By Punch Correspondent Melinda Contreras
Deciding what to do on NYE is a rather difficult task, as there are always so many great options at all of DC’s amazing venues, but I was thrilled to be able to spend my final moments of 2013 and first moments of 2014 at the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball hosted by Social DC Public Relations. Held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, I felt so lucky to walk out of the hotel to great views of the Capitol.
The event featured celebrity host Chris Bukowski of ABC’s The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad and included a five hour top shelf open bar with a delicious buffet menu, live countdown and balloon drop. I’ve previously spent hours blowing up balloons for balloon drops, and was thrilled to see that some balloons survived immediate popping and continued to be passed around the dance floor beach ball style.
I sadly arrived without a mask, but thankfully not many more people did. Guests temporarily “hid” behind a wide selection of masks, ranging from elaborately feathered and sequined masks, to batman masks.
If you’re going to a masquerade ball, you have to document your amazing choice in mask, and thankfully there was a professional photograph to snap photos of the night’s fashion.
Of course the center of the event was the dance floor (and the bar, which some people seem to think leads to better results on the dance floor…). As the DJ mixed the year’s best hits with some of our favorites from past decades, music videos played on multiple screens. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular songs to sing along to was Icona Pop’s “I love it” “I don’t care, I love it” are perfect lyrics for the start of a new year, where you can leave any bad decisions behind as you start fresh. However, Britney Spears received a great response on the dance floor as well. If you’re truly hoping to make 2014 a better year, you better “Work Bitch.”
Melinda traveled cross country from a suburb of Los Angeles to attend college in DC, and has been enjoying DC ever since. As a Product Development Coordinator for Thinkfun, an Alexandria based company that creates "addictively fun games that sharpen your mind”, Melinda is often asked if her job is like the movie Big. Basically, yes. When not playing logic puzzles, Melinda likes to track down the coolest events in DC (along with the contests and giveaways that will get you in to them for free). You can find her tweeting about giveaways (and pizza) at @withabambipurse.