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Runway to tabletop ~ Red Carpet Reds‏

Last Sunday the Golden Globes kicked off the red carpet season.  I always look forward to critiquing the red carpet dress parades, and this year’s award nominees didn’t disappoint!  My pick for best-dressed of the evening was actress Lupita Nyong’o wearing a modern minimalist red gown by Ralph Lauren.  While some stylists discourage their clients from wearing red for fear of clashing with the carpet, I completely disagree!  I think Lupita, Emma Watson, Amy Adams, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus all looked striking.  Most crimson dresses can actually complement a red carpet, unless they are long sleeved.

 women wearing red at the 2014 Golden Globes

An all red event can come off feeling a bit boudoir.  Try mixing ruby red with dark burgundy, similar to what Amy Adams is wearing.  The different shades will create depth and richness for your party decor.  For a recent event, we mixed these rich red ruched Chameleon Chairs with burgundy and coral hues.  Having the linens a touch lighter or a shade darker than the seating allows the chairs to shine.

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After all, these chairs were made to steal the show!

xo Ally
The Pinterest Princess

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Runway to Tabletop ~ 70s chic‏

What goes around comes around, especially when it comes to fashion.  While clothing styles are constantly revolving, 70s chic is having a resurgence.  The new movie American Hustle showed off the disco era at its finest. The film was a feast of fabulous fashion!  I was completely entranced by Amy Adams wardrobe of sequins, fur, and specifically all the glistening gold details.

 American Hustle fashion | clothing styles of the 70s

 

For a past event, we created our own flashy and brassy display starting with golden lamé backdrop and shimmering textured linens.  Satin chair treatments added to the extravagance of the event.  Our textured white linens reminded me of the pleated maxi dresses that were so popular during the days of disco.

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To achieve your own 70s themed event, be brash, be bold, and over-the-top.  It will make your event just as decadent as the 70s were.

xo Ally
The Pinterest Princess

Runway to Tabletop ~ Gold and Glamorous

The brand famously known for their bold use of gold, from the detailing of their clothing to their famous Medusa logo is of course, Versace. For the Spring 2012 RTW collection, Donatella created a white-hot show with a glowing catwalk and an abundance of gold embellishments. Versace’s line inspires us with their flash and rock-n-roll flavor.

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Even though Christmas is traditionally red and green, we wanted to take it into a fresh, frosted direction.  After all, everyone loves a white Christmas!  For a recent event, we took the white and gold influence from the Versace show and gave it a seasonal spin.  We recreated the show’s luminescent glow with golden-threaded organza linens and added festive metallic ornaments to shower the tops of the tables.

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Classic Christmas decor doesn’t have to be limited to the usual poinsettia palette — have fun using whites and metallics to create a sparkling and elegant look.

xo Ally
The Pinterest Princess

Runway to Tabletop ~ The wild wild west‏

There is not a fashion house more famous or influential than Chanel. So when they decided to show their 2013/14 Métiers d’Art show in Dallas, I couldn’t wait to see what Karl Lagerfeld had up his puffy sleeve. The event was held this past Tuesday and although I couldn’t get into the show (I certainly tried) here are a couple sneak peak pictures.*

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Since this fashion extravaganza was held in Texas, you knew there was going to be a cowboy theme. Residing in Oklahoma often means that we find ourselves using a western motif. For a recent cowboy themed Christmas event, we used bandanas as napkins and a corral as a photo backdrop. Traditional red and green linens were paired with white flowers and the occasional sparkle of glitter adorned each tablescape.  Touches of burlap and leather added a touch of authenticity, while twinkle lights lit up the stage like the western sky.

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As event planners we are trying to move towards more fashion forward events with less of an obvious theme party feel.  Keep your event chic with subtle touches of fun western flair.  We know Coco would approve!

xo Ally
The Pinterest Princess

Runway to Tabletop ~ Feel like royalty‏

Dolce and Gabbana fall 2013  

Every woman wants to be a queen.  Who doesn’t dream of wearing a diamond crown upon her head or royal jewels around her neck?  Dolce and Gabbana made this dream a reality with their aristocratic themed Fall 2013 runway show.  They channeled royalty of the past by mixing thick golden crowns with jewel encrusted gowns and paired them with ancient mosaic patterns.  Viewers were left with a dark and romantic sense of ancient monarchy.

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Recently, we had quite the royal event.  A velvet throne was placed in front of golden curtains and a glittering purple backdrop while white crowns with flowers* and gold chargers adorned gorgeous aubergine linens.  These vibrant touches combined with classic elements made an event fit for a queen!  Make certain to add some regal touches to any event you host, whether it be a wedding or company party.  Your guests will come away feeling like royalty.

xo Ally
The Pinterest Princess

*Flowers from Hydrangea Floral Design Studio

Runway to Tabletop ~ Winter White‏

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There’s nothing like the look of all white. It’s crisp, clean, and classic without seeming stuffy. Even though summer is long gone, it doesn’t mean you should put your summer whites away just yet. Dare to wear a white trench, like this Burberry one, when the temperatures dip down. Bring out those white jeans and pair them with a thick cream sweater. A touch of white fur, as shown on the J. Mendal runway, will make any outfit appear more luxurious. You can also take your white ensemble up a notch by pairing it with a fun red bag as shown by actress and model Tiffany Hsu and designer Victoria Beckham.

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Elegance knows no season. When it comes to entertaining, white doesn’t have to symbolize summer. Bring this sleek look to your event by using different shades of whites, creams, and ivories. A bold color, like crimson or ruby, when used as an accent will lessen the starkness of an all white tablescape. Change up your holiday this year by having a fun and fabulous winter white party! This elegant display will be remembered by all your guests and proves that simplistic design doesn’t have to be boring.

xo Ally
The Pinterest Princess

Runway to Tabletop ~ Black and white with a twist

 “Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” – Coco Chanel

There is nothing more classic in fashion than a black and white palette. Fashion relies heavily on this ying and yang of colors. Just like the quote stated above, designers have always fallen back on this elegant combination. Recently, designer Ronny Kobo of Torn by Ronny Kobo came to my attention for her use of strong, colorful patterns. Her latest collection took a cue from Coco and featured graphic black and white prints. To make her designs stand out even more, she added some hot pink to the mix.

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We decided to have some fun with this classic theme as well.  During a recent event, we used colorful florals to bring our printed black and white linens to life.  Orange tones from the flowers combined with the heaviness of the velvet chairs also brought an element of fall to the event.  The fun and festive swirl patterns on the linens perfectly balanced the formality of velour seating.

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It just shows that sometimes taking a classic and pairing it with the unexpected is the best result of all!
 
xo Ally
The Pinterest Princess