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  • Casablanca-Inspired Tablescape Straight from the Silver Screen

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

    >>The Plane The 1957 North American T28C Trojan was originally built as a training tool for new pilots. It was used in light attack in Vietnam and is now mostly flown in air shows. The plane in the pictures had just flown in by pilot Andrew Steward from an air show in Florida. The owners of record are Sandpiper Aviation, LLC (Carson City, Nevada).

  • Casablanca-Inspired Tablescape Straight from the Silver Screen

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     
  • Casablanca-Inspired Tablescape Straight from the Silver Screen

     
    FROM THE Spring 2017 ISSUE
     

Inspiration

“ROMANCE! Airplanes and flight have always had an undeniably mysterious and romantic appeal,” says Kathy Newman, event planner. “As a child, I had the privilege of spending a lot of time at McGuire Air Force Base as my father was an officer in the Air Force. Princeton Airport is one of my favorite venues. It has a special allure, one that allows you to create any type of event that you can imagine in an empty airplane hangar—now how cool is that? There is always the romantic element that reminds you of old movies where mystery and courtship were alive and well. This was my inspiration—where old and new converge. The old-fashioned romance of flight coupled with a windswept, fun and colorful tablescape. I think the world could use a little old-fashioned feeling (and not one that is muddled)!” 

The Details

Under the wing of this 1957 T28C Trojan, as revealed by the ribbon of black exhaust whimsically painted across the body of this training plane, sits a table set for adventure seekers.

This table breaks the rules from the onset by mixing and matching polka dot salad plates with a bright yellow striped table linen. Layered upon the bold yellow dinner plate and the polka dot salad plate, the mysterious and exotic women depicted upon designer Kate Spade’s Charm plates entice their guests to “make mischief” and “travel bright.”

Continuing the theme of adventure, a centerpiece of green spider mums, green hypericum berries, orange gerbers, green carnations and bare grass is daringly wrapped with whole raw carrots tied together with natural raffia.

A smaller arrangement of pink attache roses and green hypericum berries wrapped in cabbage sits upon a vintage suitcase at the foot of the table.

Guests dining in this alfresco vignette will certainly be swept away by the lure of escape and excitement.

Design Tip

Newman offers: “Mix and match patterns and colors—take risks with your designs. The unexpected is usually the most interesting and may even set a trend!” 

Get Connected

The Designer
Kathy Newman Events || 609.516.6067

The Venue
Princeton Airport || 609.921.3100

The Florals
Janet Makrancy's Weddings & Parties || 609.443.8032

INSPIRATION

The texture of the Norman Arch leading into the historic Masonic Temple in Philadelphia inspired this clean, midcentury modern table.

DETAILS

This summer table fit for a special event, such as a chairman’s dinner, features a mix of midcentury design with modern elements. Carolyn Rizzo, head designer of Garnish, says this technique is easily accomplished in décor but challenging to pull off in event design.

 

Awards do not come easily in the restaurant business. Michelin, AAA and Forbes tell us who the best is (and Wine Spectator when it comes to vino), and there are only a select few of local establishments that make the esteemed cut. The Bernards Inn is in rare company, as it is the only restaurant in New Jersey that has made the Forbes list of the top restaurants in the United States. AAA counts just 11 restaurants in its Four-Diamond rating in our state. While you may hear that trophies are handed out just for showing up, it’s clearly not the case when it comes to dining.

 

Girlie elegance and sophistication were the theme of a recent bat mitzvah planned by Elm Events. Bat mitzvahs, the coming-of-age celebrations for 13-year-old Jewish girls, walk a tightrope—they must celebrate a teen girl in a way that pleases her friends and adult family alike. Hundreds often attend the parties, which follow a religious ceremony and often raise the bar for personalization and opulence.