• Bring the Outdoors In With This Alfresco Tablescape

    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
  • Bring the Outdoors In With This Alfresco Tablescape

    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
  • Bring the Outdoors In With This Alfresco Tablescape

    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE


The teal color of the hand-blown Murano Glass in the chandelier.

The Details

Designer Marlene Freeman designed this table for an earlysummer meeting planner luncheon which took place in the Rittenhouse Home Showroom in Newtown. To give her guests the light and airy feeling of being outside, she kept the basic theme of the table neutral complemented by a pop of color—teal. The other colors on the table come from nature: the weathered wood coaster accented with nickel handles that appear to be branches; the porcelain peony wine stoppers and the glycerin-preserved hydrangea centerpiece.

Mixing vintage pieces from her personal collection with new, contemporary pieces, you’ll see that some settings feature soup bowls adorned with peacock illustrations upon a white beaded plate, while others are set in the reverse. Freeman chose the chargers because they reminded her of peacock feathers, and the vintage Christofle silver is decorated with a Marly flower pattern on both sides of the flatware.

Crystal candlesticks, the crystal decanter and even the cut on the teal water pitcher reflect light, carrying on the light and airy feeling of being outdoors.

Despite the fact that this table was set for a luncheon, you’ll find lit candles. Freeman warns that you shouldn’t hesitate to use lit candles in the daytime, as they shouldn’t only be reserved for a darkened room or nighttime use.

Freeman combines myriad elements ranging from color to style, yet skillfully keeps the overall look cohesive so that it doesn’t overshadow the star of the show—the food.

Design Tip

“Dress your table the way you accessorize your outfits to give your guests the feeling of being pampered versus sitting down to eat pizza out of the box,” Freeman says.

Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff’s story starts in a Barnes & Noble. On a whim, many moons ago—as she says—she took her two children for story hour at the national bookstore and noticed there would be a tarot card reader coming in to promote selling the cards. The experience intrigued her so much she asked for a private reading with the woman on a different date.


A sneak peek of the venue spaces at the Museum of the American Revolution, which will open on April 19, was celebrated on Jan. 19 in Philadelphia. The invite-only event was held for industry insiders to showcase the new museum’s offerings for events and meetings, which includes four main event spaces: Rotunda, Patriots Gallery, Liberty Hall and Founder’s Board Room. 


Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s Mystic Rock course received top billing in Golfweek’s “Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play” for the third consecutive year.

“We are extremely honored Golfweek continues to tout Mystic Rock year after year,” says Mike Jones, director of golf and recreation. “A recognition of this stature is a significant achievement for our golf staff and spotlights the unforgettable experience offered at Mystic Rock.”