Darlings! Tiffany’s was the place to be! – Story: Marie Pietersz (The Write Touch), Melbourne; Photo credits: well wishers
And what a glamorous event it was, this Brunch at Tiffany’s mid-year event hosted by the HFC PPA Bamba (Aust) Inc at the Oakleigh Hall on 14 July.
The atmosphere was electric and the venue filled to capacity with 170 sophisticated ladies (and some elegant gents, I might add). The ladies were real eye candy, looking stylish in their favourite little black dresses, cigarette pants, pencil skirts, fabulous strings of pearls, updo styles with hair ornaments, and cigarette holders.
The entrance to the venue was decorated like a Tiffany store and inside was elaborately bedecked with all the trimmings and touches to represent the theme, with no effort spared, thanks to a very talented committee and helpers.
The costumes, make-up and hair did real justice to the beautiful and famous look inspired by Aubrey Hepburn as the iconic Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the 1961 Hollywood blockbuster movie. George Peppards, eat your heart out, these HFC girls’ portrayal of the real thing was simply the best.
The afternoon was eventful with a packed agenda of items to get through in spite of the lively incessant chatter and laughter to be heard throughout, with mimosas served on arrival to set the mood.
After the welcome speech by President Aruni Wijeyesinghe, there was a hearty singing of the school song by the huge contingent of past pupils attending, led by Secretary Michelle Vanvelzon.
A sumptuous brunch buffet was served, catered by With Love Catering, followed by a delectable Sweet Table, which had everybody enjoying fine fare.
Then it was time to play the table quiz competition, ably conducted by Nalis Miranda and included identifying music from that era. The raffle was well subscribed and comprised generous prizes, the first prize of a Tiffany bracelet won by Annemarie Labrooy.
Next was the pleasant task of choosing the fairest lady of them all, which was no mean feat given the beautifully attired females in the room. No doubt a hard task and by a slim margin, the winner chosen was Joanne Holsinger.
The afternoon ended with a lesson on how to do the Charleston, a dance move from the Swinging Sixties, which saw a long line of ladies take a short instruction from Marie Pietersz of Love2Dance before attempting a very good rendition to the music Putting on the Ritz.
All too soon it was over, another beautifully themed event done and dusted, organised on the back of the very successful previous Madhatter’s Tea Party themed event.
Until next time, says the committee, with credit to:
President Aruni Wijeyesinghe
Secretary Michelle Vanvelzon
Treasurer Nadeeka Perera
Members Nalis Miranda, Inoka Jayasinghe, Jilska Williams and Jean Le Mercier.