Kirkland & Ellis sent out one over-the-top holiday party reminder, yesterday. They made the planned festivities sound so great that I briefly missed the feeling bourgeois accomplishment that comes from working in Biglaw in Manhattan. Take a look at some of the highlights:
The Holiday Party is this Thursday, and we are expecting about 530 people to attend!
For the first time the party will be held at The Plaza, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Central Park South. The Plaza has just gone through an historic restoration and the event spaces are more beautiful than ever. Our party occupies three of the most famous
rooms: The Palm Court, The Terrace Room, and the Terrace Room Foyer.
Unlike previous years, the entire party space will be open from start to finish. Drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6:00 p.m., the buffets will open at 7:00 p.m., with the skit, raffle and Employee Recognition Award being presented around 7:30 p.m.
Even a law student knows that a lawyer’s life is not glamorous. But occasionally, when you get your ticket punched by Biglaw, you get to act like you’re respected and important. Every now and again the yuppie dream becomes a physical reality.
More party details and a reality check after the jump.
Here’s what K&E says about the famous Plaza “Terrace Room.”
The room “seen in a million wedding photographs” is the hub of this year’s party activities. It is called the Terrace Room because it is divided into three, ascending levels. The dance floor and DJ are located on the second level, so the Terrace Room is the place to be for the entertainment, raffle and awards presentations. Bars and buffets are scattered throughout, so food and drink will never be far away. One of the nicest features of the Terrace room is the balcony that overlooks the main floor. The balcony is accessible by taking the curved stairs located at either end of room.
Of course, the Kirkland & Excess memo is oddly discordant with the times we’re living through. I’m sure many K&E associates — especially the ones who didn’t grow up with designer toys — would love to take a moment at party and revel in the fleeting sense of “I’ve made it.” But the stress and pressure of an unstable economy really doesn’t allow anyone to feel safe or secure. As a tipster more elegantly puts it:
Recession? What recession? … K&E best not fuck me over on my bonus!
Fun times at The Plaza make everybody look good. But there are bills to pay, debts to repay, and always the oppressive knowledge that somebody across town is taking home double over what you could be getting for the same work.
We hope K&E doesn’t screw people out of their bonus like the rest of the “market.” We hope K&E doesn’t fire anybody. But because these issues are out of the hands of average associates, I suggest bringing a camera to the party and taking lots of pictures. Your mother will be proud even if your banker is unmoved.
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