Bal Argentée is a new twist to the elegant and larger than life throwback county house parties of days gone by. This installment of the White Blackbird country house parties is inspired by the society photographs of Cecil Beaton. Featuring a Mylar atelier, silver screened cinema, stargazing tours, Busby Berkeley chorus line and a starlight ballroom among other delights.
Where? Stoke Place @ Stoke Green, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, SL2 4HT
When? Friday, October 15 @ 8pm - 3am (coaches depart from central London at 6.45pm, and return at 3am)
How much? £35 via Stoke Place reception
Following the success of their Spring Fling Pyjama Party, Futurist Aerobanquet, Colourscape, Tweed, Rule Britannia! and Childhood, The White Blackbird returns with Bal Argentée, a luxe silver themed ball combining futuristic entertainment with good old fashioned fun. Featuring space age technology, tongue-in-cheek new age practices and a significant dose of serious dressing up, this country house party is sure to put the sparkle back into everyones step.
Guests can delight in the Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Bar hosted by Bompas and Parr protégés the Robin Collective, or enjoy the Astrological Cocktail Lounge which will feature a zodiac cocktail list created by Stoke Place’s in-house mixologist, and a perfect spot to survey the night sky (star charts: provided, attractive stranger to explain them to you: at your discretion).
A far away gaze is encouraged at the Cecil Beaton Portrait Studio, which can be found in the Snug. Not ready to face the cameras? Guests wishing to add some stylish razzle-dazzle to their look can make a visit to the glamorous Vintage Secret Dressing Up Suite. Those with foresight, and a taste for the exclusive, may wish to borrow some furs and make an expedition to the Secret Den Bar for candlelit hot toddies beside a roaring bonfire in the Capability Brown designed grounds.
Ginger Rogers is hand for ‘an intimate sliver of silver screen cabaret’ and guests can dance by the light of the silvery moon in the romantic Starlite Ballroom to a live set from Tallulah Tonic (Twin and Tonic) and music from DJ Pierre, with a brief interlude for a spellbinding performance of La Lune from Vicky Butterfly.
These are just some of the entertainments on offer…
Sounds like so much fun that you won’t want to leave? Pas de problem! (for some): rooms are also available for the lucky few who want to extend their nocturnal pleasures into the glorious morning. Enquire with Stoke Place.
** Competition: MIEN Magazine has a handful of tickets to win to this glorious country house party. Simply send us a digital missive at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for anyone OR the most romantic thing someone has done for you. Then, we’ll tweet your story (try to stick to 140 characters). Please note these tickets do not include transport to Stoke Place. Tickets (£15 return) can be purchased via Stoke Place.
Image source: Photograph by Cecil Beaton via Teatime Production