80th Birthday Dinner
80th Birthday Party
This private client requested that we enhance the already elegant ballroom at Claridge’s with soft, romantic room styling to create an inviting space in which to welcome 200 guests for a black tie banquet, marking her 80th birthday. We were asked by the client’s family to source outstanding entertainment and to ensure that various elements of the evening remained a surprise for the client herself.
Working with trusted lighting designers, we flooded the walls of both the ballroom and reception room with soft pink and amber up-lighting, providing visual warmth to an otherwise chilly March evening. Guests were greeted with Champagne, canapés and the gentle sound of a harpist playing classical music. An iPad magician worked the room using magic, illusion and technology to entertain and inspire the crowd.
Inside the ballroom, a fairy tale scene awaited guests, with striking ostrich feather arrangements towering high on alternate tables, and low clusters of roses in a dusky palette dotted elsewhere. Also adorning the tables were dozens of flickering tea lights in rose gold votives, providing a beautiful glow to the room.
After a welcome speech, the four-course banquet began with cheese soufflé; a dish that is famously challenging to serve in large numbers thanks to its delicate consistency. Once the soufflés have risen, there is a very short window within which to serve them, in order to maintain optimum temperature, texture and height. With precision and swift communication between ourselves, the toastmaster and the Head Chef, we were able to ensure that the soufflés were delivered to tables in a timely manner, while guests enjoyed the sounds of a Baby Grand piano being played on stage.
Interspersed between the remaining three courses were performances by Cantabile: The London Quartet, who had been commissioned to perform not only some of the most renowned numbers in their repertoire but a bespoke song which we had commissioned BBC composer Simon Brett to write for the occasion. The surprise song, which told the story of the client’s life in a highly entertaining narrative, was received with cheers and smiles.
The evening concluded with the presentation of an elaborate cake, and further speeches commemorating the highlights of our client’s life.
With a guest list featuring several Peers of the Realm and VIP'S, security was a key consideration. We ensured that the party was suitably protected with discreet personnel ensuring their safety throughout the night.
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