ORIGINAL POST DATE: October 15, 2014
In the Fall of 2005 I was just about a year under my belt with my first job out of college. I was living my dream (at the time.) One bedroom apartment in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, meeting lots of new friends and working long grueling hours as an assistant account executive at the famed ad agency Leo Burnett. Working over time paid off when the 2005 Leo Burnett Agency Wide Holiday Party invitation popped up.
This annual affair had the reputation of being a little "over the top"… It started with team mimosas at 11am, moving into an auditorium style “Year in Review” at the Chicago Theater with 450 or so of my colleagues; then to an all day “restaurant buy out” at Sushi Samba, including endless tables of sushi rolls, tempura, cocktails, DJ and mingling with coworkers, many I had never talked to let alone seen before. After Sushi Samba the holiday celebration continued with an after party at one of Chicago busiest nightclubs. No waiting in line though, the after party started at 4pm! This was the kind of event that I still remember the Kenneth Cole pink sequined tank top and skinny black pants that I bought special for the occasion.
9 years later I have no idea if the Leo Burnett Holiday party is still an all day affair but I do know that winter changed the way I viewed holiday parties. Prior to that night the only holiday festivities I had attended were with my parents for dinner at Jakes or during the college years of Ugly Sweater keggers at the frat house.
Now that I own and operate an event space I am SO EXCITED for the holiday season. Months ago I bought snowflake decals for the windows at Opal 28 and festive serving platters. There is something so jolly about December and I can’t wait…. Maybe I will even dig out that pink sequined top to wear!
Cheers to the holidays!
If your office is looking for a holiday celebration venue, Opal 28 has a few dates still available. Please inquire by calling 971-544-7324.