What an amazing night! I started the night with a glass of Pinot Noir at Westend Bistro with friends, Kate Michael of K Street Kate and Michael Woestehoff of The Washington Lobbyist. Once other friends arrived, we moved to the Ritz-Carlton ballroom for the Mad Hatter’s Ball. The event proved once again to be THE best annual social event for Washington’s younger charity set. Chairs Ashley Taylor and Winston Lord chose a fun theme for the night, and planned an exceptional party down to the smallest detail. VIPs arrived at 8:00 p.m. to nosh on sliders, loaded potatoes, french fries and other comfort food prepared by Ritz-Carlton catering and enjoyed the Microsoft Kinect’s “Just Dance 3″. A strolling magician from About Faces performed hat and card tricks, while guests sipped beverages sponsored by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Bacardi USA, Premium Distributors, and Red Bull.
The doors to the ballroom opened at 9:00 p.m. revealing colorful uplighting, blingy bars, and fun lounge furniture. Cheryl Romero guided me straight to the photo booth in the VIP section which was donated by PoshBooths, complete with Alice in Wonderland inspired hats, glasses and other props. I was able to snap some photos of Ashley and Winston in the photo booth, and then had some fun posing with the props myself. New York’s DJ Pitch One got the crowd dancing in no time. The Jete Society’s annual Dance Party is truly a dance party. The music was so amazing, with each new track better than the last that I just couldn’t stop dancing. From Jay Z to Gaga to Journey, the DJ knew exactly what the crowd wanted.
I loved that at the end of the night guests could take home a cupcake from Enjoi Cupcakes that had cute little Alice-inspired tags that said “Eat Me” and bai antioxidant drinks that said “Drink Me”. My only complaint is that this is an annual event rather than a quarterly one. Kudos to Syzgy Event Productions and Digital Lighting which produced the event. Washington could certainly use more parties such as this! Proceeds of The Mad Hatter’s Dance Party benefit The Washington Ballet‘s artistic and educational programming.
– Miss A