When we walked into Jammie Hall on the Saturday afternoon to set up, instead of a beautifully clean, empty hall waiting to be decorated, we were met with a hall full of pot plants and rows of chairs. The look was more tropical conference than arctic dance floor. My heart nearly stopped when I thought the venue had been double booked, but luckily the other event was already over. Not so luckily, we were left with packing everything up. If there's one thing social dancing teaches us, it's to be flexible, and we managed to use the chairs to our advantage and stacked them in the corners to form the basis for icebergs. Toss over some boxes, cover with white drapes, bake under blue light, and – voila! A huge thank you to everyone who helped transform the hall in record time – old comm, new comm and eager beavers. A special thanks to those who risked their lives balancing on stacks of chairs or climbing up balconies, and to Bryce for lending an expert hand, and eye.
The end result turned out even better than I had hoped for, with the smoke machine really finishing things off nicely to set a frosty scene. Of course, the real success was in the terrific turnout, with everything from Cossacks to Snow Queens on the dance floor. There were even reported sightings of a Siberian tiger. It really was a frostacular frozen fantasy!
To those of you who couldn't make it – you missed out on some fantastic food and scrumptious sweets such as a white chocolate fountain, coconut ice, meringues, and my own soon-to-be famous (I hope) cupcakes! Our specially developed blue punch was a huge hit, giving people frostbitten-looking blue mouths.
Thanks to Anton for manning the “photo booth” – check out his awesome photos from the semi-formal on our new Facebook events group. While you're at it, make sure you join the group so that you can get invited to future events. Unfortunately this was the last event of the year, but hopefully the new committee has wowed you with our super-cool party hosting skills, and you're all looking forward to next year's events as much as I am!
Photos: Anton Moisey