Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving Tabletop Decoration At Its Finest

A Visual Feast, Hosted by DIFFA

Thanksgiving is this Thursday and in perfect timing I was invited to the twelfth annual DIFFA’s Dining By Design Table Hop and Taste Preview Party last Wednesday. The food was fabulous, and I saw so many unique and gorgeous tabletops, I hardly know where to start.

So first, a little about DIFFA. DIFFA stands for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. As one of the country’s largest supporters of care and education for people living with HIV/AIDS and for those at risk, DIFFA support springs from the fields of fine design and the visual arts, such as architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography and consumer product design.

With Jonathan Adler, Ethan Allen and Living Green as just a few of the stylish contributors for this charitable event, there was a multitude of beautiful creative displays that were breathtaking, clever and inspiring. Check out some of my favorites.

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Aldea Home and Lab Experiment built a giant mast that was attached to the table, for an oceanic theme.

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Simple yet elegant clay pottery was embellished with sea-inspired treasures, such as starfish and sterling.

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Ethan Allen went for whimsy with a tropical theme in hot pink and other juicy brights with flamingoes and flowers.

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Hartmann Studios created visual interest with bundles of bright sunflowers and eye-popping black and white linens. I love the glowing orb lights!

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A table bathed in ruby red ambience with red lighting, napkins and flowers was the welcome addition by John Kelliher.

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Living Green was seeing orange in this outstanding display of tangerine tones, with Bird of Paradise erupting from a brilliant giant orange bauble and surrounded by citrine geodes and bright crystals.

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Giant philodendron leaves make the perfect placemat for this lush dining experience.

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Robollo Home shared a creepy yet playful vision derived from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 movie The Birds, which was, incidentally, filmed in San Francisco. Each plate is adorned with a nest and hatched egg. The grisly centerpiece compounds the drama.

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Speaking of drama, a live Tippi Hedren celebrity impersonator at the table added to the fun.

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A red and white Moroccan theme with gold accents by Faiella Design and Andre Rothblatt Architecture is stylish enough for any feast, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.

It was an enchanted evening and for a great cause. That’s something we can all be thankful for.

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