In 1996, Party Perfect was founded in Richmond VA with the purchase of inventory from a local event rental store that was closing. Many of the key employees from the closing store jumped at the opportunity to have a fresh start within a smaller, locally focused event rental company. The initial rental inventory purchase consisted of tents, tables, chairs, linens, table settings, staging, and catering equipment. The foundation of inventory and motivated team members is the catalyst of the success that Party Perfect has achieved today.
Starting out was not easy, but that is the way it usually is when you begin something worthwhile. Many 80hr work weeks were put in by the owner and his new staff. The new inventory was not really new at all and there were countless hours spent sanding, painting, repairing and cleaning to get the inventory up to the new quality standards of Party Perfect. Over time Richmond and the surrounding areas started to take notice of the new rental company and before we knew it there was a new (gratefully received) challenge: Keeping up with the demand and growth of the company! New inventory was purchased in higher quantities and more diverse styles throughout the years. Our old inventory was sold and new team members started to join Party Perfect. The growth allowed us to take advantage of new technologies and to become a trendsetter in the event rental industry. Clients were thrilled with the new selections and the updated inventory.
Party Perfect is working hard to take our business to the next level.
We are ecstatic to announce the addition of new inventory, a new integrated website, and new ownership; all with the unified vision of better serving our customers!
Party Perfect is on a mission to take our business to the next level. We are under new ownership but the vision is still the same, to make your special event just how you envisioned. Our warehouse has been cleaned of outdated inventory and reorganized with tons of new items. The front of the house has put together an amazing new showroom design center where you can “try on” your linens, china, flatware, and glassware before your event. With our customers in mind, we have recently rolled out a new integrated website that is much more user friendly. We have been hard at work to bring the best service to you. Come on by our showroom or take a tour of our warehouse where you will see some of the familiar faces of Party Perfect and even some new ones.
Nelson is one of the the three original owners of Party Perfect that started in 1996. In 2001 Nelson sold his shares to Jeff Johnstone. Over the past 12 years Nelson has been involved in ministry and two of those years he has served as a pastor for a church in the Northside of Richmond where he lives with his beautiful wife , Pamela and their three dogs.
Back in the summer of 2016 Nelson approached Jeff Johnstone about selling the business back to him. Jeff agreed and now Nelson has come full circle back to his roots.
Two of Nelson's four kids work in the business.
Nelson likes to spend his time with family and doing ministry work in the Northside of Richmond. His hope is to give people a second chance at employment. He has seen over the years how much a job can make a difference in one's life.
Ned is one of only two Certified Event Rental Professionals in the Richmond area and one of only seven in ALL of Virginia! Day-to-day, he is our “utility player” at Party Perfect. One day he is running a tent crew and making deliveries, one day he's routing trucks and pulling orders, and the next day he is up in the front office doing site visits, helping with contracts, and keeping our website up to date. Ned graduated from King University in Bristol, TN with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He hopes to one day fully take the reins of Party Perfect from his dad, Nelson Parker.
Ned resides near Richmond with his wife Maggie, their son, Ragland, and their two dogs Harriet and Norman.
Whenever Ned can find free time, he can be found at the Richmond Volleyball Club or at a local brewery with his wife and friends.
Angela began her career in 2003 at a local venue where she quickly found her passion in the wedding industry. Through the years, Angela has continuously remained active within the industry serving on Boards for MPI (Meeting Planners International) of VA, NACE (National Association for Catering and Events), Richmond Bridal Association, and N.E.W. (Network of Enterprising Women). She has also proudly volunteered for LINC (Legal Information Network for Cancer) a local non-profit association. Angela has attended the Wedding MBA, Wedding Wire World, and NACE Experience national conferences, as well as local monthly seminars, to keep up with the latest wedding and event trends.
Angela resides in Chesterfield with her husband, Jeff. Together, they have 5 grown children that they are very proud of. Outside of work, you can find Angela at a winery or brewery, the beach, or spending time with their family.
Phyllis began her career in 1986 with Aarrow Special Events and quickly rose to Special Event Coordinators Assistant learning the “ins and outs” of the Special Event Industry. She opened up with Party Perfect in 1996 and moved to another tent company in 1999 where she spent 18 years as a tent expert. She feels blessed to be working with Nelson again here at Party Perfect. With her 30+ years of experience in special events, she is still learning something new every day and enjoying every minute. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband of almost 40 years, their children and especially their 3 sweet granddaughters. She volunteers at her Church and serves as a Deacon.
Renata grew up in Odessa, Ukraine making her way to the United States in 1992 living in San Antonio, TX. She worked in the restaurant and daycare industries and decided to attend business school in Richmond, VA. She earned her degree in Accounting alongside her degree from Russia as a Teacher. Her first professional bookkeeping job in the photography business gave her the experience and knowledge she needed to land her position here at Party Perfect. She has been the bookkeeper and “Jenny of all Trades” here for 21 years. She resides in the West End of Richmond with her family. She loves the color purple and chotchkies as her office is full of both!