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How to Make Life's Milestone Celebrations Special


One of life’s greatest joys is celebrating important milestones. Birthdays, graduations, weddings and births are significant not just for the person being celebrated, but for loved ones as well. The event which accompanies a significant moment in your life is a great chance to bring everyone together and look back on what has passed since the last time you got together.

So that you can celebrate the next big milestone in your life in style, we sat down with some of Australia's top event planners and suppliers to chat about the most memorable soirees they have helped organise. From quirky to classical, their inspired ideas are sure to impress your guest list.

Cathrin D'Entremont Weddings
Who they are: A Cathrin D’Entremont wedding is a one-of-a-kind affair, expertly tailored to each couple's style and budget. The wedding planners take the time to work closely with each client to create a truly special wedding that is truly special from start to finish.

Memorable milestone: With a penchant for a ‘Fine Art’ aesthetic, it’s no surprise that the planners’ favourite event had a Versailles theme. Elegance and opulence characterised the nuptials held on an estate inspired by French nobility.

Celebrate in style: Make the time to focus on the details. While they may seem overwhelming and never-ending, when everything comes together, you will be amazed at how your venue is transformed.

Wicked Foods

Who they are: Originally a small sandwich shop in the suburbs of Sydney, Wicked Foods has flourished into one of the region's premier corporate catering companies. They deliver breakfast and lunch to over 1,000 hungry office workers every day. They also provide delicious spreads for office parties and barbecues.

Memorable milestone: Working in a corporate environment, the most frequent events Wicked Foods help organise are farewells, with the stand out event combining two of life’s biggest milestones. The man in question was celebrating 50 years working for the company and retiring at the same time.

Celebrate in style: When planning an event, make sure that it is well-suited to the guest of honour, not the event you think he or she should have. For the retiring factory worker, this meant a casual barbecue with all of his mates.

Discount Party Supplies

Who they are: As a leading online retailer for children’s party supplies and decorations, they offer everything you need to recreate a scene from popular cartoons and comic books. The one-stop-shop nature of the business means you don’t have to stress trying to find a last-minute pair of Mickey Mouse ears.

Memorable milestone: The brains behind the party supply store are often privy to touching stories from satisfied customers. One such story was of premature twins, where there had been some tense moments in their early days. The parents decided to throw them a Mickey and Minnie Mouse-themed party to commemorate making it through their tough first year.

Celebrate in style: When you are planning a themed event, it’s important that everything matches. It can sometimes be difficult to find matching items when you have to drive all over town looking for various pieces. An online service can remove a lot of the stress by providing everything you need, right to your door.

Bluesalt Catering

Who they are: Bluesalt Catering offers unwavering classic hospitality and contemporary cuisine. They specialise in weddings, corporate events and private parties with an ethos of quality, value and solid customer service.

Memorable milestone: While they love working on high-profile celebrity events, their most memorable was an intimate wedding ceremony held at the couple's home. The intimate, elegant event featured a string quartet and French-themed décor and dining.

Celebrate in style: When planning an event at someone's home, take extra care in planning the logistics, as this can sometimes be a bit tricky. Be sure to consider the arrival of the caterers, florists, and other suppliers as well as the guests.

Blue Moon Functions

Who they are: Fun, reliable, professional are the keywords associated with Blue Moon Functions. They focus on streamlining the process of connecting the event host to the various reputable suppliers so that the host can relax and enjoy their event.

Memorable milestone: A friend's 21st birthday was the first event that sprung to mind for the founder of Blue Moon. The guests at this Spanish-style luncheon spent their time lounging by the pool, listening to the two-piece musical act and sampling sizzling paella.

Celebrate in style: In planning your event, try to find a space that can serve multiple purposes so the atmosphere isn’t disturbed when transitioning from dining to dancing. In the case of the 21st birthday the pool was a perfect setting for both.

The Kit Source

Who they are: Aiming to make DIY event planning as simple as possible, The Kit Source curates products from all over the world and packages them into complete party kits so you have everything you need for your party.

Memorable milestone: The Kit Source's most memorable event was a last-minute surprise 60th birthday party for founder, Khai’s mum. They put it together with just two weeks' notice. They say that’s testimony ‘that party-throwing doesn't have to be excessive, it just has to be fun!’

Celebrate in style: Try not to get too bogged down in the details as your event gets closer. Remember that, at the end of the day, it is the people in attendance that count. You might find that you sweat the details before the big day, but if the right people are there, it’ll be special no matter what.

Event-ism

Who they are: A boutique event-planning company that offers full-service planning for everything from private intimate dinner parties, right through to large corporate conferences and even public festivals. Choose the level of involvement your event requires, and they’ll take care of the rest.

Memorable milestone: Not all milestones are joyous, the events experts remember the poignancy of the one-year memorial of the Black Saturday bushfires. Watching the communities come together to remember those who were lost and left behind in the tragedy is something they’ll never forget, says the agency.

Commemorate in style: Remember that life is to be celebrated even during sad times. It’s important to make the moment personal and provide opportunities for guests not just to attend, but to participate as well. Have attendees light candles, write messages in a guestbook or release butterflies. For happier celebrations, like births, get everyone involved in planting a tree or writing down wishes for the new addition.

Bickiboo

Who they are: With a focus on creating events that are just a little bit out of the ordinary, the talented team at Bickiboo work with trendsetters and those who want to go against the grain to try something new. They love to make you ‘feel totally awesome while doing it.’

Memorable milestone: Bickiboo's favourite event of the moment is the cake smash at a first birthday party. Instead of planning an elaborate party that a baby will not remember, this involves letting the little tot go to town on a birthday cake, making a gigantic mess, but having a blast!

Celebrate in style: Remember that not all parties need to be classical, elegant affairs, planned down to the minutest detail. For a cake smash party, all you really need is a big cake and a backdrop that looks great in photos, because you will want to take a ton!

Forte Catering

Who they are: This high-end caterer has your every gastronomic need met, whether it’s an intimate dinner for 10 to a bespoke gala menu for 7,000. No matter what your theme or vision, they will do their best to bring it to life. In addition to catering, they also offer full event planning services.



 Memorable milestone: One event that really stands out was a Great Gatsby themed wedding that took place at the Cell Block Theatre in Sydney. The unique venue coupled with elaborate décor, think chandeliers and vases full of white plumes, created an event that was truly one-of-a-kind. The owner still has a photo of it on their desk! 



Celebrate in style: In planning your event, focus on food, beverages and music, as these are the three things that guests typically remember the most. Sampling products from your suppliers before the event ensures they meet your standards, and avoids disappointment on the day.

Something Wonderful Happened

Who they are: After spending years working on large-scale events for major corporate clients, Lucia started Something Wonderful Happened to plan events that were more personal in nature. She works closely with clients to create intimate events and life-long memories.

Memorable milestone: One client who stands out was a family moving overseas for the father's job, so they held their daughter's fifth birthday party at their home. In addition to the celebration of the birthday, the Mary Poppins-themed party was also a touching celebration of all the memories they had shared in their home and Australia.

Celebrate in style: It is the people who create the greatest memories, not the decorations or the entertainment. Start planning your celebration by jotting down the important and poignant moments in your life. This will help you decide on the extent of the guest list, and from there it’s easier to decide on venues and themes.

Life is made up of precious moments and milestones worthy of a soiree. No matter what event you have coming up, make sure it shines with the advice of Australia’s leading event planners and suppliers. Because you deserve celebrating!

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