ABCD Designs a Holiday Tablescape

Earlier this week, I worked on a Holiday event in New York City. The event was sponsored by Crest Toothpaste and put on by a group called Shecky’s.The job came to me only Wednesday of last week, and due to the Thanksgiving holiday and the timing of the Monday departure of my house guests, there wasn’t going to be time for me on Friday or Saturday to get into the NYC flower market. You see, ideally one should purchase flowers for an event at least 2-3 days before an event so that the flowers have time to open.I would normally refuse to do this, but since the budget was literally nothing for the event, (zero! zilch! nada!) I decided to repurpose the flowers that I already had on-hand for our personal Thanksgiving celebration. I know, I know. It’s not my style or first choice to redesign flower arrangements – but there wasn’t any other solution. I simply wasn’t going to make it into the flower market and these flowers looked perfectly fabulous. They were blooming wide open on Tuesday and (to be honest) it would have been a shame not to use them.
As a matter of fact, there were hundreds of people at this event and more often than not the first question I was asked by those visiting the table was “Are the flowers real?” From what I understand, 1200 people RSVP’d for the party. It was raining, so I suspect something less than that showed up on the scene, but all in all it was a good turn-out. As part of the media tours earlier in the day, I met one of the market editors from Oprah.com. (Can y’all please cross your fingers that I might hear from her? Santa, are you listening in too?)As part of designing the tablescape, I carried on with the same trends that I spoke about at the Mom Trends Holiday Soiree as well as on my Daily Grommet holiday decor guest post. I stuck with a neutral palette on the core pieces that I used in the tabletop design. I mixed both silver and gold on the table. I also went along with the trend of mix and match place settings. I layered, layered and layered some more. Pretty, isn’t it?If you take away the elf canapé plates, pinecones and change out the colors of the flowers you could easily transform this tablescape into the next season without much effort and at a relatively low cost. If you use different color flowers and small decorative items it would change the entire feel of the tabletop. How incredible would those greys and browns look with hits of purple and eggplant in the Fall, or peach and yellow, or pale pink in the Spring? This tabletop could easily transform into an Easter dinner tablescape…