We asked event planner Steve Kemble to design a millennium party that would create a buzz well into the next century. Guaranteed, his is not your average lists of ideas. But December 31, 1999, is not your average New Year's Eve, either ...
Create a setting your guests will never forget--Why use a five-star restaurant or hotel? Instead, close down a couple of streets downtown and plan an outdoor event (with heated tents). Or rent an acrylic flooring unit and hold the event on the town's lake.
On your RSVP card, ask your guests to list their dates of birth--At your dinner party, create a bar that looks like a fine wine cellar with a bottle of private label champagne for each guest from the year they were born.
Tell partygoers they will be picked up by limousine--Then, instead of bringing them to the party, drop them off at a helicopter that will fly them the rest of the way there.
Hire some of your city's foremost chefs--Go for the gold. Contact the most highly respected chefs in your area and ask them to create a special course for your event. They're sure to present a memorable dish.
Pull together a reunion--Who can you bring together for your event? Not only will a reunion be a highlight for the guests, but you can draw media attention to your event.
Hire a unique waitstaff--How many people do you know, for example, who can say they were waited on by the World Champion Denver Broncos? All right, you might not be able to get them, but how about your company's management team?
Plan a live simulcast of the world's most exciting events--This way, your guests will feel as if they're attending the most fabulous parties around the globe.
Give each departing guest an envelope that contains a voucher for two people to do something wild and crazy to start out the century--Exactly how wild depends on your audience. But how about skydiving, or stock car racing? Remember, the longer it takes them to build up the courage to do the activity, the longer they will remember your party!