This private birthday party was simply exquisite and expertly organised by Hilary herself, with the help of Mark and Adam. The party was for 75 guests and took place at the stunning Clissold House, situated in the centre of Clissold Park. This venue is truly spectacular and is perfect for private gatherings, intimate dinners and even weddings for up to 90 guests.

The reception opened with a young family member playing songs on the keyboard, while arriving guests were served Champagne and vegetarian canapés in the Clissold House lobby.

Canapés

Coconut and coriander dhal on a poppadum with green mango

Roasted butternut squash with shitake mushroom and lemon

Poached pear and Roquefort with red onion marmalade on walnut bread

Guests were then seated for dinner across several adjoining rooms, creating a beautiful buzz of conversation throughout the entire venue. Starters were served at the table before guests were invited to come up to the buffet. The main meal was followed by sharing platters of mini desserts, consisting of several favourites hand-picked by Hilary herself.

Main course

Fennel carpaccio and shallot with lemon oil and dill

Roasted red peppers and courgettes with basil pesto

Grilled asparagus with rocket and balsamic

Pan-seared sea bass with baby spinach and white wine sauce,

Sun-blushed tomato and fete cheese frittata with a white bean puree and lotus root

 

Sharing desserts

Mini baked cheese cake

Peacan pie

Summer berries

 

Tea and coffee were served from a station set up back in the lobby, which had been turned around during dinner. Resisting the usual service of tea and coffee directly to the tables meant that guests got to their feet much sooner after dinner and began to enjoy the after party, while staff seamlessly removed the furniture. Dancing continued until just before midnight, at which point guests made their way home after a simply beautiful party, one that will always be a firm favourite for us at Boulevard.

 

“Dear Mark and the A-team!

Thank you for making my birthday party a great success. The guests and I thoroughly enjoyed it and the food and service made the evening.

Thanks again,

Hilary”