Saturday, 15 October 2011

Too Many Women at Petersham Nurseries

I spent Thursday night at one of my all time favourite places in the World, in Petersham Nurseries. My great friend Harry Becher had organised a huge dinner for his charity Too Many Women to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. It was being hosted by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson so was always going to be a glitzy affair from day one. The outfit dilemas obviously started the moment Harry first mentioned the party. Getting dressed while six months pregnant is tricky at the best of times but then chuck in a few Hollywood actresses, a couple of supermodels and a handful of rockstars....disaster. I ended up in a floaty floral one shoulder number which, I hope, didn't make me look too much like a Cath Kidston tent from Millets.
Dinner was served in a magical jungle. In the actual nursery, 200 of us sat down to a three course feast, surrounded by heavenly scented trees and plants and zillions of twinkly fairy lights. There was polenta and white truffles to begin, followed by filet of beef with some kind of horseradish deliciousness. There was an auction half way through. The aim of Too Many Women was to raise one million pounds in a year and before the auction there was only another £180,000 to go. Half an hour later, a cookery session with Gwyneth, guitar lessons with Ronnie Wood and some swanky Spanish holidays had magically produced another £140,000.

Bidding War... Sienna Miller, Ronnie Wood and Lily Donaldson

Harry Becher, Charles Delevingne, Me and Poppy Delevingne

Savannah and Jo Miller being sung Happy Birthday to by Ronnie Wood

The magical dinner

Dancing queens Pippa Middleton and Katie Redman

Pumpkin table settings

Jackson Scott from Manos de Dios

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