Each year, Washingtonians re-emerge for the party of the summer, the Washingtonian’s Best of Washington.
The fete celebrates the magazine’s annual “Best Of” issue, which has been published for more than 30 years, and invites readers to vote on the best people, places and services in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.
For the last several years, the sold-out event has taken place in a big way at the National Building Museum, with booths from the area’s top restaurants, thousands of guests, and an over-the-top-theme. Each year, a portion of the proceeds benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Three years ago, the theme was Candyland, with plenty of cotton candy, lollipops, pink and an enormous pink house in the sky, topped with oodles of balloons and a woman in pink (really). The year following, it was a vintage air travel theme reminiscent of Catch Me if You Can.
This year, the theme was Alice in Wonderland, with queen of hearts cards hanging from the ceiling, rabbit-shaped topiaries, blonde bartenders dressed as Alice, “Eat Me” cookies and teakettles, a VIP Mad Hatter hat shop, and plenty of Wonderland décor.
The cocktails were flowing, with wine, beer, and signature cocktails. We loved the margaritas from Patron, the oysters from Rappahannock, the ice cream from Icecream Jubilee, the gelato from Dolcezza, the guacamole from El Centro, and a variety of sips and bites from the Ritz-Carlton, BLT Steak, Ripple, and STK.
It’s the perfect environment to sample, sip, and socialize. As always, we’re looking forward to the next Washingtonian Best of Washington event, but will hop over to one of their other fab fetes in the meantime.
A big thanks to Ben Droz, the gifted photog who took these photos. You can book him for events, weddings and more on his website.