“We wanted it to be like a painting,” says designer Jennifer Mulholland of wessel’s florist and wedding, describing the inspiration for its art-themed table. A centerpiece of orchids, calla lilies, Asiatic lilies and hydrangeas is surrounded by four ornate gold frames that give each guest the impression they are seated before a masterpiece. “We started with the colors on the linens, which gave off a very lush, Victorian feel,” says Mulholland of her deep pink tablecloth and napkins. From there, the designers created individual gold art “palettes,” that they used as chargers. Paintbrushes were nestled alongside the gold flatware in the napkins and small votives were placed on the table alongside smaller gold-framed pictures to enhance the artistic feel. [Wessel’s Florist and Wedding, Ellicott City, 410-465-0177] —Kristen Boyle
Pretty in Pink
Like the quintessential garden party, the monogram shop’s table setting is playful and preppy. A green ceramic urn in the center of the freshly striped pink-and-white tablecloth holds a profusion of deep pink French tulips. Lime green napkins with bold white polka dots, wrapped with bow-tied pink-and-white striped grosgrain ribbons, pop against the tablecloth. “Polka dots are so big and so popular!” says The Monogram Shop’s Regina Bello. Hand-painted ceramic frogs perching on their lily pads hold thin pink tapered candles, for just the right touch of whimsy. Linens, frogs and place card stationery are from the shop’s own line. [The Monogram Shop, Sparks, 410-472-4200] —Laryssa Wirstiuk
A tablecloth featuring a bold red satin underlay and sheer Medici overlay swirling with gold embroidery inspired the table setting created by Ron Catterton and Gregg Gore of regency florals and design. The centerpiece is a riot of exotic flora such as Leonida and bright red roses, red-and-gold Hyperacum berries, curly willow, amarantis, moss and yellow aster arranged in a coppery three-legged stand and brass cups. Candles cast a glow from the crackled amber-colored glass of the votives. The charger plates are set with tassel-bound gold napkins. As a final touch, the designers guided red satin banding through the backrests of the gold Chiavari chairs, adding draped gold ascots for contrast. [ Regency Florals and Design, 410-299-9898 ] —L.W.
Volume & Height
Using a custom-made, vibrant orange patterned tablecloth as a background, jay jenkins accessorized this table with a combination of orange and green that is found everywhere from the chair cushions to the place cards, napkins— and, of course, the flowers. “The flowers were all about volume and height,” says Jenkins, of Jenkins Baer Associates. The voluminous arrangement of hydrangeas and day lilies was accented by four tall, gold candleholders containing chunky white candles encased in glass votives. Jenkins designed the napkins, made by Penny Green Limited, to tie in the orange of the tablecloth, which came from Drapery Contractors, and the green of the flowers. [ Jenkins Baer Associates, 24 W. Chase St., 410-727-4100 ] —K.B.