Fizz staged a magnificent themed event, for 200 guests at this city based venue, that truly delivered the ‘wow factor’. The evening’s 18th Century theme was a homage to the renown painter of that era, Hogarth. Once a resident of the intriguing building, now home to many historical and artistic delights.

The evening included layers of hospitality, entertainment, and design; all created to engage, delight and showcase the enchanting venue and Fizz’s bespoke catering and event management services.

Before even setting foot in the building, guests were entertained by an extraordinary violin playing bear and dancing damsels. A footman provided a warm welcome as a stunning team of society ladies organised registration and Hogarth and his pug entertained the costumed audience with stories of the age.

The Brief

The evening was organised following a brief from the client (in this case the museum itself) to showcase and capture the imagination of what an event hosted at the museum could aspire to be. They were looking to highlight all elements of the glorious venue from the stateliness of the Chapter Hall and the intrigue of the museum exhibits, to the intimate entertaining opportunities afforded by the library and host of smaller (but still delightful) spaces on offer.

 

The Fizz Solution

A ‘Grand Tour’ theme, being the European travel undertaken by young gentlemen in the eighteenth century to round off their education, was adopted as the perfect vehicle to showcase the venue’s historic credentials. A divine tasting menu continued in the same vein, as guests enjoyed a gastronomic tour that included bite size beef wellingtons, Mediterranean tartlets, scallops and tiramisu, accompanied by speciality gins and free flowing Prosecco.

The theme was rounded of by costumed servers, dancers, musicians and baroque singers (and of course the violin playing bear) against a backdrop of beautiful music that heightened the atmosphere in the stunningly decorated Chapter Hall.

Minuet dancing, straight from the pages of a Jane Austen novel, and photo opportunities in a Baroque style all added to a fully immersive experience that transported guests from the 21st Century to the delightful frolics of an 18th Century ball.

And when the call for carriages came, our guests left with a well-timed and enchanting advent calendar representing this unique building in all its Christmas splendour, and of course, some fine chocolate for the journey home.

Conclusion

The feedback from both guests and the client was all very positive. Many commented on what a great touch the costumed servers, and even some of the guests, had added to the evening. Others were enchanted by the venue and surprised that they had not been of aware of it before, with such great positioning for City events and a unique twist and story to attract their guests.

If there are any lessons to be learned for future events as this venue, they would include:

  • The use of theming really works here for that extra wow factor.
  • The rooms provide such flexible space options that they could easily support more corporate functions as well as pure entertainment.
  • Offering Curator tours of the Museum that provides a narrative to St Johns Ambulance enhances this special location.
  • Smaller rooms close to the main hall are ideal for quiet seating areas, entertainment or specialist bars or food stations.

Feedback

“Just to thank you on behalf of myself and Dawn for a lovely evening at the Museum of the Order of St Johns last night. Loved the setting, display of 18th century dancing and clothing. The beef wellington canape was absolutely delicious. Such a unique venue. The Gin Bar was very apt for the period you were demonstrating. Hospitality outstanding.”

Nimrod Capital LLP

“Many thanks for what was a spectacular evening. What a location for a City based Christmas party!”

Fayble