Moustache Baked Goods

Its no secret we love desserts around here: yummy baked goodies, homemade ice cream, decadent truffles, perfect cookies, delicious, handmade pies and don’t even get us started on cake! It is a rare occasion when a store-bought treat is as … Continue reading

ISES Event at The Barlow

We love networking with the wonderfully talented people within our industry; from caterers and wineries to event planners, florists, photographers, dj’s and more! The Napa-Sonoma chapter of ISES (International Special Events Society) host some of the best networking events. After … Continue reading

Ehlers Estate Wine Release Party

Ehlers Estate is located in what is arguably the most beautiful area of Napa Valley. One hears the words “magical” around here a lot but in the case of Ehlers Estate truer words were never spoken. We had the privilege … Continue reading

Party More and Spend Less

Who wants to party like its $19.99? Who wants to throw an amazing party on a less-than an amazing budget?? Here are SIX money-saving tips that will get your party started right, without breaking the bank!! Do me a favor? … Continue reading

How To Set A Table

Do you ever have a Julia Robert’s moment from the movie Pretty Woman when you need an expert to teach you all about a formal place setting?? I sure do. Forks on the left or the right? Knives facing in … Continue reading

Cherry Basil Spritzer

Hot days deserve ice cold drinks. So why not beat the heat with this delicious and adorable Cherry Basil Spritzer cocktail. Continue reading

Wood Lounge Furniture

Who loves a comfy place to sit? We sure do! And we love it when comfort meets style. This happens beautifully with our Wood Lounge Furniture. It is perfect for any casual event indoors or outside. Made of solid teak wood, … Continue reading


Here in Sonoma & Napa Counties, we are spoiled.

Perfect weather. Gorgeous scenery. Amazing restaurants. The very best wine in the world. When hosting an event in this area, there is no shortage of incredible venue options.

We are happy to highlight one of those options today: Catelli’s.
We were honored to take part in the launch of this new exquisite event space at one of Geyserville’s historic landmark restaurants. Continue reading

Mason Jars Drinks And Treats

Mason Jars. We love ‘em. These simple jars have been around since the mid 1800′s yet they are still widely popular today. Originally created for preserving food, these versatile vessels are now trending stars in home décor and at weddings … Continue reading


We are excited to announce the opening of a new Design Studio in downtown St. Helena. This inspiring studio will make it convenient for our customers to meet and design their next event in Napa Valley. We are also pleased … Continue reading

San Francisco Wedding | Golden Gate Bridge Theme

Wedding season is upon us! The excitement causes us to reminisce about some of our favorite weddings of past seasons. So happy to share the gorgeous details of this stunning wedding at the historic University Club in San Francisco. The … Continue reading

Vintage Lounge Furniture

Lounge furniture is the perfect addition to your event, adding style to your decor while offering your guests a comfortable, more intimate seating option. At Encore, we offer several styles that can always be mixed and matched to meet your … Continue reading

Engagement Photos Tips and Trends

So you’re getting married?? AWESOME!! Congratulations! Usually we are all about your special day: the linens, table design, china, chairs, lounge furniture, etc. But today we want to share some tips and trends for another important detail: your engagement photos!! … Continue reading

How to Make A Delicious Moscow Mule

We have a new favorite drink. So perfectly refreshing… this vintage cocktail is making a comeback!! The Moscow Mule! Not only do we have a simple yet delicious recipe for you to try but we just added beautiful copper mugs to … Continue reading


Chances are you will have flowers at your wedding! Looking for inspiration? Get ready… today’s blog is just for you! We have teamed up with the super talented Aimee Lomeli  to share some awesome wedding flower tips and inspire you with stunning photos! 1. … Continue reading

Beer Tasting Party

Check out this brilliant party set up currently in our Petaluma showroom designed by Sara and showing off our teak lounge furniture! Sara’s love for beer combined with a great idea for a get together gave us this awesomely fun … Continue reading

Pigs and Pinot 2014

Bonnie & Clyde. Chocolate & Peanut Butter. Batman & Robin. History is full of great combos… matches made in heaven. Things/people that individually are great but put them together and BAM! Awesomeness! Famous chef Charlie Palmer of The Healdsburg Hotel … Continue reading

Beautiful Summer Wedding For Catherine and JD

It was hot. Seriously HOT!! Temperatures reached 105 degrees on the sweet Saturday Catherine & JD chose for their special day last June! But they didn’t mind because it made for a memorable story! It’s obvious from these pictures that … Continue reading

Crispy Magic Buttercream Frosting

Sometimes you just need a cupcake… A yummy, really good, moist & flavorful cupcake topped with an obnoxious amount of delicious frosting. Recently I had one of those days when just such a cupcake was needed.  I had a lone red … Continue reading

Rustic Orchard Chic Wedding

Meet Katie & Rob! She is an Orthodontist in Novato and he is an Account Executive at Salesforce. This beautiful couple met and dated for a short time in 2007, but the timing wasn’t right. Five years passed before they … Continue reading

Best Ever Homemade Granola

Sometimes you taste something yummy and you say “mmmmm, that is tasty!”

And then there are those times… usually when you least expect it, when you taste something and it makes you want to cuss. Because it’s that good. Continue reading

Extravagant Event Design | The Special Event 2014

Check out these gorgeous photos from this year’s premiere event conference: The Special Event in Nashville, TN. So much fun, extravagant design to inspire you for your next event. Continue reading

Burlap And Lace Rustic Wine Country Wedding

I love weddings. And it’s a good thing, considering my awesome job! But when I get to blog about a sweet friend’s wedding that I attended??!! That’s my fave. And today I get to share a fave!! Derrick and Kresten … Continue reading

Sweetheart Table Inspiration | Wedding Table Inspiration

Love is in the air. Not only are we spending most of our time these days helping sweet engaged couples select their rentals for their special day… but its VALENTINE’S DAY!! All things romantic, sappy and sweet are not only … Continue reading

Wedding Inspiration: Classic Elegance Wedding Design

This gorgeously styled shoot is from Brittany Hanson of Run Away With Me, an all inclusive destination wedding planner. Check out their site to see how it works. Basically, you choose your destination, pick a style and then BOOM… they … Continue reading

DIY Glitter Heart Décor | Easy Wedding Décor Ideas | Easy Valentine’s Craft and Décor

I heart glitter. and hearts. and super easy crafts that can be used as gifts or décor. When I say “super easy”, I mean something a 3rd grader could do. Recently, I read this blog post and got inspired! With weddings on … Continue reading

Wedding Place Settings and Table Design Ideas

Whether you like a modern, clean look or something more frilly & fancy… your table design reflects your style! Here are seven different place settings to help inspire as you create your own unique table design. Want one of these … Continue reading

Beautifully Classic Orange and Grey Wedding

Meet Jana & Logan! These two met during college, four years later got engaged then recently celebrated with their closest friends and family with a wedding at St. Vincent’s School for Boys in San Rafael, CA. From the bride: I … Continue reading

How To Host A Favorite Things Party

About three years ago I discovered A Favorite Things Party.  I was invited to one by a friend at church, did a lil’ google search and fell in love with the concept! I had a blast at the party and … Continue reading


If I could go back in time, let’s say eight and half years, and re-design my wedding… I’m pretty sure it would look very similar to this!! I’m in LOVE with these photos submitted to us by Kristen Stimpert of Back to … Continue reading

Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Its the New Year and we are trying to eat healthier, right? And as much as I’d rather be posting a fun new cake recipe (which I’m sure I will soon)… I wanted to share a healthy recipe that I … Continue reading

Wedding Inspiration: Elegant and Modern Wedding Design

 Today we have joined forces with some amazing folks to bring you some ooh-la-la-worthy wedding inspiration!! Our very own Heather Nelson and the fabulous Aimee Lomeli put their creative minds together to create this gorgeous styled photo shoot at the beautiful Vine … Continue reading

Wedding Inspiration | Paradise Ridge Winery and the Color of the Year

January is here! Time for resolutions (maybe) and looking ahead at what 2014 may bring. For some, it’ll be the year to say “I do”! With the holidays behind us, wedding plans are now in full swing. So we are here to help with some inspiration! Continue reading

The Best of 2013

Here comes 2014 whether we are ready or not!! But before we toast and kiss our way to the new year, we wanted to give a shout out to some of our favorite events from 2013! Continue reading

Holiday Table Inspiration Part Two

Still looking for ideas for your holiday table décor? Check out more photos from our current showrooms. Continue reading

Holiday Table Inspiration Part One

Once again it is time to gather around the table with your family and friends to celebrate the holiday season! Here are just some of the tables up in our showrooms now to help inspire you to make your table fabulous! Love one you see here? Call us and we can tell you how to get the look!!
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Holiday Gift Guide

You aren’t finished with your Holiday shopping yet? No worries!! We are here to help! The festive and fun ladies of Encore Events have created a list of some of our favorite gifts to help you check everyone off of your list! Continue reading

Experience Encore | Holiday Party 2013

Encore Events knows how to party!! This weekend we enjoyed our awesome company holiday party and wanted to share a few photos with you! First off… every great party needs a fabulous venue! The DeTurk Round Barn in Santa Rosa was the perfect … Continue reading

Holiday Cocktails & Mocktails

Tis the season to enjoy holiday festivities… with a drink in your hand!!

Here are a few crowd-pleasing beverages sure to help you and your guests celebrate this season! Click on the drink title for the link to the delicious recipe. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Inspired Recipes: Cinnamon Beer Bread, Pecan Bars, and Pumpkin Cheescake

Still finalizing your Thanksgiving menu? No problem! Here are three recipes perfect for the big day…. or any day! Continue reading

Thanksgiving appetizer recipe | Butternut squash soup

Ok so you’re planning your Thanksgiving menu and have all of the basics covered. Turkey? check. Stuffing? check. Sweet potatoes? check. But what about an appetizer for your guests to nibble on while you finish preparations? Yes!!
You want to serve something festive that compliments your meal… not compete with it. And nothing too heavy to spoil the main event! We suggest a delicious Butternut Squash Soup… it’s like autumn in a cup! Continue reading

Thanksgiving Inspiration Part Two

Thanksgiving is a week away!! Eek! Just in case you haven’t planned your table, here are five different styles to help inspire you!! And if you want to just swipe one of these looks? Give us a call or come … Continue reading


Thanksgiving Inspiration Part One

Now that Halloween is behind us, its time to start focusing all of our attention on the favorite table of the year: THANKSGIVING!! A time to be thankful for those crazy family members seated across from you and fill your plate … Continue reading


Take a peek at these awesome photos from Jennifer Bagwell Photography of a recent event we sponsored for ISES. This gorgeous venue provided the perfect setting for some of our most popular rustic items like farm tables, rustic gun metal bar … Continue reading


So you’re hosting a party but have no idea what to serve? Chicken skewers? Done it. Chips and salsa? Boring. Veggie tray? Not enough.
Why not create a BRUSCHETTA BAR? Continue reading

Olympias Valley Estate Wedding

A beautiful farm in Petaluma was the perfect setting for this 1930′s inspired wedding. When Lindsay and Tyler got engaged, they knew they wanted to get married on her parent’s beautiful property. Lindsay is the Venue Manager for Olympia’s Valley … Continue reading

Pigs And Figs

Encore’s fabulous Business Development Manager, Heather Nelson, is joining us on the blog today to share all about PIGS AND FIGS!!! Intrigued? Take it away Heather….. This weekend, I had the awesome privilege of attending the first annual Pigs and … Continue reading

Halloween Table Tricks

Some would say Halloween is all about the costume. Others would say its the candy. But at Encore… we say it’s all about the décor!

Our sales team transformed some of our showroom tables into black widow magic, bone-chilling glamour and Halloween happiness. By using simple tricks of adding spooky accents to specific Encore items the result will be all treat! Continue reading


With the popularity of rustic-themed weddings still going strong, we are delighted to find another FABULOUS venue perfect for your next event. Bloomfield Events is a must see property with breathtaking views, a spacious, historic barn, organic gardens and luxurious cabins. Any type of large or small-scaled event would work well here. The sky’s the limit! Continue reading

Cornbread Wars!

This week, some of our close friends from church were gathering for a Chili Potluck and I was asked to bring cornbread. So why not make three different mixes and have a taste test? CORNBREAD WARS!! Continue reading

Sweet Treats for Fall

How much do we love Fall!!?? Even if the weather doesn’t always cooperate, there is no denying this season as we pass pumpkin patches and tempting aisles of delicious candy. With or without crisp nights and turning leaves, we still relish our pumpkin spice lattes!

Craft ideas, recipes and decorating tips flood our Pinterest and Facebook feeds. Armed with burlap, cinnamon sticks and cornucopias….We want to try them all! Continue reading

Rustic Glamour Table Design

As far as décor themes go, you can’t get more opposite than rustic and glamour. Both wildly popular but on opposite ends of the design spectrum. So what would happen if we combined both styles on one tablescape for our Petaluma showroom? Continue reading


If you’ve ever stopped by our Petaluma location, chances are you met Sara. As assistant store manager, Sara oversees our sales team in Petaluma and takes care of a thousand other important tasks. She wears many hats and is crucial … Continue reading

A Sparkly Chic Wedding for Lyndsey and Gabe

Meet Lyndsey & Gabe!!! This adorable Petaluma couple met when they were just kids. At 12 years old, Gabe told Lyndsey he was going to marry her!! And here they are 18 years later…. Gabe was right! The fabulous Petaluma … Continue reading

Bridgets Guide: Copain Winery

Our awesome and owner and president, Bridget, loves wine tasting and visiting all of the amazing wineries Sonoma County has to offer. She’s a pro. So why not get the low-down on some of her favorites?

Take it away Bridget: Continue reading

Mamas Hot Lemon Cake

If I had nothing but time on my hands, I think it would be fun to open a lil’ cake shop. No, I’m not a classically trained pastry chef… or any kind of chef for that matter. I just love … Continue reading

People You Want to Know: DL Catering

Hi everyone and welcome to our first episode of People You Want to Know!! This is where we will highlight some of our favorite people we have the privilege of working with in the events industry. You know… when you have an awesome friend that you want everyone in your life to meet and know and love? That.

The friend you want to sit next to at the dinner party.

Good people.

People You Want to Know.

First up? Dan Lucia of DL Catering!! Continue reading

Experience Encore: Retirement/Birthday Party

Hey there party people!!

At least once a month we want to show you a recent event highlighting some of our new and favorite items in our inventory… so you can “experience Encore” in full, party-time effect!! Continue reading

Birthday Party at the Park!

Hi Everyone! Just in case you’re stopping by the blog today for the first time or first time in a while…check out this post to get caught up! So it’s Toni here… with probably what will be my favorite post of … Continue reading

Get Your Craft On: Paper Flower Place Settings

So here’s the situation: You’re tired of flipping through Pinterest to see dish after dish of amazing yumminess only to look down at your boring plate of Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese. The solution? DINNER PARTY!!!!!! You decide it’s finally time … Continue reading

A Rustic Chic Wedding for Tiffany & Anthony

Meet Tiffany and Anthony!!! So happy to share some of their highlights from their rustic chic wedding! Continue reading

An Enchanted Garden

Hi Everyone! I’m so excited to give you a glimpse of the AMAZING event I attended last week with some of our fabulous Encore sales team!! ISES, International Special Events Society, hosted a “Seed to Skin” experience at the breathtaking Beaulieu Garden, just north of Napa. Continue reading

Let’s Get This Party Started!

Hello party people!! Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Toni Shumaker, your new Encore Events blogger!! I’m not new to the Encore crew. I was an Events Consultant from 2010 to Spring of 2012 when I tearfully exited to be a … Continue reading

The Whimsical Table Design

Working together with Aimee Lomelli Floral Design on this whimsical table design was so much fun. As soon as we saw some of the work she had created in the past for her events, we knew we would be a … Continue reading

Garden Bo-Ho Wedding Photoshoot

This photoshoot was inspired and designed by the very talented Ali Diluvio from Ali Diluvio Events. She came to me with this vision of “garden boho” and here is what we came up with. For this blog, I am going … Continue reading

Princess Birthday Party Table

Check out this super cute princess birthday party table we have displayed over at our Healdsburg location. This table has been getting great comments from our customers. We took some pink linen and skirted the table with a pink princess tutu. Next, … Continue reading

Photoshoot At Sbragia Family Vineyards

When we were asked by Alex at Quintana Events to do a photoshoot at Sbragia Family Vineyards, we just couldn’t say no! Not only do we love doing events at these breathtaking winery, we were also very excited about the … Continue reading

ISES Event at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Last month we had the privilege of working with Francis Ford Coppola and their events team on a sponsored event for ISES-Napa-Sonoma Chapter. This special dinner was our annual awards presentation and we were thrilled to be wine and dined … Continue reading

A Carnival Themed Event At Jordan Winery

Who doesn’t love a theme event? We can always count on Jordan Winery to throw a fun theme party for their wine club members! For this year’s sunny spring event, they went with a carnival theme. This was one of … Continue reading

The Petaluma Foundation Benefit

It’s not all about weddings here in Sonoma County! There are also many great non-profit events that we help to help plan. Once again, it was time to work with our good friends at the Petaluma Valley Hospital Foundation. Every … Continue reading

The Willow Farms Photoshoot

Check out this fun photoshoot that we did with the amazing ladies from Kai Squared Events at Willow Farms in Sonoma County. This new venue has a cute barn and a beautiful garden that is the perfect location for a variety … Continue reading

A 4th of July Tablescape!

Are you planning a 4th of July party this year? Let us inspire you with our 4th of July tablescape! Who doesn’t love a chalkboard with colored chalk?! We thought we would use our new round farm tables with black … Continue reading

Country Style Table Design

Summertime is here and that means delicious summer barbeques! If you are planning on hosting a summer barbeque this year, this table design is perfect. In fact it is perfect for any country themed outdoor party. We featured this country … Continue reading

Chalkboard Signs | Wedding Style Ideas

  One of the hottest trends at weddings right now is to use a chalkboard sign. There are so many fun and personalized things you can do with them. Colored chalkboard pens are also really in right now, and can … Continue reading

Glam Rock Table Design

Our good friends over at So Eventful generously participated in the annual Festa Della Donna fundraiser. Festa Della Donna is an annual spring event hosted by a committee of supportive and beautiful women in the Lodi community. The event celebrates … Continue reading

Our 2013 Tent Collection

Yes, we have TENTS! For the 2013 season we have introduced a brand new range of tents that we are super excited to share with you! Tents continue to be very popular here in Wine Country for all types of … Continue reading

Escort Card Ideas | Wedding Style Tips

Are you stuck deciding if you should use escort cards for your guests or let them pick where to sit? Well if you do decide to assign seating, here are some great ways you can present your escort cards that … Continue reading

Cute Wedding Guest Book Ideas | Wedding Style Ideas

Remember the days when you would be greeted at a wedding with a guest book for you to sign and pass on your best wishes? Well, those days have come and gone! Couples are now coming up with super-creative ways … Continue reading

The Vintage Ranch Wedding | Wedding Style and Theme Ideas

Personal touches are what make a wedding truly unforgettable and this vintage ranch wedding right here in Sonoma County was adorned with rustic, homemade items that all helped to make the day even more memorable. The location for this weeding … Continue reading

Francis Ford Coppola Holiday Party | Classic Christmas Themes

One of the most popular holiday themes of 2012 was the Classic Christmas theme and this party, the ever-so-famous Francis Ford Coppola holiday party, was the embodiment of cool and gave this theme some super style! We had the privilege … Continue reading

Paradise Ridge Winery | A Love Story Event

It is always a pleasure when we get together with our talented industry friends for a vendor event. This particular event was located at the breathtaking Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa. Paradise Ridge Winery overlooks Santa Rosa and … Continue reading

The Landmark Winery Event | Events In Wine Country

Wine Country is alive and vibrant with some amazing vendors and many of the best photographers in the world. We are lucky enough to work alongside so many talented people at the events we partner with. This week’s talented photographer … Continue reading

A Spring Backyard Wedding | Cute Wedding Themes and Ideas

At Encore Events Rentals, we love backyard weddings. It gives us and our customers the opportunity to take a blank canvas and really make it come alive. At this local backyard wedding, everybody did an amazing job at creating personalized … Continue reading

The Breakfast At Tiffanys Bridal Shower

Here is a cute bridal shower theme: the Breakfast at Tiffany’s bridal shower. The bride-to-be’s name is Tiffany, so it’s easy to see where the inspiration came from for this idea! The first step to creating the Breakfast at Tiffany’s … Continue reading

Rustic Holiday Party | Seasonal Party Ideas

Christmas may be far behind us and everyone’s focus may be on the spring season, but with our holiday event photos pouring into our showroom this month, we thought it would be a good time to reminisce about the amazing … Continue reading

An Elegant Wedding At Kohl Mansion, Burlingame

Kohl Mansion in Burlingame is a distinct and grand venue that hosts a variety of events. Elegant furnishings, streaming natural light, English rose gardens, and a perfectly manicured lawn, all help to make Kohl Mansion a breathtaking setting for a … Continue reading

A Cute Rustic Wedding at Vine Hill House, Sonoma County!

Congratulations to the darling newlyweds- Brittany and Nick! This cute and rustic vintage-style wedding took place at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol, Sonoma County.  This unique venue and private winery is the perfect setting for a rustic-style wedding, with the … Continue reading

The Wedding At Vintners Inn

At Encore Events Rentals, we have the pleasure of planning many fantastic events but most of the time, we do not get to see the final product. This time however, a few of us attended the wedding, and here’s why! … Continue reading

Private Luncheon In Sonoma County | Autumnal Themed Table Design

One of the aspects of Encore Events Rentals that always inspires us is the vibrant variety of events we are privileged to help plan. This recent luncheon at a private estate in Sonoma County was wonderfully put together and the … Continue reading

Holiday Table Design Ideas

It’s time to start planning your holiday table. During this special time of year, the family gathers around the table to relax, celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. Your table needs to looks amazing. Stuck for ideas or inspiration this … Continue reading

A 50′s Style Birthday Party | Party Theme Ideas

  The ethos of any good event, whether it’s a wedding or a fundraiser or a party, is to create a memorable occasion, something that takes up residence as a fond memory in the minds of all those who attend. … Continue reading

Vanda Floral Design | Floral Designs And Looks

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Bryce Loutsch from Vanda Floral Design to get the inside scoop on this year’s hottest floral designs and looks. Seeing as the year is coming to a close, we thought it … Continue reading

Some Fantastic Thanksgiving Table Design Ideas

We want your table to look spectacular this Thanksgiving, so here are some table design ideas for Thanksgiving that will have you celebrating in style and wowing your guests. Remember to visit or call one of our showrooms for more … Continue reading

Rustic Italian Themed Wedding

Italy was the inspiration for this week’s featured wedding, and we have to say it was one of the most inspirational and creative weddings we have helped to plan this year. The location: The Calegari Vineyards in Healdsburg. This exclusive … Continue reading

Halloween Themed Table Design

In honor of all things spooky and seasonal, we created a Halloween table to inspire ideas that you can use for your own Halloween party. The table begins with gold shimmer linens that are stylized pumpkin-esque and an iridescent color that … Continue reading

Chair Sash Ideas Pt 2: Folding Chairs

Using a sash doesn’t have to be exclusively with a Chiavari chair. Here are some exciting ways to use a sash on a regular folding chair to create some color. By the way, we rent these chairs in white, black … Continue reading

A Circus Themed Bridal Shower

I have to admit, when I first heard the idea of a circus themed bridal shower, I thought it was a bit bizarre. I’m now eating my words because the event and idea turned out to be amazing! The inspiration … Continue reading

Beverage Station Ideas

Many hosts across Wine Country are setting up beverage stations at events and parties where their guests can get their own drinks. It’s informal, fun and takes a lot of the pressure away from making sure everyone at the party … Continue reading

Chair Sash Ideas For Chiavari Chairs | Table Design Ideas

Here are some sash ties that you can use to add color and flair to any chair or tablescape. Chair sashes come in a wide variety of fabrics and we have tons of colors and styles to choose from. We … Continue reading