We awoke to a ripper of a morning sun with spirits high knowing we had a fun filled day ahead full of fancy dress and merriment.
It was such good weather that the rooftop of a car park over the road was being used for photo-shoots.
This weekend we would be participating in a fancy dress charity fundraiser quiz for one of our friends Sheree. We would also be attending a Medieval themed party later in the evening in aid of winter ending which Ria and her housemates were setting up.
Broomy, Sarah and I were excited when the ‘Winter is coming’ words of House Stark from the Game of Thrones series appeared on the Facebook invite for the Medieval party and equally excited with the choice of theme as it gave us a chance to live out the TV series that has been occupying our evenings for the last few weeks!
The charity event also had a theme of anything beginning with F, O or K, as it was to help raise money for Friends of Korogwe Inc which is a charity founded by Sheree Lette and Kate Rengey in 2012, to provide monetary and social support to orphaned and disadvantaged children. You can find out more here http://goo.gl/5vHuqd
After much debate we decided on Oreo cookie’s.
Sarah, Mel and I took upon ourselves to get stuck in and help prepare costumes for the quiz team. Luckily we found some large pieces of cardboard in the recycling area of our building that would be perfect for Oreo shaped cut outs. All we would need is some paint, stencils, string and in no time we would have a perfect costume. So for all you fancy dress fans here’s a cheap and easy costume to make, all you need is a white top which acts as the soft middle bit of the cookie.
We popped round to Mel’s early in the week and managed to make enough cut outs for 7 people in a couple of hours. Boom!
Obviously there had to be some prior research performed....I dutifully took this role..
The quiz team would be congregating at our flat for some pre-drinks and to get kitted up in our costumes. Katherine (‘Toots’), Robyn, Mel, Andy , Broomy, Sarah and I were well oiled before getting our Taxi to the quiz which would start late afternoon.
The taxi ride over was a real hoot and we joked around as we made our way to the venue.
On arrival one guy thought he was hilarious to shout out from his car "Wheres the milk?" , which to be fair was a good one the first time you hear it but then he proceeded to say it to each of us when we walked past. You know he is in a pub somewhere saying to a mate "you'll never guess what I said to a bunch of people dressed up as Oreos?".
We were quite surprised to be the first team there and after finding our table we headed to... you’ve guessed it...The Bar!!!
The Oreo costumes were turning heads as the other teams arrived and we were also impressed by some of the other attempts. There was the French team, the cast of Friends and even our hosts were dressed as Forks!
Sheree’s fiancé Henry, stole the show though as a pink fairy.
After we chatted about costumes and nonsense it was game on! But we were even more oiled by this point.
The small town of Korogwe, in the Tanga region on the East coast of Tanzania was where Sheree and Kate initially focused there fundraising and therefore some of the questions we would be getting would have a Tanzania theme. Luckily for us, Sarah had studied the Facebook page and we assigned the answers and clues given to all contestants so that we had those questions covered. Did it help?
Well.........in a word no.... we got all the answers that Sarah prepared right but sadly not all of the rest. The good news though was that we didn’t come last either!!
We almost won the limbo round when Toots got to the last two but was beaten by an astounding flexible tall guy, dressed up as Joey from Friends.
Broomy had a chance to get some points back with the paper aeroplane round...
But even his cardboard flapping didn’t help the trajectory of his plane.
The judges were devastating with their scoring....Nil Pois!
However, we did receive best dressed team which let’s be honest has to be the most important award!
O-REO! REO! REO! OREO!
There was another best dressed individual award which went to a girl who did a very funny and convincing French accent whilst dressed as your stereotypical Frenchmen, beret and all, answering questions with a “Oui Oui” and a non fussed “ en baguette".
After the quiz the silent auction was announced and Broomy had cleaned up, taking a West Coast Eagles footy ball and a couple of vouchers for Bowling and a drive in cinema night. But he was beaten for generosity as one fella bid over $250 for a restaurant deal!
Once all the prizes had been handed out it was time for one last group shot, and it was only 9pm at this point!
Thanks to Sheree and Katy for putting on a great night and I hope all our merriment helped with your fundraising.
As we left the venue we were getting revved up for round 2 singing OREO! OREO! OREO! songs out in the streets, which must of been a funny sight for the passer by. We said goodbyes to the girls and Broomy, Andy, Sarah and I got ready for the Medievel party.
Credit to Sarah as without her skills as a costume designer we wouldn't have pics like these!
Safe to say it was a messy night for all involved and the Sunday was a write off! The hang over was worth it though
Stay tuned for more tales.