NYBG Orchid Dinner Tables

While perhaps challenging in its specificity, the Key West Modernism theme at the NYBG Orchid Dinner couldn’t have been more welcome in a city that has lately felt more like Siberia than Gotham. A great crowd assembled to celebrate the table designers’ creativity, perhaps purchase one of the coveted rare specimens for sale before dinner

rare orchids at the NYBG Orchid Dinner Specialty orchids for sale at the NYBG Orchid Dinnerand of course to support the New York Botanical Garden. In choosing the participating designers, Veranda Magazine brought together a group whose concepts of warm weather entertaining each expressed a separate and distinct vision.

Thomas Burak and Michael Devine NYBG Orchid Dinner table

Thomas Burak and Michael Devine (whose new entertaining book I recently reviewed) looking dapper below, created a whimsical confection of tropical hues, above.

Thomas Burak and Michael Devine at the NYBG Orchid DinnerUsing colorful pinwheel slices of Michael’s Venice fabric, the combination of the violet orchids with color coordinated feathers was fabulous.

NYBG Orchid Dinner

Thomas Burak and Michael Devine NYBG Orchid Dinner

Even without the final finishing touches of glasses and silverware, the casual chic table by David Scott Interiors and Mark Rose Events looked like a Florida ray of sunshine.

David Scott NYBG Orchid Dinner

With a giant umbrella from Walter’s Wicker and a high low mix of stylish beachy accessories, I was ready for sand between my toes and a reminder

David Scott details at the NYBG Orchid Dinner

of the season to come with a gift of custom grilling salts.

David Scott and Mark Rose grilling salts

Lee Cavanaugh and Alyssa Urban designed a fun and festive table for Cullman & Kravis with buoyant brights and a masterful mix of tropical treats.

Cullman & Kravis NYBG Orchid Dinner table

Even before final completion it was looking well accessorized.

Cullman & Kravis placesetting

And by cocktails it was the perfect backdrop for the Jimmy Buffet soundtrack.

Cullman & Kravis NYBG Orchid Dinner tableBaccarat continued the celebration of its 250th anniversary with a table inspired by its legendary Harcourt collection. With an upscale steel and crystal version of a Key West gazebo, its octagonal base is a nod to the 8 sided signature in Baccarat chandeliers.

Baccarat NYBG Orchid Dinner table

An icy aqua tablecloth of DEDAR‘s Aut Aut fabric represented Key West’s tropical waters.

Baccarat NYBG Orchid Dinner table

The tabletop also featured 13 Harcourt vases, including two Amphora, designed by Jean Marc Gady to lie on its side.

Baccarat at the NYBG Orchid Dinner

Roric Tobin’s table for Geoffrey Bradfield paid homage to the key lime.

Roric Tobin for Geoffrey Bradfield NYBG Orchid Dinner

Including a layered cake-like centerpiece, the intricacies were impressive.

Roric Tobin for Geoffrey Bradfield at the NYBG Orchid Dinner

Sponsored by Samuel and Son, the power of passementerie shone from button and shell trim detailing down to the clever napkin ring.

Roric Tobin for Geoffrey Bradfield Orchid Dinner

I caught up with Veranda editor in chief and Orchid Dinner chair Clinton Smith with Veranda Director of Decoration and Special Projects and gala Decorations Chair Carolyn Englefield with Philip Gorrivan in front of his monumental centerpiece.

Philip Gorrivan Carolyn Englefield and Clinton Smith

Stop back next time to visit more of the splendid tables from the NYBG Orchid Dinner.


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6 Responses to NYBG Orchid Dinner Tables

  1. tehmna says:

    Very innovative,mind boggling unique pattern of table decor. Orchids are my favourite. Love these pics and thanks for sharing.

  2. franki says:

    Baccarat!!!! Did you ever!!! Having “just returned” from 3 weeks in “that part” of Florida..this almost brought tears to my eyes…except they would have frozen. franki

  3. Breathtaking and so colorful! You are one lucky lady to get to cover this event, Q. So many stunning centerpieces…
    xxoo
    C + C

  4. Extravagant, bespoken, creative. Every year we get a chance to see amazing design. Thank you for covering.

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