Navigating the Best Day Parties
Summer time is in full effect which means it’s the season for cookouts, girls’ trips, and day parties. One of the relatively few joys of adulting is that you’re old enough to day drink without shame. And there is no better place to let that happen than at a rooftop party! I live for an extended-brunch-turned-daytime-turn-up and the joy that comes from being fully in the house by 8:00 p.m., already having had the time of your life. I’ve been to some of the most epic day parties in NOLA, DC, Chicago, and Philly and there is something about sunshine and well-moisturized, melanated skin that just really gets me going! Below are some fool-proof ways to have an amazing time day-partying this summer and some of the best cities to serve them up!
EAT BEFORE YOU GO, CHICAGO.
I love an omelet bar and bottomless mimosas like the next girl, but trust me on this one: eat before you go to the party. There is nothing cute about tweaking with bacon in your mouth or having sticky fingers because of a syrup spill. Lots of places offer food to lure you in, but who wants to eat shrimp and grits while partying, and risk messing up your outfit? Eat before you go so you have a base, and then you can two step with your favorite cocktail in the sunshine. Find the best day parties in the city with Events by Pyramid. This Chicago-based party promotion company has the scoop on the hottest scenes in the city. Any party they throw is the place to be.
Girl, a day party is not the place to be holding up the wall. WE CAN SEE YOU, SIS—get loose and juke! Or Go-Go, if you want to dance like a local in D.C. I love day parties at Ozio, Rose Bar, Marvin, and The Park at 14th (D.C. truly has the best day parties). You can get your grind on in the corner with your boo and not worry about anybody watching, or you can hit a #beforeiletgochallenge dance off in the middle of the floor with your girls. At day parties, there are no rules. Just dance.
PLAY TO STAY, L.A.
The key to having an amazing experience at a party is to last throughout the entire day. Day parties often start as early as 1:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon and last until the sun goes down after 7:00. Being out in the sun, drinking and dancing, talking and socializing, and scoping the scene for that many hours can be exhausting. But you’ve got to play to stay for the party to be fun because the “let out” is where it really goes down. One of the live-est day parties I’ve ever been to was a rooftop pool party at Loews Hollywood Hotel, we drank and flirted with some guys in the pool for hours. The real fun started, however, when the party was winding down and they invited us out for dinner, drinks, and dancing at a local club in the city. If I had gotten wasted earlier at the party and shipped off to my room, I wouldn’t have been able to kick it at the let out and stayed up, dancing the night away at the club.