A tablescape for a themed seated dinner-dance is the perfect occasion to do something over-the-top! We can put all our energy into designs that are purely fun and indulgent. The most whimsical and creative ideas go beyond the confines of practicality. Nobody actually needs a 1,000-tulip centerpiece (or do they…) but the WOW factor is undeniable.
This Missoni-for-Stark fabric was meant to embody the Cole Porter song “You’re the Top” and convey a 30s-style deco glow.
The base of the centerpiece was a ceramic stool from Mecox Gardens that we had copper-leafed by our florist, Botanica. (They also dyed the tulips to better match the fabric!) The crowning glory of 1,000 tulips weighed no less than 80 pounds. As party favors to our guests, we made CDs featuring Cole Porter and other hits from the 1930s.
We like to think this table landed Elizabeth and Ann in Bill Cunningham’s NY Times article the following Sunday.
Our inaugural Lenox Hill table was in 2010. The theme was “Shall We Dance?” and, as Penelope Green of the NY Times put it, we used a mirrored disk with crystals and flowers to create an upside-down dance floor.
For a party at the Metropolitan Club honoring Mario Buatta, McMillen was asked to do two tables and we gladly accepted!
Inevitably, every good party has to come to an end. But we’re always looking forward to the next one!