Now, as anyone who has read the blog before may know, I’ve been to Hotel Chantelle before. In the dead of winter and at night. So, I was excited to head back for their annual Kentucky Derby party to check out their open rooftop deck on a perfect sunny, spring afternoon.
Before we headed to the party, Kate and I went over to Meghan’s apartment to get ready (and, mostly so I could do Meghan’s hair. It’s a girl thing). We stayed there for a bit, finished getting ready, and had a glass of rosé (thanks to Wollfer). Plus, about 60 percent of the fun involved with a Derby party is getting ready – spring dresses, hats, wedges, bright lipstick, and flowers? It’s a girl’s dream come true. So once we were all done with the finishing touches, we headed out to my friend Maria’s apartment in Chelsea to meet up with the rest of the crew before journeying down to the Lower East Side.
For the big bash, a few friends and I decided to go in together on a rooftop table – for about triple the general entrance ticket price we got entrance to the party itself, a table, a free mint julep (because, the Kentucky Derby duh) and a bottle of premium alcohol of our choice (we went with the Grey Goose – it felt the swankiest). And, while I’m not one to drop a bundle on major partying, the deal seemed pretty worth it, even if only for a place to sit. Now, for any guys reading this: $40 extra dollars is almost always worth it to sit down if you’ve been wearing heels for 4 hours. You’ll just have to trust us.
We hoped out of our Uber on Ludlow and were greeted by our new friend, Marvin the horse. I felt bad for the (not so) little guy, but he seemed to be living the dream. He quickly became Kate’s new best friend as we waited in line and she fed him carrot after carrot. After hanging with Marvin for a few minutes, we were quickly escorted inside and up to our table on the roof, right near the bar. A prime location, right at the heart of the party.
After settling in and getting our giant bottle of Grey Goose, our mint juleps, and about a million photos in our cute outfits, we hung out and enjoyed the beautiful weather. We bonded with the table of Swiss men next to ours – there for a bachelor party – and just enjoyed the loud, fun atmosphere. But most of all, enjoyed the sunshine (it was pretty much the first real, beautiful spring day here in the city). Fun day, fun friends, fun hats. What else could be better?