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An Evening in the Enchanted Forest

MegaFood's Holiday Party Recap

IMG_6169As it is, a day in the MegaFood office can rarely be described as “typical.”  Yet when I passed by an office full of unicorns, I knew something was up.

The annual company Holiday Party was just around the bend, yet Santa’s sleigh was already in storage for the winter. There would be no tinsel, no evergreen-sprigged centerpieces, no need to pull out the cocktail attire. Because, in MegaFood style, this was no typical party.

Party planning at MegaFood falls to our Culture Club, a cross-functional team who creates fun,educational and engaging experiences inspired by MegaFood’s core values. So much more than an events committee, the Culture Club manages our “MVP” employee recognition program, our job shadow program, and more. They empower employees to give back through volunteer IMG_6224 (1)opportunities, Earth Day initiatives and blood drives, just to name a few of the many cool things they do. And, given the Culture Club’s track record to really knock whatever they touch out of the park, no one at MegaFood expected the holiday season gala to be run of the mill. (Especially after catching a glimpse of the truck chock-full of party supplies in our parking lot the day before!)

On the evening of January 16th, dolled up and hungry, my husband and I arrived at the venue.   We signed the guest book with quill pens, and received our Enchanted Forest Adventure Guide, outlining the evening’s activities:

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Sure enough, the banquet hall that most of us local employees had been to for at least one wedding wasn’t even recognizable.

The BEFORE:

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And after a wave of the Culture Club’s magic wand…

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The Menu

Next to photos of kids and pets, there’s something we all love about snapping pics of our garnished adult beverage or perfectly plated meal. I’ll spare you the shot I took after my pass through the mashed potato bar - a martini glass brimming with every potato topping imaginable. I’m tempted to share the 3 foot high chocolate fountain or the flaming bananas foster… but you’ll just have to trust me that all was delicious. :) Also worth mentioning were the drinks. The vodka tonic and chardonnay were pushed aside for Witch’s Heart, Unicorn Tears, and other extra-special imbibements.

The Entertainment

Have you ever attended an insanely well-organized child’s birthday party? The kind where the parents have created a variety of activity stations to keep the kids occupied to prevent ensued chaos and/or complete rowdiness?  That’s how the Enchanted Forest Evening was set up.

We had a Flower Crown Making Station.

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We had a Potion Making Station.

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We had a Spoonbending Station.

Well, they were actually forks, but for some reason it’s still called Spoonbending…

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AND, we had psychics.

Not one, but EIGHT. All schooled in a variety of specialties - mediumship, channeling, destiny card readings, angel intuitive, and tarot, to name a few.

Screenshot 2016-02-17 14.58.51It’s hard to see those tiny little palm-lines in an Enchanted Forest. Thank goodness for Smartphones!

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Parties like this take quite a bit of planning. And because that planning was done so far in advance, there was one minor snafu. The Patriots were (still) in the NFL playoffs - and wouldn’t you know it, party night was also game night. Thankfully, this was an Enchanted Forest. Football wishes: Granted.

 

Oh, and as it usually stands with company parties, there was a little bit of dressing up, too.

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All in all, there was so much to do, the night was over before I even got the chance to bend a spoon, er… fork.

Special thanks to the Culture Club, and to the following folks, for making this a Forest to remember. It was well worth the babysitter. :)

 

The Castleton Banquet Facilities, Windham NH 

The Psychics of NH Metaphysical

Bill Marshall Photography

MC Productions (DJ)

Glass & Gear (Lighting)

Nunan's Plant Rental

Paisley Floral Design

United Party Rental Lawrence