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  • A Nature-Inspired Tablescape

    POSTED April 15, 2014


"IT’S NOT WHAT YOU LOOK AT THAT matters," said Henry David Thoreau, "it’s what you see." For the truly creative, what you see in the everyday can be an inspiration for the extraordinary. Case in point: this gorgeous tablescape by Jacky Grotle of Event Success and Heather Hope of Creative Coverings. Hope recalls that when she met with Grotle, the event planner told her the idea for her vision came from an ingredient found in fruit bowls everywhere: the cantaloupe.

"The orange of the fruit, the green edges of the rind; the inspiration was very organic," she says. "That was the jumping-off point. Taking something from nature and transferring that idea without being too literal." 

 Texture was key to creating Grotle’s vision. As a base, the two paired a peach-hued table linen with spiral metallic stitching on a sheer overlay with chair caps adorned with champagne-colored rosette sashes. Table settings featured matte taupe dinnerware layered with glass and complemented by flatware with raised designs. Atop each plate was a menu, place card and a small bottle of olive oil. "Even the use of the olive oil was incorporating texture," Hope says. "It kept it organic and smelled fabulous."

The floral pieces were designed by Julie Borrud of Bella Rugosa. Borrud carried through the theme with green-tinged hydrangeas, orange roses and green amaryllis to mirror the colors of the fruit and rind, while burlap elements reflected the earthy hue of the cantaloupe stem. She even incorporated kumquats and kiwis, cutting some of the kiwis open to reveal the fleshy green fruit and dark seeds. "She went above and beyond," Hope says. "I remember thinking how rich it was, how lush."

The tablescape was created for a design show and showcased the talents of numerous Northwest creative companies, including Event Success (creative design), Creative Coverings (linens), AA Party Rentals (china, crystal, tables and chairs), Bella Rugosa (florals), Merchant’s (place cards, menus), Midori Ribbon (hanging ribbon), Lisa Dupar Catering (catering) and DeLille Cellars (wine and venue).




The Northwest is home to a number of intriguing international districts in which to host your next meeting or event. From a museum in Seattle to a traditional Vietnamese restaurant in Portland and a high-energy nightclub in Vancouver, here are six spots you should definitely check out. 


Wing Luke Museum


As I write this, I am sitting in the Hilton Anchorage getting ready to head out for a day of tours and adventures with a group of about 30 event planners. About two weeks ago, I was in Vancouver, BC with a group of three other editors/writers doing the same thing in that city. Yeah. I know. I have a pretty fabulous job. And so, I wanted to give a shout out to the CVBs who plan these trips and help me get better acquainted to everything our region has to offer so that I can, in turn, introduce you to new places and things to do when you’re planning a meeting or event.


The Convention Industry Council’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) have awarded its Level 4 certification—the highest possible accreditation—to the Vancouver Convention Centre. Venues that demonstrate high standards for environmentally sustainable meetings, trade shows and conferences are awarded Level 4 certification. Vancouver Convention Centre’s commitment to environmental sustainability helped it become the first facility in Canada to receive this level of certification.