We will be the first ones to admit that pretty much every year BYT sort of shits the bed (pardon the expression) when it comes to White House Correspondent’s Dinner Coverage. Maybe it is because we don’t really cover the White House (though, now that they have a tumblr, all that may change) or because no one wants our scrappy selves at their fancy event, but it always kind of sneaks up on us, and then we sort of scramble to figure out how to go about covering it.
Usually, to be honest, we just give up before it starts, but this year HOUSE OF CARDS cast was going to be in town (alongside everyone else famous and normally non-political in this country) so we figured we should:
- a. motivate at least a little more
- b. see if we can get Senator Russo (sorry, ok-Corey Stoll, we’ll try to use your real name) to propose to us before the weekend was over
Results were a mixed bag and can be seen below. If nothing else, you can see which celebrity crushes of YOURS you missed not making out with over the last 72 hours.
Things kicked off on Thursday. According to our instagram feed, a lot of people rolled out to the Spin The Room (aka #Spinroom – BECAUSE EVERYTHING HAS A HASHTAG) party hosted by Rock The Vote at The Heist. We definitely failed at sending a photographer but Daniel Swartz was there, and you can see his full set here: click click.
Celebrity factor: medium-ish (Daniel Dai Kim from Hawaii Five-Oh, Grammy nominated saxophonist Ski Johnson etc). Local celebrity factor: high-ish (esp. in the blogger department).
Come Friday, things were in pretty full swing. We swung by the Creative Coalition/Lanmark Technology Inc party which had everyone from Tracy Morgan (!!!) to Stanley from The Office (!!!) to Gayle King to Sharon Stone hanging out at Neyla in Georgetown:
Celebrity factor: pretty high with a solid mix of movie and TV stars you actually care about (Giancarlo Esposito hey!) + Greta Von Susteren (surprisingly tiny)
in the meantime, across town everyone from New Yorker to TIME/People to The Atlantic/National Journal were pre partying it up. Guest of a Guest was kind enough to share these celebrity sighting shots from these with us:
at the TIME/PEOPLE Party @ St. Regis (click here for full set): Jessica Parre aka Megan Draper, Will Rabbe, John Legend (who, lets face it will use ANY opportunity to be a DC VIP event attendee), Fred Armisen (!!!) and more:
and over at the Atlantic/National Journal @ The Powerhouse (#MAKINGNEWS) Gayle King, the men of Catfish, and the everywhere-this-weekend Hawaii Five-Oh cast partied, and we were mostly super proud to get a seat in the overall chaos, so we’ll post a photo of that too:
In search of a more chill destination, we went to the Creative Coalition/Lanmark Technology Inc’s afterparty, hosted by Rock The Vote and Lani Hay at her private house. There was a sushi bar AND LIVE performed live, which in case you were wondering about what “Lightning crashes” may sound like in 2013, can be experienced all over again here, thanks to a video Dakota took:
and now for some snaps from that:
and some more by Dakota:
afterwards, if you knew what was up, you should have probably gone to the MALMAISON and ruined your dress/clothes at the ALL THINGS GO NON-WHITE-HOUSE-CORRESPONDENTS-ASSOCIATED KNOCKS PARTY, but, you know… (full set of that can be found here). #HIPSTERPROM
the next day, aside from hangovers before the actual event ever happens, it was all about being jealous on instagram of everyone who got to go to the official WHCD brunch which featured appearances by HOUSE OF CARDS folk as well as the SCANDAL and DOWNTON ABBEY casts AND John Oliver. Solid (instagram via @jenchaney, and if you’re looking for a full photo set, check out REVAMP):
now, we didn’t ACTUALLY go to the dinner (because of all the obvious reasons) though DCist has a good highlight reel if you’re looking for one and ended up stopping by the Buzzfeed (#BuzzfeedBBQ) viewing party @ Jack Rose (which Jonah Peretti and co. decided to host after being denied actual dinner presence) and which DCist also went to and panned (mostly for good reasons, but you know…) . Talk to the #HASHTAG HAND (instagram via @sparkedheart):
still, with 1960 photos hashtagged #WHCD it was pretty easy to see what we were missing (next year, may we suggest Instagram SPONSORS a giant party for this? Because they should. We can help you throw it, Instagram-just call us). So here is a highlight reel:
1. Anna Wintour was there and somehow ONLY @SophiePyle was brave enough to snag a photo.
other instagram hits were: Rebel Wilson, Amy Poehler, Casts of SCANDAL and DOWNTON and Darren Criss who appeared to be everywhere. NASHVILLE cast, Cameron Silver from Modern Family and Andy Cohen take the prize for the best shameless/awesome selfie taking though (photo via @jedediahjenkins and @jujuchangnyc) :
photobomb of the night: MSNBC head gets in on some Al Shrapton/Tracy Morgan action (photo via @RachelNoerd)\
this is what the inside of the dinner looks like: 3000 people at $2750 tables for 10. (photo: @rogi87)
speaking of which, prizes for “MAKING IT COUNT WHILE THEY CAN SINCE THEY PROBABLY WON’T BE HERE NEXT YEAR” go to PSY and the fine folk of DUCK DYNASTY, post present at the event (photo by @SimonCayman):
bonus: Nicole Kidman death stare (photo by @DavidNakamura)
after that was ALL OVER, it was afterparty time. Local game wise, Capitol File (this month on the cover: KEVIN SPACEY) does a good job of doing the fanciest job imaginable, and this year they took over Carnegie Library for a splashy night of cocktails, dancing and True Blood stars. Photos below are by REVAMP, and they’ll have a full set any time now:
and a lot of people headed over to MSNBC’s shindig where Rachel Maddow slinged drinks and The Roots performed live (photo by @bendroz)
and the prize for “CELEBRITY ACTUALLY LOOKING LIKE THEY WERE HAVING ACTUAL FUN'” goes to Ryan Kwanten of True Blood in this Instagram snap by @ritzybee)
and while people you know probably ended up all over the place instagramming wildly, the ONE party no one got invited to unless they were a top editor or a legitimate celebrity was the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg annual afterparty at the French Ambassador’s residence which according to Vanity Fair’s photos looks pretty fancy and pinterest worthy….
… and featured these “humans” in attendance: Fred Armisen, Morena Baccarin, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Bloomberg, Jon Bon Jovi, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Carrie Brownstein, Kirby Bumpus, Sophia Bush, Annie Erin Clark, Chris Christie, Andy Cohen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Darren Criss, Victor Cruz, Natalie Dormer, Michael Douglas, Robert Griffin III, Ed Helms, Arianna Huffington, Nicole Kidman, Gayle King, Daniel Dae Kim, Joel Kinnaman, Nicholas Loeb, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kate Mara, Chris Matthews, Ian McKellen, Ron Meyer, Piers Morgan, Emily Mortimer, Olivia Munn, Conan O’Brien, Sunny Ozell, Hayden Panettiere, Jessica Paré, Katy Perry, Matthew Perry, Jeremy Renner, Tony Romo, Paul Rudd, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Irina Shayk, Kevin Spacey, Patrick Stewart, John Sykes, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Kate Walsh, Kerry Washington, Elaina Watley, Olivia Wilde, Rebel Wilson. (photos via Vanity Fair)
oh, and in case you were keeping track since the start of this post (you were?) Peter Russo showed up @ #BuzzfeedBBQ but we have zero reports on any marriage proposals occurring that night. (photo @1docobs). Till next time.
TILL NEXT YEAR, please feel free to use the comments to tell us just how this weekend went for you: