Top Notch Tabletop Challenge @FLIBS 2016
Our journey began at the north docks near Las Olas bridge where we found chief stew Bronwyn Martin and her team on M/Y Arioso had perfectly executed a “gilded by the Greek Gods” theme. Their centerpiece showcased a variety of Grecian vases, urns, golden stones, and glassware rimmed in gold. With vines suspended overhead and grapes overflowing a gleaming vase, the clever use of dry ice created a smoky, mysterious environment.
Dani, Caroline & Yana on M/Y One More Toy incorporated a Buddha theme with a collection of candle holders set upon a soft chiffon cloud for a peaceful, Zen look. They also showcased a fresh, casual lunch setting utilizing the color turquoise as their inspiration, where the addition of starfish and floating candles emphasize the tranquil beauty of their tropical surroundings.
Cassidy Jerram from M/Y Passion created a sophisticated Thai-rainforest fusion centerpiece incorporating tropical blooms, moss, and candles into an elegant floral design.
M/Y Lady Pegasus II had a welcoming table settings. Simple yet charming with a great message: “Count your blessings, not your calories” handwritten on the six mini pumpkins decorating each place setting. The colors, materials and overall design accented a Harvest Thanksgiving table. Perfect for the season! Their Harvest Cocktail recipe earned them: Best Tip of the Day.
Next, was M/Y Nita K, a 124' Delta that inspired us with the Most Artistic Napkin Fold. Irma Malabanan beautifully pressed white napkins into swans that complemented all-silver accessories and blue hydrangeas for a refined elegant design to match the interior décor.
M/Y Sea Dreams displayed a simple-chic beach theme outdoors to accentuate the coral color scheme on the aft deck. Their interior table impressed us with an Egyptian design using imaginative peacock elements. Maryanne Condy and Rosa Sabatino draw inspiration from their surroundings when creating tablescapes and researching menus that enhance the dining experience for their guests.
M/Y Island Time was on beach-party-mode! Welcoming with gilded pineapples and tropical flower arrangements on both tables. Ollie Ryan and Natalie Maches also created a candy bar on their country-style galley for all guests to enjoy.
Mimi Sarancic, chief stewardess on M/Y Galactica Super Nova, a brand spanking new 70m Heesen, caught our attention with a charming lunch setting on deck, featuring a magical forest theme. Cleverly positioned forest creatures, air plants, and fall-colored candles arranged over beautifully pressed white linens were captivating. Her exquisite napkin fold was a show-stopper! The overall theme earned the title of Most Enchanting centerpiece. On the main deck, Mimi bedazzled us in the dining room, with exquisite Saint Louis glassware, Baccarat butterflies, and a simple elegant design that complements the interior. One of our favorite elements was the ultra-modern table with stainless inlays.
M/Y Lady Leila, M/Y Abracci, and M/Y Temptation dressed their tables according to their classic interior design, meanwhile M/Y Matrix Rose was extremely simple and modern.
Chief Gwen Hamp, Erika Lawrence, Kacee Wedderburn and Kirsty Bilson opted for a classic Fall Thanksgiving setting for M/Y Huntress, a 55m Feadship. Their setting was completed with different colored corn and pumpkins monogrammed by hand. Fall leaves blowing in the wind and antique candles were all part of the centerpiece.
Last, but not least, we were transported back in time to the heart of the Aztec civilization. Coatlicue, the gold-leaf covered earth goddess, was honored by offering traditional chia, quinoa, red & white corn, and beans. different varieties of peppers, indigenous artifacts, and mini cactus plants added fresh, vibrant colors. A complex geometric Aztec design of dried beans, a traditional blanket used as a runner, and adorable Guatemalan Worry Dolls placed on each napkin completed the scene. The intricacies of design, execution of theme and attention to detail including traditional music playing in the background and the offering of a spiced hot chocolate beverage earned this setting the title, “The” Top Notch Tabletop @FLIBS 2016! Congratulations to chief stew Kate Burns, Ana Huertas and Tonia Bradford!!
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Thank you everyone for your hard work and time. I hope you had as much fun as we did.
We hope that the photos of these designs will encourage you to inspire and be inspired. Share your creativity and find new and resourceful ways to redecorate and repurpose your decorations.
Thank you for sharing your table settings and tips with stews around the world.
Alene Keenan & Cris Clifford
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