Happy #SmallBusinessWeek y’all! We are proud and honored to announce that UniqueSettingsrentals.com has been chosen as an American Small Business Champion by SCORE and Sam’s Club.

The American Small Business Championship (championship.score.org) awarded this title to 102 small businesses, two in every state and the District of Columbia, for their dedication to the success of their businesses. Each state winner will be awarded a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to a training and networking event in Dallas, TX, SCORE mentoring and publicity throughout the year. Each Champion is also eligible for one of three $25,000 grand prizes.

We are honored to have been chosen for this award. When we began our business in 2013, our dream was to bring the highest quality and most beautiful fine china pieces to our Knoxville wedding market. We hoped to serve the community by providing donations and decor for organizations like East TN PBS, The Butterfly Fund & The Junior League of Knoxville.

The prizes, training, publicity and SCORE mentoring we have been awarded will help us take our business to the next level, and better serve you, our customers. We had an amazing trip to Dallas, TX to attend the SCORE training event, where we spent a full day learning from keynote speakers about Marketing, writing a successful business plan, Email Marketing and more.

Stay tuned for more posts throughout American Small Business week to learn more!

Visit the #sba website to learn the week’s activities HERE.
There is a PRESS RELEASE about our win…. spread the love y’all!!ASBC 2017 Winner_UniqueSettingsRentals_Release revisedPress Release: Unique Settings Rentals, Knoxville TN Named ASBC Winner
Thanks again for all your love & support- the feeling is 1000% mutual!
XO,
~Colleen

Heartland Meadows, a beautiful emerging venue in Powell, TN opened it’s doors to a team of vendors to create this beautifully rustic photo shoot showcasing pops of lavender, copper & rosegold and allllllllllll the pretty things! A cigar bar, champagne cocktail set-up, beautifully adorned ceremony site, breathtaking table scapes and an unforgettable  dessert bar by Rosas’s Catering that warms the soul and invites brides & grooms to set their look in the rich style of the countryside. We loved working in the deep metallic tones and inviting the bright springy pops of color to the stacked china sets, while our vintage glass goblets compliment the look created by Vintage InspirationsMelissa Timm Floral Designs and Custom Love Gifts. The bride and groom sweetly stunned with looks by The Gilded Gown and Prestige Tuxedo with hair & makeup by the amazing Southern Sirens.

Enjoy this look, we sure loved creating it. Shoutout to Simply Croft Photography for creating these stunning images.

~Colleen

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Many thanks to Heartland Meadows, LLC. for welcoming this team of pros to do what we love best!

Vendor credits:

Photography: Simply Croft

Venue: Heartland Meadows, LLC

Florals: Melissa Timm Designs

Hair & Makeup: Southern Sirens

Dress & Jewelry : The Gilded Gown

Tuxedo: Prestige Tuxedo

Mismatched China & Vintage Glass Goblets: Unique Settings Mismatched China & Tabletop Rentals

Vintage Rentals & Styling: Vintage Inspirations, A Vintage Rental Company

Dessert Bar & Catering: Rosa’s Catering

Favors: Custom Love Gifts

 

 

This yummy DIY Doughnut & Coffee Bar shoot comes just in time for the cool fall weather. Many thanks to The Bride Link for featuring our teacups, dessert plates, dinner plates & vintage glass goblets.

As always, using teacups in new adorably- fun ways is always a great way to make your guest giddy!

Participating Vendors:

Redboat PhotographyCustom Love Gifts, and Starkey Town Cove,

Enjoy!

~Colleen

DIY Doughnut and Coffee Bar

Whether you’re having a bridesmaids brunch or want to have something different at your cocktail hour for your guests to enjoy while you’re finishing up those last few photos; this DIY tutorial is for you! Doughnuts and coffee are usually reserved for quiet Sunday mornings but they’re perfect for a bridal brunch, wedding day brunch, or even at your evening reception.

We’ve put together a few tips of how to create a fabulous (and delicious!) doughnut and coffee bar below. 

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5 DIY Tips for a Doughnut & Coffee Bar

1. Keep the coffee simple – You can’t please everyone, so keep your coffee options to a minimum.  Choose one or two types of coffee; a light roast and a dark roast are always good contrasting options.  If you know that you have an attendee that would prefer decaf coffee then you can always add it as a third option.  It’s much easier to give your guests options when it comes to toppings instead of hot coffee choices!

2. Provide fun toppings –  Your guests can always grab a fresh cup of coffee at Starbucksanytime, but you want to give them an experience! Provide fun toppings and encourage them to experiment with the flavors – We used mocha chunks, caramel, and cream for our station but the possibilities are endless.  You can also use flavored creamers and seasonal items such as candy canes and chocolate spoons to give a different flair.

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3. Don’t be boring – Don’t use the box the doughnuts came in – provide fun containers for the sweets! We displayed the teacups on cedar disks and placed the doughnut holes in a tall wire basket.  The coffee ad-ins were put in mini mason jars and we also added a few raw coffee beans to some other mini jars to complement the setup.

4. Customize it – Play around with the toppings before the event and write down your favorites on mini chalkboards at the station to give guests an idea of combinations.  Encourage them to write down their favorite combo’s to share and have a contest to name the combinations.

5. Favors – Send the guests home with a mini doughnut or a to-go coffee.  These items are fairly easy to prepare and the to-go doughnuts can be completed before the event.  Small favor boxes with a single doughnut and a simple ribbon make for a sweet treat to take home.   If you’re providing to-go cups for coffee make sure you make those special as well. Provide Sharpies for the guests to draw on their cups or you can write individual messages to each attendee for a sweet and southern personal touch.  

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View the full gallery of images  here

Participating Vendors

Photography: Redboat Photography | DIY Tips : The Bride Link | Designer: Custom Love Gifts | Wedding Venue: Starkeytown Cove|Mismatched China Rentals : Unique Settings Rentals 

Stephen and Juliet’s elegant smoky mountain wedding anniversary session was shot near Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by  Jessica Lee Photographic Art. The couple wanted an intimate and elegant anniversary session that was reminiscent of the sophisticated, glam style of the twenties. They worked with Unique Settings Mismatched China Rentals and LB Floral to achieve the look.

The pair chose the location because of their ancestors, who were some of the first settlers in the park. “How sweet it was to have their first anniversary session in the very place that brought them together; it was meant to be,” said photographer Jessica Lee.

We’re not sure what is more beautiful – the couple, the setting or the perfectly photographed details! ♥

~From the blog posted on Confetti Daydreams 6/28/16.

Elegant Smoky Mountain Wedding Anniversary {Jessica Lee Photographic Art}

 

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We’ve got a lot to be thankful for over here at Unique Settings. We’re so excited to be going into our 3rd year of business, we have a brand new website, and now the ability to share our experiences and knowledge with our readers -on this blog! Not a bad way to start the year, huh?
With such a big collection of both bone & fine china plates and tea cups, tea pots and serving dishes, I often get asked the questions that many don’t really know the answers to. Like, “What does ‘Limoges’ mean? “How do you know a piece is an original?” And, “How can you tell if a piece is ‘fine’ china?” Well, you’re in luck- I’m going to start tackling these questions in our posts, along with gratuitous beautiful pics of our plates and rental items of course. He he he.
So, to kick off 2016, and to tackle the first big question of the year- “What’s the difference between bone china and fine china?”, we’ll take it to the industry experts Noritake to clear this up. Enjoy the read, I know I did. (And, share your newly found info with others too!)

From the Noritake.com/au blog June 21, 2013; “Difference between bone china and fine china”:

One of the most commonly asked questions is “what is the difference between bone china and fine china?” There are lots of misconceptions on what makes bone china different from fine china in the online world so we thought we share with you what we as a manufacturer of tableware tell our customers.

First of all, let me start by saying bone china does not mean stronger china. I repeat, bone china does not mean stronger china. If you are looking to buy bone china because you believe it is unlikely to chip compared to fine china, DON’T because I can tell you now that it doesn’t matter. When I tell this to my clients, the response I get is “but then how come it’s more expensive?” The reason behind bone china’s tendency to be marketed at a higher price point is due to its material. And that magic material is cow bone ash.

The main difference between bone china and fine china is that bone china mixes cow bone ash into the ceramic material. Now I know you are tired of me saying this but they don’t do this to make the material stronger; they mix cow bone ash to give it a unique colour tone. A bit hard to tell from an image but still you can tell the difference between bone and fine china above. Hertford which is bone china has creamy soft white colour compared to Hampshire Gold which is made from the fine china (or sometimes called fine porcelain) without any cow bone ash content. By mixing the bone ash in the ceramic material, it gives your china a warm soft looking colour and translucency. It’s easier to see the difference when you lift up a cup under the light. You will find that bone china is more translucent and will let more light in compared to fine china.

So it all comes down to your preference. If you are like me and prefer creamy white colour in your china, you should definitely choose bone china. But careful when selecting your bone china as you might risk paying more for what you are getting. Unfortunately, at this stage, the industry does not have a standard on minimum cow bone ash content necessarily to claim chinaware to be bone china. So it doesn’t matter if the china only has 5% or 30% bone ash content, they can both claim to be “bone china”. Not many people know this and pay more for low quality bone china.

If you are looking to buy bone china, ask the store or brand how much bone ash content is in that product. Noritake bone china has cow bone ash excess of 30% and that is what we believe the standard should be to be considered high quality.

When buying quality bone china, you definitely want to make sure it is of quality that they claim to be!

Posted by Yoko Gomi

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