Far in advance of the ball, two very wise women warned me that the balls are not all that they’re cracked up to be – they’re crowded and crazy. But they also acknowledged that it’s an experience I should have in my lifetime.
A ball seems like something that should be regal, elegant, fun, and very memorable. I think that many people did get that from this experience, but I couldn’t help but think that it was a blend of a Bar Mitzvah with a high school dance – all with a cash bar.
- So fun seeing everyone dressed up
- Mark Anthony (and J. Lo!)
- Obama and Biden dancing sweetly with their spouses
- Seeing lots of friends and elected officials
- Being with my hubby, my sister and my nephew
- Celebrating Obama’s Presidency
- Seeing stars like Haile Berry, Angela Bassett, and others in a big giant crowd (although it was a bit confounding that they’d come to this type of event – Eric says it’s because they were curious too and that they also want to get some attention)
- The security – went smoothly and quickly
The Could Be Better – or tips to remember (nothing was truly bad)
- 11,500 people in one big car-show sized room (OY!)
- Half of them going to get their coats at the same time from an inefficient coat check room
- Pasta & sauce for 40,000 people (across 6 balls)
- the VIP managed space – either have it or don’t, but this, instead was a little strip of riser with slightly better food than pasta & sauce – pretzels!
- Seating – would have been nice to have a chair or two
- The dance floor – more of it so that people could actually dance
And here are the photos in general: