Tantalizing Tables 2013 (copy)

Phoenix NACE Tantalizing Tables at Firesky 08/20/13

Photography by Erica Velasco Photographers

JoAnn Grant- Apropos Creations:


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The trend that inspired me was Matthew McConaughey’s “glamping” wedding.  “Glamping” is a combination of two words, glamour and camping and since the event was indoors, we brought the outside, inside.  For the camping part, we emulated the tents with pipe and drape curtains crossed with bistro lighting with some asparagus ferns trimmings to add the natural effect of the campground.  If you happened to look up to the ceiling, you would have seen that there were gobo stars.  For the glamour, we incorporated gold and crystal with the china, flatware, crystal chiavari chairs, and the glassware.  The menu cards followed suit with both glam and camp, it had the woodsy texture but with golden glitters.  The centerpieces though simple, were clean and refreshing.  The Production Pros, Event Rents and Celebration in Paper all helped bring the Apropos Creations vision together.

Samantha Fitzgerald- Encore Creative

Inspiration: Jewel Tones


The inspiration was driven by the rich colors and pops of bright floral elements. The whimsical beauty and elegance of these particular colors spun us in the direction of incorporating enchanting medieval designs. The trend of bold “jeweled” colors in the stunning floral centerpieces and the trend of personalization was shown in burlap moneybags filled with chocolate golden nuggets for each guest. Unique headpieces that could be used as crowns for the bride and groom hung from the chairs.  The chance to step out of the box with the décor, really gave a sense of wealth to the final product. By using velvety, burgundy drape as the backdrop, larger than life candelabras enhanced with feathers, butterflies, and wax vessels, a long luxurious table dressed with layers of lovely linens and overflowing with a table-scape of gorgeous blooms accented with warm candlelight, it all came together with a royal touch. The luxury of the design was continued with fur throws on a few of the chairs. 
Gold woven into the design gave a metallic accent. Encore really enjoyed being a part of such a wonderful event with other incredible designers.

Regina Osgood, Meant2Be Events

Hipster Inspiration

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The latest and strongest trend right now in fashion and lifestyle is the hipster movement. This subculture was created out of the rebellion against the traditional ideas of pretty, a love of underground Indie music, social awareness and retro fashion trends.  The funny thing is now you see it EVERYWHERE! What was once a rebellion is now mainstream. This Hipster Chic table was inspired by this super fabulous ultra-hot trend! With Descanso hard wood tables and square plates from Classic Party Rentals setting the scene, retro chairs with ivory and navy piping were brought in from our favorite local breakfast diner. The table itself was randomly covered in vintage records in shades of blues, pinks and lime greens. Recycled bottles were painted white then filled with farmer’s market fresh dahlias, billy balls and ranunculus by Lux Florist. Guests knew exactly what they would be enjoying for the evening from custom wooden menus tucked into blue napkins, each with a clever mustache motif from Be In Love Designs. Dim vintage light bulbs hung from piping above would keep the party popping all night! It was a perfect table for a progressive hipster!

Ginia Lucas and Kat Lucas- Y-Knot Party & Rentals

Gatsby Inspired

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The Great Gatsby is one of the most popular movies of the year, and with cinema, so follows the trends! We tied in traditional 1920’s themed items with an updated Glamorous look by using sleek black Lamour linens and white satin napkins folded into a cummerbund fold. On the men’s napkins, we used a small bow tie while the ladies were wrapped with a rhinestone band complete with feathers to look like a Chanel handbag, or a flapper headband. Glossy Silver Chiviari’s were strung with ropes of Chanel inspired pearls and a white ostrich plume. 
Double chargers; silver and Crystal gold and silver beaded chargers topped with gold rimmed China and gold flatware were enhanced with Gold glitter menus and silver glitter place cards with art deco designs.

The menu itself was inspired by foods that were popular, available or unique in the 1920’s. It included Oysters Rockefeller, Pigs in a blanket, Creamed Spinach, Duck Confit Hash, Macaroni AuGratin and Lemon Cakes

Clustered centerpieces are another trend. Baroque silver candlesticks dripping with crystals held silk floral balls. An oversized wine glass filled with oversized ‘diamonds’ had a chandelier hanging from it. And a slim glass trumpet vase dripping with silk phaelenopsis orchids held a real clarinet to highlight ‘the Age of Jazz’.  Feathers in a short vase and ‘Diamonds’ and ‘Pearls’ scattered on the table added to the opulence. 

Except for the stationery and the silver glittered party favor boxes which literally champagne-bubbled over with pearls, everything on the table was Rentable from Y-Knot Party & Rentals! Making the Glitzy and Glamorous Gatsby look affordable for anyone!

Jessica Angel Artistic Surroundings/Firesky Table: table designed by William Pailley from Artistic Surroundings

Fire and Ice:

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This 60” Square table featured the new Petal linen in White bey Wildflower Linens. It also featured the Lily Belle Chameleon chair sleeve in White. The Tabletop is accented with a 60” Mirror tile.

Down the center of the table rectangular wax vessels held white hydrangeas, while the silver glass trumpet vases drew the eye up to more hydrangeas coupled with beautiful phalaenopsis orchids.

Completing the centerpiece are dozens of Bling Lamps, votives and orbs that add sparkle and whimsy to the design. The over the top look continued with the varying sizes of large faceted crystals.

The place settings for the table featured beaded chargers, mercury glass plates, Riedel crystal glassware, satin napkins, and finally, a Princess inspired diamond and sapphire napkin ring.

Surrounding the table were mirrored columns featuring even more orchids, and a mirror and crystal medallion that enhanced the theme of fire and ice. 

Cicely Rocha-Miller, Life Design Event Planning:

Addicted to Love

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Love is all around us and is consequently the reason why we have the honor of designing, planning and executing events, especially weddings. The core of these celebrations is L-O-V-E. This imagery isn't a trend, but rather an affirmation that all marriages can be created equal. It's about serving the needs of same sex couples and developing an experience that welcomes any couple to enjoy the planning process of their big day with having a planner who is inclusive, thoughtful, engaging, open, supportive and excited. It’s about being able to serve all communities better. As these modern union traditions are developed, gay and lesbian couples look to those in the event industry to lead the way and introduce them to the pleasures of planning a wedding. While the overall design was based on the look of the Robert Palmer video, "Addicted to Love", the table is a seamless flow of both masculine and feminine characteristics neither of which is stronger or less impacting than the other. With classic colors of red, black and white it gives a sense of tradition; but has an edge brought out with ornate golds and textured linens. The centerpiece particularly is a story of its own, symbolizing the fact that out of every 10 youth, 1 identifies as an LGBTQ person. For every 10 deep red roses a white calla lily is represented and embraced. The bottom line and point of this design is that LOVE is growing, and the gay and lesbian community brings the wedding industry billions of dollars in revenue. For so many reasons it makes sense but at the very least the opportunity for growth is just good for business.


The Addicted to Love table was designed with the help of BBJ Linen (chargers, linens, chair covers, napkins, napkin rings), Classic Party Rentals (chairs, flatware, stemware, plates), Ali-Ink Designs (all paper products), Lux Wedding Florist (all floral) and FireSky Resort and Spa (venue and table).

Jennifer Starr, J.Starr Stylized Weddings:

Bohemian Glam

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“Bohemian Glam” is an oxymoronic term that began in the fashion world.  Jennifer Starr, owner of J.Starr Stylized Weddings, wanted to bring this trend to the Wedding World!  She felt a personal connection to this idea, as she feels that it’s the best interpretation of herself and her business brand.

“Bohemian Glam” is the idea of pairing a relaxed, free flowing romantic atmosphere with a touch of sparkle and sophistication.  The most important element of this table design was the stunning Blush Glitz Linen and Moss Wave napkins by Southwick Linens that flowed across the Descanso Wood Table.

The table was also adorned with the help of Classic Party Rentals with Imperial Gold dinner and salad plates, Operetta Champagne Flutes and Water Goblets, and Gold King Arthur Flatware.   A Piece of Cake Desserts designed “Bohemian Cupcakes” with mini tee pees and soft gold feathers for favors. The table was personalized with lovely Golden Peacock Feathers, Matted to Gold Foil and Textured Wood grain Menus and Place Cards from The Event Essentials. Chiavari Fruitwood Chairs with Chocolate Bengaline Linen Chair Cushions had every other chair woven with Blush Shantung Chair Ties. To tie the entire table-scape together, the table was set below a canopy constructed of burgundy and gold swirl fabric by Justin Starr.

The talented Renata Hodl, J.Starr’s Floral Designer assembled the centerpiece.  She used a combination of green, ivory, white, coral and teal Roses, Lisianthus, White Stock, and Queen Ann’s Lace to create a whimsical and romantic feeling to the table.

 Jennifer Starr became part of the design and simply had to join in the fun and embrace the “Bohemian Glam” look for herself with Professional Hair & Make Up by, Linda Valenzula.

Jessica Barry- J Barry Designs -

Spunky and Funky:-)

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Why not pick a trend for your wedding or event that screams your personality? Customize the space so people know it is undeniably yours. The J Barry Designs team is all about comfort, positive energy, and lots of funky spunky personality, which they incorporated into their table. Starting with a dark wood table and high back white leather tufted sofas for seating, they went straight funky with beautiful yellow and white chevron chargers, teal Lamour napkins, custom shimmer menu cards, and mini Bombay Sapphire bottles. For the centerpiece she wanted to create something that allowed people to see across the table but still have a tall WOW factor. The foundation of the centerpiece was a teal Lamour runner and a combination of white and yellow flowers. Some of those flowers were just loose on the table and others were displayed in round poms. Tall empty vases were the legs of the centerpieces and were topped with tons of white and yellow flowers and custom lanterns. J Barry Designs loves her NACE family so she added photos from NACE events to the lit white lanterns. It helped with making guests feel included and created a fun reason to talk about the table.   Final Result - Hip, trendy, funky, and spunky!!

David Twigger- The Venue Scottsdale:

 The Man Table


Our table was inspired by the need or thought of something different than just a table.  It was more; it was an experience.  A man’s table, sports inspired, but function intended.  Each oversized black leather seat had a cigar holder; an issue of Sports Illustrated and bean dip can beer cozies.  The “table” was actually 4 oversized ice chests, with the 2 ends stocked with beverages and the 2 center coolers covered with the manliest options of food.  A custom sports themed humidor and a well-stocked brandy and scotch area finished off the area.

Favors were provided by Fumar Cigars – They were individually boxed cigars that were football shaped in a customized box

Care Schmidt- Sterling Event Design:

Colors and Reflections


The Colors and Reflections table was designed less for trend purposes and more based on customization. Daring to be different, this modern, colorful style crossed many trends.  To play with light and reflection; a beveled mirror top was a must and had to be accented with over-head spotlighting. Care’s vision was to have light and color all over the table without having to fill it with flowers, the floral in here is all pretty basic but pops from every mirror angle it catches.  True personalization was created with hand painted place card/post cards with a hand written thank you note from the couple including a note to pin the flowers in their hair or lapel. This would not only be a conversation piece, but also add lots of color to the room and be interactive for each guest.

Amanda Johnson- Butterfly Petals:

 Rustic Glam

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 “Rustic Glam,” is an awesome emerging trend, which blends the rustic elements we’ve seen in weddings for the last few years and the more elegant, classic wedding elements from days gone by. You see this look a lot on Pinterest with long wooden king's tables, rustic floral and bright glitzy chandeliers hanging overhead or the addition of elegant candelabras. The beauty of this feel is its adaptability. A couple can adapt the level of glitz or rustic-ness depending on the personality of their event. The round wood Descanso table and fruitwood chairs were the base with the added glitz and glam of gold trimmed china and chargers and gold silverware, all from Classic Party Rentals. Further glam elements included the spangle-y gold chevron runner from La Tavola linen and the very polished bengaline napkin. Definitely Debra provided gorgeous menus and place cards with classic calligraphy and elegant surnames. Glittery touches of gold throughout the table included gold gilded succulents, sparkling candles and gold cocktail sugar on glamorous martini glasses from Classic. But a table wouldn’t be a Butterfly Petals table without something rustic sneaking in! The vases were wood trimmed and filled with gorgeous, classic wedding florals such as roses and hydrangea. However Amanda popped in the unexpected edition of gold gilded succulents and deer antlers. A sort of tongue-in-cheek addition were the little gold place card “people” with woodland animal heads. Dressed to the nines but still bringing that woodsy feel to the table. The backdrop featured portraits of an imaginary anthropomorphic couple and another set of antlers dressed up with tiny gold chandeliers.

Katie Easley, LUX Florist-

The Pinterest Table


From Pin-spiration to Inspiration. We all know that Pinterest is the “go to” for inspiration and the perfect place for a bride to find her dream wedding. We at LUX created this table with a series of ALL things that have inspired us from our fabulous brides. Rustic elegance with a modern, chic twist was the design concept behind our sweetheart table.  Custom, vintage his and her chairs, available for rent through LUX Florist, were the perfect accessory to Classic Party Rentals ‘Descanso’ table. Mason jars adorned with burlap and lace featured baby’s breath, sprayed metallic gold wax flowers, stock blossoms, dahlias and garden teacup roses. Mercury glass vessels featured floating candles and overflowing floral-scapes of fresh, peach and ivory blooms. A large birdcage for guests well wishes and a manzanita branch escort display brought the nature indoors.  A custom lace overlay was the focal point for the table and featured pearl pin-up gathers at the front of the table to mimic the gather points and styling of a modern bridal gown. The bridal vignette was complete with the placement of a tarnished urn and over the top, garden floral display set atop a vintage coffee table.

As you can see from above it was a dazzling event filled with lots of great and inspiring ideas for creating a "Tantalizing Table!"

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