A Midsummer Night’s Dream party returns to the Palms
Tue, Aug 9, 2011 (6:57 p.m.)
In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the juice of a magical flower causes characters to fall in love with the first creature they see after they awake. At the Palms this weekend, you can expect nearly the same thing, albeit with a higher alcohol content to thank for the couplings.
The Playboy Mansion’s famed A Midsummer Night’s Dream party returns to the Palms Pool August 13 with all the trappings of the annual fête—scantily clad ladies in lingerie and lots of glitter, gorgeous masks adding a bit of mystery, elaborately costumed characters mingling with guests and the kind of anything-goes atmosphere that seems to take hold on hot summer nights when even darkness doesn’t bring relief. Everyone would probably rather be naked, so they get as close as they legally can and start drinking.
If that sounds like a good time, it is, and this year, says N9ne Group Production Designer Stephanie Ventura, the party is getting back to its roots, ditching past concepts of pirate lands and Greek bacchanals for a more classic Shakespearean scene.
“We went back to the whimsical, magical lingerie,” says Ventura, who’s worked on two other Midsummer parties at the Palms. “I tried to bring in teams that could bring in high fashion. We scaled back on the body paint. I really wanted to go with the interesting costuming and headpieces.”
Along with go-go dancers dressed as seasonal nymphs and a Puck character who does Chinese pole dancing, the event will include DJ Pauly D on the decks and roaming performers interacting with guests as they explore the transformed pool area. To get into the party, you’ll need a costume or a mask, and to fully enjoy the festivities, you’ll need a creative look. After all, you’ve been cast in the part of drunken reveler, complete with candy-colored corset, teddy, lush silk robes or pajamas. If you look like you stopped by after another club on the way, you’re woefully out of character.
“It’s just a whimsical fantasy land,” says Ventura. “It’s really a cross between Avatar and Superman’s house” … with a Victoria’s Secret fashion show thrown in.
Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.