Monday, May 21, 2012

Spring Fever Dinner Table at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala

Our tablescape at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Gala at Cipriani.
One of my favorite design events is the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala benefit.  In recent years, the evening of dinner and dancing has been hosted at Cipriani on 42nd Street, which was formerly a bank and has spectacular architecture.  Each year, about fifty designers are invited to design tablescapes for the guests, and this year the tables were centered around the "Spring Fever" theme.    

For months, I had been eyeing this gorgeous hand blocked umbrella from the Indian Garden Company in London.  The name of the umbrella is "Show Stopper" and it was the perfect Spring piece to center my tablescape around, and create an intimate environment for the dinner guests.  Next, the umbrella needed some light so I found these paper lanterns and installed battery operated flicker candles inside.

Whether you are designing a room or a dining table, lighting at multiple levels is important.  The cylinder hurricane lamps are filled with sand in order to elevate the pillar candles inside, which add a medium level of light.  Votive candles on the tabletop provide the final layer of lighting.

To balance the large hand blocked floral pattern on the umbrella, the tablecloth needed to be of smaller scale and geometric pattern, so this tablecloth print from Duralee was the perfect solution.  Faux banana leaf place mats add to the tropical vibe, along with raffia napkin rings - an easy DIY project!

A special thank you to Christopher Spitzmiller, Lenox Hill design chair, for inviting me to decorate a table and to my assistant, Poppy Hall, for all of her work on this project.  It is an honor to participate in this fantastic event and to be in the company of such talented designers!

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