After the success of last year’s netball social my Netbusters social netball team wanted to better ourselves, and loving an excuse to dress up we all agreed on the fancy dress theme… charity shop chic, the rule was anything goes, as long as it was purchased from a charity shop!
Trawling the charity shops was hard work, firstly finding something to fit a theme of anything goes is hard work, do you go ultra cool vintage (I spotted some real bargains!) or granny chic, 80’s deb or just my big fat greek gypsy OTT dress…. the choice was hard, but so was finding something that I was comfortable in and fitted me! I eventually created an ensemble from a few charity shops – I was channeling a gothic choir girl kind of theme, I had massive charity outfit envy from Phoebe’s dress though… she found it in a Camden charity shop – it was very 80’s Dallas/Dynasty!
I wish I had better pics of the other girls too… Charlotte was all 70’s in her hippy mini dress, Sophie went 90s glitz in green sequins, Claire was ultra femme in a sexy chic powder blue playsuit and Rach won with her David Bowie-esque ensemble of trousers teamed with some interesting shirt and hat!
We started the night at Rach’s where we toasted the night with some Fizz, which was very apt given our team name is Fizz! After a few nibbles and drinks we took a taxi to a gastropub in tooting called The Castle. Opposite The Castle is poundland shop so before we took our table I had the bright idea that we each had to go in and buy something for £1 and we will give them out to each other randomly over dinner!
We decide to ask our servers each time they appeared to pull a prize out of the lucky dip poundland bag and give it to one of us. Going around the table to my left, the amazing £1 gifts each of us received were; Christmas tree glasses, novelty christmas musical tie, santa’s beard, marigolds, disco diva dish brush and a not very practical Will.I.Am 2014 calendar!
The dinner menu surprised us and I’ll definitely be planning to go back for a more relaxed dinner, when food is more of the focus of an evening! Most of us stuck to the classics menu choosing stomach lining dishes over the more exciting offerings, we indulged n their special bean burger, fish & chips, chicken salad and orzo… all the plates were licked clean ;) The staff were so friendly and nice, they handled 6 drunk netball girls very well ;)
After dinner we walked over to Tooting Tram & Social for a few drinks and a cheeky dance. It’s got such a great relaxed atmosphere with good music, always a winning place to an end a night if you ever find yourself in the area! We actually arrived at the end of a cabaret show, which was a treat… after the cabaret a DJ came out and it was business as usual!
This year’s christmas social certainly lived up to the hype, I paid for it on sunday morning though ;) As usual I took way too many photo’s but only a few were blog friendly, see below. I so love these girls, who knew netball could have resulted in making such a good group of friends – MERRY CHRISTMAS FIZZ, I LOVE YOU ALL! <3