It’s strange to think of mistletoe, snow, and rooms decorated in tinsel when we’re still experiencing 90 degree afternoons. However, the holiday season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start holiday party planning! No matter if you’re hosting a formal dinner or lively dance party, one of the landmark New York City institutions below will surely be the perfect fit for your winter celebration. However, make sure to book soon before someone else reserves your ideal spot!
For a Timeless Winter Event:
We are thrilled to announce that Brooklyn Museum is now one of our cultural partners and, on top of that, a perfect place to throw your winter celebration. Step back in time as you enter one of the oldest and largest art museums in the nation, established in 1823. Your guests will be wowed by the history that surrounds them as they dance the night away; they'll be brushing shoulders with works by Monet, Degas, and O’Keefe in the museum’s nearby exhibits. The Beaux-Arts Court is an idyllic two floor space that still possesses some of the building’s original décor: archways, a renovated glass-tile floor originally placed in 1923, and a magnificent brass chandelier.
Although you’ll feel as though you’re situated in the Victorian Era, the contemporary amenities will quickly remind you that isn’t the case; the Court offers a modern lighting system (because what holiday ball is complete without complementary lighting on the dance floor?) and air conditioning. The space will easily accommodate 660 for a seated dinner and dancing.
Beaux-Arts Court photos courtesy of Brooklyn Museum.
For a Cocktail Party with Unforgettable Views:
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Atrium
Jazz at Lincoln Center looks forward to unveiling the redesigned public spaces of Frederick P. Rose Hall. A more detailed announcement about the re-opening is forthcoming.
There are a handful of December dates still available: December 10-14, 21-30.
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With its expansive floor to ceiling windows, Ertegun Atrium offers remarkable views of New York City and nothing is more magical than watching the snow fall and sweep across the twinkling landscape in the winter. The space is perfect for a cocktail party, where guests can mingle and soak in the city sights. Up to 500 people can be accommodated. For a bit smaller of a gathering with the same awe-inspiring views, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is a terrific choice. It is the home of JALC’s legendary Southern-inspired cuisine, so don’t forget to include dishes such as Fried Green Tomatoes and Low Country Crab Cakes in your cocktail party menu!
For a Classic New York Celebration:
Needless to say, the Museum of the City of New York has always been an iconic and beautiful venue within the city. However, since the completion of its renovation just this year, the space has become even more incredible; luxurious and modern. With its sleek white marble floors and regal columns, it is a stunning setting for a holiday party. The twinkling light display that drapes from the ceiling in the Lobby Rotunda is a show-stopping centerpiece. The venue can accommodate 250 people indoors. For more space, you can book the Fifth Avenue Terrace that overlooks Central Park and accommodates 450 people.
For a Glitzy Brooklyn Gathering:
Walking into BAM's Lepercq Space feels as though you're walking into a 1920s theater; it's adorned with vaulted arches and vintage silver-tipped light bulbs. Because of its open layout, the hall is ideal for parties and mingling. Moreover, the bright red color scheme and sparkling detail emphasize the festive atmosphere of the space. Lepercq can hold up to 170 people for a seated dinner or 325 people for an open room cocktail party.
For a Modern Holiday Reception:
Celebrate the end of the year surrounded by the renowned architecture of Frank Gehry at The Pershing Square Signature Theater. The Center Lobby can be used on its own as a space for a chic office party with its sleek décor and muted color palette or in conjunction with one of the multiple theaters offered at the venue. The Lobby can hold up to 300 people for a seated dinner and 450 people for a standing cocktail reception. The theaters also can be rented out individually – perhaps a company play is in your near future!
For a Show-Stopping Celebration:Apollo Theater
Similar to the Museum of the City of New York, Apollo Theater is a iconic New York institution and, therefore, is a top-notch venue for a holiday party in the city. Moreover, because it has been located in the same space since its establishment in 1934, this legendary Harlem theater is steeped in history. Your guests can be seated on the same stage where icons such as James Brown, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder have sung and danced to roaring crowds in the past. Your party can be held in either the Apollo Main Stage Auditorium with its Belle-Époque crimson décor and room for 1,800 guests or the more intimate setting of the Soundstage, which has a lounge-like atmosphere with a smaller stage, bar, and room for 200-225 seats. Either would be an unforgettable backdrop for your holiday party this season.
For an Ideal Winter Wonderland:
Although people often think of the lush foliage that blankets the Wave Hill grounds in the warmer months, the venue also offers a remarkable setting for indoor events as well. The recently renovated Wave Hill House is open year round and lodges the famous Armor Hall; once adorned with armor selected by Bashford Dean, the original curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of arms and armor. The Wave Hill House itself has also been called home by visionaries such as Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt. It's rich in history and an fantastic location for a timeless holiday event. Armor Hall can accommodate 130 people with room for a small band and dance floor.
Wave Hill House photo courtesy of Wave Hill.
For an Elegant Dinner Party:
Asia Society's Garden Court Café
This exquisite, open space is ideal for holiday dinner parties. Guests will be greeted by weeping podocarpus trees growing atop a bright blue marble floor. The space is equipped with its own kitchen and audiovisual facilities. A long table can be placed in the center of the room for a stately dining setting or a series of round tables can be used for an atmosphere more conducive to socializing. The space can accommodate 130 people and offers spillover space for 50 additional people in the visitor center. Wow your guests with an unforgettable dinner atmosphere and book the Garden Court Café for your holiday party now!
For the Francophile's Festivities:
Decorated in rich wood furnishings and deep red accents, Mae Mae Café will make you feel as if you have stepped into a Parisian bistro. It is the perfect setting for an intimate and cozy holiday gathering, whether it be a seated dinner or cocktail reception. Mae Mae specializes in local, seasonal fare and has an in-house mixologist who can create a signature drink for your holiday party - a Kir Royale perhaps? The space can accommodate up to 50 people for a cocktail reception.
For a Trendy Office Party:
Gary’s Lofts are most often used as photography studios but they also serve as a perfect backdrop to an upbeat gathering for the fun-loving office crew. The Penthouse is located ½ block from 5th avenue and features several skylights as well as a rooftop with a terrific view of the Empire State Building.
Don’t fall into the “stuffy” office party trap! Instead, invite your coworkers to relax and mingle on the comfortable down-stuffed furniture that’s dotted throughout the Penthouse. Wireless microphones, speakers, and a flat screen TV are also available for rent in the space – perfect for offices of karaoke enthusiasts.
Celebrating the Holidays in a Home Away from Home:
For a more rustic yet equally trendy space, check out 632 on Hudson. You can either rent the Triplex, which is three floors of the West Village townhouse that are tastefully decorated to resemble a private home, or the recently-opened 632 Below, which is the ground floor of the townhouse equipped with a basement speakeasy - or, rent both if you cannot decide between the two! If you're feeling adventurous, consider doing a holiday cooking demonstration in the spacious Edwardian style kitchen or create a special cocktail to be served at the Art Deco style bar situated within the speakeasy. Either division of the venue would be well-suited for a holiday party with quaint touches that will make your guests feel right at home.
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