Photos by Katie Jurek
To mark the 20th anniversary of Sex and the City it seemed only fitting that Boston’s Lenox Hotel would host a brunch to mark the occasion.
In the show, which premiered in 1998 on HBO, brunch after a night out in Manhattan was a staple for Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha.
So what better way to celebrate? On Sunday, Sept. 30, I grabbed my best girlfriend/photographer, squeezed into a pair of high heels and set off for the big event.
As we rode the T into Boston, I couldn’t help but wonder, after two decades, could the iconic show that shaped the lives of so many young women stand the test of time?
We arrived to the party just as the event was getting started. The beautifully decorated Dome Room in the Lenox was lit in a pink hue and crowds of women, several of whom donned pink tulle skirts, excitedly hovered around tables of eight. Some were there to celebrate a special occasion, others came simply because of their love for SATC. A TV at the front of the room flashed photos of the show’s four leading ladies, from the show’s six seasons and two movies.
On top of a bottomless bubbly bar, compliments of La Marca, each guest received a drink ticket, where you could sample Carrie’s Cosmo – vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and cranberry juice – and Samantha’s Flirtini – vodka, Prosecco and pineapple juice. We, of course, got one of each to sample, along with a glass of champagne that had a dash of guava (you could also pick from peach, pomegranate, orange and grapefruit.)
With our thirst satiated, we headed to one of several buffet bars for some much needed breakfast. Guests could choose from the make your own omelet and waffle stations, build your own yogurt parfait, and Union Square doughnut wall. I made sure to grab a maple bacon and butter hazelnut from the latter, both of which were delicious. In fact all the food was expertly prepared, it was hard not to get up for seconds.
Then came time for the group to test their knowledge on SATC through a 10-question trivia round. And as women of all ages conversed with their friends to hurriedly lock in their answers, it became clear that it’s not just the show that brought this likeminded group together one Sunday afternoon, but the relationships its nurtured over the years. As our girl Carrie so eloquently put it, “They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go. But friendships never go out of style.”