A little while back, I was lucky enough to be sent a ticket to the Museum of Modern Art's biannual gala fundraiser, The Modern Ball. The event, which took place on Wednesday night, was absolutely spectacular. When I spoke to event planner Stanlee Gatti, he explained how he sees the world vibrantly through colors and it was wonderful to see his words transformed into reality. Gatti transformed the bottom floor of the museum (and part of Minna Street) into a lush playground perfect for a party. The entry room was lux and gracious with its billowing red curtains and plush velvet ottomans. Another room was green with astroturf covering every surface and artistic black and white photographs patterned on the walls. The third room was wallpapered in a shiny silver foil a la Andy Warhol's factory, with specially crafted Campbell soup cans as centerpieces.
The drinks flowed freely from super accessible bars (we Sugars drank Champagne, Anthony gin & tonic) and the overall feel of the bash was that similar to a wedding with all age groups represented. I spent much of the evening looking for Mr. Gatti because I wanted to tell him how much I loved the look of the party. Alas, I never found him. Colors richly dominated each of the rooms in layers and textures. Two live bands played - Fab preferred the indie rocking Scissors for Lefty, while I enjoyed the Spanish singing Salvador Santana - with DJs spinning a mix of house and pop in the green and silver rooms.
The food spread was an amazing and delicious array of tiny flavor packed bites ranging from fresh sushi to the classic party fair of shrimp cocktail and crudités with hummus. A ceviche of sorts was served in shot glasses at the bar with crisp tortilla chips acting as ceviche scoops. There were also a lot of great desserts. Fab and I made the mistake of spending far too much time at the chocolate fountain tasting marshmallow, rice crispy treats, and strawberries in the liquid chocolate only to realize 20 minutes later while in the bathroom that chocolate had dripped onto my dress, shoes, and even Fab's toes!
The highlight of the night for me were the mini empanandas (I had been dreaming of empanadas all day at work) and I could not stop eating them! The highlight for Fab was, obviously the fashion, specifically a gold Versace dress that was featured in the ads. The highlight for Dear was successfully avoiding a boy (mission accomplished) and the highlight for the three of us was the photobooth! Guests were invited to take as many pictures as they wanted in one of several old school (you know where you get 4 pics snapped in several minutes) photobooths. It was so much fun, wouldn't it be great to have one to lookbook in!