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Your circus themed party - top tips for event planning and entertainment

Back in 2018 we were tasked with producing an entertainment extravaganza for a Cirque le Soir inspired New Years Eve party. Cirque le Soir is a chain of nightclubs which are renowned for their circus style entertainment with a risque twist - they feature all the weird and wonderful from creepy clowns to freakshow acts, sexy Burlesque shows, fetish performers and anything downright strange that will get tongues wagging. It's like the Greatest Showman on acid, and this was exactly the 'vibe' our client was looking for.

So what's the secret recipe to planning a circus themed party that will have guests talking about it for years to come? Here are our top tips...

1. Plan it yourself? Or hire an event planner?

An experienced event planner has insider knowledge and connections that you may not, and they can anticipate problems before they arise. It's a skill that's often undervalued, but we really couldn't recommend it enough. If you do decide to plan your own bash, make sure you spend lots of time researching the various pitfalls, checking out reviews of suppliers, reading forums with comments from other amateur party planners, and familiarising yourself with the 'problem' parts of the event e.g. allowing a contingency for late arrivals or poor weather, making sure there are enough toilet facilities, catering for guests with intolerances, and so on.

2. Venue and decor

In this case, the client's mansion made for the perfect venue. But if you don't have an entertainment wing with a 3-lane bowling alley then fear not! A blank canvas will allow you to decorate it entirely to suit the theme - just make sure that you allocate plenty of budget for circus tent style drapes, illuminated letters, props, tables, seating areas, staging for performers/band/DJ, bar area and so on. Otherwise local venues may be decorated and equipped so that you only need to add a few small details to theme it, which will save you time and money.

3. Food and drink

Will you be catering for guests with finger food, or a sit down meal? Or maybe they just need a well-equipped bar! Hire professionals as they will think of all the things you won't, such as how much ice to bring, what glasses to serve drinks in, rubbish disposal, allergies and intolerances, waitress service, and preparation space. 

4. Music and entertainment

It's difficult to put a price on an 'experience', but that intangible enjoyment of an experience is ultimately what guests remember. They will talk for weeks and months about how good the music was, or how weird that particularly performer was. These are the 'instagrammable' parts of the event that partygoers share with their peers to show off how much fun they're having. So when you're hunting for entertainment, ask for videos of the actual product you're going to get - don't just book the cheapest act in a fancy dress costume.

5. Capture the experience

Don't forget to book a photographer! You wouldn't believe the amount of parties we've performed at, where they've spent £10,000 or more, and yet didn't book a photographer. D'oh! Pictures paint a thousand words, and videographers even more. At the very least create a selfie photo area so that guests can have a picture memento of the occasion.

We work with some fabulous party planners, venues, decor suppliers, caterers, bar hire companies, photographers, videographers and of course entertainers, so if you'd like to chat through any event ideas, feel free to drop us a no-obligation email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Photos courtesy of James White Photography

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Inspire. Motivate. Entertain.



Hands up if you've been to a conference or business meeting and it's been a total yawn-fest? *raises hand* Yes, us too. Is there anything worse than a motivational talk that's, well, boring? Aren't these presentations supposed to inspire us?

Well we believe they are and that's why we've tried to think a little outside the box to deliver exciting corporate event entertainment, and inspiring talks which will stick in people's minds. So when we were invited to entertain at a luncheon at Chilworth Manor in Southampton recently, we brought along our incredible foot archer Orissa, who kicked the event off with a, well, with a bullseye! Check it out for yourself...

Despite the windy weather she didn't miss a trick, and she broke the ice perfectly for guests who went on to network with plenty to talk about!

A week or so later our Director Abi left a lasting impression when she was asked to present about good networking techniques at a summer breakfast event for The Boardroom Network at The Italian Villa in Poole. Using posture and eye contact tips taken from the Burlesque course she teaches, she had 3 willing volunteers donning fascinators and feather fans, and demonstrating how to shimmy, to the amusement of diners. Check out the giggling here.

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Farewell, Lynx Mk 8

This month we commissioned a huge ice luge sculpture of the much-loved Lynx Mark 8 Navy helicopter, for its final farewell at an epic hangar party at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset.  As our Director Abi is married to a Mark 8 engineer, this project was rather close to our hearts. Our sailor girls were unsurprisingly well received, as was the Black Cow local vodka and cheddar - indeed a significant quantity of this cheddar was consumed by our lovely ladies!

Thank you to 815 Squadron for looking after us - we had a blast.

Here's a photo of the luge before the lights went down and before it thawed out and went crystal clear - we were far too busy pouring vodka into matelots mouths to take any photos after then!

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