WHEN Covid-19 hit the nation in 2020, smaller, and more intimate celebrations quickly replaced larger gatherings, and Cecilia Hunt immediately saw a gap in the catering market.
With a love of all things creative, she launched a luxe boho picnic business, Millie Mack and one year on her efforts have seen her business named as a finalist in the 2021 Party Stylist of the Year Awards.
The business has been nominated in the Rising Star of the Year, a category within the awards, which is a new national awards program developed to recognise the best and brightest in the Australian party industry.
Ms Hunt said the rising star category is intended to recognise an emerging leader in the industry from any sector.
She said finalists in the competition will be judged by a peer reviewed system, based on meeting standarised criteria. Winners are awarded on merit rather than a public votes system.
Ms Hunt said she was inspired to start her business through her love of being creative.
"As a result of Covid-19 everyone was travelling less, staying home more and smaller, intimate celebrations were on the rise.
"Hence I identified a need for private event options to help people host their own celebrations.
"My luxe boho picnics are perfect for birthdays, baby showers and other special occasions."
Ms Hunt said she has also registered as a home based food business which enables her to cater for specific dietary requirements.
"I love vintage wares and incorporate these into all my picnics from brass candelabras, silver teapots, handmade Persian rugs and vintage peacock chairs - just to name a few."
She said she loves giving her picnics an eclectic vintage vibe.
Winners in the national awards will be announced in an online ceremony being held in November.
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