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A Night in Manhattan 40th Birthday Party

Oh how I loved styling this themed A Night in Manhattan 40th Birthday Party. It’s no secret that I am a lover of black and white stripes. And with this theme, it’s exactly what’s needed to bring this party to life. The original Night in Manhattan theme is usually yellow with black and white stripes… However for this 40th Birthday Party, my wonderful client, Alayne, was so in love with touches of pinks! She was truly torn between a Chanel Theme Party with pink flowers or a Night in Manhattan with touches of yellow. To make her beautiful heart happy, we decided to add a twist to the theme by incorporating the pink flowers instead of yellow.

A Night in Manhattan 40th Birthday Party Venue Selection

When my client asked me for a venue recommendation for her 40th birthday party, one very specific venue came to mind immediately and that’s the Platinum Sky in Sandton. The venue is situated on the 12th floor and the view of the cityscape is absolutely magnificent! This venue has 180 degree views of the Sandton skyline and truly comes to life once the sun sets. If it’s a stormy night, then you are in for a treat watching the lightning strikes.

A Night in Manhattan 40th Birthday Party Decor Set Up

So for the decor, no doubt we were going to pick full length black and white striped tablecloths. A full black and white striped tablecloth usually makes a bolder statement than just a black and white striped runner… In my humble opinion, runners is on a slow death at the moment. I prefer mirror runners or bases or even floral runners. Material runners… I think it’s seen better days.

Mirror bases it was for this 40th birthday celebration. We played with a variety of black vases to create different heights. We opted for black glasses and black under plates. Tall candle holders adorned the tables as well as candle votive. Once the sun sets, we wanted to ensure that the lights were low and the candles lit so that the guests could enjoy the spectacular view. Up lights were also scattered all over the venue to ensure the ambiance was carried through the night.

Each table were named to a city in New York keeping to the theme. Table seating were sorted and guest knew whether they were sitting at the Manhattan Table or the Madison Square table. My client opted for a two tier cake positioned in front of a personalized Manhattan cityscape backdrop. For the cake table, we used a gorgeous black fully sequinced tablecloths and it looked quite stunning. The cake was beautifully placed on an embossed cake stand.

Of course, a black and white dance floor was a must! Have a look at the photos and leave your thoughts.

Happy Holidays!

We are looking forward to the New Year and excited for all the beautiful events we have lined up. Outlandish Events specializes in lavish celebrations and luxury weddings so if you want an out of this world event and a world-class service, Outlandish Events should be your pick in 2018. Give us a call, drop us a mail and we would love to consult with you and see how we can style your event and wow your guests. We wish all of our valued clients and esteemed followers a wonderful and safe holiday. Make it a holiday season to remember and cherish the memories always.

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Ishrat Joosub, creative extraordinaire and founder of Outlandish Events, is also a mom of a gorgeous girl and a adorable boy. She is a loving wife to her doting and supportive husband. Ishrat Joosub fondly known as Ish, has a passion for styling events along with years of experience in styling functions in the corporate world. Her experience and skills, paired together with her friendly and enthusiastic personality gives you the perfect planner for your functions.. from birthdays, weddings, showers and corporate events, Ishrat Joosub will turn your function into a truly magical one where fond and unforgettable memories will be made. Ishrat prides herself in creating a flawless, personalised and bespoke celebrations for her clientele. When Ishrat isn't planning parties, she is spending quality time with her precious family. She loves travelling around the world and exploring South Africa. She is also a great cook and baker so her family's tummies are never rumbling! Her vision is to take event planning in South Africa to the next level - creating beautiful and luxurious events for a distinctive client base. The purpose of the blog is to showcase the events styled by Outlandish Events as well as the behind the scenes challenges and opportunities. Working exclusive in the luxury sector of the wedding industry this blog is dedicated to bringing you the good, the bad and the in between of dealing with venues, suppliers and creating a memorable function. Renowned for her attention to detail, discretion and personal touch, Ishrat Joosub works with an exclusive clientele looking to wow their guests in creating either an intimate event or a grand lavish affair. No event is too big or small for Outlandish Events to take on - Ishrat's focus lies on undeniable quality, building long term relationships with all clients, exceptional values and services. Ishrat gets booked very fast for all types of functions thus to avoid any disappointments we advise to book at your earliest convenience.
By | 2017-12-22T12:05:17+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Birthdays, Blog, Cakes, Event Production, Special Ocassions, Tablescaping|Comments Off on A Night in Manhattan 40th Birthday Party
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