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FishbowlDC’s Holiday Party Crasher’s Guide

Holiday Party Crashers Unite!Sick and tired of Ramen noodles, mayonnaise sandwiches and Milwaukee’s Best? Neh, you’re right – the classics never go outta style.  But you could save some cents this holiday season and instead hit up one of these fancy schmancy parties instead!

Fine print: FishbowlDC does not condone partaking in without proper invitation fine affairs, open bars, or glorious buffets overflowing with endless shrimp.  We’re simply saying that if one were to crash, they might hit the below list.

December 4, 6-8 pm: FTI Consulting to fete their friends, clients and media folk with apps and booze at Poste Moderne Brasserie.

December 5, 7 pm: Entertainment Software Association (ESA) will host a holiday reception at LongView Gallery.

December 10, 5-7 pm: MediaDC (publishers of the Examiner and the Weekly Standard) will be chuggin’ holiday brews at Churchkey.

December 14, 8-? pm: Ron and Sara Bonjean are throwing their annual Holiday Bash. You gotta be a personal friend to get an invite to this, the best holiday party of the year. Crashers beware, we hear Sara’s got a shot gun…

December 18, 6-9 pm: The Distilled Spirits Council hosting a Prohibition-era Holiday Party at Hogo.

*We’ll continue updating ‘til people stop leaking invitations to us.

FishbowlDC’s Holiday Party Crasher’s Guide

Holiday Party Crashers Unite!Sick and tired of Ramen noodles, mayonnaise sandwiches and Milwaukee’s Best? Neh, you’re right – the classics never go outta style.  But you could save some cents this holiday season and instead hit up one of these fancy schmancy parties instead!

Fine print: FishbowlDC does not condone partaking in without proper invitation fine affairs, open bars, or glorious buffets overflowing with endless shrimp.  We’re simply saying that if one were to crash, they might hit the below list.

December 4, 6-8 pm: FTI Consulting to fete their friends, clients and media folk with apps and booze at Poste Moderne Brasserie.

December 5, 7 pm: Entertainment Software Association (ESA) will host a holiday reception at LongView Gallery

December 18, 6-9 pm: The Distilled Spirits Council hosting a Prohibition-era Holiday Party at Hogo

*We’ll continue updating ‘til people stop leaking invitations to us.

Heil Gets Served and Grilled

More than twenty media types gathered last night at LOOK to eat a course (or three) and raise a glass (or twelve) to Emily Heil’s gig as the new half of WaPo’s “Reliable Source” column.

Neither Amy Argetsinger, who is vacating the column, nor Reliable’s Roxanne Roberts were in attendance but dinner host Janet Donovan still managed to pull together an impressive and multi-generational roster of Washington gossip columnists and journos.  Among those in attendance were Annie Groer, radio hosts Bill Press and John McCaslin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and wife Anne, Whispers columnist Nikki Schwab, USA Today’s Sue Davis, CNN’s Matt Dornic, NJ’s Ben Terris, K Street Kate Michael, Mary Bird, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, and LOOK owner Michael Kosmides.

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FishbowlDC Holiday Party Crasher’s Guide

Holiday Party Crashers Unite!Sick and tired of Ramen noodles, mayonnaise sandwiches and Milwaukee’s Best? Neh, you’re right – the classics never go outta style.  But you could save some cents this holiday season and instead hit up one of these fancy schmancy parties instead!

Fine print: FishbowlDC does not condone partaking in without proper invitation fine affairs, open bars, or glorious buffets overflowing with endless shrimp.  We’re simply saying that if one were to crash, they might hit the below list.

December 4, 6-8 pm: FTI Consulting to fete their friends, clients and media folk with apps and booze at Poste Moderne Brasserie.

December 5, 7pm: Entertainment Software Association (ESA) will host a holiday reception at LongView Gallery

*We’ll continue updating ‘til people stop leaking invitations to us.

Inside a Fashion Shindig at Benetton

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Last night, Benetton Georgetown and MoKi Media threw an invite-only party to showcase the Autumn-Winter 2013 collection. The cast of characters included Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn, BET Networks’ EVP and CFO Michael Pickrum, Kate Bennett from Washingtonian, author and reporter Helena Andrews, Gilt City’s Marissa Schneider, Washington Redskin Reed DoughtyBill Hamid from DC United, and D.C. personality Susanna Quinn. They were all dressed to the nines in Benetton’s new line.

The event included complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a sweet 20 percent off on all evening shopping and a $500 gift card giveaway. Between photo ops with DC’s fashionable favorites, the D.J. and open bar on the second floor, and the kid-friendly third floor, there was something for everyone at Benetton’s soiree. Gift bags were even given to the media at the end of the night, which is always awesome. Each bag came complete with a Benetton fall catalogue and a pair of Benetton-themed headphones.

Find out what local celeb showed up, whose book was optioned by Fox Searchlight, how the food was, etc…

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Lucky Michael Douglas Bypasses Catherine Zeta Jones Q’s at U.S. Peace Institute

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On Monday night the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington hosted the Ploughshares Fund Gala. Ploughshares Fund is a bi-partisan group aiming to put an end to the remnants of the nuclear proliferation age, and finally making the world a nuclear-free place for future generations. The gala featured prominent figures, such as Sec. of State John F. Kerry, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Sen. Richard Lugar, among other V.I.P.’s.

Notables:

Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg, Steve ClemonsThe Atlantic, Sally Quinn, Washington Post, Ben Ambruster, Think Progress/Center for American Progress, Ali Gharib, Open Zion/Daily Beast, Matt Duss, Think Progress/Center for American Progress, former Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky (she worked for George W. Bush), Tom Toles, WaPo (Cartoonist; and wife Gretchen Toles), Sam Feist, CNN, Andrew Morse, CNN, Moira Whelan, State Department, Sen. Ed Markey, Olga KhazanThe Atlantic, Josh Rogin, Daily Beast, Uri Friedman (moving this week from Foreign Policy to The Atlantic), Jean Francois-Boittin, Embassy of France, Anne Gearan, WaPo, Richard Wilhelm, Booz Allen, Jay Newton-Small, Time Magazine, Bruce Gottlieb, National Journal, Michael Powell, American Federation of Teachers, Dixon Osburn, Human Rights First, Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street, and Warren Bass, Wall Street Journal.

The Master of Ceremonies for the night was Emmy and Academy award winning actor Michael Douglas, who’s passion for complete global nuclear disarmament has put him in the same league as some of the most powerful people in the world who are not actor (beat that, Clooney).

Whose speech outshined the rest at this anti-nuke open-bar gala soiree?

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BuzzFeed Party Heats Up

For its White House Correspondents’ Dinner party, BuzzFeed brought its entire politics team to D.C., but one of its members was noticeably absent from the party.

Andrew Kaczynski, the prolific tweeter and Internet video resurfacer, skipped out. He was at the actual Dinner, the one BuzzFeed had failed to secure a table at. CSPAN brought him as a guest.

“It must be nice, right,” BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith told FishbowlDC that night. “He’s like our celebrity.”

Even without their own version of a celebrity in attendance, the party was packed with hundreds of people, causing long waits at the bar, but even worse: Long lines outside to even get in. Senior Press Director Ashley McCollum manned the mess outside. At one point the general guest line stretched almost 100 people-deep.

For Dorsey Shaw, BuzzFeed‘s resident TV news watcher, it was his first time down from New York since the publication celebrated the launch of it’s Washington bureau in early August last year. He told us he was disappointed that he wouldn’t have time to see the monuments and other sights but that he’d make sure to schedule them in next time he’s in town. (He ended up being able to schedule in some time to see them Sunday, we hear.)

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House of Cards Cast Parties at Buzzfeed BBQ

Once the actual White House Correspondents Dinner was over, a swarm of people descended upon the Jack Rose Dining Saloon for the Buzzfeed BBQ after-party. No crowd drew more attention than the cast of Netflix’s House of Cards, who made their way down Florida Ave. (Kevin Spacey was noticeably absent.)

As they arrived at the front door, Robin Wright-Penn decided to take her high heels off. After slipping one off, she struggled with the other undone, so rolled into the party with only one shoe on. A brave choice considering the raucous atmosphere inside the soirée.

As soon as they entered, the House of Cards crew was offered a spot in the VIP area and they all said, “No, we want to dance!”

More from the party…

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TNR Opens New Office Space

Just in time for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner festivities, The New Republic is hosting a party tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at their new offices.

“Located in the heart of DC, our new offices are the latest example of The New Republic’s commitment to Washington and to our long, distinguished history in the city,” the invitation reads.

The office space is located 525 9th St. NW.

Gannett and USA Today Host Pre-WHCD Cocktails

If you didn’t get this, you’re not in WHCD partygoers. And we suspect there’s no sneaking your way into this one.

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