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via FedEx this year, we knew that anticipation was greater than ever.
For a party called The Young & The Guest List, one would assume the easiest part would be the guest list. Not the case. When our first RSVP response came via FedEx this year, we knew that anticipation was greater than ever. There are some who ignore Emily Post and RSVP even though they were never invited. Others take it upon themselves to respond not just for themselves and a date, but also their cousin, second cousin, second cousin’s friend and so forth. Then there are those who just seem to magically appear at the door. This year we had to be list Nazis in order not to exceed the strict 350 capacity at Halcyon House. The party has established a reputation for offering one of the best gift bags in Washington. No media organization has ever written about the party without mentioning its value. There are always full-sized products, gourmet treats, luxury gifts, and knick knacks. This is another interesting puzzle to assemble because no beauty company wants to have its products in the same bag with another beauty company’s. The same goes for other items From luxury Italian sheet and soap makers, to electronic companies and gardening equipment, we didn’t leave any stone unturned. This year’s top prize was Tom Ford’s limited edition Black Orchid perfume in a crystal bottle (valued at just over $600). What most guests don’t realize is that not all bags were the same. Some were lucky to score Giorgio
Armani’s Crema Nera cream, while others went home with custom kits from MyBlend cosmetics. The universal favorite was the See’s Candies, a first for any Washington gift bag. When we walked into The St. Regis Hotel it all seemed perfect. The floral arrangements that we anticipated for weeks from UltraViolet and, later at Halycon House, Janet Flowers Wedding and Event Designs, were even more spectacular than we could have imagined. The Veuve Clicquot was flowing at a rate of a bottle per person. The Himalayan salt slabs with meat by Design Cuisine were a surprise hit, as were the gazpacho shooters. (Many said they got drunk on them, but they were non-alcoholic). The bands “Big Ray and the Kool Kats,” whom we spotted at the Kennedy Center, were even better than we had remembered. They and Eleganza kept everyone dancing. It was a treat to experience the french-themed Josephine Lounge (1008 Vermont Ave. NW) that opened their doors for the first time for this party. The sign of a great party is when you don’t want it to end. When our carriage turned into a pumpkin at 2 a.m., no one wanted to go home. That’s what sustains the magic of this party into the next year. We look forward to hosting everyone again.
Below, from left to right: At the St. Regis, UltraViolet Flowers provided the centerpieces, and the signature cocktail was a 10 Cane Rum Foam Mojito. (Photo by Tony Powell); French-themed Josephine Lounge was the ideal spot for our after-party. (Photo by Cameron Habashian) After we spotted “Big Ray and the Kool Kats” at the Kennedy Center, we knew they were the perfect dance band for our party. (Photo by Tony Powell); Design Cuisine’s innovative Chinese noodle buffet came complete with mini-take out cartons and chopsticks. (Photo by Jonah Koch)


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