Shelly Tolo shares the genius behind her winter tablescape with NWM+E

NWM+E: What was your inspiration for the tablescape?

TOLO: First, I love plaid, so any time I can use it, that’s great. The overall vision [for the design] is about layering and bringing nature to the table. Having different and unique elements helps to keep a table interesting for the guests. It’s great to do this detail at an event by mixing in different styles of votive candles or multiple size floral, but also at home by including little elements to make your winter-themed table special like silver birds and any element that matches your special occasion.

I also love including natural elements, such as birch, wood slabs, berries or holly from your backyard. Using items to create tiers for a smaller vessel of florals to sit on enhance the overall design so elements sit at various levels down the length of the table. 

Kehoe Designs Event Producer Mathew Lahey set out to create an in-house showcase for “Knees Deep,” the company’s latest design series, which challenged the Kehoe team to take a deep dive into forecasted style trends, he found a unique opportunity to take risks and push boundaries.


The event and catering industries accepted the challenge to create vignettes inspired by well-known fashion designers for the 14th annual International Live Events Association (ILEA) Denver Designer Showcase. This was the first year that ILEA partnered with the Denver Chapter of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE), knowing it would bring a whole new level of opportunity to the table.


Designed by Swift + Company, this bright, abundant tablescape creates an inviting setting for any special occasion any time of the year. But it is especially fitting as we tuck into fall. The peach and burgundy bloom flowers paired with seasonal fruits and vegetables offer a place to come together and give thanks for all of the season’s gifts.