We are honoured and humbled when a client approaches us to do a function for them for the reason that we are outlandish in our party styling!! The clients I work with are always looking for something that is different yet elegant. It was no different with this client who wanted Outlandish Events to style her beautiful daughter’s first birthday party. Her only specification was that she absolutely does not want a princess party or anything that is Disney related! My feelings were mutual too as Outlandish Events are party styling specialists in unique birthday parties which means that the functions we create are fresh out of the box – sometimes with an added twist! (Quaint, Eccentric, Peculiar, Unique, Outlandish Events is far from the regular and expected!)

This rustic 1st birthday party by Outlandish Events were inspired by the beautiful dress that my client had already purchased for her daughter for the party. Naturally she wanted her daughter to stand out from the whole event and not be part of the decor or get lost in the decor. Thus, rustic it was! We had a neutral colour palette to work with, with some added touches of different colours starting with our beautiful colourful roses.

Outlandish Events Rustic Decor Set Up

So our decor was focused on rustic items such as wagon wheels, a vintage bookcase was used for our dessert table, hay-bales and many more.  We had set up a hanging flower arrangement above our book-case using different types of bottles and vases. Hessian runners and wooden panels adorned the tables. To carry out our theme of hanging vases, we made use of consol jars and several other different bottles with roses as centerpieces. Simple yet elegant – mission accomplished! For the kids table, we made use of coke crates and these absolutely gorgeous light bulb vases which I manage to outsource from a supplier. To add elegance, we added some strings of a variety of beads on the tables. Upon the mom’s request, Outlandish Events designed a pretty chalkboard with all of Sahar’s, the birthday girl’s milestones – this fitted in perfectly with our decor!

The birthday cake was made to match with the birthday girl’s outfit which was beautiful! My client wanted miniature version of the birthday cake to be given out as party favours to the guest. Guests were served with welcome drinks in elegant jars as they arrived. A light lunch was served and the menu consisted of pitas, meatballs, chicken, chips and a variety of salads and sauces. Outlandish Events did some of the catering for this function. I had the pleasure of working with our new dessert supplier, The Wicked Waffle. Man, those waffles are definitely delicious and wicked! The Wicked Waffle team set up a waffle bar for us and my clients and the guests really enjoyed every bit of those waffles. These traditional Belgian waffles were freshly made on site served with delicious ice cream and mouth-watering toppings such as Belgian chocolate, nutella, a variety of berries and sweets.

For entertainment, nothing beats a jumping castle, a magic show and some face painting! The kids had a lovely time with all the fun and sweet goodies that were provided. The party favours for kids that Outlandish Events put together included a DIY bead making kit for the girls and the boys were given educational blocks.

The venue was carefully selected and it could not have been more perfect being on the bank of the Jukskei River in Chartwell, Fourways. The venue had a rustic feel with beautiful rustic furnishings making it perfect for this Rustic 1st birthday party.

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This is the feedback from my client for the Rustic 1st birthday party by Outlandish Events:

We want to say Thank you so much for the effort you did for Sahar’s birthday party. You and the team definitely made the party planning process stress free and smooth sailing! All we had to do was have a good time with our guests. You did an excellent job and was dependable and helpful, and really know what you are doing.The décor was absolutely amazing and we received so many compliments on the party and it was all because you put everything together perfectly.

You understood our vision and it turned out beautifully! I would definitely recommend you to anyone in need of an event planner. Farhadh and I are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you and Outlandish Events.

Thank you so much again!”



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.