Monday, 18 April 2011

Scottish Ballet: Alice



blythswood square hotel photo credit to http://www.blythswoodsquare.com

As mentioned before, on Saturday I spent day day in the company of 22 other bloggers having afternoon tea, getting pampered and watching the ballet.

It all started at 11.30am at Blythswood Square where we sipped prosecco and mingled before heading to the screening room to watch a video about Alice. Afterwards the lovely Spa Director, Leon, spoke to us about the hotel, spa and it's famous guests, before inviting us back nextdoor for an Alice inspired afternoon tea. I have never seen so much food in my life! We had popping candy infused cupcakes, rich chocolatey brownies and Cheshire Cat inspired purple sponge cake along with some tea and even more prosecco.

Once we had all stuffed our faces with cake we were pampered by Rainbow Rooms who were on hand to trim hair and do pretty buns and other hairstyles, Smujj and their make up collection and some ladies from The Spa at Blythswood Square were giving everyone hand massages. Leon also gave us a tour of the spa, which I cannot wait to visit. It's so luxurious and exactly the sort of place you could spend absolutely hours in. I mean, just look at these photos!



Everyone then got into taxis and we were taken to Theatre Royal for the matinée showing of Alice. I had never been to a ballet before, so I wasn't sure what to expect but I was absolutely blown away by the performance.



photo by andrew ross

The story is told in a series of 'episodes', which (shockingly) having not read the book, I found a little hard to follow at times. The set design was absolutely fantastic with the set moving around and changing seamlessly all throughout the performance, the costumes were perfect (especially loving the Cheshire Cat and Queen of Hearts!) and the dancing was unbelievable. I can't believe how petite Alice was, and how flexible they all are. I enjoyed it so much and can definitely see myself going to more ballet performances now!



And if we hadn't already been spoiled enough, everyone also received a goodie bag crammed full with lots of lovely products including false lashes, hair products, complimentary spa vouchers (which I cannot wait to use!) and a mini bottle of Gin. A special thank you to Lion Loving Tiger for the gorgeous Rox bracelet too!

Afterwards we snapped some group photos before going our separate ways - some people going home and others staying out for food and a few drinks in town. I had a brilliant day and would like to thank everyone who was involved in organising the event! Here's to more Scottish meet-ups! :)

19 comments:

  1. I love the ballet... I saw The Little Princess a couple of years ago and fell in love :)

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  2. omgsh - I never knew you were from Scotland! Sounds like soo much fun though.

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  3. Pretty sure need to go on diet after this weekend...so much cake. Such a wonderful day. Will be making good use of my spa voucher...x

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  4. Sounds like so much fun I'd love to go to a ballet sometime!

    Rhiannon xx

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  5. Oh this sounds like you had such a brilliant time! And that Blythswood Square looks so gorgeous on the inside!! xx

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  6. The spa looks amazing and so are the costumes in the performance x

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  7. Looks like you had an incredible time - so jealous!

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  8. aaah, lovely post - it was really nice to meet you, and I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself :) x

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  9. It was lovely to meet you- I had such an amazing day, still buzzing from it now!

    Bx

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  10. ohh those cakes look yummy! I'm going to have to do more 'inspired' baking such as that. yum. x

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  11. this sounds so amazing. wish someone invited me to a thingy like that once:)

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  12. I'm even more excited about going now! going to brush up on the story before I go x

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  13. My grandma was a professional ballet dancer, so my childhood is filled with memories of going to watch the ballet with her and my mum :) Ballet is such a beautiful type of dance!
    xxx

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  14. Woweee spa and the ballet looks amazing!

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  15. Sounds like an amazing day :) great pictures the ballet ones are so beautiful X

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  16. I'm going to see Alice in Edinburgh on Saturday - so excitedddd!!!!!!!!
    Much Love
    Roisin Elizabeth
    xoxox

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  17. Ohh my gosh this sounds like such a well organised event- what a treat! The mini bottle of gin would have to be the icing on the cake, ofc :P x

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  18. I've read a couple of reviews of this, it really sounds amazing! Sounds like a great ballet and the spa looks so lovely. And the gin is a great addition to any goody bag! x

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  19. this looks so amazing!! I love the ballet. Wow look that the swag you got! amazing xx

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