Champagne and canapés are great, but 2009 calls for something a little more...revealing. The Raleigh pool garden rings in the new year with tassels and pasties (more your speed) with a burlesque bash complete with an open bar and tiny sequined garments.
Ringing It In
Partying on New Year's Eve
Miami is all about moving forward, looking to the future, savoring that next mojito. Or, that next great year. Here's how to welcome 2009 in style.
Destination Nikki Beach
The oceanfront tikki megaclub gets all Catch Me If You Can with hostesses in retro flight attendant uniforms and a VIP Mile High Club. Seating options include opium beds, teepees and beachside lounge chairs—so you definitely won't feel stuck in coach.
Janelle Monae at the Delano
Giant Step Records teams with the Delano Hotel to offer a free poolside concert featuring the vocalizings of Janelle Monae (she of the jazzy Gap commercials). RSVPs are scarce, so go here or call 305-674-6430. Hurry...
New Year's at Casa Casuarina
Channel the Roaring Twenties at this flapper-themed soiree at Versace's old mansion. Don your best Gatsby duds for a night of fox-trotting and skirt-chasing. Reserve a hotel suite and you'll fox-trot for free.
The Art of Celebration at LIV
With host Diddy in charge of this cavernous bacchanalia at the Fountainebleau, expect maximum style, top-notch music from DJ Ruckus and ample libations from a three-hour open bar. And keep an eye on your girlfriend.