We love to plan extraordinary parties. If you’re planning a special celebration, out of the ordinary is exactly what it should be! After all, the most imaginative, innovative events create the most wonderful, unforgettable memories.
When Lidia Shinwell contacted us about her beloved Father Marino’s 80th Birthday celebrations and suggested we might create Spaghetti Trees especially for the occasion, that’s exactly what we did.
Whoever said Spaghetti didn’t grow on trees?
According to Lidia, a report produced as an April Fools’ Day joke in 1957, showing a family gathering a bumper spaghetti harvest along with a discussion about the ‘breeding’ necessary to develop a strain to produce the perfect length gave cause for much amusement in the Bevilacqua household.
The BBC report was made more believable through its voiceover by respected broadcaster Richard Dimbleby. An estimated eight million people watched the programme on 1 April and hundreds phoned in the following day to question the authenticity of the story or ask for more information about spaghetti cultivation and how they could grow their own spaghetti trees. The BBC reportedly told them to “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best”.
As you can see from these images captured by John Steel Photography, on Sunday 19 August 2012, surrounded by his adoring family and friends, Marino Bevilacqua celebrated his birthday in style. I’d especially like to thank Katherine Maye, Rebecca Newman, 4th Coming Events Entertainments and the wonderful team at The Briar Court Hotel for making this event such a success.
The family created a beautiful montage of Photographs, which Marino enjoyed watching throughout the celebrations.
Guests enjoyed a five course meal served by the wonderful team at the Family’s own hotel and were entertained between courses with speeches delivered by Marino’s children, Lidia, Sandro, Loretta and Maria.
Another highlight of the afternoon was an appearance by Yorkshire’s own Soprano Rebecca Newman who performed a variety of Neapolitan Opera. Thank you Lidia for inviting us to play a part in such a special occasion. It was a pleasure to work alongside you.
All images © John Steel Photography.