Glass Marquee for Barmitzvah

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The Brief

To build a glass marquee to hold a Shul service and lunch with traditional Israeli dancing and then transform the same light, airy marquee into a nightclub for an evening stand up party with entertainment, club style furniture and food stations.

The Party

The build began three weeks prior to the event date as logistically there were many items to be installed including internal toilet units, the marquee structure and a concealed black lining and starlit ceiling to be revealed after the lunch to form the nightclub. As the marquee was in a field, we had to build a temporary road and floodlit temporary car park in order for guests to access the party.

A mehitza made from green hedges was used during the Synagogue service and gave the marquee a country-style feel. This was followed by a Klezmer band performing during lunch interspersing the food with Israeli dancing. The glass sides to the marquee meant the space was light and airy and this was complimented with hessian tablecloths and planted lavender tablecentres. The wood-style laminate flooring also brightened the marquee which led onto two terraces where there was a drinks reception before the main course. Olive trees lined the sides of the marquee bringing the outside inside and the weather held out for some of the youngsters to play football on an adjoining patch of grass.

As the guests leisurely left the marquee, a large-scale transformation took place, beginning with removing the white ceiling and blacking out the walls with drapes. We brought in bright blue suede furniture, poseur tables, bar stools and food stations for the evening party as well as building a more intricate stage for the DJ with multi-level dance podiums for the guests and dancers.

As the Barmitzvah boy was a huge Chelsea fan, the evening party utilised the Chelsea blue in every aspect; from the stage backdrop to the furniture to a 7m bespoke circular dance floor printed to look like a 3D football. For the adults, there was an 18ft circular bar as a feature and a magician providing close-up magic. The entertainment also fitted with the theme, a football trickster double act performed a cabaret show, involving the Barmitzvah boy and his friends.

The dancefloor was packed all night and guests left thoroughly exhausted with very sore feet (always the sign of a great night!) For any guests that required taxis, we set up a taxi rank in the car park, ensuring that everyone got home safely after consuming several cocktails!!

 

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