Okay, okay… so the WHCD weekend was a month ago. Oy! Let’s just pretend it was all last night, okay? It’s taken me a long time to put this post together, so I hope you enjoy. Prepare yourself for TONS of pictures. Here we go.
In the week leading up to the big dinner, I got a new haircut with highlights, and my first-ever spray tan.
I loved the spray tan! Definitely recommend this.
The day before the big dinner, I went to a panel discussion/luncheon at the White House Correspondents Association. Here’s the thing – the White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD) is often referred to in Washington as “nerd prom.” This is the “nerd” part – a discussion about journalism. I loved it! Fascinating!
That day, I left work early, went to pick up my dress from being altered, went through the Chick-Fil-A drive-thru, and then went back to work, parked my SUV, and loaded up my “granny cart” and made my way to the hotel I was staying in (alone) for the weekend in DC.
I include this photo of my granny cart being pushed down M Street – because it provides you with an accurate picture of my life. There will be glamorous photos to come. That is not real life. The granny cart is. Humility is key.
I checked into my room, ordered a crab cake sandwich, read the special edition Politico about which celebrities were going to be at the dinner the next night (I had to study because I do NOT pay attention to celebs AT ALL) while I listened to the Supreme Court arguments about Obama’s health care law. (NERD ALERT: This is what I choose to listen to/watch when I have cable for a night, people, I am a nerd.)
Friday night, we got ready and went to the NPR pre-party. Don’t ask me “who” was there, I can’t tell you. Mostly because I didn’t wear my contacts. I can tell you that Beyonce’s little sister was spinning tunes, and it was at this really cool Gibson guitar place.
So, naturally, Jennifer and I played our guitar purses.
Then, it was back to the hotel for a night of sleep by myself. Michael usually comes into the City and stays with me, but this year, he was cranking on a website deadline, and it was just easier to work from home, so that’s what he did.
Saturday morning, I got up and headed to the office to make the favors for our table.
I put on one of Michael’s button-front shirts, and got my hair and makeup done, and then I took a cab over to the Hilton, so I could set up our table for the big night.
Then, I got ready for the big night, and met up with the rest of our group, including our guest for the night – Colton Dixon from American Idol.
We headed over to the Washington Hilton in two separate cars, and we got separated, so I missed seeing Colton walk the Red Carpet. Security is crazy, and they don’t just let you stand around and wait for your party.
Then, we headed to a couple of pre-parties. The best one this year was ABC’s party.
Here are my pictures from inside the ABC News tent. You’ll recognize the people, so I’m not going to caption every single pic.
It was super fun. Then, we made our way into the ballroom for the dinner. This involves going through mags for security, and it’s really crowded and sweaty and gross. Just some inside info for you.
Jennifer and I spotted Charlize Theron (I think that’s how you spell her name) on the way in, and promptly decided that we did NOT need a photograph WITH her. I am not standing next to that.
I think seeing my actual real-world friends is WAY more fun and exciting than seeing celebrities and taking pictures with them.
Oh, and I don’t work with this guy covering the White House. But he is kind of a big deal: Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell.
We did turn our cameras off (kind of) for a few minutes, while we made our way to our table.
On the way, I did spot Goldie Hawn.
At least, I was pretty sure it was her. Jennifer confirmed it for me.
We made it to our table, enjoyed dinner and laughed at the jokes by the President and Jimmy Kimmel, who I though were BOTH very funny!
I tweeted throughout the dinner, and impressed my boss with my fast iPhone skills. That was fun. Too bad the only course of dinner I remembered to photograph was dessert. It was all delicious. I know a lot of people don’t eat at this dinner. I do! This is seriously delicious food, and I squeezed every single bite of it into my spanx, girls!