A table for 18 in the park

Food by everyone (the dolmades pictured above are by culinary whizz Sarah Toohey), native floral centrepieces by Georgie Boucher, ivy stolen from the neighbours’ fence (shhh..) and candles from Ikea.

I usually keep gratuitous images of my own work and/or social life well away from The Design Files… but today is a bit of an exception! Last week my friend Gavin and I hosted a Christmas/Hanukkah dinner party extravaganza for 18 of our closest friends… we’re both prone to slightly crazy creative ideas…. so needless to say the event was art-directed to perfection :)

Somehow we conjoured up this crazy theme which involved a very long table in the park, a ridiculous amount of white fabric, 18 mismatched chairs, screenprinted tuxedo bibs (which also acted to tie each guest in to their seat at the table), top hats for every guest, and costume accessories hanging above the table for DIY outfit customisation!

…finishing touches at the table

nearly there…

Guests are seated and tied in with screenprinted tuxedo bibs…

DIY costume customisation at the dinner table

…more DIY accesories – moustaches, beards, glasses and lapel flowers

Top hats! (That’s my creative partner in crime Gavin Youngs in the top image chatting to the lovely Miss Leski…)

Freedom! After dinner everyone is cut free from the table…

Big thanks to all the favourites who attended and made it such a special evening… especially the amazing contributing chefs, the gorgeous Miss Leski and Michael for 300-odd photos(!), and also to the extremely talented Georgie B for the stunning floral centrepieces. And extra-special hugs to my partner in these crazy antics Gavin Youngs – we make a good team!

Phew. I need a lie down.

ps) I think I might take a little blog break for Christmas day… see you all again next week! x