Kicking off 2017 as we mean to go on, we entertained at a fantastic USA-themed corporate event in Portsmouth with some of our favourite American acts. This yearly awards ceremony brought all the staff from Affinion Travel together to celebrate a year of hard work with a good ol’ American knees up.
The VIP experience began with a walk on the red carpet where guests were greeted by our fake paparazzi and celebrity interviewer who begged them to pose for the camera and hounded them with questions of ‘tell us, are the rumours true’ and ‘which of this season’s trends has inspired your catwalk look’.
Once inside the venue, our Native American hosts took guests’ coats, Hooters girls offered champagne and bottles of beer, and our charming Usherette girls served canapes in traditional USA costumes. These characters later interacted with our bespoke American flag-shaped LED photo frame, which offered guests a unique opportunity to pose for a picture.
The USA theme continued with our incredible Dolly Parton tribute act who sang throughout the drinks reception and escorted Affinion’s MD to the stage with her signature sass. And after the awards, our Elvis Presley tribute kicked off the party with renditions of ‘Hound Dog’ and other loved classics.
Our high-energy 1950s dance duet performed the ‘Hand Jive’ from Grease to rapturous applause from party guests, as lookalikes Marilyn Monroe, Jack Sparrow, Britney Spears, Donald Trump and Ozzy Osborne mixed and mingled. And our cheeky cowgirl stilt walkers offered a hint of Wild West interacting with an inflatable cactus and steed!
Diner girl rollerskaters got the dancefloor started as our cheerleader pole dancer demonstrated amazing flexibility and strength on our freestanding pole platform.
The cherry on the cake was our bald eagle ice luge lit with red, blue and white lights, through which we poured flavoured vodkas – some guests certainly enjoyed this and came back more times than we could count!
Huge thanks to our photographers Alberto Baucis and Rebecca Honour who did an amazing job as always. And a well done to event managers Abi and Sophie who kept every act to schedule, and finished feeling rather proud. Go team!