The Diary gets invited to a huge number of parties but we have
decided to become choosy about which ones we go to. So, while you were
all quaffing free beer at Neisbitt’s do on Thursday, we were supping
champers with none other than Our Tara in Eaton Square.
Yes, we know she goes to every party in the world and that she was at
Cosmo’s on Monday (see left), but she passed up Nicole Kidman’s premiere
party to go to Duckworth Finn’s bash at the Mansion and that’s enough
for us. The invite said ’over the top glamour’ so the Diary put on its
fake Westwood basque and dancing boots and went to see how many celebs
would actually turn up.
The party, to launch a press campaign for Lounge Lizard snacks, was
organised by Mark Armstrong who, as we all know, organises Madonna’s
parties when she’s in town and dahlings, is he good at it. Armstrong
acquired the Mansion in Eaton Square, normally only hired out for
weddings, and turned it into a scene from Diamonds Are Forever for the
We were all keyed up to star-spot, though the only obvious sighting was
of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. Wearing the same old black dress she wears for
her Sunday Times column, she only stayed for about half an hour. Not to
be nasty or anything, but we were all probably a bit too exciting for
her. Nevertheless, she completely forgot to mention the party in her
column on Sunday.
As the night went on, we managed to spot Hugh Cornwell from the
Stranglers, various MTV presenters and one member of a now-defunct pop
group called Fresh. The Diary danced its socks off, drank more Sea
Breeze than it knew possible and air-kissed its way into the early
hours. Agencies are now cordially invited to see who can trounce this
for a party.