Feb 22 2017
Having a party in Melbourne at home and thinking of party supplies
We have helped people to organise events and parties at home since 1987 and one of the most asked questions is – Where is a good place we can grab party supplies?
We have found that most customers end up doing multiple shopping sprees and then ending up running out at the last minute to top up on napkins, plates and other supplies mostly due to the fear of not having enough.
Some even end up so disorganised that they end up at the mercy of the first 2 dollar shop that is open on party day.
I’m here to tell you that when organising a party at home, the planning of the table ware and party supplies is just as important as choosing the menu and entertainment.
Think about 10 pm and the cake comes out and there is no forks for the cake or cups to drink the coffee and tea out of. While it’s not the end of the world, it can become a stress that can stop you from enjoying the event
So we recommend planning out the party supplies early. Maybe you can ask yourself some of the following questions
At this stage I am assuming that you know how many people are attending the event.
Have you got enough tables and chairs?
How are you going to cover the tables and chairs?
How many food items are you planning on serving and have you counted up enough cutlery for each course ?
(Some people even look for small plates for finger food)
Keep at least 2 napkins per person in stand by
Have you got bins in multiple locations and the garbage bags that fit?
If you are serving drinks are you going to be needing straws or cocktails glasses?
Where are the ice buckets going to be?
Have you got enough bottle openers on stand by as well ?
To be honest, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Open up an IPad or use a good old fashioned piece of paper and start the list.
There’s heaps of party suppliers around Melbourne. Our customers rave about the selection at Lombards.
A hidden gem that just moved premises is a company called G&F Wrapping. They have opened up a mega warehouse of party supplies in Reservoir.
Having a party at home should be a fun experience from planning the event right up to enjoying the food and music.
Please contact us if you need any advice or want to discuss any aspect of having an event.
15th February 2017
Napkins & Tableware
So now we have all lived through valentines day and just forget about whether you are happy or sad about what you received ( or gave ) for now.
When you went to the restaurant for the special dinner, did you have a look at how the restaurant arranged the napkins?
In the 80’s we use to have teams of waiters making ornate fans and bishop hat napkins that use to take hours. Let’s just say that the ballroom looked like it had tables full of colour and frills and to be honest, it suited the times. ( make of that comment what you will !!)
You either loved them or you hated them.
Times have moved on and now things seem to have gone to a more simple style. Let’s just say that I do prefer the modern look, however there is more to it.The reality is that the modern way is aimed at a higher level of quality. We are now providing every function with fresh starched linen napkins. Most people have told us that they prefer to use linen napkins over paper. We have all had the experience of paper napkins ripping while we are getting rid of excess food stuffs from all over the place.
So what do you think is best? Do you prefer the way things are going? Table decorations and tableware in general is gaining quality and getting less fussed.
Most of our customers choose to order linen that reflects the colour of the theme that they are planning for. Think about fish bowls with mirrors on top of dark textured linen with napkins to match. Pretty much as far as event décor goes, this is just the start of things to come.
To be honest, I love everything about the way events of the future will be. For me, It seems that special events will be more about reflecting the visions, our loves and what we are all about and less about trying to impress keep up or compete with the Joneses 🙂
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Welcome to our late first blog post for 2017.
So what are the lessons that we learned last year? Have you started on the New Years Resolutions yet?
What ever stage of development that you are up to at the moment, keep in mind that it’s all the small moments in life that make everything all worth it.
People hold events and parties for all sorts of reasons, but it’s the small moments that everyone remembers. The photos with grandparents and eating at the table with family. You can actually smell all the aromas from the family dinners over the years if you let your mind take you back.
We are at your service to help the moments actually happen. Allow us to help you with advice on how to organise events, from how to arrange a guest list to selecting menus.
I will be back with some easy to prepare event menu items and table centres throughout the next few weeks.
Welcome to our Firenze Blog
Event success and brain storming
So you have made the decision to have a party and you have all the ideas flying around in your mind and you are thinking – ‘ I’m going to have a blast and I am super ready for a party with my friends and family’
Show me the menu and give me a DJ this night is going to be amazing !!! WOOOOT
But STOP everything !!!
In order for this night to become the best night that it can possibly be, take a step back and just quickly do a mini brainstorm whether it be on your smart phone or a good ol fashioned piece of paper.
Work out what you want and who out of your family and friends can help you. When you have some kind of an idea of where your party is heading, go on google and work out a goal sheet of tasks that need doing.
1 Guest list
4 What am I going to eat
5 What are my favourite decorations
and so on etc etc
This small step before doing to ring around for quotes makes all the difference. It almost gives you a road map to success when planning a party.
Need help with some ideas?
Give us a call and we can shed some light on where to start .
Thank you for reading
Trying to organise an event and you feel like
you are out of time ?
Don’t worry, this is normal.
A lot goes into planning for a dinner for four people, so the task of organising an event is no small project to be undertaking.
We tell everyone when they make first contact with us a few quick tips that make all the difference. The easiest way to organise a party or get together is to break the big tasks down into a list of smaller jobs.
Say for example, the entertainment for the party can be broken down into the following steps.
1 google and ask friends for Entertainment names.
2 get quotes and feedback for entertainment concepts
3 short list the best value ( not the cheapest )
4 book the entertainer and lock in with agreement and deposit
5 have meeting ( in person or via email – ) cover objectives and start time and finish time and specific requests
6 meet and greet with entertainer on day of event
7 make sure everyone involved has executed the roles and jobs that was required
This is an overly simplified version of one job involved in organising a band or DJ.
One of my favourite tools that I use is an app called Evernote.
It enables me to make workbooks for all jobs and objectives that we share amongst all the team involved with all parts of our reception business. We write up work books for each task and then sub divide each role in a different note.
The basic version is free and is one of the best tools around.
Have you been to our shop?
Table centre pieces and function decorations
It’s always special when the host has gone out of their way to decorate the tables for their guests in relation to theme and ambience of the party. Table centrepieces can be
simple or elaborate depending on the occasion.
The first decision to make is How much do you want to spend on centre pieces? Can you or your guests take home the centre pieces after the function or are they to last only for the night .
Flowers give colour and can be taken home, to last through the week. As a florist I have many times created lovely arrangements on stands or sold long stem tropical flowers to clients to arrange themselves in tall glass vases.
Balloons and candles are cost effective and can be arranged in many ways. but most likely are only good to last the night. Candy centrepieces or boxed creations can also add to the specialty of a table centrepiece.
Themes are usually interpreted by colours when is comes to function decor
And it reflects the likes of the person celebrating. Chair covers with coloured sashes, as well as matching table centres are also reflective of themes.
Choose your centrepieces so that guest visibility is not obstructed and that there is room for the food on the table.
Table centre pieces go as far back as the Romans whereby they used lovely green foliage which span the length of the table . Today we still adorn our celebrations with colours, items and themes that reflect our passions, with the intend to leave our guests a memory of the special day.
Is it Lasagna, your way or the highway?
Everyone that has grown up in an Italian family has childhood memories of waiting for the lasanga to come out of the oven.Beautifully layered pasta with their families home cooked sauce and cheese. Some home chefs (Italian mums and dads) would place peas and meatballs while others prided themselves for the simplicity of the pasta and the slow cooked sauce.
So what is the perfect lasagna ?
The truth is that the perfect lasagna is the one that once you eat it, it takes you to all the childhood memories and flavours that take you away for that spit second. It’s the one that makes you want more once you have finished the last piece.
So over the years, after speaking to experts about how they make their perfect lasagna, we have come up with a lasanga that our customers just can’t get enough of. We are super proud of our lasagna and have made a pledge to keep the process of improvement going.
Here are some web facts about lasagna that we have found.
According to some historians –
Lasagne originated in Italy, traditionally ascribed to the city of Naples (Campania), where the first modern recipe was created in the Middle Ages and published in Liber de Coquina (The Book of Cookery), and became a traditional dish. Traditional lasagne is made by interleaving layers of pasta with layers of sauce, made with ragù, bechamel, Parmigiano-Reggiano and chopped hard boiled eggs. In other regions and outside of Italy it is common to find lasagne made with ricotta or mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, various meats (e.g., ground beef, pork or chicken), miscellaneous vegetables (e.g., spinach, zucchini, mushrooms) and typically flavored with wine, garlic, onion, and oregano. In all cases the lasagne are oven-baked.
( source – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lasagne)
So what is your favourite style of lasagne?
Massimo Bottura who runs one of the best restaurants in Italy has made a dish that looks like a wafer of cheese and is what his take on lasagne is. It has the flavour of the burnt edges from the pasta off the lasagne tray.
Other people say that just the smell of lasagne cooking in the oven is enough to make them drift into heaven and just be driven by that amazing smell.
We have been told by so many of our clients that our lasagne is one of the most authentic tasting pasta dishes that can be bought. This actually makes us so proud. We go to extreme lengths to maintain a natural slow cooked flavour, so we know we have hit the nail on the head when the positive feedback floods in.
We have provided lasagne for everyone in Melbourne. From international movie sets to customers that have taken the lasagne to New Zealand, claiming that they needed to spread the word.
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