2009 February 25

A Floral Fête

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Gillian Miniter with Angel Sanchez, in a dress by the designer Gillian Miniter with Angel Sanchez, in a dress by the designer
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(NEW YORK) The haute-est of New York society came out last night for the New York Botanical Garden’s famed Orchid Dinner, held at the Rainbow Room. The stunning event, which raised somewhere around $600,000 for the gardens, started with cocktails in 30 Rock’s Pegasus Suite, which was filled to the hilt with exotic orchids up for sale. “There’s not one plain white orchid there!” exclaimed Gillian Miniter, one of the night’s chairs, after browsing the gorgeous buds.

But the evening’s floral spectacle didn’t end there; the twenty-something tables in the Rainbow Room each had a unique orchid centerpiece atop it, by leading florists and designers. Patrick McMullan flitted around snapping shots as one guest took in the lovely scenery: "On a night like tonight, when you have this view--really it could not be prettier!" One of the creation’s designers, Michael Tavano, was responsible for a Zen centerpiece including a glass vessel full of greenery. And the flowers weren’t limited to the tabletops: Miniter wore a gold Angel Sanchez dress, embellished with flowers. “I saw this over the summer and knew it would be perfect for the Orchid Dinner,” she said, after chatting with the designer.

As guests trickled out after an evening of indulging and dancing, many carried out the pristinely packaged flowers they had bid on. Why didn’t Sanchez have an arrangement, one guest wanted to know? “I wouldn’t know how to take care of it!” he laughed.

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