Christmas lunch 2020 style

Uh oh, it’s your turn to host the whole family for Christmas? Don’t panic! A little bit of extra prep and planning will make sure (almost) everyone’s needs are covered: the kids’, the grandparents’, and most importantly, yours.

We’re here to help take the stress out of this year’s planning so you can leave all the drama to the in-laws!

Calm host, happy guests

Christmas should be a time to unwind, laugh, share, and fill your belly.

The more you can coordinate beforehand, the less hassle you’ll experience on the day. Head online and decide on your choice of colourful umbrella, simple eziup, or marquee in virtually any size – to protect your guests from the elements.

Hire a 1.8 rectangular table, Bentwood chairs, or padded white folding chairs for extra comfort, along with a classic linen tablecloth as your design canvas. Decide on a central table display – gum leaves, flowers candles, baubles, tinsel – then add crockery, glasses, cutlery and platters.

Hearty feast

If you have all your furniture and catering gear delivered, all you need to do is focus on cooking up a delicious feast – most of which can be done beforehand and kept warm.

Enhance your kitchen capabilities with a gas roaster on wheels (plenty of space for more than one turkey), a Bain Marie to keep everything piping hot, or even a mobile cool room to keep the fridge uncluttered.

Games and silliness

Keep the kids happy (and out of the way) with their own special table. The children’s timber table can be teamed with children’s timber chairs. Fold serviettes into some quirky shapes and throw some toys on the table. Better yet, cover the tables with paper so the kids can draw and scribble.

Encourage backyard games for the littlies and the biggies with giant Jenga, Connect 4 or Cornholes.

Santa ‘Barlens’ Claus

Our Christmas gift to you? Barlens can take care of the cleaning. You heard that right!

Simply rinse all of the catering equipment (plates, glasses and cutlery) so no food remains (no need to wash it up) and pop everything back into the provided tubs – we’ll take care of the rest.

Call us today – Barlens is ready to help you with your Christmas 2020 to-do list.

Need a Christmas party venue? Sorted!

After such a tumultuous, uncertain year, it’s time to let your hair down at a fabulous 2020 Christmas party.

But wait… are you having trouble finding a venue? Have you left it late due to unconfirmed numbers and uncertain dates? Not sure how to juggle the changing parameters of COVID-19 restrictions?

Well, we’ve got the perfect solution for you: a marquee.

Build it and they will come

Create your own distinct venue where and when you want it. Hire a reliable Barlens marquee and you can set it up virtually anywhere – at your workplace in an outdoor space (even the carpark!) or at a colleague or partner’s backyard. Maybe the boss will be happy to host?

We’ve got so many options for a flexible canopy, pagoda or fully enclosed structure. And sizing variations will suit any expected crowd size.

Plus, with weather uncertainties now the norm (hello, La Niña), you can hire heating or cooling options to prepare for all possibilities.

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, it’s then time to get creative with theming and styling.

Style it right

You don’t have to break the bank with styling. Find inspiration on Pinterest or our website for popular colour themes or focal areas.

Ideally, set up a few different, well-spaced zones for social interaction. Allow the team to spill outside with some comfortable areas for play – you can hire Jenga, Connect 4 and Cornholes to inspire some healthy workplace competition. Dot some colour inside or outside with low Tolix stools in red and green.

Set up a curved bar for the beverage zone, with classy New York bar tables and simple Tolix stools sprinkled throughout the marquee, and a checkered dance floor for the musically-inspired.

If you plan to cater, you can hire anything from large barbecues to platters.

We can help you pull together your plan. Talk to Barlens today to get your Christmas party sorted.