Sea Life by Starlight party at the Aquarium a chance to get fancy & in the giving spirit

Kate Ditloff, public relations manager, reaches down to touch a bonehead shark swimming by at the South Carolina Aquarium’s Shark Shallows exhibit opening May 9th.

Let’s face it, fancy parties are a big perk of the holiday season. In between the Santa visits and the family gatherings, you need at least one chance to get all dolled up and let loose on the dance floor.

That’s why you may want to add the Sea Life by Starlight Party to your social calendar this weekend. The holiday-themed event is not only a chance to indulge in sustainable food, an open bar and live music — you might even earn a spot on Santa’s nice list just for showing up. Funds raised through the event will support the South Carolina Aquarium’s conservation and science education initiatives.

Cocktail attire is suggested. VIP ticket-holders will be offered a larger selection of hors d’oeurves, access to the Shark Shallows exhibit, and samples from the cocktail competition held between the Cocktail Club, Glass Onion, Indaco, O-Ku and Victor Social Club.

When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday for VIP; 8-11 p.m. for main event

Where: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston

Price: $80 for general admission; $100 for VIP

More info: www.scaquarium.org/slbsl