What's Hot!
By Wendy Leopold

LocationsEtc.com. New York, NY. February 2013 - In this article we are showcasing some of our favorite companies and manufacturers that continue to shine year after year. Each company offers a unique flair that makes us love them for their designs, their ingenuity or for their offbeat products.

Aluminum Stationery: Starting off our list with the offbeat is Gauge (Brooklyn, NY) and their aluminum postcard. We just love the idea of mailing these aluminum cards out as party invitations or thank you notes. We all send “thank you” notes for our gifts that we get, don't we? So why not send a note that will make a lasting impression? www.gaugenyc.com

Modern Hip Vases, Trays, Planters: Pedestals, etc.: Lawrence Essentials Designs (New York, NY) manufactures and markets a unique and modern resin collection that is popular within the event planning, floral and hospitality industry. And it doesn't hurt that the company is one of the industry leaders in exceptional design, quality and durability. These wonderful “essentials” are for discerning clients who appreciate contemporary design, available for rental or purchase. The Four Seasons is one hotel chain where you will find some of these wonderful products. www.lawrenceessentials.com

Handmade Vases and Containers: The fabulous Ecri (New York, NY) ceramic and blown-glass designs are hand made exclusively by skilled artisans. Real gold or platinum is used in their luster collection of ceramics and that gives a shine that is unparalleled. They are made for long-term use so they are durable and water-tight. Whether your interest is in smaller vases and containers for table centerpieces, or four foot tall buffet or standing containers, these European-made products, available in a vast multitude of colors, are superb. www.ecrinewyork.com

Corporate and Event Gifts: Signature wine carriers, i-pad sleeves, and laptop sleeves can be found at Graf & Lantz (West Hollywood, CA), a giftware company that also offers accessories, furniture, holiday and table top products. Graf & Lantz uses natural wool felts in products with a modern look, feel and functionality. Corporate clients who require personalized gifts can take advantage of their custom product design services. www.graf-lantz.com

Chandeliers: The Chandeliers by Dorian Webb for Viaggio (New York, NY) are unbelievably gorgeous. Each one is made with hand-blown Venetian glass with 24K gold and freshwater pearls and are produced individually in Dorian Webb's New York studio. These rental chandeliers will create a sensation for that very special party or wedding. www.viaggiohome.com

Garden-Themed Gifts: Potting Shed Creations, Ltd. (Troy, ID) mixes the art of gardening with the art of design. Beautifully and creatively packaged in leak-proof bags, bottles, or bamboo boxes, these handmade gifts are fun and easy to grow. Kits of herbs, flowers or fruit gardens, bonsai gardens, and even grow-your-own apple or redwood trees include everything you need. It's a great corporate holiday gift or event giveaway because your recipients will be thinking of you while they enjoy their gifts year-round! The Potting Shed also offers custom designs for wedding or special event favors and branded corporate gift-giving. www.pottingshedcreations.com

Event Rentals: Chelsea Marketplace (New York, NY) is your one-stop shop for all things rental for your next event. Working with the event community both in New York City and across the United States, Chelsea Marketplace rents gorgeous tablecloths (hundreds of styles), chair covers, candelabras, columns, vases, chuppahs, glassware, urns, pedestals, etc. Get the picture? If they don't have it, or can't customize it -- you don't need it! Speak with the owner, Shirley Domingo. She has been serving the event industry for more than 25 years and her rentals are seen at many of the most prestigious corporate and celebrity events. www.ChelseaMarketplace.com

For more fabulous accessories and finds, don't forget to visit the New York International Gift Show at the Javitz Center each January and August and the permanent gift showrooms at 7 West 34th Street, in New York City.

Enjoy your search and remember to make each day an event!

What's Hot!
By Wendy Leopold

LocationsEtc.com. New York, NY. January 2013 - Another year of partying has come and gone and 2013 is upon us. This year's theme for accessories is “colorful and fun props.” Here are some favorite finds that we think will make your next event unique.

Paper Lanterns: CulturalStar (Pen Argyl, PA) is your wholesale source for paper lanterns, parasols, paper umbrellas, fans & more. Check out their cherry blossom party lights and battery-operated nylon lanterns that come in a multitude of colors. www.culturalstar.com

Luminaries and Candles: Helix Candles are a stunning lighting design option. Use these candle/luminary rentals as an ideal solution to enhance your next corporate or wedding event. For wedding aisles, table centerpieces, wedding canopies, and event lounges, these accessories add a softening glow and a magical mood. Imagine tall cylinder and rectangle Luminaries that double as lovely glowing vases full of flowers. www.helixcandles.com

Topiaries: Piece Wire Art (Niagara Falls, NY) sells 3 dimensional, hand crafted, one of a kind sculptures made from metal wire, hand shaped and then welded. Many are filled with sphagnum moss that allows plant material to grow. Our favorite is their “funky monkey” and their butterfly topiaries but their wide range of topiary frames can be used for a variety of party themes. www.greenpiecewireart.com

All things Jewish: Davida (Huntington Park, CA) is the go-to company for specialty and corporate gifts with a Jewish theme. From designer aprons, bibs, bags and tableware, Davida offers fun Jewish-themed gifts. Our favorites are the “Matzahmania” Passover collection and the offbeat “Let My People Go” toilet seat cover! www.davidaaprons.com

Floral and Holiday Décor: Check out Allstate Floral & Caft, Inc. (Cerritos, CA) for quality silk flowers, foliage bushes, flowering plants and arrangements, and an impressive Christmas holiday selection. With over 10,000 items, Allstate also features floral containers, fruits and vegetables, cactus, and ribbons. www.allstatefloral.com

All things porcelain and The French Fry Bag: The Revol Happy Cuisine French Fry Bag is a clever way to serve French fries at your next event, and a great gift idea, too! 100% porcelain, but looks just like a crumpled bag! Revol USA (Cumming, GA) is the US branch of Revol France. Based in the Rhone Valley, France, Revol is renowned for its innovative products and has been the ultimate in porcelain dinnerware for more than 200 years. www.revol-usa.com

Gold Leaf Design Group (Chicago, IL) is the wow place for cutting edge products that are both trendsetting and sustainable. Their wide range of products include seasonal merchandise, original art, visual merchandising, vessels, dried naturals, permanent botanicals, and holiday and large scale items for floral, event and hospitality industries. Stop whatever you are doing and go to their web site and register. We would describe more of their products here, but we don't have the space! www.goldleafdesigngroup.com

Gift Packaging: Willow Specialties (Batavia, NY) offers a wide range of wholesale baskets, containers and packaging supplies. Their expansive lines of baskets, containers, bows, overwrap, raffia, shrink wrap and tools are all quality products at reasonable pricing. Willow Group, Ltd. is the parent company of Willow Specialties, Avery Imports, and Skalny. www.willowgroupltd.com

The New York International Gift Show: Looking for more floral and gift accessories now that we've whet your appetite? Look no further! One of our favorite industry shows is right here in New York City. Attend The New York International Gift Show (New York, NY), held bi-annually every January and August and meet the top companies and suppliers from around the country and world. The show is a great source, and the exhibitors fill both the entire Jacob Javits Convention Center and two Piers. Don't forget to bring comfortable shoes! www.nyigs.com

Enjoy your search and remember to make each day an event!

What's Hot!
By Wendy Leopold

LocationsEtc.com. New York, NY. October 2012 - Accessorizing your events and event venues make them unique and memorable. They can also help brand your event, yourself, your company and better achieve your event goals. Here are some of our favorite finds and ideas as we approach the end of 2012.

Garden Party: Gardenstone (Richmond BC) has a wonderful range of fiberglass and concrete planter designs from classic European to contemporary. All products come with a 5-year frost-free guarantee. The designs are timeless and finishes are hand-crafted. Our favorite is the imposing square Versailles. www.gardenstonemfg.com

Indian-Theme Party: Looking for a great gift for your guests? How about beautifully embroidered towels from Stitchsations? These luxury towels are embellished in gorgeous beads, European laces, and detachable exotic fringes. From the simple to the ornate, these towels are made with impeccable detail and sophistication. Wrap them in paper and ribbons that complement the design, colors and fabrics of your event. www.Stichsations.com

Gala Costume Party: Nothing reads glamour and sophistication like the Italian-imported Venetian masks at Si Lucia (via Newport, Rhode Island). Aligned with one of the few true Venetian “master” mask makers, Si Lucia brings the classic and the historic Venetian masks to the public, worldwide. These talented artisans re-create opulent designs that are historical and truly sublime. www.SiLucia.com

Floral Arrangement Rentals: Looking to save money on weekly fresh flowers? Thinking about renting pre-made floral arrangements? Diane James (New York, NY) creates the finest in silk floral arrangements. Create a show-stopping entrance to your event or venue, and wedding floral arrangements are both beautiful and reuseable. www.dianejames.com

These are just a few of the accessories available for your special event or venue. When planning your next event, go to Locations, Etc. for all your special event needs.

And have a very eventful day! www.LocationsEtc.com

Enjoy your search and remember to make each day an event!

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