• 2017 Furniture Trends to Enhance the Design and Theme of Events

    FROM THE Winter 2017 ISSUE

AFR Event Furnishings is the second largest furniture rental company in America, with five divisions including Residential, Commercial, Special Events, Trade Show and Clearance Centers with 22 distribution centers across the United States, but this was not always the case.

Founded in 1975 in Philadelphia, American Furniture Rentals is now 90 times its original size. The 22 distribution centers around the country together create more than 1 million square feet of every color and style of furniture.

AFR has expanded the company over the past 40 years because of high customer demand for its services and products. Just because they have been around a while, AFR is not afraid to keep up with the times. Jose Ramirez, the marketing manager at AFR, says that midcentury modern and bold colors are really in right now for any event.

AFR has accommodated a wide variety of events. With plenty of experience, AFR has also rented furniture to more unique events like Comic-Con and even Beyoncé’s dressing room.

When asked why AFR has remained so successful, Ramirez puts it simply: “Furniture is like water—you need it to survive.”  

After a nationwide search, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has named Sheila Alexander-Reid the executive director of PHL Diversity. A business development division of the PHLCVB, PHL Diversity was created in 1987 and was the first multicultural division of a convention and visitors bureau in the country.


Because many of our colleagues are caffeinated enough during these stressful months, why not gift them a gentler, kinder holiday beverage? Tea Forté, a company based in Maynard, MA, offers handcrafted tea blends that are served at some of the finest hotels across the U.S. and Canada. Their Warming Joy 2021 holiday collection features a combination of black, green and herbal teas, including seasonal favorites like raspberry ganache, sweet orange spice, cherry marzipan, harvest apple spice and winter chai.


Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.