Tabletop: Warm Receptions

We asked four design teams to create rooms filled with gorgeous color, thoughtful décor, and distinctive personal details



Inspired by her collection of vintage candlesticks, Scarlet Blooms designer Allison Hooper went for “elegance and soul” by playing up the revival of gold and brass and the stylish yellow-and-gray color palette. Centerpiece arrangements showcase seasonal tulips and daffodils with garden roses and orchids; silk-ribbon and tissue-paper flowers in inky, smoky shades of blue-gray add textural, dynamic flair. In addition to finding their name affixed to one of the designer’s handmade blossoms, guests will discover fruit tarts on antique pedestals and custom-bottled, locally made wild and organic dandelion elixir to take home. Scarlet Blooms, 206-992-1887;



For a spirited couple with ties to Mexican folk customs, the Adventure School’s party professionals Cori Ready and Aviva Palmer paired reissued Fiesta dishware with locally grown blooms, traditional Latin American sweets, and gifts and décor from a favorite Pike Place Market importer. Woven Mexican blankets pad simple white chairs; in the cool of evening they’ll become wraps for family and friends. Colorful paper flowers and flags, artisan-made carved wood animals, hand-embroidered elements, and tropical, seasonal fruits set the scene for a worldly festivity that can feel imaginative and special as well as casual and relaxed. The Adventure School, 206-354-3752;




Cornelia Veit, the owner of the home décor and tabletop shop Liave, cites texture and balance as the major components of her collaboration with Jenny Klimenkoff from Far 4, also a home décor and tabletop boutique. Classic graphic design, contemporary Japanese glassware, traditional Meissen porcelain, and timeless elements such as Lithuanian linen and wood from Thailand allow for an intermingling of delicacy and earthiness, and tradition and style. “Weddings are not just about the vows but each passing memorable moment; the mood of this table will change with the experiences of the couple and their guests,” says Veit. Liave, 206-364-0748; and Far 4, 206-621-8831;



Consultant Lisa Chambers says she and her team of wedding experts wanted to “create a fresh, modern design to reflect the natural, organic feel of the Northwest.” The birch-wrapped vases filled with preserved pussy willow branches, locally blown glass bowls, and carved-ice table numbers and dessert bowls contrast with vibrant, sweet kumquats and bright green linen and flower accents for what Chambers calls “a unique twist on the typical winter wedding.” After toasting with sugar-rimmed champagne flutes and enjoying organic citrus sorbet, guests will leave with Glassybaby vessels to remind them of the tranquil scene. Chambers and Company, 206-852-5132;