Virtual Reality, an easier way of understanding space

Design is not something that comes easy to all and truly understanding ground plans and layouts can sometimes be a challenge.

We believe that for high end events, a luxury wedding planner or high end party planner should have all the resources available to best convey a design proposal making sure the client understand as best as its possible how their event will look.

The Party Set has teamed up with an inVR app is order provide 3D exploratory space of the clients event.

Using Google cardboard (Provided by us), our clients can scan a code and download the 3D model of their event. It is then possible to “walk” through the space and explore table layouts and how the space will work and feel on the day. The possibility of being inside a 3D model of your event is particularly helpful for those concerned about space or who find translating 2D plans challenging. Visual rendering will complement the 3D virtual reality tour for a better understanding of the finishes.

We have had an overwhelming positive response so far and we look forward to keep helping our clients gain as much understanding of their event as its possible.

GRAPHIS LOGO DESIGN AWARDS

We are delighted to announce that The Party Set was awarded a  Graphis MERIT Awards in New York. 

Our partners El Paso and us are delighted to have been recognised by this important institution and look forward to many more creative collaborations together to the benefit of our clients.

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Fun ideas to Celebrate the Royal Wedding

We are super excited for the upcoming Royal Wedding and like many of the people we know, we have started making preparations for the weekend.  

Below are some of the ideas we are implementing at our royal wedding celebrations this coming Saturday. 

-Let food reflect the diversity of the wedding. Go for the classics and give them a twist: Coronation Chicken, cucumber sandwiches, Victoria Sponge Cake and so many other British classics are a perfect food option for the upcoming Royal Wedding celebration. Meghan’s origins are a good excuse (not that we need one) to add none traditional mouth watering food to the celebration. Incorporate bite size burgers or peanut butter filled brownies for a bit of a twist and a true reflection of the couple’s mixed origins. 

-Follow the steps of the royal couple and serve bowl and finger food. Forget the BBQ and plated food opting instead for substantial canapés and small bowls of food. Variety and plentitude is key here in order for this style of serving not to feel mean. Choose at least six different dishes and make sure at least one is a salad. 

-Get organised. Discuss with the other guests what each one will bring so as to avoid repetition or too much of one thing. Don’t forget the drinks and offer none alcoholic option like an elderflower cordial.

-The Union Jack has decorated many street party tables bringing colour, fun and identity to the celebration. For a more sophisticated look, opt instead for plain white table cloths and use potted herbs and english seasonal flowers to decorate. 

-Its a national Celebration. Royal weddings are a glorious occasion and a perfect opportunity for putting aside our British reservation. Get together with those around you, what a perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbours and bond over such an joyous occasion.

10 Wedding tips for Meghan Markle or any other bride on her special day

With a few days to go, we have noticed a huge amount of speculation surrounding the royal wedding but little advice and support for the bride and groom on what to look for on the day itself. We thought we share some of the advice we give our brides on her day that might come useful to Ms Meghan Markle or any bride. 

-Wear your bridal shoes, break them in. As a costume designer for films I am only too aware about the temptation of not wearing that very special pair of shoes until the last moment, the same temptation I have seem with many brides so let me give you one important piece of advice… DON’T. There is nothing more unpleasant that a painful pair of shoes and the pain will be reflected in all the pics, no matter what good an actress the bride is. Choose a thick pile carpet, put the shoes on and walk and then walk a bit more until you feel comfortable. The carpet will make sure the sole has no marks and the shoes look like new.

-Wash your hair the night before. Freshly washed hair does not hold a hairdo as well as a one washed the day before. In order to make sure your hair keeps the shape on the day a lot better, don’t wash your hair on the morning  of the big day in order to avoid unnecessary retouching.

- Have a tissue at hand. Your wedding day is a very emotionally charged day and the possibility of tears ruining your mascara is high. Have a tissue at hand and hold it next to the sides of your eyes as soon as you feel the need to cry, that way the make up will remain intact. 

-Avoid at all costs dark drinks on the day of your wedding. Red wine and other dark drinks can stain your teeth and these unflattering mishap will show in pictures.

-Hydrate. This is most important in order to keep up the energy levels and you looking your best. Lots of water (still not carbonated is best) and fruits with hi water density like watermelon are highly recommended.  

-Make up artist at hand. In many of the parties we design we allocate a make up artists near or inside the ladies loo for the bridal party or guests use. Its advisable to have someone at hand to do emergency touch ups in private and available at all times. A make up artist will make sure all the guest look at their best at all times which will be reflected in all the pictures, its a win win situation .

-Prep Your Hands. Needless to say there isn’t a time in life when your hands are so much the centre of attention, make sure yours and your husband’s to be look their best. 

-Take time together with your husband to be. With all the wedding craze, last minute details and visiting family member its easy to occupy your diary with wedding arrangements. Make sure you dedicate time to your other half and that he does not feel forgotten, remember that he will also be nervous and will appreciate your support and attention.

-Eat. Make sure you have breakfast, a light breakfast of watery fruits and peanut butter sandwiches will guarantee energy levels up and hydration. During the day make time for lunch opting for protein rich options with vegetables. Remember to eat small quantities but often. Speak to the caterer and appoint one person to look after you, that way you can preselect what to be served.

-Avoid pre-wedding drinks champagne or any bubble and carbonated beverages. Its not unusual for the bride to eat little on her wedding day, avoid drinks that might make you tipsy or make you feel bloated. Keep the alcohol intake to no more that one cocktail or glass every 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

There are no words to express how honoured our creative Director feels for having been made a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). 

According to the internet, Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) is an award granted to individuals that the Royal Society of Arts judges to have made outstanding achievements related to the Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. Fellowship is awarded to those who can demonstrate that they have made significant contributions to social change, and support the mission of the RSA.

Our commitment to society and the arts is a passion and a believe that grows stronger with time. The recent recognition by the RSA just reinforces this commitment and offers a platform to facilitate change.

Thank you RSA for this great honour. 

London Wedding

Some of our clients have found difficult to watch the video of our London January wedding while on the go and have kindly requested we insert a gallery instead for easier reference. Honouring our client's request, below is a short slide show with pictures of that amazing day.

Hope you enjoy the refreshed gallery of this beautiful and utterly moving wedding for a highly respected Russian client. For more information of to discuss your own event feel contact us.

Lumiere Festival 2018

We love a public celebration, seeing people come together with broad smiles and joyful attitude has to be one of the best feeling there is.  When a celebration involves creativity, we believe the mix can be intoxicating and utterly unforgettable.

The Lumiere Festival celebrates creativity using light as the common denominator. It takes place at the beginning of the year offering a respite from the January blues.

Curious about design and always looking for inspiration, we went around as we usually do enjoying some of the installation. This time we decided to film some of the centre pieces and share them with you all in the hope that you will also find them inspiring and encourage you to join us next year.

 

JC Interview

We were moved by the article published on the Jewish Chronicle by the unique Sharron Livingston. 

It was an honour to have been feature in the prestigious Wedding Magazine of the JC as their featured Wedding and Party planner.

Thank you JC very much for the privilege of being feature in such an important publication.

Scan of the pages below.


The making of the Wedding at the Landmark Hotel

Dear all,

This video contains an introduction with some of the behind the scenes work that we did for the recent wedding at the Landmark Hotel. 

The idea was to share and create some understanding about the immense work that goes into producing  a large event. The video shows the work of different suppliers including the production company (Ingenius), florist (Philippa Craddock), venue (Landmark Hotel), cake (Elizabeth Cake Emporium), Menu and invites (Cutture)  and entertainment companies among many other suppliers. 

The beginning of the video jumps from the different public areas of the hotel and the latter part of the video shows the final result.

Hope you enjoy it and please share.

For more information about The Party Set and how we can help, please contact us

Villa Rene Lalique

As designers and lovers of all things beautiful, we visited the Lalique Museum in France. We had an amazing time seeing face to face al those design classics.

We followed the museum experience with dining at the the splendid Villa Rene Lalique, place where he once lived and worked and that has been lovingly converted into a stupendous boutique Hotel and restaurant.

This short video was created as a  way of sharing with you a truly eventful experience and hoping it will inspire you to go.

The Mirror Maze

We loved the recent experiential event "The Mirror Maze" designed by Es Devlin that took place in Peckham a few weeks ago.

We thought it was a really fun experience, brave and memorable that did not try to push the brand too hard. By being brave and bold, the experience was even more memorable attracting people from all over London that flocked to live the experience.

We also share it as we think it was one of the most fun events we have seen so far this year and because it highlighted perfectly the advantage of having a set designer involved in the project.  

Same Sex Wedding in Pimlico

We did not want to pass on the opportunity to share the recent wedding we did at a lovely venue in Pimlico, London.

The fact that the wedding was a same sex couple wedding opened the opportunity for discussions as to what traditions to follow and what not to follow from weddings as we know them. 

One of the grooms was British and the other from Spain which allowed us the opportunity of bringing elements of both cultures to the day.

The guests where invited to a traditional english tea followed by a concert and ending with a Spanish extravaganza.

Intros, animations and the impact of movement

Over the years, we have supported brands that look to push boundaries and aim to stand out; playing it safe does not lead to innovation, recognition or public awareness. 

A little known aspect of our company is the work we have done on animations and brand intros for Youtube and TV adverts. Most recently, our artists developed the artwork layout for the trucks that delivered the Cadbury Cadvent campaign. In this particular case, we adjusted the original design to fit different dispositions of trucks so that it would look complete and compelling when seen from above. 

We thought we share a small video with snippets of what we have offered in the past. When we think of an event, we think of it holistically and believe this service complements the brand experience. 

Moving images are a lot more catching than static ones. Animations can be used for adverts, Youtube videos, social media as well as live events and private parties, the limit is the imagination. 

 

Impressions of Vegas

We had an incredible time in Vegas while designing a very special wedding. Although we can't share much of that memorable event due to privacy reasons, we can however share  impressions of the city.

Hope you enjoy this short video packed with iconic images of this incredible city.

Summer Wedding in Madrid

Francesca and Alvaro's wedding was what I would describe as my perfect wedding.

Every detail was a sign of flawless execution despite the challenging event coordination that saw people from different continents and countries meet in wonderful Madrid. 

The day started with the most wonderful ceremony in one of Madrid's most important churches elevated to art by the wonderful choir and orchestra with music ranging from classics to very personal tunes.
Dedicated buses took all guests to an imposing villa outside Madrid dotted with food stations, salad station and bars all complemented with efficient and friendly additional service of hot canapés.

The wedding breakfast was served in the main room with the same summer feel of olives  trees and local flowers.

After all courses were served, drummers could be heard by all outside the reception venue inviting with their beat all to join the fun.

Incredible music, mouth watering drinks and continued flow of sweet and savoury canapé ensured that the evening was a resound success and a moving experience.  

For more information, please contact us on: 

http://www.thepartyset.com/contact/#contact-us 

Best Challah Bread ever.

Our friends and clients  know how much we love baking and how often the office is filled with cakes and fresh home baked bread so this time, we thought we shared the recipes for best challah bread ever.

We share this recipe in our blog for three reasons: 1- friends and clients keep asking us for it. 2-Because we love everything to do with celebrations and sharing and Challah is the perfect example of these. 3-Because its delicious and very easy to do.

Sharing of food and in particular bread, is the most basic and important forms of celebrations, its a way of sharing and building memories. For the jews, challah is a very important bread as it relates to a very important sacred holiday, Shabbat. The bread is usually baked for Friday dinner and/or Saturday morning service. This recipe for challah makes a large loaf that Its utterly delicious and can be enjoyed by all, no matter what religion you come from.

The bread is at it best when freshly baked but if more than a day or to old, simply toast it and it will give it a new lease of life. 

This video is dedicated to our friends at the WLS, good luck with the baking.

Recipe:

7 cups/1k of white strong flour, regular flour works well too.
4 tsp dry active yeast
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup (120ml) of oil (sunflower oil works well)
1 tbs salt
1/2 or 3/4 cups (160g) of sugar (depends how sweet you like your bread)
2 cups (480ml)  of warm water

Method:

-Preheat the oven to 350F or 180C 

-To the 2 cups of warm water add the sugar and yeast, still well until yeast is dissolved. Leave to rest for about 10 mins. Bubbles will form on the surface of the mix. Set aside

-In a large bowl or food processor mix the half the flour and salt. Slowly add the yeast mixture you had previously prepared. Mix well.

-Add the oil, beaten egg and remaining flower and mix well. When the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl, turned onto a floured surface and knead for approx 10 more minutes. If the dough sticks to your hand,  add additional flour. Make sure not to add too much otherwise the bead will be very heavy. Make sure the dough is manageable, smooth and elastic springing back when pressed gently as per video.

Grease a bowl and place dough in it. Grease the dough with a very thin layer of oil, cover with a towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 2-3 hours until the dough doubles. Every half an hour or so, punch the dough to get rid of the air. 

-Take the dough and divide in four equal parts. If the loaf is too big, simply take half the amount and freeze for another day.

-Make four strands and plat as per video. Leave to rest for about 20-30 mins. Don't leave to rest for much longer than that as the definition of the plating will be lost.

-Cover the dough in an egg and water wash but only just before placing the bread in the oven, spread poppy seeds on top (optional). 

-Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-30 mins, when tapping underneath it will sound hollow. 

-Let it rest for 10-20 mins before eating.

Tips:
-You can substitute some of the sugar for honey. 
-For a sweeter challah, simply use 3/4 cups.
-Do not store in a covered place when the bread is still hot.
-The raised dough freezes perfectly, simply place in a plastic bag and freeze. Take the dough out of the freezer the night before you need the bread and place in a large oiled bowl for it to rise. Repeat the plating process.

We share this recipe in our blog for three reasons: 1- friends and clients keep asking us for it. 2-Because we love everything to do with celebrations and sharing and Challah is the perfect example of these. 3-Because its delicious and very easy to do.

Hope you enjoy baking as much as we enjoyed making the video. Please don't forget to contact us to let us know how you got on. 

Salad Stations, the new trend

Salad stations are fast becoming more and more popular as guests seek for lighter canapés and the diet conscious multiply.

Salad stations are also a great alternative to tray service. By placing a food station in a key are of the venue, you create a focal point and a place for people to gather around and meet. 

If you are planning a wedding or party in the spring, complement the salad station with a light soup or hot beverage, this will give your guests options to choose from depending on the variable weather of early summer, fruits and vegetables in case its hot or something a bit more warming if the weather varies.   

Offer several dips to add variety and make sure vegetables are cut short in order to avoid double dipping.

Decorate your food station with crates, vegetables and fresh wild flowers. Make sure the salad bar is not forgotten and that is frequently checked by the staff so that there are always clean glasses and that the used ones are taken away promptly.

The pictures below are from the wedding in Madrid last weekend but same principle applies anywhere. 

James Bond Style

We have been asked in the past to design bar mitzvahs and parties in a James Bond theme which is always fun.

Always looking for a fun and different way of doing things, we can up with this fun way of folding the napkins and making the place cards/ escort cards for the guests.

We made a little video that we hope you will enjoy showing the process.

If you are after more inspiration,  our party page has a  gallery with images of some of our previous work, simply click to go to Parties

Hope you like it and if you do, don't forget to subscribe for more fun party ideas. 

If you have an important event coming up and would like to discuss ideas, please contact us for a free consultation.

Fun Furniture for Experiential Events, Happenigs, weddings or Parties

When we travel to the international fairs, we always keep in mind our clients and think of what they might find useful in their next events or happenings.

We have designed in the past events for a company based in Sweden who like their heritage and place of origin to be part of their experiential events and happenings.  

This year, we found the most wonderful furniture inspired in the forest. The furniture range is vast and hard wearing. Another good point is that all the items comply with the UK regulations and can be delivered at short notice.

We strongly believe that events should look stylish and be utterly fun, why not have then furniture to match? 

  

Maison & Object, new discoveries and the importance of the world fairs.

We just came from the incredible world design fair called Maison and Object in Paris, a must to all into design and who seek to find out the latest trends and all that is new.

The fair takes place twice a year although I find the January one a lot better and more complete. You can find anything and everyone in the fair from all around the world. 

We go every year in order to seek inspiration and to find out the latest trends in design, keeping always on top allow us to advice our clients better and offer a more unusual and up to date range of products. 

Some images of what we saw can be found on our tweeter account, other finds we reserve for our exclusive clients. Look our for some post were we will feature some of the fun items we saw.