Dining by Design Installations and Cocktail party

Those of you who know me know that an event featuring a large number of tabletop installations is literally like my disneyland. Its where I could spend days admiring every little design detail in each installation. So it should come as no surprise that I took 1000s, yes, thousands of pictures, including many video clips, of these absolutely stunning and dramatic designer tablescapes at DIFFA‘s dining by design event at the ADSHOW in NYC.

While I did my best to capture as many looks and details no picture can replace actually being there and seeing the installations (and cocktail party) in person. Well at least not to someone as crazy about event design as me.  Here is the first lot. Lets take a seat shall we?






Architectural Digest


I took most of these pictures during the day and returned later for the “cocktails by design” party. My artist friend Caroline and I had such good fun! We even bumped into Jennifer Powell (Kravet) and Michelle Adams EIC Lonny Mag.

More to come.

images: Manvi Drona-Hidalgo. If you wish to use any of these pictures, kindly send me a note to request permission. thank you.


tablescapes + holiday decor + chance to win a pair of uggs

Many of you have sent me really sweet emails about the HGTV holiday tabledecor shoot.  Thank you so much for your kind words and I am so glad I was able to inspire your holiday decorations. And yes,I do plan on doing a post with a list of sources for everything I styled the table with – very soon.

You are probably sick of all the tablescapes I feature here on Mochatini, but I really cant help myself.

I LOVE tablescapes and I come across so many beautiful table settings everyday that it seems only natural to share them with you. And with all of us busy getting ready for the holidays – I figure the more inspiration I send your way the better. no?

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