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Happy New Year!

The 1920s . . . an era known for prosperity and optimism. Jazz was all the rage, ladies chopped their locks and donned fringe, and speakeasies were popping up all over the country. At the Rodriguez’ annual New Years Eve fete, we chose the 20s as a theme, and carried it out through the menu, décor and costumes!

Each year, Mary and Troy Rodriguez open their home in Georgetown to their nearest and dearest for a celebration that has become the talk of the town! CLINK has been so fortunate to have been a part of this well-known soiree since its inception in 2005, and each year the party gets better and better!

We chose a color palette of crisp whites and rich platinum and silver. We wanted to keep the look reminiscent of the Cotton Club – so instead of floral centerpieces, we brought in art deco lamps to reflect the era. And then played up the “lamp” idea by having floral lampshades created for the display centerpieces.

The menu included Oyster Rockefeller Dip, which became a decadent treat during the 20s, due in part to the Rockefeller name. Shrimp Cocktail, which gained notoriety during prohibition since cocktail glasses needed to find a new purpose, was on the menu.  Pineapple upside down cake was a featured dessert since pineapple was readily available in the 20s and it coincided perfectly with the maraschino cherry, which had a bit of an alcohol taste, which was illegal at the time!

For entertainment, we brought in jazz vocalist, Erin Ivey of Grand Hotel who set the prohibition mood perfectly. Craps, roulette and poker tables were all brought in so guests could play the night away! And what New Years Eve would be complete without a fireworks display? Guests watched sparks fly as they rang in 2012! Happy New Year, everyone!!!

Photography Courtesy of Christina Richison

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