Atlanta’s biggest gay holiday party returns with open bars, food, entertainment and a silent auction fit for a queen.
By Mike Fleming
By now you know what’s up at Toy Party, gay Atlanta’s biggest holiday cocktail party with thousands of LGBT guests frolicking for funds like only we know how. Consider these hot tips and fun visuals your refresher course.
Most of you already know to behave yourselves and check your attitude at the door when you get to AmericasMart 3 downtown.
For the 14th year, Saturday’s event transforms even the cattiest of infighters into warm-hearted, holiday-spirited good boys and girls. The gay doo-gooders of For the Kid in All of Us pave the way to your best self at their event, so don your gay apparel and make plans to do up Toy Party with these reminders and inspirations.
This is Not a Kegger.
Is there a guy in a baseball cap at the door offering you a red Solo cup in exchange for $10? No. There is a person wearing a For The Kid shirt accepting unwrapped toys and gift cards valued at $20 for needy children, plus $10 cash (cash!) to buy more when the fun is over. These are clues that Toy Party isn’t a beer bust.
There will be food, and there are enough drinks for everybody at the sponsored bars, so double-fisting cocktails like it’s halftime at a football game makes you the Toy Party Mess. Don’t be that guy.
21 and Up.
Due to multiple open bars, guests must be of legal drinking age and be ready to show ID if it comes into question.
Play Dress Up.
Whatever the invitations say, the real dress code is Cocktail Party Fabulous. You’ll see it all. Jeans and suits. Santa hats and velvet jackets. Drag and tuxes. Sweaters and fake fur. Toy Party calls for your own interpretation of your best holigay self. Access that part of your brain, and go for it.
For The Kid, Up For Bid
Enjoy delicious SVEDKA cocktails, surprise guest performances and DJ set, and, of course, the season’s most irresistable silent auction. Bring your credit card and plan to pick up your purchase on the night of the event.
Elevate Your Experience
Reserve your spot in the Toy Party VIP Experience ($250 for 1, $400 for 2) on the balcony at AmericasMart, featuring a premium open bar and hors d’oeuvres; exclusive photo opportunities, special guests, a commemorative gift and lots more perks.
You Can’t Keep Up with the Kardashians.
Just as inappropriate as treating the place like a frat house is acting like E! cameras are following you. They aren’t. When you strike poses with your hand on your hip and head slightly tilted, you’re not just uninteresting but missing the party.
The David crew and other professional photographers will happily snap your photo, but don’t stalk them. They’re working, and literally thousands of other guests want their moments (and outfits) captured as well.
Speaking of Stalking…
Toy Party often attracts notable guests. Don’t be one of the people strategically positioned five feet from them so you can sweep in before anyone else can approach. There’s no harm in networking, but handle yourself so that no one feels like alerting the authorities. If you can’t get an introduction, do not follow the person around as if you were a toddler in need of a diaper change. Wait for a good time, which is never in the restroom by the way.
Kate Middleton Wants Her Crown Back.
Toy Party is about the kids, not about you. Say hello, mix and mingle with VIPs and commoners alike. No one likes a snob, so check the Royal attitude at the door and get over yourself. Everyone else will be over it if you aren’t.
Don’t overstay your welcome. It’s always a good idea to be out the door before the last drink is poured. You may not turn into anyone’s pumpkin, but you certainly won’t be anyone’s Cinderella if you’re lurking late.
Toy Party ends at 11:30 p.m. this year. Multiple afterparties will already be going by then, so decide when you’ll make a graceful exit before every queen in town is outside trying to hail an Uber.
If you can’t attend Toy Party but still want to make spirits bright this season, you can always pitch in forthekid.org. No gift is too small—or too large.
Toy Party & Silent Auction takes place Saturday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. at AmericasMart3, 75 John Portman Blvd. NW. Visit forthekid.org