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President on ballot for ARAM board of directors

The president of Roland L. Appleton, Inc. has been notified that he is on the election ballot for the American Rental Association of Massachusetts board of directors. The American Rental Association of Massachusetts is the oldest professional rental equipment network in the US. They conduct industry research, provide reports of that research to members, provide training and seminars for the professional development of employees, and in general act to maintain and improve the quality of the equipment rental industry. They are a division of the American Rental Association, which encompasses the entire US.

If elected, Mr. James Appleton would serve as a member of the board for a term of three years. The objective of the board is to make the ARAM as relevant to its members as possible, by providing services that encourage the growth and improvement of business and business practices.

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Glassware Quantities

Hello again! In this installment of event tips, we are going to focus on glassware. There are very many variables that determine how many glasses you need. First, what kind of party are you having? Are you having a formal dinner? are you having a buffet function? or are you having a cocktail reception?

  1. If you are having a formal dinner, the number of glasses is up to the host or hostess. They have already decided what they are serving their guests, and so get one of each for each guest. If 10 guests will be served red wine, champagne, and water, then you need three glasses for each guest- 10 for the red wine, 10 for the champagne, and 10 water goblets, for 30 glasses total. Technically, you should always order one or two extra glasses of each variety to account for accidental breakage.
  2. For a buffet function, the total number of glasses is usually 1&¾ glasses per person (round down) for the first hour, and for each additional hour add an additional ½ glass per person. You do have to order types of glasses appropriate to your crowd, and appropriate to what you will serve. If you’re having a champagne toast, you need to order those in addition to any other glasses you will use.
  3. For a cocktail reception, the ratio is 1 glass per person per hour. Pretty easy. Again, just make sure you factor in what kind of drinks your crowd is drinking. Not everyone drinks martinis, and you may be serving more on-the-rocks drinks than you realize.

If you really NEED to know what are the totally necessary amounts and kinds of glasses for a properly stocked restaurant bar, then here’s the list for a venue that seats 100 people. Remember, you asked:

144 beer glasses, 36 champagne glasses, 108 highball glasses, 24 martini glasses, 108 wine glasses, 36 sour glasses, 72 rocks glasses, 36 cordial glasses, 36 collins glasses, 36 brandy glasses, 168 water glasses, 144 iced tea glasses, and 144 juice glasses.

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Champagne Fountains

For holiday functions, we would like to call to your attention our champagne fountains. Realistically, you don’t use expensive champagne in these, because the bubbles fizz out after a while. This does not mean you are limited to champagne. Many people use punch, or a punch mixture with sweet wine. If you are fortunate enough to own a gelatin mold form, you can use it to make a decorative ice ring for the fountain. The only restriction that we have on the fountain’s use is that customers cannot use drinks with pulp. Pulp would clog the motor and result in breaking the fountain.

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Cocktail Parties and Numbers

Hello everyone and welcome to our first post on event planning tips! We will be posting party planning tips every week, to help our customers and potential customers with their do-it-yourself events.

Cocktail Parties and Numbers:

So, whether for your parent’s wedding anniversary, or a class reunion, or an executive conference, you’ve decided to have a cocktail party. The problem is, you don’t know how many of what kind of table you need. You think cocktail party and you automatically say, “Well, I need cocktail tables right?” Yes, but they aren’t the only things you need. First, how many people do you have? We’re going to start a bunch of math here, so we need a number to start with. For the purpose of this example, we’ll say you are realistically expecting 60 people. At any one time, you should expect one-third of your guests to sit. So, for our example you need 20 chairs, with smaller tables to accommodate them (a 36″ round table will seat 4, so you get 5 of those tables). OK,  so people can sit. But what about the people standing at those high cocktail tables? Again, at any one time you should expect one-third of your guests to gather at the cocktail tables, so again for our example that’s another 20 people. But since they’re standing, you can fit 5 people at a cocktail table, so divide that last 20 by 5, and you get 4 cocktail tables. The rest of your guests are basically going to stand around in their own little clusters. Don’t forget a bar! Unless you have more than 80 people, you should be able to manage with 1 bar.

We hope these tips will help you in planning your own special events.

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Holiday Parties

The holidy season is upon us! In preparation for the holidays, we are breaking out all the table cloths in christmas colors and the pretty china for your holiday parties. Here are just some examples of table arrangements that you can try.

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