THE BOOK OF LISTS: The 10 Top invitations

1. Rugby World Cup - The Independent/ITV

The Rugby World Cup's Australian venue meant invites were the bribe of the year. Among those offering were The Independent and ITV - but you had to have a bulging budget to be thought worthy of an invitation. The lucky ones included MindShare's Kelly Clark, Nestle's Andrew Harrison and Nike's Jack Gold, thanks to News Group's Ian Clark.

2. A day on the Clemmow Hornby Inge yacht in Cannes

Life doesn't get much sweeter than supping rose on board The Hamilton while Clemmow, Hornby and Inge entertain you with their endless irrelevant banter. Among those found enjoying the sunshine this year were TBWA's joint managing director Matt Shepherd-Smith, Guy Moore from Wieden & Kennedy, Traktor and Carlton's Martin Bowley.

3. Amy Smith's leaving do

After ten successful years, adland's noisiest Antipodean decided to quit Wieden & Kennedy, where she was the managing director, and go back to where she came from. Her notorious fun-loving nature means Smith has a rowdy circle of friends. The party, held at the House of St Barnabas, was a guaranteed success.

4. WACL Summer Ball

Held in the magnificent Banqueting House last May, it was a great night. Replete with top-level clients and the usual agency faces, the networking opportunities scored highly. Honor Blackman didn't do a bad job on the raffle either.

5. Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R's tenth birthday party

It was planning a big bash anyway, but with Robert Campbell's resignation it doubled as his leaving do and the agency ramped up its plans. A reputed 700 invites went out and the In and Out Club in Piccadilly was secured. Drinks and DJs were aplenty.

6. Jonathan Mildenhall and Charlie Bell's White Party

If you're a rising star in advertising, you'd have been invited to the TBWA joint MD's "White Party". He holds it every year and it's so cool that this year Davidoff offered to sponsor it. Veuve Cliquot and Davidoff cigars were the order of the night. Mildenhall said goodbye to the last guests at 6am.

7. IPA President's drinks

The calibre of guests means that receiving an invitation is official confirmation you've arrived. Held every January, it's the high-flyers' way of kicking off the year's social calendar.

8. Grey party

The agency's chief executive, Garry Lace, invited literally hundreds of adlanders to his celebration of the "new Grey". The wide range of people, coupled with the copious quantities of Champagne on offer, ensured it was a success.

9. Martin Jones' Sunday drinks

You know you're in the inner sanctum of one of advertising's most important men if you and your family get invited to his September bash. Strictly for his "mates", he lays on Pimm's, nibbles and a children's entertainer.

10. Tim Mellors' leaving do

Embroidered hankies with which to wave him off accompanied the invitations to Mellors' farewell, held upstairs at The Ivy. Natch. Illusionist Derren Brown capped off an emotional evening.


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