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Tantalizing Tables

For planners looking to elevate an event, enlist the services of one of the Northeast's many tablescaping companies

By Linden M. Bayliss

Attendees’ first impressions of any event come from its appearance, and that includes the table settings and decor. For planners looking to elevate an event, enlisting the services of a tablescaping company from one of the many options in the Northeast helps to ensure that everything looks elegant, thoughtful, and just right.

Tablescape by Heirloom Catering and Event Design near Washington, D.C.
Tablescape by Heirloom Catering and Event Design near Washington, D.C. || Courtesy of Heirloom Catering and Event Design

Heirloom Catering and Event Design in Falls Church, Virginia, serves the nearby Washington, D.C., area and specializes in creating tablescapes for serving stations, seating areas, and dining tables that can be tailored to match a client’s theme. Owner Vicky Theodorou opened the company in 2015 after many compliments from friends on her elegantly designed home dinner parties, and has now provided services for high-profile companies like Lululemon, Madewell, and Facebook. The team at Heirloom brings in unique design elements to transform tables—think gold-painted manzanita tree centerpieces, rustic wooden crates, and French-style plates—and many of its items are made in-house or sourced by a crew of expert stylists.

Big Bash Events based in Boston, Massachusetts, offers tablescapes on the whimsical side and specializes in bringing themes to life with lots of creativity. Big Bash has executed table designs for event themes from baseball to yoga to a Vincent Van Gogh-inspired tea party—the team once acquired 1,000 roses for a red carpet-themed anniversary gala. Skeletons dressed in their best appeared at one “ghoulishly glam” event styled by the company. Owner Janet McLoughlin is an experienced Boston-based event planner, designer, and stylist, and is a member of both the International Live Events Association and Meeting Professionals International.

Perfectly Posh Candy Buffets & Tablescapes in East Haven, Connecticut, offers a sweet take on tablescapes by incorporating a little sugar into its event designs. The company provides personalized candy and dessert buffets with color schemes to match a planner’s requested theme, and also delicious treats like doughnuts, cupcakes, candy, and popcorn. The Perfectly Posh team is happy to design dessert buffets for events such as product launches, galas, business anniversaries, and employee appreciations or retirement parties—with options to customize designs to align with a brand.

For planners seeking a retro look, Gooseberry Tabletop based in Milford, New Hampshire, can bring its unique pieces to events throughout New England. The company specializes in using beautiful vintage china and stemware to give banquets some extra charm. Planners can work with the Gooseberry team to select packages with all the pieces they need—items can either be delivered to the event venue of choice or set up on-site by the company for an added fee.