Luxurious destination birthday celebration in Franschoek
An extraordinarily gorgeous and delightful Swedish couple who met and fell in love in Cape Town at their friends New Years eve party had the creative idea to jointly celebrate turning 100 together!
Using this intriguing reason to lure their Swedish friends to celebrate their birthday with them in Cape Town, Louise & Risto wanted to showcase the Mother City to many of their friends who had never travelled to South Africa.
The well-heeled, globe-trotting Swedish contingent arriving separately throughout Friday and were chauffeur-driven and hosted at the luxurious and world-famous five-star Cape Grace Hotel located in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Guests were appointed to lavish top-floor suites, all boasting grand views of Table Mountain and the ocean.
On Friday evening, guests were collected from an exclusive use meeting room and transferred to a stately residence in Vredehoek – one of Cape Town’s truly elite CBD suburbs on the foothills of Table Mountain and Lions Head for an elegantly styled al-fresco dining experience. The venue where the dinner was hosted was at the private residence of the friend who had thrown the New Year’s Eve party where the couple first met and incidentally fell in-love – a wonderful tribute to their friend whom they credit for bringing them together.
The welcome champagne reception and canapés hosted around the sparkling crystal pool with sweeping views of the Atlantic ocean was complemented by the soulful jazz tunes of Buddy Wells.
The classic and stylish outdoor setting styled in soft neutrals and pastels with suspended glass baubles over the table filled with candles and flowers created a beautiful ambience for the arrival dinner.
Weaving their culinary magic, The Field Kitchen designed a sumptuous seafood extravaganza of freshly caught crayfish, prawns and line fish complemented by a delicious fillet prepared on the open fire. Swedish guests were introduced to a traditional South African braai (a barbeque) and side dishes of wholesome salads created with spices and flavours unique to Cape Town.
On Saturday, the guests had the option of enjoying the summer sun’s warm rays at the Cape Grace pool and a private whiskey tasting at the Basquille Bar or attending a privately curated tour of the Zeitz Mocaa modern art museum.
After a day of rest and relaxation, the Swedish guests and the couples Cape Town friends were transferred to a surprise African themed evening at The Conservatory in Franschhoek.
Welcomed by the vibrant and lively Vitimarimbas, guests were served cocktails by creatively painted hosts in full body paint, adding an entertaining touch to the celebration. Guests were also treated to African face-painting during the early afternoon arrival canapés.
The earthy African tones of the uniquely styled chic African outdoor cocktail and lounge reception area formed the perfect backdrop for a truly magnificent birthday celebration under the African sun.
The fixed glass marquee of The Conservatory, a genuinely blank canvas, was vibrantly transformed into an elegant and modern African influenced setting for a luxurious dinner.
Using a brightly coloured palette that truly represents Africa’s beauty and vibrancy and her majestic sunsets, the rich tones were offset by dark grey table cloths and napery with warm gold place settings – creating a modern African aesthetic.
The floral arrangements boasted shocks of vibrant blue, burnt orange and bright yellow and dark gold vases held flowers of deep red and other bright summer colours, which contrasted beautifully against the suspended African wicker baskets and neutral grey linen.
The custom-designed five-course dinner expertly prepared by Slippery Spoon Kitchen was a masterful concoction of seafood, game meat, and traditional South African desserts plated exquisitely on earthen-ware designer crockery. The meal was paired with wines from a selection of Cape Town’s top producing wine estates.
A moving performance by the internationally renowned South African National Youth Choir was an unexpected treat for all, especially when they sang “Happy Birthday” in Swedish!
After dinner, the guests took to the dance floor. They danced to the dynamic combo of DJ Shaun Wests European-styled music, stunningly complemented by George Sax’s soulful and sensual saxophone under a starlit African sky.
On leaving to return to their respective destinations, guests were given a midnight snack box to feast on after an energetic night of dancing which included a fun hangover kit for the following day.
Whilst the couples South African friends were chauffeured back to their own homes in Cape Town, another delightful surprise awaited their Swedish friends.
The very cheerful Swedish friends and family were transported to Pringle Bay to experience the beauty of this absolutely stunning and fairly remote sea-side town where Risto and Louise have their holiday home. They were accommodated at various luxurious privately owned houses hand-picked by their hosts for their exquisite location and stunning decor.
Specially crafted gift boxes awaited each guest on arrival filled with delicious South African inspired treats and snacks indigenous to the local area.
Treated to a delicious breakfast and coffee in their individual houses, guests had a morning of leisure to explore the white sand beaches and dip in the rooibos tea colour Pringle Bay lagoon.
Sunday’s lunch, held at the Hosts’ house with ocean-swept views of the aqua blue ocean, was yet another seafood feast served with wholesome Ottolenghi style salads and vegetable shots on arrival.
Post lunch, guests leisurely departed for their international flights back to a cold and wintery Sweden with warm and happy hearts, having experienced a delightful weekend with their kind and caring and very thoughtful hosts.
Furniture & Hiring: Scape Events
Catering Day 1 + 3: The Field Kitchen
Catering Day 2: Slippery Spoon Kitchen
Flowers: Epanouir Flower Studio
Live Jazz night one: Buddy Wells
DJ & Sax: The Wedding DJ’s
Venue: The Conservatory