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Holiday In The Hot List: 2012 Holiday Parties

The holidays. A time for giving. A time for togetherness. A time to... rent out some extravagant place and throw an over-the-top party in it. Below: five of those such places. Yeah, we thought you might like that.

UD - Ventanas
THE LANDING ZONE

Ventanas

You Require: Somewhere you can make a dramatic entrance.
You’ll Receive: A 15th-floor penthouse with floor-to-ceiling windows... that’s attached to a fire-pit-equipped outdoor patio... that’s all attached to a helipad. Get to the chopper.

411:

Holds 50 to 500, Ventanas, 275 Baker St, 404-766-3867

UD - The Optimist
THE EMERGENCY EXIT

The Optimist

You Require: Something within stone-throwing distance of a raw bar and a mini-golf course.
You’ll Receive: Exactly that. You’ll have total reign over the Optimist’s curtain-enclosed area. And hey, feel free to slip out after a few toasts for some bivalves and putt-putt out back. No one has to know.

411:

Holds up to 70, The Optimist, 914 Howell Mill Rd, 678-536-6506

UD - The Star Gallery at Fernbank Museum
THE MILKY WAY

The Star Gallery at Fernbank Museum

You Require: A prime spot for cocktailing under the stars.
You’ll Receive: An oval room with a fiber-optic, constellation-filled ceiling. Some would call it a planetarium. You’ll call it... a really good-looking place to drink eggnog.

UD - The Pinewood
THE DEN OF COCKTAILERY

The Pinewood

You Require: Barkeeps who make a mean Old Fashioned.
You’ll Receive: The entire low-lit restaurant to do what you want with. And you want a room full of your tackiest-sweater-wearing comrades. They’ll clear out all the wooden tables, open up the bar and start chiseling ice for sculptures. Kidding, it’s for your drinks.

411:

Seats 60, holds 150, The Pinewood, 254 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, 404-373-5507

UD - The Farmhouse at the Inn at Serenbe
THE BED ROOM

The Farmhouse at the Inn at Serenbe

You Require: An off-the-grid retreat with overnight potential.
You’ll Receive: Dinner: consisting of wine flights, chocolate bourbon pecan pie and whatever you want (the menu’s fully customizable). And accommodations: consisting of marshmallow roasting, hayrides and a room at the Inn. So go ahead, have another slice of the bourbon pie.

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