For $200 a pop guests attending this year’s Pink Tie Party, the official kickoff of the National Cherry Blossom festival, were expecting more out of their tickets than just plain people watching — although there was plenty in pink. Normally, the annual spring fling offers a sneak peek into the kitchens of Washington’s most notably chefs, who’d craft cherry inspired sips and snacks. It was like a fancy party for foodies, attendees at last night’s fete told us.

But at last night’s party in the cavernous Ronald Reagan Building gone were the beloved tasting stations and in were the good time “gaming stations.” Instead of stuffing their faces guests could play nostalgic carnival games like ring toss and the balloon dart throw. Fun sure, but folks missed the food, although the Reagan Building provided delicious bites like lobster mac and cheese. “It’s not like it used to be,” one attendee in a bright pink blazer told us. Could the fashion sustain them?


Every shade of pink imaginable was on hand last night from fuchsia to salmon. There were pink ties (natch), bow ties, socks, stilettos, pocket squares and even a pink turban. Our favorite sartorial interpretation of spring came in this flower inspired ensemble.

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