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Do-It-Yourself Parties and Events Planning

Over the years we have worked with hundreds of private and corporate clients who require our assistance in hiring equipment needed to make their parties and events a success. Generally, we cover the hiring needs of a variety of party equipment such as; cocktail machines, chocolate fountains, marquees, sound systems, lights, games and lots more. If you need something that we normally don’t stock, we will do our best to sub-hire it for you. We cater for both indoors and outdoors events. For corporate, this had ranged from Promotional Launches, Awards Ceremonies, Fundraising Dinners all the way to Staff Monthly Drinks. For private parties we do Birthdays of all ages, Engagement Parties, Weddings and lots more. Some examples include:

DIY 1 – Leading Building & Construction Company

Client Needs: Client wanted to organise an after-hours BBQ Party to raise money for the Leukemia Foundation as part of the “Great Shave” campaign.

Location: Public park by the waterfront in Pyrmont, Sydney.

Cocktail King Solution: Cocktail King worked closely with the EA and event coordinator to arrange for the hire of a 6m x 9m marquee and a 6m x 12m marquee with back and side walls. A complete light package for outdoors lit the party area with chairs and tables. Our wireless PA sound system with iPOD connection was used by the party MC as well as music played from the client iPOD.

Result: A very practical no-fuss solution that perfectly fitted in with their casual outdoor requirements.

DIY 2 – Major Brand Fundraising Dinner

Client Needs: Client organised a black-tie sit down themed dinner and wanted to offer a unique dessert to the 600 guests following dinner.

Location: The “Big Top” at the Sydney Luna Park grounds.

Cocktail King Solution: Cocktail King provided 2 x large chocolate fountain packages fully catered with unlimited cascading milk Belgium chocolate, skewers, napkins and a variety of dipping food. Three professional wait staff operated the machines, refilled the dipping food and served the guest.

Result: The fountains were extremely popular soon after the dinner ended and effectively served hundreds of people within the first hour following the dinner. During the following two hours after that, many guest kept coming back for more dipped strawberries, bananas and marshmallows. The dessert was a huge success exceeding client expectations.

DIY 3 – Private Wedding

Client Needs: Client wanted to hold an intimate wedding in a unique outdoor venue with open harbour view. Location: Shark Island, Sydney Harbour.

Cocktail King Solution: Client spent a few hours consulting with Cocktail King party specialist regarding the possible setup. Being a heritage ground, the council has very strict requirements regarding the use of Shark Island for private events. Cocktail King, having installed in the Island before, provided a flawless execution of the logistical plan including the transfer setup and same day pickup of marques, tables, chairs, red carpet as well as assisted in the transportation of other party items to the Island and back.

Result: An unforgettable wedding in a natural environment to a perfect sunset on the magnificent Sydney harbour.

DIY 4 – CNN White House Correspondents

Client Needs: CNN USA needed to broadcast live from Sydney during the APEC Summit week. Live news feeds were to be shot under all weather conditions with Sydney view as the background.

Location: Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Darling Harbour.

Cocktail King Solution: Installed two 3mx3m marquees in 2 separate points on the hotel rooftop. This allowed the crew to rotate between the 2 marquees based on the time of day and the sun and lighting requirements. The marquees were also raised to enable the camera and lights tripod to comfortably fit under the roof.

Result: Dozens of news feeds where successfully shot under the marquees and broadcast around the world despite stormy weather throughout the entire duration of the APEC Summit week.

DIY 5 – Footy Club Award Ceremony

Client Needs: Required last minute shelter for the award ceremony of the local footy club on an August Sunday afternoon.

Location: Oval ground, St Ives.

Cocktail King Solution: Within two hours notice CK crew delivered and installed a 6mx15m marquee enabling the award ceremony to continue according to the plan. The marquee was then picked up 3 hours later shortly after the ceremony ended.

Result: The stormy afternoon didn’t influence the success of the event and all St Ives future footy stars got their trophies.

DIY 6 – Trade Show Promotion – Australia-wide

Client Needs: A national travel company participated in 4 tradeshows across the country and needed to provide an identical customer experience. Location: Convention Centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Location: Convention Centres in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Cocktail King Solution: Provided 4 twin-bowl cocktail machine packages with pre-mixed cocktails in 4 states simultaneously.

Result: The client needed to place one booking and coordinate only with CK head office. All tradeshows were a great success and not a drop of cocktail left.

DIY 7 – Simpson’s Movie World Premiere

Client Needs: Serve yellow slushy to over 3,000 invitees for the Simpson’s movie premiere.

Location: Fox Studios, Sydney.

Cocktail King Solution: Provided five twin-bowl slushy machines to enable fast serve of 3,000 guests on their way to watch the Simpson’s movie premiere. The machines were fully branded with the movie logo and served yellow (mango) slushy to match the famous Simpson’s movie theme. The machines were looked after and refilled by CK staff members throughout the event.

Result: The movie and free slushy were a great success while 3,000 people were served in less then 1 hour.



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