Forget the small stuff, you have an event to get to

Forget the small stuff, you have an event to get to


No matter how experienced I get at holding events, I find that when it’s my turn to hold an event , I get just as nervous and anxious as a person that is about to hold their first party.


We had a marquee up for my daughters 18th birthday.


Let’s just say that the weather was anything but perfect.


We were all counting down the weather leading up to the night. At first, the weather was 20 degrees and looked ok. As we got closer to the day, the forecast changed from fine to stormy.


So, on the afternoon of the event, all of the arrangements had come to the point of no return. Everything except for guests arrival was ready, from the erection of the marquee to the catering ,even  the background sound system. All was almost perfect.


Then the storm happens and the weather starts to get angry at us and rain is everywhere.


Do you think that this means everything is a disaster?


We all looked at one another and paused for a moment. We had reached the point of no return and we all committed that no matter what the sky threw at us next, we would take a deep breath and step back and remember the reason we were celebrating in the first place.


This is my real message here.


No matter what happens on the way or during an event, stay focused and remember why you decided to have a party in the first place. Life is too short and fun family memories are so precious.  Stay on track and jump in to the event and stay focussed and celebrate the party no matter what.

Mishaps and challenges are always knocking on our doors. Take the risk and decide to celebrate and enjoy the event no matter what happens outside our control.


Oh and yes by the way, the weather at my daughter’s birthday calmed down and blew over. We had an awesome night, full of fun music and food. We kept each other warm and laughing all night.


Stay focussed and party as much as you can


Thank you for reading


bruno condello

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.

Building an Event team

We recommend gathering a team together to tackle the tasks of making a concept of a get together into a successful real life event. 
 Download our event checklist on our Event Hub page. Get your ideas and needs on paper and start recruiting your team. 
You  need a person to look after entertainment. Someone needs to sort out decor and items like flowers and table centres. Speak  with us about your concepts and what your requirements are for this special event . We can show you how to maximise budget and get the best experience for all your guests in the most efficient way. 
Think of us and suppliers that you have chosen as your team that you have recruited to make complex event projects into a fun experience all round, from day one .  We will make sure all the team is on the same page and working with your vision as priority.
Allow us to point you in the right direction to tackle all the event tasks with success. 
Speak to us and let us know how we can help you to build and event team. 
Thank you 

The Big Day

The big day

The anticipation sometimes gets the better of our mental space and when planning an event it is so easy to loose track of the important stuff. 

Family is made up of old and young and all kinds of different relatives and friends. People coming together, isn’t just about getting a selfie with everyone just for the sake of it. It’s not even about making sure everyone has their gastronomic meals ticked off the box either. 

Having a special event is about acknowledging this moment in time and who we are at the time we are celebrating. Actually engaging in family and taking the time out to speak and engage with people you have grown up with and people that are actually in your life. These people in both an indirect and direct way, make us who we are. 

At the end of the day who we are , and where we want to go in my opinion is totally  worth celebrating. 

Thank you for reading my take and point of view on a key element of making celebrations important. 

I thought i’d share something a little different for this hump part of year ?