The Party-Planner’s Party

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When a Zafferano party planner gets married, guests quite reasonably expect the party to end all parties…

What started with a 1920s cocktail party on a Gloucestershire lawn, ended with a wild and witty ‘silent disco’ under the stars (one playlist for oldies, one for youth).

‘I didn’t want to tie the knot in a London venue, I thought it’d feel too much like work’ said Clare. But she did mine her vast experience of party-giving over the years for those little touches she could borrow, such as the antique keys with labels attached for table placement. Everything had that classic Clare twist her clients know and appreciate, from the Champagne coupe glasses for that 1920s theme, to the glam ‘Raspberry Rocket’ mocktails – Ribena, lime juice and ginger beer. Instead of serving dessert at the table, she chose to shake things up with sweet canapés after the speeches – guests milled about munching on marshmallow lollipops, stem ginger and dark chocolate truffle cakes with popping candy, blackberry gin fizz jellies, and white chocolate shards with pistachio and rose petals.

Bride and groom exited under an archway of sparklers held by their guests – to re-enter in yet another fabulous frock for the silent disco (100 headsets had been ordered in advance, naturally).

Clare’s ‘wedmin’ became legendary in Zafferano’s offices. Luckily she had the help of her meticulous colleague to take the strain. What did they learn ‘The tiny details we slaved away on really made the difference’.  There’s no escaping it though – throwing your own wedding is a lot of hard work.