I've always been a fan of New Year's Eve. Granted, my plans have changed dramatically through the years from staying out all night, to dinner with friends to fun in the sun like this year. Newlywed/friends , Kim and Bob Mills, were recently married but decided to wait to combine their wedding celebration with a New Year's Eve party. The results were outstanding! Cruising down the Intracoastal in Ft. Lauderdale with about 60 old and new friends dancing, drinking, eating and enjoying the holiday lights on the multi-million dollar homes and boats was a night we will never forget!
But what did everyone else in Chicago do on NYE? I was very curious so I quizzed some of our town's VICs (Very Important Chicagoans) to find out! Nate Berkus, even though he doesn't live in Chicago anymore but will ALWAYS be considered a hometown boy by moi, spent his NYE at Playacar Palace in Cancun celebrating party guru Colin Cowie's 50th birthday with Padma Lakshmi, Jason and Haley Binn, NBC's Ted Harbert, Clear Channel's Bob Pittman and Chef Todd English. Natalie Cole sang "Unforgettable."
Glam It Girl, Gayle Anthony, reported that her equally glamorous sister, Julie Weindling and her beau Phil Geier, spent NYE at Round Hill, Jamaica, rubbing shoulders and chatting at the pool with Sir Paul McCartney and his family, including his daughter by Heather Mills. Also seen poolside were Ewan McGregor, Ralph and Ricky Lauren and Lauren Bush.
Entertainment reporter/uber-scribe Bill Zwecker and partner, Tom Gorman, spent their NYE at Linda Johnson Rice's "spectacular" mountain-top home in Palm Springs with Desiree Rogers, Neal Zucker, James Bell (Boeing CFO) and his wife, Sue Leonis and Julie Latsko among others.
Author Sherrill Bodine and hubby John, spent their NYE at the famed Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. CS Magazine Editor and Chief, Korey Huyler, and her family usually go to Deer Valley but this year, since she's expecting her second child, they stayed in watched a movie and made dinner. Watch out NEXT year Deer Valley!
Auctioneer extraordinaire, Leslie Hindman, spent New Year's with friends in Paris dining at Le Grand Colbert. Dapper Sepia Restaurant owner, Emmanuel Nony, hosted over 17o guests at his restaurant before heading to Saugatuck, Michigan, the following day.
Henson Consulting founder, Kathleen Henson, and her hubby Mike had a quiet NYE (and with her crazy life I don't blame her!). They ate sushi at a friend's house and played Guesstures with their FIVE children! That's enough excitement for anyone! Myra and John Reilly opted to do the same, staying at their magnificent home in Lake Forest with friends and family. And photographer to the stars, Steve Starr, spent New Year's photographing friends at Rumba Supper Club enjoying live music by the Mannix Martinez Orchestra. Orchestra leader/pianist/entertainer Stanley Paul led the NYE celebrations at the Casino before heading off to his rental mansion in Palm Springs, which was the former home of actress Marjorie Main. Stanley describes it as "Grey Gardens on steroids!"
See what other VICs did to herald in 2012! (Check out www.CandidCandace.com for extended coverage!)
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