We are over half way through the year, and it’s the time when things start buzzing.
I‘ll be cooking up delicious treats in advance and getting The Husband and The Son to get the house all lit up like the Eiffel Tower! The festive season is another reason to indulge ourselves after working hard all year, and I always cook up a storm! They do say the way to a man’s heart is by feeding him fabulous food, so when The Son wasn’t really looking so enthusiastic about the whole deal (now that he’s 16 and all grown up) I was feeling a bit flat, and The Husband was suggesting we don’t bother with lights (Le Horreur!). What would I do? Fill you in later …
For a bit of fun and frivolity recently, we headed down to the Jetty Memorial Theatre. Finucane and Smiths Caravan Burlesque had hit town … explosively colourful and seductively saucy! A show consisting of a travelling emporium that fuses Parisian nightclub with full blown cabaret. The theatre was packed, and one of the theatre goers was Alyssa Evans from Lyss and her Camera. Yes, I did it again – managed to get another fabulous photo for this column from another of our talented local photographers! Back to the show … there were sultry songs sung by sexy sirens, sizzling Jazz moves, and the show was loaded up with talent, packed with entertainment and was buckets of frivolous fun. It was not for the shy, more for the saucy. I’d go again in a heartbeat!
Also at our local theatre and definitely on the cheeky side (excuse the pun) was a night for the girls. Ladies Night was a provocative play which was a story of four unemployed guys, motivated by ‘The Chippendales’. The guys come up with a raunchy plan and decide to form a male strip show … you can guess most of the story. Packed to the max with naughtiness, and the ladies certainly enjoyed the laughter!
The ladies all fronted up at Coco 39, ready to get dressed by the stylists of Rebecca Hope’s fabulous boutique. Jewels were provided by Le Dãin Designs, and fine tea and sweet delicacies were laid on by Coffs Harbour High Teas. It was a day for the ladies to play dress ups and raise funds for The Manhattan Project – a charity to support women and children affected by war.
FOCUS was one of the major sponsors for Tubby’s Great Gatsby Affair. This event was held at the Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club, and funds raised on the night went to the club. On entering you could be fooled into thinking you had arrived on location at a movie set 1920s style! Samantha Wardman and her team had gone above and beyond to make this night a huge success. Gorgeous sparkling chandeliers hung from the ceiling, giant vases of stunning roses and the opulence of the era filled the venue. Margaret from Special Occasions had worked her magic once again! Talk about dressed up… everyone looked sensational! It wasn’t just business for Le Dãin Designs; it was an absolute pleasure! We had the hard task of judging Best Dressed and the delight of dressing some of the gorgeous guests … one being our Editor Kim Gould who along with her staff, Kylie Soultanian and Samantha Dawson, arrived in true 1920s flapper style. Samantha was in her usual pink attire and was sporting a bright pink feather boa, which unfortunately moulted its way through the evening! I hear feathers are still being found in very strange places! I did have my camera but when I spotted local photographer Steve Young, I hijacked him and asked him if he could take a couple of social pages shots. Thank you Steve! This is not the first time Steve has come to my rescue! Later in the evening, Steve and I had decided it was time we got a photo for a change and when we spied photographer Emma Rhoades trying to hide from working, we got her to take a pic of us. I really do have to stop pouncing on local photographers!
Guests enjoyed delicious food, music from the ‘Well Swung Daddies’, entertainment from Burlesque dancers and fantastic silent and live auctions. One of the major sponsors was Kennedys Jewellers, who donated a gorgeous white gold ring which was designed especially for the night. This was the up for auction and I heard a fabulous amount was raised for the club… just short of $30,000, I’m told! The night was a massive success, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for us next year!
Speaking of posh events, I have heard whispers that an exciting New Years Eve Party is going to be held at Opal Cove. It’s being organised by 400 Management, the same crew behind the recent Mercedes-Benz Coffs Coast Fashion Gala. It’s an invite only event, so keep your ears to the ground as it’s a serious get your tickets quick affair! There will be fun, laughter and frivolities, so you can get dressed up to the max! Stay tuned for more details!
A beautiful wedding was staged at the Bonville Golf Resort recently, when Dr Christopher Knight and our new lady Mayor Denise gave away their daughter Katherine to Leigh Gallen. Approximately 100 guests gathered to celebrate the union of this young couple. Congratulations to the Knights on gaining a son-in-law. I hear the wedding was sensational. Katherine and Leigh have a fine plan; they are saving their honeymoon for next year when they will be kicking up their heels in Las Vegas … woo hoo!
Going back to my plan to get The Husband and The Son in the festive mood … The Husband had been mentioning how much was spent at Christmas and The Son was still in the, “I’m too cool for Christmas” mood when I suddenly made a statement that changed everything. It went like this … “Oh, I’ve had a lovely idea for a nice change for Christmas. Let’s not buy any presents this year and not waste all this money on that fabulous new ‘Boys Toy’ you were looking at” (aimed at The Husband, who thinks the hardware shop is Santa’s Grotto). “And also, those games that you wanted for your ‘Zombie Box’…” (aka PlayStation – clearly aimed at The Son).
I now had their attention … “Also, let’s not buy all those treats, and I won’t cook that big juicy turkey with all the trimmings, puddings and homemade shortbread …” Now they were looking concerned. Even The Cat had its whiskers twitching at the mention of no seafood! And for the grand finale, I muttered, “Darling … I would like to go CAMPING. It will be lovely. You two will have such fun … you can do all the cooking on the BBQ, and I don’t have to cook!”
It was like a Christmas miracle! Suddenly, lights were being pulled out, presents were being discussed and The Cat was dressed up as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. How lovely! Just what I wanted for Christmas.
Here’s to the Silly Season … bring it on!