As I watched the New Year’s Eve fireworks over London it got me thinking about how you make events feel special. Yes, the soundtrack was seriously dodgy and yes, they’re ridiculously expensive, but I loved them. Fireworks remind me of what it felt like to be a child.
Here at Body & Soul we want our all of events to have the same impact. We want them to all to feel special. We want our members to feel valued. We want to go the extra mile. But how do you achieve awe-inspiring wonder without forking out for 12,000 fireworks?
With a small staff team this isn’t something we can do on our own. Fortunately, we have the support of some fantastic organisations who volunteer their time to help us create spectacular backdrops, scenery and decorations. Thanks to them, our building was completely transformed for the end-of-year celebrations and the atmosphere it created was electric.
Bloomberg transformed the children’s centre into the world of Shrek. The addition of fallen leaves meant that it even smelled like a swamp… and it wasn’t just the children who loved it – before they even arrived I spotted grown adults sneaking in to hang out in Shrek’s cabin.
They also made a fireplace for the top floor complete with stockings. During the end-of-year parties our members wrote their wishes and resolutions for 2012 and posted them into the stockings.
The Body Shop volunteered during the adult’s party offering makeovers, mini-makeovers, and some much-needed relaxation. Meanwhile, Northern Trust created a magical woodland ‘ice rink’ in the basement…and Standard Chartered created a ‘Fire & Ice’ extravaganza for the teen party…
The entire building was transformed on a minimal budget, but it all looked and felt amazing. We are hugely grateful to all the companies that donated their time and skills. Everything was done carefully, thoughtfully, and with love. Which only goes to prove that you don’t need 12,000 fireworks to make an event go with a bang.
Get in touch if you want to sign your company up for some volunteering. We look forward to hearing from you. And you’ll be in good company.