Set within the majestic Badminton Estate, this 21st birthday party took inspiration from The Great Gatsby, making it a stylish and decadent evening to remember.
The evening kicked off with guests sipping classic cocktails and glasses of champagne in Gatsby-era coupes. Trays of indulgent canapés were passed, including sweetcorn souffle with parmesan crumb, garden pea and mint arancini with smoked mozzarella, aubergine char sui, and cornish lobster and shrimp filo tart. With staff dressed in bowties, braces and smoking jackets, and gold decor inspired by the 1920s, there was an undeniable party atmosphere as the sun went down.
When dinner was called, the guests moved through to a grand tent illuminated by soft candlelight with gold table settings, leafy greenery and white orchids. The menu focused on Rocket’s philosophy of thinking global, sourcing local, putting the best of September ingredients at centre stage. For starters, guests had either Pugliese burrata with Italian tomatoes and DOP basil pesto or courgette crudo with tomatoes, basil and black olive crumb. For mains, guests were served slow-cooked saddle of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes, heritage carrots, cavolo nero and lamb jus, or a squash curry with lime and ginger rice for the vegetarians. Dessert was a selection of miniatures including lemon meringue pie, macarons, strawberry and cream opera cake and chocolate and salted caramel brownies.
Following dinner, guests segued into the Peppermint Longue, a bar and dancefloor with a speakeasy vibe where barmen in bowties served up espresso martinis and guests danced the night away. There were even three-cheese toasties for late-night bites and bacon butties for early morning troopers. All in all, it was an inspired party and a wonderfully celebratory evening that will go down in Rocket history.