King's Day is one of the nicest national holidays in the Netherlands. On April 27, King Willem Alexander's birthday, the Netherlands turns orange and people go out for all sorts of celebrations.
For those who cannot be in the Netherlands on April 27, we have been organizing King's Day in Houston since 2017. The patio of the West End turns orange once a year! Everyone look for your orange clothing to be worn. There are Dutch delicacies such as croquettes, 'bitterballen', sateh, fresh stroopwafels and Heineken beer. And our DJ plays Dutch music. A Dutch tradition in Houston!
The first edition was exciting, it turned out a great success! After the party we asked some of our guests their thoughts:
"The party was a huge success. It was very nice to see so many Dutch people dressed up in orange in Houston!"
- Tjitske van Schelven, Mammoet
"Great atmosphere and ambiance. Nice to make a toast to our King with so many familiar and new faces!"
- Albertien Greijdanus, TMC innovation institute
"What a great event to celebrate our Kings birthday! Organization was perfect and it was fun to have a bit of Holland, right in the heart of Houston! Good food, drinks and company with a splash of orange equals a perfect night!"
- Jeannine Verweij, Scandia Gear
"King’s Day in Houston made all the guests feel back home in the Netherlands for a little while with all the stroopwafels, bitterballen, Dutch music and gezelligheid (the Dutch word that cannot be translated)"
- Simone van de Garde, MDAnderson Cancer Center
All 2017 photos can be viewed via this link. Since everyone enjoyed the party so much, we decided to make it a tradition!
The fresh temperatures of spring 2018 in Houston and the beautiful outdoor terrace of The West End - A Public House were the perfect setting for King's Day 2018. The evening ended with cheerful Dutch songs delivered by DJ X.
When you were not able to attend this King's Day party or you want to look back, click here to view all photos. If you want to have your photo booth image digitally, click here.
None of this would have been possible without our generous sponsors: Scandia Gear, Central Market, Houthoff and the Stroop Club.
Preparations for King's Day 2019 are in full swing and registration is possible!
On Saturday, April 27, everyone is welcome at The West End - A Public House in Houston for our annual King's Day party, we start at 7:00 pm. Happy hour is from 7:00 - 8:00 pm and the party ends around 11:00 pm. Participation is $ 10 per person and everyone must register in advance.
We are looking forward to this great party! Will you join us? When you do: wear orange!