• 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).




—1.5 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
—1.5 oz. Baileys Salted Caramel
—2 oz. half and half

Combine ingredients in a Belgian beer glass garnished with soft caramel along the rim, chocolate sauce and a chocolate branch. Looks fancy schmancy and tastes deee-licious!

Courtesy of Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho


This past October, the world lost a business and philanthropic giant with the passing of Paul Allen. Here in the Northwest, his absence will be deeply felt. Among his many achievements, Allen co-founded Microsoft; founded Vulcan Inc., Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Allen Institute for Brain Sciences, and Allen Institute for Cell Science; and was owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers. There doesn’t seem to be an industry that he hasn’t touched, expanded and improved, including the meetings and events industry, particularly in the Seattle area.