SuperVet Christmas Party

Super Party for the SuperVet;

A circus themed christmas party to remember.

If you read last weeks episode (blog post) you’ll know that Team Bigtopmania spent a Saturday afternoon busy in Surrey providing circus entertainment to a company christmas fun day.  But the show doesn’t end there.  Oh no!  You’ve merely made it to the interval.  It’s SuperVet Christmas Party time; So get your popcorn, sit back and enjoy the rest of this roller coaster ride of circus & event supplier rambling!

Can we supply a marquee for 300+ guests at tables?

Let’s set the scene before we get into the actual event. Our client Fitzpatrick Referrals, made contact with us at just the right time, way back in May 2014.

Honoured to be asked and from what I now know these Supervets and their amazing team do outstanding work.

Cirque Noel

Quick Tip!

Plan early!  That’s a 6 month Christmas event planning lead in.. just right!

Good timing too.  They were able to visit a nearby event we were doing for Farnham Lions “Indian Spectacular” for 400 guests.

Next Tip! Its really good to be able to see the tent and we like to let clients know if this is possible.

Here’s a picture of the set up on that occasion in May 2015

Farnham Lions Indian Spectacular

Farnham Lions Indian Spectacular

and there are even more tents behind.  We look forward to working join their next big event in 2017 for 600 table seated guests!! That was a big event and it gave the present clients a good sample.  So why not go bigger!

Tent for 300 guests + Large Foyer Bar Tent + Service tent + Stage + Dance floor + loos and lots of entertainment too!   In Mid December!

The challenge was on and we produced a few plans and worked with the organiser Stuart (who also runs a therapy centre in Guildford. ) Stuart is a friend of Noel Fitzpatrick and event planned as a favour.  I think he likes parties too!

One of the draft plans!

sketch marquee plan

Next Tip; Don’t do it all yourself!

A production collaboration was in order as it was a huge job.

Cirque Noel ( Supervet Christmas Party) suppliers included;

The Event Build; Production phase.

marquee install

From this…

marquee for 300 guests

to this…

It was a very windy site during site visits so we were well prepared with huge amounts of extra ropes, ratchets , and mega stakes.  There was no way we were going to have any wind issues!

In the  build week leading up to the big day we spent a couple of chilly days fighting the winter weather rigging the rather enormous 6 pole Red & White ‘Squirty Cream‘.  This marquee served as the main function space giving 383 square metres of party space.

As soon as this tent was ready we informed Carron marquees that their work could begin!  

We had delivered some kit and made some ground preparations in advance so we ended up a day ahead of schedule!

300 seater tent

before the foyer and catering tent added

The space was lit with a combination of our fairy light systems, festoon lighting and globe lanterns to light the tent.  Later Puxley Sound installed the stage lighting, projectors and battery operated up-lighters.

solid floor in marquee before carpet

Before the carpets.

Tents were linked with a 4×4 chinese hat pagoda to a 9x15m candy-striped marquee that acted as the grand entrance tent.

foyer tent

Foyer tent install

Equipped with a well stocked bar and champagne to welcome guests.

Bar tent

well stocked bar

MArquee Grand entrance

Entrance during event

The set up looked colourful and exciting when we left it, but by the time we returned with all the finishing touches; tables & chairs, decor, dance floor, a carpet and uplighters.

The venue looked quite stunning.

Supervet Christmas Party in winter season marquees

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It’ll all be alright on the night.

When so much attention to detail has gone into the planning of a colourful vibrant event, it’s nice when the guests do it justice with an equally fantastic fancy dress effort.

Next Tip; Dress up! 

Team Supervet did not disappoint.  As well as gorgeous formal wear, there were plenty of leopard skin body suits, groups of strong ‘men’, a pantomime horse with both ends, all manner of clowns and ringmasters.  It adds so much fun to the atmosphere from the start, it takes the fear out of atmos-fear!

Next tip; Book some great entertainment.

So after an already long day of performing circus shows down the road.  The Bigtopmania team jumped straight into action.  We provided mingling circus entertainment to give onlookers something to watch whilst they sipped champagne.  Breaking the ice!

Emmanuel was keeping things simple with just a little bit of African bowl spinning and charismatic funny faces which always amuse me even after all these years.

Aerial Els was up high on stilts as a beautiful christmas fairy.

Lucas Jet and Moses did some walkabout  juggling to the sounds of the wandering band.

After the guests found their tables,

The London Essentials then kicked things off with an en-mass rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody . . every-one joined in of course.

Then BANG!  Generator fail.  Smoke and Steam.. just like a car engine failure!

Next tip; at a big event, have at least a back up generator, some onsite electricians and ring for a replacement! 

Back stage, people were madly running around trying to sort things out.  For a while it was going to be a choice between power for catering or power for marquee.. but in the end Carron marquees brought a new generator.  Only setting the schedule back by only 40mins or so.  USE A LOCAL GENERATOR CO!

Next tip; Use an opportunity!

This unplanned power fail created a highlight for us and  whilst we were having a break before the main show, word got back to the dressing room that the generator had failed (nothing to do with any of our kit thankfully). So the tent was in relative darkness apart from some battery powered LED uplighters round the edge and a small amount of lighting.  Elanor had thankfully brought her glow clubs and they went straight in to action.

Next Tip; Battery up lighters. None of the guests noticed the power failure! 

glow juggling

glow club juggling

Making use of the lower lighting and making it look like it was all part of the plan; Glow juggling and acoustic wondering band to the rescue!

The London Essentials band

The London Essentials band

The guests remained in high spirits and danced and sang and watched our juggling apparently with some of them not realising this wasn’t planned.  Below shows a badly-filmed clip of the nice moment the lights came back on.

When the event power comes back on!

Next Tip; Use the opportunity for a rousing speech by the CEO! supervet noel Catering back on one generator, sound lights and marquee on another;

microphone handed to Supervet Noel to do his CEO speech; striking, stirring  and thanking his huge team.

Dressed as gothic ring master and full of encouragement and wicked sense of fun!

Or was it just an excuse to be able to get close and introduce Růženka Kunstýřová  the WORLD POLE SPORTS CHAMPION DANCER 2015 ?

world champion sports pole dancer

From Prague; world champion sports pole dancer

 

A great and sexy start to the shows in store.. but not quite as sexy when colleague vets got to have a go!

After the pole dancing it was meal time and during this the London Essentials continued to serenade table by table.  A VERY recommended band.

random juggling around the tables

juggling around the tables

I’m afraid i didn’t want to intrude on tables and meal with a camera so no pictures of that and apologies for the I phone unedited images. Lets move on to the

Post-Meal, Pre-Dancing Circus Show Time.

It wouldn’t be a Supervet Christmas Party without some circus!

We had previously installed a 5m high portable, mobile trapeze rig over the dance floor and the action packed show to follow was in front of the stage. We aimed for an action packed show full of skills and comedy of about 25mins long.

The SuperVet Christmas Party Entertainers were;

Lucas Jet who did his jumping over guests on a unicycle routine.  He really shouldn’t have picked on our bookers; Noel and Stuart! lucas jet unicycle act The Uk African Acrobat Company provided tumbling, human pyramids, contortion and bowl spinning.

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Aerial Els swung high on silks.

Aerial Silks

Moses Opiyo presented his sexy hand balancing act.

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Straight after the show we dismantled the trapeze rig in just a few minutes and were ready for the first set by The Stage Band.

The STAGE BAND

They got the dance floor full and it basically carried on that way into the night. After their second set, James ( who works with Chris Tarrant no less) took over as DJ to a very full dance floor.

Christmas circus party

The Supervet Christmas Party went on well into the night.

We cleared up over the next few days.

Field back to normal!

And we were told…

“In case I miss you during your pack down I just want to thank you and your brilliant team for their performances at what has been universally accepted by Fitzpatrick’s as the best party ever!!

The Big Top looked fantastic and your guys were all amazing.

I’m sure we will be in contact about future events and look forward to working with you again.”

I think between us we made this supervet christmas party into a very memorable affair!

Medieval Theme Event Marquee

Medieval Theme Event Marquee

  • medieval theme party

    A medieval moot in our Scoopy Petal tent

  • Medieval Theme Event Marquee.

  • (Stylish Canvas is Marquee made in UK!)

  • Event held at East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham, May 2013 as a conference party for SQL Bits.
  • Robin Hood, Maid Marion and all the merry men not included!
  • The Bigtopmania Scoopy Tent Range has a unique contemporary styling that lends itself to this medieval theme.

  • Basic tent-hire pricing found here
  • Other accessories, additional tents, entertainments and entertainers to order.
  • get your fancy dress on and have some fun!
  • also a great tent for Vintage, Contemporary, Village fete, Traditional, White weddings, etc!
  • Video here https://youtu.be/M0N4WqsvxB0

Photos and video borrowed from and with thanks SQL Bits photographer’s Facebook photos..full albums found here

Medieval theme event marquee

Medieval theme event marquee

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Medieval theme event marquee decor, flags, banners, props, Armour and performance in white/ cream canvas marquee

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Medieval theme decor

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More information on Medieval theme event marquee hire can be found here

Canvas Marquee Hire NEW

“Scoopy Scoopy Do” our beautiful brand new luxury canvas petal marquee makes her debut!

luxury canvas marquee hire in UK

9m x 21m white marquee

Nottingham University –

Midlands Canvas Marquee Hire

May 2013,  the Bigtopmania team took a trip to the East Midlands Conference Centre.  We were there to break out our brand new luxury canvas tent for SQL Bits Conference ..well ..for the evening event which is a medieval theme party; it being Robin Hood Country after all!

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This beautiful structure measures in at 21m x 9m and has an approximate standing capacity of 220 people.

Rather un-interestedly, it was anchored down by 48 stakes, held up by 48 side-poles, 56 side lines and blocks and tackles and 3 king poles.

(She is also available in 9 x 9m and 9 x 15m sizes!)
Peaked tent roofRustic vintage marquee

 

medieval tent for medieval event

Medieval decor in white canvas marquee

 

Wedding tent to rent for brides nationwide!

This was a relatively basic set up to suit the requirements of the conference.  Rustic, medieval theme: Grass floor, trestle tables, festoon lighting, minstrels, hog roast, archery, jousting, apple bobbing and fire eating!
BUT:
For future events, particularly weddings and elegant parties there are plenty of styling and decor options available to jazz it up and match your theme.

Although if we do say so ourselves: stand alone, she’s a site to behold.

 

Don’t put it off.   Save the date!

Bookings are already in the diary for 2014 and 2015 so don’t hesitate about getting in touch.

We would love to squeeze you in to our new canvas marquee for hire.

canvas tent village

Our newest tent set up with our oldest. We hope he doesn’t feel inadequate next to the upgrade.

trimmings and tent decor for wedding theme

Circus Theme Wedding In Ireland

A while ago at the end of Sept 2012, the Bigtopmania gang drove the lorry, boarded the ferry at Fishguard and set sail for southern Ireland.

Jane and James had invited us to set up their

circus theme wedding

and after lots and lots of planning, they trusted us to supply and we did!

They got a fabulous party!

Adventures on the Irish Sea included lovely food, a bit of cabin-sleep and a drink or two for the lads.

After a few hours we were in Rosslare then driving through Wexford.. a lovely gentle port and traveled up the road to location near Gorey, right on the Sunny Irish Riviera!

(quick note.. Irish drivers are dead friendly and courteous, always thanking with hazard flash after overtaking you.)

We were welcomed to the stunning location .. a 1930’s architecturally very interesting cliff top house, right by the sea (gently spinning wind farm in the distance a mile out).  Met the gang, cups of tea etc and pretty much started work setting up.

You can see the results in some of these photos and video slide show .some taken just with the phone and others ( the much better ones!!) by the pro on the day Ian Mcallister (stills).

Weather during set up was typically wet and windy, but on the day a glorious calm settled in and it was a stunning balmy evening..moonlight over the waves, chill area, chimneas, etc..

Great fun was had whilst there.. we were staying in a holiday cottage just up the road from the event, and had a few outings in the evenings.

Notable visit back down to Wexford on “Arthur’s Day”..ie Arthur Guinness celebrations all over Ireland..music and Guinness! Brand Ireland!

Further afield, when all set up and we had the time, a picturesque journey and an overnight stop at Kilkenny, lovely medieval walled town,…more music..more Guinness. Craic!

Music in so many pubs!! Enjoyed it all and even sang along to the rebel songs!

Being a circus team we just had to make and effort to visit Tom Duffey’s Circus whilst there… old school, tigers and lions(!), horses (very good trick riding!) and lots more exciting things!.. sadly in a cold dank rainy rugby club car-park on outskirts of Wexford.  Fabulous show by hard-working , dedicated circus team but where’s the glitz and glamour in a wet car park!?

Wedding day; we were there helping to set up, checking over the tent, keeping an eye on the electrics, working alongside the front of house maitre dee.  We juggled, partied, watched it all unfold adjusted tables, helped set up the DJ, the band and to keep the bar flowing.

Again.. another craic occurred!

Jane and James; a lovely couple, as well as their families, all treated us really well and we hope we gave them a fab wedding… judge for yourselves by the images!

(hope to see them again later this year, when we visit Dublin!!)

below photos copyright Ian McAllister Stills where this is a full gallery.

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alternative groom footwear

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Circus theme wedding Ireland first dance
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festival theme wedding Ireland

 

Groom Speech Ireland wedding

Groom Speech Ireland wedding

 

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Bride speech wedding Ireland

 

Circus theme wedding , Gorey, Wexford, Ireland

Circus theme wedding , Gorey, Ireland

 

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bride and groom grande entrance

 

circus wedding Ballymoney, Gorey, ireland

circus wedding Ireland

 

rest of the photos off my phone…

wedding chill out area , Gorey,ireland

wedding chill out area Ireland

 

BALLYMONEY WEDDING TENT

on the Ballymoney cliff tops.

 

candy striped wedding tent ireland

candy striped wedding tent Ireland

 

red white tent interior,airy lights, trapeze dummy

red white tent interior, fairy lights, trapeze dummy

 

striped marquee interior

striped marquee interior

 

Ireland wedding tent set up

Ireland wedding tent set up

 

Wedding tent seating plan

Wedding tent seating plan

circus theme wedding reception

circus theme wedding reception

 

table layout Irish Wedding

table layout Irish Wedding

 

peep through photo board

peep through photo board

circus wedding bar

circus wedding bar

circus wedding table

circus wedding table

Circus wedding cake

Circus wedding cake

curtain entrance to marquee

curtained entrance to marquee

 

bigtop in Ireland

big-top in Ireland

alternative guest arrival vehciile

alternative guest arrival vehicle

chill out tent

chill out tent

Irish wedding chill out area

Irish wedding chill out area

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catering tent entrance tunnel

route to catering tent

route to catering tent

 

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wedding reception Ireland

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wedding speech Ireland

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Ireland wedding party

wedding band ireland

wedding band Ireland

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wedding party Ireland

wedding party band Ireland

wedding party band Ireland

wedding chill out area , Gorey,ireland

wedding chill out area Ireland

 

 

 

Marquee Hire Brochure

March 2013 and we have just got these excellent

Marquee hire brochure

flyers designed by graphic designer Ashley Crossland Design.

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We’re going to be giving these out this  at The Fabulous Wedding Festival at Muddiford Court, a wedding venue you can hire and erect marquees at in Devon.   Are you approaching the big day?  Thinking about getting married in the near future?   If you’re anyway alternatively inclined or just a bit wacky then do come say hello!

If you would like a marquee hire price list, there is a downloadble pdf version on the blog too.

The different tents are classified into “Tent Ranges”, eg tent range no4, and these correspond to the listings on the right hand drop down menu on the blog and also to the page number on the price list.

If you would like us to send you a copy of our marquee hire brochure just let us know.

 

We also have marquee booking forms for all the tents that give you a good idea of what you may need  for a wedding or party.   These are really handy and you can fill them out at home and send them back to us.  They form the basis of your first draft estimate.

You will need to requesta booking form by email or phone.

Drop us a quick email.

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16th of March 2013, Devon, Festival wedding show!