The other night myself and fellow blogger besties Karisa and Clouds attended Tasha’s ‘White Party’. It was held at the restaurant chain’s Melrose Arch shop in Jozi to celebrate their 7th birthday and 10th store opening.
For those of you who don’t know, Tasha’s is a restaurant franchise co-owned by Tasha Sideris and the Famous Brands group. It’s doing so well that they’ll be opening an 11th store in Dubai soon.
Anyway, Tasha’s big bash was held in a huge white marquee tent with several bars, a centre stage and mini lounge areas. Giant silver ice buckets of premium alcohol were dotted across the floor and tables groaned with mountains of delish-looking food.
Guests looked fabulously glam thanks to an all white dress code and the place was pretty much packed with celebs. Famous faces included Top Billing’s Jeannie D (who I adore), model/actress and modelling agency owner Shashi Naidoo and the lovely Lee-Anne Liebenberg (also a model/actress) who was there with her hubby Nicky van der Walt.
Celeb PR/man about town Thulani Hadeba was also there along with Zuraida Jardine who wore a House of Harlow headband (yep, that’s Nicole Richie’s fashion line). I also ran into super swimmer Natalie du Toit and Vuzu’s lovely Lala.
Local designer Gert-Johan Coetzee was also out about about along with celeb publicist Melinda Shaw and Isidingo’s Jay Anstey.
Entertainment-wise, the crowd got treated to a soulful live performance by a barefoot Louise Carver…
… followed by LeAnne Dlamini:
Seriously though; it’s been a long time since I’ve been to such an extravagant affair. Champagne flowed like a river and the canapes just kept on coming and coming. Every time I thought the food had wrapped for the night I’d spot another slew of waiters tempting the crowd with treats like mini prego rolls, burgers and french fries served in branded cups. We even had a (super cute) oyster boy!
Of all the savoury treats I devoured I was most taken by this spoonful of endamame with the softest, dreamiest goast’s cheese.
I only managed to nab one of them and then spent a good part of the night stalking waiters in a desperate forage for more. As for the dessert – my God – I could write a whole separate blog post about that. Think super moist, red velvet cake smothered in cream cheese frosting, delicately powdered Turkish delight and pistachio roll ups, teeny boxes of handmade nougat, a mountain of macaroons and more. Tasha’s even has their own frozen yoghurt machine!
Fabulously, a sugar binge was just one of the evening’s highlight. Earlier, Clouds and Karisa had run into Oscar ‘Bladerunner’ Pistorious, who, in our book, is pretty much the hottest man in the universe. (This all happened without me as I was sitting with my mouth over the tap of the fro-yo machine at the time.)
You have no idea how much jealously my friends’ Oscar encounter induced. But then it got worse! The next thing you know, they were clutching at their breasts, gasping for air and shrieking like banshees. As it turned out, he’d just sent them each a direct message via twitter. Did you get that ladies? Oscar freakin’ Pretorius sent my friends a DIRECT MESSAGE. Hiss, stomp, rage, vent!
You should have heard the screaming. ‘See that exclamation mark?! It’s a sign! It means HE LOVES ME!’ ‘What?! Are you CRAZY?! I got a smiley face! Do you know what that means?! He’s basically just asked me to MARRY him!!!’
Anyway, after a li’l stage dancing and one more bottle of champers for the road (I don’t even want to think of what the budget for this party must’ve been. I spent most of the evening feeling like I was back in St. Tropez or at some billionaire sheiks wedding in Dubai) we jumped into a cab and headed off back to our hotel. We’d been put up at 54 on Bath which was so utterly spoilicious it deserves a post of its own that’ll be up later on in the week.
Again, a big thank you to Tasha for flying us up as well as Jill and Zebra Square PR for helping to put everything together. This was one of the most lavish, entertaining events I’ve been to in a while. Jozi peeps seriously know how to party!