Hundreds and hundreds of card publishers of all shapes and sizes, leading suppliers, wholesalers, charities and buyers from specialist multiples, grocers, department stores and indies are putting the final touches to their outfits for the industry’s ‘big night’ – The Henries greeting card awards event, which takes place in the Nine Kings Suite of the Royal Lancaster Hotel, overlooking London’s Hyde Park on Thursday 3 October.
Among the retail names who will be there to find out the winners of the prestigious accolades include Cardzone, John Lewis, Card Factory, Paperchase, WHSmith, Sainsbury’s, Waterstones, Moonpig as well as leading indies including House of Cards, Postmark, Mooch, Unit 7, Cardies and First Class Greetings.
As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, the GCA is the headline sponsor of The Henries this year. In keeping with this, the theme of the event is ‘100 years of living history’ with guests being encouraged to pick one of the decades from the 1920s to the present, and dress accordingly with table props (sponsored by House of Cards) adding to the fun.
Those seeking extra adornment at the event, award-winning face painter Zoe Thornbury-Phillips, founder of About Face, will be there with two of her fellow artists in a designated Adornment Station, sponsored by Belly Button Designs, adding subtle and not so subtle decorations after the awards ceremony (using bio-degradable glitter and easily washable paints) while top DJs Freightrain will be spinning some discs and the House of Cards photobooth will be in full use, no doubt.
The Henries will be hosted by top comedian Tom Allen, with some 700 members of the greeting card world packing into the room.
There are still a handful of tickets available for The Henries, but you need to be quick!
Tickets are available to buy online at Max-Tickets.net, or from Createvents on 01733 294524 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Henries trophies are not the only glittering prizes to be won on the night – as there is a mighty impressive line-up in The Light Fund charity raffle, with a prize for every decade!
1920s: Jazz It Up (donated by Eurowrap) is £500 voucher to stay at any of Alistair Sawday’s ‘jazzy’ collection of unique places.
1930s: Five Go On A Picnic (donated by Loxleys) offers lashing of delicious foodie treats and tasty tipples in a luxury £300 Fortnum and Mason hamper.
1940s: Jive Talking (donated by Abacus) means you can watch the Dame Vera Lynn of today or relish a current Roy of the Rovers match with £250 of Ticketmaster vouchers.
1950s: And Action! (donated by The Art File) Rub shoulders with the modern day rich and famous while fine dining in one of a glamorous and luxurious The Ivy Group restaurants with £300 to splurge.
1960s: Party Peace Man (donated by Amscan) means you can ‘feel groovy’ in any theme of your choice with £250 to spend on party outfits, balloons and tableware from the Amscan online shop.
1970s: Night Fever (donated by Simon Elvin) sees you able to don your best flares and platform boots and take yourself off for a relaxing break in any luxury Hotel du Vin hotel that is worthy of any Saturday Night Fever.
1980s: Neon Dreams means you can treat yourself to a whole new look (neon prints, shoulder pads and puffball skirts included) with a shopping spree at Selfridges with £500 to spend on whatever takes your fancy.
1990s: Naughty Nighties (donated by LB Warehousing) enables you to rave in Rotterdam, techno in Toulon, relive Britpop anthems in Amsterdam and Park Life in Paris with £400 to spend with Eurostar.
2000s: Millennium Adventures (donated by Woodmansterne) means you can celebrate the new era, and go up, up, and away in a beautiful hot air balloon, take an historic helicopter ride over London or the choice is yours with a Five Star Day Experience worth up to £300.
Be In The Present: Netflix & Chill (donated by Hallmark) means you can embrace the wellbeing mindfulness of the present decade by surrendering to a head in the clouds massage and dream away at one of the stunning Champney’s Hotel & Spa locations with £300 to splurge.
All of The Henries awards will be presented by a different sponsor, all leading names from the industry. These include Alpha Colour Printers, The Digital Hub, EBB Board, Fedrigoni, Fenner Paper, Foilco, GCA, GF Smith, Gould Paper Sales UK, Herbert Walkers, The Imaging Centre, LB Warehousing, Loxleys, Paperchase, PG Live, The Sherwood Group, Slater Harrison, Spring Fair & Autumn Fair, UK Envelope Company and Windles.
Top: Body painting by Zoe Thornbury-Phillips, founder of About Face.