Najib's 50th Birthday
WHAT: 50th Birthday Lunch
BRIEF: For this 50th birthday celebration the client’s wife wanted to plan a surprise lunch at their coastal home. The party was to be fully-catered and stylish yet casual, with as much colour as possible. We were to draw inspiration from a theme of seaside nostalgia, and complete the set up without him knowing. With a beautiful sea-facing Georgian house as the venue, the client naturally wanted to make use of the large communal gardens at the front of the property.
RESULT: All elements of styling and design were inspired by aspects of the 1960s – the decade in which Najib grew up. With discretion a key consideration at all times, we decorated the interior and exterior of the house with brightly coloured bunting, whilst the sunny communal garden was dotted with traditional striped deck chairs, giant old fashioned games and confectionary from Najib’s boyhood, for guests to enjoy during the informal cocktail reception.
For the lunch, we threw open the windows to let the sea breeze flow through the house, and brought in long wooden tables covered with hessian runners. Adorning the tables, clear Picardie water and wine glasses were accompanied by bespoke Brighton Rock favours, featuring a photograph of Najib. To bring vibrancy to the table décor, bright colours provided accents throughout the flowers, napkins and beautiful salads which accompanied tender roast beef. The dessert – a giant arctic roll – was garnished with fresh strawberries, and chilled Champagne was served for the toast.
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