"More Stars Than There Are In Heaven" - Glamour of the Gods at the National Portrait Gallery

October 13, 2011



In celebration of the National Portrait Gallery's fantastic new Hollywood portrait exhibition Glamour of the Gods, Sternberg Clarke teamed up with create Food and Party Design, Fisher Productions and florists Lavender Green to put on a canapé reception befitting the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age.

Wandering Hands Tom doesn't seem happy with a Guest's song suggestion

Entertaining guests with some impromptu cover versions were our fabulous strolling acoustic covers band Wandering Hands who weaved between guests performing a set of songs that had their audience dancing and singing along with gleeful abandon. The band proved to be a great talking point over the course of the evening, always drawing a crowd and thrilling guests with their energetic interpretations of popular songs from the Beatles to Cee-Lo-Green. The venue was perfect for the band, allowing them to duck in and out of the various rooms of the gallery making their performances that little bit more intimate.

Caricaturist Jane sketches a few guests at the National Portrait Gallery

Elsewhere our caricaturist Jane was also wandering between guests and using her hands. Jane proved to be a great match for the venue, with her charmingly cartoonish caricatures earning her plenty of compliments from the guests in attendance. We always find artistic acts work well at events where the venue is a gallery, but the National Portrait Gallery is especially fitting for obvious reasons.

Fisher Productions carefully selected venue lighting worked perfectly with the National Portrait Gallery

The team from Fisher Productions made sure that the National Portrait Gallery was ready for its close-up with a mix of hot pink and lavender uplighters adding to the glamorous atmosphere and really making the most of the sleek modern space.

Lavender Green's innovative new 'Floral Bouncers' made sure that no one got in who wasn't on the list.

Event florists Lavender Green took inspiration from the iconic monochrome portraits of stars such as Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando and used it to create a striking black and white motif in their arrangements. Large silver edged storm lanterns flanked the entrance staircase at the venue with large freestanding arrangements of white Phalaenopsis orchids and Kentia palms situated in polished back glass vases on opaque Perspex plinths. The Lavender Green team also decorated Fisher Productions' mirrored topped poseur tables with a hanging display of white Phalaenopsis orchid heads suspended on invisible nylon.

One of the canapes on offer from Event Caterers Create

Showcasing recipes from their new season's menu, create tempted guests with a selection of canapés including lamb on mini rosemary rostis with yogurt tahini; Asian beef carpaccio with spiced pickled vegetables; smoked salmon and pea puree on a black olive croute and seared tuna star anise with crispy seaweed. create followed this up with a stylish array of bowl food including breast of guinea fowl, potato and apple dauphinoise; red cabbage with chestnuts, pancetta and game jus; jasmine smoked scallops with cumin roasted chanterey carrots and carrot purée; chestnut and spinach risotto taleggio with pear crisp and finally the ever popular pumpkin ravioli, lemon fried marrow, crispy sage and sage cream.

create's Mini Macaroons were so popular that this is the first time the Sternberg Clarke team have actually seen them - too slow.

To finish, create provided their deliciously indulgent pick and mix dessert station, featuring glass towers of mini macaroons; giant martini glasses of white, milk and dark chocolate truffles, black lacquer urns of homemade marshmallow lolly-pops, bitter chocolate fudge and coconut ice.

Guests checking out NPG's Glamour of the Gods Hollywood Portraits

To top it all off, guests got a chance to get a sneak peak at the Glamour of the Gods exhibition which features photographs from the John Kobal Foundation  getting a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Hollywood’s most iconic stars.

Take a look at some more pictures from the event below. 

 Wandering Hands delight guests with an intimate performance in the National Portrait Gallery

Funnily enough, the bar staff on duty were renowned for their uniquely British drinks dispensing style - Their National Pour-Traits

Wandering Hands display some of their Sax Appeal

 create Food Design show off their presentation skills with these irresistable canapés

Lavender Green's Flower Arrangements at the National Portrait Gallery

Guests take over vocal duties from the Wandering Hands GuysWandering Hands

The view from the entrance of the National Portrait Gallery

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