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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017

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Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017

It’s that time of year again! We were incredibly excited to once again pull out all the stops for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

The Prize was set up in 1996 to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world. This year, British author Naomi Alderman took the prize for her novel The Power.

The venue: The Clore Ballroom, South Bank Centre

Guest number: 600

Who was there: Notable guests included: TV presenter Susanna Reid; Martha Lane Fox CBE; journalist Rachel Johnson; singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn; actor and comedian Stephen Mangan and Baileys Prize judge Katie Derham.

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They drank:

Guests were greeted with trays of frothy Baileys Flat White Martinis, sparkling Prosecco and smooth Sancerre. Later in the evening, Baileys Chocolat Luxe went down a treat alongside the dessert canapés.

For those not so alcohol inclined, we served a refreshing Rosewater and Lemon Spritz with a mint sprig garnish, and a fruity Sparkling Pomegranate and Elderflower.

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They ate:

The evening started with an array of cold canapés and, once the winner had been announced, a selection of cold cylinders circulated the room. Shortly before the end of the event, dessert canapés were circulated on trays, including our spectacular Baby Baileys Hard Shakes…

Watermelon and feta skewers 
Vegetable and chicken summer rolls with sweet chilli dipping sauce
Dill blinis with beetroot and feta pâté, smoked salmon and caviar
Rosemary shortbreads with manchego and quince jelly
Rare roast beef curl on a baby Yorkshire pud with horseradish and shoots
Chimichurri avocado on chicory spoons

Lettice Cylinders
Earl grey salmon with lemon and parmesan courgetti
Butternut squash with ginger tomatoes and lime yoghurt
Heritage tomatoes and bocconcini salad with a balsamic dressing
Black rice, mango, lime, coconut sambal and duck with red Thai dressing
Fresh tuna, avocado, carrot, basil and mint with a Vietnamese dressing
Tossed pasta with finely chopped chives, lemon, sour cream and smoked chicken

Baileys baby hard shakes with salted caramel and chocolate 
Baby pavlovas with stem ginger, ginger crunch, lychee and crystalised rose petals
Baby passion fruit and lemon cheesecake
Bite sized citrus polenta cake with crystalised orange

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Event Styling: 

We tied in our service equipment with the event colour palette, using vintage-effect bronze mirror trays for the canapés and gold trays for the cylinders.

Our lovely waiters were dressed in champagne-colour ties and beige braces, and our super smart barmen wore beige blazers.

This year’s styling highlight was a fabulous revolving 3D staircase, which we covered in Baileys desserts:

Baileys Chocolat Luxe truffle lollipops with gold dust 
Gold macarons with Baileys Original Irish Cream filling
Coffee macarons with Baileys Chocolat Luxe cream and gold crunch
Vanilla macarons with Baileys Original Irish Cream filling
Mini raspberry sponge cakes with Baileys Chocolat Luxe filling and mixed berries
Mini chocolate sponge with a raspberry cream filling and edible flowers
Baby high hat chocolate cupcakes with Baileys Original Irish Cream frosting, salted caramel and gold popping candy

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Want to wow your guests at your next awards ceremony? Ask what Lettice can do for you!

Related events: Click here to read about the 2017 Baileys Prize Shortlist Party, or the 2016 Awards Ceremony.

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