We don’t have a lot of reasons to dress up around here, I mean really dress up, so I’m going to take advantage of this whole “soiree” idea. I mean, how many events have you been to this year where business casual and just-plain-casual attire has been the norm? How many times have you donned your “best” blue jeans for a night on the town? A lot, I’ll bet. Well, it’s time for a change.
And although the casual lifestyle we enjoy in the Inland Northwest is a good thing (we are a proudly unpretentious bunch), getting gussied up makes me feel special and helps elevate a humdrum evening to one worth remembering. I expect to see lovely ladies wearing lots of sparkles and stilettos, and handsome men wearing suits – or at least very nice sweaters. I hear there will be a best-dressed competition, so this is the perfect time to put on the finery.
The Diamond Soiree’s activity schedule reads like a trip to adult Disneyland. Cocktail hour starts at 6:00 pm with an exotic assortment of hors d’oeuvres. I’m a seafood lover, and all my favorites are on tap.I cannot wait to try the Seared Scallop Sashimi Martini, a mango-seaweed ceviche served in mini martini glasses, and Scallop Gratinee Spoons. The Antipasto Table is a carnivore’s delight with assorted meats, cheeses and breads.
While we snack on these inventive appetizers, Spokane Aerial Performing Arts’ ten-woman team will wow us as they perform graceful trampoline flips and tricks, shadow dance vignettes and elegant, gravity-defying acrobatics on long strands of silk fabric suspended from the ceiling.
The scene will change for the Grand Dinner Buffet with mellow piano music accompanying the lavish spread. The Resort’s culinary team has pulled out all the stops with a range of delicious choices from salad to soup to entrees to dessert. Get set for starters like the Pineapple Tree Fresh Fruit Presentation, Roasted Winter Tomato Medley Salad and French Onion Soup. Entrée choices will include Northwest Crab Manicotti, Colossal Five-Pound Bone-In Porterhouse Steak, Braised Lamb and Fire-Roasted Potlatch Salmon.
Hopefully you saved room for dessert because The Resort’s culinary wizards have created a medley called Diamonds in the Ruff that includes Gold Sparkly Champagne French Macaroons and Chocolate Truffles, Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Cake, Lemon Meringue Shots, Craqueline Cream Puffs and more!
New Year’s Eve wouldn’t be the same without fireworks and the Coeur d’Alene Resort has a double whammy of pyrotechnic special effects planned for this festive night. The first fireworks show kicks off the Champagne After Party (adults only) at 9:00 pm. Right after fireworks, dancing begins to the tunes of the Sara Brown Band, a local favorite known for rhythm and blues and entertaining on-stage antics, plus DJ Epic Vibe to round out the evening’s music selections.
The details: Tickets for the Grand Dinner Buffet are $79 per adult (which includes access to the Champagne After-Party) and $25 for children ages 6-12. If you choose to attend only the Champagne After-Party (ages 21+ only) the cost is $25. Buy your tickets now by calling (855) 813-8796 or online.
Or take it up a notch. A truly memorable way to wave goodbye to 2018 and welcome 2019 is to spend the night. The New Year’s Grand Celebration Packages start at $174 per person, which includes two all-access tickets to the Diamond Soiree, December 31 overnight accommodations, buffet dinner for two, live entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight. The Resort knows you’ll want to sleep in on New Year’s Day and is extending checkout time to 2:00 pm. BOOK NOW