MAKING MEDICAL HISTORY

 Photography by Alison Wright and Daniela Kirsch

Photography by Alison Wright and Daniela Kirsch

In honour of their 15th Anniversary, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) hosted their first ever gala, at the Bowery Hotel in New York on October 24th 2018. The event was both a celebration of the achievements made over the past 15 years, and a fundraising appeal to allow DNDi to continue their important work.

“At Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), we are working to deliver new treatments for neglected diseases like sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, filaria, paediatric HIV, hepatitis C, and mycetoma. DNDi has delivered eight new treatments to millions of patients, but much more needs to be done to act on our promise to develop and make available simpler, more affordable treatments. From early discovery research to ensuring treatments get to patients in hard to reach places, we need your support.”

The Making Medical History gala presented awards to outstanding individuals for their contributions to DNDi. The cocktail reception, formal dinner and awards ceremony, was followed by a late night after party featuring music by DJ Logic, Falu Shah, Mino Cinelu, and more. Special guests included NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, actress Sharon Stone (pictured), actress Kathleen Chalfant, and model Alek Wek.

The guests agreed that it was a truly important event filled with meaningful and personal accounts from its speakers. As a member of the planning team, I couldn’t have wished for a more moving and poignant event. It was an honour to be a part of the Steering Committee, and a pleasure to work on this project with the DNDi team over the past year.

For more photos from this event, please click here, and to find out more about DNDi and to donate, please click here.

DOUBLE, DOUBLE, TOIL & TROUBLE

 Daniella Pittorino

Daniella Pittorino

“Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
said the magnificent William Shakespeare

Halloween is fast approaching and here are a few tips and tricks for a spooky event:

  • Lighting is key and you can never have too many candles.

  • You can also never have too many pumpkins! Stacking pumpkins of various sizes and colours is a great (and cost effective!) way of decorating for Halloween.

  • Throw in a few of the classics like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to get everyone on their feet.

  • When it comes to the menu, I recommend putting on an over the top feast so that your guests feel like they have stepped into Hogwarts and are overwhelmed with choice!

  • To create a vivid and eye-catching event, add some bold accents that contrast the dark background. The brighter and more fluorescent, the better!

  • Don’t be afraid to go a little overboard! This is one of the few times a year when you can really push a theme and use it to create a spectacular, memorable event.

  • Check out Pearl & Pear for more Halloween dinner party tablescape ideas.

Click here for more photos and ideas from last year’s Halloween Styled Shoot.

ASPERGER'S SYNDROME FOUNDATION DINNER AT THE GROUCHO CLUB

 Reportage Gallery

Reportage Gallery

It was such an honour to organise the Asperger’s Syndrome Foundation Dinner a few weeks ago. The fundraiser was made possible with the support of our generous partners who contributed to the event and made it a wonderful success! The evening was intimate, bright and colourful, filled with touching stories and laughter.

The hidden private dining rooms at The Groucho Club, complete with eclectic art on every wall, provided the perfect setting. Hybrid Flowers did a superb job in bringing added colour and life to the rooms with their stunning table centrepieces and bar arrangements. The guests were offered a sharing menu for the table, allowing them to choose their favourite dishes and indulge in delicious sharing platters.

After a few words by the Chair of the Asperger’s Syndrome Foundation, it was time for the auction and raffle. The prizes included a limited edition signed print of Kate Moss by renowned artist Chris Levine, a 2oz gold bar, VIP tickets to Michael McIntyre’s Big World Tour at Wembley Arena, £1000 spend at The Hippodrome Casino Restaurant, Afternoon Tea for Two at The Ritz, a luxury hair makeover at The Michael Van Clarke Salon, and many, many more awesome prizes. Thank you very much to these amazing partners!

To top off the night, we added a touch of magic by the wonderful Fay Presto, Michael Vincent and Brendan Rodrigues. Guests were astounded when Fay produced a full-size ladder out of her handbag in the middle of the dining room! It was a truly wonderful evening raising funds and awareness for this important charity.

To donate to the Asperger’s Syndrome Foundation and support the valuable work that they do, please click here.

For more photos from this event, please click here.

LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU

 Holly Clark Photography

Holly Clark Photography

The entertainment is a CRUCIAL aspect of a party. Great music and live musicians can transform the energy in the room from happy mingling to the best time of your life. It is often left to the end of the planning process, but I would encourage anyone organising an event to keep this in mind from the very start. Live acoustic roaming bands are popular for receptions and more casual meals. Then to jazz things up, I think there's nothing better than a live saxophonist or violinist (or both!) to play along with an excellent DJ.

The best entertainers know how to work a crowd, and here are a few of my absolute favourites:

TIME FOR PEONIES

 Daniella Pittorino

Daniella Pittorino

It's peony season! Pretty much everyone's favourite flower, peonies are a fantastic addition to your wedding day or special event.

Unfortunately they are only available in the UK in May and June, so it's time to splurge on these bountiful and luscious peonies!

To help them cope in the hot weather, here are a few helpful tips:

  • cut the stems at an angle so that they don't sit flat at the bottom of your vase
  • store them somewhere cold overnight
  • don't put them in direct sunlight
  • change their water daily with fresh, cool water
  • handle with care as they are quite fragile!

Check out some of my favourite florists here and here.