The 2015 Mumbler Awards in association with Wonder Media were held on Friday night, at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. Once again the room was filled to capacity and the excitement and buzz filled the room.
270 guests were treated to a circus themed evening, which began with a fantastic fire juggling display outside the hotel. Inside, guests were treated to an amazing colour explosion, with a streamer “Big top” and giant balloons suspended from the ceiling.
Guests were invited to try out their hand at plate spinning and juggling during the drinks reception and were thoroughly encouraged to “Clown Around” when they reached their table, with a selection of wigs, noses, glasses and teeth and the all-important “selfie frames.” Guests were also treated to delicious handmade chocolate table favours from the Harrogate Chocolate Tree
After a warm welcome from host and founder of Harrogate Mumbler, Sally Haslewood, guests were encouraged to tweet their photos to @hgatemumbler using the hashtag “#MumblerAwards” The photos were then published on the big screens throughout the dinner. You can see more of the pictures by visiting the Harrogate Mumbler twitter feed @hgatemumbler
During the dinner of antipasti followed by a duo of pork and choux pastry “Swan” guests were challenged to unleash their inner clown by creating a balloon sculpture. The winner of which was judged by theme sponsors, Butterfingers.
Waterbabies Winning Sculpture
The sculptures were beyond impressive and included a replica Eiffel Tower, complete with neon “Paris” sign, a turtle, and a variety of others- some identifiable and some not! In the end it was “Waterbabies” monumental structure which stole the show and earned them a bottle of bubbly.
A raffle on the night raised £1090 for Mumbler Sarah Lovell’s chosen charity “Cardiomyopathy UK.” Sarah is running the London Marathon 2016 in aid of the charity and the total raised at the Mumbler Awards has helped her smash her fundraising target.
After the meal, it was onto the main event, the presentation of the 2015 Mumbler Awards. With over 380 businesses and individuals initially nominated, 57 finalists and over 9600 votes to count it was tense. Every single business in the room deserved to be there and they were delighted to read some of the lovely comments made by their customers as the shortlist in each category was announced.
There could of course, only be one winner in each category and you can see who won, as voted for by the people of Harrogate below.
Congratulations to all of those who were finalists and the winners and thank you to all of the businesses who supported us the Mumbler Awards 2015!
Blogger of the Year – The Unmumsy Mum
Mumblers’ Favourite Retailer- Stomp
Mumblers’ Favourite Day Nursery- Woodlands Day Nursery
Mumblers’ Favourite Pre-School- Western Pre-school
Mumblers’ Favourite Class or Activity- Baby Sensory
Mumblers’ Favourite Local Attraction- Hesketh Farm Park
Eating Out With The Kids- Billy Bobs Parlour
Mumblers’ Favourite Party Provider- Little Rascals
Mumpreneur of the Year- Melanie Vauvelle-Don
Childminder or Nanny of the Year -Sue Harrison
Teacher or Childcarer of the Year- Lesley Smythe, La Leche League