Monday, December 15, 2008

'Tis the Season to Celebrate

It's comforting to know that in an unpredictable time in our economy people are still celebrating things from the success of what became a troubling year, to the accomplishments of thirty years and even still the obvious holiday season. Last week played host to all of these celebrations and I was able to attend two of them. Congratulations to Martha K. Bindeman of Finishing Touches Events for thirty years of service and friendship to so many in the special events industry. Marty celebrated this milestone Monday evening at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda with her daughter and grandson in attendance. The evening brought together friendly industry faces the craziness of the fall season has kept me from seeing. The Crystal Ballroom was draped in regal shades of reds and pink. The fare was fun and casual as four different stations offered guests cuisine from sushi and dumplings to French fries with carvings to a Maryland classic, crab cakes. No one could overlook the dessert table after Marty herself gave a ringing endorsement to the chocolate macadamia nut treats. It was an evening to celebrate a truly beloved woman and to toast the future ahead for all of us.

The following evening the Ronald Reagan Building held their third annual Sparkle Lounge holiday event in the Pavilion Room. This event was near and dear to my heart due in part to my wonderful relationship with the fantastic events team there as well as their eco conscious theme for the evening. Everything from the buffalo to the seas bass to the wine that was served came from self sustaining, eco friendly and conscious sources. It's nice to see so many of our event partners doing their part for the environment. It really helps when collaborating on new menus for our fabulous events. Bravo team! You managed to bring partners from both private social and corporate events together yet again to celebrate the year that was and the new one that will be. Happy Holidays!!