A Bold & British Evening: Museum of Natural History Museum Dance April 28, 2011

On the eve of the royal wedding, New Yorkers turned out in their finest for a dinner dance at the Museum of Natural History. Known as the Museum Dance, the event is Manhattan’s longest-running junior benefit and raises money the Museum’s scientific and educational programs. This year’s party was themed “Bold & British” in honor of the nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

Guests certainly had a case of royal wedding fever and fascinators were de rigueur. (Read all about fascinators on a previous post). Gloves for the ladies and top hats and plaid bowties for the men were also on trend. Some revelers went so far as to come adorned with the Union Jack. Melissa, who was a vice-chair of the event, paired her brocade Lela Rose dress (which she chose off the spring 2011 runway) with matching satin gloves and a black fascinator from the famed Suzanne Couture millinery.

Carney and Melissa Hawks, in a Lela Rose dress

Snapshots of the guests in their best bold and British looks:

After cocktails with the dinosaur skeletons in the Roosevelt Rotunda, guests were ushered into the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life room by kilt-wearing bagpipers. The British vibe carried on to dinner as guests were served ham-and-cheese scones with their salad, chicken potpie as a main course and eton mess for dessert. Dining under the giant whale was quite a treat, to say the least.

Dinner under the famous whale

Guests wearing festive crowns
The centerpieces captured the royal spirit
Dancing among the wildlife

The rest of the evening was spent dancing with the African animals to DJ Jus-Ske. While the festivities carried on well into the night, some of us royal-watcher diehards had to sneak out early for we had a can’t-be-missed appointment with our TVs pre-dawn the next morning.

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    1. Melissa

      Just use a regular glass cylinder for the centerpiece and purchase inexpensive kids crowns with the same diameter to put around the base. What fun! Good luck!

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