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THE VENUE: The Tower Pavilion
HOSTS: The Ultimate Experience
THE THEME: 'Bejewelled'
THE MENU: a selection of canapés and mini plates including seared scallops, venison wellington, beef and oyster pie and guinea fowl kievs
TO DRINK: Amaretto Fizz, hot-cider punch with cloves, pink ginger and lychee; plus sparkling wine and beer not forgetting vodka snow cones in a choice of flavours
SPEAKER: Ultimate Experiences MD Stephen Lawrence
THE ENTERTAINMENT: musicians Urban Groove and welcome-party carol singers provided the music; The Royal Footman held our hand to the door; Danny Alexander kept the crowd amused with magic tricks
SUPPLIERS: catering from Create; staff from Lola; entertainment from Full Circle
THE TALKING POINT: VIP screenings for the big Olympic fixtures next summer
WE LOVED: the passionfruit vodka snow cones and dainty plates of 'ham and crackling' with mash and red cabbage a delicious Christmas dish from Create