Enchant the Garden

Marrionette

When a client asked us to bring “Midsummer Night’s Dream” to life in their backyard, we started shopping  for butterflies and dragonflies – 875 of them to be exact.  Remember the power of multiplicity, especially in vast spaces.  Many an online source exist for finding such props.

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They fluttered on waitstaff shirts, on our hostess’ dress, and even came to life in the form of a 12′ tall stilt-toting Dragonfly who greeted guests at the red carpet.

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Decorative Fairy_ a mid summer nights dream_ britweek_McvitiesFans of “animation” at events, we brought famed characters BOTTOM the donkey and Titania, the fairy princess, to life in the form of living mannequins –  custom-styled from head to toe.  In addition, guests were surprised by a living, talking “floral wall” that cruised the party a la stilts.

Mid summer nights dream_stilt walker_live flowersRegardless of budget, and degree of execution, the point is to bring things to life and have them roam your next event for bigtime wow – be it a child’s party, corporate launch, or backyard BBQ.  When we don’t have the luxury of accessing our style team, we shop online for costume websites and buy key wardrobe accessories to build from.

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Check out: Adele’s of Hollywood, or had over to Star Makers for some great affordable costume options.

To complete the ambiance, we anchored an all-wooden bar and forest-creature puppets to the mix.  We contacted our local puppeteer shop and they were thrilled to oblige.

Marionette_ a mid summer nights dream_frog_puppetConsider asking the local Theatre company in town, or the children’s theatre group to participate in this fun way.

So first you take a garden, sprinkle it with butterflies and sprung-to-life roaming characters, add a dash of wooden wonders, and you’ve got yourself an enchanted Forest.

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