Before the roaring 20's of Gatsby, there was the Belle Epoque. Wine Enthusiast Magazine celebrated their 25th anniversary with a decadent Red and White Bash for a good cause. The event was held at the Hudson Hotel's basement re-imagined as a romantic circus.
Red and White was a reference to the over 30 wineries offering tastings of their wines. The colors were also the theme of the night for event designer Adam Aleksander's decor and dress code. Both the gents and ladies decked themselves out in vintage party style with hats, fascinators, pearls, jewels and dresses in the spirit of the event. There were festive makeovers offered to people who wanted some extra flare in their hair or sparkly makeup.
An old-timey big band set the soundtrack for the evening on stage with Parisian lampposts. A sexy burlesque aerialist glided into her moves on a crescent moon overlooking the guests.
While the wine flowed freely, the true reason for the celebration was that proceeds from every ticket sold went to benefit the Wine to Water organization. The non profit heads up projects in countries like Uganda, Sudan, Cambodia and many others to provide clean water to communities that struggle to have access to it. Some of their projects have included digging wells, distributed ceramic or bio-sand water filters and constructing a water system to an orphanage.
You can donate or host your own event on their behalf here. If you were planning your next big bash, what theme would YOU go with?