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  1. Weir Minerals Europe’s 125th anniversary

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    The Brief

    To mark its 125th anniversary our client, an innovative engineering consultant for the minerals, oil, gas, power, and industrial markets, wanted to celebrate in pure luxury. With strong company values and a positive work environment led by a dedicated and passionate team, a sophisticated, extravagant and decadent party for 350 staff members was an absolute must.

    The Challenges

    Here at Big Foot Events, we love a new challenge, and turning our client’s chosen party venue, a Football Club, into something truly amazing was indeed just that. The function room was the length of the football pitch, so we needed to use our experience, imagination and expertise to create something uniquely spectacular. With over 15 years’ experience in providing live entertainment and personalised corporate event packages, we knew we could deliver an incredible, bespoke event.

    For this event to run smoothly, be successful and give our clients a memorable experience, we had to make sure each employee of Weir Mineral Europe’s felt included and thoroughly enjoyed their evening. Catering for all age groups and their specific interests was incredibly important, and as the event would include photography and videography, it was also essential that our client’s branding was highly visible.

    The Solutions

    In order to overcome any technical or production issues on the evening of the event, and to make sure we brought our clients vision to life, we arranged several site visits and meetings with both the venue and our client, which resulted in creating mood boards with clear pictures of colour schemes, décor and venue layouts, so that we maintained consistency throughout the event planning process.

    The Results

    On the evening of the anniversary, guests were greeted with a spectacular red-carpet entrance before stepping into a reception area for pre-dinner drinks, following which event hosts directed them to their seats for the evening. Black and silver table décor, twinkling pillars, beautifully placed ceiling drapes throughout and atmospheric lighting turned this ordinary Football Club into an elegant and sophisticated affair, with sectioned off areas with poseur tables to create a warm and stylish corporate suite.

    A fantastic display area of historic company photos was highlighted to emphasis the reason for the event and became a real talking point with employees. Making sure everyone was able to see the live entertainment taking place throughout the evening was incredibly important, which is why black fairy lights surrounded miniature screens that synched throughout the length of the room in order to project what was happening on the stage.

    To capture amazing moments that guests could take with them, a company branded photo booth with branded photo prints was available for everyone to use throughout the evening. As part of the live entertainment, an incredible function band performed live music from every genre and decade, a personality host assisted with the Awards, plus there was a disco to finish off the evening.

    Client Testimonial

    “We wanted to say thank you for a wonderful event, we have had nothing but positive feedback from everybody! We will catch up with you all soon. Thanks again and best wishes.”

    Weir Minerals Europe

  2. Murraywood Construction’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

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    The Brief

    We were approached by Murraywood Construction, a leader in building civil engineering groundwork projects of all sizes and turning over in excess of £24M per year, to organise an event to celebrate their 20th anniversary in business. With their clients being situated all over the UK, they wanted to thank them for their continued support by bringing them all together for a wine and dine evening. Not only that, but they also wanted to take this opportunity to raise money for an incredible charity – St Rocco’s Hospice in Warrington, a registered charity who support people with life-limiting illnesses, making their everyday count.

    The Challenges

    We love creating unique, showstopping, memorable experiences for our clients, and overcoming the challenges each event brings. The venue and suite chosen by the client only had one bar area, and we knew it was extremely important to the client that we ensured everyone was able to access refreshments throughout the evening in a timely fashion. As the event was partly to raise money for charity, we had to incorporate ways for people to be able to donate, as well as manage the donations and collections. As this was going to be a business, networking event, we had to ensure that there was enough variety of entertainment, activities and icebreakers that will get people talking and interacting with each other. We have over 15 years’ experience in event planning and providing unique, outside-the-box, live entertainment, props, and décor to events, so we knew that despite these challenges, we could create a sophisticated, elegant, entertaining affair.

    The Solutions

    In order to overcome any issues on the day of the event, and to make sure we brought our client’s vision to life, we arranged several site visits to the venue, the Midland Hotel in Manchester, and meetings with our client, which resulted in creating mood boards with clear pictures of venue décor, colour schemes, entertainment options and site layouts, so that we maintained consistency throughout the event planning process. With the brief in mind, we decided to create a fantastic Casino Themed night with Roulette, Wheel of Fortune & Blackjack tables. We added a 4 metre LED Cocktail Bar with a menu of 8 bespoke Cocktails to keep the refreshments flowing, in addition to a stocked fridge in another area, containing bottled beers, ciders and soft drinks that guests could help themselves to throughout the evening.

    The Results

    Bringing the Casino theme to life, guests were greeted on arrival and offered a choice of Prosecco, Kia Royale, and bottled beers by glamourous Showgirls. They were then offered a photograph with the Showgirls by a talented photographer before heading into Auden Way, where they walked through a beautifully decorated walkway filled with enlarged photographs of projects Murraywood had worked on over the last 20 years – this alone was a great talking point between guests.

    Moving on to the Alex Foyer where a fantastic Photo Booth with fancy dress and props was situated for guests to create even more wonderful memories. Speaking of capturing memories, guests were delighted with an incredibly skilful caricaturist, who took pride in creating scarily accurate cartoon portraits of the guests as they laughed and tried to keep a straight face whilst holding their best pose. We cannot forget a certain magician who made a special appearance on the night – the mind-blowing Russell Brown, who is one of the greatest magicians in the UK today, and definitely knows how to work a crowd, as well as entertain and even baffle the most skeptical of guests!

    Our client wanted entertainment everywhere you turned, so in the Petersfield Suite, we had Dance Heads, a green-screen phenomenon where guests can turn themselves into Beyoncé  or One Direction for the night – and take away a DVD to prove it! And sticking with the Casino theme, our staff organised personalised ‘funny money’ for guests to use in Casino tournaments, where the top 3 winners won big prizes that were donated by local businesses. Guitar Jimmy was our Busker and the live entertainment for the evening, equipped with a guitar and a harmonica, he sang soaring renditions of everything from The Beatles to Ed Sheeran, inviting guests to place requests for him to sing!

    As this event is partly to raise money for charity, we organised fun personalised Lapel Pins to be handed out to each guest at registration. Each Lapel Pin had a unique number on it for when guests took part in a Charity raffle later on in the evening. Finally, what is a wine and dine evening, without the wine? We brought in a 15ft LED Cocktail Bar with three of the UK’s top Flair Bartenders who served up eight different cocktails all evening. Each bartender was trained to Competition Level in Flair Cocktail Bar Service and put on a jaw-dropping display, whilst creating some delicious drinks! This was one of the most popular acts of the evening, as the talented bartenders served over a thousand cocktails and mocktails throughout the night.

    The Casino part of the evening finished at 9.30pm as we totted up the three winners of the table games just in time for the awards and charity raffle taking place at 10pm. Our event DJ then made the necessary announcements, congratulated the winners, thanked everyone for donating and introduced the Beat Street International – the ultimate corporate party band! Big Foot Events have worked with Beat Street International for several years now, and this incredible 7-piece live band featuring male and female lead vocalists, a Sax and Trumpet player, know no bounds when it comes to entertaining! With belting hits and an energetic live energy never seen before, this live band had the dance floor full within minutes – and the Sax player even led a conga line around the room!

    Speaking of the main function room, it looked truly superb, with delicately placed and beautifully presented drapes, table centrepieces, chair covers as well as up lighting and giant glittery moving heads flicking across the dance floor, not forgetting Casino tables and Casino games – the whole evening was a complete extravagant and memorable spectacle. The Big Foot Events team worked impeccably to ensure a smooth running event from start to finish.

    Clients and guests alike had a marvellous time, although there might have been some sore heads the next morning as the cocktails were too delicious to resist!

Testimonials

  • Just a quick one to say how amazing everything went at our function thanks to Big Foot Events! From the very beginning they were extremely helpful and made sure everything was looked after without giving me too much hassle either! The Photo Booth, Candy Floss Cart and Popcorn Cart were all fantastic and a great hit with all of our family and friends and the staff running them were absolutely amazing! They were all set up and ready to go well before the event started and made sure they were always helpful! So a massive thank you to you all!

    Megan Chungh – Park Hotel, Newcastle
  • I just wanted to say a big thank you for being a part of our snapdragon festival this year. Once again Rex was a massive hit and the children and adults loved him. The two members of staff that came to the event were very professional and catered to any requests we had.

    Amy Casey – Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • We absolutely love having Noughty 90’s here, such lovely people and amazing sets! They had everyone up and dancing on the dance floor.

    George – Golden Sands Holiday Park
  • It was absolutely incredible, I cannot thank you guys enough for how amazing it all was. The Ranger and Rex were outstanding, every single guest loved them to pieces and we certainly had the wow factor for our wedding. Just the idea of having a dinosaur is one thing, but the way Rex, Trixxie and the Ranger worked tirelessly to entertain the entire wedding party just added to the overall effect. We've had non-stop comments from those who attended saying it was pure magic, videos of the experience have gone viral and we even had guests from the hotel desperate to catch a glimpse of Rex. I cannot overstate how incredible you all have been, from the day a weirdo messaged Lauren asking for a dinosaur at their wedding, to speaking with Jade to coordinate everything and then finally meeting Rex and the Ranger on the big day. Everything worked out a million times better than I ever thought possible, and my dad was very pleased to see Rex was appropriately dressed with his bow tie. Amazing, amazing, amazing, thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts.

    Mr & Mrs Pravitt – Private Wedding, Stoke On Trent
  • Both acts went down a storm at the weekend. Really pleased with everything! Madonna did all the hits and even included some iconic costume changes! She had the audience up Voguing at the front! ABBA Fever had the crowd on their feet from the start and would be a worthy headliner in the future.

    Andrew Edmeads – Frimley Lodge, Surrey
  • The evening on Saturday was wonderful, Planet Abba we're superb and also so welcoming to the audience. As you know this is the 3rd year in a row I have used your agency and as always you have given me a wonderful evening, thank you.

    Barry Herridge – Ely Beet Sports & Social Club

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