Best of the year ... Nick Wales, Sarah Blasko, and Gary Nicholls at the September opening of the QT in Market Street.

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Best of the year ... Nick Wales, Sarah Blasko, and Gary Nicholls at the September opening of the QT in Market Street.

1. QT OPENING, Market Street

Throwing a memorable party is all about entertaining and surprising guests and in 2012 no one did it better than the QT. In September, the doors to the eccentric hotel were thrown open with staff greeting guests dressed in character: from tea-drinking, bowler hat-wearing toffs to stylish, flame-haired sirens. VIPs went on a magical mystery tour through the hotel bars, spa and rooms, where they found performance artists to entertain and entice. One room contained a fake pornographic film shoot, complete with sleazy director. Another had a DJ and a modelling shoot. But my favourite was the penthouse, with its own rock band and groupies trashing the joint. It got the idea across - whatever happens behind closed doors stays on the QT.

 

The Hon. Peter Garrett MP at the Museum of Comtemporary Art Australia launch party at the The Rocks in Sydney. Belinda Rolland Click for more photos

Parties of the year

The Hon. Peter Garrett MP at the Museum of Comtemporary Art Australia launch party at the The Rocks in Sydney. Belinda Rolland Photo: Belinda Rolland

2. MODELCO 10TH BIRTHDAY, Hayman Island

To celebrate 10 years in the beauty industry, ModelCo threw an extravagant bash in March on uber-luxurious Hayman Island. Unfortunately, heavy rain called for some last-minute contingency plans, but the motto of guests was, ''Who cares if it's pouring rain as long as they're pouring Moet?'' A degustation dinner was served on a custom-made dining table that lit up in ModelCo's signature hot pink. And at a beach party, Dannii Minogue, model Cheyenne Tozzi and pro surfer Sally Fitzgibbons danced with ModelCo owner Shelley Barrett, who shook her tail feather harder than anyone else.

 

3. CLICQUOT IN THE SNOW, Thredbo

You’re always warned to avoid yellow snow but when it’s the yellow label of a bottle of Veuve Clicquot against Thredbo slopes it’s a welcome sight. Clicquot in the Snow has become a champagne pilgrimage every August  for Sydney celebs. This year’s snow bunnies included Cheyenne Tozzi with her boyfriend Tyson Mullane, Gracie Otto and the trifecta of Holmes a Courts - Tim, Charlotte and Bridget.  An exceptional excuse to get pissed en piste.

 

4. GOLD DINNER 2012, On Seven, David Jones

The Gold Dinner in June is one of the glitziest events on Sydney's social calendar. The seventh floor of David Jones was transformed into a baroque-style ballroom, with huge cloth paintings from the era, gold touches and hedges. It felt as if we had been transported to the Palace of Versailles. The dinner is in its 15th year, and in that time has raised $15 million for the Sydney Children's Hospital.

 

5. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART REOPENING, The Rocks

In April, renovations at the Museum of Contemporary Art were unveiled, with The Clock, a 24-hour video work by Christian Marclay, shown as part of the reopening. Guests hiked up the four floors and wandered through the rooms. With 1600 invitations, it was a busy event, but champagne flowed and the canapes were tasty. MCA director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor spoke like a proud parent of the redevelopment, including new and expanded galleries, plus the National Centre for Creative Learning. ''It's been a dream for so long. I'm incredibly proud.''

 

6. OVERALL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – PASPALEY

A special mention goes to Paspaley for a trio of stand-out events this year. The Exquisitely Stranded mother/daughter lunch at Quay in June, the Odyssey collection launch in October, and Polo in the City in November.  All elegant soirees.