Friday night was the Burns Night dinner at Inner Temple. A black tie event with lots of men in highland dress (aka, kilts), good food, bagpipes, poetry, traditions, reeling (scottish dancing), and good friends, it was a fabulously fun evening!
A few people couldn't make it because of the snow, but the rest of us committed big time - I even walked most of the way there from work, in heels, in the snow! Dedication or what? I eventually managed to hail a taxi on Fleet Street (about 2mins from the event) - I think the guy felt sorry for me.
Some of the photos are mine, and some are the 'official' Inner Temple ones from the night.
The evening started with a drinks reception, and then we went into the main hall for the piping in of the Haggis, and the 'addressing of the Haggis', before we sat down for a dinner of scrumptious Scottish delicacies.
There was lots of Tartan everywhere!
I am a huge fan of haggis, neeps and tatties, so demolished the whole lot!
After the three-course dinner (we had soup to start with - didn't feel it was worth showing you), there are readings and poetry by Robert Burns, who the night is dedicated to.
After the poetry everyone leaves their tables for the dance floor, and the reeling starts! Reeling is a really fun type of Scottish Dancing that was recently on the Downton Abbey Christmas Special. I go to lessons every so often with friends, and have been to a few reeling events, and they're always great fun as us girls get to be swung around the dance floor by numerous dashing gentlemen!
I finally got home in the early hours of the morning after getting the train home in the snow, and then went away to a spa hotel yesterday for some relaxation! It's been a really lovely weekend and the spa break was exactly what I needed!
How was your weekend? Are you doing anything to celebrate Burns Night?