If you’re thinking that the world’s most celebrated indoor flower show is just about stunning floral displays, think again. It turns out, the folks of the PA Horticultural Society really know how to party. Before the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show kicks off next Saturday, March 2, here are four bashes you may want to mark down on your calendar.
**Note: tickets to each Theme Night must be purchased in advance and include admission to the show itself.
Preview Party After Party: Once again, locals will have the opportunity to see the show before it officially opens to the rest of the public while knocking back cocktails and delicious desserts. Even better, you’ll get to dance the night away among acres of pretty flowers and interpretations of Britain’s amazing landscapes and cultural icons. If you’re already attending the Preview Party, you’re invited to the After Party free of charge. If not, sign up to become a member of the PHS Young Friends and you’ll receive free admission along with free drink vouchers. Otherwise, tickets are $60 dollars in advance. (Fri/1, 10pm-1am)
LGBT Party: Before basking in all the sights and scents of the Flower Show, PHS and G Philly are inviting members and friends of the city’s LGBT community to an afternoon of festive cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, all capped off with a live performance from Martha Graham Cracker. Meanwhile, the party will also serve as a benefit for Dining Out For Life, which helps raise funds for AIDS Service Organizations throughout the U.S. Guests can make a contribution by purchasing a t-shirt designed exclusively for the show by Project Runway winner, Mondo Guerra. The tee will be on sale during the event during the event for $25 dollars and online at SubaruGear.com throughout April. Sun/3, 4-6pm.
Wedding Wednesday: Planning a wedding is one of the most stressful things a gal may ever have to do, so to make it a little easier, the Flower Show is once again giving local brides-to-be and their respective bridal parties VIP access to more than 50 of the region’s most celebrated and knowledgeable industry experts. Whether you’re in search of the perfect dress, venue, photographer, DJ, caterer or honeymoon, they’ve got you covered. The long list of vendors include Nicole Miller Bridal, AME Salon & Spa, Casa Papel, Bistro St. Tropez, Eventricity, Unveiled Philadelphia, Papertree Studio, Waterworks Restaurant and ShutterBooth. Besides much-needed advice, a crap-ton of giveaways and British-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, attendees will go home with an exclusive “Bride-To-Be” tote bag full of goodies from the featured vendors. Also, if you’re looking for ideas as far as your floral arrangements, it seems safe to say that the actual show is likely to yield a lot of inspiration. (Wed/6, 6-8pm)
Girls Night Out: What do you get when you put a thousand women and over 30 beauty, fashion and health vendors together in the same room at the world’s largest indoor flower show? You get one helluva girls night out, that’s what. Due to soaring demand, this year, the ladies-only event will be moved to a larger space with twice as many tickets now up for grabs. While enjoying the sounds of DJ Eddie Tully, guests will receive the royal treatment with exclusive samplings, consultations, product demos, DIY craft stations and sales from both local and national retailers/brands such as Burberry, Giovanni & Pileggi, Saks Fifth Avenue, Hope Chest Fine Lingerie and Baby Be Hip. Meanwhile, Stephan STARR Events will create two tasting stations serving up the catering division’s most popular dishes along with that of Buddakan AC and Continental AC. Last but not least, throughout the evening, Macy’s will present a salon-style fashion presentation featuring the retailer’s trendiest Royal Family-inspired fashions, all available for purchase during the event at their pop-up shop area. The $50 dollar ticket is quite a deal when you consider that not only does it include admission to the Show, but a premium gift and complimentary cocktail immediately upon arrival. Oh, and since you’re going to need something to carry all that free swag in, PHS is also going to be giving guests a special re-useable tote bag. Thurs/7, 6-8pm. $50.