In June of 2016 we set about building a beautiful ‘garden party’ event for Lush Cosmetics. Lush had asked for our help to put on a two day event for their staff, which included an international managers meeting which was built on one of their sites, then a Tuesday evening ‘garden party’ and the following evening a ‘Summer Neon Ball’.
We sourced a site for both the garden party and summer ball event, which fits with the Lush ethos and brand, and is located only a few miles from their Poole base. The site was Upton Country Park and it’s surroundings are beautiful. With over 130 acres of open parkland, gardens and woodland.
We chose the ‘walled garden’ which is a spectacular riot of colourful flowers and foliage, with a lawned area, victorian walls and sumptuous flowerbeds. The venue was idyllic, but it did have its logistical downfalls. The walled garden is accessed only via a 3m wide gate, and the area leading to the gate has a 3.5 tonne weight limit. Time for some careful planning!
The event called for a 50m x 20m marquee structure, catering (vegetarian and vegan), entertainment, sound & lighting installations, toilet facilities, electricity installation and distribution, furniture, decoration, bar installs, health & safety management and more.
We set about our plans, had several coordination/creative meetings with the client, got sign off and started the project.
We started with the build of the structure, which we designed to be built around some of the walled gardens flower beds, so that these became contained inside the marquee structure.
After the structure was erected, we set about installing electrics, sound & lighting, bars, catering tents, furniture and the theming and decoration.
We only had 8 hours from sign off of the structure to guests arriving, so the team had its work cut out.
The end result was a lovely summer garden party atmosphere where Lush international management employees relaxed in the garden, played garden games, tucked into a delicious vegan and vegetarian BBQ and danced the night away. With of course some entertainment thrown into the mix, such as our eclectic Topiary Men who mixed and mingled, even playing the odd giant chess game with guests and our ‘Flower Pot People’ who had the job of meeting and greeting all guests.
Guests were able to play a game of mini golf, skittles, giant board games, hook a duck and more.
A few more photos of the event are below
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