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Alice in the Wonderland – the most magical 21st birthday party!
When our birthday girl first entered the versatile and spectacular surroundings of Mansfield Traquair, she was convinced that the party venue will be a perfect canvas for the original theme that she chose - a theme inspired by film director Tim Burton which emerged as Alice in Wonderland meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Our designers adore this kind of challenge, and the result of their creativity was nothing short of astounding! Mansfield Traquair became a surreal yet inviting space, lit to stunning effect, complete with giant toadstools, spherical potted ‘trees’ drawing the eye along each long table and the Cheshire cat projected onto every wall.
A dream of a 21st birthday party took place in November. As guests entered the venue they were handed a potion bottle containing a bright blue non-alcoholic cocktail with a ‘Drink Me’ label, setting the scene for a truly original celebration.
The guest of honour was herself a firm foodie, and following a course at the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine was eager for her friends to taste something rather special - our chefs couldn’t be more delighted and relished the foodie challenge! The menu included Seared hand dived Scallops, broad bean and chorizo puree with pea veloute and smoked paprika cream, followed by Tournedos of Wild Boar (we love this girl’s menu verve!), little roots tossed in herb butter, glazed shallots and a charred red pepper garnish.
We went to town on pudding – how could one not with that choc factory theme, with individual Kilner jars of candied rhubarb with ginger and honeycomb and vanilla custard served with rose flavoured marshmallows, chocolate pencil and pistachio ice cream bombe.
We like to think that Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll would have thoroughly approved. Luckily the party-goers were suitably entranced and we have another quirky show-stopper to add to our image portfolio.
We’d like to express our sincere thanks to Kyles on Scotland for all their help in planning and organising this fantastic event.