We deliberated over whether to name tag people but let’s face it, most of us are terrible at remembering names. So to avoid any awkward memory loss tagged everyone and even included their start sign for a bit of fun. They were also handed an envelope to be explained later in the evening. Most guests stuck to the clans they arrived with, but it only took one bottle of the new premium New Zealand sparkling wine, Joiy (1.9 standard drinks) to loosen things up. This frivolous 250ml bottle of goodness was the magnetic force that drew strangers together and was the catalyst for the ‘games to begin’.
Each game was based around either a country, animal or sport. Inside each envelope two people in the room had the same card in relation to one of the categories. The task was to find that matching person. Roaming canapés were served and glasses were topped up as couples got to know one another. Our friends at Ruby Radar provided some prizes for a few lucky people on the night include Vision personal training sessions and tickets to the new rom-com Are We Officially Dating.
A canapé menu of: 5 spiced popcorn, crostini’s with goats cheese, beetroot and black olives, smoked salmon with cream fraiche and dill, chorizo lollypop’s with red pepper and herb crumbs, grilled prawns with black garlic mayo and toasted sesame, and slow cooked lamb shoulder sliders with hummus, pickled onions and cucumber made the rounds. Guests mingled, chatted, ate lots of food and drunk lots of alcohol – hopefully prompting to score a phone number or two.
The night was all about having a little fun, and leaving knowing you’ve either made a new friend, scored a first date or just got out of your comfort zone. We’re won’t be turning into a singles events company any time soon but we’ll probably be back next Valentines Day to play cupid. Watch this space.