The hip, The hop and the happening....what have we been up to??

What have we been up to in the ever-busy world of events?!

We are very blessed to have been able to keep ourselves nice and busy during the past while, collaborating with some of Durban’s best event companies in some epic displays, working some floral magic for weddings, and providing some high-end corporates with start to finish event solutions, to name a few.

But being blessed is not all about luck, sitting and waiting for the next email alert in your inbox or the next client to call you up. We are a firm believer of constantly bringing in fresh ideas and providing out the box concepts and décor elements that we can market and sell. Staying in touch with our clients, knowing their needs, or just being able to provide something different to new or once off clients, is key to moving forward and ensuring our core business is constantly kept busy and challenged. That and constantly researching up and coming trends, new ideas and concepts and trying to push the envelope in the décor industry in South Africa.

We have been manufacturing new items, re-purposing old ones, and bringing in new tech ideas which could have a massive effect on the products offerings to our clients….

So, what exactly have we been up to??!!

Well here are a few standouts of late…..

Whilst this is no new idea at all, we have now manufacture ourselves a stunning 2.5m diameter self-standing arch, ideal for weddings or entrance ways, which we were able to fully dress and flower on its’ first hire. A wedding up Durban’s North Coast saw the arch being utilised for a wedding ceremony, a job that saw Functions for Africa collaborate with Alison’s Flowers, producing a magical scene for the bride and groom. Approximately 800 stems of flowers adorned the arch, along with greenery, providing a beautiful backdrop for the couple’s ceremony.

Another great collaboration of late, was one with The Creativity Lab, who provided an amazing suspended umbrella concept. The display has been used as a marketing tool for Umhlanga’s Granada Square and was installed on Spring Day, in conjunction with their Health and Wellness Expo. An array of coloured umbrellas was suspended over a portion of the centre’s courtyard, and looks fantastic.

This last week saw the SADC Conference being held at the Fairmont Zimbali Hotel and resort. We were fortunate enough to be involved with two of the evenings events, the first on the Monday evening, which was a simple décor setup, utilising cocktail furniture, a lounge area, some staging and lighting. A very simple setup but with loads of effect, provided the guests with a classy but casual ambience for the evenings dinner and entertainment.

Huawei was the host and sponsor for the Thursday’s gala dinner at the ever popular Ayoba Grill, situated inside Zimbali. The poolside restaurant and bar is a picturesque venue nestled inside the tropical landscape of the Zimbali resort. The gala dinner was a seated affair, with round tables elegantly dressed and placed under a stretch tent, all poolside of course. Between the overhead bulb lighting in the tent to the colourwash of the balance of the venue…..night time fell and saw the venue transformed into a gleamy array of colours and ambience. Our dedicated technical team setup stage across the pool, allowing our DJ and band to perform to the guests over a glistening clear pool, providing a magical experience. Functions for Africa also brought in a crew of traditional African dancers which as usual wowed the guests adding another focal element to the evening. Being a part of these events is always so rewarding, and getting to enjoy in the success of such this evening with both local and international guests, was no exception.

We have of course been involved in some other events, some smaller but just as exciting, some on a smaller scale or involvement.

So please be sure to check out and follow us on our social media platforms, Facebook and Instagram and never hesitate to contact us should you need advice, concepts, décor and hiring. No matter how big or small, this is what we do!