Blooming Botanic

| September 28, 2015 | Parties National

THE PARTY More than 425 guests celebrated the beginning of the summer party season at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Summer Dinner Dance with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served on the Rose Garden Terrace, which were followed by a dinner inside the main tent and then dancing inside a separate tented space. THE PEOPLE The committee for the soiree was chaired by Susan and Michael Canmann, Jen and Sandy Kasten, Mark and Steffie Madigan, and Susan and Phil Merlin; and each pair hosted a table of lively guests. THE PINNACLE The party is a favorite on the social scene, as its simplicity befits its elegance. The gorgeous floral decorations in blue and white—absolute summer perfection—were designed by Event Creative out of hydrangeas, peonies and boxwoods. After the evening, the flowers were donated to Random Acts of Flowers, whose volunteers recreated smaller bouquets for patients in hospitals and residents in senior-care facilities. It was a thoughtful ending to a beautiful evening that raised over $500,000 for the gardens. –Photos by Robert F. Kusel



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