Jump Back Ball 2012, Part 1: A Look Behind the Looking Glass

Last year's Jump Back Ball filled the State Theatre with revelers

Before joining PlayhouseSquare Partners, I used to hate this time of year.  I’d get all pumped up by the craziness of the holidays; and then once January hit, it was like popping a balloon…instant deflation as the pace of things abruptly came to a halt.

Now this time of year means one thing: Jump Back Ball season!

This year’s Jump Back Ball is February 25th, so we’re in full scale planning mode between now and then.

Like last year, I’ll be posting a series of entries over the next couple of weeks that goes behind the scenes of Jump Back – from the food and entertainment, to the decor and costume ideas.  If this is your first — or fifteenth — time attending, hopefully you’ll find it helpful in planning out your night.

I’m particularly excited for this year’s Jump Back Ball – not because I’m co-chairing it (ok, maybe that’s a bit of the reason), but because I really like the theme we picked:

I’ve loved how excited everyone has gotten over what they’re going to wear (there are a lot of great costume ideas out there!), how the Decor Committee is going to transform the State Theatre into Alice’s Wonderland, and all of the other treats PlayhouseSquare Partners will have in store at the 21st Annual Jump Back Ball.

If you want to see what the fuss is about, you should act fast.  As of this afternoon, we only had 50 tickets left to sell. Call Molly Franz at 216-348-5265 asap to order yours.


So why should you go to Jump Back Ball? 

The annual party is PlayhouseSquare’s largest fundraiser, raising $140,000 last year.  It’s the perfect excuse to dress up (anything from suits to tuxes, cocktail dresses to formal wear is fine) or dress in costume. And each ticket includes all the food you can eat, an open bar, 2 bands, a silent auction and other activities. The festivities take place in the State Theatre, which is my favorite part about the event since you get to dance on the stage.

This year, the VIP pre-party is being catered by AMP 150.  Chef Ellis’ team did an amazing job during last year’s VIP Party so I’m glad one of my favorite Cleveland restaurants is back.   Plus, I can’t wait to see what Chef Jeff Jarrett – also well-known for his creativity and farm-to-table approach – has up his sleeves now that he’s taken the helm at AMP 150.

Chef Jeff Jarrett and AMP 150 will be the featured restaurant at this year's VIP pre-party

The main dinner is being catered by Sammy’s.  From the glimpse I got at the menu, a few of the items I’m excited for include the Alice-inspired Tea Sandwiches, “Caterpillar” Pasta, and “White Rabbit” Salad. Later in the evening, they’ll also be serving up a Mad Hatter Tea Party with a variety of desserts, teas and coffee.

If you’ve attended previous Jump Back Balls, you know the drinks are free-flowing — with multiple places to whet your whistle throughout the State. And, ladies, get excited because the Seagram’s Ladies Lounge is back! Last year I somehow missed this bar in the women’s restroom so I will be making it my mission to stop by this time around.

Of course, there is much more to Jump Back Ball than just eating and drinking.  Leading up to February 25th, I’ll be posting once a week with a focus on the different aspects of the party.

Come back next week for some help with costume ideas and in the meantime, go get your tickets before they sell out!


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  1. I am so jazzed to attend my first Jump Back Ball this year!

  2. I’m thinking a ball gown is appropriate for this but I’ll need another one to change into because I can’t walk around in that all night!

    • I love that you can wear a cocktail dress or a gown for this! I wore a sleek gown last year and loved really dressing up. This year, I’m having a dress designed that’s themed around a character (I’m having stress dreams that it won’t be ready in time). It’s going to be tea length just because I wanted to have a little more ease in moving around.

      I can’t wait to see what you decide to do. No matter what, I know it’ll be awesome!

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