The party: The 32nd Annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon, also known as the Central Park Hat Party!
The concept: A fanciful spring luncheon held yesterday en plein air
The setting: The Conservatory Garden, Central Park’s only formal garden. Comprised of an Italianate Center Garden, a French-style North Garden, and an English-style South Garden, the garden is entered through the Vanderbilt Gate, considered one of the finest examples of wrought-iron work in New York City.
The hosts: The Women’s Committee led by Anne Harrison and the Board of Trustees of the Central Park Conservancy
The décor: Gorgeous spring flowers were everywhere you turned. Most breathtaking were the large urns of hot pink peonies, coral roses and orange parrot tulips accented with lovely cherry blossom branches. Lunch was served inside a spectacular white tent, which held the largest crowd in the history of the event. The structural elements of the tent were covered with verdant greens, creating a magical effect. Gorgeous floral table cloths by Scalamandre were for sale to benefit the Central Park Conservancy.
The raison d’être: To raise funds for the beautification and preservation of Central Park and to honor Michael Bloomberg for his extraordinary environmental and park advocacy. He received a heart-felt standing ovation, a medal and an homage in the form of an extremely creative hat laden with photos of the former mayor.
J’adored: Being escorted down the steps at the Vanderbilt Gate by handsome attendants in uniform. Being dazzled by the sea of color created by the ladies in their hats and the spring trees that were bursting with blossoms. The light-hearted and celebratory mood as the guests marveled at each other’s hats and snapped photos of one another. The delicious meal created by Abigail Kirsch Catering– the chilled cucumber watercress vichyssoise with crabmeat, apples and radishes was delicious and the smoked chicken salad over quinoa with spring vegetables and root vegetable chips was as gorgeous as it was delectable. The large bouquets and Jo Malone candles and hand wash that transformed the garden bathrooms, which showed the extraordinary attention to detail for which this event is known.
Sighted: Muffie Potter Aston, Judith Auchincloss, Natasha Bergreen, Michael Bloomberg, Serena Boardman, Eliza Bolen, Amanda Burden, Marina Rust Connor, Cristina Cuomo, Dawn Davis, Joanne de Guardiola, Jill Fairchild, Somers Farkas, Fe Fendi, Jamee Gregory, Holly Hunt, Miyoung Lee, Neda Navab, Lela Rose, Christine Schwarzman, Peggy Siegal, Tabitha Simmons, Martha Stewart, Lizzie Tisch, and Stephanie Wolkoff
To attend next year: Become a patron of the Women’s Committee. Call 212-310-6675 or email email@example.com
Photos: New York Social Diary
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