Tabletop: Playfully Sophisticated

Three event consultants use uncommon décor details to coax atmosphere and style


Bow tie & bustle designer Jenn Elliott Blake frequently draws from Scout Vintage Rental Co, her collection of one-of-a-kind props, when she’s working with clients to make a scene. For this one, she imagined a fun-and-games couple who take food, community, and simple pleasures very seriously. Guests will recall the individual artisan-made cherry-almond pies, industrial-chic lighting, bright backyard blooms, and overall upscale-picnic ambience whenever they crack open the classic deck of playing cards that served as a favor and marked their place at this festive and cheery table. Bow Tie & Bustle Event Design and Styling, 206-915-5147,

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Paper goods Ephemera Press (425-301-3203,
Table linen, custom lighting, flowers Cashmere Floral Design (253-709-9509,
Dessert A la Mode Pies (206-383-3796,
Napkins Skillet Street Food (206-512-2007,
Serving pieces, vintage silverware, glassware, chairs, wood pedestals, picnic baskets, vintage game elements Scout Vintage Rental Co (206-915-5147,
Favors Widely available at drugstores and toy shops