Zuza Mcken

The Hullabaloo Collective

Hi Zuza,


Tell us about the Services you offer?

The Hullabaloo Collective can offer you:

  • Professional caterers/chefs, catering to any dietary requirement and taste from rustic grazing table type, canapés, Italian feasts to ‘My mind is blown – this can not be Vegan food!’.
  • Cake makers: from funny cake craft to magnificent creations
  • Photographers: Some award winning cool cats on our books
  • Stylist: from advising the bride and bridesmaids to themed parties
  • Creative party decor, bespoke party invitations and thank you cards
  • Spectacular master face painters for children’s, tween or boho garden parties and hen parties alike.
  • Mixologists for your ‘showing off’ cocktail party, props hire, venue hire
  • Dj’s, live bands, classical musicians etc.



How did you come up with the idea and what motivated you to go for it?

Having chosen to give up my career and stay at home to raise my babies left a little sad hole in my heart. I found myself missing my independence and wanting to show my boys that women don’t just wipe noses, bums and cook dinner. I looked around and realised I’m not the only one. So I gathered my talented mum friends and put forward my plan. They all liked the idea of working for themselves but being supported by the force of women that is The Hullabaloo Collective. And here we are!



What do you love about running your own business and what do you find hard?

Being your own boss is great. It gives you creative freedom and makes you feel good for not having to answer to anybody else. On the other hand, you are responsible for the success of your business which sometimes feels like a heavy load.


What kind of Boss Mum are you and how do you manage the juggle? 

BossMum – love that word. That is exactly who I am (and the rest of my ladies too). Juggling is what we do and we do it best. I’m the organised freak in my bunch. But I recognise that we are all different. The most important thing is that things get done. In what order? Who cares!


Do you have a favourite app or work tool you think everyone should know about?

The only thing that works for me is a good old fashioned diary. Ok, i’m old school but I’ll have you know that i’m running things from my phone diary now. Timing is of essence and I like things done in orderly fashion but most importantly it rings to reminds me about things I might/would forget. I’m sure there’s a better app for it somewhere….

What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?

Being out of the rat race for 10 years has shocked me for how much and how quickly the working world has changed. Social media has changed everything. Adapting to it has been hard but necessary. Also, the support that you need is greater than before but it feels good to be surrounded by a force of women with different skills. The saying ‘together we are stronger’ has never been more true!


What is a normal day in your life like?

Term time: breakfast, school run, house chores, dedicate as much time to my business as possible (working on my laptop or phone wherever possible), school pick up, break up fights, dinner, bed time, collapse.
School holidays – trying to survive madness, squeeze in grafting for my business when and wherever possible (the dreaded gaming devices are a go i’m afraid).


What has been a particular highlight for you since starting your business?

I was so excited about starting The Hullabaloo Collective. I think we offer more than your regular events planning businesses out there. We are all experts in our field and can do it with our eyes closed – this is where the experience of being a multi tasking super woman mum comes in and is second to none!


What’s next for your business?

My dream is to grow the collective. I want the best and the coolest to join the team. And not just in UK (fingers crossed).


What advice would you give someone who was thinking about setting up their own business?

If you believe in something and want to do it, go do it. If you really want to do something, find a way to do it. Just follow your gut. It wont be easy, but it will be worth it in the end.



What is your favourite Social Media platform and how has it helped in your success?

I find Instagram the most user friendly. Facebook I’m yet to conquer (working on it).


Who inspires you?

Strong, independent women. Especially those who climbed up to the top on their own merit. Being in film, arts, sport or music. Women rock.


What was your dream job growing up?

I alway leaned towards anything creative and I like to organise things; being from rearranging furniture in my family home (to my mothers horror and distress) to creating plays in my garden, leading a pop dance group, making costumes and writing a school hymn which is still sung in my primary school (ahem), basically being a bossy pants.


What do you enjoy most about being a part of Mama Tribe?

When I discovered Mama Tribe UK it was like finding my favourite place. A perfect fit!



Thanks for giving us an insight into life behind The Hullabaloo Collective Zuza, we love having you as a Member of the Tribe.


Danni x

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