What makes the best parties so great?

There is nothing like a good party. A combination of great people, food, drinks and music, the best parties have a little something more, something to make them memorable and much talked about.  Whether the party is small and intimate, a large rowdy gathering, something that has been organised by events management companies the best parties will remain in the mind long after the debris has been cleared away.

Here are a few of the best parties that I have attended, and what made them just so wonderful.

Harvey Nichols 10th Birthday in Birmingham

Why: This is the party that had it all, a free flowing bar, lots of celebs in attendance mingling with the party goers, photo booths, dressing up opportunities, a coconut shy where you could win a pair of Louboutins, a fashion catwalk show – need I go on? Truly one of the best parties I have ever attended, and definitely one that gave me an enormous hangover the next day.

Candy Floss!

Nelly.com launch Aqua London

Why: One word. Shoes. Free shoes. The launch of Nelly.com, referred to as a Scandi ASOS, was fabulous, and one of the main reasons for this was the fact that guests could chose a pair of shoes that would be sent for free. As a gimmick, it takes a lot of beating. Still have my fabulous shoes too.

Boohoo Christmas Party

Why: The venue made this party very special. A trip to drink potent vodka at IceBar London was an experience not to be missed, very cool, very cold and very different. This party is proof that you don’t actually need to be wearing a super slinky frock to enjoy a party, 20 minutes in an IceBar may just be the perfect night.

Style Birmingham 50

Why: This time it was all about the cocktails, which had been specially created for the evening. These were totally lush and ensured I had a really terrible hangover on a school night yet again.

The Lobby on Hill Street Launch Party

Why: This music at this one was incredible, a total classic funk soul explosion with a celebrity DJ in the form of Craig Charles. This was one night when I didn’t want to get off the dance floor, even wearing heels.

Spot Craig Charles in the background

What made your fave parties so special?

Happy 10th Birthday Harvey Nichols Birmingham!

Today is a very special day. Harvey Nichols is celebrating 10 wonderful years of providing its supreme style to Birmingham. Tonight will see a very special party to celebrate the birthday, with the  glitterati from fashion, television/radio and sport in attendance. I will bring you lots of photographs from the event, along with a super party video. But, in the meantime, to whet your appetite, I thought it would be nice to look at my picks from the current Harvey Nichols collection in order to show just why this store is so important to the second city.

Fashion-Mommy’s Picks from the Nicks!

How beautiful is this vintage  inspired dress  from Lily Allen’s ‘Lucy in Disguise’ Label. With an exquisite glitter bodice, this is just a supremely gorgeous gown that has echoes of 1940s Hollywood.

Nothing screams Autumn/Winter more than tartan. Nothing  screams McQueen more than tartan. This McQ dress was one of  my favourites from the Fashion Night Out fashion show.  I just love its flirty shape.

This Michael Kors dress is just amazing. Shiny, body con and super sexy,  this is the sort of dress that is  just MADE for Christmas parties!

A definite highlight of the year for me  was the Markus Lupfer trunk show. I’m a huge fan of his designs, and this  jumper is still the absolute top of  my wishlist.

Harvey Nichols has a reputation for new and exciting brands. I just love the fun of Wildfox, and as a teenage grunge fan, I just can’t resist the ‘Teen Spirit’ top that is a cheeky take on the Nirvana legend.

Harvey Nichols has an enviable selection of  handbags,including a great range of  Marc by Marc Jacobs  bags.I love the vibrant  shade of the Voyage Regine Hobo.

A style classic that was heavily in rotation during Fashions night out was the McQueen  skull scarf. I’m  rather  partial to this purple shade.

Charlotte Olympia is my current shoe fetish. I’m wearing a very good high Street copy of her Paloma satin pumps for the party, but that won’t stop me  lusting after the real thing.

More 40s chic comes courtesy of Michael Kors in the shape of this beautiful coat. That collar  alone makes this a wardrobe must have.

My final pick (10 for the 10 of course!) is this fabulous Assemblage bath  and  shower gift set from Bodhi. Harvey Nichols introduced  me to this brand through a goodie bag, and I don’t mind admitting that I am now hooked on the fragrances, especially Ylang Ylang Incensa, and  the way they  leave you skin feeling.

So there you have it. My top ten choices for 10 glorious years. Have a wonderful day and here’s to the next ten years.