Is there a better way to celebrate a golden wedding anniversary than with a private opera performance in your back garden followed by a delicious dinner? We think not and that’s why we were thrilled to be cater for just such an event earlier this year in July. We took a team to Haslemere to cater for a weekend celebrations that would prove to be nothing short of spectacular.
Along with a private dinner the night before and a light lunch on the day itself, the main event on Saturday evening was quite simply astonishingly beautiful. The set-up was incredible with little Indian tents dotted around the garden for canapés and a drinks reception prior to the performance and, with it being the hottest day of the year, even the weather was in on the act to make it a remarkable and memorable occasion.
The opera itself was amazing, it was actually performed on a floating stage that had been built over a lake, with the guests watching from tiered seats tapering into the trees. The soothing sounds of little streams running away from the lake and the vision of candles flickering everywhere only added to the romance of the occasion.
Following a spectacular show, the audience were then invited up to dinner beneath an incredible marquee with a clear ceiling looking up to the stars. The setting of the marquee overlooking the South Downs was simply breathtaking.
- Gold rimmed glassware
- Louis XIV cutlery
- Gold beaded clear glass charger plates
- White & gold side plates
- Damask gold cloths
- Damask gold napkins
- Mini clear bubble glasses for rum during dessert plus bubble tray holders
In order to achieve this lavish scene, we used four different hire companies over the weekend, including Place Settings, Jones Hire, Allens Hire and, finally, Options who source and deliver their equipment all the way from France.
As you can tell, this was no small event! In order to cater for 150 guests, we also had 40 members of staff, alongside 6 chefs and two event managers organising and overseeing the show.
The menu for this very special anniversary affair included:
~ Canapés ~
Lobster and Thai mango salad on teardrop spoon
Thai duck and mango salad on teardrop spoon
Asian crab salad with chilli and lime
Soy blackened salmon with pickled cucumber on teardrop spoon
Foie gras ballottine, mango, lime and coriander on gingerbread
Grilled beef skewers with a red Thai curry dip
King prawns with chilli, garlic and ginger
Coconut and coriander chicken skewers with green Thai curry
Asian crispy duck spring roll with a cucumber and hoi-sin sauce
Dolcelatte, pear and pesto on crostini
Smoked salmon Benedict
~ Amuse bouche ~
Pressed foie gras terrine with pomegranate reduction, hazlenut croquant and pecan and raisin croute
Served with baskets of rustic breads
~ First Course ~
Roast lobster with Asian greens, tom ka sauce and chilli, spring onion and coriander
Served with baskets of rustic bread
~ Second Course ~
Rack of lamb and rolled breast with white onion puree, baby summer vegetables and dauphinoise potatoes layered with truffles
Fine ratatouille, lentils and caramelised red onion wrapped in feuilles de brick pastry with potato and manchego cheese croquette
~ Third Course ~
Mango sorbet with tropical passion fruit sauce and pineapple crisp
~ Fourth Course ~
Chocolate torte served with strawberries, blackcurrant syrup and hazlenut ice cream
~ Evening Sweets ~
Mini strawberry tarts
Following this extensive banquet, guests then danced the night away beneath a clear, star-studded sky and relaxed on plush furniture dotted around the lawn as the countryside rolled out before them.
It was brilliant for Jacaranda to work on this event and the final members of the team leaving site at 4am meant we got to see the sun coming up after a spectacularly brilliant evening.