East Bay Elites brought their costume-lovin', cocktail-slingin', philanthropic spirit to Yelp's Jet Set Fête at the Layover Music Bar and Lounge on Sunday night, raising over $200 for local nonprofit K to College.
Feeling festive from the Halloween weekend, Elites happily played along with the travel theme with tacky vacation apparel, internationally-inspired garb, and masses of flight attendant uniforms. Outside-the-box ensembles included a "Recalculating" GPS and the ghost of Fidel Castro; both creative celebrants took the home tickets to the 11/11/11 Party at the David Brower Center.
Sporting cow udders and classy vintage apparel, the Layover mixologists shook up some dangeroulsy delish Margaritas and Blood Orange Daisies compliments of Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, while St Germain poured their signature cocktail of elderflower liquor, champagne and lemon twist, which "went down like lemonade" for Augusto T. "After a few I was already feeling quite a bit more social!"
Maoz Vegetarian offered up a heaping falafel bar, where guests could build their own pita, complete with cucumber salad and fresh tahini sauce. Carolen M proclaimed her pita creation was "delicious and crispy" and Jen O admitted that after her wild weekend, the Maoz spread "helped perk me up the most!"
Just next door, The Layover's gallery space was transformed into a den of photographic fun with Frekkles Foto Booth. The high-tech set-up allowed guest to cram in by the dozen (nearly) and preview their poses on a TV screen in the booth. Fancy that! Anita W was thrilled to "go through a couple rounds in the photo booth!" Waiting for a turn was painless, as guests could sample sweet creations from Frozen Kuhsterd, including Avocado ice cream with condensed milk and their infamous Cereal Milk flavor with organic corn flakes on top. Jen O is still savoring the memory, confessing "the cereal milk custard is still making my mouth water, even though I've already stuffed myself with candy today!" The crowd loved the peppy representatives from both Frekkles and Frozen Kuhsterd, and Carolen M confirms they're "great guys with a great concept."
DJ Dennis Yardoff (aka "Big Ponies") mixed up some retro beats for the music-hungry group, with never a dull moment on the dance floor! Socialite Bill B appreciated "the reasonable volume and good, danceable background mix of music" and Jen O dug the laid-back vibe throughout, chirping "everyone was so welcoming, and carried a chill, Sunday night wind-down attitude."
And that, my friends, is how we do it in the East Bay.
Happy (recovering from) Halloween!
East Bay Community Manager