Featured In Special Events Magazine!

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January 14, 2013


A1 Party was featured in the November/December Edition of Special Events Magazine. We made the annual ’30 Top Rental Companies’ List and our nominated Gala Award submission was featured in an article on unique tent installations.


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The Tent As Party-Hearty Place

When the male party attendees are all dressed in their pajamas and the females all in lingerie, them maybe it doesn’t even matter what the tent looks like. But when the party is the annual Midsummer Night’s Dream pajama party at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, then the tent has to be as good-looking as the guests. For more than 20 years, the event had used pole tents placed over the pool and back lawn. But this year, Covina  Calif.-based A1 Party Rental put a new twist on the August even– installing a clear-top clearspan. The rental team had to work quickly; the event host gave the go-ahead to manufacture the custom structure only a week before the party.

A myriad of space and equipment constraints on-site-a tony residential neighborhood- meant that standard installation equipment such as boom lifts and reach forks were out of the question. Instead, the crew used pulleys anchored near the roof of the mansion to hoist the beams high enough for a single scissor lift to pull them upright.

In the end, the 80-by-120–foot structure offered no obstructive center poles, a higher peak, and more ceiling area than a pole tent, allowing installation of towering truss lighting, a massive chandelier and 20-foot-tall-LED panels on the entertainment stage, where Cee Lo Green performed for the 900 quests in an environment decorated as a “fertile forest”