The Summer Social

Location location: Brisbane, Australia

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

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.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

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?

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

First things first – we caught up with the photographer (the talented Alisha Musil) and had our obligatory paparazzi shot taken …

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

the summer social, victoria park golf complex, alisha musil

… before entering to explore the party which was already well under way.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

The band set the mood with soft music at the start of the evening.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

And fairies flitted around the crowd like a midsummer’s night dream.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

After the first few cocktails, the boys switched to beers.

Hahn Super Dry for these two dashing lads.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

Sparkling wine for myself.

And a XXXX gold for old mate Joel.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

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.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

The bar and bistro at Victoria Park has a charming marquee decked out with bright yellow stripes and basket-shaped lanterns.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

As the night grew darker, things started to get a little out of control.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

And wait for it … my favourite shot of the night:

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

While some were getting silly on the sauce near the bar, others were finding romance under the fairy lights outside.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

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
3. silly.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

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.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

Meanwhile, the D-floor was calling our name.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

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.

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

summer social, victoria park, caddy shack, brisbane, young professional event

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:

The Summer Social (the link to this year’s event)
Gala on the Green
The Winter Social
Sunset Affair

2 thoughts on “The Summer Social

  1. Thanks Megan! I’ll start posting up all my Europe photos next – inspiration for your next big trip x

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