Southampton Solent pulled out all the stops (there were camels!) on the 7th September to deliver a themed, Arabian Nights event at The Spark, celebrating their fantastic first year as an events venue.
The entrance was decorated in a traditional Moroccan style, with majlis, embroidered rugs and staff dressed in exotic and colourful outfits. Many clients and customers, including couples who were married at SSU in the last year, were welcomed back to the venue to celebrate and share their personal experiences. Canapes and drinks were served upon arrival and guests were greeted with goodie bags and raffle tickets once seated
An array of entertainment was available; including a henna stand, a fancy dress booth, a cocktail bar, a Disco DJ and an Arabian dancer. But, making a real star appearance was a friendly faux camel.
Street food was served by a Gordon Ramsey lookalike from decorated stands, offering a selection of curries, salads and khoubz. A variety of rich cakes, flaky pastries and sticky sweets came after. Upon request, the head chef even sourced some traditional Kunafa (a Middle Eastern dessert made with cheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup) for guests to try.
After dinner, guests were whisked away to a different climate altogether – the Tea Bar at the top of The Spark. Fortunes were told, ornate Moroccan outfits were tried and queues of nostalgic, sweet-toothed individuals formed by the candy-coloured pick ‘n’ mix.
For us, the event highlighted yet another great use for this very modern and versatile space. With Southampton Solent Conference Centre the options are endless, with an on-site team that are efficient, approachable and eager to try new things.
To learn more about this venue visit our website https://www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com/venues/southampton-solent-university-conference-centre or call the central enquiry hub on 0845 6055 699, or email Venues&Events.Prestige.UK@Sodexo.com