Our warehouse and service center is in Portland Oregon. We serve all of the Portland Metro area- Including Oregon and SW Washington.
West Portland – Northwest Portland
Beaverton, Hillsboro, Rock Creek, West Haven – Sylvan, Northwest Heights, St. Johns, Scappoose, St. Helens, Skyline, North Plains, Banks, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston
South Portland - Southwest Portland
SW Portland, Southwest Hills, Raleigh Hills, Multnomah Village, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Metzger, King City, Durham, Tualatin, Sherwood, Newberg, Yamhill, Carlton, McMinneville, Newberg, Dundee, Dayton, St. Paul, Donald, West Linn, Wilsonville.
Northeast Portland – Southeast Portland
NE Portland, N Portland, Maywood Park, Mt. Scott, Gresham, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, Corbett, Damascus, Happy Valley, Sunnyside, Clackamas, Oregon City, Canby, Sandy, Estacada, Beavercreek, Redland, Spring Water, Mulino, Mollalla, Colton, Mt. Hood, Mt Angel, Woodburn Hubbard, Aurora, Gervais.
We Also Serve:
Bend, Corvallis, Albany, Eastern Oregon, Eugene, Klamath Falls, Medford-Ashland, Oregon Coast, Portland, Roseburg, Salem.
Vancouver, WA - SW Washington
Vancouver, Camas, Mill Plain, Camas, Washougal, Five Corners, Orchards, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Ridgefield, Woodland, La Center, Kelso, Longview, Amboy, Kalama, Castle Rock, Centralia, Chehalis, Napavine, Mossyrock, North Bonneville, Stevenson, Goldendale.
Salem – Kiezer – Albany
Four Corners, Brooks, Hayesville, Amity, Willamina, Grand Ronde, Monmouth, Independence, Silverton, Stayton, Turner, Jefferson, Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Brownsville, Sweet Home.
Bend – Redmond
Prineville, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Warm Springs
Eugene – Springfield – Ashland – Medford – Klamath Falls
Salem – Kiezer – Albany
Central - Eastern Washington
Yakima, Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, Tri-cities, Spokane, Ellensburg, Walla Walla, Wenatchee, Spokane, Spokane Valley, and more.
Post Falls, Coeurd'Alene, Sandpoint, Lewiston, Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Twin Falls
It’s raining outside right now, but summer will come eventually and with it come a host of outdoor events including concerts. Even though it feels like summer is a long time away, events take a long time to plan, so there’s no time like the present to start.
Where do you intend on holding the concert? Popular outdoor concert venues in the Portland area include the Clark County Amphitheater, Oaks Park, Columbia Meadows in St Helens, the waterfront, and some Portland Parks. Be sure and get all necessary permits and insurance for your event and know the requirements and restrictions of your venue.
Once you determine where you are holding your concert, find out what amenities the venue includes and what you will need to provide. Start with a stage, and a sound system. You may also choose to have lighting if the event is going to go on after dark. A generator may be required if power is not readily available for the equipment you are using for your event.
One of the biggest challenges with holding a concert in the Northwest is the weather. Be sure to have a plan in case of rain. Make sure to provide cover for your performers and consider tenting part or all of the audience if the forecast calls for rain. With all the planning and hard work that goes into putting an event on, you do not want to have to cancel because the weather did not cooperate.
Audience members can sit or stand on the grass or you might provide bleachers or chairs. Many concerts have premium seating areas close to the stage. If you are charging admission, you will need to be sure the facility is secure enough so that people cannot just walk in and out at will. If there are not sufficient bathrooms at the venue, provide porta potties and sinks.
Concessions often provide much of the income for events, so have vendors selling a good selection of food and drinks. Beer gardens are also very popular at concerts.
Of course the most important part of any concert is the music. Popular bands draw their own crowds while less known acts will require more publicity.
The problem with events (weddings, birthday parties, etc) is that you spend so much time and money planning them out and trying to make everything perfect, then before you know it, the whole thing is over. After the mess is cleaned up, all that is left is the memories and the pictures.
A good photographer is essential to any event that you want to remember. Photos bring memories of the events alive. However, when I look back at the photos of important occasions in my life, I often wish I had more pictures, perhaps from other angles, with other expressions, or with individuals who did not pose in that picture.
When you are picking a photographer for an event, there are many things to consider. First and foremost is perhaps availability and reliability. No matter how good the pictures that the person takes, if he or she is not able to make it to your event, they do you no good.
Assuming the photographer is available for your event, take a look at their portfolio and discuss pricing. It is important to understand what you are purchasing. Will the photographer be taking photos during the entire event or just coming for a portion of the event. Will the photographs be posed, candid, or a combination? How many photographs will the photographer take and of those how many will you get to keep? Who will own the rights to the images? Will you be allowed to make copies or the images yourself or will you have to purchase additional prints from the photographer? Would you prefer to get a disc of photos that you can print yourself or an album of printed pictures? If you do not have a lot of time, the album may be more convenient, but if you want to give copies of the images to everyone involved in the event, digital copies will probably be preferable.
Most photographers are flexible with their options but the fee will depend in part on what product they are delivering to you. Purchasing rights to an image will probably be more expensive then just getting a print of the individual image.
On the event day, the photographer will be busy taking pictures. Make sure if there is anything or anyone in particular that you want photos taken of, the photographer knows. If there is any assistance you can provide, such as gathering people for photos, be sure to do so. If you are happy with the photographer and the images they take of your event, refer them to friends who are having events and remember them next time you are holding an event of your own.
As long as they are not distracting, it is never a bad idea to have a few extra cameras around an event, even if you hire a professional photographer. You never know what images an amateur may come up with that you may really like. You may also want to hire or recruit someone to videotape part or all of the event.
Photographs last much longer than any event, so make sure that you get plenty of good ones!
One of the most important things for any party is the menu. Whether you are having an elaborate meal or just serving appetizers, guests appreciate having good food to nibble on while they mingle. The ideal appetizers should be easy and inexpensive to prepare, and they also need to taste great.
Chips are easy (just open the bag) and inexpensive but served by themselves, they are also boring, You can get a container of salsa to serve with the chips, and but unless the salsa is something really special, it is unlikely to be a source of much praise. Luckily there are many other kinds of dips you can make or buy.
Mexicali or 7 Layer dip is a favorite for parties. It doesn’t actually have to have 7 layers, there can be more or less depending on your preferences. You can purchase premade layered dip in stores; however, it is not difficult to make yourself and it tastes much better if it is homemade.
Here is the recipe I grew up with:
In a large flat bowl, layer the following:
2 nine ounce cans bean dip (smashed flat)
3 ripe avocados mashed and mixed with 2 tablespoons lemonade
½ cup sour cream mixed with ½ cup mayonnaise and 1.25 ounces taco seasoning
Grated cheddar and jack cheese (enough to cover the entire bowl with a thick layer)
Chopped olives (1-2 small cans)
Chopped green olives (1 bunch)
Serve with corn chips.
This dip can be made a day or two in advance and kept in the fridge until the party. Be sure that if any perishable foods are going to be kept out for any length of time that they are kept at a cool temperature so they do not spoil. Placing the dip bowl over a tray of ice may be a smart idea during warm weather. You can purchase an inflatable buffet tray to fill with ice and set up on a table for a nominal cost. Another option is serve smaller portions and keep the remainder in the refrigerator or ice chest until the food that was served has been used.
If you want to serve warm appetizers, making nachos is another great way to serve chips at a party.