Monday, October 11, 2010

'Burlesque Masquerade' cocktail party

We spend a lot of our time doing kids (or child related parties), which we absolutely LOVE - however, every now and then, we do a grown up party as well.  We really do enjoy these opportunities, as we get to play around with things that just won't work for a children's event!

This one was for a pretty special client - she was turning 50 - and had every reason in the world to celebrate. She loves a party, is super (even...dare I say...uber) glamourous and if I can party like she does at 50, I will be a very happy woman! Who am I kidding - I can't party like her now!!

Anyway, the brief was to create burlesque masquerade cocktail party. To bring that glamourous theme through, we started with a red, gold and black colour pallet. We then threw in some feathers and a heap of bling! The custom invites set the scene....

We also created some digital 'save the dates' in the same theme, which were sent to guests about 6 weeks prior to the event via email. These were really well received and for such a big event, I would highly recommend something similar being issued. 

The venue played a staring role on the night, providing a glamourous back drop to proceedings. It also meant we really didn't have to add very much, just some small details to incorporate the personal touch.

{look closely - the statues got in on the masquerade theme!}

We had arranged to collect a number of photo's of the client, which we then scanned and played around with, converting them all to black and white. They were then strung throughout the venue, which added a real talking point with the guests. We also had one enlarged and framed. We customised the frame to fit the theme as well.

A champagne tower was arranged to be poured just before the speeches, it ensured all the guests had a glass of bubbles in hand during the speeches and they all ohhh-ed and ahhh-ed appropriately!

The guests all really got into the theme, with some fantastic masks. Some people had really gone to a lot of effort. Due to privacy reasons, we can't share a lot of those photo's with you - so you will have to trust us that they all looked great!

The cake was made by the wonderful Kayla from Sweet Statements. She really did a brilliant job - and believe me, it tasted as good as it looks! She picked up on the theme wonderfully, designing this divine caramel (top layer) and chocolate mud (bottom layer) cake. She puts so much love into the cakes she designs, they are truly works of art!

The cake bags were designed to match the invites.  The guests were all pretty excited to leave with a little touch of the party for later. I so believe that adults love party bags as much as kids do!

All logistics such as venue selection at the wonderful Silk Road, food and beverage arrangements and selections, invitations, rsvp management, cake, decor and themeing, guest lists was managed by The Inspired Occasion.

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