Wintry themed dinner misty Upper Library

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WS Society Annual Celebration

Client Event

The Society of Writers to Her Majesty’s Signet - WS Annual Dinner

The Party

The Annual WS Dinner is one of the most important events, not only for the WS Society, but also for the Signet Library. Our client entrusted us yet again to create a spectacular dinner for the members of the prestigious WS Society. Our event designers devised a wintry theme, more Georgian Edinburgh than Narnia, with a haze machine creating an atmospheric mist in the Upper Library. Tall flower arrangements in slender vases echoed the building’s iconic columns, which were up lit in a welcoming glow. Chairs were draped in black and gold and all in all we defy anyone to imagine a more striking setting for this gathering of black tie and evening gown-clad guests.

''It was an absolute pleasure to be the partners for this annual gathering of Scotland’s finest lawyers, held, as always, at the WS Society’s hallowed home, the magnificent Signet Library in the heart of the Old Town.''

Event delivery

Our esteemed guests started off their evening in the timelessly elegant Lower Library, sipping on our house Pommery champagne, served by Heritage Portfolio staff dressed in bow ties and tails (not quite upstaging the lawyers, but almost).  The drinks reception was followed by a menu of earthy and spicy flavours in the Upper Library – just the ticket for warming up on a cold, Edinburgh evening. The culinary indulgence commenced with a starter of kiln-roasted salmon accompanied by dainty garnishes of pickled romanesco cauliflower, quail eggs and turmeric-spiced tabbouleh. A refreshing fino sherry sorbet followed, our twist on the WS Society’s traditional glass of sherry, which was such a hit the first time it appeared, it’s now a firm fixture at the event. The star of the show was roasted Scotch fillet of beef and the finale a cardamom-spiced white chocolate panna cotta with home preserved autumn plums, complete with a delicate handcrafted caramelised almond brittle, a masterly flourish from our hugely accomplished chefs.

The event was a definite success, both the client and the guests were impressed with the smooth running of the event, delicious food, impeccable service and fantastic atmosphere.