Sugarplum Tent Company

Sugarplum Tents Washington Ballet Gala

May 15th, 2015

Sugarplum at Ballet-12Sugarplum Tent Company was the company of choice for the Spring Gala supporting the Washington Ballet. The location: the renowned Residence of the German Ambassador, Dr. Peter Wittig and his wife Mrs. Huberta von Voss-Wittig.

For this elegant affair, Sugarplum installed a 20’ x 120’ clear structure tent on the upper terrace of the Embassy for dinner. As the guest count increased, an additional 10’ x 120’ clear marquee was installed between the building and large outdoor pillars of the Embassy.   Both tents, which connected, featured Sugarplum’s wrought-iron candle lanterns. When temperatures dipped late in the week, clear sides and heat were added.

Below the terrace dinner setting and the incomparable view of the DC skyline, steps led down to a large pond and outdoor gardens. This garden area was transformed into the perfect backdrop for Swan Lake, which the ballet company performed this season.   Sugarplum added an elevated and leveled floor and a 30’ x 45’ clear structure tent here to cover the performers dancing the White Swan Pas de Deux. Other performances were conducted by Students of THEARC and Dance DC Students.

In keeping with the theme of a “feathered friend,” décor included pigeons in cages swinging from trees, “Cream Puff Swans” for dessert, and swan ballerinas. Guests were greeted at the front door by a flock of young ballerinas, followed by servers with flutes of champagne. The ultimate culinary experience–which included the Puff Swans for dessert–was orchestrated by Susan Gage Caterers led by Chap Gage.

Sugarplum Tent Company thanks and congratulates the Washington Ballet for its successful gala and extends it appreciation to all involved in the planning and execution of this important annual event.

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Late Winter Blast

May 9th, 2015


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This elegant country theme had an entry tent setting the ambiance.

Sugarplum Tent Company battled a late winter blast to ensure our clients had a blast of a party.

Work started the week before the event with full leveled flooring and the multiple tents were up before another stormbrought 8-10 inches of more snow! With Federal offices and schools closed, Sugarplum staff was hard at work to make sure the party went off without a hitch. Check the photos!

Sugarplum decorated the 40′ x 50′ white structure tent with burlap and terracotta fabric. The client’s theme was an elegant and yet rustic look. Black wrought iron lanterns with candles combined with amber uplighting on dimmers gave the evening a wonderful glow. Rustic barnwood vinyl flooring was laid over the plywood sub-floor and a New England plank dance floor completed the look. The 40′ x 80′ beige pool tent was decorated with vintage antique wicker and blue and green uplighting as well as lighted trees throughout.

Guests were greeted in a 20′ x 20′ reception tent with vintage barn decor along with coat racks. Sugarplum provided all decor, lighting, flooring and full heating. Susan Gage Caterers’ top account executive, Nancy Higgins, was in charge of all catering and logistics, including linens, florals and the signature cocktail, “barnstormer!”
Greeting guests poolside was steel drummer Roger Greenidge, who was followed by renowned DJ, Derek Romanoff. These talented musicians were provided by Bialek’s Music. Reston Limousine provided the mini bus to ferry guests from an area hotel to the country residence. Suburban Video and ArcherImaging recorded all the action.
As always, Sugarplum Tent Company was honored to play a key role in this special celebration and was happy to work alongside our special event partners.
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Sailcloth + Late Summer Wedding = Perfection

September 22nd, 2014


Sailcloth Tents are increasingly popular for summer weddings and this past weekend was no exception. These special tents feature natural wood poles, creamy sheer fabric and custom stitching at each side pole. These special details create a warm and nautical ambiance.


Perfect for a waterside, country–or ANY setting! The greenery and dark wood featured in this recent wedding complements the rustic elegant theme. And the cafe bistro lighting adds a bit of whimsy! Many thanks to planner extraordinaire, Arney Walker of Pineapple Productions; Tisha Scheifele and the pros at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Md; and Thom and Marcy Green of Dragonfly Event for the great florals and decor. Sugarplum congratulates all our special event partners!


Summer Weddings

August 15th, 2014

Sugarplum Tent Company was honored to support many beautiful Weddings this Summer. As a recap, here are some photos of our favorite nuptials.

The Goodstone Inn

The Goodstone Inn in Middleburg, Virginia provided the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding this June. Sugarplum Tents provided a 40’ x 70’ clear frame tent with crystal chandeliers and a large New England Plank dance floor for ballroom dancing. The vintage décor paired underneath the sparkling clear tent and crystal chandeliers created a seamless mixture of 1920’s Glamour & French Chic.


Planner Julie Savage of Strawberry Milk Events helped create such a magical evening. Thanks to Holly Chapple for the beautiful floral arrangements and also Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Something Vintage Rentals, Bella Villa Vintage Rentals & Party Rental LTD for the wonderful bars & lounge furniture. Rodney Bailey was kind enough to share the evening with us.



Happy Choice Farm

We had the pleasure of tenting an elegant June wedding at Happy Choice Farm in Maryland. The beautiful farmhome is located on acres of land with a jaw-dropping view of Sugarloaf Mountain to the West. The reception was held under a 57’ x 96’ Tidewater Sailcloth Tent with clear sides and a large teak-wood dance floor.

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Frost Lighting provided the twinkling lights making the reception glow. Guests enjoyed both sweet & savory food provided by Design Cuisine; a delectable pie bar certainly stole the show!


Planner Kelley Freeman of Carte Blanche Events helped the couple put on this spectacular event. Top-notch vendors from this event also included Rodney Bailey Photography, Holly Chapple Flowers, Kendal’s Cakes, ACE Beverage and Something Fabulous.


Eastern Shore Wedding

Sugarplum Tents also provided tenting for a lovely Waterfront Wedding in Easton, MD this past June. A private residence alongside the Miles River set the scene for this laid-back and fun nautical-themed wedding. The couple wed along the water with the river and boat docks providing a most picturesque backdrop!


Afterwards, 250 guests joined the couple underneath a 50’ x 90’ high-peaked tension tent with a large stage and New England dance floor in which the guests enjoyed all evening long.


Kari Rider of Kari Rider Events planned this extremely fun event. She brought together an amazing team of vendors, including Susan Gage Caterers, Charm City Cakes, Maggie Austin Cakes, Vintage Affairs Rentals, Seaberry Farm of Maryland and Allison Harper & co. Many thanks to Michael Kress for capturing this exciting day and sharing the photos with us! 


What a beautiful summer season it’s been! We’d like to thank all of the planners, caterers & vendors we worked with as well as the couples who allowed us to be there on their special day!

Spring Events, Part 1

July 28th, 2014

Sugarplum Tent Company had the pleasure of tenting many wonderful Spring events this past season. As always, it’s great to work with so many wonderful planners, caterers, vendors and clients. As a recap, here are photos and details of a few recent events!

Dr. Sean Combs Commencement Reception at the Newseum

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The Newseum’s 8th floor rooftop was the perfect setting for a gala reception honoring Sean Combs, aka “P.Diddy” or “Puff Daddy.” He was awarded an honorary doctorate and was the commencement speaker for Howard University’s Class of 2014. Combs attended the school’s business program in 1990, but never finished. He told the graduating class that he’d never forgotten his Howard family and all he learned, demonstrating that people can take different paths in life and still be a success! 

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The clear 30’ x 90’ structure tent and connecting canopies—offered a direct view up Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol! Festivities were planned by LaToya Lewis of Events by Andre Wells; Wolfgang Puck at the Newseum provided the catering. Congratulations Dr. Combs!


 Charity Works Annual Wine Tasting

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Sugarplum also provided the annual tenting for the wonderful fundraising organization, CharityWorks (along with fully leveled flooring, HVAC, carpet and integrated sidewall). This renowned group provides assistance to local and national charities through grants, community service activities and fundraising.

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On a lovely May evening, CharityWorks hosted their Annual Wine Tasting Dinner under a 50’ x 100’ clear structure tent and helped raise over $300,000. This year’s recipients: Teach For America, a local high school in Takoma Park and TAPS, a tragedy assistance program for those mourning the loss of a military loved one. Angie Pagnato, a CharityWorks volunteer, helped plan this incredible event said, “Everyone had a great time. There was great food, great wine and the tent was wonderful. It was a huge success!”


DC Water First Street Tunnel Ground Breaking

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Here at Sugarplum, we’re are always thrilled to be part of a ground-breaking ceremony. They are so much fun! In June we provided a 30’ x 40’ white structure tent with uplighting for DC Water, District residents, the press, and Washington DC Mayor Julian Gray for the First Street Tunnel.

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 This project, led by DC Water, aims to alleviate flooding in several DC neighborhoods with the ultimate goal of also improving water quality flowing into the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers as well as the Chesapeake Bay. The First Street Tunnel will run directly underneath First Street and hold approximately 6 million gallons of waste and storm water, protecting the flood-prone neighborhoods. 


Corporate Reception at The Powerhouse

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The Powerhouse is a popular venue in the heart of Georgetown—although officially closing its doors to public events on August 31st. That did not stop planners Cheri Kogok, Maria Covell and AnnMarie Boccuzzi of Capital City Events from throwing a fabulous event for a corporate client in late June. A 40’ x 60’ white structure tent (and catering tent) with white sides kept the event private—and kept the A/C in! Susan Gage Caterers provided the delicious food and Atmosphere supplied the cool, modern lighting which truly complimented the chic, all-white lounge furniture.

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Hats off to all of the vendors, planners & caterers we were able to work with this season. We had a great time collaborating with each of you! Stay tuned for Sugarplum’s Spring Social Season next!

SpaceX at the Newseum

July 2nd, 2014

The Dragon has landed–in a clear tent by Sugarplum!

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On June 10th, D.C. got it’s first look at the SpaceX Dragon! The arrival of the space craft and the all-night installation of a 40′ x 40′ clear structure tent closed down part of Pennsylvania Ave. as the Dragon was placed on site. The Sugarplum crew then worked through the night to erect the clear tent over and around the craft. All this took place at the city’s renowned Newseum.

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SpaceX “designs, manufactures and launches rockets and spacecraft.” The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets,” according to the California-based company’s website.

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In 2012, Dragon delivered and returned cargo to and from the International Space Station–then safely returned to Earth—the first time ever that a private company had accomplished such a mission, which had normally been reserved for governments. The Dragon was originally designed to carry humans and it’s cockpit will fit 7; the first manned journey is expected in 2016 or 2017.

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Sugarplum Tent Company was honored to be part of such an important event. Many thanks to Jennifer Wildon leading the Newseum team, along with Wolfgang Puck Catering at Newseum and also to Bond Events, led by Melissa Torres.

The Season Gets “In-Tents” with a Big Waterfront Wedding

May 27th, 2014

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The Eastern Shore of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay is a wonderful location for a wedding! With homes, historic properties and elegant venues situated along the bay, rivers, and streams of this majestic region, there are a limitless number of beautiful spots to celebrate those once-in-a-lifetime special moments.

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Sugarplum Tent Company always enjoys supporting clients who decide to bring family and friends to these unique waterfront settings. One of our noteworthy Spring weddings was held at a lovely waterfront farm near historic St. Michaels, MD. Planning for the wedding began in 2013 with an anticipated guest count exceeding 350. The property’s main residence sits alongside one of the Bay’s scenic tributaries. For this event, the clients wished to maximize the water views and integrate the tenting with the home and grounds. They also wanted to create an entirely separate area for dancing and an “after-party” within the same tent.

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Ultimately, a 50’ x 150’ clear top, structure tent was selected. A large dance/lounge area of 50’ x 50’ was created by using a combination of natural pine plank flooring, hanging café bistro lighting on dimmers, a large stage for the band, an over-sized bar along one wall and soft linen fabric on the tent walls and also between the dance area and main dinner seating.

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The remaining 50’ x 100’ foot space was for the dinner; this area featured a lay-down plywood floor with beige carpet, linen fabric on the tent walls, and elegant colorwash lighting of the tent ceiling. Sugarplum also provided entry walkways, ceremony and orchestra platforms for the ceremony, a large catering tent with canopies, a complete power package of a quiet generator with distribution and connections to support the elegant restroom trailer.

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Floral design was planned and executed by Washington’s Amaryllis Floral and Event Design led by Nick Watts. Hanging candles and flower displays filled the tent interior and came alive after sunset with dancing lights reflecting off the clear tent.

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Attending to the myriad details of this complex ceremony and reception was Susan Dossantos of SDS Events in Baltimore. Susan supports her clients with enthusiasm, a can-do attitude and attention-to-detail in the execution of all of her events. This reception was no exception. For first-class cuisine and all-star service, the client selected Washington’s prestigious catering firm, Susan Gage Catering. Integrated, efficient service of delicious food to 350 guests can be challenging, but Susan Gage’s team executed with clockwork precision. Entertainment and music was provided by Amaretto, the East Coast’s premier high-energy band. Amaretto brought the house down with a super four-hour performance. Every square foot of the warm pine plank dance area was packed once the dancing began. This was an event that family, friends and guest will remember for a long time to come.

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Sugarplum Tent Company was proud of its supporting role in this memorable Eastern Shore wedding and reception. Congratulations to all for a job well done and thanks to our wonderful clients for involving us in this important family event.

A Fun & Festive Bat Mizvah

April 28th, 2014

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Sugarplum Tent Company was pleased to support a wonderful Bat Mitzvah celebration in Bethesda, MD this past weekend. Polly Bomstein and her special event company created a memorable at-home reception for family and friends for this important occasion.


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The kids partied the night away in a colorful tented venue complete with flooring and carpet, HVAC, interior fabric swagging, colorful hanging lanterns, bright tables and décor, plenty of games, a photobooth and the great music of DJ Ralph and his fabulous dancers.

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A private lounge area for adults was also created on a rear patio space of the magnificent home complete with a large bar and plenty of Las Vegas style games. Ridgewells Caterers provided delicious food and service for guests young and old. Congratulations to all and thanks for selecting Sugarplum Tents to support this important family celebration.

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Rose Wedding

December 11th, 2013

October and November are wonderful months for weddings in the Washington, D.C. area and Sugarplum Tent Company was busy supporting many brides and grooms this Fall. For one family in Virginia, the symbolism and beauty of roses served to enhance the elegance and love surrounding their daughter’s wedding. 

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Roses, (all 150 or more species!) are thought to be 35 million years old. Traditional white roses symbolize purity and innocence and are popular for weddings. During the days before the wedding while Sugarplum staff installed a clear structure tent, the mother of the bride—an avid gardener–lovingly selected and arranged all the tall white roses for the floral displays on each table. Talk about a labor of love!

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The tent was floored, carpeted, fully heated and featured starlight effect lighting high above the guests. To capture the beauty of each centerpiece, Sugarplum added pinspot lighting from the tent rafters. The pinspots were focused on each of the majestic displays. 

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The clear-top main reception tent was connected to another clear structure tent that spanned the expansive deck. This lounge area/dance tent covered a large stage and richly polished teak dance floor and was adjacent to the home.

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A generator (super-quiet special event generator!), and an elegant restroom trailer were located in the nearby driveway. As the sun set on a beautiful October evening, the tents sparkled as dramatically as the crystal champagne flutes. The sophisticated dinner was served by Design Cuisine, led by the professionalism and attention-to-detail of Dede Byrnes. Sugarplum Tent Company was pleased to have supported this important event and thanks the clients and other event professionals who participated.

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Halloween Magic

November 7th, 2013

Sugarplum Tent Company helped stir the magical potion for an elegant Halloween celebration last week. Since the Middle Ages, people have been donning costumes to disguise their identities on All Hallows Eve and this year was no exception.

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 To set the haunting—and beautiful– stage, Sugarplum provided an elevated, level floor on the client’s private drive to maximize capacity for the large seated dinner event. Ramps and walkways provided direct connections to the street, the residence and the rear yard. 

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To complete the setting, several clear tents were installed on the flooring. Existing cherry trees were incorporated into the space to create an open, airy feel to the evening’s festivities. Additional logistical support by Sugarplum included power, carpeting, heat and tenting for a haunted pavilion. 

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The event planner for this unique event was Blair Peterson (along with Tracy Bloom Schwartz) of Bethesda’s Creative Parties who pulled it all together with energy and professionalism. Bringing culinary magic to the table was Washington’s Occasions Caterers led by Joel Wolke. And the master magician waving her magic wand to create the exciting décor was Erin Cermak and her team of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom wizards. 

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Sugarplum Tent Company extends its sincere thanks to the clients and the event professionals who helped create this first-class, magical and memorable event.

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