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Spring blooms provide inspiration for many a designer. But creating an event to be held among them raises the bar

A client of Top That! Event reached out to the company last spring for help with a backyard dinner party for 120 guests. The company put together a possible look for her and sent photos; the client loved it, and Top That! went to work making it a reality.

“The client wanted to make sure the event looked classy and like a dinner party,” says Kristen Porchia, director of business development and events for Top That! Event. “She had a lot of rose bushes and flowers in her backyard, but they hadn’t bloomed yet—so it was very blossomy with lots of greens and trees.”

Top That! set 12 round tables with its Mod Avocado linen.

“Geometrics are super popular and trendy, and with this linen you get to get to see the box within a box,” Porchia says. “And it’s a heavier linen—it works for outdoors without a spandex because it doesn’t blow all over the place.”

Atop a clear charger and white china, Porchia added an orange napkin for a pop of color and used a moss-wrapped stone as a placeholder for the place card, which guests picked up as a favor upon entry. The moss tied in nicely with the table’s centerpiece, which rested on a gypsum moss blanket and was accented by moss and green-wire balls. The centerpiece itself comprised Japanese andromeda, ferns, berries, white lisianthus and brouyena. The overall intent was an asymmetrical design, with the balls to help give it shape. Finally, Porchia added white pillar candles. 

“I think that different-size pillars are a little more exciting sometimes than just votives alone,” Porchia says. “Especially since this was an out - door event, pillars bring a little more.”

Sturdy crystalline infinity chairs with a white-leather pad completed the look.

“When you put them with the linen, I just think it’s cool that the linen still shows,” Porchia says. “For people who want to showcase a beautiful linen, a crystal chair is the way to go. I see a lot of events where people opt not to do a rented chair or a chair cover, and it just looks unfinished.” 

The overall design blended well with the client’s yard and with the atmosphere, Porchia says.

“It brought an upscale feeling to the evening,” she says. “And we loved it so much that we added to our spring lookbook.” 

Ferndale’s Otus Supply opened last year, and named this cocktail after a song by New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band.

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. Remy Martin 1738
—0.5 oz. Tempus Fugit Gran Classico
—0.75 oz. lemon sherbet*
—3 dashes hazelnut bitters*
—lemon twist for garnish
—Herbsaint

DIRECTIONS:
1. Rinse a Nick and Nora glass with Herbsaint.
2. Stir all other ingredients in a mixing glass.
3. Strain cocktail into Herbsaintrinsed glass.
4. Garnish with lemon twist.

 

This May, a new month-long series of wine-related events called “Traverse City Uncorked” will be held throughout the Traverse City area. The event is a collaboration between Traverse City Tourism, the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. It will showcase Traverse City’s burgeoning wine and cuisine scene while also featuring specials at participating venues throughout the region.

 

Mary Zucchero is now Livingston County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s new executive director. Replacing Barb Barden, who retires after two decades of service, Zucchero will oversee the county's marketing operations and mission to promote the area's restaurants, shops and destinations to visitors beginning May 22.