At £3.50 for entry to event run by students for a subject I don’t even do, going to the launch for the Ambassador’s Ball when I should have been doing work seemed like the perfect plan for a Thursday night.
A little background – the Ambassador’s Ball is organised by the School of International Relations, with some help with funding and grants from the Foreign Affairs Society, but as all balls in St Andrews, it’s become a bit of a free for all in terms of attendees. However, unlike other subject balls, the Ambassador’s Ball seems to be a little more sophisticated, as seen by their classy advertising, and the choice to keep a theme inspired by their subject.
Held at The Adamson Bar, it would have been hard for the organisers to make the evening anything other than sophistication. The dress code was cocktail – and the cocktails were divine. All 6 were themed with IR names – soft power anyone? – which I thought was a really clever way of reminding people the main root of the event. And – best of all – all cocktails were only a fiver, making the trek down from DRA in heels completely worth it for me.
It was also possible to buy tickets for a pretty hefty number of raffle prizes, featuring goodies from Eden Mill, Mammacita and Fisher and Donaldson, as well as a free ball ticket – which nobody in their right minds would turn down. Although this wasn’t particularly well advertised when actually at the event itself, everybody loves a good raffle!
And if you needed any more entertainment aside from great conversation and cocktails, there was also live music from the classic and unmissable The Other Guys, as well as Whaleshark Daddy, a jazzy funk group, and Ukelear Fusion, a ukelele group – I’d not heard of either of the latter two before but was pleasantly surprised. The Other Guys, of course, played many of their regular crowd-pleasing favourites and even premiered one of their newest arrangements that they’ll be taking with them through competition season. The other two groups were slightly more low-key – unfortunately as everyone got drunker, it became more and more difficult to distinguish musical sound from the chattering crowd – but nonetheless super enjoyable with a really lovely laid-back feeling to both.
Of course, the main aim for this event was to announce the theme and ticket sales for the actual event – the Ambassador’s Ball – which will take place in mid-April after spring break. And – drumroll, please – the theme for the 2019 Ambassador’s Ball is ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. I’ve already grabbed my early bird ticket – at £25, I couldn’t resist, knowing that this is likely going to be a fab evening. Ticket sale details are coming soon, but keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page for more information – you don’t want to miss out!
Amended: March 10th, 2019