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The fifty ‘F-word’ scares most people, but for this particular client they marvelled at this milestone birthday, as they embraced and proclaimed it as the year of fun, freedom and fabulousness, and thus the idea of the ‘Festival of 50’ was born. Close friends and families were taken on the adventure of a lifetime; the celebration had guests pinching themselves all week as they partied at hotspots along the Italian Amalfi Coast.
After many previous holidays to Positano and Capri (and planning other’s destination birthdays in the same region!), this guest decided that the beautiful coastline of Positano would be the stunning setting for a birthday celebration like no other. Guests were invited to join the week-long celebration that comprised of four different events, each with its own theme, dress code and location for guests to enjoy. With no detail spared, when guests arrived at their hotel rooms they found a welcome basket filled with local produce and an activity book listing key details for the week ahead and activities to do in their free time.
The first party was celebrated amongst the infamous ‘rocks’ of Il San Pietro. This prestigious hotel’s beach cafe was the perfect place for opening night and to set the tone for the rest of the week. La Dolce Vita was the dress code for this tomato-themed party, and guests danced into well into the moonlight and watched a firework display as night one came to a close.
For such a big birthday celebration, our client knew they wanted to host a formal dinner, and Villa San Giacomo in Positano was going to be the perfect setting for party number two. All the guests were asked to dress in black tie, and we knew that dining in this space as the sun went down, looking out to the fantastic coastline from up above, would be the night where amazing memories were going to be made – and we were not wrong!
For party number three, guests boarded boats that couriered them up the coast to Conca Del Sogno. A simplistic venue hidden along the coastline with its own private cove, it was the perfect spot to enjoy a lowkey lunch. Italy is famous for its citrus, and thus lemon themed décor and styling was only appropriate. A delicious seafood lunch was enjoyed by guests, followed by dancing in the sun with Rutherford Entertainment before boarding the boat back home.
For the final farewell tour guests ventured to the island of Capri. A relaxed beach day and lunch was enjoyed by all on the rocky outcrops of La Fontelina, before final farewell sunset drinks were enjoyed in the central piazza of Capri. This day was the perfect ending to a trip of a lifetime.
Jaipur is the main gateway to the colour, splendour and magic of Rajasthan. For nearly two centuries, the Rambagh Palace has been home to generations of royals, until now. For one incredible week, our very special clients had the privilege to call this palace home, as they took over the historic Rambagh Palace and accommodated their nearest and dearest 80 guests. This was an experience of a lifetime.
In 1925, Rambagh was converted into a palace, and became the residence of Maharaja of Jaipur. The “Jewel of Jaipur” as it is fondly called, remained the home of the Jaipur royal family until 1957, when it was first converted into a luxury hotel. It is now the “Jewel in the Crown” among the authentic palaces of the Taj in India.
A very special birthday called for a royal celebration, and so a black-tie dinner party was held on the Veranda and courtyard of the City Palace which is the residence of the current Maharaja of Jaipur. Guests had the privilege of entering the City Palace via the Tripolia Gate, a gate that is usually restricted for use by the members of the Royal Family of Jaipur. Guests entered as part of a grand procession riding in on the backs of majestic elephants. Upon arrival guests were looked after by 85 staff as they enjoyed a private dinner on the veranda, overlooking the sprawling Jai Niwas gardens. Dessert was not a casual affair either, and after obtaining special permission, was served in the exclusive Lalique room.
Staying at Rambagh was undoubtedly a highlight for all of the guests, but they were also treated to a vast array of activities and sight-seeing opportunities. Guests were free to enjoy their days at leisure taking in the sights and smells of Jaipur. On the second last day guests went out of town and enjoyed a fun day of local elephant polo at Dera Amer.
A four day celebration for this long-term client and friend had us packing up our bags and heading to the shores of Buenos Aires, Argentina. When organising an overseas event in places we are not so familiar with, detailed planning and organisation is the key to success.
For this celebration our guests were invited to celebrate at locations including the Brasserie Penanque for a welcome cocktail party, Circulo Militar for a gala dinner and Estancia La Republica for a casual day out, alongside other local hotspots for activities and sight-seeing opportunities.
Our favourite event was the black-tie gala dinner, hosted within the breathtaking architecture and history of the Circulo Militar. This magnificent building by day is the National Library and Museum of Weapons, but by night it was ours to take over and create a dramatic, elegant soiree. Two long tables, adorned with bright local florals and accented with ornate chandeliers, the tables set the scene for a grand affair.
The Middle East has been a ride, and we now have so many friends who we’ve been honored to collaborate with over there. It’s like another world; we’ve had the privilege to see the very best of the best, and party in the most opulent of locations. Whilst we cannot share everything due to privacy, here are a few snippets of food concepts from Royal events in Kuwait.
Photos don’t do justice for this magnificent, dramatic wedding. The creative concept for this event was based around musical entertainment, with multiple internationally renowned artists performing acts for this private spectacular. The structure of this space was completely customised and built by Design Lab Experiences, who designed a circular space with the bride’s dais in the centre doubling as a stage for performers. Despite the size of the structure, the internal styling and layout of the space transpired a very intimate and moody ambience.
Music and dance were identified at the outset as a key element, and thus the food and beverage offering had to match key performances throughout the night.
The menu consisted of roaming savouries and sweets, chef activated food carts and a sit-down dinner. Platter services was choreographed in-time to music, whilst each cuisine, platter, garnish and plate visually represented the entertainment at the precise point of being served.
One of our highlights from this event was the bespoke designed food carts that were positioned throughout the Majlis for a fleeting period of time. Guests could choose from an ombre cake sweet station, an ice delight liquid nitrogen ice cream station, an artist station with paint tubes of caramel and chocolate pencils or a savoury station laden with caviar, smoked salmon and blinis. We loved creating all the personalised, bespoke finer details that were critical to the success of each of these food stations.
When most people think of a housewarming, they dream up images of an informal get-together or party celebrating the moving into a new residence. It is an occasion for the hosts to present their new home to their friends, post moving, and for friends to give gifts to furnish the new home.
However this was no ordinary housewarming, as this particular client’s family does not do anything by halves. A beautiful home on the coast of Kuwait, lined with ancient century-old olive trees transplanted from Italy, this was a house that deserved a royal welcoming.
As guests entered the host’s new abode they were taken on a journey through three beautiful, curated areas; an informal marketplace, a cocktail party in a Majlis, followed by a formal dining area for dinner.
In the marketplace (pictured) guests grazed on organic, rustic produce styled like a Mediterranean marketplace. Wagons with oversized spoke wheels were laden with savouries and pastries, whilst a low table complete with cushions and rugs laid in the centre of the room invited guests to relax, sit down and mingle.
In the Majelis guests were served beautiful bespoke canapes served on platters of muted pastel pinks with gold accents, whilst in the dining area they were treated to a feast from land, fire and sea. Bespoke designed food carts roamed the room with bite-sized luxuries of caviar and foie gras; this housewarming truly was a feast for the senses.
When we started The Big Group all those years ago, never in our wildest dreams did we think that we would work on such a global platform. We’re so proud of the Big Group team, the achievements we have made and the trends and learnings we’ve brought with us, helping to keep us relevant back here on local shores.