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Unveiled 2017

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…

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Barlens HRIA Runner Up

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

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.

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Top 5 reasons to hire, not buy

Hosting an event and deliberating whether to buy or hire? From saving your back to your back pocket, check out our top 5 reasons why you should hire, not buy, for your next event.

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Recreating 5 of the world’s most extravagant weddings

Your wedding day is a memory that will last a lifetime. See how Barlens can help recreate some of these million dollar affairs – minus the million dollar price tag!

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Providing over 100 years of customer service experience

Our sales and operational teams have over 100 years combined experience – so it’s safe to say we’ve been involved in a few great parties in our time!

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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!

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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. So go on, get creative!

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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.

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Barlens Announced as HRIA Awards 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!

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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. Check out our catering tips.

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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! Here are our top 3 reasons why having a showroom is so important.

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Rising from the Ashes

In 2014 a fire caused significant damage to Barlens’ customer service and showroom areas. Thanks to a dedicated team of staff we have been resilient in our work and are set to launch a new showroom in early 2016.

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Ultimate Party Planning Checklist

We’ve compiled some checklists to take the stress out of party planning, and help you start enjoying a great party!

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Celebrating Christmas with Barlens

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….. Planning a Christmas event? Let Barlens take some of the stress away.

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Your Barlens Memories

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

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50 Years of Party Trends

Party’s today 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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Celebrating 50 Years of Great Parties

2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of Canberra’s iconic event hire company, Barlens. Take a trip with us down memory lane as we reminisce on the foundation, growth and future of Barlens.

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Oz Day 2017

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.

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5 Reasons we LOVE spring

Spring is nature’s way of saying “let’s party!” so, like any good team behind a party, we’ll take any excuse to throw one.

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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.

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Barlens Winter Bucket List

Naturally an icy windscreen and frosty breath would encourage anyone to stay indoors, as the gloomy weather creeps in Barlens is determined to keep you out and about on the social scene.

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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

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