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New Years Eve Dinner Party

Me with the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat

I was very fortunate to be invited to the New Years Eve dinner party given by the Orleans Hotel for their ‘best’ customers. No, I’m not, for sure, but my girlfriend is, and the hotel went all out.

The theme was Alice in Wonderland. We were greeted by the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Alice and the White Rabbit. All the waiters were dressed in Wonderland outfits.

As we entered the dining room we were handed a drink which had a sign on it that said ‘Drink Me’. I took one sip. Absolute and cranberry juice. Very strong.

The decor was amazing. That they could make the Grande Ballroom look cozy was quite a feat. There were 1500 guests at 150 tables. When we sat down, the first course was already on the table. Lobster, salad and assorted wonderful breads.

Then came the waiters with the main course. Filet mignons done to perfection, topped with onion rings and nestled on a bed of potatoes and asparagus. Imagine serving 1500 people that all at once, and every single one was hot and delicious.

Dessert was French pastries that looked like they had been designed by the finest jeweler. Then champagne of course.

The party must have cost well over $100,000, but the hotel probably made that back later in the evening. Very clever to invite 1500 gamblers to dinner at six, when the real festivities didn’t start till nearly midnight.

Just doing simple math, if 1500 people only spent $100 each in the casino, that would be $150,000. Since many people play $100 a hand or a roll of the dice, the number is probably closer to $1,000,000.

The party continued in the Stardust Penthouse later in the evening. This was the corner of the hotel on the 21st floor. The view was the entire strip just before and during the ten minute fireworks display. All the major hotels had fireworks going off on their rooftops. Wow!

You could watch from inside through the huge glass windows, or you could brave the freezing weather and crowd onto the deck. I chose to do the latter.

I took fabulous movies of the entire fireworks display, but they are too large to insert into my blog. So if you would like to see them, you will have to send me a comment/request and I will email them to you.

This may not be ‘kosher’, but I don’t know how else to share them with you. Happy New Year…Sandy