Tabletop: Perfect Places

The recipe for a remarkable reception room: equal parts inspiration, innovation, and intelligent design





White Nights

Designed by the Artful Posy


Balancing thoughtful elegance with whimsy, the Artful Posy’s Marianne Graham created a lush white table to set the scene at an opulent winter affair. Underneath a chandelier of paper butterflies, arrangements of white orchids, roses, and ranunculus sit among crystal beads and candles on a beveled glass runner. Table numbers are printed on sepia-toned portraits of family members in mother-of-pearl frames; menus, printed on white card stock framed with a black brocade design, reflect favorite family meals. Coconut cupcakes bear a message that donations have been made to the couple’s favorite charity. The Artful Posy by Marianne Graham Designs, 206-829-9752;

Table linens Table Top Shop and Christina Lynn (206-729-6222;  Cupcakes Trophy Cupcakes (206-632-7020;


Island Time

Designed by Bella Signature Design


Dreaming of a waterfront wedding with a tropical theme, Bella Signature Design’s Daniela Fagét reimagined beach coral as a dramatic floral centerpiece, using orange roses, ‘Pot of Gold Mokara orchids, and persimmon pincushions to create it. From above, garlands of white Dendrobium orchids and Swarovski crystals provide light, while vivid blue linens represent the sea. Coral hues are echoed with table numbers and name cards, and chairs are draped with orchid leis. For favors, Fagét wrapped chocolate-dipped ginger in these rich tones, and added beach and floral elements to each place setting. Bella Signature Design, 206-352-6628;

Plates, stemware, and place settings Pedersen’s Event Rentals (206-749-5400;  Printed matter Ilee Custom Invitations (206-313-8577;  Table linens Wildflower Linens (206-842-8290;


Southern Gothic

Designed by Aria Style


A dramatic palette of velvety reds and deep purples inspired New Orleans native John Gardner and his team at Aria Style to create a distinctly Southern setting. Green plants decorate the entire room while Hypnose roses, smoke bush leaves, artichokes, tulips, miniature calla lilies, amaranthus, and seeded eucalyptus in an antique cut-crystal plum compote take center stage. Formal china (Versace’s “Flower Fantasy” and “Arabesque” by Rosenthal) and silver flatware (“Malmaison” by Christofle) continue the formal feeling. Playing with the notion of Southern belles in the Northwest, Gardner imagined each guest going home with a mercury glass bell. Aria Style, 206-352-5778; 

Red Velvet Cake B&O Espresso (206-322-5028)  China, stemware, and place settings Porcelain Gallery (206-284-5893;


Vintage Modern

Designed by Married with Michelle


Picturing a couple intent on blending modern design with retro style, Married with Michelle’s Michelle Engvall used sunny yellow and black, accented with vibrant crimson and fuchsia, to strike just the right note. Bella Rugosa’s Julie Borrud scattered artful bouquets of farmers market dahlias and other late-summer blooms in antique glass jars around a contemporary candelabra; menu cards and favor tags have a similarly of-the-moment appeal. Honey sticks from Snoqualmie Valley Honey Farm will go home with guests as a reminder of the wedding’s sweet, busy-bee style. Married and More with Michelle, 206-234-2913; 

Flowers and custom napkins Bella Rugosa (206-789-1134;  Printed matter Brown Sugar Design (425-830-3680;  Chairs
Pedersen’s Event Rentals (206-749-5400;  Table linens BBJ Linen (206-575-6080;