By Jill Brooke
It wasn’t only thoroughbred horses competing for ribbons at the 2021 Hampton Classic Grand Prix held in Bridgehampton, New York.
So were table setting designs created with flair and ingenuity each year by sponsors and equestrian enthusiasts who hire the great florists and event planners to dazzle the crowds and showcase trends.
“We have to be creative every year,” says Jim Osburn, who with partner Michael Grimm owns the popular Bridgehampton Florist that conjures up award-winning floral creations for over 36 years. This year the dynamic duo oversaw six tablescapes all with different flowers and themes.
Among the people enjoying the races and socializing were Brooke Shields, Christy Turlington, Donna Karan and former presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, whose daughter Georgina is an avid equestrian.
We will share flowerpowerdaily’s choices in a moment but first, let’s view some trends.
Never underestimate how the layering of printed cloth can add dimension and style. It’s all part of the symmetry. Some preferred classic designs while others weaved in more modern.
Love. Shack Fancy was a winner with every detail. The custom-made tablecloth fits perfectly into the happy feminine vintage vibe that Rebecca Hessel Cohen started with her fashions -many of which I wear. The company is branching out to more tablescapes. Hooray. Don’t you just love the dusty pink roses and colors? One of our judges, Katlean de Monchy of easthampton.com, also commented on the frilly napkins and candlestick colors.
Batik was also a theme for two tables we enjoyed that used a similar color scheme as a launching pad.
Any print really works with the floral colors matching part of the design.
The variety made it such visual candy. Hard to choose a favorite. How clever was this western theme which had a special boot to match the colors of tablecloth
Sometimes very simple tables can be jazzed up by unique urns or interesting vases. Vases take center stage or they subtly enhance. Here are some favorites. The doggie vase did spark some smiles. Always invest in fun vases.
We loved how the plates and napkin rings had so many equestrian themes. In fact, Angela Currie, one of the great sponsors of the show over the years, passed and her daughter Stephanie Currie Ingram shared her mother’s embroidered napkins with the Bridgehampton Florist team which sparked their creation.
Notice also how silverware can help create a mood. We were especially intrigued how Citarella’s table had flatware positioned on the side in the middle of the plate for a modern effect.
Who doesn’t love wild and wonderful? Two of our favorites were created by the. talented floral designer Arthur Golabek who was hired by event planner Jane Gelb. Last year, he shared how he loved cupcake cosmos with a local grower. Sure enough, the local grower grew these beauties and he personally gathered them for this beautiful fresh floral design that also used Queen’s Anne’s lace. “I even handmade the leather napkin rings,” he shared.
Golabek also miraculously found a sea of panda anemones that he imported to decorate the table for the brand Compass which has a black and white theme. “I was so nervous getting them from the airport because they are so fragile,” he admits. It was indeed a risk because these flowers are so delicate that they could easily wilt. But the end result was worth it since the look was sensational. Also proves how one amazing flower can be used to make a statement.
Checked tablecloths never go out of style. We also liked the table of News 12 which had a brown checked tablecloth that screams country as well as a variety of flowers that authentically felt were just picked from a garden. “It was like a rustic picnic,” says one of our judges, photographer Barbara Lassen, of Barbara Lynne Photography.
However, both Barbara and I were a bit surprised that the blush-colored linen napkins at the David Yurman table were so wrinkled. Perhaps a bit too rustic?
Whether it’s apples, lemons or even veggies, nature doesn’t disappoint.
Even a more formal purple-themed table was softened with the addition of blackberries and plums.
We liked the efforts of Alex Hamer and fragrance executive Hannah Horvath who created a floral veggie table for the Buxton Pond table. In fact, after the show, the duo donated their beautiful bounty to a local food bank.
I always use fruits and vegetables on my tablescapes. This way you also can eat some of the decorations after the event.
Some colors are just classic. It is always a joy to see the many interpretations of this color scheme. Dennis Suskind even went for the darker blue-grey that has become so popular in home design – especially kitchens. Michael Bloomberg also always prefers understated elegance.
Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. Especially when it comes to flowers. Think orange and you will be happy.
Okay, drumroll, please.
Here are the SIX winners for Flower Power Daily’s BEST tables at the 2021 Hampton Classic Grand Prix.
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD and floral editor for aspire design and home magazine
Photo Credit: Barbara Lynne Photography