One of my responsibilities at work is to organise staff events, and this year, we decided to splurge a bit and go to a winery!
On Saturday 5th August, we held our ‘Family Luncheon’ at Balgownie Estate. Each employee was allowed to bring a plus one, so of course, I dragged this fella along despite his whinging (srsly tho, free lunch and wine tasting!).
The function started with this lovely gentleman, whose name I have forgotten, educating us on five different wines, whilst providing us with a generous serving of each! Despite not really enjoying wine, I ended up really liking the two sparkling wines that we got to try – NV Premium Cuvee Brut and 2015 Black Label Sparkling Shiraz. I ended up buying both in the end, thankfully with a generous discount from the same gentleman.
Of course, with such a large group of ladies, it was expected that in between drinking and eating, we would be taking photos! Apart from it being a little bit chilly, the weather was perfect for some fun outdoor photos too.
And no, Ash did not take any of these photos! He was too busy enjoying the warmth of indoors…
I’m all about the little details, so I not only created a seating plan that encouraged people to chat with people they’re not used to, but also created a lovely place card for everyone that matches with the invites I also made (not pictured).
I also host trivia every year, and of course, provide prizes for the winning team and runner up!
As can be expected, I don’t always get the biggest budget for purchasing these prizes, so it’s all about finding cheap bulk items and making them look ‘pretty’. If my memory serves me right, everything in the above photo – 5 main prizes and 5 runner up prizes – in total, cost me around $40 to put together.
(Note: Ash’s team won the trivia and no, it was not rigged!)
Our package consisted of alternating entrees and alternating mains. I unfortunately didn’t manage to get a good photo of each of the dishes, but I dare say they were all quite enjoyable. The worst dish of the lot would probably be my chicken, which I felt was unfortunately a little bit dry, despite the goodflavours.
It was such a fantastic day and I was really happy with how everything turned out in the end.
Our mini bus of people decided to stop by the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie on the way back, and I seriously cannot believe that I’ve never been before! It was chocolate heaven and I
felt like was a kid in a candy chocolate store!