Party and event
Trends and technology
Event Rental Showcase: March 2020
By Monica Dick
Ensure your customers have the time of their lives with these outstanding rental-ready event products.
Projection mapping – the projection of video, animation and other colourful displays onto three-dimensional surfaces – pushes the boundaries of events to create vivid experiences. Projection mapping creatively uses light to paint visual stories and create immersive environments to enhance events and make them more engaging. More accessible than ever thanks to a new and affordable generation of projectors, mapping can completely cover flat walls and traditional projection screens, covering irregular shapes, objects and even entire building facades. The Pro L1405U large-venue projector from Epson combines a laser light source, inorganic components and 3LCD technology for powerful, uncompromising images. Ideal for events staging, auditoriums and sanctuaries, this sleek, black projector features native WUXGA performance with Epson 4K enhancement technology. Offering extraordinary colour brightness, Epson 3LCD projectors ensure brilliant images. Delivering 8,000 lumens of colour brightness and 8,000 lumens of white brightness, the L1405U’s laser light source also provides 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation. Plus, its exceptional integration capabilities include diverse connectivity such as HDBaseT and nine optional powered lenses with lens shift and lens memory.
A favourite tent for special events, fairs, trade shows and food service use, the Peak Marquee is user-friendly as well as attractive for parties or events. It has a clearspan interior and guy ropes are not necessary under most conditions. Available in 12 sizes, 100- to 1,380-square-foot marquees can be linked together in many configurations and can also be joined with Peak Pole tents. The smooth graceful lines conceal a rental-tough, durable, simple frame. The multiple size options streamline rental inventory. The unique gutter system allows the tents to be joined in a variety of configurations. A flying centre pole supported by diagonal cables gives an obstruction-free spacious interior. Baton sliding walls slide and attach neatly to the post for an open side setup. The batons make carrying and installing the walls quick and easy while reducing wear, tear and cleaning. The canopy is double-curved for beauty and wind stability. Peak Marquee tents are fire retardant, satisfying ULC-S109 for the National Building Code and also NFPA 701 Large Scale per the California Fire Marshal. They are also mildew- and rot-resistant, constructed of 18-ounce vinyl polyester with a gloss self-cleaning finish in a variety of colours including white and opaque with a colour-coordinated top pennant. They come in a protective fabric cover bag with convenient handles for carrying. The walls are fire retardant, 14-ounce vinyl/polyester fabric. Options include sliding with batons or standard; plain, mesh, clear vinyl, bay or french windows; and zipper or framed doors.
The Fiesta Legacy is a hybrid frame tent series combining the advantages of frame tents and clear span structures. Its features include kedered roofs and walls, curved beam arches and a rigid assembly without any nuts or bolts. With its curved lines creating an elegant and modern look, the Legacy is sure to draw the anyone’s eye. The Legacy line showcases improved features that dramatically reduce installation time and costs. These features include fewer, compatible parts and a lightweight anodized aluminum frame assembly with no nuts or bolts required The Legacy can be installed with a four-person crew without any machinery. It features the capability of expanding in width just by swapping out a few rafter pieces. One of the most important features is the universal cotter pin that is used to assemble practically the entire structure. This allows for easier and faster install time. With guy outs or side/roof steel roof bracing, and rigid connectors, this tent offers easy of installation and enhanced versatility. It’s easy to put together. Its smaller profile and lighter frame add flexibility when installing and also provides versatility in location options. Its high peak makes it a must-have for wedding ceremonies, providing opportunity for elaborate ceiling decor. The walls are secured on all sides and easy to slide open when desired.
Meets highest standards
Boswell coffee urns from Megcour Foodservice in Mississauga, Ont., are dependable products designed and built to the highest industry standards. Megcour offers 100 per cent quality assurance for every unit. These stainless steel percolating urns provide large capacities for coffee or hot water for office or restaurant and catering applications. They feature high quality 304 stainless steel construction inside and out for years of trouble-free use. The stainless steel brew basket, removable sight glass and and stem makes cleaning easy. There is a locking lid for added safety. A special sensor holds the finished coffee at 183 to 188 F. The urn can also be used to serve hot water for tea or other hot beverages. Meets UL 197 Listed and NSF4/ANSI Listed standards.
Help customers take their events to the next level with beautiful carpet or turf flooring from Tentwares. Black, Ivy Green, Gray/Black, Red/Black or Green/Black turf is sold in 12- by 102-foot rolls and is an easy, inexpensive way to floor any space. Carpet runners are a beautiful way to enter events. Choose from either red or white plush carpet runners that are bound and finished on all sides. Available in either three- or four-foot widths and 25- or 50-foot lengths. Help customers finish and secure the seams carpet with three-inch carpet tape. Each roll is 60 yards long and available in a variety of colours. Some colours are also available in a two-inch wide tape. Gaffers tape is pressure-sensitive and leaves no residue in grey, black or white. Double-faced tape is two inches wide and 25 yards long and works to hold carpet down without moving. Coloured electrical tape can be used for patching, colour-coding or for finishing off electrical wire.
The 48-inch Silver Giant commercial barbeque from Flagro is the professional chef’s choice for commercial and gourmet cooking. Its durable 304 brushed stainless steel construction includes 304 stainless steel burners. The cooking grids and flavour plates are covered by a lifetime warranty. It boasts one of the industry’s highest BTU outputs per square inch of cooking surface. A crossover ignition system ensures reliable lighting. The removable grease tray with a drain valve makes for safe and easy cleaning. The Silver Giant is also available in a built-in model. It produces 120,000 BTU with four burners and a fuel consumption rate of six pounds per hour. Grill dimensions are 48 by 21 inches.
Half the poles
Eureka Revolution party canopies are a new product featuring 15-foot pole spacing allowing erection with half the poles. The tents have one-piece tops with 13-ounce white blockout fabric and wire-formed and reinforced side pole fittings. The sidewall ropes are permanently installed. Revolution uses the same standard centre and side poles as the Elite, with seven-foot side poles using 18-foot centre poles and eight-foot side poles using 19-foot centre poles. The reinforced fittings allow for for heavy-duty installation using two-inch ratchets. The 15-foot side pole spacing enables faster installation and an open, airy atmosphere under the canopy using half the number of side poles, stakes and webs.
Tough and beautiful
With top-flight construction and unsurpassed beauty, Crystal Phoenix chairs from National Event Supply are designed to exceed expectations. Constructed of polycarbonate, the chairs are strong and stable. When the event finishes, Crystal Phoenix chairs can be stacked up to seven to nine high (space-dependent) until they are needed again. Suitable for use indoors or outdoors, they are UV-protected to prevent discolouring or yellowing with time. The Crystal Phoenix chair is resistant to chipping and scratching and is ready to handle the heaviest loads. They require virtually no maintenance, allowing rental stores to quickly turn them around after an event finishes. The NES Crystal Phoenix chair comes with a two-year warranty against material or manufacturing defects. A fabric cushion in a selection of colours is standard as well as a storage cover for protection. They come factory-assembled.
Save the turtles
Premium quality Black Stripe giant paper straws from OkStraw are made of biodegradable, environmentally friendly materials. OkStraw’s manufacturing process makes them disposable drinkware and therefore eco-friendly. Manufactured with food-safe ink and BPA-free using U.S. FDA-approved materials renders them food grade.