LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU

Holly Clark Photography

Holly Clark Photography

The entertainment is a CRUCIAL aspect of a party. Great music and live musicians can transform the energy in the room from happy mingling to the best time of your life. It is often left to the end of the planning process, but I would encourage anyone organising an event to keep this in mind from the very start. Live acoustic roaming bands are popular for receptions and more casual meals. Then to jazz things up, I think there's nothing better than a live saxophonist or violinist (or both!) to play along with an excellent DJ.

The best entertainers know how to work a crowd, and here are a few of my absolute favourites:

TIME FOR PEONIES

Daniella Pittorino

Daniella Pittorino

It's peony season! Pretty much everyone's favourite flower, peonies are a fantastic addition to your wedding day or special event.

Unfortunately they are only available in the UK in May and June, so it's time to splurge on these bountiful and luscious peonies!

To help them cope in the hot weather, here are a few helpful tips:

  • cut the stems at an angle so that they don't sit flat at the bottom of your vase
  • store them somewhere cold overnight
  • don't put them in direct sunlight
  • change their water daily with fresh, cool water
  • handle with care as they are quite fragile!

Check out some of my favourite florists here and here.

MIRRORED TABLE PLAN BY CUTTURE

Holly Clark Photography

Holly Clark Photography

Table plans can often be a last-minute, difficult task in the lead up to an event. However this stunning mirrored table plan board is definitely worth the effort!

Luxury stationers Cutture, who specialise in laser cutting, designed and created this laser engraved silver mirrored acrylic table plan. The design is engraved onto the back of the mirror allowing light and colour to shine through. It is a fabulous way of attracting your guests' attention to the seating arrangements. They often even take photos in it!

The best part is that after the event you can frame the table plan and hang it in your home, reminding you of the wonderful event and all of the guests who shared the day with you.

For this particular event, a 70th Birthday in the Masai Mara, Kenya, we used African safari themed table names, for instance "Crocodile Dundee", "Laughing Hyenas" and "Cheeky Monkeys". And of course, the head table was called "King of the Jungle".

Click here to see more photos from this event, and check out Cutture's latest work here.

GARDEN CHIC TABLESCAPE INSPIRATION

Daniella Pittorino

Daniella Pittorino

I love a good theme, and when a client asks you to organise an event at the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, the inspiration and possibilities are endless. My only instructions were rustic, garden, bright and fun (and somewhat budget-friendly!).

We began with a free-flowing green garland running through the centre of the naked wooden table. Building on this we added terracotta pots filled with tomatoes of all sizes, bright oranges and lemons, an array of potted herbs and floating artichokes, giving the table luscious scents and textures. We kept the tableware to a minimum with simple, white dinner plates, wooden-style cutlery, green water goblets and natural linen napkins.

Bushels of carrots guided the guests up to the Rooftop and the spectacular skyline views of Manhattan. The guest of honour's favourite cocktail, margaritas, welcomed the guests to the party, along with the delicious canapés by Fig & Pig Catering. After watching the sunset, guests enjoyed a relaxed, family style menu of beet and fennel salad, vegetable risotto, grilled skirt steak, roasted market fish, spring greens and crispy potatoes. The highlight of the evening was a very heavy, surprise gift offered by all of the guests to the guest of honour: a 40kg/90lbs Parmesan cheese wheel. This was then lifted (by about 4 guests) onto the dessert buffet to accompany the wonderful chocolate cake, pots of Eton mess, and enormous fruit and cheese board. Guests then relaxed in the rustic lounge, and danced and celebrated until the early hours.

Read more about this Rooftop Farm event here and check out the full album here.

IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS

Holly Clark Photography

Holly Clark Photography

It's all in the details. This is something that I know to be true. It is often the little extras at an event that are the most appreciated by your guests. They will leave the event raving about it to their friends and family, sharing photos online as well as looking forward to the next one. All because of the little touches that wowed them.

My favourite example of this was on a 70th Birthday trip to the Masai Mara, Kenya. From the animal print socks and hilariously rude eye shades on the plane, to the mini packets of vegemite at breakfast (the birthday boy’s favourite), no detail was overlooked. Every element adds to the theme of the event and makes for one very special and memorable party. As an event planner and stylist, this is the standard that I like to hold myself to, always going above and beyond.

Read the full article on Pearl & Pear here.