Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Meet Elton's Favourite Party Planner

He's created everything from ice castles to oriental palaces and numbers Simon Cowell and Elton John among his clients - and now well-heeled parents are asking celebrity event planner Steven Duggan to create equally lavish parties for children too young to have a clue what's going on.

Last month, Duggan created an Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan-themed event for a pair of twins celebrating their first birthday - and charged the parents £70,000 for the privilege. The party took place in a marquee erected in the family's garden in London.

While it might sound extravagant, Duggan says it's by no means an unusual event ('we do about one a month') and revealed that non-celebrities tend to splash out far more on private parties than their A-list counterparts.

'[The 70k party] was about a month ago and for a private client,' he explained in an exclusive interview with MailOnline.

'We were asked for a mix of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, so it was all themed around them. It was very colourful, with lots of props and lots of lighting effects.

'You'd be surprised by some of the things we have,' he added. 'It's more to make that child feel totally special even though they don't know whats happening. The bigger they can have it, the better.
'If it had been a for a 21st or something, it wouldn't have been such a talking point.'

Along with props and special lighting, the £70,000 bill also covered the cost of a full buffet, complete with beautifully decorated treats, and a vast Alice in Wonderland tiered cake.

Duggan, who began his career as an interior architect and has studied interior design, is no stranger to lavish requests.

With clients that include Katie Piper and Harrods, as well as Elton John and Simon Cowell, Duggan has worked for some of the biggest names on the A-list but says it's the creative challenge rather than the opportunity to rub shoulders with celebrities that drives him.

'It's definitely the idea of being more creative that appeals to me,' he says. 'It's very much about getting to what clients really want and bringing that fantasy to life.'

Are there any limits to what he'll create? 'Not really, he says. 'We're becoming more worldwide now and we've done events for the Monaco Grand Prix for the last two years but as long as events are creative and the client has a bit of an imagination, there is no minimum and no maximum.'

- Daily Mail

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