Think of it as the Oscars for flowers — the New York Botanical Garden hosted its annual Orchid Dinner this week, and, of course, the over-the-top centerpieces were absolutely breath-taking.
Over 300 guests attended the dinner, which raised over $600,000 for the botanical garden's orchid conservation efforts. Here, Ralph Lauren Home captures the many shades of this versatile bloom.
The New York Botanical's annual Orchid Show opens this week as well, with the appropriately-named theme "Orchidelirium." On this table, the French crystal company Baccarat obviously incorporated a sparkling chandelier in their centerpiece.
Interior designer and event planner Antony Todd went for a towering, three-tier display in classic black and white.
Beth Webb Interiors opted for warm, tangerine-colored blossoms for its bouquet.
These show-stopping feathers from Bowman Dahl Floral & Event Design look like they just came off Broadway.
Design group Brockschmidt and Coleman and private florist [link href="http://lefleuriste.nyc/" target="_blank" link_updater_label="external"]Le Fleuriste New York incorporated structural white branches into their display.
Carlos Aparicio, founder of Aparicio + Associates, selected a cheery yellow hue just in time for spring.
Design group Cullman & Kravis took diners on a safari adventure, complete with Panama hats.
Event planner and interior designer Danielle Rollins also went the tropical route with an abundance of orchids.
Event planner David M. Handy chose trendy muted tones (including a splash of Rose Quartz).
Monochromatic white arrangements are tried and true, like this minimal centerpiece from David Phoenix.
The floral design school taught a lesson on tablescapes — notice the orchid blossoms at each setting.
Hilary Pereira created a memorable updo you couldn't find at any salon.
And with that scene-stealing centerpiece, it's worth taking a closer look at the bedecked chair backs.
The Asian inspiration is evident in this miniature landscape.
Bright orange flowers take center stage in a bouquet from Kathleen Walsh Interiors.
The textile design group created visual contrast with spiked leaves and dangling flowers.
This pink and green display from Lewis Miller Design reached surprising heights.
The California designer revisited a classic blue and white palette.
Fancy Easter hats have nothing on this elaborate orchid headpiece from Nick Olsen.
The New York design firm chose classic spring tones: pink, green, and white.
McCormack and van der Geest teamed up for a table that belongs in the Versailles gardens.
Parisian flair fit for a bridal shower guides a tablescape from Suzanne Kasler. It wouldn't come as a surprise if guests were tempted to take those Eiffel Tower models home.
An elevated bouquet from Ferguson and Shamamian facilitates dinner conversation — and puts gorgeous pink flowers on the pedestal they deserve.
These orchids copy the iridescent colors of a peacock in an exotic look from Byron C. James.