It’s an annual event and an invitation much sought after by Melbourne’s media girls – the Women in Media Lunch at Crown. That’s not just because Crown’s Ann Peacock always puts on such a wonderful day with superb food and champagne, it’s the company invited AND the incredible goody bag you stumble home with after a day of indulgence…
Last Friday we gathered at SILKS restaurant where the staff prepared a stunning feast of delicate dishes that blew my diet out of the water… not that I cared one bit!
In this case, the photos I took will best tell the story of how the day panned out so let’s take a look:
We gathered on the balcony of Crown’s SILKS restaurant.
The Dream Team from the Blo Bar were on hand to style lashes and hair for those who’d rushed to make it on time…
PR guru Kerry O’Brien and Gold FM’s Brigitte Duclos get the full treatment from the Blo Bar crew
Age journalist Suzanne Carbonne
Media gals Alice Coster, Wendy Tuohy and Rebecca Maddern
The room’s decor was stunning, including the highlight – a towering floral peacock
Ornate peacocks sat atop the decadent floral arrangements…
And it didn’t take much to work out the inspiration behind the theme of the day…
The stunning peacock arrangements paid tribute to one of the hardest working among us, Crown’s Ann Peacock
Never too old to sit on Santa’s knee – me with Herald Sun columnist Wendy Tuohy and Santa!
A highlight of the day was the entertainment – songs performed by a young man with one of the most beautiful voices I’ve heard – 11-year-old Beau Woodbridge. You’ll get the chance to hear him too when he performs at Carols By Candelight with David Hobson on Christmas Eve. And yes, you may have recognised his surname. His father is none other than tennis great Todd Woodbridge.
Star of the future 11-year-old Beau Woodbridge
Recognise these faces?
Dee Dee Dunleavy, Kate Langbroek, Brigitte Duclos, Jane Kennedy and Rebecca Maddern get into the festive spirit!
As lunch drew to an end, Ann wheeled in early Christmas gifts for all… a trolley-sized goody bag!
It all ended too soon, so for those of us who wanted to kick on, we headed downstairs to The Waiting Room bar.
Martinis anyone? Jane, Kate, Dee Dee, Rebecca and Ann.
Got my trolley home without being too trollied…
The trolley contents spilled over the table… a never-ending stream of surprises
Here’s some of my favourites:
A mini bottle of Moet – my favourite champagne!
Luxury skincare from La Prairie
A new Burberry lipstick – LOVE the stylish platinum packaging.
Vintage Princess white leather and silver cuff
Swisse Vitamin samples
A box of The Muesli sachets
An elegant Simply Vera candle by Vera Wang, Harris Scarfe
Beautiful make-up from Benefit
Cool summer nail colours from Nine West
Make-up and blow-dry voucher from Blo Bar
Milky Foot treatment
My kind of self-help book
Whitening cream and skin evaluation voucher from Liberty Belle
Plus there were movie passes from Roadshow and Palace cinemas, all adding up to possibly the best-ever goody bag I’ve seen. Huge thanks to Ann Peacock, Crown and all the sponsors for such a wonderful day.