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We Have A Winner!

December 2011

In the KDM Christmas Newsletter, KDM launched a Christmas Limerick Competition. To win £50 of Say Shopping vouchers all contestants had to do was write a humorous limerick and send it to us!

The judging was very difficult as we received so many fantastic entries. The whole KDM team voted to decide a winner who I am pleased to announce is:

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007 Theme Night

November 2011

Last night KDM provided a 007 Theme Night for 300 guests at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate.

The event is an annual dinner hosted by a leading organisation in the field of parenteral and enteral nutrition. Guests were encouraged to dress in costume for the event which was attended by dieticians, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, speech & language therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and all involved in the provision of care in the community and in care homes.

KDM provided table dressing, room theming and entertainment for the annual dinner during the premier networking and learning event, for all involved in nutritional care.

Guests got into the mood as they drank martinis during the drinks reception before being led into the dining area where tables were decorated with a ‘shaken not stirred ‘martini glass centrepiece filled with ice, lights and glittering 007 logos. After a sumptuous dinner guests were invited to gamble the night away on the fun casino or try their hand on the 007 laser shooting range. Themed props, designed and made by KDM, including silhouette panels, a giant fan of cards, giant dice, dollar signs and 007 backdrop were set up throughout.

This is the third year in succession KDM have been involved in the event and hope to be able to assist in 2012 too!

For information on hosting your own 007 themed company party please contact us on 01782 646300.

KDM Christmas Limerick Competition

November 2011

Are you a poetic genius?

All you have to do is write your best Christmas limerick and the most humorous entry will win £50 of Say Shopping vouchers.

Have you got your pen at the ready?  Here’s a limerick example to get you thinking:
“There was a young elf from Lapland,
Who has a mishap with his hand,
He cut off his fingers,
Making carol toy singers,
So Santa had power tools banned!”

Send your entry to competitions@kdmevents.com. Please keep limericks as clean as possible as the best entries will be compiled and sent out (anonymously) in our digital Christmas card this year! The deadline for your entry is 30th November 2011.

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KDM’s Christmas Toy Appeal

November 2011

KDM are joining the likes of Sainburys, Stoke City FC, Port Vale FC, Britannia Building Society and many local schools by supporting the Salvation Army’s Christmas Toy Appeal.

Each staff member will take a tag from the Christmas tree and buy an appropriate gift – whether it be a toy for a young girl or a present for a teenage boy.

The Salvation Army distributes the toys collected through the community to children and families that would otherwise have little or nothing under the tree on Christmas morning. The Salvation Army have been running their Christmas Toy Appeal for 7 years and in 2010 they collected 9,350 presents and are hoping for many more this year!

KDM are pleased to support such a worthy cause and if you’d like to join us by donating a present please contact us on 01782 646300.

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That was nice. I’ll have three more please!

November 2011

A recent client was so impressed by a Murder Mystery we provided for them that they promptly booked three more for later the same month.

KDM Murder Mysteries usually take place over dinner, starting as guests are seated and conclude during coffee at the end of the meal. Light-hearted, fun and informal guests typically work in teams to work out ‘who dunnit’!

We have a range of scenarios available and all of our Murder Mystery events are hosted by professional actors, selected for their ability to improvise and entertain. The lead actor takes the role of event manager and co-ordinates the entertainment on the evening to ensure smooth running of the event.

Murder Mysteries are suitable for building teams or entertaining clients making them the perfect choice for corporate entertainment during dinner.

Fat Friday Gets A Pink Make Over In Aid Of Breast Cancer Research

October 2011

All Fridays are ‘Fat Fridays’ in the KDM Office but Friday 28th October had a pink make over in aid of breast cancer research, raising £100 for the charity in the process.

Cakes and cookies outnumbered people for a time, admittedly not for long, as the goodies were scoffed pretty quickly! In the great KDM bake off there was stiff competition from Katie’s fairy cakes, Caroline’s cup cakes and a Blog Writer’s chocolate and cherry cookies but the KDM winner’s medal must go to Claire for her excellent pink monsters!

Jo created a fabulous pink pig and everyone took part in a game of ‘pin the tail on the pig’ in a twist on more traditional ‘pin the tail on the donkey.’ The prize for which was a bottle of rosé (pink for those less well educated) wine. Though his tail was placed closer to the pig’s snout, Kevin definitely looked the best in the flowery pink scarf that was used as the blindfold!
Having accepted the challenge of filling a jar with pink sweets to play ‘guess how many pink sweets in the jar’ game Katie actually delegated the task to her younger sister so she could have the chance of winning the jar of pink sweets! Her plot succeeded as she guessed 124 sweets which came closest to the 133 contained within the jar. Katie made a ‘Brownie promise’ that she didn’t cheat her way to victory. I’ll leave it to you to decide. Luck was clearly with Katie on Friday as she was also victorious in the ‘what’s next on the washing line’ game with her guess of a tutu!

In the midst of all the pink, cake, monsters and pigs let’s not forget what we did all the fundraising for. The Wear it Pink breast cancer campaign and the funds raised supports pioneering breast cancer research with the greatest potential to save and improve lives and, ultimately, find a cure for breast cancer. One in three people are affected by cancer at some point in their lives so we can be sure that cancer isn’t just something that happens to other people. Having been affected myself by cancer, a close family member was diagnosed last year; I’ll give any support I can to research which may, one day, develop a cure for cancer.

The Day Lady Gaga Came To The Unit

October 2011

What do James Bond, a Snowman, an Elephant and a Champagne Bottle have in common? They all live in the unit at KDM!

OK so they are props. James Bond is in a silhouette panel and it’s not a real elephant but they look pretty impressive anyway.

Room theming and lighting can enhance any room and turn a good themed event in to a great one. Imagine a Hollywood Awards night without the red carpet walkway, giant Oscars, giant clapper boards and directors chair? The table dressing is fabulous but once you add room theming the effect really can be ‘wow’.

Don’t take my word for it though. The below feedback is from a client’s recent Medici Masquerade Ball: “Your guys did a sterling job and proved that you can make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear (I refer to the venue with that comment). Lighting really is a marvellous thing and the team did marvellous things with it. We would definitely want to work with KDM again on future themed events.”

Our props are made at our offices in Trentham by the very creative Pete and we have a huge list of props already which is growing every day.

Whether you are planning a Midsummer Night’s Dream (OK maybe not for this time of year…a Winter’s Tale?), a Grease theme, an Out of Africa, Prohibition Party or Viva Las Vegas we have the table dressing and room theming to complement your chosen theme making your company party or award night one to remember.

Oh and in case you were wondering, Lady Gaga didn’t actually come to the KDM offices. She’s in a silhouette panel too!

KDM achieve Emerald Partner status with Donna Louise Trust

October 2011

KDM have recently achieved Emerald Partner status with Donna Louise Trust after donating £10,000 to the charity over the last two years.

The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, www.donnalouisetrust.org, is based in Stoke-on-Trent and provides a range of specialist care and support services for children with a shortened life expectancy and their families.

KDM first got involved with the charity in 2009 when selected to provide an African Dream themed fundraiser evening to celebrate the charity’s 10th anniversary. After the success of the 2009 event the summer ball became an annual event and KDM has been involved in the organisation of the ball ever since, providing a Flight of Fantasy themed event in 2010 and a Jazzmatazz Ball in 2011.

The charity is a very worthy cause and KDM are proud to be able to support them in the invaluable service they provide.

Kreative Drama Magazine Wins Publishing Deal

October 2011

Kreative Drama Magazine beat FHM and Water Babes to a publishing deal following a competitive pitching process to a top publishing mogul on Tuesday this week. The winning entry, imaginatively entitled Kreative Drama Magazine, is a KDM gossip magazine detailing scandals and drama in the exciting world of corporate events. Unfortunately, it won’t be available on the shelves of your newsagent as it was only the brain child of KDM’s very own Alan, Craig, Katie and Sam who were taking part in Magazine Mogul training.

 

The whole KDM team took part in Magazine Mogul training led by, Senior Event Manager, Garry Holford. Divided into teams the challenge was to produce a magazine layout for a particular type of publication. Provided with costumes and a press pack, including laptop and digital camera each team worked as the design, copy and photographic departments to pull together the magazine.

There is plenty of scope for cross-dressing – though the KDM team were very restrained with Sarah posing as a gladiator, Darran as a fireman and Craig as Kevin! We had a hobby magazine for those with a love of animals that reside in water including otters and beavers and a men’s lifestyle magazine with a focus on heroes who save cats from trees but end up getting attacked like a ‘gang of angry otters’. Using props including a giant anvil, a rat cuddly toy and a pound costume the event was lots of fun, had something for everyone and really allowed the creative juices to flow.

Magazine Mogul is a highly interactive and fun team building event designed to stretch participants’ minds, test communication skills and reinforce the value of good time management and teamwork. To enquire about this or any other event please contact us.

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Craig swaps his suit for his event kit

October 2011

When informed that Account Executive, Craig would be leaving us the bubbly came out and we began planning goodbye celebrations – only to discover he wasn’t going very far!

Craig has swapped the 9 to 5 life of suits and computers for his event kit as he moves on to the event staff team, remaining part of the KDM family.

Look out for Craig on a team building event near you soon!

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