Tabletop: Day Into Night
Saturday evening isn’t the only game in town. We stage Axis Pioneer Square for breakfast, lunch, and dinner celebrations. | Photographs by Dennis Wise
Bright & Early Who doesn’t love brunch? Especially after learning that Elvis and Priscilla Presley were married in a morning ceremony in 1967, event specialist Carna Lapping of Very Important Events fell in love with daybreak vows and leisurely, cheery celebrations with crossword-puzzle place cards, a Bloody Mary bar, and all the indulgences of favorite Sunday spots. Aside from the fun décor and details—old-school coffee tins, burlap bean sacs—early events allow couples to “skip a long, drawn-out day of build-up and stress,” Lapping says, pointing out that too much prep time can sometimes complicate matters. After a morning of locally roasted brew and a menu of Lisa Dupar Catering’s minis—bite-size waffles with chicken, tiny cinnamon rolls, silver-dollar wildflower honey cakes—couples can luxuriate with guests and have all day for photographs and honeymoon trailblazing.
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Make Their Day Bouncing off Axis’s former life—the building once housed a globe factory; a wall of vintage specimens nods to that past—Audra Goetz of Lovely Events staged a global celebration timed for the midday meal. “With daytime celebrations, you don’t really have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to design,” Goetz notes. “Just by having a lunch reception you’re doing something novel and fun.” Nonetheless, she and her team created a naturally elegant mood where earthy, imaginative elements—compass favors, botanical garlands, a hand-cut hanging art piece—feel totally fresh. An international trio of preset desserts from Tallant House includes a Norwegian wreath cake, or kransekake, a Queen Victoria torte (similar to the on-trend naked cake), and polvorones, or Mexican wedding cookies.
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Gilded Moonlight How to pull off a black-tie event that isn’t one bit stuffy? Trade black for navy, white for pink, and add plenty of modern and poppy gold accents. This Friday-night table by En Fleur Event Design’s Molly Jackson sets the stage for a pink Champagne toast kickoff to what she calls a “rich and reserved” literary and historical late-night bash. Amid the laser-cut metallic paper pieces that create a table runner, stacks of blue-bound novels reference another previous inhabitant of Axis’s space: Elliott Bay Books. Guests find floating garden roses, a suspended centerpiece, of-the-moment gold-dipped feathers that nod at old-fashioned quill pens atop take-home journals, and a menu that swags down to meet custom cushions created by Jackson to mirror Honey Crumb’s fondant-covered cake.
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