CAMPAIGN DIARY: Private agency parties provide an alternative way to have festive fun

It may seem late for Christmas party stories but some were too good not to share. While we tend to enjoy parties where everyone is invited, some discreet agency-only bashes can be just as entertaining.

It may seem late for Christmas party stories but some were too good

not to share. While we tend to enjoy parties where everyone is invited,

some discreet agency-only bashes can be just as entertaining.



The festive events were mainly fancy-dress with popular themes including

James Bond, Oscar ceremonies, London Underground stations and togas.



Grey held a good bash at Iceni with an Underground station theme.

Favourites among those we spotted were Angel (a very demure looking girl

with a pair of wings) and Maida Vale (a piece of net-curtain with a sign

saying ’home-made’). We’re not sure whether anyone thought of an outfit

for Clapham Common, but we’re glad we didn’t see it.



M&C Saatchi’s agency party was a toga night which sounded like trouble

if you mix the mischievous lot that forms the agency with plenty of

alcohol and near-naked flesh. Happily, only a minimal amount of

copping-off occurred.



However, that’s not to say M&C creatives didn’t drum up some

scandal.



On a day out in the country, they were forced to start shooting at

creative director, James Lowther, to get some alcohol.



Lowther’s house was the venue for archery, clay pigeon-shooting and

general country antics.



But CDP’s despatch assistant, Tim McHenry, takes the prize for party

wally of the year. CDP’s bash was held at Le Scandale in Soho. It

adopted an ’Oscar ceremony’ theme where staff were encouraged to dress

as their favourite movie or movie star.



McHenry dressed up rather fetchingly as the Wizard of Oz and, after

indulging in too much festive spirit, dozed off. On awakening, he found

himself hand-cuffed to a table. After several attempts to free him, the

fire brigade was finally called at 2.45am.



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