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.

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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!

Circus Theme Birthday Party in London

 

Circus Theme Birthday Party Spectacular!

You’re going to want a party like this one!

 

“Pete! Can’t thank you enough for the totally outstanding, fabulous day you gave the kids and to the adults… Absolutely amazing! Many many thanks to you and your super performers!!!! You made Zidaan’s party such a super-duper hit!!!

Thank you!  Bhavna”


In the middle of January 2015,  the circus came to Dulwich in South East London.

Well to be fair;  a small circus in a small tent but a really BIG party for a really BIG Birthday!

“Cirque Zidaan!”

Zidaan’s 5th birthday circus party;

cirque party london

 

Bigtopmania were booked to put on an extra special show for 5th birthday boy Zidaan.

We installed a single-pole 11 m “Baby Big Top” circus tent with all the trappings.

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This size tent gives enough WOW factor to have the feeling of a circus and gives the right amount of atmosphere for a children’s party and, being a Winter Circus Party; small is  easier to heat.  It was snug and toastie!

The Baby Big Top

was decorated with fairy lights, velvet curtains, circus signage, bunting, tiered seating and more.  We even made a special Circus Zidaan sign which was painted up beautifully and lit throughout the party.  It really was Zidaan’s very own circus!

He, his friends and family should remember it for a long time!

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Other lovely party add-ons in the tent included fresh popcorn trolley, a face painter, circus nibbles, a rather stunning birthday cake and lots of red noses and clown wigs!

All the performers did some meet and greet whilst the guests arrived.

This was the time to add some giant bubbles and some Big Bear Hugs!

Big Bear Clowning!pop corn cart

Then it was;

Circus Party Show Time

Roll up, Roll up. Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls; It’s Circus Show Time!

Our show featured a good roster of artists with PeteZa & BigFoot The Clown providing plenty of the ringmaster & clowning buffoonery between them.

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Lucas Jet  brought some ball juggling funk to the show as well as cigar boxes and unicycling finale.

lucas jet jugglerparty unicyclist

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Princess Leonie was on hand for the glamour with her circus hula hoop routine and a trapeze act. Beautiful!

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It’s a real family circus show.. PeteZa is father of Lucas and Leonie!

We were joined by Magician Roberto who delivered some great illusions and a fantastic birthday moment allowing Zidaan to be

The birthday boy who flew on a flying carpet!

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We had China Plate Spinning, Trick Cycling and even a Custard Pie but an unexpected highlight was a little 4-year-old stealing the show leading a hilarious Gangham style dance.

You can’t plan for those moments but they are what makes each and every show unique and special.

The Human Cannon Ball provided a loud and messy Finale! 

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Right after the show we went straight in to a mini disco getting the children on to their feet and into dancing mood.

Big Bear joined in the antics and lead the children through various dance routines allowing them to work up an appetite before the Circus Party tea.

We provided an hour and half’s entertainment to a packed tent.  We could have carried on but for the schedule and splendid circus tea time up next.

We had thrills, spills and a barrel of laughs!

But before party tea; the all-important;

Circus Birthday cake and happy birthday song time!

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The Circus Party Tea

After the show, it’s back to the real work and we had a lot to clear up!  Kids and Popcorn!

Everyone  headed into the hall that had been transformed by a Toadstool Party’s decor team into yet another circus party!

The fun carries on!

Fabrics hung on the walls and ceilings, balloons, party favours and even a photo board with props awaited the children.  (And lots of adults!).

It looked amazing and totally unlike the room it used to be.  (A plain white sports club bar!)  Close up magic was provided by our magician and dress-up photos were taken.

Party nibbles and drinks were themed to circus too.

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Thank you for coming to my party!

Circus Party Goody Bags were in the form of Harrods Circus sweet tins.  Lovely!

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A huge thank you from us to;

Master Zidaan and his family, especially his mother; a party planning Mum With A Vision!

Email, phone calls and a site visit.. we got there.. even via India!

For the trust you put in us to provide a great party.. thank you .. till next time!

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Thanks also to the lovely memories created by Amanda Curd, today’s circus party photographer, who took such great photos and has allowed us to share some of them.

You can see even more on her blog report.

Do you want your own circus party now?

Circus themed party

Circus Party Ingredients.

Circus Entertainment by Bigtopmania.

Circus Party Photography by Amanda Curd.

Circus Party Tea Venue Decor, popcorn cart, face painter and Catering by Toadstool Parties

Circus Party London Marquee Venue by Trevor Bailey Sports Ground, Dulwich College

so.. do you fancy a circus theme birthday party for your child too??

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