An anniversary party which went off with a bang!
Celebrating ten years of happy marriage, Mehraah and Paul decided it was a perfect time to throw a super party with their family and friends. The vibrant colour scheme of purple and gold with hints of red set the scene for a wonderful evening, and the theme was definitely fun...
From a quirky photo booth to a full dancefloor and a spectacular firework display, there was no shortage of things to keep guests entertained.
We spoke to Mehraah and Paul about their magnificent party at Hedsor House.
“It was an amazing day! Our guests raved about the venue, it really is stunning. We loved the way we could create an event exactly the way we wanted it; the rooms enabled us to create different ‘areas’ to cater for all our guests. The recommended suppliers we picked did an amazing job in translating our ideas into reality. We even had a family portrait over the fireplace in the Centre Hall which made it feel like our house for the day!"
The party: The hosts welcomed 150 partygoers to a splendid black tie celebration in a most splendid setting!
The celebration ran from the early evening to the early hours in sunny May, and made the very most of all the spaces within the house, opening up different rooms throughout the evening to keep guests entertained from the impressive Ballroom with a sparkly dancefloor centrepiece, to the secret Boudoir with sweet treats.
The hosts paid attention to even the smallest of details, one of our favourites being the sparkling fairy lights that were wrapped around the Grand Staircase. They used gold and white lighting in the Centre Hall to highlight its beautiful features as guests ateand mingled, switching to purple and gold later in the evening for a party look.
The food and drink: Guests were welcomed with summer specialities such as Pimms and Virgin Peach Bellinis, accompanied by delicious fusion canapés like teriyaki king prawn wontons and miniature sausages glazed with honey and mustard.
The ‘main event’ when it came to cuisine was the bowl food served in the domed Centre Hall, which included slow cooked beef with pomme puree, chicken in tarragon cream sauce and a spicy Malay vegetable curry. There were also fillet steak burgers on the menu to keep everyone happy!
A bar was set up in the Drawing Room. The beautifully lit room and large ‘LOVE’ light created a lovely ambience for guests to relax and chat.
A special touch was using Hedsor’s beautiful Boudoir as a hideaway for some decadent treats. The room was revealed halfway through the party, so it was a delightful surprise for the guests as they entered to see an elaborate sweets table – a hit with the adults as much as the children – and a tiered cake of cheeses, accompanied by crackers and chutneys.
The entertainment: Entertainment was definitely the order of the day at this fun and playful party. The partygoers were entertained with a polished performance of Jazz, Swing and Big Band classics by Max Curto in the Centre Hall where Mehraah and Paul enjoyed their first dance.
The guests were then led dancing into the Ballroom where they were wowed by the uplit dancefloor and large illuminated letters spelling DANCE. It was soon time for the ‘pièce de resistance’: an incredible fireworks display on the Hedsor lawns by Pyromania Displays.
The couple kept this as a surprise for guests, and even teased them by playing ‘fireworks’ themed songs in the 15 minutes before moving people on to the lawns to celebrate the evening going off with a bang!
Younger guests were a key part of the action, as the Dining Room had been transformed into their very own space! The football table, giant Connect 4 and other games, along with a crafts table, kept them entertained throughout the evening.
The photo booth was very successful – the guests loved taking photos with all the props as Queen Charlotte smiled down at them from the portrait above.
The photos were a lovely memento of the evening and entertained Mehraah and Paul for hours as they pored over them after the party to pick their top photos to share with the guests in the thank you cards. And of course the evening was captured beautifully by Lucy Williams, photographer at My Heart Skipped.