2 February 2017

Brass Agency Christmas Party

The Brass Agency Christmas Party was hosted in The Mansion room with a selection of oversized ‘Alice in Wonderland’ props hired especially for the occasion; including a giant chess set, inflatable ‘croquet’ flamingos and oversized ‘drink me’ bottles. Added to this was a variety of bespoke decorations, uniquely created by Brass agency’s internal creative team.  Topping off the event, Brass brought along a fully ‘in character’ Mad Hatter as an alternative ‘Master of Ceremonies’ along with hiring a close-up magician to wow the attendees during pre-dinner drinks.

Access to The Mansion was arranged for Brass’ suppliers and its planning team from 9.00am on the morning of the event.  Dressing up, not only the Colonnades room, but also the sweeping staircase, first floor landing and the main Mansion room to provide a seamless immersive experience reflective of the world of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Guests arrived at the venue located 15 minutes from Leeds city centre from 5.45pm and were greeted with an arrival cocktail in the Grand Staircase Hall.  Guests were offered the opportunity to take photographs with supplied props and the Mad Hatter himself offering an opportunity to post on social media.  Those who felt so inclined could test their strategic skills by taking part in a giant chess game in the Colonnades, or have a game of flamingo ‘croquet’.


Mad-Hatter visits The Mansion
The grand staircase dressed with Alice in Wonderland props
The grand staircase dressed with Alice in Wonderland props

Following drinks and canapés, guests were invited to dinner in The Mansion room which had been meticulously decorated with fairy light ‘trees’ and centre-piece ‘branches’ from which were hung a selection of chocolates and trinkets, all following the ‘Mad Brassers’ Alice in Wonderland theme .  Background music was provided by the Dine DJ while the bar provided a selection of drinks to accompany the three course meal.

Centrepieces dressed with treats and fairy lights
Centrepieces dressed with treats and fairy lights

From 9.00pm, a Brass ‘Awards Ceremony’ was staged, celebrating the individuals and achievements of the agency throughout 2016, while desserts were served.

The evening was rounded off by entertainment from the Dine DJ until the small hours.


The Menu


Tempura Tiger Prawns with a Sweet Chilli Dip

Mini ‘Cornettos’ of Creamed Cheese & Cranberry



Creamy Goats’ Cheese in Hazelnut Crust

Spiced Pear & Chicory, Cranberry Relish

Carpaccio of Beef

Beetroot Gel & Parmesan Shards

Rocket Leaves & Horseradish Dressing

Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Basil Oil


Chargrilled Turkey “Mignon” Steaks

Lemon Thyme & Cranberries, Pork & Pancetta Stuffing, White Wine & Sage Jus

Tournedo of Salmon

Cranberry Crumb, Spiced Carrot Purée, Baby Roast Parsnips, Lemon Beurre Blanc

Mediterranean Vegetable Paella

Topped with Artichoke & Baby Aubergine, Roast Pepper Sauce, Rocket Salad


Rich Chocolate Truffle Torte

Mulled Clementine Coulis, Pistachio Crumb

Individual Christmas Pudding

Brandied Winter Fruits, Rum Sauce

Poached Pear

Red Wine & Vanilla Reduction, Vanilla Ice Cream


Coffee & Mini Mince Pies

Entrance to The Mansion
Entrance to The Mansion, Leeds

If you are searching for a stylish venue to host your 2017 Christmas party, get in touch with our events team by calling: 0113 269 1000 or email: themansion@dine.co.uk