ISES DC Tabletop Design Challenge: The Magic Orange Tree

'O Magic Orange Tree, grow and grow and grow' begins the treasured Haitian forklore about a little girl saved by an orange tree.  This "fairytale" was the inspiration for my design in this year's Tabletop Design Challenge hosted by the DC Chapter of the International Special Events Society on Monday evening.  I collaborated with Blaise Thompson of Fusions Cuisine, and sponsors Devers Design Group and Select Event Rentals, to bring this story to life with a live tree growing from the center of the table and beautiful linens, mosaic base plates (that resembled the shattered life in Haiti), blue stemware and bamboo folding chairs which gave the display an island feel. 

My favorite part of the tree display was the 'Haitian' paper dolls scattered on the table.  They looked so sweet!

We didn't win, we were up against a live Sleeping Beauty napping above a glass canopy table and surrounded by 3000 flowers, as well as Thumbellina and the Grand Winner, 40 Thieves, but it was fantastic to participate and be included among such incredible talent!

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