The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center was the scene for this over the top New Year’s Eve Experience. My cousins and I had VIP tickets to this event. VIP tickets were an excellent investment. First, I love food. Anytime food is involved, the event is that much better. There were two VIP buffet areas! The dinner was served buffet style, complete with seared Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli and Braised Beef with Cabernet Reduction and Mashed Potatoes. These entrees were served was Chopped Salad with a delicious Vinaigrette dressing, along with seasonal Squash. There was an assortment of desserts including, Mini-Cheesecakes, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Raspberry Mousse, Brownies, and more!
Of course the drinks were top shelf and unlimited. By top shelf, I mean Irish Jameson, Grey Goose, Johnny Walker Black, 1800 Silver, Crown Royal, Bombay Gin just to name a few of the brands.
Upon entering the Gaylord, we were ushered upstairs to get in line for check in. We arrived about 10:00 pm, so that line was moderately long, but while waiting, we witnessed a couple getting engaged under the gazebo!
Everyone was dressed to impress wearing gowns, tuxedos, rhinestone bodysuits, and sequins rompers.
Now to the entertainment. There were two huge ballrooms. One ballroom had a live bands including: “Go Go Gadjet” and “Jump Off Band” with DJ Rene band breaks.
The other large ballroom had DJ Ri5s, and Chris Styles. The multiple party rooms provided something for everyone. There was a Decades Room, Retro Zone, UFC Gym Band Zone, EDM room, Karaoke, International, Video DJ, Country, and Silent Disco. Additionally, there was a VIP club with DJ Big C and a VIP Acoustic with Billy “T” Wilde.
One of my favorite things about VIP access was guaranteed seating! Of course I wore my cute shoes for New Year’s Eve, so I was grateful for the ample VIP seating areas.
The drinks were strong and flowing. The trick is to know when to get a drink. There was a Champagne toast at Midnight. With the wall of windows and balcony access of the Gaylord, we had a personal view of the New Year’s Eve Midnight Fireworks over the Potomac. The view was so beautiful, it overshadowed the cold weather (almost).
The only big issue was with the complimentary coat check. The Gaylord ran out of hangers for coats, and they ran out of coat storage space. But, because it is the Gaylord, they solved the problem quickly. If you go next year, buy VIP tickets. There is also a VIP coat check.
While waiting in line for coat check at the end of the evening, I noticed signs for a $6 medium pizza! Yes! I didn’t get a pizza. I was still full from the five crab cakes I ate! Overall, there was plenty of food, plenty of drinks, plenty of bottled water, plenty of people, and plenty of fun! I would definitely go back. There’s no place in the DMV area like the Gaylord National Hotel & Resort for New Year’s Eve. Until then, Happy New Year!