3 Entertaining Ideas You Can Use Now from DIFFA's Picnic By Design

Inspiring Tablescapes from DIFFA's Picnic By Design
A profusion of faux butterflies acts as a centerpiece on this garden-inspired table. (Photo: Sean Santiago)
Last night the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) hosted their third annual Picnic by Design, bringing together New York's top design talents to create stunning, immersive picnic blanket tablescapes for a charity dinner and cocktail party. Lonny stopped by the penthouse and rooftop fete to raise a glass to the brilliant designers and scope out some of the most creative entertaining ideas the city has on offer.

Inspiring Tablescapes from DIFFA's Picnic By Design
Two  takes on seaside style—graphic and modern and  Asian-inflected—scored major points with us. (Photos: Sean Santiago)Our Top Takeaways:

  1. Non-Floral Centerpieces While botanicals were definitely a mainstay on many blankets, the designers employed some creative alternatives, such as a spray of faux butterflies (top) and sculptural driftwood pieces.
  2. Layers on Layers A picnic is traditionally a simple spread, but the creatives behind these dining set ups layered blankets, rugs, placemats, and textural woven elements (above left) to give their place settings all the richness of a tabletop dinner.
  3. Themes Throughout The theme of a picnic doesn't have to be red-and-white gingham and woven straw baskets. Picnic by Design's sister event Dining by Design set a precedent for over-the-top, enveloping tables, so last night's ranged from a set up that mimicked floating down an Asian river (above right) to a tribute to Orange is the New Black (more on that next week).
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