Wizardry Elegance at the Natural History Museum

A word from the planner

“Once we receive that initial brief about a party at the Natural History Museum, we can’t help but start the planning process straight away. We’re regulars at the Museum and creating events there is so special. The brief was to create an elegant and magical party with subtle Harry Potter themed touches, as our client loves the novels. Wizardry Elegance – what a wonderful theme! We promptly set about creating an enchanted forest setting filled with magical touches to create impact.”

Golborne Events, Luxury Event Planners

A Magical Invitation

Taking inspiration from the drama and grandeur of the wizarding world, the colour scheme for the event was set to be a striking navy and gold combination. Starting at the beginning the invitations were a luxurious, created by Cutture, including a bespoke wallet with a personalised emblem illustration on the front. On the reverse, the word ‘Alohamora’ were detailed – the Unlocking Spell from the Harry Potter world. The idea was to create a wow moment and to give a hint of the theme at the event.

 One of the show stopping moments was the table plan. This was on display during the reception drinks for guests to discover. The Golborne Events team installed a huge, magical, ‘Whomping Willow’. Instead of name cards there were personalised laser cut wings with guest names and table name. These were then attached to keys with wings before they were hung from the branches, creating an experience for guests to find their table numbers. The tables were named after various locations in the Harry Potter universe.

An Enchanted Woodland

To ensure magical moments right from guest arrival, a twisted willow archway was installed, inspired by The Forbidden Forrest, into the main reception hall. The arch had pea lights woven through and hanging glass globes appearing to drop out of the branches. After dinner the arch was moved to the exit of the museum to allow guests to then walk back underneath as they left. An Instagrammable moment!

For the high table displays TBR Floral Design created seven bespoke twisted willow trees. The client’s favourites of sunflowers, roses and hydrangea were hung throughout. Vine like flowers were then used to create a weeping willow effect and added real hanging crystal strands. The result looked like the tree was growing out of the table! For the low table centres, birdcages with flowers at the base of the cage and a large pillar candle inside were beautifully designed. The staircase in Hintze Hall was dressed either side with 6ft candelabra draped in willow and ivy. The candles flickering above everyone’s heads created the floating candle effect often seen in the Harry Potter movies.

A great feast

For dinner, Rhubarb created a truly delicious menu. An delicious fish bar, complete with chef chopping tartare to order, served hand carved sides of salmon cured on Himalayan rock salt. Also, an Italian stall served freshly cooked pasta salads and live carvery. For dessert an Apple Tarte Tatin was served with an Oat and Black Olive Crumble, Pepper Ice Cream and Caramel Gel. This was then finished off with a White Chocolate Snitch to add that Happy Potter touch!

The theme continued throughout including the glassware where the team hand-picked a baroque gold collection to add grandeur and elegance. The cocktails were served in a mix of copper tankards, gold tumblers and silver goblets. The cocktails were inspired by potions from Harry Potter to include an ‘Amortentia Pearlescent Margarita’, ‘Pepperup Potion Porn Star Martini’ and ‘Veritaserum Chilli and Lemongrass Collins’.

A majestic setting

The majestic Hope the Whale was a key feature of the evening. It provided a wonderful talking point, being brand new to the space just months earlier. As the evening drew onwards, guests made their way to the shiny starlit dancefloor, the perfect compliment to the star cloth backdrop and black stage where the eight-piece band performed.

“We will certainly remember this evening forever, as one of our favourite events!”


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