Friday, April 30, 2010
The Horticultural Society of New York hosted its annual spring gala “Flowers and Design” at 583 Park Avenue. They honored Christian Duvernois, the landscape designer, and David Monn, the floral designer and event planner; and Betty Sherrill, the force behind McMillen for the past half century. Mario Buatta, Chris Giftos, and Bunny Williams were Design Chairs. Their theme was “Legends, Myths and Fairy Tales.” Spectacular displays, fashion, floral and interior-wise were the order of the evening. And being New York, without peer. Our indefatigable photographer Ann Watt got there early to take it all in for those of us who couldn’t be there.
From The New York Social Diary
Photo By Ann Watt
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
If you are wearing Nicole Miller down the aisle, now you and all your girls can too! Her new perfume is the perfect bridesmaids gift. The fragrance could be worn by just about any one. "It is sophisticated,young,fresh and simply delicious" said Nicole at the launch at Saks 5th Avenue NYC Flagship Store.
The Celtic logo on the bottle makes it a great gift for a Irish themed wedding as well.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Nancy Swiezy Events In the Huffington Post Entertaining Secrets: Park Avenue Tulips Inspire A Spring Setting
Thirty years ago, the late New York philanthropist Mary Lasker, an early advocate of city beautification, helped fund a charity to plant tulips on Park Avenue as well as luminous cherry trees and colorful begonias in the summer. To celebrate this milestone, Scully & Scully, New York's fine home furnishings store, asked the Fund For Park Avenue committee members to design table settings inspired by spring tulips.
Because of the Fund for Park Avenue's success, not only has New York City planted over three million tulips but over eight million bulbs all over New York. "It's basically a flower for every New Yorker," said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "This is a program that has been imitated but not duplicated in many cities." In fact, flowers have a calming protective power. "I've never heard of a fist fight in front of tulips," he quipped.
Why not use spring's tulips as inspiration to set a table at your own home, As poet Silvana Krculic wrote, "If I was a tulip, And you were wind's wings, I would not count my broken dreams, But bless the coming spring."
Hopefully this will inspire you to have this floral theme at your own dinner table to mark the new season. Tip-toe through these tulip designs and see the ways celebrated designers and hostesses mixed and matched dinner plates, florals and objet d'art to create pleasing presentations.
Anyone who has a tray can use it to start a display. New York's Nancy Swiezy, who runs an events and floral company, loved this Buddha and put it on the tray. She then placed green floral oasis easily purchased at any garden store and then added the white tulips and sprinkled them around the Buddha. She bookended this major feature with floral urns on trays surrounded by dog and cat objects d'art. You can use trays and line them up to create a personal statement.
To create a jolt of color, find jewel toned glasses and add them to the table. While wine glasses can be crystal, designer Nancy Swiezy used Varga copper glasses as water goblets which blended with the "Chinese Bouquet" Herend orange and white plates. Notice how she placed three glasses in a triangle shape. This is obviously for a more formal dinner that includes various drinks.
Salad Plates: Meisen "Ming Dragon"
Chargers: Hermes "Jardin Des Orchidees"
Colored Glasses: Varga
Dog, Cat & Buddha figurines: Herend
BY Jill Brooks
All photos from Laurie Lambrecht for Scully & Scully
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The event was such a wonderful NY night at Scully and Scully.
Here are a few photos of my table.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Here's part of Dan's very thoughtful Thank You note !
It was a day full of spontaneous applause (and even some misty eyes) that ran smooth as silk (appropriately) thanks to all who supported our good pal BOB and his wish to make bridal dreams come true while helping a little to make the housing works dream of providing life saving services to those homeless and low income fighting HIV and AIDS come true.
Thank you everyone. The fact that we were able to run this event with one staff member and the support of 12 incredible volunteers tells me that maybe we have finally come up with the low impact formula to make our little bridal event worth while and successful.
The scale of the event and the one on one attention and exceptional customer service that we were able to provide to the brides was the magic this time. We saw 39 brides in all yesterday and have a strong focused email list of 60 customers who want to participate in this new by appointment only adventure
A very special thanks to three individuals that really turned it out both the day of set up and during the event.
Nancy Swiezy, Mary O’Conner, and Phillip Montana whose help the day of set up and the day of the event really allowed me to work on this event with almost no impact on regular day to day store activity. Not only am I grateful but the staff certainly is as well.
Nancy and Mary held those brides hands all day and SOLD dresses…having their insight, experience and professionalism at our disposal was unprecedented.
Phillip was so helpful putting up all the partitions, moving the furniture and adding his stylistic touch that I almost didn’t have to get my hands dirty.
It was an honor and sincere pleasure to meet and work with the three of you. Housing Works is so incredibly lucky to have the support of volunteers with your caliber.
Thank you all again.
Daniel J. Moore
Manager Housing Works Gramercy Thrift Shop
My two Newport mice become very famous!
This vintage couple have become part of a Trivia contest.
Quite a few people have called and emailed.
All I know is that they were bought at a Flea Market and made in China.
You can own them for $45.00
917 355 0689
Monday, April 12, 2010
Housing Works will be hosting brides on a Buck!
I will be helping all the girls find the perfect 2nd time around gown.
Appointments are all booked!
So Email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will make sure you’re on the mailing list for the next bridal event.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Newport R.I. Wedding Planner Nancy Swiezy will launch her floral design at The New York Horticultural Society 2010 Gala
Legends, Myths and Fairy Tales
On Thursday, April 29, The Horticultural Society of New York hosts the much-anticipated spring gala, Flowers & Design at 583 Park Avenue. Our esteemed honorees are landscape designer Christian Duvernois, floral designer and event planner David Monn and interior designer Betty Sherrill.
Nancy Swiezy Events will present "Dionysus on her mind" with place settings encrusted in jewels by www.Prouna.com
The format of the event will be 7pm cocktails followed by 8pm dinner and dancing. Our Design Chairs this year are Mario Buatta, Chris Giftos and Bunny Williams and our theme will be "Legends, Myths and Fairy Tales". We are certain to see spectacular displays as the finest floral, fashion and interior designers transform the space into a magical setting by creating centerpieces reflecting this theme.
Individual tickets start at $650; for more information or to purchase tickets,
please contact Maureen Ferry Director of Special Events at (212) 757-0915 x101.
Newport R.I. Wedding planner
Friday, April 2, 2010
Scully & Scully opened its doors in 1934, aspiring to provide the world's finest home furnishings and gifts in a gracious and beautiful atmosphere. Now celebrating our 75th year, we hope we are still setting the standard for upscale home decor.
They carry a wide variety of handcrafted English and American furniture in traditional woods such as mahogany and elm. Many pieces have fantastic inlays of yew and satinwood. Others are adorned with exotic veneers of burr elm and ebony, creating a distinct English look. They also offer an extensive selection of home accessories from around the world. These include china, crystal, sterling flatware, lamps, leather goods, picture frames, photograph albums, prints, paintings and collectibles such as Herend figurines and Austrian Bronzes. Many pieces, both furniture and accessories, are exclusive to Scully & Scully.
The Bridal Registry accommodates registries from throughout the United States, and includes any items that we carry or special-order in our store, the catalogue or our website. Every detail is expertly handled to afford maximum convenience to the bride and groom.
Scully & Scully's
504 Park Avenue (bet. 59-60th)
New York, NY 10022
Thursday, April 1, 2010
April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day is a day celebrated in various countries on April 1. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbors, or sending them on a fool's errand, the aim of which is to embarrass the gullible. Traditionally, in some countries, such as the UK, Canada, Australia, and South Africa the jokes only last until noon, and someone who plays a trick after noon is called an "April Fool". Elsewhere, such as in France, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Russia, The Netherlands, Brazil, and the U.S., the jokes last all day. The earliest recorded association between April 1 and foolishness can be found in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1392). Many writers suggest that the restoration of January 1 as New Year's Day in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, but this theory does not explain earlier references.