Joey Essex appears to flout lockdown rules as he throws huge party at home to celebrate 30th birthday with celebrity pals in attendance
Joey Essex appeared to flout the UK’s lockdown rules on Wednesday evening, when he threw a huge party at his Essex home to celebrate his 30th birthday.
The former TOWIE star took to his Instagram Stories to share images and video footage of himself celebrating his big day with a party around his swimming pool.
Carrying the theme ‘Joey’s Jungle Paradise’, the party included balloon decorations, treats from Chigwell’s Sheesh Restaurant, music − and a snake and tarantula.
Birthday boy: Joey Essex appeared to flout lockdown rules on Wednesday, when he threw a huge 30th birthday party at his Essex home. Pictured with pal Vas J Morgan
And rather than plump for the traditional number display embraced by so many of his reality TV contemporaries, the star decorated the outdoor space with giant figures spelling out ’29 + 1′.
His cousin Chloe Sims and pal Vas J Morgan were filmed dancing up a storm as a rendition of Sly & The Family Stone’s disco classic Family Affair blared in the background. Chloe’s sister Demi was also in attendance.
Angling his camera to catch more of the action, the former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star shared a glimpse of the crowds partying at his bash.
Hugs: Joey hugged his girlfriend Lorena Medina as he was presented with his birthday cake
I’m in the mood for dancing: His cousin Chloe Sims was seen dancing up a storm alongside Vas as they revelled in the celebratory mood at the bash
Snake: Vas was seen getting acquainted with a snake, which served as one of the attractions
Fun: Chloe appeared to be in her element as she partied in an eye-catching asymmetrical top
Hotstepper: Wearing an unbuttoned shirt and wide-brimmed hat, Vas displayed his best moves
Attendees were also seen mingling in the kitchen, where they danced up a storm together amid the festivities.
And while the celebratory gathering would be all but expected in other times, current government guidelines state that indoor socialising should be avoided, if it’s to be between more than two households at a time.
Further, when guidelines also discourage groups of more than six people meeting outdoors, unless they’re from a total of two households or are in support bubbles.
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Joey Essex for comment.
Bash: Demi Sims was also in attendance at the bash, which was themed ‘Joey’s Jungle Paradise’
Plus one: The reality TV star decorated the outdoor space with giant figures spelling out ’29 + 1′
Dancing: Demi shared footage of herself dancing up a storm in her cousin’s expansive kitchen
Big treats: Included were elaborate decorations and treats from Chigwell’s Sheesh Restaurant
Joey looked typically stylish for the event, donning a patterned shirt over a white vest, which he teamed with a pair light grey jeans.
His outdoor bar was well stocked with an abundance of speciality cocktails, well ahead of the star’s pals arriving to celebrate with him.
In keeping with the party’s jungle theme, reptiles and tarantulas were also included as a part of the attractions, with Demi sharing footage of herself getting up close and personal with a spider as she struggled to maintain her composure.
Both Chloe and Demi took to their Instagram accounts to share footage from the early stages of the bash, right up until the birthday boy was presented with his cake.
It’s getting hairy: In keeping with the jungle theme, a tarantula was included in the festivities
Reptile: Former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Joey took the jungle theme seriously
Savoury and sweet treats: Food and drink were available in abundance for revellers at the party
Pose: Demi and the birthday boy were seen posing together for snaps as the party continued