It may come as a surprise to those readers now bent under the weight of
credit card bills, but irrefutable proof reaches me that the economy
really is on the up.
The lead comes from no less than the Hon Aurelia Cecil, a director of
high class party organiser Fait Accompli, whose recent Ritz bash for
Bond Street jeweller Philip Morris, attended by the Parker-Bowles clan,
ate up pages in Hello!, the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail.
Cecil, also managing director of Aurelia PR, assures me that throwing
lavish parties is a growing PR phenomenon.
‘Parties are on the up,’ she confides. ‘If you look at the newspapers,
they have pages devoted to them. It’s a sign of a healthy economy.’
Those bon viveurs tempted by the prospect of the Hon Aurelia and pals
coming by to change the records at their Yuletide blowouts - or as they
promise in the Tatler ad: ‘Let us ensure your party is talked about for
months and remembered forever while you relax and enjoy every
faultlessly organised moment.’ - could be in for a disappointment. For
lamentably, as Cecil says, ‘You do have to be rich.’