New York Botanical Gardens 17th Annual Orchid Dinner

On February 6th, the New York Botanical Gardens 17th annual Orchid Dinner offered an optimistic oasis of floriated fabulousness that would fend off even the worst winter funk. Designers from across the country were invited to create magnificently imaginative tablescapes to celebrate the upcoming Orchid Show: Singapore. Soaring centerpieces showcasing the bloom of honor transported the historic Plaza Hotel to the verdant “Garden City” of Singapore, where the national flower is an orchid. The event raised over $500,000 to benefit the NYBG Orchid Research Collection. Perhaps these designer inspirations and resources will encourage your own exotic orchid soiree and bring spring that much closer. The Orchid Show: Singapore, is open at Enid A. Haupt Conservatory from February 23 through April 28.


Brittany Bromley | I was inspired by the evening’s theme of Singapore, which is the orchid capital of the world. From there I imagined a dream world built around orchids and pale transmuted colors with exotic elements. Brunschwig and Fils silk chair covers and rose F. Schumacher silk taffeta for the tablecloth, which I had my decorative painter hand paint with orchids and we then trimmed out with Samuel and Sons Passementerie. Our centerpiece was a four-foot tall gold topiary elephant covered in orchids in the palest rose color. He’s holding two hand-painted parasols which are also trimmed out in Samuel and Sons. All of the table linens are Julia b., as is the dinnerware. Glasses are vintage cut glass from La Maison Fete. The place card holders are Joanna Buchanan and the fans are Guana fans, both of which were generously provided by one Kings Lane.


Julia Buckingham | Our colorful and lush table was inspired by Julia’s love of color and texture. The table was meant to transport you to a different time and place: a show-stopping scene somewhere in Singapore, perhaps a grand celebration with family and friends where every detail has been meticulously thought out and created specifically for each guest.
Blue Elephant Vases: Julia Buckingham for Global ViewsDishes: 1948 collection by Jonathan AdlerLinens: Root Cellar DesignsLarge center vase: Global Views Grande VaseFloating candle holders: Global Views Honeycomb vasesFloral: Flowers by Special Arrangement


Chad James Group | The overall concept was inspired by the lush, green beauty of Singapore’s Southern Ridges. These popular gardens are a sanctuary for birds, so I wanted to incorporate them into my design. Kimberly McDonald’s exquisite bird figurines were an ideal choice to make the tablescape come to life. The Zak + Fox V.S. fabric has a transformative effect due to their artisanal touch channeling the most profound sunsets in Singapore made by Roger O’Heir’s. The glass vessels and wooden chargers are reminiscent of the artistic walkways and bridges within the Southern Ridges of Singapore.


Mitchell Hill | The tabletop is inspired by a dinner party thrown by the matriarch of an old Singapore family. By incorporating Style Library’s vibrant pinks and blues and greens, the fabric choices mimic the skyline, reflecting a similar palette that occurs during sunset with the natural blush against a blue sky. The floral arrangement by Bastille Flowers rests atop a pedestal like structure similar to one of their architectural wonders with the flowers acting as clouds surrounding it. Replacements tableware in blush pinks, powder blue, and gold adding a dramatic and inviting setting surrounded by exotic flora and fauna.

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