The Australian National Maritime Museum brings out the big guns
The main challenge was that some of the participants were actually based in Sydney and had already been to functions at many of Sydney’s stunning venues. With this in mind, the team at PJSE set off to find a location that would be a big surprise to participants.
The Australian National Maritime Museum met the criterion of a site with that distinct point of difference. Top of mind was PJSE’s desire to create a sense of mystery and excitement by transferring guests on a boat to somewhere they were unlikely to have been before and without letting them know where they were going as they enjoyed cocktails and canapes en route.
The unusual venue choices available for hire at the Museum include the vessels HMB Endeavour and big gun destroyer HMAS Vampire. PJSE found just what they wanted in HMAS Vampire – an out of the ordinary venue where the theming fell into place.
Given the choice of the most “out-there” venue option of the helipad and deck of a destroyer with a gun turret bathed in vivid lights, PJSE decided on a bold entertainment option to match. Cher (aka female impersonator and performer Trevor Ashley) was engaged to add another wow factor to the evening.
Planning began six months in advance with a second venue at the Museum being held in case of bad weather. Menu selection was provided by exclusive caterers Laissez-Faire Catering.
In keeping with the maritime theme, sailors greeted them as they alighted the ferry and boarded HMAS Vampire. Following on from the welcome speech, the participants were asked to move to the helipad for their entrée and main course.
Darling Harbour fireworks accompanied the Cher and the Priscilla performance, while guests enjoyed dessert canapés.
“The Australian National Maritime Museum did a great job in helping us to get the idea to become a reality. We all put a lot of effort in, and it well and truly paid off,” said Peter Jones.