My friends, brothers Joe & Benny, are seriously well connected when it comes to the Cape Town party scene. So for them getting VIP invites to parties is not really a special occasion. This time however, I think even they were totally taken aback…
They’ve received invites to “The Global Party” for them and lucky partner each. Seeing as I’ve been Joe’s bestest friend since our varsity days (where he used let me copy his homework. haha. Thx for that btw! ♥ ) - I’m going along as his “plus one”. Woohoo!
So what is “The Global Party” exactly!? A super exclusive world wide event, in aid of numerous acclaimed international charities, including our very own Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund:
Inspired by Phileas Fogg…
80,000+ OF THE WORLD’S ELITE…
80+ OF THE WORLD’S FINEST LOCATIONS…
80+ BENEFITING CHARITIES…
ALL WITHIN 24 HOURS…
Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September 2011
Joe & Ben somehow know someone at the PR agency that is running with the Cape Town leg of this event. And that’s how they got their way in. Lucky boys!
The invite came all the way from the UK and was hand delivered. Each invite came in the form of a luxurious black box, filled with 2 little black books and 2 little gift boxes containing 2 interesting looking silver keys… Turns out the little black books are the actual invites:
The book contains a unique invitation number which you need to use to RSVP on The Global Party website. Then it goes on to give you information on all the benefiting charities and all the official venues/hosts for each of the world wide parties all happening over the 15th & 16th of Sep. In fact, as an invited guest, you can RSVP to ANY of these international parties. Seeing as we’re not the normal uber wealthy types what would have been invited, we stuck to the “local is lekker” option.
Then there’s the silver key ring that came along with the invite:
This Key-2 Luxury key ring apparently gives the holder access to 1000s of personal contacts and exclusive VIP privileges for life, and is not available to purchase by the general public. Sweet. Its also your what will get you in the door at the party on Thu (over and above your RSVP).
From what I can gather, they’ve invited the super rich & super connected from all around the world for this “party to end all parties” with a goal to collect money for the selected charities through ticket sales, donations & “Chapmagne for life” memberships @ £500. People who place donations & who purchase these champagne memberships even stand a chance of winning their choice of 8 luxury “experiences”. Here are some of the experiences up for grabs (there are more than 30 of these to choose from!):
The Le Kilimandjaro Experience
Experience 7 nights in one of the most prestigious luxury hotels in the French Apls, including dinner each night in the Michelin starred, gastronomic restaurant La Table du Kilimandjaro, with compliments. Le Kilimandjaro is situated at the foot of the ski slopes of Courchevel in the heart of the largest ski area in the world.
The Shangri-La Experience
In a stunning bay overlooking the Gulf of Oman, experience 3 nights at the exclusive 6 star Al-Husn Hotel, the most luxurious of all three hotels comprising the resort. Enjoy daily breakfasts, a romantic dinner at their finest restaurant “Sultanah”, and a scuba diving experience for two.Indulge in real luxury whilst relaxing on your own private beach, infinily pool and a dedicated butler service.
The Foster Luxury Yacht Experience
Step on board this beautiful, contemporary yacht and indulge yourself in luxury and style. Up to ten guests will set sail to cruise around the Mediterranean for a three hour cruise, which includes anchoring in a lovely bay to enjoy a delicious lunch freshly prepared by the exclusive YachtPlus chef.
The Orient Express Experience
The magical elegance of the Orient-Express is nowhere more clearly expressed than through the seasonal ‘grazing’ menu aboard the British Pullman. This gastronomic experience for two is complemented by the sommelier’s choice of fine wines whilst you enjoy the breathtaking English countryside.
The Franco’s Experience
Experience a Champagne Truffle dinner for 16 people in the beautifully private dining room. Franco’s has been serving the community and visitors to St James’s from early morning to late at night, for over 60 years. Situated at the St James’s end of Jermyn Street, Franco’s is surrounded by the many lifestyle boutiques, private clubs, art galleries and hotels of the area.
Hectic right? I dunno how I would choose only 8 from the list they have on the website. They all sound so incredible… But then again, I don’t have £500 lying around to use as a donation, so I guess I don’t have to worry about it!
The dress code states: “Dress as if the world’s your stage!”. I don’t really know what that means.. I mean what ever happened to the good old “formal / semi formal / smart casual / casual” classifications? haha. But I’m pretty damn sure jeans aint gonna cut it here. So I better start planning!
The Cape Town venue is the Fez night club. Yes yes, I know, not my favourite. But I’m sure for this event they are going to go the extra mile to ensure everyone has a great evening. I do however feel like there are tons of way more impressive, beautiful venues in Cape Town that they could have chosen from. But I’m gonna keep an open mind.
So anyhoo, will tell you guys all about the actual party then after Thu…