Stay: Roundhill Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Drink: Appleton Estate Rum Swizzle
Party Tip : book VIP Club Mobay to get you thru customs really fast and on your way to a Red Stripe ASAP for short money.
When you are a player and you turn 50, how do you take it to the next level? Well in the case of a Life of the Party Girl, you make a destination party happen in one of the finest places on earth, Round Hill, Jamaica. Anyone who has been there, they feel like family by the time they have left the grounds. The staff can completely transform the vacation experience into a journey back to an age where you are the welcomed guest of someone really chic and well heeled as in the likes of the Kennedys and the Rat Pack back in the 1950's. A first impression may include being greeted by Kingsley Roundhill's elegant concierge who is unmistakably on a first name basis with most people that pass by the main desk. And for the really important stuff you may ask, well the bartenders frequently get shout outs from Instagram followers for their Appleton Estate rum punch concoctions of sheer bliss and familiar smiles and service from an age gone by where not only will they know your name but also your drink preference.
The first thing you need to identify are the people who have enhanced your life in all the ways you deem important, once the list is complete you need to start to identify the way you want to celebrate and how long your liver and stamina will last. Be sure to use the online invitations from Event Kingdom for your party invite and rsvp engine to keep updates and headcount in reasonable order. For this former Arizona U party girl, longtime friends and camp pals were top on the list. Music and after hour parties, as well as carefully planned skits by her more entertaining friends (see Robert Goulet as big Poppa host of the after hours) became the priority for this earnest planner. Remember to think ahead and order the details that can make a party more memorable like custom commemorative cups from Beaucoup, we suggest the 16oz size and be sure to really personalize with an inside joke or catchphrase. Gift bags for guests are next on the list, be sure to fill with hangover medicine, spring water, Alka Seltzer, sunblock, and of course packages of fake mustaches and our favorite a mini bullhorn from Amazon, always a fun party prop as long as you are part of the group using them. Find the sportiest of your clan and have them shoulder the responsibility of creating a mid morning tennis tournament where all levels of tennis players are evenly matched in a round robin that will create bonds with your guests competitive sides. Be sure to order oversized ridiculous trophies for this meager athletic event from Crown Trophies, she also have great microphone trophies she used for the last night celebration lip sync contest. The party planner for Round Hill is first rate, she levied her contacts to find some of the best reggae and steel band music on the island as well as flowers and exotic locations for us to have large group dinners that felt intimate and allowed for shenanigans without the fear of public embarrassment. Be sure to outline the dress codes for each evening, this weekend had multiple nights calling from a night with Lilly Pulitzer, to a simple blue and white theme that made all the group pictures super chic. Men need blazers and in some instances slacks which is fine by this party girl, I like the old school ways of doing things, it is easier to pack frankly.
One of our favorite tricks of the trade is the 'special guest' that we generally will arrange and sponsor as our birthday present, this time was no different, just more complicated. A special guest qualifies as a friend who lives too far away or who is deep in the archives but when revealed, adds layers of more fun for all. This time we arranged for our unveiling to be done in the lagoon, arriving on a stand up paddle board in a full tuxedo, paddling a fine bottle of Moet Chandon and two flutes for toasting. It went off flawlessly and as expected brought our party to eleven!