Last week WowGrass attended the Palace Pearls of Wisdom Workshops at Banqueting House, London. The Banqueting House and Pearl & Pear teams showcased beautiful event spaces as well as hosting workshops.
Welcome to Palace Pearls of Wisdom
The afternoon began in the Palace’s Undercroft, welcoming guests to an intricate vegetarian lunch from Rhubarb. Food stations were filled with a colourful collection of immaculate vegetable inspired dishes.
To create an immersive culinary experience Rhubarb‘s chefs wow’d all with a ‘painted food station’. Brush strokes of toppings, intricately pieced bitesize treats as well as the humble vegetable created a masterpiece – that you were allowed to eat!
Calligraphy adorned speech bubbles hung beautifully from two vintage ladders, a creative way to invite guests to find their name – and an Instagrammable moment! A selection of stunning furniture was showcased by Great Hire and vintage props from Locate to Create.
The Big Reveal
After lunch, guests were invited up to the Main Hall for the grand reveal. Once through the decadent doors of the Main Hall guests were greeted by an array of beautiful suppliers.
WowGrass launched a new hire item available this year – a real grass photo wall! The look, and smell, portrayed the magic that WowGrass piece together with their soil-free turf. Locate to Create enhanced the photobooth area with vintage props. To finish off, Philippa Craddock added a regal display of flowers arching across the top combined with golden pears.
Twilight Trees are known for creating beautifully illuminated trees. Two decadent Hysteria Green trees stood tall in the Main Hall. Towering 3m above, the branches reach out to form stunning centrepieces for a grand venue space.
Tablescaping with Philippa Craddock
As well as providing gorgeous floristry displays across the venue, guests were invited to an exclusive tablescaping workshop with British lifestyle florists Philippa Craddock. Tablescaping has been fiercely growing across the industry. Guests were given an array of flowers, foliage and table pieces including cutlery, glassware and menus and guided through the process of layering up a styled table.
Creating an impact with AV by White Light
Audio visual (AV) and event production can be tricky minefields during creative briefs and venue builds. White Light were the experts for tech and stage sets throughout the day as well as an informative discussion and how to create an impact.
Calligraphy and Event Branding with The Styled Writing Co. and Mophy Design Studio
Founders Henrietta and Sophie collaborated together to showcase the world of event branding and techniques of design. Flicks and twirls were practiced with individual calligraphy sets to allow guests to take away their own creations.
An afternoon Q&A with Industry Experts
The second part to the afternoon brought everyone together to the front of the hall to join the afternoon’s first panel discussion.
The panel included four individuals, all with invaluable experience in the industry. First to introduce was Sarah Kay, co-founder of Pearl & Pear. Secondly, Sophie Browning, founder and creative mastermind of Mophy Design Studio. Next, Max Fellows, head of Client Services and pitching expert from Clive Agency. Lastly, but no means least, Liz Young, Head of Events at Historic Royal Palaces, a collection of London’s most prestigious venues.
Shooting for Instagram – a workshop by Holly Clark and Peter Kerwood
As well as an industry experts panel discussion, guests were joined by two social media gurus. Holly Clark, international wedding and events photographer and Peter Kerwood, social media expert and founder of Marketing Superstore.
Holly and Peter shared exclusive tips and mind-blowing apps to edit photos and track analytics. They shared their best advice to make your Instagram instantaneously more appealing.
A concluding guest speaker
To conclude the afternoon, a special guest took to the stage to share her story. Fashion entrepreneur and charity founder Emma Willis described her journey to success.
WowGrass‘ photo opportunity
Before descending to the Undercroft for the after-party, guests chose their props and posed infront of the real grass wall for a photo – it smelt as good as it looked! It’s now available for hire at private and corporate events.
To celebrate the afternoon’s success the sparkling wine was flowing in the Palace’s undercroft. With more exquisite canapés by Rhubarb.
Overall the day was a huge success with every detail meticulously considered and delivered with utmost professionalism in a fabulous venue with many fabulous suppliers.
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Photo Cred: @HollyClarkphotography
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