A local client asked our Malta DMC to organize a Christmas Party for their staff of local aircraft technicians. The brief reached us about four weeks prior to the event with the idea to arrange for a themed evening with stand up catering and a DJ focussing on James Bond.
From the initial meeting it was clear that this would be a difficult request as for the date chosen – 12.12.12. – all major venues and most of the caterers were already fully booked with weddings and parties of all kinds. Fortunately for us, one of our favourite Malta venues, the old Victorian Prison in Paola, was still available and as the client took a liking to the building and its distinct character, it was soon decided to have the event there.
The client originally requested a James Bond Casino Royale theme for the evening so it was clear to us that this would need to be an evening of style and entertainment. We started by uplighting the facade of the prison to illuminate the venue and create a special sensation from the very first moment of arrival. The disco lighting in the main area gave the whole party the necessary funky feeling and combined just perfectly with the pictures of Bond movies that were placed in stands throughout the building. But it really was the upper floor that was holding the biggest surprise – set up in a dimly lit chapel with lots of ambience was a small private casino with Black Jack, Poker and Roulette tables which were readily stocked and manned by professional croupiers for the clients to gamble the night away – with chips which could not be redeemed for real money, of course.
But before the gambling started upstairs, the clients were greeted with a welcome drink by the main gate upon arrival, nothing else than Bond’s favourite Martini Bianco. Of course they didn’t have to get through the night on one drink only. An open bar served drinks throughout the night and a buffet station made sure that the guests would be well fed while the DJ played famous Bond tunes and background music to keep the spirits high. To end the evening with a lot of fun, the DJ started to play dance music after the casino floor closed and all the guests got together on the ground floor again. Reunited on the dance floor, they partied the rest of the night away until the early hours of the morning when the last guest left.
Post Event Analysis
The event was a very successful one and especially the casino was a big hit. It was clear from the feedback that all the guests were enjoying themselves from the beginning to the end which leaves ECMeetings Malta with yet another happy client.