Start with summery splendor in the grass, take a page from the Official Preppy Playbook and borrow a day of San Diego's enviable climate and what do you get? The Chicago 'Burbs biggest bash yet… Yelp Country Club! On Sunday June 12th, hundred of yelpers donned their most dapper duds and made their way to Wheeling's Chevy Chase Country Club for a preppy, playful (and plaid!) adventure. After entering the raffle and getting outfitted with the hottest bling at the Yelp goody bag buffet, guests sidled up to the club's regal main bar for a Firefly Sweet Tea (or the new Skinny Tea) Vodka and lemonade libation dubbed the Palmer/Daly, Firefly Pink Lemonade vodka, Buffalo Trace's bourbon-kissed take on a glorified Mint Julep and Savida Sangria's sweet salute to punch-drunk love. Who needs umbrella drinks with cocktails this sunny?
And then, there was more. Refreshing Magners Cider and Dewar's smooth scotch awaited guests as they descended into the stately ballroom. What about wine? Napa schnapa… between offerings from Lulu B. Wine, Opolo Vineyards, Domaine Berrien Cellars, Bowers Harbor Vineyards and Fenn Valley Vineyards, Yelp Country Club's ode to the grape was nothing to scoff at, good sirs and fair ladies. Food galore also lined the perimeter of the oh-so-fancy ballroom walls – guests complemented their wine selections with cheese and charcuterie, noshed on pizza from Wapaghetti's, tried the delightfully dainty, artfully-designed desserts courtesy of Deerfields Bakery, sipped on Tom & Eddie's Häagen-Dazs milkshakes, snacked on healthy popchips, took a bite out of Cookies Fresco and indulged in Kokku's artisan chocolate fondue. Vitamin Water was onsite to quench, and some got a little spicy with Jimmy Luv's Bloody Mary Mix.
Outside, a tasty spectacle awaited party revelers… Chevy Chase roasted and hand-carved a 120-pound pig stuffed with beef round and pineapple! Two Brothers Brewing Company untapped the freshest and most delicious kegs and J.D. Kadds brought their smoker to deliver savory pork and beef brisket sliders in addition to hickory-smoked Polish sausage. Not an empty belly in the club! Honest Tea tantalized with their line of organic teas, and Monster Energy hooked up the endurance and cornhole while others played a match of croquet or bocce. For those intent on exercising their competitive edge, Adams Golf sponsored a putting contest replete with special prizes. From Heathers to Gossip Girl, everyone's penchant for prep was fulfilled.
Nothing is more handsome than a gentleman in a suit… Astor & Black Custom Clothiers provided suit measurements and displayed the finest of fabrics. Don't worry, the ladies also received a generous dose of doting. Mario Tricoci's glam squad set up shop to provide quick stylings, expert make-up application, polish changes and massages. For those interested in skincare, Carie Parkes demonstrated the Galvanic Spa and the Biophotonic Scanner. Whew… look who's fancy now! With those looks, guests couldn't help but get snapped by Matt Ginger of Ginger by Design and Zoran Orlic of zerostudio. ShutterBox beckoned partygoers with their now legendary photo booth pictures and Ruthie Hauge Photography created a Vanity Fair-esque photoshoot on the sprawling lawn… wait, do you model? Buy Ruthie's hi-res photos here and peep the low-res versions here.
Back in the ballroom, the dancetastic Cage and Aquarium Productions' DJ inspired some rug-cutting moves, raffle winners were announced (hello, free golf and hotel stays!) and the entertainment finale featured a full-on burlesque session from the lovely dames of Vaudezilla. Anticipation heightened, cheeks flushed, and the applause roared. What a finish to a spectacular event! Thanks to all who attended, our gracious sponsors/vendors and our sponsoring host, the chic Chevy Chase Country Club. We're sad it's over too, but you can relive all the magical moments by reading the reviews… 'til next time, yelpers!