////Style Spy: Dining By Design – Part 1

Style Spy: Dining By Design – Part 1

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{by HWTM event correspondent: Jen Berson}

I was lucky enough to attend Dining By Design’s Table Hop & Taste, in Los Angeles recently. DBD features amazing, over-the-top, and cutting edge table design installations created by talented & eclectic designers. Since there are so many inspiring entertaining ideas from this event, we decided to bring it to you in a three-part series. Here goes with part 1…

LOOK 1: Chic Aqua & Chocolate

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I love the rich look of this first design, and the ultra chic chocolate and aqua color palette. The all-white floral centerpieces in various heights with wispy curly willow are simple & stunning…

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Style-Steal Tips:

• A few drops of dye in the water of a clear vase adds a pretty aqua detail to a simple arrangement.

• Colorful square vases are elevated to new heights when stacked on top of candlesticks in varying lengths.  Secure vases with a bit of hot glue (which can later be removed), and add tea lights for a glamorous glow.

• Peacock feathers would be a nice compliment to this tabletop design.  Use them as floral accents, and tucked into folded napkins.


LOOK 2: Spectacular Silver

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This festive silver & white design looked so beautiful in person, yet seemed very easy to recreate. Stick with all white dinnerware, lots of clear glass, simple silverware, and mirror & crystal accents.

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Style Steal Tips:

• For an interesting & inexpensive centerpiece, spray-paint different silk flower bunches in silver and group them together in tall, skinny vases.

• Set silverware in a short vase with a small opening at each table setting— it’s fun & unexpected!


LOOK 3: Colorful Palette

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Take a close look at this colorful, fun design for a Kids’ Party…  It’s created almost entirely out of paint chips! You know those little swatches of paint you get at your hardware store?  Well, this design is created by Benjamin Moore paint and it was truly incredible!  The walls, the cake centerpiece, even the fringe on the party hats are all made out of paint chips!

modern dinner party ideas

modern dinner party ideas

Style Steal Tip:

• This design could be interpreted for an “art day” children’s birthday party. Grab a bunch of bright colored paint chips and use them for placecards, gift tags, and as a craft element. Just provide poster board, paint & brushes, glitter & glue, and let the creativity flow…


That concludes Part 1 of our DBD recap… hope you’re feeling inspired so far! Tune in this Friday for more ideas with Part 2!

By |2018-02-12T20:47:21-07:00October 30th, 2008|Party Decor Projects|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Joanna (hostessjo.com) October 30, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Wow! What a neat idea to use paint chips! These are all stunning.

  2. http://stemparties.blogspot.com/ October 30, 2008 at 6:55 am

    Love, it Jen and Jenn. I’m feeling it.

    Parts 2 and 3 are today, right? : )

  3. Tiffany October 30, 2008 at 7:31 am

    I agree – the kids table is AMAZING!!

  4. The Pontilists October 31, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for sharing. I love Dining by Design’s events. Do you know who designed the table in Look 1?

  5. Jeneration October 31, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    The look in table 1 was designed by Paul Bott, and event planner: http://www.paulbott.com. It was one of my favorite designs from the event!

  6. Dawn November 4, 2008 at 7:36 am

    I absolutely love the kids’ table! I’m going to add some of these ideas to my party library, thanks so much for sharing, can’t wait for more! http://www.dawnypoo.blogspot.com

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