Daffodil Delights

Living in England as a little girl, I am quite partial to the lovely daffodil.  There is just something so bright and cheery about their sunny faces.  One of my favorite poems is about daffodils and always reminds me of my childhood in England and my favorite flower.

I wandered lonely as a cloud
 That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
 A host of golden daffodils; 
Beside the lake, beneath the trees, 
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine 
and twinkle on the Milky Way, 
They stretched in never-ending line 
along the margin of a bay:
 Ten thousand saw I at a glance, 
tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
 Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: 
A poet could not but be gay,
in such a jocund company:
 I gazed – and gazed – but little thought
 what wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
 In vacant or in pensive mood,
 They flash upon that inward eye
 Which is the bliss of solitude;
 And then my heart with pleasure fills,
 And dances with the daffodils.

- William Wordsworth

Here are just a few lovely ideas for incorporating this delightful flower into your next event.

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And with Easter this weekend, I love these ideas for some daffodil centerpieces:

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Runway to Tabletop: Bold Patterns and Shimmer

A few more event design ideas inspired by this year’s fashion trends.

From the Diane von Furstenburg runway

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To your cocktail party tabletop

From the Marc Jacobs runway

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To your Summer supper party

From the Oscar’s Red Carpet:

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To your next gala

All equipment provided by DC Rental.  Accents provided by Elizabeth Duncan.

Runway to Tabletop: Bright and Bold

Inspired by this year’s fashion trends, here are a few fabulous event design ideas incorporating bright and bold colors

From the Yves Saint Laurent runway

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To your wedding reception

From the Prabal Garung runway

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To your next dinner party

From the Viktor & Rolf runway

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To a sophisticated, modern reception

All equipment provided by DC Rental.  Accents provided by Elizabeth Duncan.

Runway to Tabletop: 60s Elegance

Some of this year’s runway trends included bright colors, lace, retro looks from the 40s, 60s and 70s, bold ethnic patterns, shimmer and ethereal white with origami details.

I’m excited to post some photos from an amazing afternoon I spent at DC Rental with my good friend and industry colleague, Liz, designing tabletop ideas inspired by some of this year’s fashion trends.

First up, two beautiful looks that I think would be perfect for a Spring or Summer luncheon, perhaps to honor the bride and her bridesmaids or to celebrate the fahsionista in your life.

From the Oscar de la Renta runway:

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To your luncheon tabletop:

From the Oscar de la Renta runway:

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To a sunny, Spring luncheon:

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I Heart Tim Walker

I am smitten with Tim Walker.  I have seen his work for years here and there in fashion magazines and on the blogosphere and admired it, but only recently learned the identity behind the creations, Tim Walker.  The whimsy and exquisite drama of his photos provide constant inspiration for my work!

Here are a selection of some of my favorites:

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An idea for all those old bridesmaid dresses!

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I love the juxtaposition of the outdoor camping equipment and colors with this old manor house style library.  Would love to do this at an event.

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Tim manages to make balloons chic!

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Tim did a high fashion series based on traditional fairy tales and children’s stories that is both chic and charming!

Thumbelina via viruteorvanity

Rapunzel via virtue or vanity

Princess and the Pea via virtueorvanity

Nutcracker via virtueorvanity

Fit for a Queen

I can’t help but join in on the excitement about Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton.  I have vivid memories of waking up early to watch the wedding of Prince Charles to Diana Spencer.  This royal wedding is sure to have the same media and public frenzy.  For me, both stories are proof that a girl really can dream of becoming a princess!

There has already been a tremendous amount of speculation on the wedding, but the question I have been thinking about most these days is, “How will Kate manage to be the bride she wants to be amidst the royal and public pressure of the bride she should be?”

One of the first decisions a bride makes about how she will outwardly express her own personality and style on her wedding day is in the selection of her wedding gown.  Every bride can relate to the struggle of what to wear on your wedding day.  It is a day when you want to look and feel your most fabulous!

Weddings within the House of Windsor span the decades.   Long trains are a must for those dramatic walks down the aisle.  Sleeves and a modest neckline will be necessary too.  Oh, and don’t forget the tiara!

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I don’t envy the designer challenged with creating a gown that transforms Kate Middleton into Princess Catherine, future Queen of England, with all the world, and more importantly, The Queen of England, looking over their shoulder.   For Kate’s sake, I hope  that she can work with a designer who can combine decorum with drama and youthful whimsy with timelessness to design a gown that very much encompasses Kate the bride.  Not an easy task!

Will one of these British designers carry the fashion flag for the future of the British monarchy?

Credits: Marchesa, Vivienne Westwood via SF Examiner, John Galliano for Dior via StyleHive, Bruce Oldfield via Wedding Inspirasi, Sassi Holford via Youandyourwedding, Issa via Shopstyle