SJI Food and Service were invited to provide the catering for a 21st birthday party in the delightful location of West Wittering, just outside Chichester.
The event, held in June 2008, had a nautical theme, which was hugely appropriate given its seaside setting, and the close proximity of some of the best sailing in not only the country, but the whole world. West Wittering is undoubtedly a destination of choice for the cognoscenti of all things littoral, with its EC Blue Flag award for water cleanliness, and stunning sand dunes that continue to wow visitors year after year.
The evening began with Champagne and canapes served on the shore, with the fully-equipped beach bar we had set up acting as a focal point at this stage in proceedings. It was immediately evident that the attendees had embraced the theme of the party, and had dressed themselves up to the nines in black tie liberally accessorised with everything from sailors’ caps, lifejackets to eye patches and piratical tricorns adorned with the Jolly Roger!
When the sun had passed over the yardarm, the 150 guests decamped to the fabulous marquee, provided by our friends at West Sussex Party Marquees, which was decked out with brightly-coloured flags and a blue wave pattern, and featured some truly stunning detailing, including table centres that contained live goldfish.
We served up succulent joints of pork from our barbecue menu, as well as a full buffet, which helped assuage any appetites brought on by the bracing sea air!
After Dark Productions ensured that the party kept going into the night, with an amazing combination of music and advanced lighting – things only started to wind down after eight bells (4 a.m.), with many of our staff members staying until the very end to attend to the guests’ needs.
We also provided security for the event, and left our barbecue equipment set up, so that breakfast could be served the following morning.
All in all, it was a fantastic night for all concerned, and we wish the birthday girl all the very best for the coming year!
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