However, the $650 starting cost of a ticket was (just slightly!) out of my price range. Luckily, prior to the dance on Tuesday evening, the Horticultural Society held an afternoon preview of the event, which allowed me to catch a glimpse of the stunning, and occasionally over-the-top, floral arrangements and table designs. The theme for 2011, “fire and ice,” invited a wide variety of configurations, some simple, some flashy, some downright ostentatious as the designers riffed on the concept, playing with the use of chile peppers, jewels dangling from stems, and lots and lots of candles. Here are a few of my favorites.