Arabian Nights in Sevenoaks

We've been entertaining at private parties in Kent for over 10 years, and have been lucky enough to see some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in the county. However, an Arabian themed birthday in a huge mansion was a first for us and it didn't disappoint.

As guests drew up to the gates they were greeted with real life camels dressed in Arabian attire. This offered a unique photo opportunity which drew many a smile. The house itself with lit with impressive uplighters, and Moroccan style lamps decorated the entrance. Our male and female Arabian style hosts were there to meet and greet, and ensure guests had a glass of tipple on arrival.

During the drinks reception our beautiful snake handler in a bellydance costume moved amongst partygoers offering a hands-on experience where they could marvel at the snake and ask her lots of questions - the snake is also her pet so she's only too happy to educate people about how to handle the animal.

Meanwhile our henna artist created beautiful wrist and hand adornments which were popular with female guests. Our henna artists mix their own safe, chemical-free henna paste which develops over a period of days and stains the skin for a few weeks.

Our Arabian dancers then surprised the party with an impromptu show to get the dancefloor started, and then the rest was in the DJ's hands! A wonderful night had by all.

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Stars and stripes for this travel brand

Kicking off 2017 as we mean to go on, we entertained at a fantastic USA themed corporate event in Portsmouth with some of our favourite American acts. This yearly awards ceremony brought all the staff from Affinion Travel together to celebrate a year of hard work with a good ol' American knees up.

The VIP experience began with a walk on the red carpet where guests were greeted by our fake paparazzi and celebrity interviewer who begged them to pose for the camera and hounded them with questions of 'tell us, are the rumours true' and 'which of this season's trends has inspired your catwalk look'.

Once inside the venue, our Native American hosts took guests' coats, Hooters girls offered champagne and bottles of beer, and our charming Usherette girls served canapes in traditional USA costumes. These characters later interacted with our bespoke American flag shaped LED photo frame, which offered guests a unique opportunity to pose for a picture.

The USA theme continued with our incredible Dolly Parton tribute act who sung throughout the drinks reception, and escorted Affinion's MD to the stage with her signature sass. And after the awards our Elvis Presley tribute kicked off the party with renditions of 'Hound Dog' and other loved classics.

Our high energy 1950s dance duet performed the 'Hand Jive' from Grease, to rapturous applause from party guests, as lookalikes Marilyn Monroe, Jack Sparrow, Britney Spears, Donald Trump and Ozzy Osborne mixed and mingled. And our cheeky cowgirl stilt walkers offered a hint of Wild West interacting with an inflatable catcus and steed!

Diner girl rollerskaters got the dancefloor started as our cheerleader pole dancer demonstrated amazing flexibility and strength on our freestanding pole platform.

The cherry on the cake was our bald eagle ice luge lit with red, blue and white lights, through which we poured flavoured vodkas - some guests certainly enjoyed this and came back more times than we could count! 

Huge thanks to our photographers Alberto Baucis and Rebecca Honour who did an amazing job as always.  And a well done to event managers Abi and Sophie who kept every act to schedule, and finished feeling rather proud. Go team!

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Jetsetting fire shows in Africa

Daze Entertainment has gone international, supplying performers to a brand new venue in Ghana's developing capital Accra which is fast becoming West Africa's 'place to be' for bars, hotels, restaurants and nightlife.  With only a few weeks to plan all the entertainment, source and make costumes, book staff in (during the busiest season of the year) and schedule flights for site visits, it was a lot to turn around quickly.

During December our team of performers touched down in 30 degree heat and got straight to work performing risk assessments, organising fuel for their shows, and attending photo shoots for all the launch media. It was a hectic week of early starts, late finishes and learning curves, but it was worth it in the end as the venue landed a double page spread in The Sunday Times, featuring none other than our beautiful fire girls.

Kudos to our team who are still out in Ghana performing fire shows at Carbon, enjoying the sunshine, seeing the sights and making friends with the locals. And what a pleasure to work with all the staff at the venue who have made our girls so welcome and appreciated. #thisiscarbon

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Welcome to the Moulin Rouge

It's been months in the planning, with all kinds of rigging challenges, complicated choreography, rehearsals and costume preparation, so it was hugely satisfying to watch all our hard work come together for Solent Forts' run of amazing Christmas corporate parties.

Guests arrived to the marina at Gunwharf Quays and were escorted to the Fort by boat, where Parisian showgirls and Can Can hostesses welcomed them with a glass of bubbly and a photo opportunity.

The singing trio set the scene whilst our aerial bartender topped up guests' glasses as she hung upside down from her hoop.

Guests were treated to a tour of the iconic building before kicking off the festivities with a high-energy Can Can show and a dynamic aerial hoop performance, all in the traditional French style, for that all important nod to the Moulin Rouge.

Then after a four course a la carte meal partygoers were ushered into the intimate Cabaret Bar for more music from the singing trio and an impromptu pole performance from our aerialist, who simply couldn't resist having a freestyle before encouraging guests to have a go too. 

A huge thank you to Michael Palmer for the fabulous photographs, as well as to our team of choreographers, performers, costumiers, riggers, musicians and event managers who pulled together to make this project such a success. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

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Halloween entertainment in Portsmouth

Halloween is a mad time in events world, and each year we look forward to getting creative at one of Hampshire's best Hallows Eve parties, at nightlife venue Tiger Tiger in Portsmouth. 2016's fun theme was 'Halloween Movies', and here's what we came up with.

Spider themed aerialist and giant cobweb from 'Arachnophobia'

Reapers from 'The Mask of the Red Death', interacting on stilts and performing a wow factor fire show

Inflatable and interactive 'Frankenstein' characters, offering excellent photo opportunities

Bat hostesses come dancers, from 'Dracula', of course.

Giant illuminated martini glass with a dead girl crawling out of it, a la the film 'The Ring'

And a professional face painter to decorate guests' faces and add lots of blood and gore!

Kudos to our photographer Alberto Baucis for the outstanding pictures. And well done to all staff for a super duper Halloween. Bring on Christmas...

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A Lush few days

What better way to celebrate the great British outdoors than an open air summer party, and that's exactly what one of our clients had in mind when they hosted a Lush summer gathering in Dorset.

As Lush is a forward-thinking, eco-friendly brand with strong values about ethical trading, vegetarianism, veganism, charity, conservation, animal welfare and human rights, every act we supplied needed to be conducive to their brand ethos, right down to the raw ingredients in the molecular cocktails.

From flower pot men to cuddly human bushes, it was a gathering most definitely connected with nature.

This was a huge 3-day project which saw marquees erected, decor installed and changed over, furniture put in, out and back in again, a variety of caterers, a whole lot of man power, PA's and production, three events spread across 2 days, and of course an array of entertainment too - our client Seventa Events certainly had their hands full planning, producing and coordinating every aspect of these parties, but it certainly didn't seem to be in vain.

Take a look at the short film our videographer put together.

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Summer fun in Chiswick

Summer is finally here - hurrah! And long may that sunshine continue, as we've had a jam-packed calendar of events so far this season. One of our highlights was a family fun day in Chiswick, which was months in the making. But it was all worth it in the end as thousands descended on Chiswick House and Grounds to enjoy a day with Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol.

Spiderman, Batman, Elsa, Anna and our animatronic dinosaur Rex roamed amongst the guests, offering hugs and photo opportunities throughout the day. And our stilt walking Princess Belle and Princess Ariel were a hit with all the family.

Our two face painters had a queue as long as your arm all day, offering traditional and glitter designs. It's no surprise that comic and Frozen artwork is still hugely popular.

Our awesome Samba drumming band got everyone's hips wiggling, and even handed drum sticks out to children so that they could get involved in the music. And of course our striking Rio girls encouraged Mums, Dads and children alike to shake and shimmy, both around the grounds and on stage. Vanessa Feltz was in attendance with her family, and commented, 'gosh, don't you girls look lovely'!

Our compere Abi kept things ship-shape on stage, leading the 'dinosaur dance' that got children two-stepping and twirling around, in return for lollipops of course. And Spiderman left a lasting impression with a hand balance show that saw him bending, splitting and posing upside down like he was the genuine article.

Big cat girls manned the craft area throughout the day, and led storytelling sessions where they shared tales of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The children were a credit to their families, and all our staff had a smashing day.

 

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In need of a band?

Our bands have been busy so far this summer. Here are our top 5 offerings of the last few weeks...

The best Rod Stewart tribute

"He was amazing! The client was so shocked as we kept him as a surprise - they even asked him to stay on for an extra half an hour"


Jazz band perfection

"Ideal for the setting during the drinks reception"


Throwback to the 1940s

Old time 40's classics through to boogie woogie covers of commercial chart hits, their easy-listening playlist makes them versatile enough for a huge range of events.


Rio carnival drummers

With our authentically-costumed Rio dancers to add that little extra spice. Bring on the Rio Olympics!


Authentic mariachi band

"Fantastic, they really brought the party to life, and were very flexible with timings"

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Summer ball in the Gloucestershire countryside

We can't think of a better time of year to throw a countryside ball, so we were delighted to be back performing for one of our favourite clients at their annual bash. This year they opted for a vintage circus style marquee on the grounds of stunning Bredon School. Its tranquil location and imposing architecture made the view from the marquee rather picturesque for our performers.

As guests approached they were greeted by our muscle-clad strongman, and our hostess dressed as a fox; this was by special request from our customer, and the secret the partygoers didn't yet know, was that our foxy lady would later perform a Burlesque tease.

Guests were seated for dinner and treated to a sensational contortion show atop a giant rotating mirrorball. Spotlights were directed straight onto the prop to ensure the mirrorball threw light all across the marquee.

One rather lucky gentleman was then pulled up on stage by our foxy lady who teased him for a short while before cheekily ejecting him so that she could perform her bespoke fox themed Burlesque tease.

And as sunset neared, our muscular fire duo took pride of place in front of the mansion, and performed with flame throwers, dragon staff and difficult vapour-transfer tricks that only a handful of UK artists are able to perform. This crowd have booked our fire performers for three consecutive years so we have to up the ante year after year to ensure we still command the rapturous applause of the previous event. Safe to say, we had this one in the bag!

Until next year, guys!

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We fort you'd like to know...

...about Anita's awesome 18th on a private fort!

Great weather and great company made for a fun-filled evening on the Solent. As we arrived our team was greeted with cheers from the guests, and we weren't even in costume yet. And our changing area was a luxurious bedroom suite with sea views, but our caricaturist wasted no time setting himself up on a table overlooking the ocean, and guests approached him one by one to have their cartoons drawn.

The ice luge was a bespoke, hand crafted design incorporating a personalised plinth with a princess crown over the top - just perfect for a young lady's celebration. Guests were chomping at the bit to have a go pouring their drinks through the top of the luge to catch it in their mouths at the bottom. Traditionally our hosts pour vodka through the sculpture, but we didn't want a six year old guest to feel left out so we made sure she had a go with an orange juice!

Buff butlers stole the show all evening, encouraging guests to dance, request their favourite tunes from the DJ, use the photo booth, and also assisting venue staff with empty glass collection and similar. All the guests loved that the gents were fun and approachable. And we're proud that our chaps have both muscles and personality.

Our summer party themed hostesses were costumed in a youthful style whilst still keeping things family-friendly, and our LED strolling tables served Tattinger champagne to all the family. Photographer Martin Bell captured all the action as it happened, and the night ended with guests and performers perched around the rooftop fire pit.

 

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Amanda Holden: 'she's like a really bendy hot Cupid'!

At last we can shout from the rooftops about our super star contortionist and her Britain's Got Talent journey. After months of top secret shenanigans, it was a pleasure to see her performing on the show, and interacting with the hilarious Stephen Mulhern. In fact, we couldn't have asked for a better edit!

We've had this little firecracker under our wing for several years now. Originally an aerialist and acrobat, she picked up a bow just one year ago, and now boasts the title of the only foot archer in the UK, and the only foot archer in the world who shoots fire arrows. Naturally, she's a perfect fit here at Daze Entertainment, and our clients have enjoyed variations of her show over the past 12 months, at events spanning the corporate and private party sectors.

Email us now to book her for your event. As Amanda Holden says, 'shes like a really bendy hot Cupid'!

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Super 60th on a private fort

Our client Deborah threw a smashing Bond themed celebration for her husband's 60th birthday. And what better venue than the luxurious Spitbank Fort in the Solent? This outstanding location offers complete privacy, helicopter drop off's, a la carte dining, rooftop hot tubs and fire pits, and it was all hired exclusively for their 18 guests.

Our saxophonist played soulful background music as partygoers enjoyed a 4 course meal. Our Oddjob lookalike then fired his replica gun and stumbled backwards into their dining room, apologising for disturbing them, and announcing a truce with his arch enemy, our James Bond lookalike. They then welcomed guests into the bar area, along with our Vegas showgirls, a gold body painted Bond girl and a scantily-clad male host!

Croupiers manned Blackjack and Roulette casino tables, and our staff handed out personalised play money to encourage guests to get stuck into the fun. And our photographer Rebecca captured all the action as it happened.

"Thank you so much for our evening - the entertainment was awesome. Everyone had an amazing time. Can't thank you enough"

Thank you for having us, Deborah and Richard. Enjoy your holiday in Mauritius, and make sure you take us out there with you next time!

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Burlesque in Brum

Cabaret bars have enjoyed a real revival over the last decade, and we've recently noticed a number of traditional gentlemen's clubs also moving their focus from table dancing to more demure, Burlesque style acts. This move has attracted more female guests to enjoy these types of clubs. So when a cabaret bar in Birmingham invited us to put on a weekend of Burlesque acts, we couldn't resist getting our thinking caps on and creating some bespoke shows for them.

Our first act was a classic favourite: a cheeky, balloon popping dance. Adorned in jewel-encrusted lingerie and confetti-filled balloons, she popped each one with a white feather, and performed a fun dance with a pair of luxurious white ostrich feather fans.

Our second act was a Dita Von Teese inspired tease, with our artist dressed in a rhinestoned black bra and brief with a silk robe over the top. She entered the stage, removed the robe and ascended a ladder clad with glittery ivy, and climbed into a giant martini glass filled with warm water and lit with LED lighting. The lights changed from red to green to blue to white and every colour in between, in time with the beats of the music, as the artist splashed, spun, removed stockings and finished in sequin tassels. It was elegant and beautiful, and she had the entire audience captivated throughout.

Huge thanks to our artist Honey le Bon, aerialist Jade and fellow Burlesquer Talulah, who all offered show stopping performances. 

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Roll up, roll up, for the PCA Awards 2016!

Roll up, roll up, for the PCA Awards 2016!

The organisers of the PCA Awards decided to do something different this year - instead of the same old stuffy ceremony, they chose to hold a circus themed event to mix things up and inject a little fun. So as guests walked the red carpet our rather chilly vintage strongmen in leopard print lycra offered the ladies some eye candy, and gave the gents a giggle. High fives, lunges and bicep curls were a-plenty as the videographer captured all of the action.

Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington was beautifully decorated inside with subtle nods to circus. And after dinner, a big screen at the centre of the stage televised a live countdown which prompted guests to find their seats and get ready for the awards to begin. Then a video was broadcast, which the videographer had ever so swiftly put together, showing clips of the guests' arriving at the red carpet just an hour or so earlier. This was met with applause and laughter.

Traditional ringmaster

Our traditional ringmaster took to the stage to welcome the crowd and warm them up, before introducing our LED hula hooper who performed in darkness with her programmed, colour-changing hoops. These had been cleverly customised to incorporate the sponsor's logo - feel free to click on the video at the top of this blog, which shows some highlights of this show.

Then our one-of-a-kind clockwork ballerina took to the stage on her Ballet tiptoes, to present the awards to the lucky winners.  The photographer snapped away throughout and got a selection of both candid and posed shots. And as guests made their way from the dining room to the bar, our circus ballerina moved amongst guests, stopping periodically as if her batteries had run out. And guests were prompted to turn her LED key, in order to get her dancing again. Always a charming act enjoyed by all.

Thank you for your hospitality, PCA Awards, you were wonderful.

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007 bash in Portsmouth for Affinion Travel

007 bash in Portsmouth for Affinion Travel

We cannot help but look forward to Affinion's annual Ace Awards in Portsmouth, and this year they tasked us with building a spectacular James Bond experience for their staff.  The venue Tiger Tiger on Gunwharf Quays played host to the ceremony, transforming the space with staging, projections and slick decor.

On arrival guests were patted down by our mini security guards, complete with metal detectors and an in-built ability to identify which guests were 'dodgy', which drew many a smile! And as partygoers ascended the stairs they were greeted by an electronic string duo performing covers of infamous Bond tracks. Our Russian ice hostesses showed them into the venue, where our topless hosts in Daniel Craig swimming trunks made the girls grin and the chaps jealous!

Sipping on champagne and enjoying canapes, our Shirley Bassey tribute artist performed classic 007 material - her voice is simply phenomenal, and she really added wow factor to the drinks reception. And as the show drew to a close, our stunning red showgirls escorted the CEO to the stage for the awards to begin. Each winner posed for photos with the showgirls and our photographer, as our videographers captured all the action on film.

We warmed up the party with Oddjob, Jaws and Daniel Craig lookalikes, along with a Keith Lemon lookalike who came dressed in a smart suit and signature ridiculous shoes! And even Shirley Bassey ushered guests onto the dancefloor to pose for a snap, as the DJ played dancefloor classics to warm everyone up. Our Russian ice hostesses beckoned guests over to the 007 ice luge, pouring vodka in one end for guests to catch in their mouths at the other end. And our two classical dancers performed in two giant martini glass props, which were fully illuminated offering a dynamic photo opportunity.

Gold body painted Bond girls roamed with hand-written signs announcing that dinner was now being served in the ceremony room, so guests were free to wander between the party rooms and the buffet area. And our exceptional hypnotist and magician moved from table to table demonstrating pickpocketing, pin number guessing and contemporary magic tricks.

Sugar Skull stilt walkers joined the party in our bespoke Spectre costumes, inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead fiesta in the film. And guests were led into the photo booth - complete with silly props - before the band took to the stage with a host of commercial covers and rockier numbers.

Huge kudos to every single performer, as our changing space was limited. And a special thank you to our event manager Sophie who ensured everything ticked over as it should. We look forward to working with Affinion again this summer.

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Winter Wonderland awards ceremony in London

Ice venetian statue 1

There's little more Christmassy than a Narnia themed event, so we were delighted to be invited to perform at the prestigious PPA Connect Awards in December 2015. This event marks the achievements of events industry professionals, so it's a tall order to impress a room full of individuals who book entertainment for a living, but we knew we were up to the challenge!

The ceremony was hosted by ETC venues, in London, which was transformed into a theatrical Winter Wonderland with clever lighting and tasteful decor. As guests arrived to the drinks reception they were greeted by our luxurious roaming ice statues, offering a unique photo opportunity.

Their eyes were then drawn to our classical dancer performing in one of our illuminated giant martini glass props, which we'd decorated with frosted ivy.

Ice martini 2

Guests took their seats in the dining room and enjoyed silver service, before our star act took to the stage - the UK's only contorting foot archer.  With the act being brand new it was wonderful to watch the dinner conversation slowly silencing as she captivated every member of the audience, to the point where they were rooting for her to hit that next shot! She bowed to rapturous applause, and many of the guests posted photos and adoring comments about her on social media #ppaconnect

Foot archery 4

Desserts were finished and guests headed to the bar area to an alpine scenery set up as a photo area, with various props and accessories to add to the fun. Our one-of-a-kind clockwork Nutcracker doll mingled on the dancefloor, dance en pointe (her Ballet tiptoes) to the amusement of guests. And she would occasionally stop still as if her batteries had run out, prompting guests to run her LED-lit wind up key, enabling her to dance again. A charming act enjoyed by all.

Clockwork Nutcracker 7

Thanks for having us, PPA Connect. See you in 2016!

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