Forty guests for a 40th birthday. Lunch under the sun, dinner under the stars, at a private home perched on the edge of a Blue Mountains valley ridge.
The brief was for amazing food (thank you one of Sydney’s finest restaurants), that it had to be absolutely beautiful, and could we possibly transform the outdoor dining room and lounge between lunch and dinner?
The answer was yes — because we relish a challenge.
As the photos here show, in between lunch and dinner (all two hours we had), in fast fading light (it was autumn) we erected a series of rustic timber pergolas we custom built for the event, joined them up with vintage timber ladders, completely covered them in masses of magnolia foliage and strung up 30 beautiful gold candlelit lanterns.
And then there was the switch from log vases of flowers for lunch, to our signature solid living table runner of flowers for dinner. Using only seasonal best, we worked with cymbidium orchids, garden roses, celosia, ivy berry, dahlias, magnolia, moss and more.
We wove almost a hundred delicate gold filigree candleholders through the florals, placed burnished red charger plates at each place and pressed the “on” switch to uplight the stunning garden setting where the dinner took place, as well as strings of industrial light globes across the trees above.
An outdoor timber dancefloor completed the picture.
The first guests arrived at 11am, and the dance floor was still packed at 2am.
Playing a starring role was our 1.8m long timber cheeseboard, which we moved to the top of the baby grand for the dinner event. As you do.
Recovery brunch on Sunday was set for 9am, by which time we had cleaned and reset all for everyone to return to eggs, bacon, coffee and the weekend papers to fuel up for the trip back to Sydney.
Our client thought our birthday party styling was absolutely divine. There was nothing they could fault. We can’t get much better praise than that.
EVENT DESIGN, STYLING & MANAGEMENT, FLORAL DESIGN, TIMBER ARBOUR, WINE BARREL BAR, FURNITURE, STYLING, CATERING, SERVICEWARE & DINING EQUIPMENT HIRE + STATIONERY – www.formoverfunction.com.au
PHOTOGRAPHY – By us
VENUE – Private home, Blue Mountains