It turns out MEA members are a hardy lot. Especially when it comes to End of Year parties.
Trevor Connell reports on the MEA NSW end of year party
Typically in November the storms roll through Sydney and clear up for the evening. However last Wednesday the Sydney weather was atypical, the rain just kept coming for days. So it was not looking good for an outdoor party at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM). But that did not deter the guests or the organisers.
Fortunately the ANMM outdoor function area has been remodelled to become an outdoor/indoor function area so there was plenty of room to accommodate guests under cover. The rain though cleared late in the afternoon and the guests enjoyed the function mostly out of doors – but they did have to rug up a bit.
The dress code was Nautical / Hamptons Style. I knew nautical but I had to look up Hamptons Style – Something to do with rich people from New York – well out of my league but quite a number of people seemed to get it!
Of course these events are about catching up with colleagues, suppliers and clients for a chat (and networking of course). This was made very easy due to the expansive layout that allowed guests to drift away from the band if they preferred to chat. The way a networking function should be.
There were ample waitstaff courtesy of Benchmarque Hospitality. They were friendly and efficient, but had to keep moving to stay warm as they were (very attractively) dressed for a summer function.
The welcome cocktail was based on vodka and passionfruit and was perfect to round off a sweltering day – which it wasn’t, but it was delightful anyhow.
The excellent food, by laissez-faire, just kept coming and the cheese board display was exceptionally delicious.
The entertainment was kept simple with the Apples & Pears Super Band kicking in to liven up the dancefloor after ample time for networking. Although a covers band APSB actually played interesting, rocking music.
The only thing missing from the refurb of the function space is a decent indoor/outdoor PA system, unfortunately the organisers resorted to using the band PA for the welcome address and door prize draw – never a good move and in this instance next to useless.
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Venue : Australian National Maritime Museum
Décor : Solution RED
Catering : laissez-faire
Waitstaff : Benchmarque Hospitality
Staging : Staging Rentals
Entertainment : Apples & Pears Entertainment
Invite design : Loud & Clear
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