For the last few years the Mums Mail High Tea has been a highlight on my social calendar. Well, considering how bleak my social calendar looks you may think that that is not saying too much. Trust me – I am not alone in my enthusiasm for this event.
The tickets were sold out within a day or so and discussions on what to wear starts months in advance. I have mentioned before that I hate dressing up to a theme. Hell, I hate dressing up Full Stop so throw in a theme and I have heart palpitations and sweaty palms at the very thought!
The theme for 2013 was Bollywood Bling so that was easy enough as I found a Punjabi hidden in the deepest, darkest corner of my cupboard. A quick nip to an Indian store to buy some shiny bangles that resemble slinkies and I was sorted.
The morning started off with a flurry of WhatsApp messages from ladies bitching about the intricacies of donning a sari to moans about how scratchy and itchy the clothes were. A desperate shout out for a bindi, (that is the dots Indian ladies wear on their foreheads. I also had to ask, don’t worry) and we finally arrived in all our blingy glory at The Hellenic Hall in desperate need of the glass of champagne we were served.
The speaker and entertainer were fab. When I saw that a Professor was talking about finance I started plotting what ailment I could feign so that I could sit outside recuperating with another glass of champagne. Prof Matthew Lester gave the most amusing and informative talk on finance I have ever heard.
He was followed by Veejay Moodley aka Aaron McIlroy. He had everyone howling with laughter. Okay maybe not everyone. His wife, Lisa Bobbert, was in the audience and she may not have found his references to “the wife” quite as amusing.
We left relaxed and refreshed, burdened only with the best goodie bags in town. Well done to Alice Leah and the Mum’s Mail team. The best part of the event is that all the proceeds go to The Sunflower Fund. Seen as I am too old to be put on the bone marrow register (I know, right? I too was shocked to learn that I am over 45) it is such a pleasure to do anything I can for this amazing organisation.
Mmm….now I wonder what the theme for next year will be?