We take a look at a few of Hooley’s diverse mobile party starters that might just well spark some event-planning inspiration..
Less about pop-up and more about drive-up, caravans designed as mobile bars and entertainment give you the freedom to party anywhere you fancy.
This can mean you avoid costly venues or time-consuming sets ups, it allows you to choose your location (your lawn, a favourite coastal spot, a bush clearing…) and it also means less packing down – just gaily wave it off at the end of the event.
Caravan bars are now located all over the country and the number of other creative offerings on wheels is growing too, from florists and photo booths, to tricycles serving ice cream or vino. Keep an eye on Hooley for more event planning ideas, but here are some great examples.
Note, all the caravan bars mentioned here can supply staff but require you to supply the alcohol and drinks for them to serve. The bonus is you can pick your favourite drops and save money on big booze mark ups.
Hub Espresso Bar
We already loved Hub Espresso for the fact it’s solar powered, but when we heard it’ll also play your vinyl on its kicking sound system, it got our full party respect.
The staff at this mobile bar not only pour your drinks with finesse but they’re trained baristas, so can also serve up Havana coffee and a variety of teas. They can provide bar basics as well as original elements, such as Crown Lynn crockery and a kegerator tap for kegs (or they can mix your favourite cocktails or mocktails and pour them on tap).
And if you live in the Bay of Plenty, Hub Espresso’s day job is as an espresso bar at the Park and Ride on Omokoroa Road, Omokoroa.
Caravan Events & Co
Auckland-based Caravan Events & Co offers caravan bars, an Ice Trike and all sorts of furniture and props for a range of shindigs. Owners Carissa and Chris can supply lawn games, throw down rugs to help set the scene, erect festoon lights and more.
The Ice Trike is a fresh, fun idea with an insulated box at the front where you can pop anything from chilled bubbles to ice blocks and ice cream. The couple’s love of all things on wheels doesn’t stop there either – they also have a cream 1963 VW Beetle with floral interior for brides looking to make a swish entrance.
Even when you think you are going to avoid the photo booth, you inevitably leave the party with strips of precious photos documenting a lot of tomfoolery. Let’s face it, photo booths are always a hit.
Photokombi goes one better – it’s a mobile photo booth built into the back of a restored vintage 1971 VW Kombi van. The smart white and mint-green van may be vintage but the technology is mod – there’s real-time social media sharing capabilities, as well as the usual printed photo strips to take home.
Photokombi’s Gemma and Devon are based in Auckland, but willing to travel for events, plus they’re also photographers.
Linda Chhim’s beachy chic caravan bar, with two green palm trees on the side, is called The Sway, as it’s all about the “calm and effortless movement” they employ to ensure you have the best event. Soothing stuff indeed.
The Sway comes with key bar accessories, Linda can give advice about putting together your drinks menu, plus the staff are happy to clear tables of glasses and bottles (tick!). She says the caravan is perfect for everything from serving champers when a wedding couple is away having photos, to a golf course ‘checkpoint’ at a business event.
If you want to get more than just the bar situation sorted, Linda has a wealth of experience in hospo and events and offers a full event planning service. The Sway is based between Auckland and Mangawhai, but can travel.
By Sarah Nicholson