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Anatomy of a Corporate Event:
A Ceilidh in Muskoka

Ceilidh is a feminine name of Gaelic origin, meaning “visit” or “visiting”. It comes from the Irish word ceili or the Scottish Gaelic cèilidh, a social gathering involving traditional Irish dancing and Gaelic folk music.

Flip Events was tasked with the job of coming up with something different for a corporate evening at the beautiful JW Marriott, The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa, entertaining an incentive package for high-achieving managers of the Canadian division of an international corporation.

My business partner, Joan, proposed staging a ceilidh, which would be a unique experience for these guests. The client loved the idea, so we developed the plan for the evening. I will outline the evening as per the attached photos.

A piper was de rigueur so we hired a local piper to welcome the guests and pipe them into the dining room (photos 1 & 2).  Our concept for the “look” of the ballroom was to give it a Scottish feel which I think we achieved by using red as the principal color: red lighting to set the mood and red tartan tablecloths and napkins with a red crystal at the place settings (photos #6,7,8). Tall red balls, approximately five feet, were used as décor props around the dining table. 

Entertainment was provided by some of the country’s top Gaelic folk musicians assembled by the late great Cape Breton fiddler Sandy MacIntyre. It was he who also provided charming young step dancers who delighted the guests (photos 9, 10, 11).  As dancing post-dinner and entertainment were not in the cards for this type of evening, we suggested a casino (photo 12) using fake dollars, which could be redeemed for lovely gifts.  The evening was a roaring success if we do say so ourselves.

Please note that all photography was provided to us by Bayshore Photography at

http://bayshorephotography.com/

Ceilidh is a feminine name of Gaelic origin, meaning “visit” or “visiting”. It comes from the Irish word ceili or the Scottish Gaelic cèilidh, a social gathering involving traditional Irish dancing and Gaelic folk music.

Flip Events was tasked with the job of coming up with something different for a corporate evening at the beautiful JW Marriott, The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa, entertaining an incentive package for high-achieving managers of the Canadian division of an international corporation.

My business partner, Joan, proposed staging a ceilidh, which would be a unique experience for these guests. The client loved the idea, so we developed the plan for the evening. I will outline the evening as per the attached photos.

A piper was de rigueur so we hired a local piper to welcome the guests and pipe them into the dining room (photos 1 & 2).  Our concept for the “look” of the ballroom was to give it a Scottish feel which I think we achieved by using red as the principal color: red lighting to set the mood and red tartan tablecloths and napkins with a red crystal at the place settings (photos #6,7,8). Tall red balls, approximately five feet, were used as décor props around the dining table. 

Entertainment was provided by some of the country’s top Gaelic folk musicians assembled by the late great Cape Breton fiddler Sandy MacIntyre. It was he who also provided charming young step dancers who delighted the guests (photos 9, 10, 11).  As dancing post-dinner and entertainment were not in the cards for this type of evening, we suggested a casino (photo 12) using fake dollars, which could be redeemed for lovely gifts.  The evening was a roaring success if we do say so ourselves.

Please note that all photography was provided to us by Bayshore Photography at

http://bayshorephotography.com/

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