Corporate Christmas gifts – find the best presents for your clients

Corporate Christmas gifts need a lot of thought. That’s why we are already thinking about getting Christmas wrapped up – five months before the big day.

Spirus Marketing can take the stress out of your corporate Christmas by sourcing, packaging and sending beautiful branded presents to your valued customers.

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‘Alice in Wonderland’ Summer Party

We recently had the absolute pleasure of arranging our client’s summer party. After throwing around a few suggestions, our client settled on the theme of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. You can just imagine the excitement in our all-girl office at this theme! So the planning began, looking for ideas which would work for this theme, ideas which would be different & ones which we knew the client would love. The aim for the event was to be a family fun day so we needed lots of activities for the children, but also plenty for the adults to enjoy.

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Now the hardest challenge of deciding on the theme had been met, the next step was to look at the decorations for the event. We started with the idea of the card theme, as an iconic symbol throughout ’Alice in Wonderland’. We rolled out this idea throughout the decorations, which included A3 sized cards hung around the site, a giant pack of cards for guests to play with, red, white & black coloured napkins and also card themed table toppers. Along with these table toppers we included red & white roses in the decorations, placed in a card themed cup. These worked perfectly on the tables and were a great gift for the guests to take home with them.

Next on the agenda was to create ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Drink Me’ signs which we positioned on the food & drinks. We sourced these online, and they worked brilliantly as part of the theme.

Our final challenge was to look at entertainment for the day. We needed to find ideas which were new to our client and also ones which would excite the children and keep them thoroughly entertained. So, to bring our ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme to life, we brought in the characters from the book. We used themed circus performers, including a Queen of Hearts and jumping White Rabbit on stilts, and a juggling Mad Hatter.  Each character was fantastic and thoroughly entertained the guests, especially the Queen of Hearts, who amused everyone with her sayings throughout the day. Our very own Fay was dressed as Alice and she loved being part of the theme.

Alongside this we had a circus workshop, which consisted of our playing card character showing the kids and adults how to spin plates & hula hoop, as well as other circus tricks. The workshop was constantly busy and attracted most of the guests at some point throughout the day.

To add to the entertainment we also provided four stalls with Alice themed games and stalls, comprising a higher or lower card game, Hook a Duck, Cork shooting and a Coconut shy. Children and adults alike loved these games and they were busy throughout the entire event.

We also hired some extra activities just for the children. They absolutely adored the face-painter, who themed their faces appropriately, including rabbits and playing cards, among others. We also had a story teller who told Alice themed stories throughout the afternoon – the children were captivated by the magical tales, which kept the parents pretty happy too!

For the finale for the day we had a spectacular fire show; although it was the still light you could still see the effect of the fire and the audience loved it.

The day was a huge success and our client absolutely loved all of the entertainment we arranged.

‘We have heard nothing but positive feedback from everyone with regards the party – it was an amazing day.’

We have already been asked to start thinking of ideas for next year’s Summer party; we will have to ensure we top this year’s event! Our thinking caps are already firmly in place. 

A Corporate Party with a Difference

It’s not every day you turn 21, and our client The Learning Curve (TLC) wanted to make sure their celebrations were remembered.

The event took place on 13th September at their shiny new offices in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Events-guru Donna was on hand on the day to ensure everything went according to well-laid plan, allowing TLC to relax and enjoy entertaining their clients.

Guests were welcomed with rather fine coffee and fresh-baked pastries while they had a look around the new premises. Just before lunch we cracked open the bubbles and Colin, the MD, delivered his thank you speech. And as everyone knows that bubbles go supremely well with fish and chips, we’d arranged for a mobile van to turn up at 1pm to serve lunch, which went down a storm with the guests (one in particular, who went back for more!)

We’d handled everything for TLC from the initial Save the Date e-mails right through to tidying up; glossy invites, branded desktop calendars, logo helium balloons, branded cupcakes, catering hire equipment and of course, the catering – we even got hold of corporate coloured napkins and table cloths. Donna also sourced local Kent beer for the guests to take home, a finishing touch that was much appreciated. From grand designs to tiny detail, we always have it covered so our clients can get on with enjoying their day.

TLC were delighted with the party – and we can’t wait to see what we’ll be doing for their 30th

Safe hands at the drop of a hat? Look no further…

When communications experts Nexus were organising the 18th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, held in Mauritius in August, they realised they needed a bit of extra help. And that’s where we came in.

With just three weeks to go to the exhibition, events expert Donna was dispatched pronto to the Nexus offices in Cambridge, where she quickly assessed the logistics of the situation and got, if you’ll forgive the expression, stuck straight in.

Her years of event management experience meant she wasted no time in working out the priorities that needed addressing. She was tasked with contacting sponsors and exhibitors to collate all relevant information for the event guidebook, as well as attending daily meetings to organise catering, finalise the event programme and update the website.

The response from Nexus was fantastic – they really felt the benefit of a true professional, well versed in dealing with corporate companies, tight timescales and immovable budgets. We provided Nexus with the right service, the right results, and absolute peace of mind. They even said they wanted Donna cloned! Now, science isn’t necessarily our chosen specialised subject – but it sounds like a good idea to us.

Summer Social Event for Large corporate

My client is a large organisation with an active social programme run by a small committee with a reasonable budget.  They wanted to do something a bit special for their annual summer party:

The organisation are famous for looking after their staff.  They encourage an active social programme for each of their sites.  Each site has a budget for socialising and a small committee of around 6 people elected to manage it.

A large percentage of the people working at this particular location are foreign nationals, so they decided this year to run a traditional English village fete.  We were engaged to organise this event for the staff and their families.

Using existing contacts and effective negotiation I managed to arrange the following entertainment within a tight budget…

  • Morris Dancers
  • Circus Show & Workshop
  • Magician Show
  • Compere
  • Crazy Golf
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Face Painting
  • Gladiator Sparring Game
  • Giant Soft Play
  • Giant Jenga, Connect 4 and other games
  • Craft and Bakery Competitions
  • Barbecue
  • Ice Cream Van
  • Staff for the day
  • Party Bags
  • Decoration for the event (balloons, bunting, etc.)

Everything was going very smoothly until a call from the booked circus troupe at 9pm the night before the event.  Amazingly after an hour of phone calls we managed to find a more than adequate replacement.

The day itself went very smoothly and luckily we didn’t have to revert to the ‘inclement weather plan’.  It was hailed as the “by far the best event we’ve ever had”.

A Sweet Giveaway at an Exhibition

My client, ConsultingTools, had just launched a new website and wanted something for an exhibition that would make them stand out.  Jelly Babies were the obvious choice:

ConsultingTools had recently launched a new website and brochure.  Despite being in the people industry they had decided against using those standard office photos on their website and instead had other people related images like shadows, queues and jelly babies!

They wanted something to take to a forthcoming HR exhibition where they would be one of about 200 exhibitors.  They had a small stand and a very small budget, but they wanted to stand out.  We decided to use the jelly baby theme from their website and brochure as the focus and tasked us with creating a postcard with a small packet of jelly babies attached.

In addition to the postcards, which were handed out, there was a giant bowl of jelly babies on the stand for visitors to top up on.

The promotion was a definite success, and who better to explain than the client:

“Well I can safely the Jelly Babies went down a treat!  We had the whole of HRD talking about them and more importantly us!!  So much so someone referred to me as the “Jelly Baby” lady!!  I took this in a positive way!  They proved to be a really good conversation starter as everyone wants to share with you their favourite colour, how they like to eat the head/toes first etc….! A good job well done!”

Everyone just loves jelly babies!