We asked award-winning event planner Tony Conway for the latest buzz on the party circuit: When it comes to food and dining, there are food trends, décor trends and architecture trends. But do you give much thought to the table? Trust me, all good hosts (event planners, restaurateurs and those gathering friends in their home) pay as much attention to the details of the table setting and serving wares as they do to what they serve.
Current Trends: Instead of spending money on party items likely to be discarded later, access the rich vault of your personal possessions. To combat depleting reserves and a topsy-turvy economy, floral designer Kim Vasil, of Atlanta, has focused her current work on "sustainable tables" for parties and events. Recently, Vasil pavéd an entire table surface with wheat grass, then added a series of vignettes using hearty succulents, cacti and unique ground cover such as hens-and-chicks, flapjack succulents and creeping sedum. She even suggests using what you already have—dig up something from your garden to use as a centerpiece or use antiques that are chock-full of character. Personality always creates a lasting impression. And with the all-around "green" trend, your table and party will be right in step.