Traditional Chinese music played in the background as guests were shown to the Benjamin Franklin room for the New Year party celebrations. The entrance of the room was flanked by plinths decorated with fans and the Chinese character for horse was projected on the floor leading to the room. Inside the Benjamin Franklin room Chinese lanterns suspended from the ceiling, the space was up-lit in hues of red and amber (to represent gold), lucky colours in Chinese culture and an oriental pattern was projected onto the floor creating a warm and inviting party space.
A cheeky lion dance was performed accompanied by live drum, symbols and gong. Guests also had the opportunity hear their fortunes told and a calligrapher translated guest’s names into Chinese, writing them on a book mark they could take as a keepsake from the evening.
The RSA House event team showed guests around the Great Room, which was set for a theatre presentation and four tables were styled in the four seasons, allowing guests to see how the space could be used to host a variety of events.
Suppliers of ‘Year of the Horse’ included styling by Event Concept, catering by Harbour & Jones Events, entertainment from Sternberg Clarke and floral design by Mary Jane Vaughan.