by Tom Isler | July 01, 2006

A table by Chicago Party Rental


Party time: A fun table by Chicago Party Rental

Rose-colored glasses (the drinking kind) have become a trademark of optimistic event planners. Peter Grazzini, owner of Washington, D.C.-based Perfect Settings, says colored glassware is trendy. “Jewel tones are still really in,” he notes. Grazzini is gearing up for a run on amber and burnt-orange glassware for the fall. Read on to find out what else is hot in tabletop rentals.

Striking glassware. Michael Stern, executive vice president of Los Angeles-based Classic Party Rentals, says Opus glasses, with distinctive long stems and an angular shape, are “very hot” and have been spotted at a number of big West Coast parties.

Funky shapes. Planners commonly request unusual geometry to give tabletops a touch of pizzazz, says Valerie Braun, marketing director for McCook, Ill.-based Chicago Party Rental. Triangular plates for dessert or frosted, square plates for salads are in high demand. Minis are in, too: Tiny martini glasses, 1-oz. root beer mugs, Asian spoons and dipping bowls are among items being used to present samplings in small portions.

Lush linens. Crushed iridescent tablecloths, typically crafted of textured satin, are outpacing traditional fabrics, according to Michael Berman, president of Milpitas, Calif.-based Stuart Rental Co.

Transparent tables. Frosted Lucite tabletops are popular, in part because they don’t require a tablecloth at all, says Cecilia Hayward, marketing director for Teterboro, N.J.-based Party Rental Ltd. And for those so inclined, there are chairs to match.