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


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.

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

UD - The Optimist

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.

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

UD - The Star Gallery at Fernbank Museum

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 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.

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 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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