We are fascinated by the clever ways our suppliers have adapted to these extraordinary times of COVID-19. Surviving, and in many cases thriving, they have pivoted their business models to bring their clients joy in these challenging times.
With parties and weddings outlawed under lockdown, survival is key in an industry full of small businesses who rely on a busy summer season. As we currently sit at home, unable to gather in large groups, these companies have used their ingenuity to bring cheeriness and comfort to our lives. We salute them.
The amazingly talented Kitten has started an online shop for farm-to-vase bunches of flowers delivered to your door. Each week they offer two looks in their signature KGF-style: Bacchus, the darker look, named after the god of agriculture, wine, and theatre, and the lighter look, Apollo, inspired by the god of sun, dance and light. Our houses are going to look so cheery with some of Kitten’s beautiful flowers.
William Deal from Archie’s Food was one of the first to adapt to our new way of life. Introducing weekly deliveries of delicious ready-to-eat dinners, as well as fresh pasta, fruit & vegetable boxes, and latterly 3-course weekend suppers with cocktails thrown in. Their order process is super easy on their new website, and their food is a delightful break from cooking ourselves.
Usually found designing themed sets for luxury parties, this talented production company had the inventive idea of making slot-together flatpack furniture for home-working and home-schooling. It’s super stylish and can also be packed away at the end of the day. In addition, Maestra are supporting NHS England by using the company vans to deliver over 1000 meals daily to feed NHS frontline staff at hospitals across London. We are in awe of their effort and hard work to use what they do best to forge forward in this new world.
The uber-talented Lucy Vail has teamed up with Doggart and Squash to deliver food and flower boxes to your door. It’s a one-stop-shop: a fantastic selection of flowers and plants, and a variety of delectable food.
For children’s entertainment, we always call the fantastic team at Sharky & George, leaders in keeping children entertained during any event so the parents can let their hair down! They have adapted to lockdown with virtual parties and after-school clubs to keep little ones entertained, with live streams of an at-home science lab and a quarantine rave. If your child has a birthday coming up, they will also send out Isolation Birthday Boxes to everyone that was due to attend your child’s party. Lockdown hasn’t stopped these guys having fun!
Clever Daisy and Kitty have come up with a way for you, your friends and family to make a lip-sync movie from home when you can’t be together for birthdays and parties. Compile guest list, choose a song, give lines to guests, invite them to film their clips, review the clips, add your own photos and then get Jenks & Co to edit into a finished video
One of our favourite caterers has launched Goodness.London with a daily changing menu as well as meals for the freezer, cocktails, deli & store cupboard essentials and drinks. Order their barbecue box for a real treat now that small scale socialising is back on the cards.
Get in touch with us at Albion Parties to hear more about these dedicated suppliers. Taking what they’ve learnt from these past few months, they will be back stronger than ever catering, flower arranging, and production designing as soon as weddings and parties return.
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