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March Guest Designer


 Anticipation Events
This month's designer is the very creative Elizabeth Tulipano, owner of Anticipation Events as well as Director of Operations for the restaurant group 16 on Center.   For our March table, she wanted to make sure "the ladies had a seat at the table" and in honor of Women's History Month, she created an over-the-top brunch table for the end of winter and the first glimpse of spring by using the dark and moody Burgandy Classic runner and the bright pop of Blossom Savannah floral napkins.
She also invited some of her favorite women-owned or led businesses to join her: Beth Barnett of Larkspur has been a fixture on the Chicago floral scene for over 20 years, launching Larkspur with a vision of floral designs that are lush, organic and bound to the rhythms and textures of nature.  Beth and her team's gorgeous centerpiece exemplifies this.  Erin Hoyt, owner of Erin Hoyt Photography, captured the vibe beautifully. A true visionary, she aspires to capture weddings and events with honesty and sincerity, documenting the day as it unfolds.  
Elizabeth calls herself a maximalist when it comes to styling, since she loves to combine plenty of patterns, textures and colors. The drinkware here certainly illustrates that. Guests have an option for espresso in our Gothic Gold pattern, coffee or tea in our Rose Sèvres pattern, and three crystal glasses for mimosas, water or even a Bloody Mary. 
Elizabeth brought her expertise in event planning and styling to 16 on Center and now watches with awe as the "bad-ass team of 16 OC ladies have embraced the notion of putting a wedding where a wedding is not meant to be." She is very excited about 16 on Center's new catering program that complements their fabulous venues (Thalia HallThe PromontorySaint Lou's AssemblyRevival Food Hall, and The Ruin Daily, to name a few.) They create the well-loved dishes from their restaurants so clients will be able to pick their favorites from any of the locations and serve them at off-premise venues. 
Whether serving tea sandwiches and scones on our glass pedestal plate stands for brunch, as shown above, or for a wedding dinner, Elizabeth recommends family style service.  She suggests a plated salad to start, and then family style passing for all the meat, fish, fowl and vegetable dishes. "The advantage," she said, "is less work for the bride and groom.  They don't have to collect and organize entrée requests on RSVPs, nor do they need to concern themselves with their guests' food allergies and dietary restrictions." She also suggests stations for dessert, recommending less traditional dessert options than wedding cake--especially with Mindy Segal's Hot Chocolate Bakery as one of 16 on Center's partners.

There were four revisions to create the best look for this photo shoot.  Elizabeth built a beautiful placesetting using our white with gold-rimmed buffet plate, gold Magnificence dinner plate and green Sèvres bread and butter plate. Elizabeth started her career in visual design, so it's no surprise she has a keen eye for styling all of 16 On Center's events, as well as her own at Anticipation Events.  Obviously that background gives her a real advantage, since in our industry, "It's all about the look!"

A shout out to:  
16 on Center
Anticipation Events
To get a real feel for Elizabeth's style that she calls "eclectic granny," check out the great article Apartment Therapy did on her style.
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