The Plaza Hotel | photo by the NYBG

We were honored to join several other designers to design a table for the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Dinner, which they host every February in partnership with Veranda magazine. The dinner was held a couple of weeks ago at the gorgeous Plaza Hotel (hello, Eloise fans!).

The New York Botanical Garden is a prolific organization that just celebrated it’s 125th anniversary! The organization supports their « living museum » which is located in the Bronx, but the garden also serve as an education and research institution working to conserve endangered floral species and educate the public through its hands-on curriculum-based programming.

Every February, the Garden hosts an fundraiser to help underwrite the development of their orchid research collection. We jumped at the chance to be a part of this important mission and to create a beautiful table to showcase the complexity, variety and beauty of the orchid flower.

We chose to base our design on a loose them of « Springtime in Paris » and used Pierre Frey’s « La Rotonde » in a cerulean blue for the tablecloth. Using a variety of magenta hued orchids for the main centerpiece, we added touches of blush pink using Sferra napkins tied with deep burgundy french velvet ribbon and olive tassels with a quote about flowers and gardens by various French artists and writers to complete the place settings. We also added cloches filled with butterflies attached to mossy branches adding to the organic ambience.

Our « Springtime in Paris » table | photo by KII

Place setting details | photo by KII

My handsome date! | photo by KII

The room was filled with about 25 tables created by various designers, and it was inspiring to see the unique personalities of each table and designer. There were no two tables a like!

Bountiful orchids by Robin Henry Interiors | photo by Quintessence Blog

Sculptural tree of orchids and butterflies by Brockschmidt and Coleman | photo by Quintessence Blog

Spray of roses and orchids by Kapito Muller | photo by Quintessence blog

Martha Stewart made the rounds checking out each table, and you can read more about her write up on her blog here and see the rest of the creative tableaux.

Thank you, New York Botanical Garden and Veranda for including us in this year’s successful dinner!