Decor & Rentals, Venues

Etc. December 2012

Bead Décor

Water beads from Aquaflora Fantasy dress up centrepieces with a splash of colour. The non-toxic, reusable beads come in 10 vibrant hues, growing to 100 times their size when they hit water. As well as adding visual interest to floral arrangements, the beads have multiple uses including as a clean soil alternative to growing plants, a relaxing hand and foot spa soak with the addition of mineral oils, and lots of imaginative fun for tactile sensory play.

Colour-fast, the beads last up to two years — just add water to plump them up. Available for bulk purchase, Aquaflora will donate 50% of the sale of yellow beads to the Canadian Cancer Society. Make the beads glow by pairing them with the company’s submersible Floralights. The battery-operated tealights are available in packs of 10.

Wardrobe Help

What event planner wouldn’t be thrilled to don a new designer outfit for every gala and function they organize? Rent Frock Repeat makes such wishful thinking an affordable reality with its online store of high-end dresses available for rent at a fraction of the purchase price. The site makes shopping a breeze, with over 185 classic and fashion-forward styles available in multiple sizes and colours.

Rent it (the company sends your preferred size and a back up to ensure proper fit), wear it, then return both in the provided prepaid return envelope that includes a card noting the closest Canada Post office to your postal code. Rent Frock Repeat can also organize private fitting parties at their studio and dress visiting VIPs for a big event.

New Sports Facility

Building on the footprint of the storied Maple Leaf Gardens, the Mattamy Athletic Centre opened its doors in early fall as a recognized Ontario heritage site and the new sports and recreation home for Ryerson University. The project involved the revitalization and conversion of the old Gardens site to a multi-functional athletic facility including relocating the rink to the upper floor.

Available for community use, the 220,000-sq.-ft. venue features an NHL-sized rink with seating for 2,500 plus. A multi-purpose court seats just under 1,000 with a convertible surface for reception and trade shows. The site also has a fitness centre and gym. Several multi-purpose rooms offer private meeting options including the licensed Alumni Lounge overlooking the ice for up to 170, and Eggy’s Summit for 70 people, which has a bird’s eye view of court action.