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A Festive Summer Museum Fete

August 1, 2001, 12:00 AM EDT

The entrance of the Museum of the City of New York was festooned with black and white balloons with silver ribbon for the Starlit Summer Night benefit.

Museum of the City of New York's Starlit Summer Night benefit Museum of the City of New York Tuesday, 07.24.01, 8 PM to 12 AM
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Balloons can look tacky at events, but the black and white balloons with silver ribbon that covered the entrance way ceiling at the Museum of the City of New York's Starlit Summer Night benefit looked enchanting. Keeping with the color theme that matched the museum's black and white marble floors, striped tablecloths from Quadrille Wallpaper and Fabrics decorated the cocktail tables set throughout the museum and under the tent outside. Small, simple centerpieces of white calla lilies, roses and hydrangea decorated the tables.

The venue feels more like a residence than a museum with its long sweeping marble staircase, an enclosed front garden with carefully manicured hedges encircling simple flowerbeds and a back terrace.

The event was organized by the museum's special events director Christine DeFonce, for the Director's Council, a group of junior museum supporters. For entertainment, she brought in Ray Jarrell (from Productions for the Planet) to DJ on the outside patio under a tent from Stamford Tents, and the Global Village Artists steel drum band played festive Caribbean music in the front garden.

--Suzanne Ito

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