Bonza Bash originally started as a birthday party for a few of Aussies blokes living in Seattle, Brenton, Dave and Ben. Since we all hail from Australia, all live in Seattle and all have our birthdays in March, it seemed like a good idea to throw a combined birthday party.
We wanted something different from the standard boring old house party – something unique, something special. We decided to take a concept from Australia where once a year they throw a huge party in the middle of the Australian Outback. People bus/fly/chopper in from all over the world to attend this amazing black tie party and charity fundraiser in the most unlikely of places – hundreds of miles from anywhere in the heart of the Australian Outback.
In 2005 we invited 80 people who we knew and thought would be interested in such an event. About a month later when the event came around that initial invitation list had grown from 80 to over 400 people. 250 of them showed up at Dave’s place in Kirkland. We had food, drinks, a formal dress code, a dance floor and DJ, a salsa room, a hot tub and a shuttle driver picking people up and dropping them off. Needless to say, the party was a huge success.
Since then Brenton and Dave have picked up the ball and turned Bonza Bash into a staple on the Seattle social scene. 2006′s party was at Pravda Studios in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, 2007′s party was at the top of the Seattle Space Needle. 2008 saw us go to the Seattle Aquarium for the first time, where over 700 people danced the night away to The Dudley Manlove Quartet as well as one of Seattle’s top DJs, DJ Rythma. Not only did Seattle’s swankiest twist the night away, but they did so while raising money for charity, sampling some delicious traditional Aussie cuisine, and enjoying a beverage or two. The adventurous even sampled a cocktail from our ice bar modeled after the legendary Sydney Opera House.2008 was also the first year we expanded to another event – Halloween. We decided to host a Masquerade Costume Ball at the EMP. We have over 850 people for that event and it was a huge success.
In 2009, Bonza Bash expanded further – we decided to host 4 events: our traditional March Bonza Bash, a Summer food and wine tasting, our 2nd annual Halloween event and our inaugural New Years Eve event.
Bonza Bash continues to grow in popularity, and events continue to get bigger and better. Stay tuned for what’s next…