Well, another Valentine’s Day is over. As usually, I had a great time, but didn’t spend it in the traditional way. Everyone knows I love a holiday, but sometimes I think it’s nice to do something a little different, a little wild - far enough outside the ordinary to take the pressure off making things perfect. So last week, I hit the chic Muse Hotel in Midtown, to check out my friend Wendy Diamond’s Yappy Hour (clever right?), her take on a wild Valentine’s Day Party. Unfortunately, my date (and dog) Baloo could not attend. She even missed her chance to play cupid, because at this Valentine’s day party, candy made way for dog treats, and pets proved the perfect icebreakers.
Wendy is a pro-planner of pootch themed parties that benefit pooch themed charities. The hip crowd at the Muse Hotel, for example, were engaging in their flirting and fun to celebrate the release of Wendy’s new book “It’s A Dog’s World,” and to promote animal rescue. So not only were there cute, well-dressed pooches of all variety there to take some pressure off the mingling singles, there was that heart-warming, tail-wagging feeling of doing something to benefit a great cause. Some of the V-Day doggies were pulling double cupid duty too: As representatives from the Humane Society of New York, they weren’t just matchmaking for the party goers, but acting as puppy love ambassadors for all those terrific shelter pets in need of loving homes.
Les Compagnons provided delicious wine with labels featuring favorite dog breeds, and doggy-named selections like “Golden Chardonnay,” and “Good Boy Cabernet.” Portions of the sales price of each Les Compagnons bottle sold go to local pet charities. And don’t worry kitty crowd - cat charities are included too.
Mixed drinks were furnished by Bulldog Gin, along with tail-wagging cocktail recipes, such Puppy Love and Lucky Lemonade:
- Orange Juice
- Ginger Ale
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Rach and I would love to hear about any unusual Valentine’s Day activities, or parties you had this year! Please post your stories and pictures to let us know! And see below for some pictures of the four-legged Valentine’s fun.
Wendy Diamond, Judy & Toby……..Countess LuAnn de Lesseps
Eli, Celeb. Chihuahua & Karen…….Cubby & Erika: Animal Haven
Jacques of Les Compagnons ……..Shaboo & Stu Rosner
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