At first it was all very civilised as I was driven to Prestwold Hall in Leicestershire for a Dangerous Liaisons period costume party organised by Maverick. It's difficult to overindulge on canapes and champagne when your corset is pulled tight enough. The 18th-century attitude to celebrating didn't last long, however, as an abundance of awards ceremonies saw my little black dress fetched back and forth from the dry cleaners. The Visit London Awards was my first chance to see the Roundhouse in action since its £29.7m refurbishment. As I dined on food prepared by Red Snapper, I was entertained by GMTV presenter Kate Garraway, soul singer Jocelyn Brown and DJ Jazzy M from Ministry of Sound. Next, I found myself celebrating a hat trick of awards with Sprout at the Eventia Corporate Event Awards as it scooped Production Agency of the Year, Product Launch of the Year and my personal favourite, Party of the Year. The bash took place at The Hurlingham Club in London and the champagne corks kept on popping long after we moved on to nightclub Chinawhite. The next evening I went from Chinawhite to Chinatown as I attended an Access All Asia party at Alexandra Palace organised by Hype Party Planning for Carphone Warehouse.
Following a girlie catch-up over lunch with my pal Dita Von Teese, who was performing at the Erotica show at Olympia, I headed to Canary Wharf and an Entice party in the new temporary structure managed by caterer Dish. Entertainment came via the Jumping Jack Frost band. From there I caught up with exhibition organiser friends at the Melville Christmas party held within European Events' temporary structure in Hanover Square.
For more festive fun I headed to Battersea Evolution for the Haymarket Christmas party, having slipped into my favourite 70s-style outfit for the Studio 54-themed bash.
I was looking forward to sleeping through the festive break, but I did venture out on New Year's Eve to private members' club Adam Street on London's Embankment. The "white party"enabled me to swap my black dress for a white ensemble as we danced, drank Oliver Twist cocktails (martinis with an olive and a twist) and enjoyed both the firework display from agency Jack Morton Worldwide and projections from supplier ETC UK. How long my clean-living resolution will last is anyone's guess, but if you see me sipping mineral water at a party near you, please offer your support.