One of our favorite spring traditions is designing a table for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala. This year, Elizabeth wanted to create a romantic setting for guests that would transport them from the cavernous Cipriani into a garden on a warm spring night. Making her ideas a reality began with a sketch:
Elizabeth gave the drawing to her trusted friends and florists, Les Newman and Bob Mihalik of Botanica, knowing they could recreate her vision. The “foliage”, in reality plastic “cherry tree sprigs”, was affixed to a real wisteria branch “trunk”, and was carefully bent and adjusted into the shape of a canopy. The “trunk” was left spare to encourage easy conversation between guests.
Elizabeth chose a cheerful tulip fabric from Quadrille for the tablecloth and chair slipcovers, in keeping with the table name “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah”. She hung lit paper lanterns amongst the branches, and placed antique mercury votive candles at the base of the tree for intimacy and warmth.
Elizabeth borrowed chargers from Scully & Scully and embellished the napkins with the Quadrille fabric. As a final touch, she commissioned her talented friend Kate Pickett of Pickett’s Press to design customized McMillen notepads for every guest.
Photos 1-4 © Tristan Offit, photo 5 © Elizabeth Pyne, photo 6 courtesy of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.