Birthday Parties and Gatherings During COVID19

Holding a Party during COVID19 is a very different proposition.  You are only allowed up to 20 visitors at any one time. The total number of visitors includes adults and children.  If you are holding a party you need to adapt and many of our local party suppliers have adapted to the COVID19 rules.

For parties with older children or adults, you may want to ask them to wear a mask – read our article here on how to properly wear a mask and where to buy masks (disposable and reusable masks) in Lane Cove.  Masks and personal sanitiser might just be the new party favour.

The number one rule is to allow for social distancing at all times.  If you can have the party outside.

Tips from a Lane Cove Mum

Do you still have a party for your children during COVID19?  Kids are still mixing at school and we have been told that infection rates among younger children are low.  However, if you choose to have a party there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of transmission.

Local Mum, Fiona from HairCraft Mobile Salon recently threw a COVID safe party for her daughter’s 7th birthday and we thought it was such a good effort that we would share. Fiona mentioned she had made lots of changes compared to past parties.

This year she made a request that apart from herself and a friend, the party would be kids only so she could keep the number of people in her home to the required limit. Parents dropped the kids off, they used hand sanitiser and then off to the party.

She made sure all of the food was single-serve to prevent multiple hands touching food or serving cutlery. She opened the backdoors up to allow fresh air. She also had cupcakes made and delivered by Cake Shack so that when it was candle time, her daughter wasn’t blowing out candles all over a cake to share.

ITC loved the effort in making the party as safe as possible that we thought we would see how other local businesses have adapted to help us all have a COVID safe gathering at our home.


Bern the Chef

We have been catering for a number of small events, so we have strict protocols in place to check we are keeping safe with guests, the venue, ourselves, our suppliers and the general public.

We check with the host with regards to guest numbers & space ratio. Most events are kept to 20 or less events for private houses, and for larger areas, we check the area ratio, including our staff in the person’s onsite allowable for safe distancing. 

I wash my hands on average around 3 times every hour while working most days, this hasn’t changed, but I am absolutely more aware of the need to continue thoroughly.

When serving seated dinners, we arrange personal butter & salt dishes for each guest, and offer freshly ground pepper by the waiter. All drinks & plate service is by professional waiters.

I like to have any canapes spaced out well on platters, so we have more platters going out, along with lots of cocktail napkins. We use little forks for hot items – these are single use only.

I also like to use chinese spoons for little canapes as well, keeps canapes separate and spaced out as well as looking beautiful.

As we travel & deliver, my van is wiped down inside & out before each event. Including door handles, seats, seat belts, buttons & keys. Each event is packed into boxes from the kitchen.

Read Bern the Chef & Granny Cooks Covid-19 Response & Information- Covid19ResponseandInformation

Address: Lane Cove Community Hub Building. Lower Ground, 1 Pottery Lane
Mobile: 0402 092 574
Facebook Page: bernthechef

A Cut Above Catering 

Below are ways we’ve adapted during COVID:

  • Moved from share platters to individual serves. We call it our ‘socially distanced’ catering.
    • Fruit platters are now Fruit Salad noodle boxes.
    • Salads are in individual noodle boxes for corporate lunches.
    • Buffet breakfast has become “Breakfast Pots” eg Granola, with yoghurt & berries served in individual cups.
  • For dinners in private homes we offer a plated menu, so each dish is plated by a chef & served. There is the option of shared platters as often this is a family celebration & people are more comfortable in this situation. In this case we provide a pair of small tongs for each guest to serve themselves.
  • When we’re serving fingerfood we now use large platters & space items so they’re not touching each other. We supply toothpicks/cocktail forks for guests to pick up fingerfoods. We also avoid dipping sauces & add a small dollop to each piece of food. Eg Risotto Balls with Aoili on top. We also have a range in containers as well – Hot dishes in Noodle Boxes eg butter chicken & desserts in shot glasses eg chocolate mousse.

Mobile: 0403 861 117
Facebook Page: ACutAboveCatering

Jon- Patrick 

We are so grateful for the amazing feedback we’re getting about our High Tea for Two in a box. If you haven’t tried it yet why not treat yourself. For just $80 (inc delivery within Sydney area) you get the following:

  • 3 types of sandwiches (egg & rocket, ham & dijon, smoked salmon & dill creme)
  • 2 types of mini quiche (smoked salmon & florentine)
  • 2 sweet tarts (lemon & salted caramel
  • Vanilla cupcakes
  • Vanilla bean scones with creme chantilly & tripleberry jam).

Address: Lane Cove NSW 2066
Mobile: 0414 729 993
Facebook Page: myfriendthechef

Cake Shack 

At Cake Shack Sydney we want every experience to be a unique one, providing people with great service, amazing cakes and wonderful memories.

Cake Shack Sydney put in 100% attention to detail every time!

For young children a visual connection to their cake is very important. If you want them to love it, make it something they love. This was made for tristan who loves elmo, cookie monster, cars and balls. We put it all in a toy box for him. Now he will want to play with his cake not just blow out the candles.

Mobile: 0420 757 273
Facebook Page: CakeShack

The Cake Man prides itself on creating the most unique, tasteful and exciting pastries, cakes and pies.

If you are looking for fresh cakes pastries come into Cake Man. All pies and quiches are hand-made in our central kitchen. Everything in our store is made fresh daily and we also do competitive prices on all birthday and wedding cakes.

Address: Shop 5A, 23-25 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove, NSW 2066
Phone: 02 9420 9895
Facebook Page: TheCakeManLaneCove
Instagram: cakemanlc


Little Legends

Does your child love to be active?
If so, a Little Legends Sports Party is the perfect option for you. We can tailor our games to suit your child and make it the best party ever! All parties are designed to maximise participation and enjoyment with our range of activities suitable for ages from 4 to 12. We can play a range of classic games and activities, sports and team games or we can take requests and focus on one specific sport. We want the entire family to relax and enjoy the fun as well!


Due the current climate we can host parties for up to 20 people.


For more information or to make an enquiry please visit ur web site:
Where  LEGENDS  Begins
Mobile: 0431072329
Facebook Page: @littlelegendssports

Bop till you drop

Bop till you Drop Virtual Parties

We have adapted to this crazy, changing climate and completely re-invented our business. We are so excited and thrilled with how well the children have responded. Who would have thought that 30 children would love to dance around their lounge room on their own, while watching the rest of their friends dancing through a computer??? To them it is normal and so exciting to see everyone onscreen laughing, following dance moves, even playing fun and interactive games. Our most popular virtual parties are our DISCO, SCIENCE and SLIME parties. All the parties are interactive, structured and of course we make sure the birthday child is the star of the show. At the end of the party the children get 30 minute of free talk time. It is great to see them connecting and laughing with their friends. These parties lift their spirit and make them feel united.

Since the 20 people restrictions lifted in NSW, it now seems like our Science and Slime parties are more popular. These parties are perfect for smaller groups of 15 or less, which is obviously why during Covid19 they have been the more popular choice.

To celebrate heading into real face to face parties, we currently have a $50 OFF special! Click here to receive yours. Call or email us for more details and conditions.

Contact us on 1300 13 03 13 or [email protected]


Party Hire/ Theming

Walkers Party Hire – North Shore

Now have 1.8m long x 1.2 wide tables these are perfect for a COVID safe party, we also recommend our bar tables and stools so guests can remain seated but social distancing.  Hiring seating and tables is a perfect way to remain compliant and have a safe function.

Prior to COVID we purchased an industrial steam cleaner which is now invaluable to our operation, as we now steam clean just about every item, not only does this bring everything to a ultra shine but it insures our product is bacteria and germ free.

Households can still have 20ppl so functions are starting to re appear, especially now that bars/resturants can only have groups of 10 so people are now looking back at home to host a function.

Address: Unit 3, 12 Chaplin Drive, Lane Cove West NSW 2066
Phone: 9428 3922
Mobile: 0415 079 795
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Address: 307 Lane Cove Road, Macquarie Park
Phone: 02 9491 9900
Facebook Page:edengardensclub


Porter’s Liquor Northwood

Porter’s Liquor Northwood is a locally owned bottle shop in the suburb of Northwood on Sydney’s lower north shore, part of the Lane Cove Council area.

The owners have operated the business for 40 years. They offer friendly service, experienced staff and great specials. They are a generous sponsor of local sporting groups and charities.

Porter’s Liquor have free delivery to the local area and a party service which includes glasses, tubs and ice. Corporate and private accounts available.

We can provide drinks for all occasions – both private and corporate / community functions and events. Free delivery to local area & glass and tub hire service available.

Address: 1 Northwood Road, Northwood NSW 2066
Phone: 9427 1337

Followers and Balloons

Spotted Orchid 

Flowers, balloons, cards, gift hampers… Spotted Orchid has you covered. Same day delivery.

Order your love, happy birthday, get well, thinking of you , congratulations, it”s a boy, it’s a girl balloon gift online today.  Your balloon gift is sent with a gift card containing your own personal message and will have same day delivery.

Send many balloons to create a balloon bouquet.

Address: 1/44 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066
Phone: 02 9418 6770
Mobile: 0413 023 403
Facebook Page: Spotted-Orchid

Pure Flowers 

At Pure Flowers, we know flowers say a thousand words. They say, “I love you,” “I’m sorry,” “here’s something to make you smile”,” just because,” and always brighten someone’s day .

As your boutique Lane Cove florist, we’re here to create gorgeous bouquets and elegant arrangements for all life’s special moments. Our friendly, award-winning team will handpick beautiful fresh flowers based on the occasion and what’s in season to send the perfect message.

We offer same-day delivery across Sydney, including Chatswood, North Sydney, St Leonards and more. Order online 24/7 or phone 02 9427 8214. Order by 11am Monday to Friday or 9am on Saturdays for same day delivery.

Blending classical techniques and contemporary flair keeps our team creatively inspired to meet all your floristry needs. Even 5am market trips are a joy when we can unveil the magic of combining the various shapes, colours and aromas of the day’s best blooms.

Address: 3/23-25 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066
Phone: 9427 8214
Facebook Page: Pureflowerslanecove

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