Seeing that DC’s professional community was in need of organized, after-work events where relaxed socializing and networking could transpire, Michael Karlan founded Professionals in the City as a unique way of uniting the community through newly forged romantic and business connections. His company's rapid-fire approach to building rapports was recently featured on the Today Show, due to its ability to quickly connect its 200,000 members at more than 1,000 events. Appropriate for singles, the romantically attached, or those accidentally attached by Velcro, the events range from intimate happy hours and theme parties to teeming galas and tours.
Speed-dating sessions move at a brisk clip in DC's most buzz-worthy bars and restaurants, where professionals are sequestered into congruous categories according to age, religious inclination, and sneaker-brand preference. Ideal for out-of-towners or patrons with first-date jitters, swift dialogue offers the chance to bypass awkward moments, and within 48 hours after events, an online-dating system connects pairs that clicked. Along with speed events, Professionals in the City also hosts outdoorsy outings, speed networking events, and a dating-centric lecture series to keep its members active, connected, and well-informed.
Party Mania festoons festivities and gussies up gift-giving with a kaleidoscope of colorful balloons. Party planners can adorn event spaces with standard latex balloons ($1–$1.50 each) in a range of hues and sizes. Mylar balloons flicker with a foil exterior, and can expand to display a range of acclaimed characters including comic-book heroes, Disney princesses, and Nickelodeon copyright lawyers.
If not for the occasional clatter of pins, Bowlmor Lanes' bright and modern decor and its full-service dining room could be mistaken for a lively nightclub. The sleek establishment’s gleaming lanes exude a glamorous charm not often found in bowling alleys. Adding to the ambience is a high-end sports bar and glow-in-the-dark lighting that illuminates each bowling pin.
Epit-of-Eves makes throwing a party easier through its catering and chef services. Instead of slaving over a hot stove or whittling a toothpick than can perfectly spear a mini meatball, hosts can leave the food prep to the professionals. Catered dinner services provide meals that are customized for each guest, with fresh ingredients grown locally and no preservatives or additives. And personal chefs can cook meals in homes, with customers choosing from a variety of cuisines or requesting a specific meal.
Between the demands of work, cooking for yourself, and speed-running the latest Super Mario Bros. game, you may never finish your novel about the overworked writer who can't finish her novel. Today's deal for Done Right Catering will open up some time: for $50, you get five fully prepared meals delivered straight to your door (a $100 value). Done Right will deliver within a 30-mile radius of its Silver Spring location. Your meals will be delivered on a Sunday ($10 charge for delivery on any other day). You will have to order all five meals at once, but only have to eat them all at once if you're really hungry, or if a wager with a mustachioed hot-air-balloon pilot is involved.
Movement is medicine for Sunyatta Amen, proprietor and head instructor at MamaSita Movement & Wellness Studio. She expresses this philosophy through an eclectic menu of group classes such as Urban Fusion Belly Dance, Zumba, and Brazilian Samba Workout. During classes, students gain confidence as they shimmy hips and undulate bellies through each 60- to 90-minute workout.