We recently hosted a Holiday Tablesettings Workshop including table decorating, tips for entertaining and how-to demonstrations. We invited some of the most creative professionals we know to collaborate and share ideas for the upcoming holidays.
Featuring David Wunderlich of Juliska, Carolyn Lasako of Kari Rider Events, Amy Wilkins of Monteray Farms, Eunice Kim-Port of Surcee Calligraphy and local spirits distributor, Hair ‘O The Dog, who provided champagne for the evening.
Photography provided by Melissa Grimes-Guy.
Enjoy a few photos and recap of the event!
Fiona Weeks and Don Wooters, co-owners of Dwelling & Design and co-hosts of the evening, greeting all in attendance, and sharing the evening’s itinerary.
Carolyn Lasako, Studio Manager of Kari Rider Events (@kaririderevents), made sure everyone had flutes of champagne comfortably in-hand. ‘Bubbly Bar’ signature drink recipes included Blood Orange and Cranberry Prosecco with blackberries, rosemary sprigs and pomegranate seeds for seasonal garnish. The rosemary was fragrantly delicious!
KRE‘s dining table personalization, in the form of name cards and menus, conveyed a perfectly intimate setting for any special occasion. Local, festive accessories included ‘found’ items such as oyster shells and magnolia leaves. Also featured–for those in the giving spirit—small gift boxes and miniature champagne bottles, each adorned with handwritten calligraphic tags.
Surcee Calligraphy (@surceecalligraphy) provided the golden ink for all of the table’s stunning stationary. Owner/artist Eunice Kim-Port was in attendance to share her stories of how she makes the lettering come alive.
Amy Wilkins of Monteray Farms (@monterayfarms) filled the store with an abundance of freshly cut flowers and stunning centerpieces—both large and small—for nearly every table within the store.
Amy Wilkins demonstrating how to fill decorative vessels with an exciting variety of floral elements. With Amy, diversity and texture are the name of the game. Introducing local and eclectic elements like sorghum and purple bean-pods, she pushes the envelope of style and composition with every arrangement. She grows much of what she uses in fields and greenhouses on her local Trappe, MD based farm.
Some of the items she brought along (that you might be able to find in your own backyard!) included: deer antlers, oyster shells, driftwood, and winter vegetables, such as radishes, carrots and gourds. Amy’s advice to forage nearby areas for interesting and different pieces brought a collective ‘aha!’ moment from those in attendance, who were delighted by the simple, charming idea.
David Wunderlich of popular diningware and glassware company Juliska (@juliskaofficial). Their fun and stylish collections of diningware and glassware truly set the tone for any occassion. Spreading the message that we should “celebrate everyday”, he showcased many new and popular Juliska collections, including:
- Berry & Thread; with its’ iconic berry stamp; available in multiple colors
- Country Estate; red, blue and flint-colored toile countryside designs
- Firenze; a fluid, marbling-inspired pattern with striking lines and coloration
- Reindeer Games; whimsically-detailed, holiday themed artwork detailing
- Santa’s reindeer playing games like polo, skiing, and the sorts
Every piece of Juliska is unique, as they strive to impart a handmade feeling by embracing a “perfectly-imperfect” methodology. Mixing and matching of the various collections is encouraged and highly recommended!
The table is our gathering place, shared with family and friends during the holidays—so this year create a setting that will be truly unforgettable!
Dwelling & Design