A 21st Birthday Party with a Difference
We went to visit a former dairy farm-turned-family-home in Wiltshire for a potential marquee 21st birthday party. The visit took an unexpected turn when our team was asked if it were possible to use the barn, which once housed cows, as a party venue instead.
The client was looking for the barn area to be converted into a nightclub venue to celebrate her triplets, Harry, Fred and Ruby’s 21st birthday. When designing the infrastructure, which was to be installed in the barn, our in-house install team, led by a qualified Civil Engineer, used CAD to ensure that the large weight of our ceilings, draping and lighting rigs would be safe in a custom venue such as this one, as well as to show the client exactly what the venue space would look like months before our install arrived on site.
A potential marquee 21st party site visit to a former dairy farm-turned-family-home in Wiltshire took an unexpected turn when our team was asked if it were possible to use the barn which once housed cows for the dairy as the venue for the party.
The client was looking for the barn area to be converted into a night club venue to celebrate her triplet’s, Harry, Fred and Ruby 21st birthday. When designing the infrastructure which was to be installed in the barn, our in house install team, lead by a qualified Civil Engineer, used CAD to ensure that the large weight of our ceilings, draping and lighting rigs would be safe in a custom venue like this one, as well as to show the client exactly what the venue space would look like months before our install team arrived on site.
Starlit ceiling was requested throughout the venue, as well as black draping for the walls. The bare concrete floor was covered with black carpet. Silver swag around the edging of the barn as well as a chequered dance floor completed the modern club look. We have carpet and swag available in over 30 colours, so these can be selected to match with each client’s preferences.
A professional lighting rig consisting of over 20 independent fixtures was temporarily installed non-invasively into the existing structure within the barn.
Our lighting designer was commissioned to design a show on-site that would look at home in a top London night club. For each full production party Insanity produces, our lighting team will discuss with the client the feel and vibe they would like for the party, as well as any theming or particular lighting requests, such as for performers, speeches or a band, in order to tweak the lighting to suit each event. A surprise flash mob performed to Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk, organised by the client, was given it’s own lighting show.
With the unique architecture and design of a dairy farm, it was important to the client that the outdoor space was used to it’s full potential. Uplighters, festoon strings and outdoor parcans were used for architectural lighting throughout the outdoor areas. Outdoor seating was installed, with over 50m strings of festoon lights installed over the heads of the guests, providing a retro-vintage feel which was completed by a real classic, a Fish and Chips van which served a choice of 4 meals to the guests.
As the area where music and speeches should be heard was large, our team took full advantage of our 7600w EV sound system. Our Insanity professional DJ was given the difficult task of playing to a very mixed group of ages, often a concern for our clients who want the vibe of the music to suit all the guests. Old school classics, as well as the occasional chart hit and club classics kept everyone on our much loved black and white chequered dance floor until the early hours of the morning.
As the entire structure was only temporarily and non-invasively installed, after a day of pack down the venue space was returned to the client exactly as it were found by our team on the day of set up, although the clients told our pack down team that they would much rather keep the Insanity barn forever!