Each year, our amazing partners organize a holiday outing for our team to enjoy each other’s company and let loose! With so many new additions to the team, some of us were unsure what to expect.
Many of the details were left a mystery. We were given snippets of information in order to come prepared:
- Wear warm clothing
- Pack a change of clothes
- Write a toast to share
- Bring a gift
We started our day with curling – learned the basics; the thrower releases the stone and sweepers sweep the ice to encourage the stone to move faster. After a bit of instruction (and some practice) we moved onto a friendly competition… bring it on!
Our teams were preselected which gave us the opportunity to coordinate. Clearly the ‘Cat in the Hat’ team came prepared!
Jamie, Senior Account Manager at Corinthian Events and second from the right in the picture above shared, “My favorite part of the day was Curling, I didn’t know what to expect and learning the technique was a little nerve-wracking but once we all got the hang of it, it was quite fun! (minus our freezing toes)”
After a couple hours on the ice, we were all ready to get warm.
After a quick change, we warmed up with champagne and passed hors d’oeuvres.
A favorite bite? The seared tuna served on sesame crackers, topped with wasabi and caviar were divine!
When Courtney, Partner at Corinthian Events – seen on the far left, was asked to choose her favorite part of the day she answered that it was the 6 hours celebrating a great year with truly amazing peeps!
Indeed… The whole day was fabulous!
On to our meal… Décor, designed by our Director, Tamara, for our plated lunch was woodland and warm; moss green tufted linens, golden pine cones, gold antler candle holders, and pine trimmings with elegant white flowers.
On each of our chairs was a surprise gift from the partners which included a Corinthian Events logo embroidered rain jacket, a warm plaid scarf, and a small leather business card pouch.
Once everyone got settled it was time for toasts which ran the gamut from heartfelt to funny. Some team members wrote traditional toasts while others sang their piece. This ‘2016 newbie crew’ made up of (from left to right), Andrew, Erin, Claudia, Dawn and Sarah rapped their toast to Kanye’s runaway.
“Let’s have a toast to the vendors, let’s have a toast to the partners…”
Andrew, Account Manager and integral part of the ‘2016 newbie crew’ felt that the toasts provided a ‘feel-good’ moment each time another person or group shared.
Natalie, Office & Outreach Coordinator, seen here taking pride in a shout-out. She later gushed that “the most meaningful part of the day to me was to hear everyone’s speeches.”
Shira, Program Assistant at Corinthian Events admitted that she was nervous before giving her toast (this was her first year), but as the rising star she is – she knocked it out of the park. She even reflected after that hearing from one another was one of her favorite moments during our outing.
Jenni and Megan (left picture), both Senior Account Managers at Corinthian Events sang their toast for a second year in a row and Elizabeth (right picture), a Director, gave a heartfelt toast. She singled out each teammate, sharing a connection or appreciation for them. Cheers!
The meaningful, heartfelt and clever toasts continued. Mary, Partner at Corinthian Events, wrote a seriously funny story. Written in the theme of our holiday card, had everyone laughing whole-heartedly at the connections she made as she fit each person into her ‘magical’ story.
The ‘yankee swap’ came next… which included a healthy dose of stealing some of the ‘hot’ gifts including an Eataly gift card and bread basket. The most original gift was Erin’s gift which Claudia picked, a name plate which reads, “What would Beyoncé do?”
Reflecting on a wonderful day, Tamara, Director at Corinthian events, said, “I love that we all feel the same about Corinthian Events… that everyone is family and we share the sentiment: work hard, play hard with passion and perfection!”
Cheers to a successful year and Happy Holidays to all our clients, vendors, venues and everyone who has made this a wonderful year to remember!