Who: The swank and hip young social set—as determined by Washington Life, ranging from journalists to lawyers to social fixtures Phillippe Cousteau and Carlos Gutierrez Jr.—and busloads (literally) of socialites.
Where: Multiple secret, undisclosed locations.
When: Thursday, January 31, 8 PM.
Scene: Guests met first at the St. Regis, where there was a perfectly nice party for 90 minutes before everyone was forced to reclaim their coats, board buses, and depart for secret location No. 1: Halycon House, in Georgetown, where a carnival theme put together by event planner André Wells (one of Washingtonian’s best dressed men!) awaited them. The after-party involved reboarding the buses for Josephine’s downtown. The only drawback of the otherwise wonderful evening was the repeated checking and claiming of coats.
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Food: Loads of food, including sushi and delicious chocolate-covered fruit. Endless passed hors d’oeuvres.
Drink: Above average, with the exception of a 10 Cane Rum “foam mojito” that may have been the most foul drink ever conceived by man. Veuve Clicquot flowed in great abundance (to the tune of nearly a bottle per person over the course of the night), and rum and tonics were the drink of the evening.
How You Could Tell If You Were Cool: You were given the address ahead of time so you didn’t have to meet at the St. Regis.
Exclusivity: 4.5 out of 5
Food and drink: 4.5 out of 5
Boldface names: 3 out of 5
Swankiness: 4 out of 5
Total score: 16 out of 20