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 Our warehouse has been cleaned of outdated inventory and reorganized with tons of new items.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.
Angela began her career in 2003 at a local venue where she quickly learned she found her passion in weddings. Through the years, Angela has continuously trained to sharpen her skills and remained active within the industry serving on the Richmond Chapter Board for NACE, Richmond Bridal Association and N.E.W. She has also proudly volunteered for LINC and JFWCC, both locally based non-profits. Angela attends the Wedding MBA, Wedding Wire World and NACE Experience conferences on a regular basis, as well as attends monthly seminars for NACE and Richmond Weddings to keep up with the latest trends.
She's crazy about her children and their adorable Maltipoo. When not working with clients, Angela enjoys sipping wine with friends, catching sun on the beach, watching movies/reality TV and singing karaoke.
Ashley is a proud RVA native who has worked in the event industry informally since the age of 13, and professionally since 2011. Through the years she has touched on team-building, DJ-ing and event management, but Ashley considers her career to have really begun during her time as a special event lighting designer. While working in lighting design, she was able to draw from her theatrical experience to create immersive themed environments for all of her clients. Ashley strives to bring the same “wow!” factor to her brides now, but with linen instead of lighting! Keeping up with current trends is key to Ashley’s success, and she believes that the world of fashion speaks directly to the world of weddings. She is an all-around animal lover. Her favorite animals are her tortoise and her parrot, Tort and Bird. Around her house you’ll find modern art pieces next to antique taxidermy, and many soft surfaces for lounging (because, let’s be honest, her spirit animal is definitely a sloth!) Ashley has a fun, eclectic style that is bound to make your next event look incredible!
Dale grew up in Clifton, NJ and has been on a southward migration ever since with first stop in Durham, NC with a scholarship to Duke, then on to Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX and settling in Richmond, VA.
He met Nelson while living in apartment just above, they became friends and stayed connected in the same group of people for years.
Dale spent 20 years as President of Vending Services of Richmond known today as Trolley Vending. While working as CFO at Rental works, Nelson’s former company and the company that birthed Party Perfect, Nelson mentioned buying into Party Perfect again. The opportunity to work beside Nelson again was too appealing to turn down, so Dale decided to jump in with him!
Dale directs the back of the house operation such as routing, delivery personnel, dish, laundry and overall warehouse.
He resides in Bon Air with his lovely wife, Paige and their dog, River. He likes woodworking, golf and most of all, Duke Basketball, Go Duke!
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!
Warren began his career in the events industry with Aarrow Special Events before it became Party Perfect. He has been the Warehouse Manager of Party Perfect for 21 years. He is known as “the fixer” as he can fix most anything that’s broken and he likes fixing mistakes before they become major problems. He loves working with his team at Party Perfect and he knows where everything is in his warehouse.
He loves roller coasters (the bigger, the better, he says!), travelling, football, spending time with family & friends and doing projects at home.