Throwing a party can be time-consuming and stressful — that’s why Debra Philbert is here to take the pressure off of you.
In 2011, Philbert created Party Parcels, a party supply provider business out of her West End home. This past January, Philbert launched a new feature of Party Parcels. She is now also offering a rental division of the business for more upscale events, such as weddings.
Interested customers can rent china, urns, and grand centrepieces for their parties.
"Party Parcels is everything you need for your planned event in a box," Philbert said.
Philbert’s parcels come in different sizes. A petite parcel includes eight dinner plates, eight party plates, cups, napkins, cutlery, foil balloons, latex balloons, curling ribbons, invitations, sparklers, candles, a banner, and a tablecloth. Philbert also offers a ‘practical-sized’ (medium) parcel and a ‘popular-sized’ (large) parcel.
Philbert said she has always been an avid entertainer, throwing house parties and birthday parties for family and friends who constantly ask her how she has the energy and resources to host so many functions.
"I said, ‘I love doing it, and I think you would enjoy it too, if someone took the work out of it for you,’" Philbert said.
Before Philbert became a full-time operator of Party Parcels, she was working at a bank until she went on disability leave, and managing Party Parcels is what she has been doing since.
"It doesn’t feel like work. It is, but it doesn’t (feel that way)," Philbert said.
Philbert said she is attempting to bring convenience back into planning parties. She wants to see parties done the way they used to be — with balloons, streamers, and banners in a host or hostess’s home — instead of renting out spaces at McDonald’s or Kid City, which can be quite costly.
So where does Philbert get the supplies? She orders them from the United States because party supplies are cheaper there.
"We literally have it shipped to the border, pick it up, and go home. It’s nothing," Philbert said.
Philbert said she makes three trips a month to the border to pick up supplies. The parcels are typically put together according to a theme, such as a Mardi Gras theme or a theme based on simple colours.
To place an order or for more information, visit partyparcels.ca.