Barmitzvah at London Zoo

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The Brief

To create a special, fun and joyful party with elements introduced from South Africa which would complement the venue which was London Zoo.

The Venue

In the heart of London, overlooking Regents Park, surrounded by elephants, giraffes and lions, lies the events space of London Zoo. The guests were able to enjoy Penguin Beach during the reception and, upon entering the main room, the large windows enabled guests to overlooked the entire Zoo and all the animals.

The Party

As guests arrived they were greeted with fire juggling, cocktails, canapés and an acoustic live sax player who set the ambience in the London Zoo gardens. When all the guests had arrived, they were asked to make their way to Penguin Beach for a short show. At the end the show, four African drummers suddenly appeared and led all the guests with beating drums towards the main room.

The room was designed around a South African theme. Black lycra table covers with zebra print napkins decorated the table along with kippot, benchers and menus all also done in zebra print. In the centre of each table was a tall spectacular display of branches, leaves and plants all brought in especially from South Africa.

Each guest had an African drum waiting on their seat. The four African drummers started a rhythm that immediately encouraged the guests to participate as well. The room was rocking! The Barmitzvah boy then entered the room accompanied by the heavy beats of all the drums, which led perfectly into the Israeli dancing.

The bespoke stage was built in the centre of the room featuring zebra patterned stage boards and a DJ booth to match. There was a large black LED dance floor with a magnificent LED bar opposite that did not stop making cocktails and drinks all night long.

In terms of entertainment for the kids, Uptown Events provided a fire juggler that entertained outside during the reception and then later moved onto crystal ball juggling within the room. In addition to this there was also a magician and mind reader, a bucking bronco and the fantastic Bobbly Heads that kept everyone entertained throughout the evening.

The food was exquisite. For the main meal, the caterer offered endless amounts of meat from the BBQ, countless salads and dips. The desserts were then arranged on buffet stations around the room and contained a huge selection of sweets, pancakes, coffee and doughnuts for all the guests to enjoy.

For this particular party, the client wanted to include an element of live music to the evening. Uptown Events provided its DJ Live set up which consists of one of the top Uptown Events DJs and a six piece band playing alongside him. The combination of the DJ, the band and Uptown Events’ fantastic female dancers was extraordinary; the dance floor was pumping and the guests did not rest the entire night.

The Barmitzvah party was an amazing success, with a great atmosphere and a memorable night for a life time for all who attended.

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