On Saturday 26th April, we had our first ‘Rio’ themed event of the year here at Madame Tussauds London. Here are just a couple of tips to start you off when planning a Brazilian themed event this summer! There will be more to follow in the coming weeks.

Serve a Caipirnha

Guests arrived fresh off our Spirit of London ride to a welcome ‘Caipirnha cocktail’. Did you know Caipirinha (pronounced kie-purr-REEN-yah) roughly translates to “country bumpkin” and it is the national drink of Brazil, where it originated, and is a common Carnavale drink!

Inject some colour

Theme traders provided bright neon oil drums as poseur tables which held vases of authentic and brightly coloured Brazilian sweets. The World Stage ballroom of Madame Tussauds glittered in colours of blue and yellow.

Invite Carmen Miranda

Known as a ‘living table’, Carmen pops up to surprise guests and creates the perfect setting to serve some Brazilian treats.

Taste the Flavour

King Prawn Bobo and Esponado De Galinha (brazilian chicken stew) were just two of the tasty treats on the menu provided by London caterer ‘Food by Dish’. Desserts including a tropical version of the eton mess, fresh and zingy!

Make sure to Samba

Catching guests off guard, authentic Samba drummers started a funky beat as dancers glided out of each door in the World Stage Ballroom whipping past guests with their exotic feathers and jewelled outfits. Provided by Sternberg Clarke, the fantastic Brazilian Batteria entertained guests with a samba performance ialising in styles including Samba, Brazilian Axé, Capoeira, Afro Brazilian Dance, and Baile Funk, the group perform dynamic choreography whilst wearing the latest authentic costumes direct from Rio de Janeiro.

Want to watch the football?

We will be screening live matches of the World Cup for events booked at Madame Tussauds during the World Cup. Surrounded by football legends including Pele and David Beckham,  what better place to party this Summer?

This blog was written on 28th April 2014 by Emma Greenfield.


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