Each year, the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common puts on a holiday soirée and is always one of our favorite events of the year to attend and photograph. Newly imagined and creative cuisine presentations, raffle prizes that will take you around the globe, and great company make for a truly unforgettable evening at the always beautiful Ritz-Carlton Boston Common. This year’s event was a themed cocktail party inspired by the hit television show Mad Men.
The Boston Ballet donated two of their large nutcracker toys to stand guard at the Ritz-Carlton Boston entrance for this annual soirée. This year there was an extra treat — a matching nutcracker made entirely out of macaroons. Ritz Carlton Boston executive chef Andrew Yeo spent weeks creating this sweet masterpiece — using over 2,000 individual macaroons for a jaw-dropping nutcracker standing over 14 feet tall.
The event space including hotel ballroom were decorated in classic colors of red, white and black, and featured authentic retro furniture pieces such as couches, coffee tables, and an antique television set. Guests had their name tags typed up on traditional 1960’s typewriters, and large projections filled with walls with classic black and white TV commercials played all night long. Be Our Guest provided all of the decor and retro furniture pieces, including a deluxe white bar with custom Mad Men patterns, black suede couches, stunning curved white food station tables, and glass-topped black and red cocktail tables. Guests enjoyed mouth watering hors d’oeuvres and classic Mad Men cocktails all night long, and the evening ended with a retro candy bar full of everyone’s favorite 1960’s treats — from Tootsie Rolls to Lemon Drops. Several lucky guests won incredible prizes from American Airlines and the Ritz-Carlton, including trips to New York City, California, and a grand prize trip to Spain! Guests were also asked to bring a special gift for the children of The Home for Little Wanderers, as a part of their Big Wishes for Little Wanderers Holiday Drive.
We are always so thrilled to be a part of this annual holiday celebration — a big thank you to the Ritz Carlton Boston for having us there at your beautiful event!
Executive Chef Andrew Yeo and Boston Ballet Director Mikko Nissinen stand with the 14 foot custom macaroon Nutcracker