It was magical, it was fantastic, the music was great the decorations spectacular, the food delicious and the atmosphere very Christmasy.
When I walked into the Great Room in the Grosvenor House Hotel, everybody was there, dressed beautifully. Long evening dresses in all colours for the ladies, the hair up in complicated signons, jewlery that sparkled, high heels and fancy bags. All the men where very handsome in their tuxedos.
I had my hair down, a change from the past years, where I always had it up. I just had highlights done on Saturday and I wanted to show them off!!! oh... and that's me.
The tables were richly decorated in linen tableclothes and elegant candlesticks, the whole room was illuminated by huge chandeliers and behind the stage there was a black curtain covered in tiny blue lights, giving the illusion of the night sky.
Beautiful, I was so happy.
I was also happy to see that there were instruments on the stage which meant that a band was going to play, and I was wishing it would be the same band as last year.
Me and my colleagues sat down and the food was served. A delicious mushroom and asparagus tart, an "amuse bouche" strawberry sorbet, and as a main course chicken in red wine sauce with potato and ryner beans. The desert was a luscious lemon pie with bluberries, covered in raspberry sauce. I am writing and droolling here...!
And...when the coffee and chocolates were served, the band started playing. YES! The wonderful band from last year was singing "Disco Inferno" and everybody was on their feet.
Before I knew it someone grabbed my hand and took me to the dancefloor. The band was playing "Somebody Else's Guy" and I was flying! It's been some time since I've been out to dance and I've missed it. I was going to dance all night.
The wonderful band: powerful sound and fab songs from ten musicians who know what party means
And then the slapstick comedy started.
Firstly, while I was dancing a lady wearing stilleto heels stepped on me with all her strength.
I swear to God I have a round, 1cm diameter mark on my foot. I screamed and lost my balance. My dancing partner was ready to punch the lady but she apologised right away, and I could see she meant it. She steered clear the rest of the night...
The dancefloor, as you can see in the picture above, was packed.
It was getting hot and stuffy so I went to the bar upstairs to ask for a chilled glass of water.
Then off to the ladies', to check on the lipstick, where a bunch of ladies with their beautiful dresses and their hair up in complicated signons were barfing all over the place! How charming... And it was only 11:30.
I really don't understand why they miss all the fun by getting so drunk. I had a glass of champagne before dinner and a glass of wine during. And no cigarettes of course!!! How boring am I???!!!
It was so mad downstairs so I decided to stay a bit upstairs. I found a couple of friends and we chatted, and then the lead singer of the band, a girl with a beautiful voice, started singing "All I want for Chrismas is you"
The crowd went NUTS!!!
I was on my way to go down the stairs, literally two feet away, when a girl who was going bananas with the song FELL ON ME and dropped me on the floor with all her might!
I didn't know if I wanted to scream or laugh. So I just turned around and looked at her with the look "You stupid drunken cow!".
When the song finished the band said goodnight and the crappy DJ came on stage. The music he played was absolutely unacceptable so I sat down and gossipped a bit more with my friends.
FINALLY he decided to play some decent Madonna and we hit the dancefloor for the last time.
The whole thing finished at 1am. Because I was wearing sandals and I was barefoot, I was freezing, until my taxi picked me up at 1.30. I snuggled at the back seat and almost fell asleep.
I came home happy and put my 3 alarms on because I had to wake up in less than 6 hours...!
So that was the ball for this year.
A bit of glam with a lot of slapstick.
Something like out of Absolutely Fabulous...
And it was absolutely fabulous!!!