Barlens Stories

March Wedding: Brierley + Steve

Back in March, the Barlens team had the pleasure of assisting with Brierley and Steve’s wedding. This beautiful couple was such a treasure to work with and their love for each other was touching.

The couple met at university in Christchurch,

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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Successful Corporate Event

Corporate events are a great way to build a community within a company, boost morale, fundraise or promote a product. A lot of planning is involved to ensure an informative, innovative and memorable event so it’s important you plan efficiently and be organised.

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How to Choose the Right Tent for Your Event

Winter is just around the corner and while it may not seem the ideal time to host an event, there’s no need to wait until the warmer months. From weddings, to outdoor parties, family gatherings or corporate functions, by using the right tent,

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Choosing the Right Decorations for Your Wedding

The right wedding decorations will personalize your ceremony and reception spaces, and create an atmosphere that is unique to your event. From flowers to centrepieces, chair covers and place cards there’s so many decorative details to plan, but before you decide on the type of decorations you would like,

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Get inspired for a stylish Easter celebration

If it’s your turn to host family or friends for lunch this Easter, perhaps you want to bring some class and sophistication to your table styling?

It’s time to ditch the gaudy bright colours and the tacky bunnies.

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Holiday Hours 2018


Business as usual prior to the 24th of December 2018

Open: Monday 24/12/2018 from 8:30am – 12:00pm

Closed: Tuesday 25/12/2018 through to Tuesday 01/01/2019

Business as usual from the 2nd of January 2019


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Barlens Biggest Morning Tea

On Thursday the 31stof May 2018, Canberra’s very own event hire company, Barlens, is hosting a Biggest Morning Tea out of our showroom at 67 Gladstone Street in Fyshwick. Kicking things off from 9am, guests will be greeted with a coffee van on standby to fill the caffeine void,

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Holiday Hours

The Barlens team are wishing you a party filled holiday holiday season. Whether your making your way to the coast or throwing a backyard bash, we hope that you have a safe and happy holiday. Please note that we are closed on the below dates as we take a few days to enjoy the party.

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Rental Company of the Year

This year saw the Barlens team take home a well-deserved win as the HRIA rental company of the year in the events division. Competing against the rental company’s elite, this was no small feat for the locally owned and grown business operating out of Canberra and Albury for more than 52 years.

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The Humble Dining Table

The end and beginning of each year can be a truly exciting time, shared with those who matter most. A time where guests come and go all season long, resulting in logger hours sitting around the true hub of a home,

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Unveiled 2017

For the very first time, the team at Barlens are excited to be partnering with HerCanberra to help them introduce the upcoming event Unveiled. A modern wedding event for the brides of Canberra.

“With interactive installations, workshops, beauty bars,

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HRIA Rental Company of the Year – Finalist

Last Friday, some of the Barlens team were lucky enough to join Australia’s event hire elite as a Rental Company of the Year Finalist at the Hire and Rental Association’s HIRE16 convention at the Gold Coast.

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Transforming your backyard into a destination party

You don’t need to look far to find the perfect party destination – the humble backyard!

Not convinced? Here are some tips on transforming your backyard into the perfect party destination.

Create new space

Make use of small tents,

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Five reasons to hire not buy at your next event

Hosting an event, especially for large numbers of people, often means considering what your best options are for furniture, catering equipment, marquees, AV equipment and more. Some things, like food and wine, you will have to buy.

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Recreating 5 of the world’s most extravagant weddings

We’ve all heard or seen some extravagant weddings in the press – from Kate Middleton’s beautiful affair to Kim Kardashian’s gigantic flower wall.

Weddings are one of the most celebrated events in a person’s lifetime, so it’s no secret that people tend to spend a lot of money making it an event to remember.

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Providing over 100 years of customer service experience

At Barlens we’re strongly invested in our clients and their events, striving to provide the best customer service experience available.

We love nothing more than making every event for every customer one they will remember forever.

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Barlens in the Community – March edition

Barlens is synonymous with great parties and events, so of course we’ll be out and about at some of the month’s best events!

Barlens loves working with a range of clients and being involved in the local community,

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Creating your perfect pavilion


Pavilions are the most flexible and stable options for temporary structures, and are so versatile that they can be customised to suit any event.

Barlens has invested more than five million dollars in new products in the last two years,

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Top 5 steps to party success

There are a few things every great party has in common. At Barlens we call these the five steps to party success.

Why? Because planning out these five steps in advance will ensure your event is a hit!

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Barlens announced as HRIA Finalist!


Barlens is delighted to be a finalist in the 2016 HRIA awards for excellence, for Rental Company of the Year in the Events division!

Recognising outstanding achievement and industry excellence, the Hire Industry Excellence Awards pay tribute to the exceptional standards of service and innovation displayed throughout the hire sector.

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Feeding the masses

We all know hosting a party can be a lot of fun, but it can also require a lot of work.

Catering doesn’t have to be though, if you’re prepared ahead of time.

How much food you should prepare for an event depends on a number of factors,

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Why We’re Building a Showroom

Barlens has been busy rebuilding from the 2014 fire that took out most of our shopfront, and are delighted to be launching our new showroom very soon!

“When we complete the rebuild after the fire,

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Rising from the Ashes

In 2014 a fire that started in the neighbouring Party Shop on Gladstone Street caused significant damage to Barlens’ customer service and showroom areas.

However, we have overcome this set-back thanks to a dedicated team of staff and 2016 is set to be bigger than ever!

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Ultimate Party Planning Checklist

Christmas marks the beginning of the party season! New Year’s Eve is arguably one the biggest party celebrations of the year, followed by Australia Day and not to mention the number of pool parties and outdoor gatherings celebrating the great Australian summer.

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A Pooch Affair

On the 30th of July 2016 Exhibition Park in Canberra will host another doggie day out, set to cater for all breeds you can be sure to see oodles of poodles and plenty of pugs.


In 2016 Barlens are proud to be gold sponsors of A Pooch Affair,

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Proud sponsor of The Giants

For the third year running Barlens are a sponsor of the Greater Western Sydney Giants in Canberra. Barlens are very proud of this association as The Giants continue to climb the ladder in only their fifth year in the AFL competition.

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Winter Bucket List

Naturally an icy windscreen and frosty breath would encourage anyone to stay indoors, as the gloomy weather creeps in Barlens have devised a winter bucket list to keep you out and about on the social scene.

So, polish those dancing shoes and whip out your warmest coats as this winter is set to be a big one,

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Celebrating Christmas with Barlens

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

The most magical time of the year is fast approaching. A time for celebration, joy, laughter and spending time with loved ones.

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Your Barlens Memories

Earlier this year to celebrate Barlens 50th Anniversary, we asked you to share some of your favourite Barlens memories with us.

Below are a few of the entries we received. Click to enlarge and scroll through the gallery.

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50 Years of Party Trends

Birthday parties can range from big to small, indoor or outdoor, themed or no theme for young and old.

Party’s today may look a little different than they did 50 years ago when Barlens was first established.

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Barlens in the Community

With over 50 years of operations under its belt, Barlens has become a quintessential part of the Canberra community over the last half-century.

Founder Barry Whyte has always been proud to be a part of the local community,

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Industry Trends

Over 50 years of operations, Barlens has been witness to many industry changes from backyard picnics, to bell-bottom discos and sophisticated soirees.

Whilst Barlens’ commitment to providing high quality services and products hasn’t changed over the years,

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Growth and Development

When Barlens moved to its new home at Isa Street, Fyshwick, the business began partnering with local organisations and servicing larger events.

In the early years picnic races were very popular, and marquees would go up all through Canberra and the surrounding regions.

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In the Beginning…

Today Barlens is an iconic and beloved event hire company servicing Canberra and the surrounding regions, but it all started 50 years ago when Barry Whyte had an idea…

It began in the year of 1965,

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5 Reasons we love spring

Spring has sprung and the party season is upon us. Ready to shake off the icey winter weather and counting down the days to the next backyard bash, the team at Barlens have compiled a list of what we believe are the top 5 reasons that spring rules in Australia.

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Barlens Turns 50

Celebrating 50 Years of Great Parties

2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of Canberra’s iconic event hire company, Barlens.

Today Barlens is an iconic and beloved event hire company servicing Canberra and the surrounding regions, but it all started in 1965 when Barry Whyte had an idea.

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Oz Day 2017

We love Australia Day at Barlens which is why we have collaborated, culled and collated a killer all Australian playlist for your Australia Day 2017 celebrations. A mix for the generations that will suit the whole family.  In true Aussie spirit we’re giving away a secret prize to 1 lucky Barlens lover who follows and shares our playlist,

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Santa’s unofficial helpers

For over 50 years now Barlens has been with you on Christmas day, be that by keeping the food warm, your guests comfy around the table or even the glasses clinking as you toast to another wonderful year (I guess you could call us Santa’s unofficial helpers).

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