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

  • 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.

This Kate Spade-inspired vignette makes a colorful splash at ILEA and NACE Designer Showcase.

 

When planning a gathering, make sure to check a destination’s calendar of events for festivals, concerts and noteworthy exhibitions. Leslie Heins and Lisa Cook, owners and event architects of Denver-based Affair with Flair, demonstrated how this can be done with a social occasion, which easily could have been a corporate event in conjunction with the Denver Art Museum’s recent blockbuster “Dior: From Paris to the World” that wrapped up in March 2019.

 

A great tablescape in the right setting is truly impressive. It’s a combination of surroundings and a creative canvas transformed for sitting, relaxing, dining and conversation.