Tabletop: Sitting Pretty

Four event stylists show that the perfect Seattle reception is in the details: modern colors, innovative décor, and locally sourced favors, no matter the season


Sugarcomb Event Design









There’s nothing like an afternoon drive through lush farmland with stops at berry stands, antique stores, and ice cream shops. Sugarcomb designer Kelsey Eads took inspiration from that quintessential Northwest day trip when creating this sweetly charming reception look. Mum Floral’s Meghan Stoller adorned the table with one garland of strawberries and one of white tulips, hydrangea, garden roses, and ranunculus. Rich red anemones, tulips, and ranunculus stand in hand-tied bouquets. Gorgeous calligraphy on butcher-paper bags elevates rustic elements to refined sophistication, while fragrant mint accents, local strawberry syrup favors, and decadent layered shortcake with farm-made ice cream keep the overall vibe deliciously fresh.


Aria style


Tables set with nostalgic décor elements,
heirloom wedding portraits, and handed-down
serving pieces from both families give guests
meaningful ways to connect 






The warm sepia tones of heirloom wedding portraits prompted the team of floral and event designers at Aria Style to imagine a couple’s epic journey and their collections of new and old souvenirs and memories. Weathered vintage skeleton keys on velvety ribbon, handed-down silver serving pieces, and antique photographs in stately frames help guests connect family histories, while the harvest-season fruits and soft pink roses of the grand centerpiece feel nostalgic, romantic, and immediately relevant all at once. Keys purchased from antique dealers or online sources for a couple of dollars apiece can also be used as favors or escort cards. Consider collecting ancestral portraits from both families; quality photocopiers can resize and reproduce them for décor purposes or guest gifts. Aria Style, 206-352-5778,


Sweet pea events



An alternative to the vintage trend? Go bold
and otherworldly. Terrarium take-homes,
inventive botanical pairings, and
strikingly graphic accents create
an elegantly modern tableau.






Holly-Kate Foss of Sweet Pea Events challenged herself to add warmth and color to a wintertime event while also presenting a creative alternative to the vintage trend. The edgy palette, inventive mix of soft and sculptural botanicals, otherworldly terrarium favors, and boldly graphic cake by top sweets chef Kaysie Lackey add up to a smashing success. Lilies & Lemon Drops designer Kimberly Neff’s fun and sophisticated treatment of deep orange ranunculus with air-plant accents in place-card holders—presented on textural linens amid a mix of industrial and homey décor elements—adds character and modernity. Florists can usually source tillandsia, those delicate and dramatic air plants, for a very reasonable price. Sweet Pea Events, 206-499-3797,


all the


The new word in event design
is orglamic
an artful array of earthy,
organic naturals with indulgently
glamorous highlights


Floral and event designer Chesney Schmidt worked with modern “ghost” chairs, luxe gold accents, and a talented local artist to create a supernatural setting that is both organic and glamorous—orglamic, she calls it. Seattle-made “garden pops” (easily plantable herb seeds packed in rich soil and nicely wrapped for guests); Celeste Cooning’s dreamy, meticulous cut-paper flourishes; individual lemon meringue cakes; and an elaborate arrangement of candy-colored tulips, opulent roses, just-blooming magnolia branches, and lots of bright, young greenery yield an environment where a nature-loving bride, a bow-tied groom, and their stylish friends and family can luxuriate. All the Flutter, 206-491-3098,