This week the team visited the inspiring show room of theme traders to find out what really goes on behind the scenes of Europe’s largest theming supplier. We interviewed project manager Jo Byers to find out what themes are on trend this year and what themes might work well for unique venues such as Madame Tussauds London

What’s the wackiest request you have had?

In our line of work we are immersed daily in the weird and wonderful and no brief is too bizarre or unique for us to fulfil. Some of our more interesting enquiries and experiences include:

  • Custom making a 90ft Black Panther statue
  • Creating a party in a junk yard
  • One of the girls in the office having to step in at the last minute to be a jester performer

What trends do you see in themes throughout 2013?

English summer garden parties with beautiful dressed trellis, tall white fountains, elegant garden furniture and seasonal flower displays.

Beach themed parties are great fun for guests to feel like they are in a tropical paradise surrounded by palm trees, parrots, parasols and beach shacks.

Vintage fairground and circus theme décor is also one to consider. Vibrant red and yellow draping, carousel horses and retro bumper cars make for a stylish and interesting theme. It also lends itself well to fantastic entertainment including circus skills performers, contortionists, stilt walkers and popcorn and candy floss food stalls.

What themes do you think work well at Madame Tussauds?

Great Gatsby is a brilliant theme; elegant, sophisticated and very versatile. With the venue and famous wax figures in mind, the glamorous Hollywood party scene would come to life with a Gatsby-inspired décor scheme.

A luxurious chill out seating area could be created with black velvet chaise longues and chesterfields surrounding crystal and gold tables, lamps and accessories.

To take advantage of the height of the rooms, opulent gold light up palm trees, art décor screens and vintage 1920s statues would maximise the thematic impact when guests enter. 

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This blog was written on Thursday 30th May 2013


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