They may be late this year, but the cherry blossoms–Washington, DC’s prized bloom which brings the promise of tourism, allergies, and warmer weather–were still celebrated with plenty of fanfare at last week’s Pink Tie Party at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. A standout event every year, the Pink Tie Party blends fashion, cuisine, and philanthropy to bring people together for a mid-week party to kick off the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in Washington, DC, the gift of the cherry blossom trees, and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. The Festival produces and coordinates daily events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public.
Guests donned all shades of pink to enjoy cocktails and tasting stations lining the spacious venue. Strolling the pink carpet, Washingtonians were greeted with fashion installments like hand-crafted cherry blossom decor and pieces constructed from crepe paper to echo the delicate cherry blossom. Swilling cocktails from a full open bar, attendees were also treated to culinary creations from restaurants across the metro region. The spectacular silent auction featured exotic weekend getaways, concert tickets, VIP sporting event seating, private dining, and more.