It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid-November, and 2019 is almost over; hasn’t the time flown! Clocks have gone back, dark nights are drawing in, and our summer wardrobes are packed away until next year. On cosy autumn days like this, we get a little bit nostalgic in the Rio Lounge office. Whilst lots of exciting events are in the pipeline, it’s also sometimes nice to cast our minds back and reflect fondly on events gone by.
So, looking back in this ‘Throwback Thursday’ feature, we turn back the clock to summer 2015; and a magnificent event at a country mansion in Gloucestershire. Now having over ten years’ experience in the sofa hire business, we have been involved in creating some truly wonderful events. In terms of private parties, this is surely one of the most memorable. Read on to find out more about this sumptuous outdoor party, held on a warm summer’s day in July.
The venue – an imposing Gloucestershire country mansion
Nestled in the heart of the Gloucestershire countryside, close to the Forest of Dean, Eastbach Court is a historic Grade II listed mansion. Built in the 16th century, this remarkable gated residence in the village of English Bicknor, has a long, fascinating history. Making headlines in more recent years, the house won an architectural award in 2012 for its lavish chicken coop!
Back in 2015, this event was one of our largest to date. So, we took the step of making a site visit to the property prior to the party, to get a good feel for layout of the grounds. This enabled us to advise the client on suitable product hire and positioning.
The event – a silver wedding anniversary plus a triple milestone birthday party!
Celebrating simultaneously their 25th wedding anniversary, plus their three children’s 16th 18th and 21st birthdays, our client had a huge party planned! Therefore, they decided to employ the services of an event co-ordinator and planner, Natasha Sandeman of Sandeman Events. Expecting over 300 guests to attend, expert, meticulous planning was critical. Guests would enjoy a fabulous drinks reception and a delicious sit-down meal, followed by dancing late into the night. Celebrations would start in the afternoon and continue well into the early hours of the following morning. Natasha remained on site throughout the day and evening to ensure that everything ran smoothly.
The brief – sofa hire to create different party zones
Hosting in summertime meant that our client was able to take advantage of the good weather; fully utilising the extensive outdoor space. With so many guests attending, and of varying ages, it was important to create a range of different party zones. The client chose a number of different products from our sofa hire range to create each separate area. Usually, we would not advise mixing so many different ranges, but with the luxury of such a vast outdoor space, it worked really well to create three distinct zones with contrasting looks, as follows:
Area 1 – The dance floor and bar
First of all, alongside the main dining area, we created an Ibizan club style chill-out zone using our funky low level white rattan ‘Marrakesh’ sofas. The perfect place for party guests to take a break and rest their tired dancing feet! Take a look at our main featured image to see the incredible finished result.
Area 2 – The marquee drinks reception area
Secondly, the client chose our white faux leather Ana Mandara sofa hire range to create the marquee reception area. Being both stylish and highly versatile, these modules can be arranged any way you like to create a unique sofa set-up to perfectly suit your event. Arranging the corner and sofa modules in U-shapes created sociable zones within the marquee for guests to congregate. Additionally, placing mirror cube tables in the marquee reflected the sun’s rays and added some sparkle. As well as being a convenient height to pop down drinks, of course!
Area 3 – Outdoor furniture hire for the garden chill-out zone
Finally, making full use of the extensive grounds of Eastbach Court, a huge outdoor chill-out area was created using our black rattan Marrakesh sofa hire sets. Accessorised with contrasting hot pink scatter cushions, these looked stunning in the beautifully tended gardens. Being weather -proof, our rattan sofas are the ideal outdoor furniture hire; you don’t need to worry even if there is a shower of rain. Dotted around the garden area, we also placed some high glass-topped Daiquiri poseur tables, for guests who wanted to walk around and socialise.
Never too early to book your sofa hire….
Summer may be long gone, but it’s never too early to be planning your outdoor furniture hire for next year’s events! Planning an event for 2020 and like what you see here? Then why not browse our site and add your favourite products to a wish list. If you then ‘check out’ and request a quote, one of our furniture hire team will get back to you within 24 hours. Alternatively, you can call us on 0845 46 77483.