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RECAP: 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner Pre/Post Parties

By Daniel Swartz on May 9, 2018
The veranda and garden of the Art Museum of the Americas served as the backdrop for the 2018 NBC News & MSNBC WHCD After Party.
The veranda and garden of the Art Museum of the Americas served as the backdrop for the 2018 NBC News & MSNBC WHCD After Party.
Date: Thursday, April 26th, 2018
Occasion: Fifth Annual Bytes & Bylines
Hosts: Allen Gannett, Eric Kuhn, John McCarthy, Susanna Quinn, Jon Steinberg & Ambassador Daniel Mulhall
Location: Residence of the Ambassador of Ireland
Scene: Whiskey tastings and poolside libations/conversation dominated this gathering, which emphasized the merger of technology with journalism.
Guest List: Rep. Brendan Boyle, Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Ed Royce, Jack Quinn, actor Richard Schiff, Meredith Balenske, Daniela Kelley McInerney, Betsy Fischer Martin, Peter Nonis, Assistant Secretary Nicole Nason, and Assistant Secretary Marie Royce

Allen Gannett, Richard Schiff, Eric Kuhn, and John McCarthy.

The backyard of the Residence of the Ambassador of Ireland.

Assistant Secretary Nicole Nason, Peter Nonis, Betsy Fischer Martin, Congressman Ed Royce, and Assistant Secretary Marie Royce.

Jack and Susanna Quinn.

Guests were treated to flights of Irish whiskey.

Date: Friday, April 27th, 2018
Occasion: Capitol File's White House Correspondents' Weekend Kickoff Celebration
Host: Capitol File Magazine
Location: The Kreeger Museum
Scene: Milk Bar truffles greeted attendees at the door, before they walked the red carpet and enjoyed the museum's priceless art collection. The real treat, however, was the outdoor sculpture garden and pool, which was backlit for the occasion, and made for many an Instagrammable moment.
Guest List: Michael Clements, Sean Spicer, Cooper Hefner, Kiki Burger, Svetlana Legetic, Sharon Yang, Thy Parra, Justin Fishkin, Matt Glassman, Anchyi Wei, Jenna Browder, Ian Alberg, Mary Morrison, Steve Chenevey, Tierney Plumb, Carl Ray, and Cristian Becker

Valentina Troisi, Devin Tucker, and Giselle-Marie Roig walk the flowered red carpet.

Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Michael Clements and Anchyi Wei.

Ben Chang and Sharon Yang.

The sculpture garden of the Kreeger Museum was backlit for the evening.

Cameron Goodman and Jenna Browder.

Guests got to take a picture within an art frame at the museum.

Svetlana Legetic and Jason Cauley.

Date: Friday, April 27th, 2018
Occasion: United Talent Agency's "A Celebration of America's Journalists"
Host: United Talent Agency and Mediaite
Location: Fiola Mare
Scene: This Georgetown waterfront hotspot was teaming with journalists, politicos, actors, and media heavyweights well past midnight, including the first chance to mingle with this year's WHCD host, Michelle Wolf.
Guest List: Jay Sures, Dan Abrams, Michelle Wolf, Jake and Jennifer Tapper, Dana Bash and Spencer Garrett, Kellyanne Conway, Don Lemon, Hilary Rosen and Megan Murphy, Jordan Klepper, Tammy Haddad, Maria Trabocchi, Joe and Giovanna Lockhart, Rep. Joaquin Castro, Mark and Sally Ein, Anthony Scaramucci, Michael Avenatti, Anna Palmer, Jake Sherman, Daniel Lippman, Peter Alexander, Richard Kind, Elizabeth Landers, Tim Daly, Preet Bharara, Reem Sadik, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Elizabeth Thorp, and Jim Acosta

UTA co-president Jay Sures, CNN's Jake Tapper, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

The entrance to Fiola Mare for the celebration.

This year's WHCD host Michelle Wolf and Comedy Central's Jordan Klepper.

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway and Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary.

Fiola Mare co-owner Maria Trabocchi and Washington City Paper owner Mark Ein.

Guests packed the restaurant for the late night bash.

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' lawyer, and former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci joke around.

Giovanna and Joe Lockhart.

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Occasion: 25th Annual White House Correspondents Garden Brunch
Host: Tammy Haddad, Hilary Rosen & Megan Murphy, Fred Humphries, Mark & Sally Ein, Mark Testoni, Greta Van Susteren & John Coale, Fritz Brogan, Franco Nuschese, and Kevin Sheekey
Location: Beall-Washington House
Scene: The original WHCD pre-game, Tammy Haddad's annual Garden Brunch showed no signs of slowing down as it hit the quarter century mark this year. The A-list crowd and, once inside, off-the-record chatter were nothing new. But the award of a mortgage-free home to a military veteran, courtesy of Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Support Foundation, certainly was.
Guest List: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Kellyanne Conway, Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, Don Lemon, Heather Podesta, Steve Clemons, Bob Woodruff, Jordan Klepper, Michael Avenatti, Peter Alexander and Alison Starling, Jeremy and Robyn Bash, Valerie and Laura Jarrett, Stephanie Ruhle, Deborah Lerner Cohen, Brooke Brogan, Zach Leonsis and Melissa Cook

David Adler, Tammy Haddad, and Bob Woodruff.

SAP NS2 CEO Mark Testoni addresses the crowd which filled the grounds of Beall-Washington House.

CNN's Don Lemon and Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax.

Kellyanne Conway and son George.

Staff Sergeant Dominic Perrotte and his family were awarded a mortgage-free home during the brunch.

Megan Murphy and Hillary Rosen.

Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan and Mark and Sally Ein.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment's Zach Leonsis and Melissa Cook.

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Occasion: 2018 Atlantic Media/CBS Pre-Dinner Reception
Host: Atlantic Media Chairman & CEO David Bradley and CBS News President David Rhodes
Location: Washington Hilton Courtyard & Gardens
Scene: Probably the largest of all of the receptions immediately preceding the WHCD, Atlantic and CBS' party tented most of the Washington Hilton's outside courtyard area and boasted a strong turnout from President Trump's administration.
Guest List: David and Katherine Bradley, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary Ross, Jeff Zucker, Sean Spicer, Omarosa Manigault, Tim and Kiki Burger, Heather Podesta, Gloria Dittus, and Eric Kuhn

Current and former White House Press Secretaries Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Sean Spicer.

The tented courtyard of the Washington Hilton.

The MPAA's Francesca Craig and Parkland, FL shooting survivor Delaney Tarr.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary Ross.

David and Katherine Bradley.

John Allen Newman and Omarosa Manigault.

Eric Kuhn and Leslie Sanchez.

Stephen Kessler and Heather Podesta.

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Occasion: Playboy's "No Tie Party"
Host: Playboy
Location: Living Room
Scene: The event with the most amount of buzz leading-up to the weekend, Playboy's inaugural WHCD party more than exceeded expectations. Of course, there were models dressed in the iconic bunny costume. But it was a surprise live performance by R&B singer Miguel just after midnight that really set tongues a-wagging.
Guest List: Playboy's Cooper Hefner and Ben Kohn, Don Lemon, Jordan Klepper, Jim Acosta, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards and husband Mauricio Umansky, Cathy Merrill Williams, Meredith Balenske, Lauren Culbertson, Fritz and Brooke Brogan, Timothy Lowery and Michael Zingali, and Vinoda Basnayake.

Playboy Chief Creative Officer Cooper Hefner and CEO Ben Kohn, with models.

Miguel performed a surprise set after midnight.

Don Lemon and Jim Acosta.

Kyle Richards and husband Mauricio Umansky.

Dana Nebinski, Eric Lund, Fritz Brogan, and Brooke Brogan.

Lauren Culbertson and Meredith Balenske.

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Occasion: NBC News & MSNBC WHCD After Party
Host: NBC News & MSNBC
Location: The Art Museum of the Americas
Scene: Attendees braved an early evening drizzle to attend the networks' annual celebration of the First Amendment and were rewarded with a picture perfect backdrop. While the Johnnie Walker cocktails and beats by iHeartRadio DJs As-One and Phenomenon kept the mood lively, it was the steady stream of headline-makers coming from the dinner that kept the crowd there until the wee hours of the morning.
Guest List: MSNBC President Phil Griffin, Kathy Griffin, Jordan Klepper, Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Stephanie Ruhle, Senator Doug Jones, Dana Bash, Tammy Haddad, Jonathan Capehart and Nick Schmit, Jose Andres, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, David Hogg, Michael Avenatti, Senator Bob Casey, and Marc Adelman.

Sarah Glover, Errol Cockfield, MSNBC President Phil Griffin, and Kory Griffin.

The gardens of the Art Museum of the Americas, as seen from the veranda.

Jonathan Capehart, Jeremy Bash, Robyn Bash, and Nick Schmit.

Will Rabbe and Elizabeth Landers.

Alex Duner, Rob Groulx, Alexi McCammond, Evan Ryan, and Marc Adelman.

Mike Grynbaum and Preet Bharara.

Jacob Soboroff, Kimberly Atkins, Juju Chang, Yamiche Alcindor, Tim Malone, Don Lemon, and Robert Costa.

Date: Sunday, April 29th, 2018
Occasion: CNN Political Hangover Brunch
Host: CNN
Location: Longview Gallery
Scene: Attendees, many still bleary-eyed from the events of the preceding night, bravely made their way in the morning to Shaw for CNN's playfully themed hangover affair. This event seems to get larger and more elaborate with each passing year, as evidenced by the massive "live wall" of flowers and greenery bearing the CNN logo that greeted guests at the door. Once inside, down the rabbit hole they went through a "house of cards" tunnel that led into a buffet of food and activities.
Guest List: Jeff Zucker, Dana Bash and Spencer Garrett, Don Lemon, Jim Acosta, Kate Bennett, Senator Chris Coons, Jordan Klepper, Michael Avenatti, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Matt Dornic, Ryan Williams, Ashley Parker, Jack and Susanna Quinn, Laura Howard, and Rep. Nanette Baragan.

Jeff Zucker and Dana Bash.

This is CNN's Political Hangover Brunch entrance.

Congresswoman Nanette Baragan, Senator Chris Coons, and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

The "house of cards" tunnel.

Laura Howard, Ryan Williams, and Jackie Rooney.

Virtual reality games.

Traci Wilkes Smith, Abby Phillip, April Ryan, and Scarlette Whyte.

Late for a very important photo booth date.

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