Director of Sales Holly turned 40 on 18th February, celebrating with a big birthday event the night before.

Planned by her partner Samantha, the party, which was a total surprise for Holly, was held at The Alan in Manchester.

“I loved the venue she chose! I’m a socialite who has lived in Manchester for over 20 years so I know most of the venues around town,” Holly laughs, “Sam picked The Alan as it’s somewhere a little less known by myself and the guests. The space feels really premium and modern but with a classic Manchester feel. Most importantly, the bar space is a decent size too!”

55 of Holly’s nearest and dearest gathered to celebrate in the city, sipping on a menu of bespoke cocktails which Sam had thoughtfully renamed to incorporate Holly’s name.

“There were arrival drinks too for our boozy pals,” she smiles, “our friend Mark Harris, who DJs around Manchester, came through to provide the music too. It was brilliant.”

The contemporary space was decorated with delicate flower arrangements, bespoke menus and signs, plus branded projections all around the room, all designed by Sam – which makes sense since she works in creative production!

“Opening the curtains at The Alan entrance to a crowd of all my loved ones was pretty special. Sam did an amazing job with all the details! Seeing all my friends in this beautiful venue was something I’ll never forget. They say life begins at 40, and it’s going to be my best year yet…we have our wedding later this year, so bring it on!” – Holly