Pic: Neil Tandy


Last night I attended a birthday party for celebrity dress designer, Eric Way, and watched the rich and famous at play.  As a member of the press contingent, I was totally invisible to these people and could happily observe them with unabashed curiosity.


The theme for the party was ‘Thirties Glamour’ and the venue was my longtime client, The Marion on Nicol Boutique Hotel; that orchard-strewn haven of unsurpassed luxury, where every nook and cranny contains rare artworks and beautiful pieces of bespoke furniture.

I can’t say too much about the event here; I would scoop myself and negate the purpose of my assignment.  But this is my blog, so I can give snippets of the night, like the fire jugglers, magicians and shirtless muscle-men … and the 40 diamonds the birthday boy gave away to random guests.

While the photographer dashed about snapping the celebs, I was free to quaff and nibble; and take photos of the decor and bubbly, which was plentiful and supplied by Pongracz and Ross & Gower. 


Towers of food stood about and I ate a crab cake that I must ask the chef about when I go to a breakfast meeting later today.  The elves were evidently at play, because these heaps of food were constantly replenished. 


A display of 200 cupcakes was impressive and almost too pretty to touch, but that didn’t stop me from pinching one as I left in the wee hours; I placed it by my daughter’s bedside before sinking into an exhausted sleep.


38 Comments Add yours

  1. Tandy says:

    lucky dort to wake up to that beautiful present 🙂

  2. leigh says:

    Posh, b’gosh.

  3. Madmom says:

    That looks like a superb birthday!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I just got off the phone with the hotel, they all partied through and are still at it 😮

  4. adeeyoyo says:

    Luuurve the cupcakes – too pretty to eat! Are those teeny weeny ones thimble size next to the others?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, there were different sizes around a big, main cake.
      And they tasted divine.

  5. Rosemary says:

    I like the eye candy! Lovely snippets.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, the eye candy was nice to behold 🙂

  6. Nzwaki says:

    Love the art face thingy (2nd pic). Looks glamarous!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Their art collection is impressive, they have a portrait of Madiba you would love 🙂

  7. Oh ever so Cindy – must let us know where we can read all about it!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll get a media flighting/print schedule from my client later today, Chris.

  8. Yvette says:

    Nothing like some extra sugar!

    1. theonlycin says:

      And a little glimpse into how the other half live 🙂

  9. Jo says:

    vairy nice, indeed. 🙂

  10. buttercup600 says:

    Love that sugar too :):):):…Amazing art face…I am a very very happy girl tonight…give her extra hugs from me and I will write in the morning 🙂 Awesome girl you have given life too Cin…just wonderful :):):):

    1. theonlycin says:

      At last!!!
      Nou het jy my oe laat water …

  11. Count Czardas says:

    It must have got somewhat out of hand as I notice the birthday boy was arrested by two policemen ?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Do you also notice that the birthday boy is not resisting arrest in the slightest?
      And, boy oh boy, could those policemen dance ;p

  12. Naomi says:

    Wow what an event, Cin, and most cool that you attended! Look forward to reading more!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m bubbling over, Naomi, this event is going to provide weeks of blog fodder 🙂

  13. nrhatch says:

    Those cupcakes look divine. Glad you grabbed one for the OB.

    1. theonlycin says:

      She’s glad too 😉

  14. Jamie Dedes says:

    Fabulous photos, Cin!

  15. What fun! never been to one of those. . .

    BTW – have you found out anything about Sebeka wines?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I haven’t yet, Paula. Will go on a quest later today, I promise.

  16. the food looks great, the bubbles heavenly, the setting a dream. won’t comment on the guests!

  17. gospelwriter says:

    Sounds like some birthday bash! Almost makes me wish I were among the rich and famous… Nah, I do enjoy my relative anonymity. But oh wow, the food, the – yeah, as somebody said, the eye candy. Look forward to hearing more.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m to produce a coffee table book on the event, so there will be continues feeds as I progress 🙂

  18. slpmartin says:

    Well once you finish the whole write up I shall be most interested in reading as I’m certain we all will want to…so do keep us posted on its release and publication…looks like quite the party. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is a limited edition production, and will not be for sale. But I’ll post snippets as I go along.

    1. theonlycin says:

      She thinks so too 🙂

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