Ta-ta, 2011

Kiss the year goodbye at a hot New Year's Eve party.

Ristorante Cavour
1080 Uptown Park Blvd., 713-418-1104

Interested in ringing in the New Year at Houston's most elegant hotel in Uptown Park? Check in to the Hotel Granduca and celebrate with vintage champagne, hand-painted flutes and signature chocolate truffles. The package includes the hotel's Signature New Year's Eve dinner in the acclaimed Ristorante Cavour, 6 to 10 p.m. at $125 per person, with an additional wine pairing. Guests will toast under the stars amid the majestic Veranda and gardens and awaken to Granduca breakfast for two in Ristorante Cavour, then stay a little longer with late check-out.

Samba Grille
530 Texas, 713-343-1180

Samba Grille will have a set menu, live entertainment, party favors, and a midnight toast. Seating begins at 9 p.m.

Sambuca Restaurant
909 Texas, 713-224-5299

Sambuca will be hosting its own New Year's Eve party, complete with a four-course meal, live musical entertainment by FM, and a champagne toast at midnight. The party will start at 7 p.m. and end at 1 a.m., and the tickets, which can be purchased online, cost from $39 to $100.

San Luis Resort
5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, 800-445-0090

An evening at the San Luis Resort will include a four-course dinner, access to a premium bar, live music by the band Password, party hats and favors, a champagne toast, and a balloon drop. The event itself is $190 per person, but packages including resort stays (priced at $645 and $530 per couple) are also available.

Skewers Mediterranean Café and Grill
3991 Richmond, 713-599-1444

Skewers will be celebrating 2011's coming to a close with a three-course dinner complete with champagne toast at 5, 7 and 8 p.m. for $35 per person. Or, for some later-night fun, there will be live entertainment with Youssef and the in-house belly dancer while guests enjoy a four-course meal and a champagne toast at midnight at $75 per person.

Stafford Centre
10505 Cash Rd., 281-208-6900

Head to the Stafford Center for the Rockin' New Year's Eve Bash with The Doppelganger Band. It will also include party favors, a midnight champagne toast, two drinks and a four-course meal. $85.

Stereo Live
6400 Richmond, 832-251-9600

Insomniac and will be having their 4th Annual New Year's Eve Ball at Stereo Live. It will feature Richard Vission and Christopher Lawrence in live musical performances, a midnight countdown complete with free champagne toast, seven full-service bars, more than ten different artists and DJs, and party favors. The theme this year is Confetti Countdown, so be prepared for the 1,000 pounds of confetti that will rain down throughout the evening. Doors open at 9 p.m. and close at 4 a.m. Customers 18 years and older are welcome. Regular tickets are $20, and VIP tickets are $30.

Sugar Land Town Square
15958 City Walk, 281-276-6000

There will be a free New Year's Eve party in Sugar Land Town Square this year, with a children's celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. which will be followed by a more adult celebration from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Entertainment will include Giant carnival puppets, roaming street performers, dueling DJs, intriguing candy sculptures, a lively musical performance by the Bourbon Street Band, and a dramatic light show will fill the Town Square with a vibrant party atmosphere. The midnight finale is the much anticipated 3-D state-of-the-art Sugar Cube drop.

Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest, 713-661-9505

Theatre Southwest holds its New Year's Gala beginning at 7:30 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m. The play Moonlight and Magnolias will be performed at 8:30 p.m.  Appetizers and beverages will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 and during intermissions. Afterward, there will be a full-course buffet dinner, followed by dancing and New Year's goodies. The prices are $55 for one or $100 for two. Reservations are needed.

1111 S. Shepherd, 713-522-7654

Tila's Motown New Year's Eve has returned and will include a live band playing Motown music from 8 p.m. to midnight, with a three-course dinner and champagne toast served from 5 p.m. to midnight. Price is $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Choose from beef tenderloin medallions, three chile orange roughy fillet, grilled marinated salmon and more. Tila's will also be open on New Year's Day.

3755 Richmond, 713-622-6778

As in years past, Tony's hosts two seatings for the New Year's Eve celebration. The second seating features live music by Julie Johnson and her band and a dance floor in the bar, as well as a serving of black-eyed peas. The first seating is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and costs $95 per person (beverage, tax and gratuity not included). The second seating begins at 9:30 and is $150 per person.

6363 San Felipe, #240, 832-858-1149

Winetopia will be celebrating New Year's Eve with a Black Tie and Lingerie Affair, complete with hors d'oeuvres, a champagne toast and a balloon drop. Entrance into the party is $125 per person or $200 per couple.

Zilkha Hall (Hobby Center)
800 Bagby, 713-622-7443

Ars Lyrica Houston plans a New Year's Eve event called "Bach and Time," an all-Bach musical program. Led by Ars Lyrica Artistic Director Matthew Dirst, it features a number of Ars Lyrica favorites, including soprano Melissa Givens, countertenor Ryland Angel, tenor Zach Averyt, and bass-baritone David Grogan. The concert starts at 9 p.m. and will be followed by a New Year's Eve Gala and Silent Auction with champagne, hors d'oeuvres and donated prizes that will take place at the Founders Club in the Hobby Center. Guests will have the chance to bid on items such as Houston Grand Opera founders box seats, a weekend getaway to Silvertip Lodge in Alberta, Canada, artworks, designer jewelry, and tickets to the Houston Ballet's Rock, Roll and Tutus. Prices for the concert range from $21.25 to $41.25, and gala tickets are $60.

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You forgot the huge party at Prohibition. 5 DJs. 3 course optional menu. Two rooms. Burlesque show. Sax player. Bottle service. Should be one of the best.