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Hollywood Hosts: Movied-themed Tablescapes

Comments Off 21 March 2010

Gentry Magazine, a popular regional magazine in the San Francisco Bay Area, sponsors an event called Hollywood Hosts to benefit Peninsula Youth Theatre, an incredible theatre company (a group that changed the course of my autistic son’s life, I might add).  The Hollywood-themed tablescapes are the highlights of the event.  Designers and stylists choose a favorite movie and set a table as though a character in the movie was hosting a party.  The tables are raffled and the winners get to take it all home!

Every year, the designers continue to surprise and delight the guests with their whimsical, romantic, or over-the-top creations.  Time to share:


Bet you can guess what Tiffany & Co did their first year at Hollywood Hosts…of course, it just had to be Breakfast at Tiffany’s!  Holly Golightly awaits the arrival of Paul in a table set with Tiffany & Co china, crystal, flatware…and oh yes, that little blue box!  Most interesting to me is how the stylist used palm leaves as the floral arrangement she cut from the surrounding foliage, and really, with a Tiffany vase, who needs a fancier arrangement?

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Our very own Lea McIntosh created this Pride and Prejudice table…a perfect scene so Mr. Darcy can finally propose to Lizzie. The table glitters with diamond shaped napkin rings, tea lights, and silk pillows offered by Beau-coup Wedding Favors. The champagne flows! She collaborated with Bloomster’s for the perfect white flower arrangement and Wildflower Linen provided the tablecloth – a gorgeous piece in sumptuous layers that resemble the English skirts from the early 1800’s.

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A close-up look at the flowers!  Notice in the previous photo that it starts with a wreath at the base, then Lea added the silver trumpet vase and Bloomster’s filled it with the same luscious roses, peonies, pepper berries, and lilies.  Then Lea added the white manzanita branch with dangling crystals for over-the-top drama and sparkle.  What’s so clever is that you can get two distinct looks from one arrangement…go for the drama for an evening affaire and then remove the trumpet vase and you have a beautiful wreath of flowers for a morning brunch.  Just add a candle in the centerpiece…done!

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Susan Davis set a charming tea party for Anastasia, the daughter of the last Tsar of Russia. The Faberge egg china is a memento of happier days in Russia. She found the Russian samovar on Ebay.

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The stylists at Neiman Marcus Stanford envisioned a cool, classic table set poolside for Grace Kelly to host a between-scenes luncheon on the set of High Society. The table setting of choice is Haviland “Serengeti” china in gold and aqua tones.


It’s a beautiful night in Paris and romance is in the air. Fred and Audrey meet at a charming bistro with friends for dinner but Ooh la la! They only have eyes for each other. Designer Victoria Thorne created a chic tableau using vintage tableware, fresh flowers by Nicole Hitchcock of Blooms, a bottle of Cuvee Dom Perignon 1995, a Restoration Hardware wine bucket, and custom linens created from vintage French fabric.

This year, the event was held in January so the event moved from the outdoor garden court at the Stanford Park Hotel to the indoor ballroom at Kimpton’s Cypress Hotel.

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Kathy Goodman of Well Rehearsed presented Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  The centerpiece is a chocolate fountain and the room smelled scrumdiddlyumptious! This could make a fun spring or Easter setting…just change the signage!

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Aren’t the edible oompa loompas by Studio Cake adorable? Studio Cake is the winner of the Food Network Challenge for Simpson Cakes.

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Kathy thought of every detail.  She worked with Beau-Coup Favors to create Wonka Bars, and she handed them out throughout the eventing.  Five had golden tickets inside and the winners took home a basket of goodies!  Very clever.

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The design team at Brick Monkey selected Slumdog Millionaire, not for its rags to riches story, nor its energetic Bollywood music–but because they fell in love with the colors and textures of India.

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Magenta.  Citron.  Chartreuse.  Brown.  They used these colors to create a high-style look mixing luxurious, opulent fabrics, papers and objects with more rustic, simple metals and pottery.  Jai Ho!

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I couldn’t end this post without sharing Lady & the Tramp from year one…Tramp found a home that night!  At Hollywood Hosts, everyone has a Bella Notte…

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Tablescaping: Modern Vintage Tabletop

5 Comments 10 February 2010

Modern Vintage Tabletop By Jennifer Rowland Clapp

Read Full Feature in Nesting Newbies Magazine, Winter ’10


“Most families have some old china, flatware, or linens lying forgotten in a dusty cabinet,” says interior designer Jennifer Rowland Clapp. “A lone teapot from grandma? Perhaps a mishmash of tarnished, silver-plated serving pieces? A rogue set of teacups emblazoned with roses? It doesn’t matter if they’re valuable or pure kitsch—unearth them and be merry! If you pair your vintage pieces with modern pieces, you’ll have a setting that conveys your sense of personal history.”

Photography By: Natali Wi

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