When twin sisters Alin and Melina Ahmed turned six-years-old last month, their parents Gamze Ahmed, a director at Denim World and the founder of Duchess Atelier & Events in Dubai, and Ali Ahmed, the CEO of Casual Sportswear and CEO of Artistic Developers, threw the pair a party that would make Cinderella proud.
“The kids wanted a fairy tale theme and a princess ball with their friends,” Gamze tells Bazaar of the concept, which started from the identical short pink dresses she had tailored especially for the girls to wear for their party. “All year they had been dreaming of looking like princesses,” she smiles. After scouring Dubai for a suitable venue, scoping out 25 hotels along the way, Gamze settled on Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, which could accommodate Alin and Melina's 60 young guests, plus an additional 50 adults catered for with a separate buffet and entertainment.
To execute the party, Gamze pulled together multiple suppliers under the umbrella of Duchess Atelier & Events, her fledgling events firm which creates bespoke, luxury occasions. Three different balloon firms were used to create the floor-to-ceiling display and an inflatable arch at the entrance, while a three-dimensional castle was also erected in the venue. Arts and crafts tables, face painting, a dance floor with flashing lights and the ever-popular Magic Phil kept the little ones entertained, while a henna artist was on hand for the adults.
For the cutting of the cake, which took place in front of a dramatic backdrop of mixed fresh-and-artificial flowers, the sisters changed into floor-length white dresses in contrasting designs. The twins opted for one vanilla custard and one chocolate cake, which were made to a special gluten-free recipe by Sugaholic.
Gamze, who is Turkish, and Ali, from Pakistan, have lived in the UAE for six years. Gamze reveals that Duchess Atelier & Events specialises in detail-oriented event design, describing the firm's signature style as, “quite French and intricate.”