It's the first and last party of the year, so planning your New Year's Eve celebration deserves a little more attention than your average bash. Fortunately, plenty of Wichita venues are poised to help.
Whatever your taste in music, food and fun, you can probably find it somewhere in the ICT. Some events sell out, so make your reservation now to guarantee a seat or spot on the dance floor.
Here's a look at some of what's happening in town a week from today:
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Hyatt Regency, 400 W. Waterman, 316-293-1234 — A "Roaring '20s with a Twist Masquerade Ball" will feature overnight accommodations, a sit-down dinner for two in the Hyatt Ballroom, dancing to music by Big Fat Fun from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., drinks and champagne toast at midnight, breakfast the next morning in the Riverview Ballroom, and a 2 p.m. checkout.
Doors open for dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets available only with room accommodations; rates vary.
Wichita Marriott, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, 316-651-0333 — New Year's Eve party with KEYN radio station. Two-person ticket for $239 includes room, dinner, party and breakfast.
Doc Howard's, 252 N. Mosley, 316-263-2244 — This Old Town nightclub says its "Glitz and Glamour" party will be the "biggest, most memorable New Year's Eve of your life" — or at least Year 2011 to date. Dancing with two DJs, party favors, champagne toast and snacks, balloon drop with cash, giveaways every hour. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for ages 21 and over, $20 for ages 18 to 20.
America's Pub, 116 N. Mead, 316-267-1782 — A thousand-dollar balloon drop at midnight, every 100th person in the door gets $100, champagne and party favors, red-dirt country music by Jackson Taylor. Tickets are $10; doors open at 8 p.m.
Loft 150, 150 N. Mosley, 316-263-2739 — Music by King Me, champagne and party favors. $10 for singles, $15 for couples. Doors open at 4 p.m.
Fox and Hound, 1421 Waterfront Parkway, 316-634-2123 — Dancing, beer and shot specials, champagne toast at midnight. $10 cover. Room packages for $150 per couple include dinner and a room at TownPlace Suites (including transportation to and from). Call by Monday to reserve tickets.
The Horn, 1255 S. Tyler, 316-201-1949 — Dancing to music by Rain, champagne toast, specials on steak dinners. $10 cover.
Wright Brothers, 6815 W. Kellogg, 316-942-5700 — Karaoke, appetizers, party favors and champagne. $15 cover. Room at Best Western available for $79.
Jerry's Bar & Grill, 630 N. Robin, 316-773-4100 — Dancing to music by Get Bad, champagne and party favors. Party package with prime rib dinner starting at 6 p.m. is $25 a person or $45 a couple. Party only starting at 9 p.m. is $15.
Oeno, 330 N. Mead, 316-440-5000 —"White Wonderland" party features dancing, dinner and champagne toast at midnight. White cocktail attire encouraged. $75 a person, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Press, 1720 N. Webb Road, 316-558-5855 — Four-course wine dinner, dancing and champagne toast, $65 a person. Party only (after 9 p.m.) is $20.
Crown Uptown, 3207 E. Douglas, 316-681-1566 —"An Evening With the Rat Pack: Direct From Los Angeles," featuring the songs and patter of Dean Martin, Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra.
The $49.95-a-person cost includes an all-you-care-to-eat buffet, souvenir flute and champagne toast at midnight, party favors, balloon drop and dancing after the show to the music of Denny Dusek and his Touch of Class band. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Prairie Rose Chuck Wagon, 15231 S.W. Parallel Road, Benton, 316-778-2121 — The Prairie Rose Wranglers perform with special guest Les Gilliam, followed by western swing dancing with Gilliam and his Silver Lake Band. Doors open at 5 p.m. for wagon rides and cowboy movies, chuckwagon dinner at 6:30 p.m. All-inclusive ticket is $40; dance only, $15.