Nadia Padayachi

Lowdown on Minki's A-list party

2005-03-04 09:02
<b>Minki shows off her tonsils at Rhodes House. (Mlandeli Puzi, Die Burger)</b>

Minki shows off her tonsils at Rhodes House. (Mlandeli Puzi, Die Burger)

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The build-up to Minki's birthday party at Rhodes House was big - since the public had been (very strategically) teased to the grand party - a 21st nogal!

Ladies sitting at tables greeted guests outside Rhodes House on Friday last week, where names were ticked off and a huge VIP ticket on silver string was handed over. (Were we seriously expected to hang these albatrosses around our necks?).

As promised, the main room was draped with fairytale lights. Video projectors were bragging with pics capturing different moments of Minki's not-so-long life.

The venue was stacked, but everyone was commenting on the lack of the promised celebs - disappointing since our girl had the backing of celeb mag heat.

Initially, the only people we could point at and whisper about were Minki (of course), Heinz Winckler (isn't it amazing how his image has progressed?) who sung to her, Marius Roberts who was the MC for the evening and Sam Pegg and Brett Shutlleworth. Otherwise, there was plenty of eye-candy around to keep everyone occupied.

Media outweighed the stars with Rapport, Die Burger, YOU, Top Billing and of course heat all there to capture their piece of the action.

As the evening progressed, speeches were made and eventually Heinz took centre stage, singing a few liedjies and then the traditional Happy Birthday song.

It seemed like he was enjoying himself more than everyone put together!

An uncomfortable Minki

Minki looked a bit uncomfortable while Heinz was singing his heart out, but the uneasiness ended once the cameras got their chance to click away while she cut her cake - which was a bit tacky.

It had the mock heat cover on the actual cake - yes, maybe it's the mags prezzie to her, but a little class please...

One thing's for sure - it's clear where Minki gets her looks from - her mom is a gorgeous woman - they could be sisters.

Minx was dressed as always by Hip Hop and Shimansky Collection. I was a bit surprised by her choice of colour - red - although it was special in its design and detail.

As the night progressed, things changed, and more celebs turned up: Michelle McLean and her husband, Neil, Christina Storm and James Small, Cindy Nell (who was in a terribly short black dress with cheap gold extras) and apparently Jacques.

The rumour making the rounds that evening was that Sam Pegg is expecting a little bundle of joy - but nothing is confirmed.

All in all it was a great party with plenty of familiar faces and new names to add to future guest lists.

The only problem was that Minki wasn't the best hostess.

The people who were invited were all people she has some or other interest in.

Yes, so she was there with her friends and family, but at the same time there were people who have supported her in the past and I'm sure who will support her in the future.

I think she forgot that we were not there to watch her standing on stage, but to interact with her.

We might as well have just watched her on TV. More than just celebrating her party, this was an opportunity for her to strengthen her relationships with people who are important to her future.

Having said that, I'm not sure she's particularly interested in doing anything of the sort.

Some people even considered buying her a gift. Can you believe it - buying someone you've never met a gift?

Well, after the party, those people were definitely not feeling guilty about not pitching up with a beautifully wrapped box.

The other thing is about these so-called A-list celebrity parties is the fact that they are somewhat slap in your face when you discover that there is once again (despite the compliment that you're allowed into the VIP area) another even more elite gathering in another room.

It's shocking when you sacrifice your time and effort to show your support, and suddenly your hostess and her representatives disappear, only for you to find out that they are now yet again clustering together in another area, and this time you're not allowed in!

Rude, don't you think? And so the elitist cycle continues...

  • Nadia Padayachi is a PR Executive for Touchline Media's lifestyle magazines. She did enjoy herself at the party - with friends and family.

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