Phillips Collection Annual Gala

No one throws a party like The Phillips Collection, and their annual gala was no exception. Sparing no expense, the beautiful gallery was transformed for the night to wine and some of DC’s most luminous leaders and dignitaries.

With delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and a fully stocked bar, guests were immediately swept into the elegant event from the moment they stepped foot on the red carpet leading into the party space. Although the weather did not cooperate — there were sprinkles off and on throughout the night — fizzy champagne cocktails and a covered courtyard kept the rain from dampening any guest’s spirits.

Keeping this event from being too stuffy were iPads on the table setting. Provided by Brightline Interactive, an Old Town company specializing in interactive experiences, these iPads featured streaming videos and an interactive art gallery, which kept guests entertained at the dinner table. The place settings were beautiful as well, and fit perfectly with the opulence of the gallery.

The after party was when guests really let their hair down, with a live jazz band and several food stations with edibles ranging from seafood to ice cream to charcuterie to crepes. There was a 1920s theme as well, and in case guests forgot their flapper wear at home, there were plenty of boas, hats, and long pearl rope necklaces that served as both decorations and party favors.

At the end of the night, I wanted to drive home in the 1927 Rolls Royce parked outside the Anderson House, the location of the after party. Adding to its authenticity was a pair of vintage driving gloves. With the mix of old world glamour and contemporary infusions, it was a night of partying to span the decades.

Photos courtesy of The Phillips Collection.

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