Blogfest Day 14 ~ N is for Nouveau Riche

Have you ever attended a "super-posh" event ? Like the out-of-this-world events they show in the international glossy magazines ? Especially amongst people who flaunt newly acquired wealth ? Whilst I can appreciate and even embrace the finer things in life , the upper echelons of society take it to the max . No holds barred . This is my take on a "super-ultra-uber-posh-party" .

~~ Bling , bling and more bling – designer heels (only Jimmy Choo/Manolo Blahnik will do) – useless clutch , expensive perfume , 1 hour of make-up – Check

~~ Meeting like-minded associates/colleagues from the creme de la creme who try desperately to show their sudden wild side – Check

~~ String Quartet – Check

~~ Young studs getting attention with the assistance of expensive perfumes like Calvin Klein/D&G/Gucci

~~ Older men discreetly flash a Rolex/Tag Heuer from afar , even the odd Phillippe Patek (now that's the big league …)

~~ Fabulosity is the buzzword here – beautiful women from the jet-set crowd looking stunning in their semi-naked dresses

~~ Young femme fatales proudly display their 'assets' , necklines plunging to the belly button , draped in the latest Vera Wang creation

~~ Older wanna-be femme fatales do the same , except that they use diamonds/real fur to shift the focus away from their older skin …

~~ Porcelain-veneer smiles fixed in place …

~~ Waitrons – the essence of efficiency , immaculately groomed , more uptight than the guests …

~~ Food . Aha ! At a gathering of this nature , it's hard to fathom . Great taste . I'll give you that . Presentation – brilliant . And only the best crockery . Give credit where it's due . But I still don't get it . A lovely , square , shiny plate has a small steak on one corner , four carrot sticks , four baby potatoes , four celery sticks . Attractive  garnish (not decoration , gotta use the correct terminology). Looks perfect . Don't want to disturb the arrangement . Looks ready to be placed in granny's display cabinet .

And the lesson is – a big plate with two spoons of food in the centre , garnished well , is to make it look valuable /precious . Like a small diamond in a huge jewellery box …

~~ Dessert – dark chocolate mousse with strawbwerry sorbet (not your run-of-the-mill ice cream for the high-and-mighty). The mousse is merely 2X1X1 inches big/small ? One spoon (not scoop-please take note) of strawberry sorbet on the left . A chocolate wafer triangle dead centre . Next to the sorbet , a thingiemajiggie looking like a squiggly hieroglyphic and spiral design , made from liquid chocolate . All on a fancy big plate .

Reality check – I can devour this in three easy bites – one for the mousse , one for the sorbet , one for the wafer . Game over ! Quick and fast . But the people take ages to finish it off .

~~ Endless flow of red/white wine

~~ Ambience … ambience … ambience – gotta be just right – after all , you never know which high-society columnist is in our midst …

~~ Back to reality amongst us ordinary mortals – you leave the bash , still slightly hungry …

~~ Might as well raid the fridge for yesterday's left-overs …

P.S. What about the photos , you ask ?  At a ultra-posh party , you are not the one who carries a camera and takes pics. Don't be silly (you really wouldn't want to offend anybody by snapping photos from the wrong angle now , would you ?) Just pose for the professional photographer (who has just flown in from Paris) and act important !!

P.P.S. Ah well , it's a case of "different strokes for different folks " , I suppose …… 

P.P.P.S. Don't get me wrong – I'd never turn down an invite to one of these functions . It's nice to rub shoulders with the who's-who . See how the other half live . Will have to be minus the Jimmy Choo , Vera Wang , Rolex  etc. – plain and simple Marks & Spencer to the rescue – never lets you down …



  1. Jeffrey Beesler on April 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Any visit I make to an actual ultra-posh event will be purely coincidental. No appetizers would be harmed in my presence as I would probably not stick around long enough in the gathering.
    Unless the gathering was made up wholly of writers. Then it might be a different story. Great N! Thanks for sharing, and it's a pleasure to meet you via the A-Z Challenge!

    • mish on April 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks Jeffrey ~~ and good point about the nature of said gathering ! Nice meeting you too !

  2. Murugi Njehia on April 19, 2011 at 6:26 am

    First let me say your blog totally rocks! And i love the optimism.Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • mish on April 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

      Thanks for giving my blog the thumbs-up and for popping in to visit !! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. tara tyler on April 19, 2011 at 11:53 am

    your description made me jealous – it sounded like you had been there!
    Happy N-P days =)

    • mish on April 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm

      Mmm ….. well , to be honest , I have sort of been to more than one of these gatherings … *secret grin* …
      When I receive the next invite , I’ll take you along as my guest . How does that sound ? 🙂

  4. 2mara on April 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Well, I am from nowhere Oklahoma… most of our parties are in barns, and animals tend to be on the guest list 😉
    vivid detailing, I felt like I was there (but I would probably get kicked out for my converse sneakers)

    • mish on April 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      It’s really a pretentious lifestyle , especially if you’re not born into it ! Well , that’s how the “other half” live ~ good for them , I say , each to his own and blah , blah , blah … 🙂

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