Wonderland

While the PR girl in me loves a party, I must admit after organising my own divisional Christmas party for over 30 people and attending an Alice in Wonderland birthday party last night, I’m a bit partied out!

With these things, it’s all about the details and both events were great for those very reasons. Our Christmas party celebrated La Trobe’s cultural values via individual gold star cards with personalised messages attached to our KK presents to each other – plants (below) that contribute to our sustainability ethos at the University.

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With a limited budget, the Rosanna Golf Club in Lower Plenty very kindly hosted our event after we’d got quotes from a variety of other places and we were well looked after in the private dining room overlooking the green with Alumni and Advancement Office staff entering via the external verandah. Given many of us are still working hard right until the end of next week, it was nice to be surrounded by a sea of green and for the sun to come out for our group photo (below).

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Last night’s Alice in Wonderland party was organised by my former colleague and friend Dian who had gone to much effort right down to the printed invitations and Admit One party tickets. She’d hired out Four Larks Cafe in Abbotsford – a bluestone building opposite Victoria Gardens near Skipping Girl Vinegar – and decked it out in fairy lights and all things Mad Hatter’s tea party. She (and Mr Rosanna) had opted for the White Rabbit character but there were lots of people dressed up as cards (Aces and suit cards), Queen of Hearts, White Rabbits and the odd Cheshire Cat!

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While I had wanted to go as the Caterpillar, in the end I went as a cupcake so it was a shame Mr R had not gone as the Drink Me potion. My work friends thought it was quite amusing when we rocked up to the venue and I did get comments from other party-goers so it was good to apply some creativity by going for something more abstract.

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I hope you are hanging in there if you’ve had just as many events to attend as I have – the end is in sight! I will be helping the Graduations team in more ways than one this coming final week of work so I’m looking forward to getting to next weekend, especially given the expected heat. Stay cool this week – not long to go…