Who says you can't have fun in 2020?
With lockdown reduced to Level 1 here in South Africa, gatherings are permitted for up to 250 guests (or venues at 50% capacity). Of course, all precautionary procedures still apply, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun! We South Africans love to socialise - especially after a long winter and lockdown.
Shantaliza hosted a party for her 30th birthday. Nothing big or irresponsible in these vulnerable times, just a classy lunch with a small, intimate gathering of close family and friends documented by photographer Gareth Needham.
The stunning Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Morningside, Johannesburg was the perfect venue. Sizeable dining rooms are available for hire and 20 guests were comfortably seated around one long table. The room was transformed into a private, safe and elegant space ready for a celebration with a styled bar in one corner, a floral display and cake for arrival photos in another corner and a small band in the third.
And what a perfect day for a celebration! With doors that opened up onto the veranda and lush views of one of Jo'burg's greenest gardens, it was an exquisite setting and a wonderful way to spend a warm Saturday afternoon in spring.
The musicians were the perfect addition to setting the tone. All Stars duo with violinist Naomi Tagg and pianist Matthias Bakker wove their way through contemporary jazzy lounge (think Ibiza on a Sunday afternoon), pop covers that appealed to everyone in the room (age 5 - 80) and even our favourite South African hits to remind us of our blossoming music industry.
It helped break the ice, made everyone feel comfortable and even got some up on their feet before lunch was served.
"Thank you again for an amazing performance. WOW! I feel so lucky to have experienced your beautiful music." - Shantaliza
Bookings for All stars duo can be made here or email firstname.lastname@example.org