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Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Floral Designer

I had the pleasure of attending Kappa Tablescapes at Brook Hollow Golf Club last month where my good friend and extremely talented floral designer, Peyton Riley, created a fabulous table for the benefit. It was my first time to attend Tablescapes and I was overwhelmed by the amount of talent that revealed itself through the creativity and shear imagination that bloomed from each table. If you haven’t had the chance to attend this event, you must. Each individual or company participating in the event is asked to design their own table creation and it’s incredible how unique each table was! I saw leopards dressed in jewels, plates floating in pools of flowers, centerpieces made of tiny beds and antler’s turned into vases. Peyton chose a tea party theme for her table. Using pink and white ranculus, lavender lilacs (which are extremely hard to find this time of year), antique green hydrangeas, white roses, and many more flowers she turned the table into an elegantly chic tea party even Alice would be envious of. I love how she incorporated her grandmother’s candelabras, which were made of Murano Italian glass, her mother’s Frances the First silver, and her own mercury glass vases with clusters of lavender lilacs overflowing from the arrangements to create the perfect complement. The menu and place cards were even hand painted by a local artist to match the flowers on the table- I love how each individual card was a one-of-a-kind!

Kappa Tablescapes is a unique two-day event benefiting Dallas community non-profit organizations. The first event is a festive evening with cocktails and hors d'ouvres celebrating sponsors and beneficiaries allowing patrons to view the designer's incredible table creations. The second event is a luncheon in which guests view and dine at the wonderfully decorated tables, and hear a guest author speak on everything from decorating trends, to table-setting and entertaining tips, as well as culinary topics. I would highly suggest attending next year to see the wonderful creativity of all the designers involved! 

Peyton Riley is a recent graduate of the Cox School of Business at SMU. Throughout college Peyton gained design and event planning experience by working with highly respected Dallas based event planners. Combining her talents for floral design with her experiences as an event planner, Peyton started her own design firm out of college. To hire Peyton for your next event email her at

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