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Spanish Romance - An Inspiration Board

 
Ole!  Ole!  I realize that a few years back I did an inspiration board with Spanish influence, titled “La Boda – the Wedding.”  I am again inspired to create a mood board along those lines, with a more updated look.  Whereas my first board included many traditional Spanish elements, this one has more subtle nods to that grand heritage.  You can incorporate any of these into your celebration, such as a location that has Spanish architecture, or by using lots of lace details and fans or shawls for your female attendants.  Your ladies could also wear their hair in a style that would look great with a few roses tucked in the sides, or perhaps as a bride, you would like to wear a traditional mantilla comb with a veil to complement it.  Damask fabrics and paper goods have been popular for the last few years, and can provide a very stylish and sophisticated look to your event.  Enjoy!!

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I have fallen completely in love with Diffa, and Dining by Design!  BizBash New York recently published a series of articles about this company and their innovative tabletop designs.  I hope you will be as inspired as I am.  Enjoy!!

 

News Archive for Diffa Dining By Design
 
FROM THE EDITORS   04.07.08 5:31 PM
Looking at Diffa’s Trove of Tabletop Design Ideas
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A cardboard and plywood dining room designed by Pratt students

Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Each year when the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS Dining by Design benefit hits New York—recruiting designers to dream up elaborate tabletop looks—we record the myriad inspirational ideas the event offers. This year was no exception, and our style editors were on the prowl last week, spotting new place setting concepts, identifying color trends, and (lucky you) highlighting the event’s 10 most steal-able ideas. You can find an archive of our coverage of the event here.    

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design

THE SCOUT   04.04.08 10:15 AM
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Kravet Inc.’s collection of inspirational items
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Designers at Diffa’s Dining by Design showcase always offers a multitude of concepts to adapt to other events. This year’s most-likely-to-reappear concepts included patterned seat cushions, veggies as centerpiece fodder, and napkin rings made from colored paper swatches. Here’s a list of ideas that made an impression. READ MORE

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Domino, Pratt Institute, Parsons the New School for Design, James Coviello, Michael Tavano, New York Design Center, Architectural Digest, Vicente Wolf, The New York Times

TREND SPOTTED   04.04.08 9:45 AM
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A rich goldenrod-colored linen covered Ralph Lauren Home’s table.
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Perhaps as a nod to spring, many designers at Diffa’s Dining by Design event incorporated yellow accents into their tables this year, with shades of the color popping up as table linens, vases, statuary, and flowers. Here’s a look at an array of the warm settings. READ MORE

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Gourmet, J.C. Penney, Ralph Lauren Home, Michael Tavano

 
TREND SPOTTED   04.03.08 4:25 PM
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Stolichnaya Elit’s illuminated ceiling featured suspended prisms.
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Crystal-studded orbs, vintage-looking fixtures, traditional cut-crystal chandeliers, dangling pendants dressed up with fabrics, and mod prisms embellished lighting at many of the tables at Diffa’s Dining by Design event at Skylight. Here’s a selection of the glittering installations. READ MORE

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Baccarat, Architectural Digest, Stolichnaya Elit

THE SCOUT   04.02.08 4:20 PM
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Kravet Inc. used Lucite-topped books as place settings.
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

Books, picnic baskets, film reels, logs, and fabric encased in plexiglass were among the unusual props and decorative devices that topped tables at Diffa’s Dining by Design event at Skylight. Here’s a look at some of the most striking settings.   —Lisa Cericola & Mark Mavrigian

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Allsteel, Apherea, Fashion Institute of Technology, HOK, Kravet Inc., The New York Times

EVENT REPORT   04.02.08 3:44 PM
Diffa Showcases Big Tabletop Designs in Smaller Venue
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David Stark’s dining environment for Benjamin Moore was made mostly out of paint swatches and paper.
Photo: Francine Daveta for BizBash

This year, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS’s annual Dining by Design fund-raiser moved from its most recent home at the Waterfront to the downtown venue Skylight. The new location had a strong impact on the experience of walking through the showcase, which recruits a slate of designers and sponsors to build imaginative dining environments.

Compared with the Waterfront, with its exposed brick and steel beams (and the benefit’s previous homes at the Hammerstein Ballroom and Roseland) Skylight’s big white box provided a brighter, less distracting background for the designers’ intensely layered creations. And the new site’s smaller size necessitated a tighter collection of tables (cut down from more than 50 to 39) that made for a more focused—and more easily navigable—forum for locating trends and gathering ideas.

“It’s always a challenge to find a venue here, and for us, [Skylight is] a very user-friendly venue, with two load-in points—plus it’s a blank canvas for us; it’s a gallery,” said Diffa’s special events manager, Steven Williams. “It’s a little more exclusive because it’s smaller, and we have more sponsors this year.”

So, speaking of trends and ideas, how did the designers fill the new location? READ MORE

RELATED TOPICS Diffa, Diffa Dining by Design, Architectural Digest, Benjamin Moore, Beringer, Domino, Gourmet, Hewlett-Packard, Kravet Inc., Nautica, New York Design Center, The New York Times, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Stolichnaya Elit, Vivienne Tam

Source:  (http://www.bizbash.com/newyork/archive.php?t=Diffa+Dining+by+Design)

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Viva Las Vegas!! - An Inspiration Board

Ok, it’s time to have some fun!!  Since I am snowed in this weekend in Ohio, with a snowfall expected of 15 inches total, I thought I would put together an inspiration board for a Las Vegas or casino themed affair.  My husband and I are planning to go to Las Vegas next year to renew our wedding vows.  I want an Elvis impersonator to do the ceremony, and he keeps threatening to run off with a showgirl if that happens!!  I will win in the end, though!!  Let the good times roll, and remember, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!”  Enjoy!!

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I found this article on Successful Meetings website: http://www.mimegasite.com/mimegasite/index.jsp

DESTINATION: Ohio’s Sweet Escape
Every March, Malabar Farm State Park in Mansfield, OH, offers a free Maple Syrup Festival. This year, groups can learn the history of Ohio syrup making on March 1-2 and 8-9, from 12-4:00 p.m. daily. A self-guided tour of the sugar camp and sugarhouse reveals the evolution of sugaring equipment and how maple sap is transformed into maple syrup. Visitors will explore the summer bell house, behind the Pugh Log Cabin, which is set up as an authentic pioneer cabin. Guests will also enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides to the sugar camp, provided by the Central Ohio Draft Horse Association. Malabar Farm State Park, which is a short drive from Columbus, Akron, and Cleveland, is the former home of novelist and conservationist Louis Bromfield, whose progressive conservation practices predated today’s sustainability practices. The tour will appeal to history buffs and “slow-food” culinary enthusiasts.

This sounds like a fun event, and one that could inspire you to use the venue for other events. Enjoy!

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Sweet & Sexy - An Inspiration Board

Orange and Blue – opposites on the color wheel, but put them together, and you have a gorgeous palette for a wedding or any other celebration!  This inspiration board has many influences: tropical, caribbean, Asian, touches of sweet whimsy, and sheer sophistication.  Enjoy!

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This story was posted on BizBash New York.  I love the lush displays of orchids!  I am inspired to try something similar for my next event.  We’ll see!!

More Inspiring Orchid Dinner Tabletops
With so many settings to explore, we had to share more unique ideas from the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Dinner. Here are 10 additional tables to check out.
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Photo Gallery                             The Lars Bolander dining table blended larger-than-life mushroom sculptures with white orchids.
                            The Lars Bolander dining table blended larger-than-life mushroom sculptures with white orchids.                                                                        LMD Floral's undulating escort table was the first creation guests saw at the event.
                            Sebastian Li Events' bold pink-and-orange table featured a flamboyant explosion of phalaenopsis blooms.                                                                      Fête's towering waterfall structure included suspended crystal prisms and teardrops, along with a mirrored tabletop.
                            A slumped chandelier (placed as if it fell from the ceiling) intertwined with orchids, moss, and greenery on Carrier and Company's table.                                                                                    Jamie Drake of Drake Design Associates used rows of compact fluorescent lightbulbs (placed within a moss base) to contain orchid stems.
                            A bust of Persephone filled with a plethora of green and white orchid stems made a striking centerpiece at Richard Keith Langham's table.                                                                        One of the quirkier designs was an ordinary floor lamp topped with a cymbidium orchid lampshade, by Stephen Miller Siegel Architects.
                          Timothy Whealon Interiors created a stark tree centerpiece budding with orchids that stood in for leaves. Around its base was a small pool of water with live goldfish.                                                                    The white orchid arrangement by Ovando for the Thom Felicia and Safavieh setting was reminiscent of a winter tree.
LMD Floral’s undulating escort table was the first creation guests saw at the event.
Photo: Gustavo Campos for BizBash
Our story from the dinner is here.   —Lisa Cericola & Mark Mavrigian

Photo and Story Source: (http://www.bizbash.com/newyork/content/editorial/e9869.php)

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Hot for Dots Inspiration Board

Chocolate and Pink have been hot colors for weddings for some time now.  I paired them together in this board with a polka dot motif, and let my imagination run wild!  It’s a classically cute and fun theme.  This design scheme will work well for any event, not just weddings.  You could use this for a birthday, bridal shower, Mother’s Day Luncheon, or a graduation brunch.  Enjoy!!

Update:

I was browsing around on www.etsy.com, and saw these adorable invitations, that go so well with this board and the theme.  The designer is SlyFox Designs.  Check them out!

Retro Pink Wedding

Invitation and Reply

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Retro Pink Wedding Invitation and Reply Card
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Description
This listing is a sample for custom printed wedding invitations. The flat invitation features layered cardstock, custom imprinting, and brown and pink polka dot design paper mounted on a strip of frosty vellum. The invitation measures 5 X 7 inches. Coordinating reply card measures 3 1/2 X 4 1/2 inches.
Link to SlyFoxDesigns:  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9276996

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