The International Club of DC
cordially requests the pleasure of your company at our
2015 New Year's Eve Gala
at the Marriott Marquis, Washington DC Celebrate New Year's Eve at Washington's newest and grandest $520 million hotel!
Washington’s Premiere & most luxurious International New Year’s Eve Celebration
You don't need a date to attend: Both singles and couples attend the gala every year.
Whether you attend by yourself or with friends, you will have a wonderful time in the warm and friendly company of other internationally-minded professionals!
- Please see below for dinner & dessert menus, entertainment, themes & other gala details -
As we continue to refine the gala please note that menus, themes, & entertainment are subject to change.
A glimpse of what to expect: Watch a video of last year's gala.
DC's most luxurious NYE gala includes free-flowing champagne & Open Bar, delectable dinner & dessert buffets, Midnight Balloon Drop as well as 5 Live Bands: Big Band Orchestra, Latin Salsa Band, Caribbean Island Band, Classical ensemble, and a Moroccan Band. Also enjoy a nightclub experience with our DJ spinning the Hottest International Dance Hits, Karaoke, Mock Casino Gambling, Party Favors, Midnight Champagne Toast as well as special room rates :::: & More!
10 INTERNATIONAL THEMES: CELEBRATE NEW YEAR'S EVE IN STYLE - Explore 10 thrilling destinations around the world and celebrate the unique culture, music, cuisine, & dance from every hemisphere. You will experience...
Experience the excitement of a discotheque in London, Budapest, or Moscow amidst laser lights & dance music.
Enjoy a night of dancing to the swinging big band sounds of our Glamorous Gatsby's New York Soiree.
Be seduced by Latin rhythms of Havana with a night of dancing reminiscent of 1950's Cuba.
The city of light, fashion, style, & romance comes alive as you relax in our Parisian cafe.
Enter a tropical paradise & celebrate island style with a live Reggae/Island/Calypso band!
Celebrate the spirit of Vienna and the romantic sounds of the waltz at our Viennese Café.
Experience a passionate evening in Argentina with music by a tango trio from Buenos Aires.
Experience the thrilling spirit of Casablanca as you mock gamble with your ICDC friends.
Warm your spirits with the atmosphere of an Irish Pub with sounds of an exciting Irish fusion band!
Take center stage & steal the spotlight! It’s karaoke time! Sing a song & become a star.
About The Gala
Join other outgoing, internationally-minded professionals from around the city and the globe to celebrate New Year's Eve in grand style at the luxurious Marriott Marquis. We have once again assembled a selection of the the finest entertainment from around the world to bring you an unparalleled evening of sophistication and elegance in the heart of DC. Celebrate with 6 live bands: Latin salsa band, Big Band Orchestra, A Classical ensemble, a Moroccan band, a tango band performing the sounds of Buenos Aires, and a Trinidad-Tobago Island band. Enjoy a stunning balloon drop at midnight, mock casino gambling, free flowing champagne, party favors, a full premium open bar, champagne toast at mid-night, gourmet tea and coffee, and first-class white-glove service.
For dinner choose from either a sit down 3-course dinner with champagne or sample international fare at our destination dinner buffets, with cuisine representing vibrant destinations from around the world. We have also arranged specially discounted rooms at the Marriott Marquis. Join us for a memorable, fun-filled evening of celebration for singles and couples – it’s simply DC's premier New Year's Eve gala!
Tickets and Rain Date Policy
Together with the hotel and the entertainers engaged for the evening, we are all working hard to present you a spectacular NYE celebration, regardless of the weather. The NYE Gala will be held rain, shine, or snow. Kindly note that by purchasing a ticket, you accept the responsibility to arrive at the hotel for the gala on time. Due to expenses incurred, we are unable to offer refunds in the event you are unable to attend the gala for any reason, including severe winter storms. Purchase of tickets for the gala constitutes your acceptance of our rain date policy and no-refund policy, as all ticket sales are final.
Kindly note for your security, tickets will be released at the admission desk ONLY to the person who purchased the tickets upon presenting photo ID & the credit card used to make the reservation. If you have purchased more than one ticket, please arrive for admission with your guests. For your security, no tickets will be released unless photo ID matching the name of the person who purchased the tickets is presented with the credit card used to reserve the tickets.
Specially discounted 10:30 PM Post-Dinner Admission Tickets are only $105 for a very limited time. This post-dinner late admission ticket option includes sumptuous dessert buffets, 8 separate themed celebration areas, top shelf open bar, midnight champagne toast, spectacular midnight balloon drop, 4 Live Bands, DJs spinning international club hits, karaoke, mock casino gambling, & party favors. Please note that dinner is not included in the 10:30 PM admission tickets.
A limited number of discounted tickets are available for a short time. Please reserve your tickets soon. Ticket price subject to increase at any time. Our previous New Year's Eve gala sold out!
Specially discounted Ambassador Level Tickets are only $189 for a very limited time. Includes: Admission at 9PM, Internationally Themed Celebration Areas, Top Shelf Open Bar, Dinner & Dessert Buffet representing the cuisine of vibrant international destinations, Midnight Champagne Toast, Balloon Drop, Live Bands, DJs spinning international club hits, Karaoke, Mock Casino Gambling, & Party Favors.
Dinner is served until 10:10 PM with desserts served after that. Please ensure you arrive prior to 9:45 PM to enjoy the dinner buffets presented.
Please reserve your tickets soon. Ticket price subject to increase. Our previous NYE gala sold out!
Presidential Tickets are only $239 for a very limited time. In addition to general admission benefits, Presidential ticket holders are entitled to early admission to the ball with expedited check-in at 7:30 PM, an intimate cocktail reception with champagne and appetizers, and a 3-course sit-down dinner before the Ball. . We will be seating you at tables of ten (10). If you have a large group of guests and wish to sit together, please arrive together and let us know when you check-in so we may assist you. Reserved seating and live music is presented during dinner for the prelude to a magical celebration. Please be on time as the last dinner seating is at 8:10 PM!
: Includes your own exclusive table to enjoy the gala festivities with 10 of your friends. Also includes the placement of your corporate logo on the gala Web site and priority seating for your reserved table. Includes 10 Presidential tickets.
Cancellation Policy Please note that all online ticket sales are final.
We are unable to offer cancellations or refunds on online ticket sales. All attendees must be 21 and over.
Overnight Accommodations and Parking
The Marriott Marquis offers well-appointed suites and rooms to help you relax and ring in the New Year in comfort. We have arranged specially discounted rooms for attendees of the gala. Valet parking is $38 for guests attending the celebration for the duration of the gala. Hotel parking is limited and available on a first-come basis. We recommend a cab or the Metro as parking is not guaranteed.
If you encounter any difficulties making your reservation online or receiving the following discounted rates, please contact us and we would be glad to assist you. Please note that the rates do not include government taxes.
ENTERTAINMENT FOR NYE GALA - We've searched the world to bring you the finest entertainment for a night of music, dancing, & celebrating whether you attend on your own or with friends. Please see below for the themes, menus & other gala details. Reserve your tickets. The New Year's Eve Gala concludes at 2:00 AM with certain entertainment, bands, and aspects of the gala concluding at 1:00 AM and 1:30 AM. Bar service concludes at 1:30 AM with nonalcoholic drinks served until 2:00 AM.
Experience a spectacular spectacular midnight balloon drop as you celebrate 2015!
Our DJ will have you dancing late into the night as you celebrate the New Year!
Dance the night away to the seductive rhythms of Havana performed by our Latin band.
Listen and dance to the swinging big band sounds of our Glamorous Gatsby's New York Soiree.
Enjoy the music of our Irish band performing high-energy Irish tunes for a thrilling celebration.
Celebrate New Year's Eve in style with free-flowing champagne.
Indulge in a selection of delectable desserts by the award winning pastry chef at the Marquis.
Experience a passionate evening in Buenos Aires with music by a tango trio from Argentina.
Select from either a sumptuous 3 course seated dinner or a buffet of international delicacies.
Relax to the music of our classical ensemble performing your favorite classical & contemporary music.
Try your luck at mock blackjack & roulette.
Celebrate with party favors!
:: Seated Three Course Dinner for Presidential Level Guests ::
Make your New Year's Eve experience an extra special indulgence with the Presidential Level ticket option featuring all of the fantastic amenities our New Years Eve Gala complemented by a special VIP reception & seated 3-course dinner for Presidential Ticket holders. Reserve your tickets now.
The seated 3-course dinner is presented from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM with the last seating at 8:10 PM. If you reserved a Presidential Level Ticket, please arrive before 8:10 PM to allow you the opportunity to enjoy the 3-course seated dinner presented. Please note that as mentioned on the ticket level descriptions, the last seating is at 8:10 PM.
We are unable to issue refunds if you arrive late and miss the 3-course seated dinner.
Please note that gala menus are subject to change.
Presidential Dinner Menu ~~ An intimate VIP reception with butler passed Passed Hors D ‘Oeuvres ~~
Miniature Beef Bourguignon En Croute
Smoked Salmon, Buckwheat Crepe Roulade, Creme Fraiche Caviar
Roasted Butternut Squash Shooter
~~ The Salad ~~
Honey Roasted Asian Pear, Baby Arugula & Spinach, Red Oak and Frisee,
Local Jasper Hill Goat Cheese, Cinnamon & Cayenne Spiced Pecans, Muscatel Vinaigrette
~~ Entree ~~
Seared Beef Tenderloin, Crusted with Fresh Rosemary & Parsley,
Served with Smoked Shallot Mashed Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Asparagus,
Slow Roasted Tomato and Finished with a Porcini Demi-Glace Reduction
-- or --
The vegetarian option will be a Wellington of Grilled Vegetables, Smoked Shallot Mashed Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Asparagus, Slow Roasted Tomato, Red Pepper Coulis
Mont Blanc, Chocolate Sable, Chestnut Cream & Candied French Chestnut,
Swiss Meringue, Chocolate Glaze
:: Delectable International Buffets for Ambassador Level Guests ::
The award winning chefs at the Marquis have prepared delectable menus representing the flavors and culinary traditions of 4 vibrant cities for you to experience and enjoy. Reserve your tickets now.
The dinner buffets are presented from 9:00 PM to 10:10 PM. If you reserved an Ambassador Level Ticket, please arrive before 9:45 PM to allow you the time to enjoy the dinner buffets presented. Please note that as mentioned on the ticket level descriptions, the dinner buffets close at 10:10 PM.
We are unable to issue refunds if you arrive late and miss the dinner buffet.
Please note that gala menus are subject to change.
Ambassador Dinner Menu
~:~ The Hearty Cuisine of Hungary ~:~
~ Kholrabi soup
Gulyásleves Hungarian beef Gooulash
Pork Medallions in mushroom brandy sauce
Chicken Cordon Bleu: Parpika sauce, mashed potato, and vegetables
~:~ Sophisticated Contemporary Cuisine of New York ~:~
~ Carved NY Strip loin Peppercorn sauce, silver dollar rolls
Individual mini cobb salads
Manhattan clam chowder
~:~ The Seductive Flavors of Havana ~:~
~ Cucumber Chili Salad
Stewed pork shoulder roast with black beans and rice, and fried yucca
Ropa Vieja: Red Snapper Cuban Style with olives, capers, red pepper
~:~ The Vibrant Flavors of Thailand ~:~
~ Pad Thai: Vegetable or shrimp
Thai green curry chicken with coconut scented rice
Grilled Thai steak salad with jicama daikon slaw
Thai mussel salad with lime dressing and green papaya salad
Please note that gala menus are subject to change.
:: Finest Desserts from Around the World Served in Luxurious Style ::
Complete your New Year's Eve experience with a decadently delightful dessert menu prepared especially for you by the renowned pastry chefs at the Marquis. Reserve your tickets now.
Desserts are served starting at 10:45 PM.
Delectable Dessert Menu
Classic Parisian Macarons:
An assortment of candy-colored French confections with buttercream
or ganache fillings featuring dark chocolate, pistachio, bourbon vanilla, and raspberry.
A circular French choux pastry with praline flavored
whipped cream center, with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Lemon Meringue Tart:
A light, flaky pastry shell filled with house-made
lemon filling topped with Italian Meringue.
Pear Bourdaloue Tart:
A buttery toasted pate sucree filled with almond pastry cream
and finished with vanilla poached pears artfully arranged on top.
Miniature Opera Cake:
An elaborate almond sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup, layered
With ganache and coffee buttercream and finished with a dark chocolate glaze.
A contemporary take on a historical favorite of French Royalty,
featuring fillings such as whiskey liqueur, dark chocolate ganache, and raspberry.
Strawberry Champagne Sabayon Verrine:
A light custard made with sweet wine served in a
champagne glass and garnished with strawberries.
Pear Belle Helene Verrine:
A classic French dessert of poached pears, served with vanilla ice cream
drizzled with chocolate, & sprinkled with sliced almonds.
Creme Brulee au Cafe:
A decadent dessert with a rich coffee bean custard base
topped with a hard layer of caramel.
Presidential Dessert Selection ~~ An exquisite dessert to complement the Presidential Dinner experience ~~
Mont Blanc Chocolate Sable:
Chestnut Cream & Candied French Chestnut, Swiss Meringue, Chocolate Glaze
Please note that gala menus are subject to change.
Do You Like To Dance?
Join us for the best international New Year's Eve celebration in town featuring music and dance from around the world, in a night wrapped in style and elegance. Whether you like dancing to the hippest sounds from the hottest nightclubs, swing and big-band music, salsa and Latin sounds, or the world's most beloved Viennese Waltzes, we have engaged the best live entertainment and DJs in town to suit your every taste!
Let us transport you to a Late Night Moscow Discotheque for an unforgettable nightclub experience as you dance the night away to the hottest club hits played by our DJs.
In our stylish and glamorous Gatsby's New York themed ballroom, our big band orchestra will perform a wonderful selection of exhilarating music for your dancing pleasure on our spacious dance floor!The Daryl Davis Band is a swingin' jazz combo focusing on music from the 1930s and 40s with a good dose of New Orleans. Let us transport you to an era that reminisces of prohibition, fedoras and portable victrolas.
Our New Year's Eve celebration also includes dancing to music by our Latin band. From the wild times of 1950's Havana, to the modern hot spots of Argentina and Costa Rica, enjoy salsa, merengue, and samba all night as we bring you the exciting music of a live salsa band with the sounds of Miami! The irresistible sound of our Latin band will lead your feet to the dance floor for an exciting night of dancing to the energy of Latin sounds!
Also enjoy dancing to our island Caribbean band and Irish band! All this and more await you at our spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration!
About The Venue
The Marriott Marquis is a sophisticated haven of luxury and service in the heart of Washington DC. The hotel has played host to world leaders, dignitaries and celebrities, and now it is your turn to experience an unforgettable New Year's Eve celebration at Washington's newest and grandest hotel. We encourage you to reserve your tickets early, as we sold out each of the previous years. The Metro is at the doorstep providing easy access.
Browse videos from previous galas, balls, and embassy receptions we have organized:
Great Gatsby Ball Summer Gala
On the evening of Saturday June 16, 2012 members of the International Club of DC enjoyed a 1920s-themed Great Gatsby Ball at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, one of Washington’s most beautiful exquisite venues. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” characterized the glamour and decadence of the 1920s and the gala presented attendees the opportunity to experience the elegance, splendor, and extravagance of 1920s America as they discovered the secret world of speakeasy. The beautiful National Museum for Women in the Arts was reinvented for a night into a page from the F. Scotts Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby with a Big Band entertaining guests with thrilling 1920s era tunes. Attendees danced the night away on the museum’s marble dance floor and enjoyed a sophisticated evening on the museum’s mezzanine level overlooking the ballroom. Guests also feasted on our Great Gatsby dessert feast with wine and drinks served at the open bar. Our band will played a variety of swing, waltz, tango, and other dance music.
International Club of DC Anniversary Gala and Black-Tie Masquerade Ball
The International Club of DC celebrated the 9th anniversary with a spectacular gala celebration and an unforgettable evening of elegance and sophistication in the the Grand Ballroom of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. As a mysterious autumn night turns to intrigue, members of the International Club of DC enjoyed a a magical evening and a memorable international celebration. Festivities for the evening included dancing to two live bands, lavish international dinner buffet, extravagant dessert buffet, dance performances, and much more! We look forward to welcoming you to our next gala!
Embassy of France Bastille Day Gala
Members of the The International Club of DC enjoyed a gala celebration of music and dancing along with a grand feast featuring the finest gathering of French restaurants in DC. The theme for the gala was flowers and fragrance and the attendees began the evening with cocktails served at the open bar while perusing art and luxury items offered at the silent auction. Guests also enjoyed the embassy's garden, live music, and danced the night away to a live French jazz band while making new friends. We look forward to welcoming you to our next gala!
Embassy Row Rooftop Soiree: White Night in Havana
Members of the International Club of DC celebrate summer at the rooftop of the Embassy Row Hotel , with an evening of live jazz and dancing under the stars amidst the Washington skyline with illuminated monuments at a distance. The evening starts with a live jazz performance at the rooftop setting the stage for a wonderful night of networking and socializing with other ICDC members. Our rooftop jazz and dance soiree under the stars is a great way to unwind and commence your weekend festivities while meeting and networking with other ICDC members!
Chocolate and Wine Tasting Feast
Members of the International Club of DC enjoyed a fun-filled evening combining the most exquisite chocolate of the world with fine wine from Spain at CoCoVa. Our monthly chocolate tastings are a wonderful opportunity to indulge in a delectable feast to please your palate as you share the experience with us and make new friends. The evening starts with a refreshing glass of champagne or Cava Rosé, followed by flights of white and red wines from around the world. The evening continues as attendees enjoy chocolate delights from around the world. We hope to see you at our next chocolate tasting.
After Hours at the Kreeger Museum: An Exclusive Art and Jazz Soiree with Monet, Picasso, Renoir, and Cézanne
International Club of DC members enjoyed an exclusive after-hours engagement at The Kreeger Museum, one of the world's finest museums of 19th and 20th century masterpieces of Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Cézanne, and others. The evening featured live jazz, appetizers, and cocktails in the exquisite surroundings of Philip Johnson’s architectural masterpiece while viewing The Kreeger Museum’s outstanding permanent collection. The Kreeger’s focus on 19th and 20th century paintings can be seen through works by Monet, Picasso, Renoir, Cézanne, Chagall, Miró, and Stella, along with prominent Washington artists. We look forward to welcoming you at our next museum event!
New Year's Eve Gala Main Ballroom Timelapse
Members of the International Club of DC enjoyed a lavish New Year's Eve celebration at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel in Washington DC featuring dancing to music of 8 live bands. This video clip was generated by combining approximately 1200 photos that were taken using an intervalometer over about 2 hours at the New Year's Eve Gala. The photos were then combined together to generate a movie with 10 frames per second. The pictures were taken 5 seconds apart in manual mode at a shutter speed of 1 second and aperture setting of f/2.8.
Georgetown Champagne Yacht Cruise with Live Band
Members of the International Club of DC enjoyed a memorable cruise on the Potomac with dancing under the stars to the live music of a Latin jazz band. We departed from Georgetown with magnificent views of the monuments and the illuminated skyline at a distance. Attendees enjoyed champagne aboard the yacht as well as the opportunity to meet, dance, and socialize with other ICDC members.