Ulster folk & Transport Museum
What we did
An Enchanted Ball is right up our street and there is nothing we love more than to recreate woods and all things natural. The open space and winding walkways of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum make it a magical venue. Therefore, our brief from Mencap was to create something ethereal and charming within the cavernous engine shed and to incorporate its industrial occupants in the design. Due to the large scale of the event, unusually we were allowed to set up during the museum's opening hours. At 7.30pm precisely, 400 guests arrived at the reception entrance to be greeted by a magical, fairylit woodland entrance with huge upside down trees forming an arch.
Moving through they came upon a glass link walkway with draped, woodland canopy ceiling and trailing ivy. Arriving into the main engine shed, they could see that an old steam train had been shunted off the turning circle to make way for dining tables, pretty Chivari chairs, a large stage for the entertainment and a glossy white dance-floor. To create intimacy in the vast space, the dining area had been encircled with two curved sections of white fairylit hedges and edged with a Narnia style frosted forest complete with grazing white deer! Meanwhile, giant pink butterflies fluttered overhead and settled randomly on the tall supporting pillars of the mezzanine floor above.