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5 Questions with…Dan & Malcolm Sebal, Owners of A&B Partytime Rentals

Meet the people behind A&B that make all the magic happen! Our blog series, “5 Questions with…” introduces our team of event experts. Today’s post features our owners, Dan and Malcolm Sebal.  Since taking over the family business from their parents in 2010, they have worked hard to make A&B Vancouver’s premier event rental company.

What does your typical workday look like?

Dan: I am in and out of the office all day in between fielding calls and keeping brides and clients calm and happy.

Malcolm: Trying not to panic!  This is much easier now with our all-star staff.

What are some of your favourite events that you have worked on?

Dan: Diner en Blanc.  2016 had us building the largest onsite kitchen of any event we’ve ever worked on.

Malcolm: A wedding that took place right at the far end of Canada Place.  It was logistically very challenging but turned out perfect!

What are some new rental items that you are coveting right now?

Dan: Our Harvest Tables and matching Vineyard Chairs!

Malcolm: Harvest tables and our new commercial fridges.

Finish this sentence. They key to a successful event is…

Dan: Organization

Malcolm: Prep, prep, prep, then relax

If you had an unlimited budget to plan the ultimate event of your dreams, what kind of party would you throw?

Dan: A carnival themed party for my kids with all of their favourite food, games, and pony rides.

Malcolm: A private outdoor concert with Pearl Jam and The Who on a small Gulf Island accessible only by helicopter or seaplane for 500 of our closest clients, suppliers, family, and friends with unlimited booze and food by Anthony Bourdain!

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Valentine’s Day 2017 – Table Inspiration

I have a confession: I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day.  I’m all for celebrating love and togetherness but I hate the pressure of making everything perfect on this one day.  I have a lot of respect for anyone willing to brave the crowds to put a smile on their loved one’s face.  This year, to take the some of the pressure off, we have three easy options that you can set up anywhere!

Simple Romance

Surprise your partner with a romantic dinner for two.  Here, one of our A&B drivers transformed a warehouse space into a dining area by using silver sequin and white banjo drape to surprise his girlfriend with a home-cooked meal.  Lush linens, silver cutlery, and sparkling glassware combined with lots of candlelight and rose petals completed the look that brought tears to her eyes.

Blush Sparkle

Design by Debut Event Design; Photograph by Union Photographers

For those that love glitz, glamour, and sparkle, this setting is sure to wow!  This table, designed by Debut Event Design and photographed by Union Photographers, makes a statement with blush sequins and gold cutlery and china.  It has an old Hollywood feel that is fit for the leading lady (or gentleman) in your life.

Galentine’s Day

Sometimes a party with friends is the best route to take.  Get your girlfriends (or guy friends) together for a Galentine’s Day party to celebrate the day, regardless of your relationship status.  Whether it’s a long table dinner or a casual cocktail party, we’ve got looks for every setting.  For a full breakdown of the items used in these photos, check out our Pinterest board!

The important thing is to make sure your plans are full of details that mean something to you and whomever you are spending the day with.  They’ll love whatever you came up with regardless of what look you pick as long as it comes from the heart.

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!