PING PONG THEMED 21ST AT BOUNCE

Reportage Gallery

Reportage Gallery

I am delighted to share photos and details from a very special young woman’s 21st Birthday celebration that took place a few months ago. Lizzie asked for a memorable and unique event, and with her family’s love for ping pong in mind, we chose the Bounce ping pong bar, restaurant and club in Farringdon, London. Instead of hiring one of the secluded private dining areas, we booked out the upper restaurant and bar space so that Lizzie’s party would remain private, yet still feel like a part of the venue and in the same vibrant ambience.

Keeping the decorations to a minimum, we installed a giant balloon wall by Bubblegum Balloons. It was an excellent backdrop for photos and immediately drew everyone over to the bar. The bar was a highlight of the restaurant space, with a giant “BAR OPEN” neon sign above it.

An important aspect to any event is the food, and Bounce far exceeded our expectations. Their menu included the traditional American-style pizzas, hot dogs and sliders, presented beautifully on long sharing plates and very tasty! A couple bottles of champagne later and the party was in full swing!

A birthday of course would not be complete without cake. Lizzie’s family selected a delicious carrot cake topped with doughnuts, macarons, maltesers and drizzled in chocolate by the brilliant Anges de Sucre. I sneaked a piece for myself and it was delicious! For more details on this fabulous cake, check out their blog post from the event.

For more photos from this unique 21st Birthday, please click here.

GETTING READY FOR EASTER

Holly Clark Photography

Holly Clark Photography

Just a few weeks away, Easter and Spring are approaching quickly!

To ring in the new season, I love to use an abundance of bright, vivid colours throughout the event. Whether it be the edible flowers in a welcome cocktail or personalised menus on every place setting, a little pop of colour will draw in your guests. Easter has a tendency to be over-indulgent and over-sweet, so why not pair the obligatory chocolate with a crisp, refreshing drink. Keeping the details to a minimum will allow your guests to appreciate the delicate added extras.

I had the pleasure of organising a Spring themed dinner styled shoot a few years ago at The Hari in Knightsbridge, London. Together with a few of my favourite suppliers , we created an elegant Easter table setting with pops of magenta and orange, and plenty of green. Hybrid Flowers are exceptionally good at what they do. They created our running table centrepiece on site, drawing on the garden room, the bare table and colourful crockery.

To see more photos from this styled shoot please click here, and to read the full article by Pearl & Pear please click here.

WEDDING BELLS

Holly Clark Photography

Holly Clark Photography

For almost a year, I had the privilege and pleasure of working on a fun-filled, English countryside wedding. It was more than worth the wait!

“YOU WERE TRULY AMAZING AND WE APPRECIATE EVERYTHING SO VERY MUCH. WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU. YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND DESIGN IS INCREDIBLE. YOU ARE TRULY TALENTED AT WHAT YOU DO AND WE WERE SO LUCKY TO HAVE YOU. WE REALLY HAD THE BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES.”

As founders of the sail cloth marquee company, Sail & Peg, the happy couple began their wedding weekend setting up the beautiful tent used to host their 200 guests for dinner and dancing. The centre kingpoles were adorned with flower rings, matching the tall centrepieces on long tables. The floristry spec included some of my personal summer favourites; blush pink roses, white peonies and plenty of lush foliage. All by superb florists Blooming Perfect.

The couple were particularly focused on the music at their wedding. They requested live music throughout their entire day, from the ceremony to the cocktail, during dinner, after dinner, and until the early hours of Sunday morning. We prompted every speech with a roaring introduction by the 20 piece band bringing guests to their feet in applause before the jokes had even started.

My favourite moment of the day came early on, when I realised that I was the only person to see both the bride and groom on the morning of their wedding day. I asked the groom how he was feeling and if he had any message that he’d like me to pass on to his future wife. Then I returned to the bride, moments before she stepped into her wedding dress, and relayed his message, she was almost brought to tears by his words. I have a very special job and that memory is an absolute highlight for me!

For more details and photos from this spectacular wedding, please click here.

MAKING MEDICAL HISTORY

Alison Wright & Daniela Kirsch

Alison Wright & Daniela Kirsch

In honour of their 15th Anniversary, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) hosted their first ever gala, at the Bowery Hotel in New York on October 24th 2018. The event was both a celebration of the achievements made over the past 15 years, and a fundraising appeal to allow DNDi to continue their important work.

“At Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), we are working to deliver new treatments for neglected diseases like sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, filaria, paediatric HIV, hepatitis C, and mycetoma. DNDi has delivered eight new treatments to millions of patients, but much more needs to be done to act on our promise to develop and make available simpler, more affordable treatments. From early discovery research to ensuring treatments get to patients in hard to reach places, we need your support.”

The Making Medical History gala presented awards to outstanding individuals for their contributions to DNDi. The cocktail reception, formal dinner and awards ceremony, was followed by a late night after party featuring music by DJ Logic, Falu Shah, Mino Cinelu, and more. Special guests included NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, actress Sharon Stone (pictured), actress Kathleen Chalfant, and model Alek Wek.

The guests agreed that it was a truly important event filled with meaningful and personal accounts from its speakers. As a member of the planning team, I couldn’t have wished for a more moving and poignant event. It was an honour to be a part of the Steering Committee, and a pleasure to work on this project with the DNDi team over the past year.

For more photos from this event, please click here, and to find out more about DNDi and to donate, please click here.

DOUBLE, DOUBLE, TOIL & TROUBLE

Daniella Pittorino

Daniella Pittorino

“Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
said the magnificent William Shakespeare

Halloween is fast approaching and here are a few tips and tricks for a spooky event:

  • Lighting is key and you can never have too many candles.

  • You can also never have too many pumpkins! Stacking pumpkins of various sizes and colours is a great (and cost effective!) way of decorating for Halloween.

  • Throw in a few of the classics like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to get everyone on their feet.

  • When it comes to the menu, I recommend putting on an over the top feast so that your guests feel like they have stepped into Hogwarts and are overwhelmed with choice!

  • To create a vivid and eye-catching event, add some bold accents that contrast the dark background. The brighter and more fluorescent, the better!

  • Don’t be afraid to go a little overboard! This is one of the few times a year when you can really push a theme and use it to create a spectacular, memorable event.

  • Check out Pearl & Pear for more Halloween dinner party tablescape ideas.

Click here for more photos and ideas from last year’s Halloween Styled Shoot.