Party Planning for the Solstice

Combine a milestone birthday, wedding party or landmark event with the solstice and celebrate on a date that’s held major significance for thousands of years.

On the night of the last winter solstice, we planned a party for a client’s 21st birthday. The shortest day of the year gave them the longest night to party. Two solstices occur annually, on about 21 June and 21 December. Both the winter and summer solstices are popular dates for hosting a party.

Table centres - candelabras, winter foliage, tealights and woodland berries.

Solstice theme floristry comprising iron candelabras, winter foliage, tealights and woodland berries.

We designed a temporary event structure in the grounds of our client’s home for the solstice party and we styled the interior with luxurious draping, lights and vintage style furniture for a sit-down meal followed by dancing to a world-class DJ.

Luxury Temporary Event Structure

The temporary structures we design are not your average marquee in a garden. The well-constructed spaces have an extended height and impressive elegance. These ‘pop-up’ venues are beautiful, warm and inviting on the cold solstice night.

The 12 by 24 metre framed structure sat on three metre legs with carpet over a hardwood floor. From a pagoda entrance, double glass doors opened onto a covered walkway. A partitioned wall hid a cloak room. Guests them emerged into the main space which held the dinning tables, bar and dance floor. The scale of the structure was impressive and surpassed our client’s expectations.

The venue interior design encompassed vintage style trestle tables and chairs, draped walls, star cloth ceiling, dance floor, DJ booth, sofas, cube seating, birch trees and a behind the scenes catering area. Professional cocktail bar tenders showed their flair and showmanship behind a three metre LED backlit fully equipped horseshoe shaped bar.

Marquee dance floor with star cloth ceiling, mirror ball, draping and lights

With a nod to nature and the original winter solstice evergreens, the event structure was designed around a tree in the centre of our client’s garden. Decorated with fairy lights the tree featured as a backdrop behind the DJ booth.

Designed with dramatic opulence the interior styling delivered a real sense of excitement and glamour. Coupled with the best professional sound and lighting the feel was more London private members club than garden marquee.

Party Entertainment

For the solstice, as with all great parties, you’ll want to keep your guests entertained throughout the evening. To begin, consider acoustic sets, meet and greet acts, and creative performers who’ll help break down any social barriers. Post dinner, turn the energy right up with high profile party bands and DJ sets alongside roaming percussionists. Professional dancers and period acts matching the party style add excitement to the extravaganza.

Our Top Tips for Summer Solstice Parties

With the shortest day of the year now behind us and party planning for 2018 well under way here’s our tips for partying on the summer solstice.

  • Consider bespoke canvas pyramid tipis and beautiful stretch tents for versatility when designing a temporary event structure.
  • Fireworks – set to music – deliver a spectacular party climax.
  • For a luxurious and seamless feel, plan an on-site schedule. The dynamics of a party change throughout the course of the evening. Work with a professional party planner who understands how to deliver the very best fully immersive guest experience.
  • Include a green room for your entertainers and outmess in a back-of-house area to supply personnel (DJ, band, photographer, security, technical and on-site crew) with a meal to sustain them throughout the event.
  • Consider a back-up generator for continuous power supply. Plan and manage all of your power requirements for sound, lighting and catering equipment.

Your Mirage Party Planner

Mirage party planners curate world-class entertainment, catering, sound and lighting production as well as event design and management for private parties and corporate functions. We manage all event personnel included technical and rigging crew, entertainers, catering and bar staff. We arrange everything from pyrotechnics and world-class entertainers to fabulous food and creative venue styling.

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Creating the highest quality, creative and professionally produced parties is our passion. Make your party spectacular and unforgettable. Do get in touch. Call 01883 740400 or email


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