The 99th annual White House Correspondents' Dinner (WHCD) weekend is less than two months away and the District is already buzzing about the 2013 celebrity attendees and which parties will warrant a desperate attempt to attend.
It was announced last month that late night host and comedian Conan O'Brien will lead in the charge in the President's roast at the official WHCA dinner on Saturday. All of Washington is hoping to rub shoulders with the funny man throughout the weekend.
Below are the parties gaining speed in order of the weekend...
FRIDAY: TIME Inc./People magazine will once again host their intimate event (known as much for the party as it is for the amazing gift bag!) at the St. Regis. It has also been overheard that the Atlantic and Funny or Die are parting ways after a particularly odd underground event last year where the beers were warm (and that's all they had available by the time most arrived after the Hollywood Reporter/Google party) and the celebrities (such as actress Charlize Theron) were corralled in a large VIP area guarded by a velvet rope with the crowd staring at their every move. This year The Atlantic will team up with the Our Time organization for a Friday night party that has already confirmed Jessica Alba and her baby daddy Cash Warren as hosts. This is definitely one to watch.
It was last heard that Google was still deciding what to host this year and how they would get involved following their inaugural event with ELLE magazine. Sources say feedback from the ELLE event was lackluster as some attendees (who will remain unnamed) were offended by the lack of actual "Women in Technology" honorees as that was the event's theme. No doubt Google is looking for an activation that will please their adoring public, but will they partner again with The Hollywood Reporter? Last year's event was PACKED but a good party nonetheless. If only the venue had been more open with additional side bars to alleviate the crowds.
The Huxley has also started murmurs about hosting a private Friday night event for a magazine with celebrities confirmed to attend. No doubt news on this one will start to spread quickly.
SATURDAY: Carol Ross Joynt of Washingtonian magazine broke the news last fall that Vanity Fair/Bloomberg would resume their annual toughest ticket event at the French Ambassador's residence. This event is known for being beyond exclusive and each year is attended by every A-list star in town.
If you can't manage to storm the French Ambassador's walls, consider some of the other major events that take place on Saturday following the official WHCA dinner. Capitol File always has a strong event with a latest magazine cover celebrity hosting and The Creative Coalition in attendance in the VIP room. Another hot ticket is the annual MSNBC post party at the Italian Embassy which last year housed a very popular scotch and cigar room that lasted into the wee hours.
SUNDAY: If you can manage getting out of bed (or maybe you never actually got into your bed) look for a number of brunch parties to attend. The most exclusive being the Allbritton Brunch hosted by Politico Publisher Robert Allbritton at his residence.
Now off you go to see who owes you favors this spring so you can stop by and party like Kimye and their baby bump (the superstars will be here for the weekend's festivities!).