair covers and linens. Of course, these are a must! What else would I say? Actually, these items are not typically a must have, but a like to have item. It starts with the venue you are at and what, if anything, they are offering you. Many will say that linens are included, but most will not be floor length. You also may get a choice of 5-10 colors for napkins. If you don’t care about linens and you like the look of the chairs, then you are all set. Believe it or not, adding chair covers to an event is not too expensive. This little additional expense can make a huge improvement in the overall look of your event. When we work with clients, our goal is to find the perfect chair cover, linen and napkin selection. Our pay is not affected by the client’s choice. Our goal is to give you a great look on any budget. So the shameless plug here is we have over 500,000 items in inventory, we are sure to have what you want.

Planners and “Day Of” coordinators are great to have, but not always needed. If you are working 80 hours a week and don’t have time to gather up all the things you need, a planner may be the perfect choice. FrazzledPlanners all work on different price points, so do your research and get those referrals. Maybe you have time to run around and hire all your vendors which is great. This is a great way to spend money on other things. Maybe you just need a “Day Of” coordinator to manage the big day. This can take the stress off of you and your family.

I am not going to dive into invitations, gifts for the guests, etc. This would span over pages of banter. What I can say, these areas are places you can save money on.

So before you decide you want a wedding for 500 people and no budget to speak of, think about it. Is everyone on that list important to you on this day? Some choices are hard to make, but Don’t Break the Bank for your event.

If you need some great referrals, please give us a call at 877-200-2424

Have a Fabulous Day,

Lyle Brous
Fabulous Events, Inc.

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