Kids Party Konnection is a one-stop celebration shop. Its bounce houses come in two sizes and, once inflated, are perfectly primed to host the lively bounces of kids or adults. Carnival-style concession stands fill soirees with newly popped popcorn or cotton candy woven from freshly plucked unicorn manes. Included delivery, setup, and cleanup services free hosts from unnecessary headaches, and staff are also available to liven up the party with face painting or mascot costumes.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Duck, Duck, Goose. Musical Chairs. These traditional games barely hold a candle to the party activities enabled by Kingdom Inflatables. The festivity emporium equips gatherings with enormous, multicolored bounce houses, some with cartoon themes and slides. Bouncers can perfect their craft watching kernels spring to life in the rentable popcorn machine, or cool down with frozen treats or summertime snowball fights from Kingdom Inflatables' snow-cone cart.
Popcorn explodes into edible fluff; shaved ice and sugary syrup fill paper snow-cone cylinders; wisps of cotton candy swirl around sticks. Jumpin' Jam Blast makes memories such as these with a variety of party rentals. And the rentals aren't exclusively food machines; they include everything from bounce houses and water slides to tables, chairs, and tents. The business also provides entertainers and party staff such as DJs, costumed characters, and photographers.
Gaylord National sits on the banks of the Potomac River, which flows south from DC to the Atlantic Ocean. Outside the resort, a water taxi ferries passengers across the Potomac to the port town of Alexandria, Virginia, a former tobacco trading post and George Washington's hometown, founded in 1749. Visitors can shop along the cobblestone streets, step into a historical museum, or try on replicas of Washington's wooden teeth.A famous pair of giant pandas reside at the National Zoo in the tree-lined Woodley Park neighborhood of DC, about 15 miles from the resort. Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, two of the United States' few captive pandas, amble about and munch on bamboo in their 12,000-square-foot enclosure, which features streams, a water-cooled grotto, and an indoor habitat. The National Zoo houses about 2,000 animals from around the world, including elephants, cheetahs, and gorillas.Located just north of the National Mall in downtown DC, the Newseum chronicles the modern history of journalism, with artifacts that run the gamut from the Unabomber's cabin to an exhibit of eight 12-foot-high concrete slabs of the Berlin Wall. One gallery is dedicated solely to Pulitzer Prize–winning photographs, and another to the media coverage of 9/11.
For chef Daniele Catalani, there’s nothing political about food. The Tuscany-born chef delights political bigwigs and locals alike with a menu composed of highly seasonal, homestyle Italian food. Catalani earned his culinary bona fides working in restaurants throughout Europe, and he made his way up to the exclusive chef position at Galileo by the age of 23. He also appeared on Iron Chef America in 2003 during the battle of Donna vs. Morimoto, where he assisted in spatula-to-spatula combat. Today, he fills Toscana Cafe's menu with classic entrees such as gnocchi with basil pesto or ravioli with roasted eggplant and goat cheese.
Armed with an expansive library of recipes and party-planning prowess, Entree Metropolitan's event specialists work closely with clients to bring soirees to fruition. Menus culled from family secrets and palm readings of famous chefs offer caribbean jerk chicken strips and hors d'oeuvres such as flaky crescent twists, beef roulades, and roasted yam sticks. Entree Metropolitan rounds out its service with floral arrangements and décor including crystalware, flatware, table coverings, and napkins.