Last month I shared the news that I would be participating in DIFFA’s Dining by Design, which benefits the fight against AIDS. It all came together quite well, despite the to-be-expected hiccups that happen during the design and installation process, and we dined and danced at a beautiful gala celebrating the tables, the designers and the cause. DIFFA is a very well run organization and the team was on point with scheduling, assisting in anything we needed to set up and things ran very smoothly!
The theme of my centerpiece table was “British Raj’, inspired by my recent trip to India and my stay in Bangalore, learning about the history of the city and country while the British had taken over and made the country their home. The table turned out almost exactly as I imagined it. The centerpiece was the star of the show, and it was auctioned off at the end of the night during the silent auction. Viyet provided us with the most gorgeous aged brass planters by B. Mori & Co. At the last minute we swapped out our magnolia leaves for white flowers. We intended to have large branches of leaves placed in the planters but it turned out they were difficult to cut, difficult to style and looked bulkier than we envisioned. Lisa, who works on my team, was kind enough to run to a local flower shop and pick up a variety of white flowers and basically saved the day! The white flowers added a brightness to the table, and they were much softer than the dark leaves.
Everything else on the table was perfect, down to the last detail. The table cloth, created by Home Interiors by Anthony Giaramita, was comprised Zoffany’s Peruzzi Gold which resembles a hammered silk fabric, with a Samuel & Sons trim, Artemis Glass Beaded Border, which added a little glitz to the edge of cloth. The hammered gold looked fabulous paired with Michael Aram’s Hammertone Metal Chargers, carved Palace Wine Glasses, and Molten Flatware.
Of course I have to thank my lovely guests + tablemates who made the night a success! Ajay Swamy, Reeta Gyamlani of Ferrago Design, Jen Abramowitz of Spread PR, Desiree Mumford of Zoffany, and writer Melissa Feldman.