Do you suffer from holiday party fatigue somewhere around the third week of December every year? Employees of Cadogan Management LLC used to endure a similar ennui, but solved the problem by throwing their annual holiday party in April.
“Other people prefer to hold their holiday parties in ballrooms, but Cadogan staff, we're really not ballroom kind of people,” said Stuart Leaf, executive chairman, noting that the firm's New York office is fine for a casual affair.
This year's lyrical invitation, penned by Mr. Leaf, recounts Cadogan's recent return to employee ownership after two years of majority ownership by Fortis Bank:
“All of Cadogan's signs are ascendant,
Cheer with us, that once again we're independent!”
The sense of fun evident in Mr. Leaf's invitation pervades every Cadogan Christmas party.
An April 15 bash one year featured an accountant who assisted party guests in the elevator with their tax forms. A professional mixologist creates unique cocktails each year and employees compete to give them funny names. Every party features a top sushi chef who prepares the freshest of Japanese delicacies for as many as 500 partygoers.
Mr. Leaf, a wine enthusiast, has outdone himself in his private quest to serve only really, really big bottles of wine at these parties: He has scored a stash of 24-liter bottles. — Christine Williamson