Trick or tr-etsy
Christmas commercials have hit our screens, which means the winter festive season is already upon us. But before a raft of Christmas parties blinkers us, we wanted to share our news involving a spookier brand of wintertime party.
As Halloween befell our unsuspecting capital city, the lovely people at Etsy UK HQ had no idea what lay in store for them. For their party, this cool and crafty bunch would not only need entertaining, they would also like to stretch their impossibly creative brains. So we set them a challenge to get the ball rolling. With the help of our woman on the inside, we anonymously split the company into five teams, each one given limited time and budget to adorn one room within their own office to meet a specific brief. Once completed, these five delightfully eccentric areas helped set the scene for what was to come… a fully interactive (and slightly gruesome) game of Cluedo, to be played out in real time.
Following a lunch-time police intervention, each team was sent out to retrieve one of the five suspects in the case. Whilst on their missions, the Quest team transformed the Etsy office main space into a crime scene, complete with the bloodied body of a surveyor, Mr Black, who’d been inspecting the office that very morning!
The suspect list was made up of the sultry Miss Scarlet, tech geek Professor Plum, mischievous Mr Grey, pretentious Colonel Mustard and Mrs Peacock, the matriarch. Detective Green, in charge of proceedings, charged the teams with interrogating each suspect in turn; all of them had information to share. Just how sharing they were, depended on how well they performed in a challenge.
These challenges were as varied as the characters that designed them, ranging from the physically demanding to the mentally taxing.
Once all the interrogations and challenges were complete, it was time for final questioning in the dock before each team made their case. And then, the denouement. Underscored by some suitably creepy music, Mr Black was raised from the dead and given the task of revealing his true murderer. In a final scene full of twists and turns, Mr Black’s last movements were uncovered.
Suffice it to say, there was violence, some blood and a dash of comedy thrown in for good measure. And there was a winning team too. Which is always nice.
‘Everyone had a blast so thanks again, it was brilliant.’
Jane Millar, Office Manager and party planner extraordinaire at Etsy