Hundreds of guests. Dozens of volunteers. 14 tablescape designers. And not one but two designers took the prize for “Favorite Tablescape” of the night. Yes, Leadership Pasadena’s inaugural tablescape competition, Setting the Table: The Art of Conversation, ended in a tie!
Dana Banta and Catie Roheim of The Monogrammed Home and Mikala Rahn along with the students from her artWORKS program designed the two winning tablescapes as voted on by event guests. While the design teams produced distinctly different tablescapes, both underscored the evening’s “conversation” theme and captured the attention of guests and fellow designers alike. Thanks to the generosity of DREAMS Magazine, each designer was awarded a full-page color ad in the luxury publication. The dual awards were presented by the magazine’s Ty Fischer and Natalie Friberg following a spirited auction and prize drawing hosted by Anthony Guthmiller, the event’s Artistic Director, and remarks by Leadership Pasadena’s Board Chair, Joshua Driskell and Executive Director, Cynthia Bengtson.
The Monogrammed Home’s tablescape, in lush summer hues, reflected the company’s penchant for personalization and the personal experience of sharing a table, while the artWORKS display, in moody street tones, brought important social conversations to the table. NOOR’s Sofia ballroom provided the backdrop for the eclectic array of tablescapes from traditional elegance to handcrafted whimsy.
To learn more visit leadershippasadena.org. Photos by Joy Hillman, Jenny Chen and Hosie Thomas.
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