Mar-A-Lago New Year's party goes on without President Trump
The party goes on, even without the usual guest of honor.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump decided to head back to Washington, D.C. on Thursday, hours before he was slated to host Mar-A-Lago's annual New Year's Eve party.
Other members of Trump's family -- including son Donald Trump Jr. -- are expected to attend tonight's event.
More than 500 people are expected to make their way to the historic Palm Beach club tonight, and many will post their party pictures on social media.
Party guests began posting pre-party shots at home around 6 p.m.:
And they began arriving between 7 and 8 p.m.:
One guest met Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Republican from Northwest Florida who recently got engaged at Mar-A-Lago to Ginger Luckey.
Meanwhile, Lara Trump, the wife of presidential son Eric Trump, seemed to have a dilemma many parents share:
But in the end, Lara and husband Eric made it to the party:
As did Eric's brother, Donald Trump Jr., with girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle:
And President Trump's adviser and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani:
There were more than a few major musical acts at the party, including Vanilla Ice, Berlin singer Terri Nunn and Grand Funk singer Mark Farner:
Guests enjoyed the evening: