Sue asked me to plan, design and co-ordinate her 60th birthday party which was to be held at home in a marquee.   Sue had planned parties herself in the past but always found the experience to be stressful and not at all enjoyable.  After talking with her daughters and a friend who had worked with me on her son’s wedding, she decided that she was going to involve a professional for her 60th birthday marquee party.

I think it’s fair to say that the experience was entirely different this time for Sue, as evidenced by the review she left on my Facebook page; here is a brief excerpt of her comments: 

“Having Michelle take such great care over all of the details, as well as coming up with lovely ideas and introducing me to such great suppliers meant that I could just really enjoy the party without any worries whatsoever”

The marquee party took place on a cold and wet December evening in North London,  but once the guests arrived and entered the beautifully dressed – and warm – marquee,  the winter weather was irrelevant.

Design Scheme

Sue and I devised a design scheme which incorporated black, white and silver, highlighted with blue lighting from uplighters and fairy lights in the ceiling.   Flat white contemporary marquee walls, were coupled with black pleated roof linings, black carpet and a chequered black and white dance floor.

Small round tables were dressed with black linen, silver chairs, and hurricane vases with silver candles and more fairly lights.  

marquee party - Ritzy Events
60th birthday marquee party styling


As well as the usual party elements of food, drink and music, Sue wanted to incorporate one of her hobbies – quizzes – into the evening’s events.  As someone who is passionate about entertaining guests, I was delighted when she briefed me about this and immediately booked the fabulous Mike Crump of Boom in the Room to deliver this aspect of the event.  Sue took the opportunity to encourage mingling amongst her guests by allocating everyone into teams at tables of six, with wine and nibbles on tap throughout the duration of the quiz.

marquee party quiz

60th birthday marquee party quiz


Following the quiz, guests danced the night away to the sounds of Rocking Steady from Lemon Entertainment.    The set commenced with Sue, her daughter and husband joining the band to perform a song with personal connotations, Forever Young,  before guests were invited onto the dance floor.

marquee party band rocking steady
marquee party - band - rocking steady


Food on the night was provided by Saffron Caterers and Events;  food service was informal with guests being offered canapes, “manapes” and bowl food.  Dessert canapes were offered later on, along with birthday cake.

marquee party canapes
60th birthday marquee party catering
marquee party dessert canapes
marquee party birthday cake

I love to plan marquee parties and marquee weddings;  if you would like to discuss any ideas that you have for a marquee event  then please get in touch here.

Planning, design, execution and co-ordination by Elegante by Michelle J

Photography by Richard Murgatroyd Photography

60th birthday marquee party
60th birthday marquee party