Summer might be coming to an end, but the Brisbane social scene is only just starting to heat up for the year.
On Saturday evening, The Summer Social was held at Victoria Park Golf Complex. It’s a cocktail charity event (specifically in support the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic) that is a great excuse for the young professionals of Brisbane to let their hair down in support of a good cause. Of course I had to go – it’s for charity after all!
We arrived at Victoria Park in a mode of transport not dissimilar to Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage (… an orange maxi taxi) where we were greeted with beautiful fairy lights and sunset cocktails.
It was a balmy summer night.
In fact, it had been a little too humid during the day so I opted for a little pink Zimmermann dress with cut-outs for ventilation. Whoever said that girls don’t know how to dress practically for the weather condition?
First things first – we caught up with the photographer (the talented Alisha Musil) and had our obligatory paparazzi shot taken …
… before entering to explore the party which was already well under way.
The band set the mood with soft music at the start of the evening.
And fairies flitted around the crowd like a midsummer’s night dream.
After the first few cocktails, the boys switched to beers.
Hahn Super Dry for these two dashing lads.
Sparkling wine for myself.
And a XXXX gold for old mate Joel.
There was an abundance of food trays coming around but I was too busy chattering away all night. Sadly, all I ate was one of these little salmon hors d’oeuvres.
The bar and bistro at Victoria Park has a charming marquee decked out with bright yellow stripes and basket-shaped lanterns.
As the night grew darker, things started to get a little out of control.
And wait for it … my favourite shot of the night:
While some were getting silly on the sauce near the bar, others were finding romance under the fairy lights outside.
And the more vain ones amongst us discovered the photo booth.
The trick with the photo booth is to go in with an artistic strategy for how you want your photos to look like. Alex and I decided on:
1. smiling nicely,
2. sexual, and
I think we can all agree that I need to work on my ‘sexual’ pose.
And then somebody (no names mentioned) stole a sign from the photo booth for their own sneaky photo outside.
Meanwhile, the D-floor was calling our name.
Naturally, we gravitated to the dance floor and pulled our best moves for all of Brisbane’s glitterati to watch and learn.
Let’s just say there was a lot of booty shaking, finger pointing and hands thrown in the air.
Then before we knew it, the clock struck midnight and buses had arrived to take everyone to the after party at Cloudland.
There are a number of great events organised for Brisbane’s yuppie crowd throughout the year. Check out some of the following Facebook pages to find out about upcoming events – tickets are open to anyone and the events support a range of worthwhile charities: