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A French Affair -40th Birthday


Ursula Forrest - Monday, November 21, 2016


It's not every day you turn 40 and although my blogs are usually wedding related, I wanted to share my 40th birthday celebration with you for no other reason other than to showcase the amazing wedding suppliers Boutique Bridal Concepts works with and industry friends who at very short notice (4 days) helped me pull together my entire 40th birthday celebration from scratch! This for me highlights the importance of working with professional and expert wedding suppliers. Suppliers you know and trust and that you can count on at a moment's notice!

I had a low key birthday celebration planned at a venue I had hired for the evening and which required no decor, a few fairy lights and one or two elegant flower arrangements. Four days prior to my birthday celebration, the venue advised that I could no longer host a party at their premises! 

At such short notice, I knew I would struggle to find a venue that met all my requirements and since we do not have the space to seat 48 guests in my home, I had no other choice but to hire a marquee. My birthday theme, A French Affair was about to get a serious make over!

I contacted Exclusive Hire Co in Maitland and managed to book a stunning A frame clear span marquee for a sit down dinner in my garden. Exclusive Hire Co carry a luxurious range of wedding furniture and wedding crockery, cutlery, stemware and decor items for upmarket weddings and they were my first point of contact for the marquee hire and tableware. The clear span A frame marquee can either be totally transparent or white panels can be added into the marquee depending on the weather and functions requirements. Since my birthday celebration was taking place at night, I opted for a totally clear marquee. The A frame clear span marquee is also fantastic for diverse weather conditions as it can be opened up completely or closed weather dependent. The clear span design also means no poles and therefore no unobstructed views! 


Next visit was to Decor4U in Paarden Eiland who specialize in corporate functions and parties.  They have an amazing selection of themed party decor items, furniture to hire, vases and props for hire. Fun and unexpected decor elements always add a touch of something different to any celebration and I was pleasantly surprised to find an Eiffel Tower for hire! If I could not go to Paris, Paris was coming to me!


I then contacted Coral from Green Goddess Floral studio and explained that I was having a sit down dinner in a marquee and that my theme was A French Affair - come dressed chic and classic or sexy and risqué. I needed floral arrangements to match my theme. Within an hour, Coral sent me a couple of ideas and other than to say I loved white flowers, I let Coral and Chantel work their magic! And work their magic they did...!

Green Goddess Floral studio are known for their phenomenal understanding of their clients briefs, unbelievable dedication and passion in everything they do and are truly the most wonderful people to work with!


My dear friend and chef extraordinaire, Darryl Burger from The Field Kitchen adapted the French themed menu from food served at harvest tables to platters that could be served by waiters and delighted us all with his culinary skills and beautiful plating! Darryl and I have done a few weddings and functions together and without fail, his client list gets longer after each event. His food is organic, delicious and exquisitely prepared! A tip for anyone planning a larger celebration, keep your menu simple and delicious!


No celebration can go uncaptured and I was very lucky to be able to secure Jomeri Mouton as my photographer for the evening. Jomeri has a knack for capturing magical, real moments and I am eternally grateful to her for photographing my 40th birthday celebration in such a way that every photograph tells a story.


A massive thank you to Exclusive Hire Co, Green Goddess Floral Studio, Decor4U and Jomeri for making the impossible, possible! 

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