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Tabletop: Gather Together

Whether you’re welcoming 25 guests or 205, create tables that are welcoming, warm, seasonal, and personal

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Winter
by Fine Line Management and Events

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Using deep royal blues, rich violets, and a vivid, British Isles–inspired plaid, Fine Line planners and designers Aleah and Nick Valley dreamt up a romantic winter table fit for kings, queens, and countrymen. Vintage books stacked beneath dark, opaque goblets potted with violets by Floressence’s Anne Bradfield provide height and lend a literary flair. Bradfield’s larger arrangement of anemone, lichen branches, blue thistle, smoke bush foliage, lisianthus, carnations, calcynia, baby’s breath, snowberry, and delphinium adds color, structure, and warmth. Locally made jam and Scottish shortbread cookies—arranged on antique gold cake plates from the Valley’s private collection—welcome guests, while menu cards in a flocked English damask design by Izzy Girl prepare them for the evening to come. Fine Line Management and Events, 206-250-2055; threedreamsent.com

Printed matter Izzy Girl (206-390-0678; izzygirl.com)
Flowers Floressence (206-286-7850; floressencedesign.com)
Linens Mosaic (206-962-0012; partymosaic.com)
Place settings and chairs AA Party Rentals (425-640-5547; aaparty.com)

 

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Spring
by Martha E. Harris Flowers and Gifts

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Spring is Martha Harris’s favorite time of the year, as the lily of the valley, lisianthus, hyacinth, hydrangea, and tulip blooms on this soft yet vibrant table illustrate. The designer and shop owner and her team sourced a variety of glass pedestals, cloches, glasses, and goblets from their Madison Park boutique and filled them with striking single-variety arrangements. Then they positioned the flowers among Simon Pearce candlesticks, a dramatic candelabra, and an iron cone trellis. The collection of little iron birds, also from the shop, will go home with guests as a reminder of this garden party celebration. Linens by Le Jacquard Français reflect the punchy pastel palette. The sweetest touch: macaroons from Ballard’s Honoré Artisan Bakery, where the coconut-caramel variety are quickly becoming legendary. Martha E. Harris Flowers and Gifts, 206-568-0347; marthaeharris.net

Chairs Pedersen’s Event Rentals (206-749-5400; pedersens.com)
Macaroons Honoré Artisan Bakery (206-706-4035)

 

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Summer
by Finch and Thistle Event Design

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Imagining a warm-weather picnic-inspired reception that would feel handcrafted and upscale at the same time, Rachel Bowes at Finch and Thistle mixed textures and styles by layering burlap and silk dupioni fabric and juxtaposing hearty, recycled-glass plates with delicate silverware and lace-wrapped linen napkins. In a vintage mercury-glass pedestal vase from her own collection, she arranged small, large, and “popcorn” roses with dusty miller, geranium leaves, Star of Bethlehem, nigella pods, and those very en vogue bright yellow billy balls. The smaller satellite arrangements are set in mint julep cups that Bowes collected for her own wedding. Macaroons by Bakery Nouveau and French bistro–informed menus and name cards by Iwona K Designs complete the worldly yet homespun affair. Finch and Thistle Event Design, 253-225-2152; finchandthistleevents.com

Printed matter Iwona K Designs (iwonak.com)
Macaroons Bakery Nouveau (206-923-0534; bakerynouveau.com)
Place settings, flatware, glasses, bud vases, napkins, candles, candleholders, and chair Liave (206-364-0742; liave-home.com)

 

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Autumn
by Herban Floral

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Reinterpreting traditional autumn colors for a wine-loving couple, Ellen Ohashi of Herban Floral created a hanging arrangement of organic roses, succulents, herbs, and oak leaves from her own garden and hung it above stylish shades of blue-gray, soft pistachio, and dark, saturated merlot. Sturdy silver accents, wine accessories, and freshly baked organic fruit tarts add to the vineyard-harvest theme. Custom three-liter bottles of syrah serve as table markers; the grape-colored leaves of Japanese maple seedlings, tucked into moss-lined ceramic pots, will go home with the friends and family of the new couple. Herban Floral, 206-372-1244; herbanfloral.com 

Printed matter Pulp Ink Design (pulpid.com)
Tarts Sasi’s Café (425-889-2411; sasiscafe.net)
Wine bottle Januik Winery (425-481-5502; januikwinery.com)
Place settings, salt and pepper shakers, glass candleholders Christina Lynn Table Top and Home (425-454-7322; christinalynn.com) 
Individual decanters Sur la Table (visit surlatable.com for locations)