The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner is always a favorite event of the season. This past Tuesday evening, in its new venue at the The Plaza Grand Ballroom, the event raised more than $600,00 for the development of the NYBG’s orchid research collection. With media host Veranda, a list of twenty five top designers were assembled to create tables celebrating this year’s Orchid Show theme of Orchidelirium with elegant tabletops and dramatic orchid centerpieces.

Cullman & Kravis Botanical Garden Orchid DinnerCullman & Kravis‘ table was not only beautiful but layered with references to the history of orchids and the upcoming show at the Garden. Channeling their inner Queen Victoria, the designers celebrated the orchid hunters who scoured the world searching for rare specimens to bring home for the Queen’s golden Jubilee.

Cullman & Kravis Botanical Garden Orchid DinnerCullman & Kravis Botanical Garden Orchid DinnerAllusions to the rare blue orchid named after the Queen were made not only in the bouquet but on the tabletop, down to the candy, a signature in every Cullman & Kravis project.

Cullman & Kravis Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

The tabletop itself was a round plexi picture box containing orchids, memorabilia and ephemera honoring Queen Victoria’s orchid obsession, her famed Royal Orchid Grower Frederick Sander and the resulting Orchidelirium that overtook not only victorian England but the world.

Cullman & Kravis Botanical Garden Orchid dinner tableCullman & Kravis Botanical Garden Orchid dinner table

Baccarat set a glamorous and sparkling scene enhanced with an amazing table specially made for the occasion.

Baccarat Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner table

Cross hatched for graphic effect, the table featured elegant Baccarat crystal and vases that carefully fit into the glass,

Baccarat Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner table

connecting with upside down vases that hung as a surprise element underneath. An unexpected and creative element!

Baccarat Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner table

Follow designer Mark D. Sikes, and you will see his signature blue and white colorway throughout his feed and work. Featuring a classic striped fabric from his MDS Stripes fashion line for the tablecloth, napkins and seat cushions, his table continued the theme with Bunny Williams Campbell House Dinnerware Collection, her Bamboo Tortoise Flatware and Cobalt Glassware – all for Ballard.

Mark Sikes Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner table

A selection of blue and white porcelain vases from John Rosselli, overflowing with white orchids, completed the timeless vignette.

Mark D. Sikes Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner table

With a passion for tabletop, Danielle Rollins has participated in the Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner for the past several years.

Danielle Rollins Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner tableThe pretty floral themed table took its inspiration from Zoffany’s lovely chinoiserie Romey’s Garden. table topper. Paired with a fresh gingham green check on the seats, layers of Mottahedeh china and a plethora of potted orchids, it felt like spring had sprung.

Danielle Rollins Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner table

The Ralph Lauren table was a chic mix of tobacco and pops of pink and bright color.

Ralph Lauren Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner table

Using their new tortoiseshell inspired Sienna dinnerware, Ralph Lauren showed how a classic neutral can be elegantly enlivened with vibrant brights.

Ralph Lauren Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner table

Stop back next time for more from this year’s Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner.


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14 Responses to The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

  1. Living inThailand, orchids are a staple but mostly used in a very simple, minimalist way. Beautiful to see them applied so creatively and surrounded with so much elegance. Lovely post!

  2. I love orchids and have them at our Florida home, inside and out. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous post! ~Janis from http://jljbacktoclassic.com/

  3. Tracy says:

    Each table is so different, but all are equally exquisite. Wouldn’t we all have loved to have been invited!

  4. franki says:

    Tracy…I JUST SAID THAT VERY THING!!! All these flowers and colors and creativity….gees, in my book, it doesn’t get much better!! NEXT PLEASE… franki

  5. Amy Wax says:

    Magnificent, thanks for “bringing us with you” and sharing your photos!

  6. Kathleen says:

    Such a lovely post! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Stacey says:

    Visual Porn at its best. GORGEOUS!

  8. Karena says:

    So glorious, orchids are truly miraculous!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

  9. P Gaye Tapp says:

    sometime I will have to get there for this Amazing event. I always look forward to your posting of this annual extravaganza. Beautiful all! esp love Danielle Rollins, and the C&C theme is so good. pgt

  10. Marcy Hammerstein says:

    The Pith helmets 💕💕perfection all!
    MH

  11. Clara says:

    Fantastic arrangement of flowers, so rich and powerful. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Lissy says:

    Love the blue and white theme by MDS! The real show stopper is the orchid hunter theme – wow! Thanks for the inspiration!
    xo, Lissy

  13. How divine this all is!!… Such a floral feast!… Love MDS and Danielle’s tables.. and also C&K’s reference to the history of these magnificent blooms..

  14. chris.seaman says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous !

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