As my wife and I left our first Jump Back Ball last Saturday night, we looked at each other and both said we needed to return every year. Playhouse Partner’s 19th annual winter soiree radiated with over 950 well dressed Clevelanders. Taking place in the illustrious State Theater, the ball’s Carnaval theme included appropriate green and purple decorations, stilt walkers, jugglers, a photo booth, fortune tellers, face painting, casino gaming tables (for raffle tickets), and plenty of open bars. For a few hours everyone was able to forget the storm outside and party like they were on the streets of Rio.

The event began with a VIP-only reception in the Palace Theater lobby with food catered by Zach Bruell of L’Albatros and Parallax. After concluding the hour long reception with a cooking demonstration by Bruell, VIPers were ushered into the State lobby, where the rest of attendees were already shuffling in. Dinner buffets catered by Sammy’s provided an appetizing meal, while bartenders poured drinks. At around 9 p.m. the State’s curtain opened up to reveal Cleveland cover/party band the Spazmatics and a huge ice bar/luge run by Absolut Vodka.

Attendees scattered around the theater and its stage, socializing with new and old friends while gambling, waiting in line for one of the party’s booths, or dancing to the band’s music. As the night wound down a light dessert was served back in the State lobby, allowing attendees to grab one more bite to eat before heading home safely in the night’s wintery gusts. — Aaron Mendelsohn

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