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Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Village Dinner

This past week I had the privilege of styling a dinner for The Village Magazine, hosted by Ruthy Taylor and Danielle Kartes.

I worked with Renae of Colour & Dust to create a whimsical space for our guests.

The dinner brought twenty five mothers from the Seattle/Tacoma area together to bond over the trials and beauty of motherhood. 

It was a beautiful night indeed.

I wanted to create a classically beautiful space that was both simple and ornate. Filling the table with greenery gave that over the top garden appeal while working with neutral pieces and leafy greenery kept things simple. For the center piece and hanging wreaths, I used salal and added succulents for contrast. I felt a white flower would have taken away from the beauty of the white table cloth, so I went with a monochromatic look with the foliage. My original plan was to wire the succulents into the garland table runner, but as we ran out of time, leaving them potted made the most sense. I would still like to try my hand at wiring succulents into a runner in the future.

Lilacs were added throughout the space to highlight and frame the chalk art done by Renae. She made a beautiful photo booth backdrop, the name tags for our swag bags (filled with goodies from generous small businesses in Tacoma), the menu header and some signs.

Since the salal runner was so intricate, everything else at the table had to be kept extremely simple. 

Long slender menus over the folded napkins and wrapped with jute gave a rustic feel. Renae added place cards with a bit more greenery. To avoid using too many shades of white at the table I went for grey napkins. I think it broke it up quite well. Candles in crystal holders were hidden within the runner.

The hanging wreaths added height and intrigue to the table. I went for a messy, bushy look keeping some of the branches free to dangle downward.

The menu consisted of salmon or chicken with roasted veggies and mashed potatoes and a gluten free rhubarb crumble to finish.

Danielle also served a rhubarb mint mojito, which added a pretty pop of pink.

As night fell, the room lit up with the glow of the candles and the sound of chatter filled the air. It was a night to remember.

Credits -

photography: Julia Sumpter
chalk art & styling: Renae Cooper
tablescape styling & floral: myself
coordinator: Ruthy Taylor