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Those who happened by the Palmetto Cafe on Thursday for the fifth annual Festival of Wreaths felt as though they had stepped across the threshold into a sparkling winter wonderland. Presented by hosted by The Shops at Charleston Place and the American Society of Interior Designers, the warm, inviting affair welcomed guests with live music, trays of heavy hors d’oeuvres and plenty of bubbly to get the party started.
Rather than deterring party goers, the freezing temperatures inspired Charlestonians to step out in their most festive winter attire. The crowd was a lesson in chic holiday fashion, and lush furs, stylish hats, and statement-making scarves filled the room.
The highlight of the event, however, was the gorgeous display of locally designed wreaths available as part of the silent auction to benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital. Created by local interior designers, each wreath had a unique aesthetic, ranging from the sophisticated elegance of "Mediterranean Charm" designed by Lauren Ferderigos Interiors to the more festively themed "Mardi Gras" by Krewe of Charleston and the show-stopping, flashy holiday cheer of "Origami Wreath" by Ingle Interiors.
Charleston Grill's Mickey Bakst served as the evening’s emcee, and he was joined by the 10-year-old invitation artist, Harper Drolet. Together the two announced the winning bids and several judges’ choice selection. This year’s Festival of Wreaths’ judges panel included Charleston Art Magazine’s Olivia Pool, hospital board member Terri Henning, Charleston Scene’s Marcus Amaker, local fashion designer Rachel Gordon, RLS owner and artist Robert Lange, and Charleston Home magazine’s Ellen McGauley.
Festival of Wreaths benefits South Carolina’s premier children’s hospital. MUSC is dedicated to providing an environment that supports excellence in pediatric patient care, teaching and research, and serves children throughout the state of South Carolina.