WHAT BEGAN as a kite dream turned into a stunning masterpiece of senses at this year’s 2014 ISES Designer Showcase at Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver. “I wanted to make my dreams take flight and that melded perfectly with the location’s built-in aerial theme. I just personally love kites, so we discovered the International Kite Festival in Gujarat, India [on the Internet],” explains Anne Lambert, event coordinator for Allwell Rents and master kite flier for this tablescape vignette, which was one of five featured at the showcase. The rest of the design was then fashioned around India’s cultural epicenter of schemes, tastes, emotions and surprises.
The colors of the design are symbolic of typical clothing hues found in Bollywood movies. “We literally just Googled ‘Indian colors’ and looked on Pinterest; we were just showered with rich reds, golds, oranges, turquoises and other jewel tones,” notes Lambert.
Kites require the natural world to take flight, and this, too, was accomplished by her team’s entry of Celebrating Makar Sankrainti, Send Your Wishes Soaring. “The festival itself is a celebration of Indian spring; therefore, wood, water and plants needed to be a part of this layout,” Lambert explains. “We used wood that was visible through the table where the food was displayed, and we had a water trough with rose petals as another element and many branches with layered, earthy elements.”
Magenta, a popular color in the Indian culture, was found in the savored sweet treat and surprise by Renee Hisher of Astonishing Cakes. “Cake pops made of coconut ladoo (an Indian dessert delicacy that literally translates to ‘dessert-shaped ball’) with an American twist on an Indian tradition of coconut and sesame seed. We put roasted sesame seeds outside as our interpretation,” Hisher explains. “The orange-flavored cake in a push-pop container also pays homage to the color pattern. All of our flavors really are traditional to the region. And, the inclusion of the kite winders was the second sweet treat.”
As guests moved throughout the space, they could take in the aroma of an Indian market accomplished by spice plates placed around the display. The smell of curry, cinnamon, cardamom and smoked paprika enveloped guests for one last hint of something special.
PHOTOGRAPHY // RebeccaMarie Photography
CUISINE // Culinary Wave Catering
PASTRY // Astonishing Cakes
EVENT/SCENE DESIGN // Events by Marchello
GRAPHIC DESIGNER // Pamela Smerker Designs
PARTY RENTALS // Allwell Rents