Island Party!

Hi Again!

As promised we had a very exciting and busy weekend, the highlight of which was my work party! For those of you who don’t know I’m currently working in the customer experience team at Maple, a newly formed New York food delivery company. We make and serve tasty meals that people can order via our website, and working for Maple is a lot of fun 🙂

Although salivating excessively is an occupational risk…

As well as being fast changing, working for Maple means that I am working in another time zone (Eastern Time) and get to talk to lots of New Yorkers, which is mostly fun! The best thing though is definitely the work events, of which we have now had two big ones.

The first was our Christmas Party, which was a glorious trifecta of Bowling, Laser Tag and free alcohol. Sadly I could not tell you much about it afterwards, mostly because I don’t remember much but also because what I do remember seems very unlikely. Rest assured, this time I was more vigilant in my blogging duties!

So anyway, our work party. We were all pretty excited when we found out it was going to be an Island Party, whilst also being a little confused about what exactly that entailed. It turns out it does exactly what it says on the tin: some lunatic has built a man-made party island, and you travel to this island and party. What a time to be alive.

Party island

The East side of the island! So fabulous:

One arrives by boat, of course 🙂

It wasn’t that sunny on Saturday, but that was definitely a good thing. It was still very warm and humid, but without the direct sunlight overhead burning all of our skin off.

face melting
This is what would’ve happened if the sun was out, sensible hat or no sensible hat

But anyway, the dress was of course island themed, and so everyone dressed appropriately. There was a much needed work outing to stock up on hawaiian shirts and dad shirts (both, where possible) and many leis were bought. Our CEO even flew over to party with us, which was outstanding 🙂

My party gear, complete with Watermelon accessory!
Manager/ Papa Stephen on the left; CEO Caleb on the right, throwing out gang signs

There was a lot to do on the island, including but not limited to:

  • Playing on the water trampolene
  • Swimming in the Lake
  • Canoeing
  • Pedaling the Pedalos
  • Roasting things on the Fire pit
  • Partaking in the open bar
  • Volleyball
  • Feeding the hungry and numerous Catfish
  • Eating the tasty food that Papa Stephen cooked for us
  • Chillaxing

It was truly a magical place. The Catfish definitely merit a picture or two because they’re amazing:

I believe the collective term is a ‘frenzy’ of Catfish
Oh hai there!!

Volleyball also took up a lot of time, with Rob of course leading his team to repeated victory! I was very proud.

Papa Stephen with the serve!
Go team, Go!

Our intrepid CEO even joined in, but it was not enough:

Sweet action shot by the photographer, what top photography 🙂

Anyway, we partied away and had a great time, and we now know that party islands are another fun thing that America has to offer. I am absolutely building a much worse version of this in my back garden when we move home, as soon as I figure out how.

So yes, that was the magic of party island, as well as an inspiring tale of how Rob and I successfully entered a Lake a second time without dying of parasitic infections. Where is your science now, Dad?!

Anyway, Love you all lots! 🙂 Xx

One thought on “Island Party!

  1. This blog threw up a lot of questions!
    Did people really swim in the water with all those catfish? Yeuk!!
    Was there a party game involving the melon? Could use some new ideas for games at Christmas.
    Did the ball have magical qualities? I can’t see it in one of the shots.
    Sounds like you had an amazing time and would definitely like to be involved in Party Island GB!


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