Let’s start this with, the party was so good, I’m using this to write about it.
So as you know I’m in Luxembourg working at an investment bank called Caceis and last night we had the ‘Soirée de Voeux”, basically a news years party. There was free food and drink all night from 18h30 to 03h00 and it was AMAZING!
So the theme for the night was skiing/after-ski party (I don’t entirely remember there was a lot of free drink, I”ll get to that in a second) so they had the whole place decorated accordingly. When we walked in, to what looked like an ordinary school hall from the outside, we had our jackets taken and then we we’re directed towards a long hallway. The hallway had a white floor (it was some type of plastic to make it look like snow) while fans blew white sheets from either wall and sounds of the wind blowing playing. At the end of the hall we were greeted by the head of the bank here in Luxembourg (being three shitty interns from Ireland, this was kinda a big thing) and then we were given a glass of champagne, the first of many.
We were in a dim room with high tables scattered throughout with crudités and candles on them. There were servers walking around making sure that no empty champagne glasses were left out, and making sure that everyone always had a glass of champagne in their hand. There was a huge screen with projections of mountains covered in snow, and they even had a photographer set up with a ski-lift, backdrop and ski-wear for everyone to wear (it’ll be posted on Facebook shortly!) After we had our picture taken and had hit the 5/6 glass of champagne they started bring out petit-fours and they.were.awesome! The first one I ate was foie-gras with a tiny salad of mange-tout and little beans (as you can see everything is tiny, hence the petit in petit-fours). Then there was ones served on long spoons, one was goats cheese wrapped in ham (doesn’t sound too fancy but it was the fancy type of EVERYTHING), then there was a smoked salmon and prawns, and a third that was a small salad of mozzarella, olive and tomato. There was little bits of foie gras toasted on different types of bread, there was like 10 others going around, all of them incredible. There were girls dressed in white going around on roller-skates with iPads, why you might ask? oh you know, so we could vote for songs that we wanted to have played throughout the night, as you do…
Then it came time for the head of the bank to make his speech, which he put up a timer for so he’d have to shut up eventually, it was in french so I kinda stopped listening after 5ish minutes because it became to much effort, but then I heard everyone go “ooooohh” and the big screen projection changed from showing him to black with a logo and a brand name ‘ICE’, then an image of a watch came up, we all got free, limited edition watches with the Caceis logo and name written on it (I shit you not, it was like the Late Late Toy Show/ Oprah, once again photo on Facebook soon). Needless to say there was a lot of cheering, then to the left of the screen behind a curtain a small podium lit up, it was a display case for the watches so we could get a closer look before we got them. Then the curtain was pulled back and we were told we could move into the next room.
This room was decorated mainly like the first, but one side of it had wooden tables and chairs and a fire to make it look like a ski lodge. There was a circular dance floor in the middle and the rest of the room was shaped around it (basically a circle with a few off-shoots of places to sit) and around the edge of the room was about, 7 maybe, chefs cooking different foods, the guys ate some pasta and some fondue type thing and said they were incredible. First thing I ate was a selection of seafood, there was smoked salmon on a little pancake, a small piece of fish (so good), a piece of potato with caviar on top and an oyster (it was so fucking good), then a wile after I found what I’m gonna call the chicken chef, because all he did was cook chicken (although he did ask me what I wanted, I just stared at him because he only offered one fucking thing) it was awesome, all off the food was awesome.
In the back of the room there was an igloo set up with with leather couches and bar made to look like ice where a guy spent the whole night giving out red and white wine, but don’t worry, you don’t need to go back there to get more, one of the servers will see that your glass is running low and will top you up. Don’t want more wine? Just head over to the champagne or beer bar, all free, all night, awesome! Eventually everyone was drunk enough to begin dancing, me and the team I work with were naturally to be found in the centre of the dance floor being bat shit crazy as usual. The night descended into a madness of drinking and dancing and eating and by the end even the head of the bank was dancing all over the place. It was just the most amazing night and easily the best party I have ever been to in my life. I wish it could happen every month instead of every year (but bankruptcy would probably happen pretty quick).
Well this is all I got for now, might write again soon of my adventure here in Luxembourg.