There are few opportunities during the year when everyone from the office can get together and celebrate, however Christmas parties are always a great occasion and yesterday’s festivities were no exception!
We began the festive celebrations at half ten with Gavin’s own take on the state of the nation address, modified to suit WSM. His humorous speech was then followed by the handing out and opening of everyone’s Secret Santa presents! Gifts ranged from a sparkly bowtie, a toy car and a ‘Del Boy’ mask to funny mugs, beauty products and holly. At eleven O’clock we split into seven teams to take part in a quiz. The partners did a fantastic job creating a very difficult quiz! We had to answer questions on a variety of topics such as sport, history, general knowledge and more.
After the quiz we all headed off to Quaglino’s in Mayfair for our Christmas lunch. Upon arrival we were greeted with a champagne reception and then quickly made our way through the four course meal consisting of a wild mushroom tart for the starter, roast turkey with all the trimmings for the main course, traditional Christmas pudding and brandy sauce for dessert and finally, we finished up with coffee and petit fours. In between each course Gavin announced different competition categories for which we had to nominate a member of the team, and vote for a winner. Each nomination had to be accompanied with an explanation, which made for a hilarious series of anecdotes!
Not wanting the party to end, we continued the merry carousing in Quaglino’s bar, “Quags”, which overlooks the main restaurant floor. With good company, a live band and an array of drinks flowing, the convivial ambiance was unavoidable
It was a thoroughly enjoyable night and a brilliant way to end 2013! Thank you very much to all the partners for such a good night!
Kayley and Shane
Paul and Gavin announcing the next competition category