On Saturday April 21, I hosted the first Smithsonian Craft Show dinner, A Night of Art and Design. The idea of this fundraiser was to have dinner at an interior designers house and to be joined by two-guest artist that were showing at the Smithsonian Craft Show. This was done as a special event and guests bid on a seat at the table. I am happy to say the bids were high. The dinner turned out to include 16 guests and I decided that since it was going to be a spring evening to use my screened in porch as a dining space. I had my friend John build a 12 foot long table in which I covered with two layers of cotton canvas, one green and one blue.
I used a collection of vintage Swedish glass vases, candles and viburnum to decorate the center of the table. The table setting is white china with natural linen napkins. The dinner was catered by Fete Accomplie which was delicious
Everyone had a great time and this event was a huge success! So much so that we now plan on extending this concept to be an annual spring fundraiser with the Smithsonian Craft Show. Next year we will have five interior designers participating. A special thanks to Emily Willey who was my partner in crime putting this event together and my assistant Elizabeth Baebel for all her help…she even watered the grass in my front lawn.