Entertaining

Tickled Pink

A fuchsia phalaenopsis orchid teardrop is magically suspended over the table on a structure designed by Jose Graterol. He also recycled scraps of the table linen to create the flower details on the chair covers and utilized linens from Nüage Designs. “With imagination and a great eye, you can create anything,” Graterol says. Design: Jose Graterol, Jose Graterol Designs, Miami, Fla. Event: Inspirational Pink Wedding Location: The St. Regis Bal Harbour Photographer: Nash Weddings

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White Night

Miniature ivory roses in a pomander design garnish both mirrored golden pedestals of various heights and gold-trimmed, clear glass vases containing pearlescent strands and twinkling white lights. The setting was further romanticized by the inclusion of candles, twinkling lights under frosted glass and silver chargers upon a field of Champagne linens and light, gold leaf-inspired table décor to create a dreamy holiday setting. Design | Norma Fouts, Norma’s Touch LLC, Fort Lauderdale Event | Tabletop holiday display Location | Over the Top

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The Honey Pot Tree

Themed La Dolce Vita, The Royal Dames of Cancer Research invited confectioners to create centerpieces for guest tables at the luncheon. Sweeter Days Bake Shop pastry chefs drew inspiration from Walt Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Honey Pot Tree for Julie Strauch’s table, winning the Best Presentation contest. The tree featured small mason jars with individual desserts on a custom-built stand that featured a chocolate tree trunk laden with layers of cakes, cascading spring flowers and edible hand-painted butterflies.

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Surfside

“When entertaining in the Hamptons and especially outdoors, I'm always inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds me,” says author Annie Falk. “Flowers from the garden are usually my go-to accessory for the table, but here on the beach I love to include objects from nature such as seashells, coral and succulents,” she adds.

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Blending The Old With The New

Deena Bell Llewellyn, president of Bell Landscape Architecture Inc. based in Miami, has been practicing her profession for 25 years. She grew up in a rural area of north Georgia in a family that valued the outdoors. In college, she originally planned to study medicine, but later transferred to the University of Georgia's School of Landscape Design to follow her love of nature. She came to Florida during a spring break and decided it was where she wanted to live. “I fell in love with the Art Deco District, and the design and colors of Miami,” she says.

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