We host a lot of great parties at the Resort and each is fun but I have to say that New Year’s Eve is probably my favorite event. Each year the staff just keeps trying to top themselves with decorations, food, and making everyone feel welcome and special for the night.  And once everyone was checked in, my official duties were done and I just had to make sure people were having fun at the party.

We got everyone checked in and greeted before the pre-banquet reception at 7. It was great to watch everyone walk in and see the room all decorated plus the hot and cold hors d’oeuvres – and that was just the beginning.

Then the ball room opened and everyone found their tables decorated complete with party favors and noisemakers to help them ring in the New Year.  Between the room and everyone in their finery, it was shaping up to be a great night.

Chef Bola Togan and his staff definitely outdid themselves with the buffet. Especially when it came to the desserts, I know I wasn’t the only one who was glad that my New Year’s resolution diet didn’t start until the next day. (Or maybe the day after – or is it after the Fiesta Bowl?)

During dinner, we seat groups together if they came to celebrate together, but if you’re a single couple out for the best party in the area, we’ll seat you with other like-minded folks so you can dine with and meet new acquaintances. We often see those people coming back as groups and developing longtime friendships.

We always tell people to bring their dancing shoes and this year was no exception – the John Arnold Band had everyone up and dancing well past midnight. But they took a break at midnight to do the countdown and everyone enjoyed the champagne toast that capped the evening’s festivities.

Whether from indulging in the champagne, the buffet or the dancing, I know many of our guests were very relieved to not drive home and take that short walk across the courtyard to their rooms for a good night’s rest.

Just a tip for next year – reserve early if you want a king sized bed. Those always seem to get reserved first.

See you next year and bring your dancing shoes.

(Guest Blogger Lyle Exstrom is  Reservations Manager at Quartz Mountain Resort)

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