The sold out 6th annual Pink Tie Party chaired by Anna Kimsey with Celebrity Chefs JosÃ© AndrÃ©s and Roy Yamaguchi took place at the Mayflower Hotel Tuesday night.Â Hundreds and hundreds of people of people decked out in a variety of pink accents, some even in all pink, weaved their way in and out of the main level of the property.Â First though, there was the VIP MoÃ«t reception downstairs, where we received our first sips of bubbly and bit into two fascinating creations, one being a smoking popcorn ball, where you as you chewed, you were instructed to breathe out your nose, the end result suggesting a fire breathing dragon (?) and the other a cherry liquor liquid bubble on a spoon, this time, you rolled the cherry red ball off of the spoon into your mouth and popped it with your tongue, and bam, it exploded!Â Fun with food.
We moved upstairs to where all of the action was, the Silent Auction, the multiple bars, the main hallway and ballroom filled with chefs furiously making plates as fast as they could to tipsy hungry guests, who paid $200 a ticket.Â There was any kind of cherry inspired food and drink one could imagine, but that was not all. Live entertainment came in the form of a Japanese drum group, people stood in line to put in their code to the Lincoln car hoping to be the lucky winner, and anyone could get their photo taken at the step and repeat with the celebrity chefs, including Art Smith, who apparently had the late shift (which meant his photo friends were pretty satiated to say the least).Â At 9:30pm, the “after party” started with a DJ and dancing, you could hear the boom boom boom thudding from the party room and that went until 11:30pm.
All proceeds go to the National Cherry Blossom Festival which this year, is celebrating the 100 year centennial of the gifting of the trees, which so prettily line the Mall and the Tidal Basin.Â If you have had a chance to take in the beautiful scene personally, you may have noticed younger siblings have been planted along the Mall and other places in Washington as part of the celebration.Â I have even heard that the secret garden of one particular pink loving designer in Georgetown had the first of the 100 trees planted this year.
Enjoy the blossoms and the longer festival which goes on through April 27th.Â www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.