6 Tropical Party Ideas to Warm Up Winter Guests

The opening party for the Chicago Botanic Garden's Orchid Show had Hawaiian music, pink cocktails, and other tropical tropes.

Photo: Robin Carlson

On Valentine's Day, in the midst of one of Chicago's coldest winters in decades, the Chicago Botanic Garden hosted a tropical-theme event. To celebrate the opening of its new Orchid Show, which features more than 10,000 flowers in floor-to-ceiling displays, the garden's woman's board hosted a bash called “Welcome to Paradise.” Here's a look inside the event, which gave guests a rosy-hued—if brief—respite from the winter blues.

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