Jen & Roger Showcase

The beginning of September took us to Burley-on-the-Hill in Rutland. The party was hosted at the mansion, which was built in the 1690s by the 2nd Earl of Nottingham. With its symmetrical wings and segmental walling linking to matching outbuildings, forming a cour d’honneur, it represents one of the most ambitious aristocratic ensembles of the late 17th century, and is one of the grandest places we have ever had the pleasure of catering at!

The theme for this party was the beginning of Autumn… the changing of the leaves… the harvest festival. The brief was simple – floor to ceiling party design reflecting this theme.

We began by addressing the space for the party. A stretch tent was constructed in the grounds of the West Wing, and the elements were addressed with a covered walkway to the structure and heaters were in place around the edges of the marquee. Luxury toilets were positioned out of sight of the guests, with strings of fairy lights lighting the path to them.

Next, was the theming. Soft, amber lighting conjured a warm feeling, and the client worked with a fabulous florist who created amazing centre pieces for the dining tables. Huge terracotta pots were filled with sunflowers, berries and beautiful autumnal leaves and mini pumpkins, perfectly highlighting the theme. Branches and vines disguised the tent poles, and added greenery to the surroundings.

Music was a real focus of this party. A music video DJ was hired to create a club feel later in the evening, and a 98” screen was sourced to display the music videos.

Then, the menu. Our client had specific ideas on what they would like their guests to eat, and using these ideas, our chef team composed a menu using excellent seasonal produce. A three- course meal followed a selection of canapes, and a fabulous cheese tower from a local delicatessen provided an evening snack for guests.

The day itself saw the reception being held in the beautiful marble hall of the house – the décor was kept simple and guests were greeted with glasses of champagne and canapes. After sunset, guests made their way to the marquee for dinner and dancing. The evening bar served wine, spirits and soft drinks, and our espresso bar provided welcome shots of caffeine which fuelled the dancing.