Stress Ball XVI

The Sun Shines on the Righteous

Or so they say… Eballoon-fishingdinburgh’s September weather certainly blessed Stress Ball XVI on Saturday. The festival-themed black tie fundraiser was held at the stunning Prestonfield House Hotel, in support of veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress.

Guests were treated to an outdoor drinks reception with a glass of fizz or a Pickerings Gin on offer. The fabulous up and coming singer Rebekah Kirk performed beautifully and the brilliant people from View from the Slow Lane set up camp beside one of their gorgeous vintage VW camper vans to complete the effect. The side lawn at Prestonfield looked stunning; with coloured paper lanterns hanging in the trees and a bunting-festooned marquee courtesy of Intent Marquees.

sign1Festival flags and tents (complete with knickers on the line) added to the mix. The icing on the cake was provided by Mr B Loon who entertained wide-eyed adults with his balloon creations, as if they were kids again.  The rest of the evening was spent with guests wearing balloon tiaras and bracelets or clutching their precious creations for the night.


Maj Gen Patrick Marriott, veteran Joe Sangster and host Nick Knowles

And that was all before dinner had even begun!  Once inside the Stables, our incredible host Nick Knowles ran the evening seamlessly; with great empathy and understanding for the charity’s work with veterans. We can’t thank him enough for agreeing to host this event.  He was looked after beautifully by Prestonfield and we hope that he enjoyed his weekend in Edinburgh.  We certainly did.

Queues for Blue Parrot’s camper van themed photo booth went quite literally round the block; ladies enjoyed having their jewellery cleaned by fabulous jeweller Laing (who had also helped a local veteran to create some very special jewellery for the auction) and the silent iPad auction, run by Givergy, raised over £44,000.

The night was topped off by some fabulous live music from the predictably brilliant Flavours, who ensured that the dance floor was constantly packed.

Sensible stuff

Photo booth

Packed dancefloor

Dancing their socks off

It’s hard to imagine the event being a greater success. We are just so grateful to all of the seasoned event professionals we worked with to make it all flow so seamlessly. In particular, Prestonfield deserve a huge thank you. And we are delighted with the photos from Eventful Images.

The bar has officially been set here at Tara Ross HQ; it’s not every weekend that a major TV personality calls hosting your event ‘an honour’ or a Major General calls the event ‘epic’.  We’ll take that.  With bells on.

Special thanks must go to the major sponsor for the event, Edinburgh builder of distinction Mackenzie Hughes, whose support allowed for so many of the all important details on the night.

Time to focus now on the Luxury Scottish Wedding fair at Hopetoun House in a couple of weeks time.  Wonder if any of the brides there are into festival theming…?

All credits other than photo booth: Eventful Images