50th birthday party – South Africa meets Ibiza

D came to me to organise her 50th birthday party knowing that she would like it to be a reflection of her younger life in South Africa and her love of a braai, as well as creating an epic Ibiza style nightclub - all in her back garden!

Architecturally contemporary and with the WOW factor – a stretch tent was installed (in which the previous weekend I created a totally separately themed and styled ‘Gentleman’s Club style’ party for her son’s 18th birthday) with lighting which was going to be of utmost importance, not least because the party was held at the beginning of September when Autumn is already on the horizon and the sun is setting earlier, sadly.

The scene was set with invitations created based on the safari-themed firepit hired in for the evening.  Immediately upon arrival during pre-dinner drinks, guests were treated to warmth and light from this stunning locally made, structure – a ‘fireball’ with hand-cut animal figures striding around the perimeter.

Adjacent to drinks, was a visual spectacle of one of Suffolk’s most creative chefs preparing barbecued food including Boerewors which was subsequently available for guests to help themselves to as well as colourful bowl food being handed round on trays.  

The Ibiza club vibes filtered throughout the party with stunning white lounge furniture and feathered white lampshades on crystal bases, standard topiary lollipop trees adorned with warm white tealights, a circular mirrored bar, icy cold drinks and cocktails including the ever popular Espresso Martinis.  Majestic mature trees on the perimeter of the garden were uplit in vibrant colours, and the DJ took the party to another level, playing on until the early hours.  The flawless set up, attention to detail and superb suppliers all contributed to creating an epic 50th birthday party!

All photos by @lucyjtomsphotography

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