Velvet is back and more luxurious than ever.

Velvet as seen in the Telegraph, InStyle, and Glamour. 

Photo: Velvet as seen in the Telegraph, InStyle, and Glamour. 



Velvet is back.


But the classic, cozy fabric is more sophisticated than you remember. Today’s velvet is soft and silky with a bit of shine.


We’ve taken inspiration from the fashion runways and created a collection of luxurious velvet tablecloths. We think velvet is perfect for you. And perfect for your table. Particularly for holiday events.


We’re now renting velvet in 108″ rounds and 90″ squares in 12 colors.


For custom sizes, please provide two weeks notice.


Want to see and feel this fabric for yourself? Request samples at


Black Velvet

Black Velvet


White Velvet

White Velvet


Ivory Velvet

Ivory Velvet


Cashmere Velvet

Cashmere Velvet


Mink Velvet

Mink Velvet


Hunter Velvet

Hunter Velvet


Leaf Velvet

Leaf Velvet


Smoke Velvet

Smoke Velvet


Red Velvet

Red Velvet


Merlot Velvet

Merlot Velvet


Rose Velvet

Rose Velvet


Marine Velvet

Marine Velvet


Celebrating 40 Years


A note from John Dawson, Principal of Please B Seated, on his fortieth anniversary in the party rental industry.




This week marks my fortieth anniversary in party rentals. It was in October of 1977 when my partner Ray Duffy and I started our first company, Tri-State Party Rentals.


I want to take this time to thank my employees and clients, some who’ve been working with me for almost as long as I’ve been in the business.


Over the past four decades, I’ve had the great fortune of working with many wonderful people–employees, clients, and partners–and I’ve had the honor of being part of some memorable parties.


Throughout my time in the party rental business, I’ve seen trends take off, fade out, and come back. (Who would have thought that velvet would be having a moment again this holiday season?) But I’ve always found that great service has remained in style.


And at Please B Seated, we’re committed to staying in style.



John Dawson, Principal, Please B Seated

Meet Us in Manhattan or Water Mill


We live in a digital world, but sometimes you want to pick up those glasses, touch the linen, or sit on that chair. We understand.


Our Water Mill studio and Manhattan showroom and office space are available for visits by appointment, so you and your clients can see our event rental items in person.


We’d love to see you there.


Call your PBS representative or email


Our Water Mill Location:

688 Montauk Highway
Water Mill, NY, 11976






Our Manhattan Location:

252 West 38th Street
Suite #1004
New York, NY, 10018






Scenes from the Wanderlust Wedding Experience


We loved working with production company MR Hospitality on the 2015 Wanderlust Wedding Experience at Zen House in Manhattan. The event catered to newly engaged couples and their guests. The team created wedding “scenes” like a ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, throughout the two-story space. Visitors got a first-hand look at how beautiful a wedding with Please B Seated and MR Hospitality could be.

Our Ebony X-Back Chair

Our Ebony X-Back Chair

  Stemless Champagne Flutes are for so much more than bubbly.

DSC_6052KarenWise-Wanderlust-280Stemless Champagne Flutes are for so much more than bubbly.


The curved edges of our Tapas Dishes make them easy for guests to grab.

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Our Spanish Olive Trays are made from reclaimed wood

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A paper lantern and our Ebony X-Back Chairs set the scene



Our Miso Spoons are perfect for tastings.

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The ceremony scene with our Bentwood Chairs

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Please B Seated Joins Town & Country Magazine at the Greenwich Polo Club

In late August and early September we worked with Amanda Smith, of Amanda Smith Caterers, to provide rentals for the East Coast Open Tournament at the Greenwich Polo Club sponsored by Town & Country Magazine.


The stylish event featured our new bike cart, which was used to serve beverages, along with other rentals.


Take a look:


Our Bike Cart was a hit!

Our Bike Cart was a hit!


Treats from Amanda Smith Caterers were served on our Red Marbella Charger Tray

Treats from Amanda Smith Caterers were served on our Red Marbella Charger Tray


Our Bike Cart

Our Bike Cart


Our Zuma Fiery Red Tray and our Slender Handled Tasting Cup

Our Zuma Fiery Red Tray topped with our Slender Handled Tasting Cups


Please B Seated featured in an issue of Town & Country

Please B Seated featured in an issue of Town & Country

Scenes from Clambake 2015


Our rentals took a mini beach vacation for Clam Bake 2015 held on Fire Island in August. The event was hosted by the Fire Island Pines Property Owners’ Association. Please B Seated handled the tables, chairs, cooking and serving equipment, and the tenting for this 500-person party.


After the event the owners’ association wrote in a thank you note: “Incredible setting. Beautiful set-up. Great food…It was a WOW!” We couldn’t agree more!

A warm welcome.

A warm welcome.


Mike Price, of the Clam Restaurant in NYC, boiling lobsters in Please B Seated's stock pots.

Mike Price, of the Clam Restaurant in NYC, boiling lobsters in Please B Seated’s stock pots.


Our stock pots

Our stock pots brimming with lobsters.


Our hammered chafers were used to serve dinner

Our hammered chafers were used to serve dinner.


Our ruffled melamine bowls served dessert.

Our ruffled melamine bowls served dessert.


The scene at sunset.

The scene at sunset.



Scenes from the Wellness in the Schools 10th Anniversary Gala

The scene at Riverpark Restaurant

We were honored to support Wellness in the Schools and their 10th Anniversary Gala. The organization supports healthy eating, environmental awareness, and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools, all issues close to Please B Seated’s heart.  This year’s event was hosted by model Chrissy Teigen and chef Josh Capon and held at Riverpark restaurant on May 5th.


Photos from the event below photographed by Eric Vitale.


 Chefs and hosts of the Wellness in the Schools 10th Anniversary Gala, including Chrissy Teigen, chef Josh Capon, and chef Bill Telepan

Chefs and hosts of the Wellness in the Schools 10th Anniversary Gala, including Chrissy Teigen, chef Josh Capon, and chef Bill Telepan


Our 9pz Old Fashion is perfect for drink samples

Our 9oz Old Fashioned is perfect for drink samples


Our All Purpose Glasses

Our Nuance All-Purpose Glasses being filled with bubbly


Guests serving from chafers

Guests serve themselves from stainless steel chafers

The scene from above

The scene at Riverside Restaurant from above


The table was set with our Nuance 10.5oz all-purpose glasses, Square Coupe Plates, Dragonfly Flatware and Wrought Iron Plate Stands

The table was set with our Nuance 10.5oz all-purpose glasses, Square Coupe Plates, Dragonfly Flatware and Wrought Iron Plate Stands




Tea Anyone? Q&A with The Dish & Spoon Vintage


When Jessica Hill was living overseas in England she became enthralled with the ritual of high tea and began scouring the country to collect the delicate tea sets used in the time-honored tradition. Now that she’s back in the states, living in Connecticut with her family, she wants to bring the tea party trend stateside. She rents her tea sets for events through her company The Dish & Spoon Vintage.


We love the idea of setting the table with vintage tea sets, and we are so happy to be working with Jessica and her company. Ask us about renting vintage tea sets for your next event!


We spoke with Jessica about the origins of her company and what she loves about tea parties:


Jessica Hill

Jessica Hill


PBS: What inspired you to start collecting vintage tea sets?


Jessica: My favorite indulgence while living in the UK was the ritual of high tea. Nothing is more decadent than wiling away the afternoon on a comfy couch, sipping tea (and champagne) and eating way too much clotted cream. There is a sense of occasion when drinking from a china teacup as opposed to a clunky mug and one impulse buy led to many more.



PBS: Where did you find your pieces?


Jessica: I visited auction houses in and around London, charity shops, outdoor vintage and antique fairs and even found some pieces online.


Beautiful details

Beautiful details


PBS: Are you finding new pieces now that you’re back in the states?


Jessica: Estate sales can be a treasure trove. And I have enlisted UK friends to schlep teapots over the ocean for me when they come to visit. More surprisingly, since I started the business I have also received the occasional phone call from tea set owners looking to sell.



PBS: What made you want to start your business?


Jessica: I am a mom of two, and I wanted to start a business that would allow me to work and be creative while still having the flexibility to spend time with them and play an active roll in their schools.



PBS: What are some of your favorite pieces?


Jessica: Multi-tiered cake stands. No question. They are so elegant!


A cake stand from The Dish & Spoon Vintage

A cake stand from The Dish & Spoon Vintage


PBS:Tell me about the trend of using tea party china for adult drinks? Where’d you see these parties? What sort of drinks were served?


Jessica: In her book, The Vintage Tea Party Book, Angel Adoree creates a myriad of tea-related cocktails: from: Green Tea and Pear Cocktail and Wild Hibiscus Champagne, to Gunfire (which is English Breakfast tea with rum and orange) and Saffron G and Tea Shots (Earl Grey tea, gin, lemons, sugar and saffron to decorate) to name just a few. I have been to a bachelorette party where we learned how to make tea-inspired cocktails and sipped them from teacups. It added a layer of both kitch and elegance to our boozy night.



PBS: Do you have a favorite brand or style of tea?


Jessica: Fortnum & Mason or Harney & Sons are both great, and I prefer Queen Anne or Earl Grey.


A tea pot from The Dish & Spoon Vintage

A teapot from The Dish & Spoon Vintage


PBS: How do you take your tea?


Jessica: With black teas in general I love a bit of milk and sugar. Earl Grey is supposed to be served with lemon, which is nice but I have been known to put milk in that too.



PBS: What do you like to serve with tea? Any favorite recipes?


Jessica: I have a great Queen Victoria sponge cake recipe from Jamie Oliver, which is quite impressive and easy to make.  But when I indulge in high tea, my go-to will always be plain scones with clotted cream and jam–extra clotted cream!

It’s Easy to Add Some Greenery

Hedge bar available with black top at 6′ long and 18″ wide

Hedges are great for dividing, hiding, creating many rooms out of one large space, and, of course, adding some greenery to any event. We have 6ft by 3ft hedges, 3ft by 4ft hedges, 8ft by 3ft hedges in planters, and hedge bars (with black and white tops).


Our Hedge Bar in action

Our Hedge Bar in action


Hedge bar available with black top at 6′ long and 18″ wide

Hedge bar available with black top at 6′ long and 18″ wide

8ft by 3ft hedges in planters

8ft by 3ft hedges in planters


Hedge bar available with black top at 6′ long and 18″ wide and with white top at 12′ long and 18″ wide.  Please note: white top hedge bar is one piece and is intended for ground level delivery.

Hedge bar available with white top at 12′ long and 18″ wide. Please note: white top hedge bar is one piece and is intended for ground level delivery.


Our Hedge Bar with white top

Our Hedge Bar with white top


6ft by 3ft hedges

Hedges in action


6ft by 3ft hedges

6ft by 3ft hedge






Spotlight on Shayne & Daniel’s Rustic Wedding

Crafty couple Shayne & Daniel had a beautiful rustic wedding at the Living Room, which, until December 2014, was in the heart of Cold Spring, New York.


Take a look:


The table was set with Alina Dinnerware and a sprig of herbs

The table was set with Alina Dinnerware and a sprig of herbs


Setting the scene

Setting the scene


Just waiting for the guests.

Just waiting for the guests.


Our farmhouse tables  are perfect for big groups.

Our farmhouse tables are perfect for big groups.


A Wine Barrel with a vew

A Wine Barrel with a view

Wine Barrels completed the rustic look

Wine Barrels completed the rustic look

10 Tasters to Try


We’re faced with thousands of decisions every day–what to wear, where to go, how to get there, etc. Why not take the “what to eat” decision off your guests’ plate (pun intended!) by offering tasting dishes instead of large courses. We’ve seen our caterers and party planners get creative with this trend by serving soups shots, mini salads, petite savory brûlées, and more.


10 Tasters to Try:

Mini Fry Basket

The Mini Fry Basket ( 5″ x 4″x 3″) with handle is perfect for appetizers, fruits, french fries, and more.


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Green Glass Tasting Spoons

A delicate green glass spoon. Try it with dumplings or raviolis.




Glass Tasting Plate

The small 3.5″ square glass tasting plate has raised edges to insure diminutive dishes like sandwiches and meatballs don’t go sliding




Soho Shooter

A stylish shot glass that’s perfect for drinks or desserts.


Mini Martini

Try our 2 ounce martini glasses for cocktail hour tastings




Slender Handled Tasting Cups

Our stainless handled tasting cups in clear glass and white china are perfect for soups or hot cocoa. 7796-PBS-SI-slenderedhandled-205x255


Small Square Martini

Our 3.5 ounce small, square shaped martini glass is ideal for mini appetizers and desserts.





Miso Spoon

Our white china spoon is made for dumplings, sorbet scoops, bite-sized salads and more.




Tapas Dish

Small dishes take center stage in these 4″ square plates with curved sides to prevent sliding.




Tasting Spoon

It’s easy to get a handle on these stainless steel spoons.




And don’t forget: ramekins, shot glasses, and stemless glasses make great vessels for tasting dishes too!

We Love Long Tables

Long tables, often referred to as estate tables, are all the rage at weddings and dinner parties these days. They can seat 50 or more guests and are a great way to use limited space.  Not to mention, the sight of row upon row of place settings arranged just so is sure to wow guests as they enter.


Rustic and refined dinner party with RSVP Events featuring Please B Seated 's Farm Tables, Rustic Oak X-Back Chairs, Golden Rings Charger, Pure Glassware, and Hemstitch Linens.

Rustic and refined dinner party with RSVP Events featuring Please B Seated’s Farm Tables, Rustic Oak X-Back Chairs, Golden Rings Charger, Pure Glassware, and Hemstitch Linens.


Rustic and refined dinner party with RSVP Events featuring Please B Seated 's Farm Tables, Rustic Oak X-Back Chairs, Golden Rings Charger, Pure Glassware, and Hemstitch Linens.

Rustic and refined dinner party with RSVP Events featuring Please B Seated’s Farm Tables, Rustic Oak X-Back Chairs, Golden Rings Charger, Pure Glassware, and Hemstitch Linens.


A close-up of the rustic and refined dinner party

A close-up of the rustic and refined dinner party


An intimate lunch designed and executed by Hudson Events & Staffing

An intimate lunch designed and executed by Hudson Events & Staffing  featuring Please B Seated’s Frosted High Balls and Dragonfly Flatware


Parlay Studios Wedding with Rustic Food Custom Catering

Parlay Studios wedding with Rustic Food Custom Catering





Scenes from the Midsummer Cocktail Party

We were trilled to work with Karen DiPeri of DiPeri & Co. for the Midsummer Cocktail Party on Thursday, August 28, to benefit New Yorkers for Children. The event was held at 1315 Event Studio.


Our rustic rentals were front and center including our full wine barrel line–cocktail tables, 1/2 barrel tables, and bars.


Church Pews and 1/2 Barrel Cocktail Tables

Church Pews and 1/2 Barrel Cocktail Tables


The Wine Barrel Bar

The Wine Barrel Bar


The Wine Barrel Bar topped with wine

The Wine Barrel Bar topped with wine



Detail of the Wine Barrel Bar

Detail of the Wine Barrel Bar


Hedges set the scene

Hedges set the scene


Photos from the River Cafe’s Benefit Reunion and BBQ

Please B Seated was honored to donate rentals for the River Cafe’s reunion and BBQ on Wednesday, July 16th, which raised money for A Love Shared, a foundation created in honor of former River Cafe chef Gerry Hayden who was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease) in 2011.


Guests feasted on creations from an all-star lineup of chefs including Charlie Palmer of Aureole, Bill Telepan of Telepan Local, David Burke of David Burke Townhouse, and Brad Steelman of The River Café.


“It was a perfect evening,” said event planner Maria McBride who was an organizer of the event. “We had great weather, amazing food, fabulous guests, rich camaraderie that really made for a heart warming night. The chefs loved the Please B Seated details that made the event picture perfect. Chef Brad Steelman at the Café loved, loved, loved the planks, barrels and carts.”


The All Star Chefs

Our Farm Table Plank

Our Farm Table Plank


Our Wine Barrel Bar

Our Wine Barrel Bar


Our Spanish Olive Tray

Our Spanish Olive Tray


Our Push Cart

Our Push Cart


The party scene

The party scene


Our Wine Barrel Cocktail Table

Our Wine Barrel Cocktail Table




Please B Seated and Top of the Garden Celebrate Women in the Event Industry


Download PDF:  Please B Seated Women in Events


NEW YORK, NY, JUNE 2014–On Wednesday June 11th, New York event rental company Please B Seated will host a Women in the Event Industry party at the Top of the Garden event space. The fête will feature three female caterers: Alison Mesrop, Judy Marlow of Simply Divine Catering, and Melody Ordenak of Eventfull.


Guests will include members of the catering, hosting, event planning, event staffing, event space, and publishing industries.


While discussing an event for Please B Seated to host, John Dawson, the principal, and Diane McDonald, the event director, began considering how many of their clients were women. Although women are often underrepresented in commercial kitchens and as entrepreneurs, in catering and event planning they flourish. It was time to celebrate this!


“I believe that women flourish in the catering business because there are no limitations on them,” said Judy Marlow, who stared Simply Divine in 1986. While “the restaurant business is based in the kitchen on the hierarchy that came out of traditional male dominated French kitchens.”


“Having three daughters, it’s so encouraging to discover industries that not only welcome women but where they are prospering,” said Dawson. “In this case the industry was one I’m quite familiar with.”


Alison Mesrop started in the “industry” as a child making meals when her parents entertained. Now her company serves clients like WNYC and Rosie O’Donnell.


“My business evolved at a perfect pace. I never felt scared or that I was taking a risk,” said Mesrop. “I think the most difficult thing for me was, and continues to be, charging enough money for my services.  I think this is typical of many women, especially if they love what they do.”


Maria McBride, who will be in attendance, works in another side of the event industry: planning. She spent years working on entertainment and event publications before planning events herself.


“Despite the comfort that came with a corporate job, I’ve always preferred working for myself. Once I became a mom, opting for working for myself gave me the flexibility to be a hands on mom and continue my career in the world of publishing which lead to special events and projects of all sorts,” said McBride. “I grew up with seven sisters and an assertive mom, I went to a female college and have counted the women in my life as a gift. I find women are generally more aware of the details, sensitive to the big picture, naturally multitask, and pitch in to get the job done. Key ingredients to successful events.”


“Hosting an event to celebrate women in the event industry at Top of the Garden was an obvious choice,” said McDonald. The loft space is not only a beautiful party spot, but it is owned by another woman in the event industry: Ashley Jurgensen. She immediately understood the event’s message and meaning. McDonald and Jurgensen have worked on various events together.


“We are thrilled to collaborate with such a great group of women,” said Dawson.


Please B Seated is excited to shine a light on women in the event industry.




For more information:

Please B Seated:

Top of the Garden:

Simply Divine Catering:

Alison Mesrop:


Maria McBride:



About Please B Seated: Please B Seated is a new kind of full-service event rental company. They source handmade and hard-to-find items, along with all of the basic party rental needs–barware, tables, linens, and flatware and more–delivered with an emphasis on service and reliability. Principal John Dawson is a thirty-year party rental veteran. He started his career as a caterer then opened his first party rental company, TriState, in 1977. Tristate later merged with Service Party Rental to form TriServe (a Zagat top rated party rental company). With Please B Seated, Dawson wanted to offer high-quality service and uncommon products while keeping personal relationships with all of his clients. Please B Seated’s current client list includes: Amerivents, the Queens Museum, Hall of Science, Relish Catering, Go Catering, Cayenne Catering, Neiman Marcus, Le Pain Quotidien, Fig and Olive, Yvette Shandel Fine Catering Inc, and many others.


Contact Please B Seated:

Media Inquires:

Gloria Dawson

(p) 516-441-7412

(c) 516-721-6598


General and Event Inquires:

Diane McDonald, Event Director

(p) 646-741-4455 or 516-441-7412


Social Media:




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Photos from Wellness in the Schools Annual Benefit

On Tuesday May 13 Wellness in the Schools, an organization that supports healthy eating, environmental awareness, and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools, hosted their annual benefit at the 360 Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. We were honored to donate rentals for this important organization’s event. Here are a few photos from the benefit:



The scene at 360 Tribeca


Our 7oz Old Fashions were perfect for mojito tasting

Mirrored Ice Tube displayed oysters

Mirrored Ice Tub displayed oysters

Stemless Champagne glasses for beer tasting

Stemless Champagne glasses for beer tasting

Mini Martini glases

Mini Martini glases


13 inch square White China Cake Stand

13 inch square White China Cake Stand


Four Things We Didn’t Know About Acacia Wood


Please B Seated is proud to present our new Acacia Wood Trays made by Pacific Merchant Trading Company. But wait, you ask, what is acacia wood anyway?


We had  noticed acacia wood floors popping up in home decor magazines, and had seen the wood used in kitchen products like bowls and cutting boards. We knew the wood was sustainable and renewable but wanted to know more.


Here’s what we found out:


1. Acacia is an incredible light-weight but strong and hard wood, making it perfect for kitchen, cooking, and serving items.


2. Acacia wood is naturally resinous, so acacia wood items will resist penetration by liquids and will not pick up odors or stains.


3. There are believed to be over 1000 different species of Acacia trees and shrubs, but only a few types are appropriate for use in home products.


4. Acacia wood is believed to have made quite a few notable appearances throughout history. It is thought to be the wood used to build Egyptian coffins, the Ark of the Covenant, and Noah’s Ark.




Cold Weather Recipe: Beef Bourguignon


The weather outside is frightful but this recipe is so delightful.


Temperatures have been hovering in the single digits here in New York, but we’re taking comfort in Cayenne Catering’s  delicious recipe for Beef Bourguignon. Warm up with this dish soon.


Beef Bourguignon

Yield: 4 servings



1 tablespoon olive oil

8 ounces dry cured center cut smoked bacon, diced

2 1/2 pounds chuck beef cut into 1-inch cubes

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 pound carrots, sliced into 1-inch chunks

2 onions, sliced

2 chopped garlic cloves

1/2 cup Cognac

1 bottle dry red wine

2 cups beef broth

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

4 tablespoons butter, divided

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 pound frozen pearl onions

1 pound fresh mushrooms sliced




Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.


Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes until the bacon is lightly browned. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a large plate.


Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper. Sear the beef in the hot oil, in a single layer for 3 to 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove the seared cubes to the plate with the bacon and continue searing until all the beef is browned. Set aside.


Add the carrots, and onions, 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper in the fat in the pan and cook for 10 to 15 minutes,until the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the Cognac and ignite with a match to burn off the alcohol. Put the meat and bacon back into the pot with the juices. Add the bottle of wine plus enough beef broth to almost cover the meat. Add the tomato paste and thyme. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and place it in the oven for about  1  1/2  hours or until the meat and vegetables are very tender when pierced with a fork.


Combine 2 tablespoons of butter and the flour with a fork and stir into the stew. Add the frozen onions. Sauté the mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of butter for 10 minutes until lightly browned and then add to the stew. Bring the stew to a boil on top of the stove, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Season to taste.

A Year End Review and Lots of News


2013 has been an exciting year for Please B Seated. We only launched this spring and already have been  part of countless weddings, corporate events, fund raisers, and so much more. We have reconnected with clients our staff has known for years and established new relationships with colleagues, all while maintaining our goal of sourcing unique items delivered with an emphasis on service.


Our work hasn’t gone unnoticed. We’re so proud of the attention our new company has received. Some of our recent press below:


Please B Seated principal, John Dawson, discussed how the industry has changed in 30 years, and the importance of business connections in the November / December issue of Special Events Magazine. “Success in any business is hard work,” he says. “If you love what you do, it makes it so much easier.”


Prior to John’s profile the launch of  Please B Seated was also mentioned in Special Events Magazine along with a mention of the company’s hire of Diane McDonald, our event director.


In November, Diane was profiled on the International Special Events Society (ISES) New York Metro Chapter website. “Diane’s value to caterers goes beyond new ideas in equipment. Often, it’s just her experience that makes the difference.  Sometimes a question like, ‘What did you want to pour the coffee into?’ is the most important question a rental salesperson can ask.  Events have a lot of moving parts, and Diane considers it her job to make sure her clients don’t overlook anything,” the society wrote.


Our rentals had some time in the spotlight too. Please B Seated rentals were featured in Top of the Garden’s holiday ad in Biz Bash’s Fall issue (pg 195). (We’re a preferred partner of the Midtown event space.)  See the full photo shoot here. And we were among a group of event rental companies with items in the Spring / Summer 2014 issue of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style.


But it’s comments like this one from Ro Howe of Barraud Caterers that really make our day.


“OK Chaps – I am officially in love with you! Get used to it! What do you expect when you hang & wrap all the linens in a hanging box – even the work cloths; you wrap all the china goods in double thick foam padding; you seal the glass crates in sturdy plastic & the coup de grace was the Cadco oven, beautifully new/clean, sitting on its very own rolling rack with sheet trays beneath for use as easy storage during service & the cherry on top – that your delivery guy TESTED the oven to make sure that the circuit could handle the power & that it was in good working order! OMG I am more than in love – I am in adoration!”


Happy New Year! It has been a pleasure working with all of our clients in 2013. We look forward to an eventful 2014!

Holiday Recipe: Pom-Martini


Ro Howe of Barraud Caterers shared with us this festive cocktail that’s perfect for holiday parties. Serve one up soon.




Yield: 1 drink



1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp pomegranate vodka

1 Tbsp + 11/2 Tsp Grand Marnier

1 Tbsp + 11/2 Teaspoon orange juice

1 Tsp lemon juice

1/2 Tsp lime juice

1/2 Tsp grenadine


Add all ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange slice.


Photo by:  Michelle Tribe / Flickr 


Please B Seated Brings You Europe(2You)



We first caught sight of Europe2You’s goods at a trade show where the company had transformed their display booth into an English countryside home. Their products–rustic wood pieces for the home and kitchen–were just our style and when we found out they use refurbished and sustainable wood we were hooked.


We now rent Europe2You’s Spanish Olive Trays, made of lightweight reclaimed wood and featuring an oil rubbed finish, raised edges, and a handle, and their Farm Table Planks, an elongated tray crafted with timber salvaged from 19th century buildings slated for demolition.




Europe2You was started by Stacy Borocz and her husband Joseph after the two had spent time living and traveling throughout Europe. We like hearing the story behind our products, so we invited Stacy to tell us a bit about her interesting company.


PBS: What sort of  sustainable practices does Europe2You follow?


Stacy: Our factory culls beams from 19th Century buildings in Europe that have been scheduled for demolition. This wood is then re-fashioned by artisans to make our trivets, cutting boards, and other wood pieces. In addition to the salvaged beams, bricks, windows, and other architectural elements that we deem usable are also repurposed to create new products for today’s lifestyle.



PBS: Where are your pieces made?


Stacy: We have a factory in Hungary where our wood products and many of our glass items are made. We also have partners in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, as well as other countries throughout Europe. Every item we sell is from the continent of Europe.



PBS: We love the Farm Table Planks; can you tell us a little about them?


Stacy: The Farm Table Plank is inspired by a French style bread making board that I found at an antique market once. Originally the boards were used for making Gros Pain, which literally means “big bread,” but we have also seen French country homes use them as serving pieces for crudités or charcuterie. Inspired by its versatility, we created our version of the bread board from wood found in the area between Avignon and St. Remy, in the South of France.



PBS: We’re also offering your Spanish Olive Trays for our customers; can you tell us the story behind this item? 


Stacy: I love our Spanish Olive Tray because it has a special story that we enjoy sharing with our customers. Several years ago, while Joe and I were traveling along the coast of Spain, we had dinner at a tiny seaside restaurant in Mallorca. The owner is a very hospitable man and after a lengthy conversation and several bottles of wine, he brought us a tray filled with his best olives. When we had eaten all the olives, which were the best we’d ever had, the owner insisted that we keep the tray as a gift. Because the tray holds such fond memories for us, we wanted to recreate it and share it with others. We designed our Spanish Olive Tray after the one given to us by the restaurant owner in hopes that it will carry on the spirit of hospitality shown to us. To return the favor, we sent the owner our version of the tray, which he now uses in his restaurant!

4 Things We Didn’t Know About Mango Wood


In honor of our new Mango Wood Platter, we’ve gather four fun facts about this sustainable, remarkable but little-known wood.


1. Mango Wood’s color can range from blonde to dark brown and can even have a hint of pink.


2. Mango trees can grow over 100 feet tall  and do so relatively quickly, usually within 15 years.


3. There are more than 1000 known varieties of mangos.


4. When a mango tree reaches its full size it stops or slows production of fruit. Historically full-grown mango trees were cut down and discarded, but due to the popularity of mango wood products, these trees now have a new purpose.



Please B Seated’s official press release. Download the PDF here: PLEASE B SEATED PRESS RELEASE


NEW YORK, NY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 – Please B Seated, a new boutique event rental company servicing clients in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut, and New Jersey, is pleased to announce the launch of their company.


Please B Seated is a new kind of event rental company. They will work with a small roster of clients, including caterers and party planners, and will focus on sourcing hard-to-find items delivered with an emphasis on service and reliability.


“We’d like to be a calm, reliable part of the often hectic event business,” said founder John Dawson.  “We’re keeping our client list small to give individualized attention.”


Dawson is a thirty-year plus party rental veteran in the Tristate area. Along with Ray Duffy, he started Tristate Party Rentals in 1977, after they both worked in catering. Tristate later merged with Service Party Rental to form TriServe (a Zagat top rated party rental company). TriServe was subsequently acquired by Classic Party Rentals, the biggest rental company in the industry.


Dawson left Classic a few years back, and he began to think about starting his own company. He was interested in combining high-quality service with uncommon products on a small, individualized scale. This is the inspiration behind Please B Seated.


Although caterers, event planners, and others in the business can order all the standard faire, specialized items are a focus of Please B Seated. The company sources hard-to-find items and makes and refurbish many of their products in their warehouse.


The company likes products with good stories, like the Mason Jar Cocktail Shakers, from a small company out of Brooklyn, or their refurbished church pews, rescued from a church in Queens.


Please B Seated aims to be a good company in every sense of the word. Good to their clients (and their clients) good to our employees, and they’d like to be able to give some good back to the world, too. Please B Seated donates a portion of our proceeds to charities including Island Harvest.


For more information please visit Please B Seated’s website:


Contact Please B Seated:

Media Inquires:

Gloria Dawson

(p) 516-441-7412

(c) 516-721-6598


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Diane McDonald, Event Director

(p) 646-741-4455 or 516-441-7412


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6 Fun Ideas for Wine Barrels


What can you do with wine barrels? What can’t you do, we say! 


What is it about wine barrels that make them such lovely statement piece at parties? Is it the mix of a rustic form and function? Is it the essence of the delicious vintages that have developed inside them? Is it the barrel’s size, which seems to be perfect for cocktail tables and buffets?


“Wine barrels — especially if they’re authentic ones that actually held wine — are great since they already have hints of age and stains,” said Rachel DeSchepper, senior web editor for Country Living Magazine. “Their wood-and-metal combo is super trendy in design right now — you see it on coffee tables and shelving everywhere from Restoration Hardware to Crate and Barrel. At parties, they’re great surfaces for drinks and appetizers. Or, you could group a bunch together with a board on top to create a buffet table.”


Wine barrels can be used for permanent furniture or as party pieces. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired.

buffet-table-blog     Buffet  Table (from Pinterest) 





side-table-blog     Side Table (from Pinterest)





barrel-bar-blog  Bar (from a Please B Seated party)







Coffee Table (from Country Living)




dessert-buffet   Dessert Table (from Southern Wedding)





cake-display     Cake Display (from Style Me Pretty)





Do these ideas inspire you to incorporate wine barrels into your next event? Take a look at our wine barrels for rent which were used in the Long Island Vineyard Wölffer Estate 

To Rent: Refurbished Church Pews



A few years back, John Dawson, Please B Seated’s principle, walked by a wedding ceremony taking place on a Long Island beach where guests were seated on bright white church pews. The scene was  striking. When he saw a local Queens congregation was refurbishing their church and selling their pews, he knew he needed to rent them at Please B Seated.


We now have beautifully refurbished 8-foot church pews in white and stained oak for your next event. Cushions rented separately.





It was a scene like this one from MMD Events and Southern Weddings  that inspired John Dawson to rent pews.




Contemporary and Classic: The Cocktail Coupe


Leonardo DiCaprio in the Great Gatsby 


The tall, stemmed champagne flute has been a regular at so many of the parties of the past few decades.  But the cocktail coupe, its broad-bowled buddy, which was popular years ago, has starting fighting for a renewed place at the table.


Rumor has it that the coupe shape was modeled after Marie Antoinette’s bosom, but the glass actually dates back to before the queen’s time.  Monks created the coupe during the mid 17th Century, but the glass gained popularity during the post-prohibition 1930s.  During this time, sweeter, less bubbly champagnes reigned supreme, and it wouldn’t be unusual to see a tower of coupes stacked high at a wedding reception. Often champagne was poured over these coupe towers to fill the glasses.


Flash-forward to modern day, and it’s the champagne flute, not the coupe, that’s the toast of today’s soiree. Some say it’s better at keeping dry champagnes fizzy. These narrow glasses are seen at events large and small.


Our Coupe Cocktail Glasses


But with help from movies like The Great Gatsby and shows like Downton Abbey, the coupe cocktail glass has been invited back to the party. The 1920s and 30s-based sets prominently feature coupes at grand affairs, and we couldn’t be more excited that these glasses are now popping up at contemporary celebrations.


Champagne toasts are, of course, a great option for the glass, but we’ve seen the coupe used for inventive cocktails as well.  We love the Rhubarbara, a pisco, rhubarb concoction served at Back Forty West in SoHo. We’ve even seen  coffee served in a coupe. Whatever you pour, this glass is a party starter. Cheers!

Five Party Ideas for Burlap


Burlap goes beyond the barnyard


For years burlap’s durability made it the perfect fabric for the farm. Transporting plants, heaving loads of produce, and other tough tasks were what this cloth was born to do. But burlap has come a long way from the barnyard. Soft weaves (faux burlap), bright colors, and creative new uses for the fabric are popping up at affairs of all sorts, from the down-home to the down right elegant.



Here are five ways to incorporate burlap into your events:


runner-cropBurlap Table Runner: Don’t want a full burlap cloth? A table runner can add just a bit of contrast to another cloth. (From a PBS event at the New Leaf Restaurant in Upper Manhattan)






tree-burlap-cropWrap Favors in Burlap: Wrap a mini tree in burlap and give it away as a memento of your special event. (From Style Me Pretty)





chairs-burlap-cropBurlap Chair Sash: Put a new twist on your ballroom chairs with a burlap chair sash and a bit of babies breath.  (From Pretty Pink Tulips)






bouquet-cropBurlap Bouquet: Tie together your rustic themed event with a thick burlap ribbon around your bouquets. (From Ruffled)





color-burlap-cropColorful Burlap:  From olive to orange, burlap can brighten up your next event. (From Creative Coverings)




Put a New Spin on Your Party: Rent the Spun Chair

We like chairs with stories here, and the Spun Chair certainly has a story to tell.


The creator of the 2012 Summer Olympics fire cauldron, designer Thomas Heatherwick, is back with a more modest but no less enchanting endeavor. The Spun Chair (as seen in a New York Magazine article) a two-foot tall molded plastic formation, is inspired by the simple toy top.


From humble beginnings can come conversation starters and hours of amusement for your event guests. The chair is surprisingly comfortable–ergonomical even–and it allows guests to sway 360 degrees without falling over.


Thinking about getting tipsy at your next event?  Please B Seated rents the Spun Chair in a rich deep magenta.

A Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker Will Shake Up Your Next Event


One part strong Southern roots and one part très Brooklyn style. Combine and shake well. That’s the idea behind Mason Shakers–a cocktail shaker based on the icon Mason jar. We have W&P Design to thank for this cocktail creation, and we’re thrilled to be renting them at Please B Seated.


The Mason Shakers got a shout-out in the New York Times


We caught up with Mason Shaker co-creator Eric Prun to find out what’s on the horizon for the design firm and see what he’s drinking these days.


PBS: Can you tell me a little about your background and walk us through how you came up with the concept for Mason Shakers?


Eric: W&P Design is a manufacturing and design company founded by two best friends raised in the South. Now based out of Brooklyn, New York, W&P Design makes handcrafted products inspired by combined passions for vintage Americana, Southern sensibility, and New York industrialism. From our workshop to your countertop, we strive to bring you unique goods that pay tribute to both bygone American eras and modern usability, while staying true to our Southern roots. The Mason Shaker was an idea we played around with and worked on for a year or two before designing the first prototype–it’s been a great journey since!


PBS: Where are Mason Shakers made?


Eric: We have a design studio in Brooklyn and a shipping and assembly space in Forest Virginia, and split design/manufacturing between the two spaces. The space in Brooklyn is a bit tight for larger production runs.


PBS: Do you have a favorite cocktail?


Eric: My favorite currently would be the Rosemary Bourbon Maple Sour we have been making this winter:



serves 2

3 shots good bourbon

1½ shots freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 shot dark amber maple syrup

1 large sprig rosemary + 2 small sprigs

  1. Combine the bourbon, lemon juice and maple syrup in your Mason Shaker.
  2. Crush the large sprig of rosemary in your hand and add to the shaker.
  3. Add ice to above the level of the liquid, cap and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  4. Strain mixture into rocks glasses containing large cubes of ice and garnish with remaining small sprigs of rosemary.


PBS: Does your company, W&P Design, have any other products on the horizon?


Absolutely! We have partnered with a Nordic soapstone quarry and are offering whiskey stones nested in pint size mason jars this spring. We are also working on a much larger in house project for the summer–details will follow.


We’ll drink to that!