The Winter party season officially kicked off as Grand Rapidians toasted glasses of champagne at the 2nd annual Veuve Clicquot Holiday Celebration at the Amway Grand Plaza hotel. Jus like the inaugural event, the party inside the Pantlind Ballroom was hopping from the moment the first cork of champagne popped until the last drop of juicefizzled out of the last bottle. The city is definitely no longer the conservative and sleepy town it once was as smartly clad guests from Armani jackets to Manolo Blahnik shoes were on display on every corner of the room. Even the men showed up in evening attire as there wasn't a single guy in the sports bar uniform of team t-shirt, baggy jeans and Axe covered body spray in sight! The Veuve party is a good precursor to the city's New Year's Eve celebration which is slated to fill every hotel room and every bar downtown. It sure gives this city another reason to clink glasses filled with Veuve.