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A Bright & Modern Tablescape Inspired by Spring

It’s not always what’s on top, but what’s underneath, that really counts. Event planner and floral designer Chris Hessney of Hessney & Co. found the perfect creative solution to ensure your floral décor remains part of the table at family-style weddings.

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Family-style meal service has quickly become one of the most popular ways to entertain, both at pre-wedding events and on the big day. While passing plates at the table allows for more interaction amongst guests (and easier conversation!), event and floral designers, like Chris Hessney of Hessney & Co., are tasked with finding creative solutions that allow for décor and food to be displayed on the table together. Hessney’s ingenious solution? To design a custom clear glass table with flowers arranged inside two square legs, captured here by Erik Ekroth Photography.

With help from wedding planner Laura Remmert Events and impeccable, seasonally-focused food from Union Square Events, Hessney and his arsenal of New York wedding pros are showing couples a new way to set their spring table. Paired with a seasonal menu and warm-weather colors, we think it’s perfect for an upcoming bridal shower or your spring nuptials.

Marry Food and Flowers

Foodie couples love the idea of a family-style meal, but they rarely consider how challenging it is to find enough space for centerpieces and platters of food. The team at Union Square Events, the catering business of Danny Meyer's Union Sqaure Hospitality Group, says they often have to remove floral décor in order to make room for the meal, and what couple wants that? Hessney's genius idea to create a floral installation within the legs of each acrylic table means that your beautiful blooms will take center stage while trays of food can be passed freely. 

Good to Grow

Hessney filled the base of each table with spring-inspired flowers, arranged to look as if they were growing straight out of the grass. A mix of orange and yellow poppies, tulips, orchids, chamomile, and fiddle-head ferns popped against local greenery. 

Spring Forward

A simple arrangement of spring-blooming forsythia topped the table, lending a dash of bold color to the otherwise neutral tablescape. Bonus: The bright yellow blooms add height to the space without drawing attention away from the floral base or taking up valuable tabletop space. 

In Season

Ink Revival created modern menus printed on parchment paper, all finished with white calligraphy. To tie the floral decor and the food together, spring-hued green linen napkins topped each clear glass charger, courtesy of Please B Seated. Lobster Corn Agnolotti, finished with tarragon, roasted tomato, and saffron sauce, created by Executive Chef John Karangis of Union Square Events, played off the colors of the flowers and featured flavorful, local ingredients. Talk about spring inspiration from start to finish. 

Cheers!

Bright and cheerful cocktails are the perfect way to celebrate. Whether it's your engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding day, it's important to flex your personality throughout the event, and our favorite way to do just that is with sips that say something about you. Krissy Harris, mixology strategist for Union Square Events, created the three tasty, seasonal options here: Bird's Eye View, a mix of gin, cucumber, thai basil, bird's eye chili, and lime, Sweet Thing, a bright blend of tequila, hibiscus, honey, and lime, and Belleville, containing vodka, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit, and lime.

Save Room for Dessert

Union Square Event's Executive Pastry Chef Dan Keehner offers two desserts that are unexpected and delicious. Paris-Brest (pâte à choux filled with chocolate cream and passion fruit curd) and religieuse (pistachio mousseline tangerine jam, white chocolate, and pâte à choux) make for a standout combination. Keehner recommends a shared dessert for a family style meal, explaining that it’s comfortable and approachable, but still entirely elevated.

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