'Tis the Season for Stylish Event Furnishings with CORT!


Erinn Jones of CORT shares five tips for choosing stylish furnishings for special events at the holidays


We are nearing the end of 2016, and the holiday season is officially here! No matter what type of event you’re planning, the holidays bring festive vibes and a different set of needs and expectations for your seasonal soirees.

These five steps will help make sure that your glittering holiday events leave a lasting impression!

1. Get an Early Start
Get a head start and secure your vendors now to get the best pricing. The best locations for corporate parties and New Year’s celebrations fill up fast, and prices are always higher at the last minute. Reserve your venue and secure rental furnishings that celebrate the season to avoid missing out on the best pieces. Looking for inspiring furniture ideas? Consider our Miramar Dividers as a unique backdrop or space divider for your event. Pair it with the white Endless Collection, and you can create customized seating arrangements that work with the design of your special event.

CORT Endless Collection
Customize your event space with the sleek, modular Endless Collection! Photo courtesy of Maureen Cotton Photography.

2. Choose a Unique Venue
Shake up your holiday party this year and keep it fresh by mixing up the location. If the same ballroom has been used more than two years in a row it’s time for a change. Consider non-traditional options such as art galleries or museums that lend character and a sophisticated ambiance, or think about a winery. Incorporating wine tastings will not only impress your guests, but will contribute to a social atmosphere. Be sure to choose a venue that’s flexible with decor options. The ability to customize a space with rental furnishings instead of facility furniture will allow you to communicate a theme to get your guests into the holiday spirit.

3. Throw a Party … NOT Just a Dinner!
Create fun seating arrangements that get your guests talking by mixing soft seating and dining elements. Casual environments using CORT’s gold Vibe Cubes with silver textured café tables add shine and encourage your guests to mix and mingle. Use shiny liquid white bar and café tables for bistro-style dining and supplement with red lounge vignettes using our Heathrow collection for your guests to relax and socialize. Consider using a buffet layout where guests can wine and dine when they please. Don’t forget holiday drinks to help guests get into the festive spirit! Consider using gold Maxim Bars to display desserts and serve drinks.

CORT's Wagner Chair
The Wagner chair is a great way to add texture to your holiday event with comfortable, plush seating. Photo courtesy of Details Nashville.

4. Keep Your Guests Connected
Make sure your guests don’t have to stay glued to a wall outlet to charge their phones! Keep them connected by using powered furniture in your space design. Our selection of powered furniture allows you to create custom seating areas while the built-in charging capabilities keep your guests’ charged and ready to celebrate!

MGM Resorts Event Productions
Adding color and lighting to your NYE celebration to get your guests ready to ring in 2017! Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts Events Productions.

5. Shake Up Your Design with the Unexpected!
Don’t forget to add statement pieces to your event design. An unexpected bit of flair helps give life to the party. CORT’s new white French-inspired Dome chair, or the furry Wagner chair are great ways to add the element of surprise and delight your guests! CORT’s complete collection includes a range of high-end, modern furnishings that reference old Hollywood era designs, including the Wilshire and Draper seating collections.

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Erinn Jones is the marketing manager for CORT Trade Show and Event Furnishings. She is responsible for national marketing efforts across all channels. Erinn resides in Las Vegas.

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