“Everything happens for a reason! The story of this Floral Dinner begins with a disappointment, and ends with a fabulous night on the banks of the Swan River. Our gorgeous client came to us because the venue that she had booked for her thirtieth birthday had unexpectedly had to close. She was now left with a group of guests to entertain and no clue as to where to start. She was sure that she didn’t want to go to restaurant but finding cool venues for small groups in Perth can be a challenge.
Matilda Bay Reserve is a long stretch of state controlled park land on the Swan Valley. Flanked by The University of Western Australia on one side with views up to the CBD and across the river. It has water and power but otherwise requires users to bring everything in. A popular spot for marquee events – weddings, corporate & private parties – Matilda Bay Reserve is a fantastic blank canvas. It’s also one of our favourite spots in Perth, has good access for catering and is very reasonable to hire.
Our client came to us because she wanted the focus to be on amazing food and her fabulous friends. She wanted an elegant but laid back Floral Dinner in the open air, with lots of character. We designed a degustation (multi course) menu with matched wines for a long table dinner. Before that, we planned a cocktail hour, featuring canapes, bellinis and an oyster station with a shucker! We took our menu inspiration from the venue she had originally booked and played with it to make it our own.”
The Floral Dinner Style
The client’s favourite flowers were roses, hydrangeas and peonies and she loved reds and pinks. AMF Stylist designed a palette based on blush & berry tones with elements of blue and accents of gold to add a bit of sparkle and mirror the river! They wanted the table, setting and decor to be congruent with the natural environment and so they added olive and eucalyptus foliage and some mother of pearl accents.
What We Loved
Alongside the delicious cocktails and canapés, bellinis, we absolutely loved the oyster station! We loved the miniature boat on the simple rustic table and the eucalyptus flowing over the sides like seaweed…
With 6 courses to work their way through, guests could sit for hours and enjoy each others company and the views across the bay. From tortellini to platters of cheese… all served on beautiful plates and eaten with golden cutlery.
The party carried on into the early hours – chatting and drinking on the banks of the river.
30 never looked so good!
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