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  • Shimmery Greens, Wood and Lace Provide Key Ingredients for a Tablescape Inspiration

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Shimmery Greens, Wood and Lace Provide Key Ingredients for a Tablescape Inspiration

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Shimmery Greens, Wood and Lace Provide Key Ingredients for a Tablescape Inspiration

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Shimmery Greens, Wood and Lace Provide Key Ingredients for a Tablescape Inspiration

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     

Guests at the International Special Events Society (ISES) Denver Chapter’s annual Designer Showcase, held at the Studios at Overland Crossing in Denver on Feb. 16, admired four creative vignettes that honored Academy Award-winning films. One team used an all-time classic film as inspiration: The Wizard of Oz.

This whimsical and imaginative theme was the foundation of sparkly tones and a home-like feel to ensure that guests never wanted to leave. From Kansas to the Emerald City, the journey had never been so fun to encounter with details like an Emerald City-inspired floating cake with emerald sugar crystals and cascading gold flowers by Kelley Kakes.

“We were inspired by the dual themes of bleak sepia-toned Kansas and the bright, colorful, sparkly Emerald City,” says Anne Lambert, office manager and partner at Allwell Rents. “We wanted a distinct transition from Kansas to the Emerald City.”

The simplicity of the plates and glasses were highlighted through the extravagant height created with emerald napkins, as well as the menu cards (which doubled as place cards) and red glitter acrylic table numbers—both from Platypus Papers. Floral centerpieces by Felicity Allyse featured an array of greens.

“Our tables reflected the rustic-chic look you might find at a Kansas or Colorado wedding. The look was modern to today’s clients, but reflective of the movie,” says Angela Alizadeh, owner of Extraordinary Affairs at 5280.

While the event décor played quite the role, the food was just as important to the theme. With a variety of desserts such as chocolate peanut butter brownies and Monte Cristo skewers served with warm raspberry chocolate sauce to hors d’oeuvres like sesame crusted tuna served on a house-made wonton, the team made sure the food was just as spectacular with the menu and food crafted by Gourmet Fine Catering, now part of Occasions Catering.

“On the Kansas side we wanted to showcase comfort food, which included a variety of desserts, and the Emerald City side the more elegant food,” Lambert explains.

The vintage-style dessert bar, from Allwell Rents and Candlelight Ambiance, had lace and burlap embellishments all on a bar-height farm table and wine barrel combo adorned with lanterns and candles. The vignette also featured black and white pictures from the movie and a 9-foot tornado that had the Gale house and farm animals swirling around in it.

After following the yellow brick road through the field of poppies, the Emerald City comes into view. The table was engulfed in shiny greens and golds and topped with sparkling crystal candle holders. If that wasn’t enough, Glinda the Good Witch of the South was standing alongside with a champagne glass drink dress provided by AXS Group for another dash of glamour.

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.

 

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.

 

INSPIRATION
The freshness of the new, clean sunlight inspired Marlene Freeman to design a neutral-colored table that awakens your neurons with the millions of sparkling lights reflecting off the abundance of crystal pieces upon this table.

DETAILS
This table delights the eye with a bevy of crystal pieces featuring a variety of patterns, some etched with straight, sharp lines and others decorated with flowing, organic designs.