Palace Pearls of Wisdom

Back for it’s second year, Palace Pearls of Wisdom in collaboration with the ever-beautiful Banqueting House saw guests enjoy a jam-packed day of inspiration and information last Thursday. The event hosted some of London’s finest industry professionals. The aim was to provide a healthy dose of information and inspiration. A day designed and solely focused on self-growth and care. A packed to the rafter second year proved that this has become a well attended inspirational event for event professionals

A note from Banqueting House

“Following the success of its first year, we were so excited when the team at Pearl and Pear agreed to partner with us for the second ‘Palace Pearls of Wisdom’ at Banqueting House. We have spent the past year researching the latest trends and suppliers to create an event that would inspire and energise planners in the London events industry. Every element was carefully chosen to create the most beautifully curated day.  It was the people though, both guests and suppliers, who are so passionate about the events industry, that made it such a wonderful event to be involved in….so…next year?”
Rose Julian, Banqueting House

And a few words from our attendees….

“an education and an indulgence, so just great!”

“Thank you for a really inspirational afternoon. It was a real pleasure to listen to such a brilliant group of women talking about every day challenges and how to overcome them. I signed up for positive pants today, what an amusing thing to write 😊”

“A HUGE thank you for today. I can’t call it an event as it was so much more than that. I had no idea how much I needed that until the panel came on. It couldn’t have come at a better time, the past two weeks have been hard but this has given the much needed buzz again. Thank you to you and to everyone who made today happen. We were also spoilt, the panel was absolutely brilliant and Anya Hindmarch… she has won an extra fan or two today. Next time I’m on Bond St. I’m going into her shop again for sure! Anyway, this was to say thank you!! Today’s event would have been hard work but please know it was hugely hugely appreciated!”

“I’d like to say a big thank you, we had a really fab day out and it provided a brilliant incite into all of the other aspects of the events we play a small part in. It’s also not often we get to rub shoulders with such an inspirational bunch of people and we have come away with lots of ideas on how we can get the work/life balance right – this I needed hugely being the stress head at our company. Thank’ s again wonderful people.”

“A great afternoon spent learning new skills, networking in the industry and being inspired. Felt very much a supportive event for those in the events industry, rather than a ‘showing off show case”

First Impressions

First impressions start at the invitation and as these flew through letterboxes around London, the Instagram posts of excitement started! We wanted to ensure the invitation reflected our plans for the event and build excitement. It had to be GORGEOUS. So we contacted Big Day Designs and were blown away by their ideas and the quality of their service…

A few words from Big Day..

“When we were told about Palace Pearls of Wisdom, we naturally jumped at the chance to get involved and provide the stationery for this fabulous event. The invitation was to continue building the excitement and to re-affirm the feeling that Palace Pearls of Wisdom couldn’t be missed! We created modern yet classic cotton white invitations with gorgeous rose gold foil geometric lines, with a touch of royalty added to the envelope seal too. For the day itself we made the bespoke rose gold notebooks, table plans and various signage all flowing seamlessly with the geometric rose gold decoration, and all linked wonderfully with the decor arranged in the Historic Royal Palace, Banqueting House.”

The arrival of guests at the event itself, was another chance for us to impress with first impressions. After a tropical lunch by Zafferano, guests made their way up the extraordinary staircase designed by Royal florist, Philippa Craddock. This wild and wonderful dressing of the staircase created a real wow factor.

Throughout the afternoon, guests were welcomed with so many picture-perfect moments starting off with the catering…

Instagrammable Catering by Zafferano

“We wanted to create a fun, vibrant, colourful, on trend eating and drinking experience which appealed to the mainly female audience and was just a little bit….well…Zaffy! We hit upon a Hoké Poké station which combined healthy, colourful and zingy Polynesian flavours in a theatrical, interactive way, allowing guests to choose between multi coloured tacos or fresh salad bowls which they could dress, garnish and adorn to their hearts content. To balance the zero carb approach we also circulated meltingly soft Pork belly with pigs skin noodles and vegan Crispy tofu buddah bowls and offered a tongue in cheek “Club Tropicana” dessert station where Bart, our pastry chef served Halo Haloto order – a delicious combination of shaved ice, sweetened condensed milk and fresh fruit.  The evening saw us showcase new canapes from our Spring Summer ‘19 menus, including Crab & coconut doughnut, Cured & flamed salmon and Korean fried chicken, accompanied by 2 gin based cocktails; a citrus “Clean Air” and a perfumed “Moody Rose” served with an uber glamourous rose petal “moon ball!”

Twilight Trees

“The Banqueting House has elements of gold woven throughout and it made the perfect venue to launch our new ‘ Gold Forest’. We created a walkway with an eclectic range of gold trees in varying heights which gave an artistic and fun nature to the display. The walkway was designed to be an experience and working with WowGrass we achieved something really quite special.

The Furniture

We wanted to introduce our guests to a mix of both modern and more traditional items of furniture within the set up at Banqueting House. Combining Locate To Create with Juno Hire added real personality and character to the event.

A few words from Holly at Locate to Create…

‘It was so exciting for us at Locate to Create to once again be asked to join Palace Pearls of Wisdom. We specialize in the supply of Vintage, Rustic and Boho pieces of furniture. Many of these are one off unique statement pieces. Mixing our traditional items with the more contemporary style of furniture supplied, by Juno, resulted in a stunning mix of old and new. We feel this added personality and character, creating visual interest with a real yin and yang. Our original rustic vintage tables also worked really well as workshop stations. We were excited to see our favourite piece, one of an unusual pair of original 1970’s Peacock Chairs, used by the discussion panel on stage helping to create a unique event experience. It was like no conference we had experienced or provided furniture for before’

Guests were then indulged with two hours of learning new skills….

The wonderful world of Calligraphy lead by the Styled Writing Company
Creating the perfect handwritten mementos is a must-have skill for every event planner. Our guests learnt the skills of calligraphy lead by the talented Henrietta of The Styled Writing Company.

Instagram foodie heaven lead by Zafferano
Shooting for Instagram is a daily occurrence.  But what are the secrets to getting maximum engagement from your posts? Our guests firstly learnt to make their own canapés with the guidance of Zafferano chefs. They then learnt the best way to shoot them for Instagram!

Welcoming in Spring with a herb wreath making session lead by Phillipa Craddock florists
We’re welcomed Spring with open arms with a wreath for our guests homes overflowing with spring herbs.

Designing an immersive guest experience lead by Event Concept
Storytelling through events is as much about execution as it is about great ideas. Thank you to Adam from Event Concept who taught us how to enhance our creative vision and deliver an unforgettable guest experience.

Women in Wine hosted by Ellie McIndoe from Jascot’s wine merchants
Three women, three stories and the vine. Thank you Ellie for a wonderful workshop and tasting. This very much celebrated the women behind the wines we love.

 Lets Talk Wellbeing

As we all know, the event industry is a fast-paced wonderful world however it has also been voted the 5th most stressful job to have. On that note, Palace Pearls of Wisdom discussed all things wellbeing – focusing on work-life balance, goal setting and reaching those goals. We are incredibly excited to bring together a successful panel of experts in their field. Our panel included:

Rachel Kelly a writer, speaker, international best-selling author and mental health campaigner. In her 30’s Rachel had two major depressive episodes which became defining events in her life. She is now passionate about educating and breaking down the stigma around mental health.

Camilla Mary-Rose – global leader in Digital Marketing. She has worked for world-renowned brands to drive cultural-change and shareable moments. Camilla makes us feel like we could conquer the world with our Instagram account!

Sarah Kay – manages several successful businesses and still manages to find the work-life balance. Her revolutionary gold @lifting_pretty weights sell out within minutes of re-stocking. The events at The Edit she organises are never forgotten no matter how much champagne is popped…

Holly Clark – named as one of the top society photographers by Harrods (2018) and the preferred photographer to Historic Royal Palaces. Holly prides herself on providing a truly beautiful, personal service.

Fran Excell – mindset and positivity coach and an excellent goal setter. She’ll made us look at our lives differently and helped us with methods to help achieve our goals. The glass is always half full…

Special talk from Anya Hindmarch | An exclusive discussion on her unique, creative events

Anya founded her business in London in 1987. Since then it has grown into a global brand with over 30 stores. The brand  is stocked in many of the world’s best retail stores, from Bergdorf Goodman in New York to Lane Crawford in Shanghai. Hindmarch is the first accessories designer to hold an on-schedule London Fashion Week show. They are very much renowned for their production and creativity.

Chubby Cloud was her latest installation prior to the Weave Project. The project saw the world’s largest beanbag installed under the magnificent Rubens ceiling at Banqueting House in London. This then served as the location for a series of talks, meditations, music and bedtime stories that customers could book into. Anya talked to our guests about her latest activations and events. She detailed how as a brand, they have broken the mould and reached new creative heights.

“Inspiring, educational, really well thought out, great range of things to do and see – instagramable of course! Such a wonderful day.”


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