The Sip & Solve party brings out 70 “players” to try their luck and skill as they enjoyed snacks and sips along the way.
They came, they played and they conquered at SingularCity’s Sip & Solve party at the Westfield Century City on Thursday, October 20. The event, involved 70 people who played a team-based game created by Wise Guy Events that challenged the players creativity, intelligence and willingness to be a bit silly in an effort to win $1,200 worth of prizes from the Sony store, Intimacy, Macy’s, Pink Taco and Ummba Grill.
The margaritas and appetizers supplied by Pink Taco, the Brazilian cocktails and treats at Ummba Grill and the blood orange sangria and Asian-inspired samosas and pot stickers from RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen kept the players not only uninhibited, but also well fed as they tackled the challenges.
SingularCity member DH Lewis, from Studio City said that although some of the puzzles were difficult, she enjoyed the party immensely. “It was action packed,” she said, “that was my favorite thing about the whole event.”
The party started on the patio of Pink Taco. After an hour or so of socializing, Greg Snyder and Myles Nye, the game masters from Wise Guys, explained the first set of challenges and made sure everyone was teamed up. The games ranged from puzzles, to tests of dexterity, to creative problem solving and even the players’ skill at the art of deception.
From there, the group moved on to Ummba Grill for their second set of challenges that included trying to roll a drink coaster along the floor — not as easy as it might sound. One team used their engineering experience to design a coaster “vehicle” — two coasters supported by a straw “axel” — that made it easy to roll their coasters from one end of the Ummba Grill patio to the other.
Of course, while the main action was taking place at the Westfield Century City restaurants, teams were dashing out to complete a task at the Sony store, where the challenge was to dance to the new Sony Playstation 3 “Let’s Dance” game. The players held a Playstation controller in their hand while watching a hi-def TV and tried to imitate the dance steps they saw on the screen. Their antics had passersby stopping in the Sony store to see what was causing all the shouting, clapping and laughter.
Another hilarious challenge took place at Intimacy, a store that specializes in luxury lingerie and personalized bra fitting. For this challenge, players had to choose a bra in the HH cup size, select accessories and then pose for a funny photo. To win this challenge, the teams not only had to put on ladies underwear (over their clothes), they also had to have the funniest photo.
At Macy’s, the teams stopped in the cosmetics area where they met up with a Wise Guys’ team member who tested their ability to remember shapes, sizes, and colors after briefly seeing flash cards. How many octagons did they see on the flash card that was no longer visible? What colors and shapes were on the card?
The whole extravaganza wound up at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen where party guests filled up the entire terrace area, sipping blood orange sangria served in sugar-rimmed cups and munching down on Asian-inspired treats created by Chef Mohan Ismail. After the last round of challenges, the “Wise Guys” tallied up the scorecards and announced the winners.
Landing in first place was the team led by SingularCity member Jeff Daly. Each member of his team won a $100 gift certificate to the Sony store, a $50 gift certificate to Intimacy and a gift box of skin care product with a retail value of $80 each from Macy’s.
The second place team, lead by Trip Payne, received $50 gift certificates from Pink Taco along with Pink Taco T-shirts. The third place team each won $30 gift certificate for Ummba Grill.
“My favorite part of the evening was doing the photo challenges,” said Molly Welch, who won a bonus prize for having the most embarrassing photo of the evening. “It really gave us the opportunity to be creative and think outside the box,” she said. “I definitely succeeded for creating the worst profile picture. Let’s hope those photos never see the light of day! Maybe I should have signed a confidentiality agreement prior to the start of this evening!”
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