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Top tips for a masquerade ball

We love a masquerade themed party, and we had our motley crew out at a fab bash at Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton earlier this month. Here are our hints and tips for a brilliant masked ball.

SET THE TONE
Make sure there's background music playing as guests arrive - it doesn't matter how much champagne you ply them with, if there's no atmosphere upon arrival then they will sober up very quickly!

OFFER A FREEBIE
Whether it's a glass of Prosecco being served by one of our LED roaming table girls, or a masked entertainer handing out free masks for those who thought they could escape the theme - make sure your guests are welcomed as soon as they arrive.

CREATE A TALKING POINT
Our giant martini glass prop made for an amazing ice breaker at our recent bash, but masked fire performers work brilliantly with the Venetian theme, as do masked stilt walkers and even our interactive photo frames which our hosts wander around with, encouraging guests to pose for a photo. These solutions offer a talking point that relaxes your partygoers, and distracts them from any early evening awkwardness before the party gets going.

GET THE DECOR RIGHT
Are you going for traditional Venetian golds and reds and luxury? Or a more contemporary futuristic look that Gaga herself would feel at home in? Either way, pick your colour scheme and stick with it, to ensure the theme runs throughout.

KEEP YOUR GUESTS ENTERTAINED
Perhaps you need a masked contortionist or hand balancer to kick off the party section of the night, or a team of masquerade dancers to round up the guests and getting them boogying on the dancefloor. Either way, make sure there's a spectacle which clearly underlines your drinks reception or meal, and signifies the get-up-dance section of the evening.

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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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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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