Millennium Place Boston’s First Holiday Party

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Posted December 17, 2013 by Diana Burmistrovich in Downtown Crossing
Millennium Place Holiday Party

Among the illuminated halls of Millennium Place Boston‘s lobby sits a Christmas tree bearing subtle, yet sophisticated decorations in silver and white hues. Despite being a Christmas tree like any other, it fits perfectly into the ambiance of refined luxury that the urban residence promotes. It is the first inkling that even their holiday party promises to exude the jovial spirit so purposefully presented by their “unique, immersive social program,” La Vie.

Turning down the hall past the Christmas tree, my date and I enter a seductively-lit room that is referred to as “The Club.” Not having the slightest idea what to expect, we are instantly made comfortable by a trove of carolers singing jazz versions of popular Christmas carols.

Everything is perfectly curated to create a mood: In the same vein as the music, the lights are dim to encourage an ambiance of a jazz club or that of any of downtown Boston’s finer dining establishments.

Vase at Milennium Place Holiday Party

Contemporary mixes with traditional in these sophisticated pine cone vases sprawled across the space as decoration. Photo Credit: Diana Burmistrovich

Ugly sweaters are not welcome at this holiday party; the deep greens, bright reds, and luminescent golds that the residents and residents-to-be wear are the only thing reminiscent of traditional holiday parties. Rather than a mix of estranged college buddies or uncles and aunts, the crowd is relaxed, albeit celebratory, as they mingle over the passed hors d’oeuvres.

Near the bar, a brighter light cuts the darkness of the main room like a door peeking open to reveal Santa hiding gifts under the tree. In this case, the gift is a buffet of Mediterranean-inspired antipasto, handheld Boston crème and Key Lime pies, and deconstructed cream cheese and lox sandwiches (traditional bagels substituted with perfectly crisp toast points).

Accompanying the food was an assortment of wines and cocktails to fit the mood. House reds for the night included a Buehler Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon with a tart mouth-feel and a smoother Bethel Heights Vineyards Pinot Noir. Lovers of white wine could savor the Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay or a Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio. Those without a clue were helped by the bartenders, who doled out tastes and tips the whole night.

I started with Millennium Place’s version of the Regent Punch. Borrowing from the original recipe made for King George IV, a savory dark rum added sweet notes to the smokier palate of the brandy. Coupled with a dash of sparking white wine, the drink was finished with the bartender shaving fresh nutmeg over the top.

As I sat by the fireplace enjoying my punch, I thought about the holiday party. The ambiance, the company, and the magical La Vie vibe were quite the way to kick off the 2013 holiday party season.

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