Each year, 60 of the area’s most innovative designers showcase their talent for creating visual beauty through the table. The event opens with an evening cocktail reception by candlelight where more than 1,000 guests view the tables. It culminates the following day with a luncheon featuring a guest speaker, book signing, and a unique opportunity for 500 guests to sit right down and dine at some of the designers’ creations. This year’s speaker was SMU alum Laurie Hickson Smith, host of the hit television show “Trading Spaces” and author of Discovering Home—Find Your Personal Style. Beneficiaries of the 2008 Tablescapes event include the Dallas County Medical Society’s Project Access Dallas, Holmes Street, Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation’s Leadership Academy Endowment, Mercy Street’s Vision Kids, Nexus Recovery Center, Inc., Reconciliation Outreach Ministries, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, and Senior Source: Elder Support Program.
Inspiration to set the perfect table was once again the drive for the annual Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes event at the Dallas Country Club. Proceeds from the event, presented by Central Market, benefit various local charities. More than $2 million has been raised since the inception of Tablescapes in 1995.
Central Market continued its presenting sponsorship this year. Senior vice president Stephen Butt attended the preview and commented, “Wow! The talent among these designers is truly impressive. We’re thrilled to be a part of Kappa Tablescapes. Each year it’s a great time for guests and helps support many important services in our community.”
Central Market’s table was themed “Orchid in the Vineyard.” Dallas Central Market floral designer Shelley Bryant incorporated seven types of orchids into the table including Oncidiums, Vanda, Mokara, Cymbidium, Phalenopsis, and Dendro Orchids all accented with Velvet Black Magic Roses and set against linens in the shades of a California sunset. Dark burgundy Sherry Baby orchids gave off the faintest scent of vanilla and chocolate. “I worked with our wine manager,” Bryant says. “She helped me pick some of our most beloved wines. I used the colors and art in their labels for inspirations.”
The recycled glass plates at each setting showcased cymbidium blooms framed by horsetail bamboo. Wood wine crates and colorful grapes from the Central Market produce department added an outdoorsy, rustic feel. “The orchids are showcased for their elegance, durability, and fragrance,” Bryant says. “They provide endless possibilities for your table.”
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