Yelp’s Grand Experiment

I can now add the title “Event Planner” to my resume! I am thrilled, I always dreamed about throwing fun parties for a living but I didn’t actually think it would pan out. I did a bit of trade show marketing at my last few jobs but somehow Interactive Voice Response and Wind Turbine related events just doesn’t sound as sexy to the parties I throw now.

My last event was held at Trademark Drink + Eat, an eatery dedicated to handcrafted cocktails and adding innovative new spins to classic American comfort food. Because of the restaurant’s proximity to the US Patent & Trade Office and it’s science geek chic decor, I decided to theme the party “Yelp’s Grand Experiment.”

Guests noshed on nibbles such as a shrimp bouquet topped with beet mousse and cantaloupe caviar (served in petri dishes!), pretzel bites served with cheese melted on a Bunsen burner, beakers filled with apple cider floats, and candy bacon. We also hosted a cocktail lab where Yelpers learned a few tricks of the trade and were then invited to take a hand in creating their own cocktail mixes.

Enough talking…I’ll let the photos talk for themselves!

Hopefully, my wedding will be just as fun!

 

  

Double the Nintendo, Double the Fun

Hola Amigos!

It’s definitely been awhile and I apologize for that. Between balancing two demanding jobs as well as planning a wedding, I have little to no time to update my poor little bloggy-blog let alone have a personal life on top of that. Luckily for me, the folks at Brand About Town sent me on not one but TWO Nintendo adventures in the past month. I am so thankful to them because it really gave me a chance to re-connect and spend time with the three loves of my life, my fiance Rob and my two little brothers Kevin and Kris.

Adventure 1: The Wii U Experience

Night one started off with cocktail hour at one of my favorite DC area restaurants, Lincoln (check out my Yelp review here). At the event I got to finally meet the fabulous Justine and Danit from Brand About Town as well as some other really cool mommy bloggers like Thien from I’m Not the Nanny and my fellow non-mommy blogger Lexi from Crumpets with Jam. There was lots of laughs to be had between bites of delicious mouth watering pork belly and sips of excellent Prohibition era period cocktails.

The next day, Rob, Kevin, Kris and I headed down to the Grand Hyatt in downtown Washington for an exclusive sneak preview of the Wii U, which is the next generation of video game consoles that will be released by Nintendo during the next holiday season. When we arrived there, we all went our separate ways and went BUCK WILD! Rob at the Batman: Arkham City room, me in the Just Dance booth, and the twins spent a good hour schoolin’ everybody at the Super Mario Brothers U station. Rob and I easily decided that our new favorite game was Ray Man Origins. The dual screen controller was a lot of fun to use and I liked that it allowed me to be an interactive “helper”.  Even though I love Nintendo, my gaming skills just aren’t up to par to Rob’s so this allowed me to interact in the game without totally being left in the dust.

We all left, exhilarated and happy and Rob ended up counting this day as one of the top highlights in his life! Thank you Nintendo for making me the coolest fiance ever!

Adventure 2: Mario Kart Race Party

To wind down summer, Brand About Town also sent me a Mario Kart party kit so I can have fun with all of the little munchkins in my life. The party consisted of: my little brothers and their two friends, Kassie, my sister’s niece and nephew from her husband’s side, and Rob’s three little cousins. It was an eclectic mix but I was so glad to have a chance to get my new growing family together. I usually throw a lot of events but they are more adult oriented so it was nice to let these young grasshoppers know that they were loved as well.

Kassie was most excited about the balloons but all of the other kids became insta-friends with the help of Mario, Luigi, Bowser and Toad. Rob’s grandma even got in on the fun and by the end of the night she was dodging banana peels and throwing turtle shells like a pro. I also felt quite honored to help my brother-in-law’s niece learn how to play her first Nintendo game. She was shy at first but then she snuggled up next to me so I can show her how to play and at the end of the party she gave me the biggest hug ever. It was the best feeling in the world!

Needless to say, everybody had tons of fun and I hope I cemented my little brother’s middle school popularity by hosting this party.

I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own!

  

Happy New Years!

According the Mayan calandar this past New Years may have been the last one ever celebrated.  Rob and I decided to keep things low key and low cost so we could save our money for canned goods and hunting gear once the apocalypse comes.  We had a few of our closest friends and family come over to Studio 504  for a vintage themed (some people took the theme more seriously than others) all night dance party.

In 2011, I am happy to say that I was able to accomplish the following:

– Change my biological clock to start waking up early thus getting to work early for the first time ever in my adult lifetime
– Started a new job
– Weaned myself off my office blanket (a huge feat for those who know me)
– Got my first paid writing gig and started writing for DC Socialite
– Got quoted in The Washington Post
– Became a Nintendo brand ambassador (as of last week! YAY!)
– Got engaged to the sweetest, nicest, most handsome man ever

My New Years Resolutions are to:

– Make friends with my gym
– Find an Arlington/Falls Church church family
– Save money like I have never saved before
– Learn how to be a patient and loving wife

Thanks to all of my friends who have been with me for the past year and I look forward to the great, funny, happy memories to come!

 

  

Wii Had a Party!

The Wii has been a saving grace in the Suburbanette-Suburbanbro household.  On cold wintery days, we rely on it to stream “Lost” on Netflix and to break a sweat with epic “Just Dance” battles.  That is why I was SUPER excited when Brand About Town contacted me about hosting an over-the-top Wiii ice cream party to demo the new Wii Play Motion game.

Twenty guests ages two to thirty-two crammed into our tiny apartment for a two hour party that ended up lasting SEVEN HOURS.  I’ve been to weddings where people have cleared out faster!  I think this stands as a testament to Wii’s people-gathering power (and my awesome buffalo chicken dip).  Wii Play Motion makes use of the new Wii Motion Plus control and has up to four players compete in a series of mini games!  The games are fairly basic but surprisingly addictive.  Who would have known that virtual skipping rocks would be so much fun?  I am not even joking, during this particular game, large groups of people gathered around the television to cheer on their favorite players as they threw fake rocks in a fake lake.  People were more excited about this game than the actual REDSKINS game!

Brand About Town also provided us with tons of extra goodies such Coldstone ice cream, ALL of the fixings one person could possibly want (even strawberry syrup — I can’t wait to make strawberry milk with it!), and parting gifts for each guests!  Can I say best party ever?  Thank you Brand About Town and Nintendo for making my snowy HalloWIIn weekend a WII-ner!

Also — to give my party a Suburbanette flair I created an old school Gameboy photo prop that everybody had fun posing in!  Doesn’t everybody look so cute?

For more images of the party click here.

  

My Induction into the Johnnie Walker Striding Man Society

Scotch, the drink that separates men from boys.  And females who drink scotch?  Unlimited cool points.

At the House of Walker Experience, my boyfriend Rob and I had the privilege of learning about the world of blended scotch with a grand whiskey master (who bore a strong resemblance to Ryan Seacrest but I digress).  As beautiful ladies in black cocktail dresses poured us snifters of the famed Johnnie Walker Blue, I couldn’t help but feel like I was attending an event with Don Draper.  I learned many interesting facts throughout the night such as:

  • Johnnie Walker is enjoyed all around the world in various ways.  The US prefers to pair scotch with ginger ale, France enjoys their scotch with Orangina (my new favorite), and those crazy Trinidadians mix their scotch with coconut water.  How trendy!
  • Gold label is best served chilled and with dessert.  It has a mild essence of chocolate, vanilla, and honey.  I am not generally a scotch drinker but this was absolutely heavenly.
  • Whiskey can only be labeled a scotch if it has been aged in an oak barrel for three years in Scotland.
  • Johnnie Walker Blue is best served at life celebrations such as weddings, births, and graduations.  You can even get a bottle engraved with the date for an extra special gift.
  • Black label is an every day whiskey (is there even such a thing? Maybe in Scotland)

In case you did not know, Rob works in public relations and I work in advertising.  We are hip and savvy to marketing ploys.  While the whole event was a staged Johnny Walker commercial we really enjoyed the entire event.  I left feeling a little bit more sophisticated, educated, and cool and in the end isn’t that all that matters?

  

DC Shorts Opening Night Celebrity Bash

The DC Shorts Film Festival kicked off their opening night with a celebrity themed party at Madame Tussaud’s on Friday.  Party goers included an eclectic mix of filmmakers, actor/actress types, socialites, the press, and random vagabonds who were more interested in the open bar and defiling wax figurines.  You will see which group I fit into in the photos below.

The film festival runs September 8 – 18th and showcases the largest audience-run driven collection of short films  in venues all across the city.  You can check out the full schedule here.

Party tickets are still available for the following events:

  • Brazilian Carnival   | Sept 10 | 9 – 1 | Artisphere | Dance the night away with Alma Tropicalia (DC’s tribute to Brazil’s psychedelic pop movement from the 1960′s), the all-female drum group Batala, DC’s own Carnival Queen Zezeh Zax, live Brazilian jazz with Elin, and more!  $25 Admission price includes open bar provided by Malibu Rum and Barefoot Wines, and Brazilian delicacies prepared by Whole Foods. Brightest Young Things is the event partner.
  • Closing Party  | Sept 17 | 9  – 12 | The Atlas Theatre | It is always sad to see an amazing week end, but we are always happy to celebrate a good time!  Live music and open bar helps—a lot. Admission price includes open bar provided by Stella Artois, 42 Below Vodka and Barefoot Wines. The Pink Line Project is the  event partner.

To see more photos from the event visit my flickr page.

  

Night at the Museum

I was glad that I was able to finally participate in the age-old young professional of DC tradition of going to the “Hirshorn After Hours“.  The night was pretty eclectic from the Marilyn Manson – Rihanna mash ups to the yarn hanging from the ceiling sculpture.  All I can say is thank God for alcohol, beautiful people and glowing beach balls!

  

Worn Launch Party

Beautiful people, endless bottles of champagne, supporting the arts, all underneath the moonlight in one of the most powerful cities in the free world.  I felt like I was in an episode of Gossip Girl.  I had so much fun at the Worn Magazine launch at the Art Museum of the Americas.  For more information on the event check out my friend Miemo‘s recap on DCEVENTJUNKIE.

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