Archive for October, 2016

Archive for October, 2016

Vendor Spotlight: Vintage Place Settings

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 by Showroom on Hubbard No Comments

Today, we’re excited to share a behind the scenes look at an exceptional event vendor, Vintage Place Settings. We originally became introduced to founders Stacy Powers and Coreen Arnold through The Green Wedding Alliance, a coalition of eco-friendly event vendors in the Chicago area. We became instantly enamored with both their gorgeous china-filled tablescapes and their green business practices, so we’re thrilled to shine the spotlight on them today!

Vintage Place Settings is a very unique business. Can you tell us a bit about it and how you got started?

Vintage Place Settings was created in 2013 by two women who loved collecting china and other table settings and wanted to share the beauty of different patterns for a custom setting for any event. Over the last few years we have accumulated a very large inventory that includes over 200 different patterns of china.

What services do you offer?

We offer a large selection of china to fit almost any theme, color or style. We also rent gold and silver-plated flatware, clear and colored glassware, depression glass, damask napkins, serving pieces, utensils, and some vintage props. We especially love to set dessert tables with lovely cake stands, compotes, platters, and other serving pieces. We offer short-term rentals, style consultation, set-up, delivery, and pick-up. We gladly coordinate with venues and other vendors. Our items may be rented by the piece, but we also offer discounted package rates for complete table settings. Finally, we also sell some of our pieces and act as a finder for special items that we don’t have in our vast inventory.

Where do you find most of your pieces?

We find them in a variety of places, but mostly at local estate sales.

As a member of The Green Wedding Alliance, sustainability is clearly important to you. How do your incorporate this ideal into your business?

We are very proud that we can repurpose vintage table settings so they do not go into landfills. We also reuse our packing materials. We use earth friendly cleaning and paper products whenever possible in our business and recycle waste products. When we have damaged items, we donate them to several artists so these items have another life as beautiful artwork.

Most memorable event you were a part of?

We have had so many memorable events that it is way too hard for us to choose just one. We love to work with wedding couples to make their weddings beautiful and unique. We start with their vision and give them a variety of choices to fit their dreams. We also love styling vintage tea parties with our vintage teapots, cups and saucers, and serving pieces.

Best part about being in the biz?

The best part of the business is helping people create lovely place settings for their event, whether it is a small dinner party or a large wedding.

Enjoy some photos of their tablescapes and items available for rental below. If you’d like to learn more about Vintage Place Settings and how you can use their beautiful pieces at your next event, be sure to take a look at their website!

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Anniversary Breakfast for a Great Cause

Posted on: October 3rd, 2016 by Showroom on Hubbard No Comments

We were honored to host a 30th anniversary leadership breakfast for the incredible non-profit organization, Between Friends. Between Friends works to end domestic violence, championing a variety of programs and supportive services to those in need. These programs include a crisis hotline, counseling, community education, and more. With these services, Between Friends is hoping to make their vision, a community without domestic violence where equality, safety, and justice exist for all, a reality.

Please enjoy these photos of the event below and learn more about Between Friends on their website. If you’re interested in getting involved, take a look at the many ways to volunteer and donate, including the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge. This challenge gives Between Friends the opportunity to compete to raise and win grant money throughout the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Wonderful guests, including CBS Chicago’s Erin Kennedy

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Photos by Cathy Carmody