• Set the Table for the Holidays

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Set the Table for the Holidays

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Set the Table for the Holidays

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Set the Table for the Holidays

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     
  • Set the Table for the Holidays

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

The simple checked pattern of gingham conjures up images of homespun goodness. The rustic accents hint at our region’s untamed backdrop. The two combined set the table for a warm holiday party. 

Of her choice of gingham for the table, designer Misty Damico says, “It has a casual ‘cabin’ feel. I felt it was a good textile for a Pacific Northwest vibe.” Damico is owner and creative producer of Luxe Event Productions, a Portland, Oregon-based specialevents firm. 

The tabletop decor begins with the placement of a wide-checked runner across a rough wood table. As a nod to the area’s thick forested environment, Damico used authentic materials, such as wood block chargers made of inch-thick round slabs of tree trunks. A cedar garland, pine cones and real antlers were strewn around white taper candles. Stemware from Barclay Events and Lucite deer figurines add a few elegant touches amidst the earthier features.

Damico created the tablescape for a Luxe photo shoot—one of the many things her firm does. “We are a full-service special event production company that produces, designs and styles weddings and social events,” Damico says. Since Luxe’s inception in 2009, the Luxe team has planned everything from golf tournaments to culinary competitions. “We are very style and layer heavy in our designs because we love details,” Damico says. “Detail styling is my favorite part of my producer career.”

And while the gingham tablescape was designed to celebrate the holidays, it has a season-crossing appeal, as well. “It’s very versatile,” Damico says. “It’s perfect for a seasonal look, a Thanksgiving table or event, or a Christmas tablescape. Or it sits pretty for a year-round Pacific Northwest design.” Indeed, in December, the figurines could represent Santa’s reindeer, while in summer, they could be the wild, yet gentle, deer wandering into your vacation campsite. Damico’s favorite thing about this tablescape is “how natural meets elegant in a Pacific Northwest style.” - Steele Photography

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“Nature’s Elegance” was the theme of the exclusive Governors Ball after-party that followed the 68th Emmy Awards telecast in September, as well as for the back-to-back Creative Arts Balls that took place the previous weekend. For event planner Cheryl Cecchetto, president and owner of Sequoia Productions, this was her 19th Emmy Awards Governors Ball.