We'll be in D.C. for New Year's Eve and while we normally pass the bubbly at a friend's house, this year we'd love to don our sequins and find a cool spot to celebrate sans kids. The Mandarin Oriental is hosting a party in the Empress Lounge, one of the best spots in D.C. to listen to jazz. The package for two includes hors d'oeuvres, dessert, and a bottle of Veuve (not to mention the requisite hats and noise makers), and features talented performers Sharon Clark and Dick Smith. Prices start at $190. If you're curious and don't want to commit to the package, you can order drinks from the bar and dance; but not be guaranteed a seat.
The Mandarin is also offering reduced rates at the hotel if you want to stay over, from $315. We spent a night there over the holidays last year and be assured it was so nice we'll be there in January for our annual girls' trip.