There are few other things that trigger emotions like a wedding dress! After all, wedding dresses not only look exquisite, they are also the symbol of a very special once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Bridal stylists Rachel and Cecelia from The Dress Shop in Howell made the most of this factor, when they designed their entry for the Tabletop WOW competition by NACE, Detroit. The table top was an actual wedding dress, on which the rest of the settings were done. Here is a closer look at this distinctive display.
Barcelona Theme TableIsn’t this scene breathtaking! Titled “ A Night in Barcelona,” the entry is a massive celebration of tulle and lace, with a scattering of red rose petals thrown in. The wedding dress as an extravagant centerpiece, eliminates the need for additional decor details.

table cloth dress

Here is a closer look at the table top display. A pretty white sleeveless wedding dress with lace appliques in the illusion neckline drapes over the mannequin. A beautiful lace collar and floral accessories adorn the neckline. Red petals are strewn over the misty dress layers, forming a rich contrast against the white. The China and silverware are set atop this wedding dress.
Wedding Dress Theme Table

The place settings consist of clear glass service plates with a silver bead trim. Soft red sashes wrap around golden chairs to complete the entire arrangement. Few elements have been used in this arrangement. Nevertheless, the overall effect is arresting.

Red dinner napkins, folded to resemble pretty roses, are placed in crystal service plates. These form a striking contrast against the pristine white backdrop of the wedding dress.  Below the wedding dress cover is a glittering gold skirting that enhances the wow factor of the gorgeous white and red colors in the design. This display is a picture of opulence, with its glittering, glamorous and extraordinary details.

Wedding Dress Table - The Dress Shop Howell




The mystical Otzarreta forest located deep in the Basque Country of Spain inspired Bonnie Belvedere,  Sheena Luther and Tracy Round when they designed their tabletop entry for the NACE Tabletop WOW competition, 2016.  The tabletop entry was the recreation of an autumn forest scene, with a moss-lined table and embellishments with lovely details in changing fall colors. Take a look at the pictures of this enchanting entry and you will see how unique it really was!


A true image of Zen, the table has been transformed into a forest scene with its green moss cover and other rustic décor elements. The centerpiece resembles an autumnal forest tree, one which has shed most of its leaves. With wooden rings at the place settings, scattered pine cones and fallen leaves, this setting brings back memories of camping out in the woods.


Here is a closer look at a place setting. How clever is the idea of using a wooden ring in the base of the arrangement! The invitation suite and the dinner plate are embellished with fall prints.  Details like the jagged twig-like napkin ring and the silk napkin add the befitting finishing touches to the arrangement.

Flowers and succulents are arranged in silver and crystal vases. The vivid red and orange fall colors contrast with muted grays, greens and browns in the arrangement. Flickering tea lights illuminate the table setting at various places, while strewn pine cones and leaves make the scene authentic.

Notice how the grays and browns in the flower arrangement subtly mute the bright reds and orange colors. The variety of textures and elements make this an exquisite display that is in-keeping with the theme.

No attention to detail is spared, as you can see here. Leaves in beautiful autumnal colors of yellow, red and green spread over an original moss-lined tree trunk, making it a brilliant accessory.

Rustic ornaments like this nesting bird on an empty branch add further finesse to the spectacular scene.

friendsThis table was designed and created by the ladies here as well as Tracy Round, Country Club of Detroit Catering Director, (not pictured) . Bonnie Belvedere, on the right, is from Primrose Designs Custom Floral Design in St. Clair Shores, MI while Sheena Luther  is the Member Event Coordinator of the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI.


Unique Bridal Shower Favor

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My good friend Margo had one of the most functional and unique bridal shower favors.  They were colanders  filled with some fruit including lemons, limes, raspberries, and strawberries. Everyone can use a mini colander.  From draining a box of mac and cheese to washing fruit and veggies, it is so handy. Margo packaged the fruit […]

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Balloon Designs

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It is amazing what you can do with balloons.  Balloon Artist, Carolynn Hayman with POP! Designs and Creations has some wonderfully creative projects including:

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Wrestling and Lacrosse themed Bar Mitzvah

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Jack’s mother, Stephanie Feldman, is the owner of Cutie Patootie Creations that specializes in Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvah’s. So, there was no doubt that his Bat Mitzvah would be an occasion to remember!  Just as expected, Stephanie planned a beautiful event with the central theme being two of Jack’s favorite sports- Wrestling and Lacrosse! […]

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Class Reunion Ideas

July 16, 2017

Class reunion ideas came to me quickly the moment I walked into the hall at a recent 40th reunion bash.  Mega talented Diane Winton did a fantastic job of designing each table with a combination of photo in frames, scattered photos, trophies, candles and eagles (the mascot.)  At the front of the hall, a burst of […]

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Retirement Party Bucket List

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Celebrate the new retiree with a bucket and  note cards for his or her “bucket list”  All you need is a sign, some blank note cards and a bucket!  Guests can provide their ideas for the bucket list.  It makes for a great conversation starter and fun way to give a great send off and […]

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The Ann Arbor City Club

March 22, 2017

The outcome of any event, whether it is a wedding, rehearsal dinner, holiday party or birthday celebration, greatly depends on the quality of the venue you choose. Having hosted many successful events over the years, the Ann Arbor City Club is a venue that never fails to impress. With breathtaking gardens, splendid architecture and beautiful […]

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Vintage Travel Theme Wedding Table Ideas

January 19, 2017

Journeys around the world would be impossible without vehicles! So, it was a brilliant idea by Kathy Campbell to focus on this indispensable part of traveling “around the world”, when she designed her entry for the 2016 Tabletop WOW competition by NACE, Detroit.  Perfect for a vintage travel theme wedding or party, here are some […]

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Baptism and Communion Centerpieces

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When our very own Christine of Cool Party Favors decided to give favors, you can bet that she did it in a creative way.  She combined her favors and centerpieces by placing a cute rosary inside of cake boxes.  These cake boxes were the foundation of the centerpieces which started with a round base.  The […]

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