Best of 2016!

The past year has presented everyone here at Stressfreehire with some fantastic opportunities. Acquiring lots of gorgeous new stock was undoubtedly a highlight, but we also got to work on some really fun theming and fabulous parties, and bring to life lots of creative ideas from scratch! Here are some of our best bits from 2016…

Upwaltham Barns Photoshoot

During the last year we invested in so much new stock it seemed only right to do a photoshoot to show it all off. We got everything from the latest trends, such as festoon lights, terrariums and succulents, to classic investment pieces, such as our wonderful new cross-back chairs and rustic tables. We had so much fun putting it all together and were absolutely delighted with the results! collage of glass terrariums festoon lights moroccan lanterns and rustic table centreswedding ceremony table arrangement with crossback chairs and glass candelabracollage of rustic dining table setup with crossback chairs and a rustic food station table with barrels

Whilst the styling of the shoot fell mostly into the very popular ‘rustic’ and ‘enchanted woodland’ themes, we took this opportunity to have some fun and show what we can do putting together the new and the old. We combined our rustic table tops with rustic barrels to create a sweet-treats food station, and came up with some fun fantasy themed dining ideas. We made a magical wizards banquet using items such as our iron candelabra, silk flambeaux, the fake fireplace, and even a overhead display of “floating” candles! We also came up with a fantasy fire and ice theme using white birch and coloured wall uplighters in amber and ice blue. You can watch a short video of the whole shoot hereharry potter party theming setup with rustic tables iron candelabra and a fake fireplace

fantasy fire and ice themed party setup with blue and red uplighting and iron candelabra

Moroccan Theme at the Hurlingham Club

This Moroccan themed party at the Hurlingham Club was a standout event, not only because of the amazing finished result, but because we relish any opportunity to really get our teeth into a theme! We had to use all our creative powers to transform the large spaces of the Hurlingham into an intimate and exciting dining experience. Our extensive range of Moroccan lanterns in all imaginable shapes and sizes came out to play, as well as a gobo with a moorish themed pattern projected onto the walls, and a bespoke ‘Rick’s Cafe’ sign. For more details on a Moroccan themed event and the kinds of items we used take a look at our blog post all about Moroccan theming!

moroccan themed party dining area moroccan themed party seating area with low wooden table and candles collage of moroccan themed party decoration, drapes bespoke signs and gobo projections

Groovy Baby Sixties Theme

sixties themed party layout with floral gobo projection and VW campervan four women in sixties dressup pose in front of a bespoke 'groovy baby' sign orange backlit silhouette of a sixties dancer in a frame cardboard pop up VW campervan sixties theme party setpiece 'bar' sign and lava lamp at a sixties themed party

This funky sixties themed party at the Hilton in London Bridge was so much fun, because it gave us the chance to custom design and build all sorts of props and bespoke signs for the occasion. We created this bespoke backlit “Groovy Baby!” wall sign, backlit sixties dancer silhouettes, and even a cutout VW camper for guests to take photos in. A few extra swinging sixties touches, such as floral gobo pattern projections and a lava lamp, finished everything off nicely!

Festive Set Piece at 155 Bishopsgate

alpine chalet set piece at 155 bishopsgate christmas party winter wonderland setpiece at 155 bishopsgate christmas party white draping and birch trees with pealights at 155 bishopsgate christmas party starlit dancefloor, black poseur tables and snowflake gobo projections at christmas party

And finally, there was no better way to finish off the year than with this gorgeous, festive themed christmas party at 155 Bishopsgate! An Alpine chalet set piece was perfect for a cosy seating area, and a winter wonderland set-piece, along with ice blue uplighting, snowflake patterned gobos and white draping, created a dramatic entrance for guests to be wowed! Overall, 2016 was a fantastic year for us, and we hope that 2017 presents us with even more creative challenges, exciting events and new opportunities to get involved in!

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