If you’re anything like us, you’re in full holiday planning mode. We don't want to admit how much time we've spent sleuthing around the internet for our Thanksgiving Day tablescapes. It looks like we can stop searching though, because we seemingly found major inspiration courtesy of Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events and Krewe’s founder Stirling Barrett.
Last week, we hopped on a plane and headed to New Orleans (where Krewe is based) for the launch of the Krewe Foundation, which is a brand-new initiative to supply local high school students with free glasses and eye care, kicked off with a three-day celebration that included a dinner that was truly spectacular (no pun intended!).
After stepping foot in the converted church owned by Sara and Paul Costello, the long tables greeted guests with custom deep purple, pink, and green toned linens. Towering glass West Elm vases filled with Kim Starr Wise florals rested upon them, and when guests headed to take their seats, they were pleasantly surprised to find an adorable L’objet Lito plate with an eye atop their place setting.
When I asked Rafanelli about the inspiration behind the event he told me, "The main inspiration was the idea that you can change young people's lives forever with something as simple as a pair of prescription glasses."
"I was so inspired by how many great talents all came together collectively to bring this vision to life," he says. "The sense of a colorful community coming together to take care of its own inspired my work on the night."
The three-course dinner by Justin Devillier filled guests bellies before they headed outside for dessert and back in to catch the star-studded line-up of duets by the likes of Irma Thomas, Ani DiFranco, Motel Radio, and more.
"The night was bursting with talent! Classically my work in churches would be a wedding or a celebration of life," Rafanelli says. "It was such a fun experience to throw a different kind of night with so much energy!"